Monday, April 20, 2015

SCD/Primal Spicy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Lately, the only thing that motivates me to get creative in the kitchen is a craving for certain foods that I can't seem to find elsewhere that are gluten-free or don't make me feel sick. Thus, this spinach and artichoke dip was invented. Enjoy.


1 can artichoke hearts, drained
8oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup Greek style yogurt
3/4 cup Parmesan or Parmesan Reggiano
1 1/2 cups other mixed hard white cheeses (your choice)
2 small jalapenos, finely diced (optional)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder


Break the artichoke hearts up by hand or chop with knife.
Mix with spinach, yogurt, cheese, optional peppers, and spices in a mixing bowl.
Lightly Grease a 2 quart baking dish.
Pour mixture into dish.
Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until cheese starts turning golden brown and bubbly.
Enjoy with vegetable sticks or plantain chips.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Happy Fourth Crohn's-iversary!

Is it really that time of year again?

Flipping through my old blog posts, I realize that it's now February. That means it's time for my annual Crohns-iversary post!

Four Years.

I'm letting that sink into my own mind as I ponder of what exactly to highlight in this entry. What incredibly strange changes life can bring about, yet I feel just as fortuitous to have experienced such drastic occurrences as a health crisis, divorce, and multiple relocations, and still feel like I'm at the peak of my life.

I always like to take this opportunity to reflect on how I used to physically feel the day, week, and even months, leading up to my diagnosis of Crohn's Disease. I was a bit embarrassed to be dealing with an issue that most people shy away from immediately- that of the digestive system. But I was so desperate for help that my personal boundaries in every respect had to be broken. I felt so helpless until the doctors figured out what was wrong with me. The minute I had received my diagnosis, though, I felt empowered, for then the immediate research began and subsequently the changes in my lifestyle. When you are stripped completely to the ground, like a house, that's the best time to remodel. As I've emphasized in my previous anniversary posts- this illness enabled me to renew myself in a way I would have never imagined.

Even though I frequently will have "cheats" on the paleo diet (ice cream, rice, hell- the other day I ate about a dozen Starbursts but I'm not particularly proud of that and I won't go into details as to why I did, although it's quite humorous) I generally stick to my roots of knowing what's good and bad for me to eat. And I really do feel guilty about eating the bad stuff, although clearly not enough to keep me from doing it entirely. But hey, I never said I wasn't human.

What is emphasized most in my mind by talking with other clean-eating folks is that each individual body is different. We all look different, to some degree, on the outside, so the same can be assumed for our insides. General guidelines aside, food is not a one-size-fits-all approach, nor should it ever be treated as such. For example, I tried a keto diet- I felt really crappy. Some people swear it will cure your goldfish's cancer. Let's not make assumptions, people, let's just try to help everyone to health in the most logical and productive way. On the other hand, never think that a lemon Starburst is the equivalent of an actual lemon. Even for a second.

I'll never leave this mindset of Paleo eating and living, it has truly saved my life. I am fortunate to have the platform of this website and the support of an online community to broadcast to and correspond with. I have some wonderfully supportive friends in my life at this moment and those people combined with the knowledge I learned regarding my health make me relish every second I have.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Coconut Water Comparisons

I like to think that I have good taste.

Or, at the very least, taste buds that have become acquired to real food flavors and disdain artificial ingredients.

I often get asked about the best coconut water and milk. The best way to drink coconut milk is to just make your own. It's quick, easy, and takes two ingredients.

Coconut water can get a little more tricky. With clever marketing and USDA loop-holes, just about anything can be labeled as "natural" which can be scary for the consumer in search of truly healthful foods. Take a look at this article, and others like it, and you'll never want to eat anything with natural flavorings again.

A second trick coconut water companies also use is to add sugar. Coconut water is by definition the water of green coconuts found inside once the fruit is cut open. It's only is slightly sweet, but because we crave sugar, companies often add this component just to entice our taste buds.

