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Erin L.! She said “I would love to check out the 30 Day Guide book… My husband does paleo and I have celiac so I am already gluten free and he keeps telling me to do this diet (lifestyle) with him! This book looks like the perfect opportunity to understand it better…”
Amy! She said, “Make It Paleo is the book I am most excited about!”
Ginny! She said, “I’d love to check out Gather – the art of Paleo entertaining”
Darlene! She said, “Gather” as the book she’s most interested in checking out.
Ceil S.! She said, “30 Day Planning. Start off right.”
Chances are you’ve heard of the Paleo lifestyle/diet. It is no secret that it’s a growing trend, which many around us are embracing. The Paleo lifestyle means eating real food with an emphasis on humanely raised meat, organic vegetables, and good quality fats like organic coconut oil, fats from pasture-raised animals, and grass-fed butter/ghee. That means no grains! And in some cases, depending on which Paleo eater you are talking to, no dairy. The other focus of the Paleo diet is to incorporate organ meats and fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha (the latter are for the benefits of probiotics).
I’ve personally heard of many people who’ve been able to put their autoimmune disorders in remission after switching to a Paleo diet. The belief is that disease can start in the gut, so when you remove gut irritating foods like grains, legumes, and dairy, as well as soy and sugar, you can heal your gut and heal your body. I’ve always said if you feel better without eating gluten or grains or dairy (or another food group)…then by all means avoid it!
So today I am excited to be giving away some great resources for those interested in trying out a Paleo lifestyle…three books from the bestselling authors and creators of The Food Lovers Kitchen, Bill Staley and Hayley Mason:
FIVE lucky winners will receive the “Food Lovers Primal Palate” giveaway package (worth $122!) that includes three books… Continue Reading »
I recently learned that writing your grocery list out on an organized “template” can make food shopping so much easier. I realize this is not a new idea…just something I am only now figuring out for some reason! Surely everyone has a running grocery list of some sort – a list where you write down “peanut butter” when you realize you are getting low or where you add “crackers” because you realize you have none. For many years my running list has been on a basic pad of paper, and I would add anything else we need right before going to the grocery store. And for many years I would almost be done with all my shopping and then look at my list and say “Oh, I forgot the coffee” and quickly retrace my steps back to the beginning of the store to get it. I’m sure I’m not alone here!
So between all the categorized shopping lists that come with the meal plan services these days and the template my girlfriend uses that’s organized by the aisles of her favorite grocery store, I decided it’s time to have some sort of template of my own! And I of course had to share my template with all of you, which is why I’ve attached both a PDF version and an excel version below (so you can modify it to your liking). You could start with a blank template each week or edit the excel version by adding items you buy every week (for us that would be things like milk, bananas, oats) so you don’t have to write those same items down each and every time (and also so you don’t forget them). My organized girlfriend keeps a stack of her grocery shopping templates on a clipboard in her kitchen so it’s always accessible when someone needs to add that item you just ran out of – I think I am going to start doing something similar. Continue Reading »
Only in an ideal world could every single food purchase be organic, which is why the below lists can really come in handy. These reflect two important factors to consider – high levels of pesticide residue and genetically modified crops – both of which can be avoided when buying organic. And be sure to put these lists into practice beyond just the produce section. For example, with apples being at the very top of the dirty dozen list, I am sure to buy organic applesauce and apple juice as well. Plus with the majority of additives found in processed food being derived from corn and soy (both on the GMO crop list), that is another area where buying organic is key. Or better yet, just avoid the additive-filled, chemical-laden, factory-made junk all together. That’s just my two cents!
Be sure to check out The Environmental Working Group and Non-GMO Project for more info, and click the image below to download a free printable, wallet-sized PDF version. Continue Reading »
As we soon head into the days without school, summer outings and get togethers can also be coupled with unkempt rooms and mentions of “I’m bored.” Instead of nagging, yelling or constantly reminding your kids of what to do, please know there are positive ways to keep everyone happy. This is why I am excited to once again offer to our readers the very popular and FREE parenting webinar led by Amy McCready with Positive Parenting Solutions. With three different sessions offered (morning and evening), you will not regret taking an hour to join us and learn how to use easy strategies to correct misbehavior and get your kids to listen. No one needs added stress or wants to constantly be nagging or yelling – especially during the summer months! So sign up below for a FREE 1-hour webinar led by parenting expert Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and regular TODAY Show contributor, if you’d like to learn about getting your “kids to listen without nagging, reminding or yelling.”
Free Parenting Webinar for our Readers
“Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling” led by parenting expert Amy McCready
Join us to learn easy to implement strategies to correct misbehavior and reclaim the calm voice you had before kids. Discover proven tools for your most frustrating discipline dilemmas including the 5 R’s of Fair & Effective Consequences. Tactics can be used for toddlers to teens.
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This is a guest post by Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe) who is a regular contributor on 100 Days of Real Food. To learn more about Vani check her out on “Our Team” page.
Sugar is one of the most dangerous ingredients on the market. It’s addictive, added to almost every processed food, and will make you overweight, depressed and sick if you eat too much. In fact, Americans eat close to 130 pounds of the stuff per person per year (4 times more than the recommended daily allowance), likely because it is so addictive. That’s why it’s exciting to know there are alternative sweeteners made in nature, like “stevia,” that don’t wreak havoc on your health – or do they? That’s what I went on a quest to find out. Here’s what happened…
What Is Stevia?
For those of you that are hearing about stevia for the first time, it is a plant that is typically grown in South America, and while it’s extract is 200 times sweeter than sugar, it does not raise blood insulin levels. That’s what makes it so popular. However in 1991 the FDA refused to approve this substance for use due to pressure from makers of artificial sweeteners like Sweet n’ Low and Equal (a one billion dollar industry). But in 2008, the FDA approved the use of rebaudioside compounds that were derived from the stevia plant by Coca-Cola (Cargill) and PepsiCo – hmmm doesn’t that sound suspicious? Not until a major food company got involved did stevia become legal, and only after it had been highly processed using a patentable chemical-laden process…so processed that Truvia (Coca-Cola’s branded product) goes through about 40 steps to process the extract from the leaf, relying on chemicals like acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol. Some of these chemicals are known carcinogens (substances that cause cancer), and none of those ingredients sound like real food, do they? Continue Reading »
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Melissa! She said “I’ve never considered making my own yogurt before. It seems complicated and overwhelming! What a great introduction, I’m interested now!”
The best way to control the ingredients in your food and avoid unwanted chemicals is to make items at home from scratch. Sometimes that can be easier said than done though so today I’d like to introduce you to a kitchen tool that will help make this job easier – and quicker! The Brød & Taylor Folding Proofer takes the guess work out of bread baking, simplifies homemade yogurt making, and holds chocolate at temperatures ideal for melting or use after tempering. With the ability to work with both gluten-free and lactose-free diets, once you are all done this 3-in-1 folds up for easy storage.
1 winner will receive a Brød & Taylor Folding Proofer and Yogurt Maker – worth $159!
More about Brød & Taylor’s Folding Proofer
The folding proofer is a multi-use kitchen appliance that can be used in preparing bread, yogurt, and chocolate. Obviously the first two items are great for eating “real” food, but the third can be a special (and occasional) treat. The benefit of the proofer is that it allows you to control the ingredients used in your food and also can help you save money by making foods at home. Continue Reading »