I was eating my cooked Chicken & Apple Adele's sausage for breakfast when it occurred to me: This tastes a lot different cooked in coconut oil.
You asked, here it is.
Fantastic! Just made these yesterday and Paleo and non-Paleo peeps gobbled them up.
Then we got out the homemade Paleo ice cream and amass ice cream cookie sandwiches. The cookies are soft but not crumbly.
Get your palm shortening from TropicalTraditions.com where it's sustainably sourced.
Chocolate can be Lulu's or Pure7 or do what I did... I found a bag of raw cacao nibs at Safeway and instead of one cup (because they are potent!) I guessed and used 1/4 cup plus 1/8 cup. Perfect for us.
I just moved last month. It's the first time in 5.5 years my family (now a family of 5) has moved. It's my first move since going Paleo.
It's also my first move since having my third kid. This is a nice way to say: the house and garage was overflowing with stuff - some I haven't even sorted since the last move. Or the one before that. Or the one before that. ::blush::
But what a perfect time to clean out the kitchen!
I've been curious to see what gadgets and gizmos I still adore now that I'm Paleo and which ones I'm over and can't be bothered to find space for in my new kitchen.
Here is one for the win: an immersion blender.
I read a Paleo recipe that called for one. I had no idea what it was. Even better, I had no idea I had one already! I think my mom set me up with a Bed, Bath & Beyond shopping spree when I got my first apartment a million years ago. The immersion blender must have been part of that day.
What's is an immersion blender good for?
Anything you can get away with that calls for blending! Woot!
You can't puree a car engine like you can with a Vitamix but you can certainly whip up your Paleo ice cream concoction and save yourself from having to put on googles and a swimsuit to squeegee the stuff off the bottom of your said Vitamix. (I also think it saves you about $10 worth of Paleo ingredients like organic coconut milk made from coconuts that have been serenaded with gold-leafed harps and flutes.)
Other immersion blender ideas:
I'm sure there are other ideas, but unless you need to blend bacon for some reason I'm coming up with a blank. Hmm.
I just broke my immersion blender after all these years and I'm going to order a new one. I'm not picky which one - since they aren't expensive compared to most gadgets. If you have a favorite let me know. Otherwise I will do a very complicated calculation involving price and reviews until I just pick one that Amazon sends via Prime.
Happy immersive blending!
I've been Paleo for three years now, strict. I know what I am eating and how it affects me. Which is why my infrequent but severe attacks of acute gas and indigestion have baffled me.
My attack yesterday would be my fourth attack ever.
Is it the coconut? No.
Occasional seeds? No.
I've even gone on a bacon fast to see if that was the culprit. Thank the stars, no.
It starts with a small headache. Low and in the background at first the dull pain in my head grows over the course of a day. Since going Paleo I never get headaches - unless this is about to happen: the horrible gas.
Not just "you smelt it you dealt it" gas. This is painful gas.
Actually, I think it's the gas that causes the headache. I'm like a balloon being over-filled about to burst. (Nice, huh?)
Usually I do.
I know. Ewww.
It is a relief when I actually throw up. Sometimes I try to throw up just get it all out so I can stop the pounding in my head, the aching in my neck and shoulders, and the stabbing pain in my gut.
This horrible feeling lasts about 2-3 days. Sleep is a welcome oblivion when I can get it.
When I felt the headache coming on yesterday I was angry. I did not have time to be sick. I was too busy homeschooling three children, dealing with an "issue" in my life, and masterminding the heck out of things.
What did I eat differently?!??!?!
Hold the phone.
That's when it hit me.
"I was angry."
Yes. Yes, I was. In fact, I had been spit-mad angry about something since late Saturday evening. I was stressed out to the gills, swirling around in my head about something I could not stop obsessing over. On Monday morning I starting to get that low-grade headache and then, on Monday evening, I was starting that painful burping.
This was the same pattern as the other times.
Now that I thought about it, each gas attack coincided with a hard 48 hours where something I was bothered about had me eyes-glaring angry or pull-my-hair-stressed. The gas attack brought me to my knees and I stopped caring about that other issue, just begging for physical relief. I was always so grateful when my body felt better again I forgot to be angry or stressed or upset about what was bothering me in the first place.
Like cleaning up my diet with Paleo, I have done a lot of work to clean up my life. I do not walk around angry or stressed out or worried often. This is why, like these gas attacks, I can count on my hand how many times I have been spit-fire angry or really freaked out in a year.
Come to find out they line up.