Here are my favorite coconut waters, thusfar, as well as the ones I would recommend not wasting your money on:

1. C2O Pure Coconut Water
$27.48 for 12 (17.5oz) cans
This is my favorite, hands down. The can is BPA-free, the coconut water is unsweetened, and the product is organic. The only ingredient is Coconut Water. I prefer the one with pulp (green can) but the one without pulp (blue can) is wonderful as well.

2. Harvest Bay Coconut Water
$13.24 for 12 (8.45oz) containers
I have found this brand in World Market and online only so far. It's organic, and made in sustainable packaging. No added sweeteners or flavorings.

3. Vita Coco
$23.63 for 12 (16.9oz) containers
A little easier to find than the C2O, Vita Coco is available in gas stations and super-marts across the country. Only buy the original plain flavor, it has natural fruit sugar and vitamin C added, which is less crap than the flavored ones.

4. O.N.E. Coconut Water
$27.37 for 12 (16.9oz) containers
It's 100% coconut water with no additives. Vita Coco has a better taste, in my opinion (because of the sugar added), but O.N.E. is not bad.

5. Zico Pure Coconut Water
$32.00 for 12 (11.2oz) containers
The label says 100% pure coconut water but when I drink Zico, I taste something strange. Like some kind of flavorings added, I am turned off from this product. I don't buy it.

I'll continue to add to this list as I try new brands. Leave a comment if you know of one that I forgot to mention!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cranberry Pear Orange Smoothie

This is my FIRST YouTube video. It's a little rough. Completely unscripted. And way too long. But, you get the point. Here's the recipe:

1 cup cranberries
3 Cutie (small) oranges
1 Pear, halved
1 Cup yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract

My future videos will hopefully be more polished (I can't make any promises)- but know that I am working on them for you!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Plantain Chips Nachos

Living near a Trader Joe's is probably the best move I have ever made. For those of you not familiar with the chain, a quick Google search will tell you about the grocery store but all you really need to know are three words: cheap organic food. They also have tons of inventive real foods- like these plantain chips.

Plantains are not sweet despite looking much like a banana. They are starchy and quite bland, unless seasonings are added. These plantain chips are simply roasted and salted. And being under $2 a bag is worthy of notation as well.

Use them like tortilla chips and build your own Paleo nachos.
(sorry, plantains are too starchy and not SCD compliant)


Handful of plantain chips
Shredded chicken
Grated cheese (I use the raw milk cheddar also from TJ's)
Salsa, of choice
Diced tomatos
Diced avocado
Hot sauce


Lay plantain chips out in an even layer across a plate.
Add chicken and cheese and microwave for 45 seconds or until cheese is just melted.
Add salsa, tomatoes, avocado, hot sauce, or whatever else you want.

Clearly, this is entirely customizable!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Simple Chicken With Broccoli (paleo, scd)

The majority of the population is on a diet right now and this is an easy, healthy recipe, feel free to use olive oil or coconut oil in substitution to the butter if you so desire. In my humble opinion, though, nothing compares to good ol' fashioned Kerrygold.


 4 Tbsp butter, divided
1 bunch of broccoli (about 3 cups of florets)
1/2 large onion
1 tsp garlic salt

1.3 lbs chicken breast, cut into one inch cubes
1/2 tsp thyme


Over medium-high heat in a large pan
Add 1 Tbsp of butter to hot pan and add minced onion. Saute until browned.
Add 1 more Tbsp of butter and add broccoli to cooked onion.
Sprinkle with garlic salt and cover.
Check every few minutes and when broccoli is tender remove from heat.
Remove from pan.
Add remaining 2 Tbsp of butter and heat to medium high.
Add chicken and sprinkle with thyme.
Cover and stir occasionally until cooked through.
Combine chicken and broccoli mixture.
Serve and enjoy.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Unconventional Weight Loss Convention 2015

Being a blogger with any amount of traffic ends up getting you a lot of offers to promote stuff. And most of it is just that- stuff. I am very selective when it comes to what I promote. For instance, I really do use my Vitamix almost everyday, embarrassingly enough I shop on amazon almost everyday, and I use Tropical Traditions coconut oil more than any other brand. I often turn down opportunities to be affiliated with companies because they are something I would not use or I don't think you, my audience, would benefit from them.

