First, a quick update about my adventures as a Cave Girl (aka the paleo diet). I’ve lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks, feel super high-energy, am never hungry…and all of that is wonderful. But, I had been in horrible need of a “detox.” And by that I mean despite my very high consumption of vegetables and fruit, the sheer amount of protein I’ve taking in has meant I hadn’t been visiting the bathroom as much as I used to. Or needed to. And, the bathroom and I missed each other. Very much. I’ve tried dandelion tea in the past for this very issue, so I was very intrigued to hear dandelion coffee being discussed on TV earlier this week.
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That’s it. I’m going paleo. I’ve been reading about the paleo diet for years, and I’m finally giving it a try. Intuitively, I’ve been gravitating in this direction…I just feel like going back to nature (lean meats, unprocessed foods, healthy fats) is the way to go. I’ve been on the fence because I don’t love meat. But I’ve heard enough about the benefits of this lifestyle to finally give it a go. And I saw a new, very controversial approach to paleo on my favorite TV doc show earlier this week that actually might work with my “pescatarian” palate.
As much as we love our pets, we have to keep a close eye not to shower them with affection in the wrong form: food they shouldn’t be eating. If we’re following a healthy diet and excluding refined grains because they’re not good for us, why would we give those very same fillers to our dogs and cats?
Shrimp scampi is a protein-packed, flavorful dish that’s been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. To make a paleo-friendly version, simply swap out butter for olive oil and replace the commonly used angel hair pasta with equally satisfying, homemade spaghetti squash noodles. Cooking shrimp with the “shell on” renders a more succulent finished dish–a little messier, but worth every bite!
I stopped into my local vitamin store the other day, and my purchases (whole flax seed, fish oil tablets and raw cacao nibs) prompted a comment from the cashier. “What do you do with all of that?” he asked. We fell into a conversation about diet and nutrition and so on. He mentioned that he’d been having a hard time losing 20 pounds, and when I asked him to describe his nutritional regimen, he said he eats a lot of frozen, pre-made meals. And he wasn’t talking about the better-quality, healthy-food-store-type of meals that do tend to be more on the nutritious side. No. This poor guy eats packaged stuff laden with sodium, hydrogenated oils and who knows what else.
You’ve been shopping seasonally, buying only what’s locally available. You’ve taken the trouble to learn where you can find wild fish and which butcher at the farmer’s market offers grass-fed meat and pastured chicken. Now that you’re home and unpacking what you’ve gathered, there are a few key steps to follow in terms of food safety to make sure that, before the magic happens with the seasonings and developing flavors, you’re not going to run into any unfavorable additions, like bacteria or mold.
Whether you’re looking for something Paleo suitable for snacky bits to serve guests before dinner or something the little ones can pick at on the go, it’s easy to create healthy snack options requiring nothing other than a pair of hands with which to eat them!
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