So this time, instead of analyzing my diet, I cleaned up my emotions. I consciously sought relief. I meditated. I breathed evenly. I reminded myself that nothing was more important than that I feel good. I let that thing that was bothering me so much go.
And you know what happened?
As my mind calmed, my stomach did, too. My gas dissipated. My headache dissolved and I felt fine again. No more burping. No more headache. No desire to throw up.
I am still a bit shocked about it all as I type this but I guess it makes sense. Stress probably churns up your stomach acid. I could research it but I don't want to right now. I'm too happy with my own personal healing to bother. :)
And now I know what to do next time. Eat the bacon. Laugh with life. Done.
I am going to add some rosacea information here tonight because I have the time and lovely people are asking me for help right now on the topic.
I used to have rosacea. Now I only experience the red, hot face when I eat nightshades. And then only mildly for a day or two. Keep in mind I really am 100% Paleo.
Things I Do:
When I Did Have Rosacea and/or Wore Makeup I Used:
Much of the above I do not because of rosacea but because I don't like really hot showers, wearing makeup or sunscreen, or washing my face. When I do wash my face it is usually just with water. I'm sure some soap from shampooing gets on there sometimes, but honestly, the less I put anything on my face, the better it is.
In retrospect, not eating dairy may have helped the whole process. Not because of rosacea, necessarily, but because without dairy in my diet my pores are so much clearer. And because they are clearer I do not have to wash my face as often. And because I do not wash my face as often, my skin is healthier regarding the rosacea issue.
It Was The Juicing That Did It? Perhaps A Liver Cleanse?
I went on a 30 day juice fast. That really cleared my face up for the first time. I have heard that rosacea is a symptom of a congested liver. Because I cleaned up my diet, I assume my liver is happier. Because it is happier, it's cleaning like a champ, and my face is clearer.
Less Toxins, Less To Clean
Then again, because I eat a cleaner diet, my body has less toxins to process.
Oh for goodness sakes, don't you wish there was a one-step-to-Rosacea-cure-for-sure out there? Me, too. But I promise you, if you keep setting the intent that you have a clear face, and you keep imagining what that might feel like, and you don't give up, you can have success. Just play with it. Give it time. And, you know, try not to eat the nightshades. :)
Meet my new best friend.
This is the Igloo Wheelie 38 Quart Cooler. I got it at Target for around $25.
Why do I love this thing?
Because as a Paleo mom with kids who have food intolerances, I have to bring our food everywhere. This cooler is small enough that I can pack it full and still lift it into the minivan by myself, yet big enough that I can just open the fridge and chuck more things into it that we could possibly eat without doing hours of prep.
And, of course: wheels!
What do I put into it?
Last night I went to a family birthday party. About 5 minutes before we left I opened up this bad boy and threw in:
Did I mention how great it is not to have to prepare the food in advance? Oh yes, so when your kids are so busy playing they don't eat it's no bigee. You just bring the cooler home and toss everything back in the fridge.
Easy peasy Paleo squeezie. :)
Changing your diet can be SO HARD. It can be scary. It was for me. But yes! You CAN do it!
You just have to want feeling better MORE than you want to feel relief from eating the crap.
It's a subtle but totally critical mindset shift.
Also, the tips to success are:
Set your intent by choosing to feel good. Choose to feel health. Choose to love your body.
NEVER leave the house without food. I often have an apple in my purse. Bananas are fantastic. I have a small cooler I bring with me. That way when you are hungry you are not caught near a vending machine unarmed. The first week or month of going Paleo can be rough - you may be really hungry - but then your body gets so used it to you can go hours and hours without really eating and you still feel great.
If you want to eat that donut because you "deserve it" choose to deserve a smile instead. Or a step on the scale to remind yourself how great you are doing or what your goal is. Or a minute of breathing meditation. :)
Throw out everything in your kitchen that is not Paleo.
Don't "not" throw it out to save money. Ditch it to save yourself.
You can still eat dessert. But when you have to cook it yourself you eat it less often. And when it's made with honey instead of processed sugar, it's not addicting.
Check out ChocolateCoveredKatie.com. NomNomPaleo.com. Find positive people logs who make Paleo food they adore and who live a lifestyle they love.
Did I mention bananas?
I will write a post someday about how my family eats 70 bananas a week and all the various ways we eat them.
Above all: love yourself!
You are awesome!
I have not been posting frequently, have I? I had a baby and, you know. Baby. But now he is 10 months old and I have 5 minutes here to do the dishes, I mean blog.
I like the easy Paleo stuff.