However, as the new year approaches I am well aware that 98% of you are going to make a resolution to lose weight and/or be healthier.

I want to make sure that you're idea of losing weight and eating healthier does not include what main stream media will have you believing to do- diets that are not going to be maintained long term, nor do they involve paleo (whole, real food) principles.

So, for those of you looking for some advice, please consider the Unconventional Weight Loss Convention. It's a week long online course that will bring advice from 28 different holistic professionals.

Registration is completely free and you will also get a free ebook "Why We Crave What We Crave."

You will have to pay to listen to the courses, as you would with any professional dietary advisement, so to check out the prices click here.

Click on the banner at the top of this post to be taken to the website to register and learn more.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chocolate Pomegranate Smoothie (paleo, vegan)

Rich, thick, and delicious. Makes a decadent snack or post dinner dessert.

2 frozen bananas
2 Tbsp cacao powder
2 cup pomegranate seeds

Place in Vitamix on high for about 90 seconds, or until smooth.
Use tamper to press into blades, if necessary.
Drink cold.

Note: cacao is not SCD legal, sorry.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top 10 Paleo Gift Ideas

Because we all can use some suggestions on buying for the caveman in your life...

1. Le Cruset Dutch Oven

Because anything Le Cruset is amazing and dutch ovens are perfect for making carnitas.

2. Veggie Spiralizer

If they don't already have one, they are envying all the bloggers online that post recipes using one. They're fun. And they make vegetables into pasta. 'Nuff said.

3. Vitamix

Shameless self promotion, I know, but seriously- every foodie wants one. With my affiliate code 06-006499 you can get free shipping, access (online only) to refurbished machines at the lowest prices possible (see details here), and a bonus gift of 3 spatulas ONLY available from purchases through an affiliate like me!*

*(spatulas will be shipped separately and will not show up in your shopping cart- but you will get them!)

4. Lunch Crock Pot

Cavemen no like microwaves. Caveman want food to stay hot all day. Caveman like this.

5. Better Than a Frisbee

It flies really, really far. And cave people like to be active. Throw it really far and teach your dog or husband to retrieve it.

6. Hard Cider Kit

Because they don't drink beer.

7. Kitchen Aid Mixer


8. Light Saber Chopsticks

Things that glow make everything more fun.

9. Himalayan Salt Lamp: Air Purifier

To learn more read this. All the cool cave people want one, trust me.

10. Berkey Super Awesome Water Filter

Seriously, they will use it everyday... forever. And love it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Black Friday 2014 Vitamix Deal!

Perhaps you've noticed the new commercials on TV that feature easy and quick preparation of holiday meals with Vitamix. Then, perhaps, you went to and saw the price of the new machines and mumbled to yourself "in my dreams..." and then went to Google better deals on Vitamix. Perhaps, that's how you ended up here.

In any case, you have come to the right spot. As a Vitamix affiliate I have the honor to tell you first that there is a Black Friday special running for the entire week. From November 24, 2014 to December 1, 2014 the price for a certified reconditioned standard will be $285 (black, white & red only).

A new Vitamix 5200 is $449.00. This is a $164 savings!

5200 Model Base Machine
Soft Grip Container (Brand New)
Getting Started Cookbook
5 Year Warranty
30 Day Money-Back Guarantee
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Vitamix machines are engineered to last lifetimes. Buy one and pass them down to your children and maybe even grandchildren. The company is over 90 years old and 4th generation family owned. Health (not profit) is the bottom line for Vitamix, and they obviously know how to make the ultimate blender. Blend smoothies, soups, juices, and sauces; chop, crush, and puree anything you can imagine for years and years to come.

For more information on my story with Vitamix and why purchasing one is a worthwhile investment please see my link here. I (and the company) honestly do not want you to buy a Vitamix and not use it. Use it. Everyday. You will find ways. You will love it. Email me with questions, comments, or concerns.