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12 Days of (Paleo) Christmas 2015

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2015 List of Paleo-Friendly Gift Ideas:

On the first day of Christmas…la la la la la la…

InstantPot-IP-DUO

#1 Instant Pot pressure cooker for convenient prep of favorite Paleo comfort foods.

 

Frankincense

#2 Frankincense & Myrrh essential oils for nearly anything that ails you – even kills cancer cells!

 

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#3 Red Apple Lipstick Gluten-free makeup to deck yourself out for the holidays and every day.

 

Christmas Tea  brown betty

#4 Downton Abbey Christmas Tea and Brown Betty Teapot – because Downton and tea.  Yeah.

 

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#5 Otto’s Cassava Flour and Tigernut Flour for all your GF/Paleo cooking and baking needs.

 

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#6 Bulletproof Cookbook Fuel yourself to live a kick-ass life – and enjoy it!

 

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#7 Happy Feet Toe Socks align your feet and destress your body.

 

salt lamps

#8 Himalayan Salt Lamps purify the air of electrical pollution and particles.

 

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#9 Thrive Market Membership for Paleo-friendly discounted food and lifestyle products.

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#10 Glutenza and Bulletproof Activated Charcoal Protect/recover from all those holiday parties.

 

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#11 Beeswax Candles for clean, sweet-smelling ambient light.

 

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#12 EPIC Bacon Bars & Bites  Well, because BACON!


Have a very Merry Christmas (or other appropriate Winter Holiday!)
We look forward to another year of sharing and caring with you.  🙂

 

Lego mistletoe

All of my boys LOVE Legos, so they are always on the Gift List!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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Boo!

Another food-centered holiday – a minefeld for those of us with celiac and/or food allergies.
We will again be distributing an allergy-friendly treat for Halloween (Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops) and participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Teal Pumpkin

Teal Pumpkin Project

Trick-or-Treating is fun, so we let our son(s) do the rounds in the neighborhood with Daddy and bring home their stash for sorting (minus a few safe bites).  We use the Gluten-Free Candy List 2015 to verify GF safety and have ourselves a little gorge-fest (and ensuing sugar coma), then buy the rest of it from the kiddo(s) to send with Daddy to the office the next day.  All unsafe candy automatically goes into that pile from the get-go.

The boys got to wear their costumes last weekend at the Arboretum’s Ghouls & Giggles Event.
There was a Teddy Bear Band and Trick-or-Treating along a trail in the woods.  The maples were gorgeous, and everythign smelled like Fall.

I chose the astronaut costume for baby, and older brother decided to match.  Daddy is always telling people that Big Bro will invent the first Warp-Core Engine and double-dog dare Baby to fly it.  Gotta be an astronaut to do that, right?!

All that sugar impairs immunity.  And every year like clockwork, all the kids at school get sick right after Halloween.  One year, poor Alex even developed pneumonia.  Oy, that was scary!
This year we are prepared – above and beyond eating nutrient-dense foods and vitamin D.
I armed myself with a bottle of Young Living’s Thieves essential oil.  Legend has it, this oil protected four thieves from the Black Plague back in the Dark Ages.  It really seems to work!  If there is a hint of illness approaching, I place a few drops in a diffuser at bedtime (only for those of us older than 6!) and it works its magic.  Science has verified the power of essential oil medicinal compounds.  They are often superior to conventional antimicrobials and they do not develop resistant strains of pathogens.  Lavender and Frankincense are safe for (conservative) use on babies, while peppermint should never be used on anyone under the age of 6.

I have been learning about and using essential oils for a few months now, and I must say I am impressed.  Veriditas Botanicals (local Minneapolis company) have been my favorite products, although I also use Aura Cacia, Young Living and Mercola (all organic versions only!)

Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!

FOUR Years of Paleo Living!

 

Wow, my 4-year anniversary of going Paleo…

I didn’t realize it had been that long until Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Mom
posted about her own 4-year anniversary, which is shortly before mine.

A lot of changes have happened in those four years!

Healed from two autoimmune conditions (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Celiac),
lost 65+ lbs in the process, regained my fertility and had a baby at the age of 47!
Whew!  (Baby just turned One, btw.)

As I said in my Success Story published by Robb Wolf in 2012, I will NEVER go back to “Before”!

From this:

To this:

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Mommy (48 years old) and Max on his First Birthday 09/09/2015

#TBT Post: Transformation: the Part No One Tells You About… (A Piece of the Puzzle We do Not Address Enough)

What do you deserve?

A recent Mark’s Daily Apple post “Entitled to Sabotage” has got people talking about lip service vs. real, sustainable change.  He discusses the phenomenon of “treat” becoming a verb instead of a noun in one’s life, surrendering accountability for health choices to some vague power outside oneself.

Too many people pay lip service to getting healthy, and do exactly as Mark describes, sabotaging themselves and not really changing their behaviors.  I’ve been pondering this a lot lately: Why are permanent lifestyle changes are so hard – especially for women? I believe it has to do with the change in social dynamics in your circles when you make that change.

I think this change in social dynamics is the BIGGEST obstacle people face in adopting the Paleo lifestyle.  Tara Grant said it so well in an interview for PaleoNonPaleo, how people change when you do.  How you lose friends because you’re no longer convenient to be around. How they feel uncomfortable because your success brings their choices into greater focus – and they don’t like what they see.  It’s really disconcerting and something you aren’t prepared for when you start such a journey.  Jealousy and sabotage abounds. It goes on and on, and many people just don’t have the fortitude to withstand the pressure to conform. So they fall off the wagon.

Orleatha Smith had this to say in her interview for PaleoNonPaleo: “I’m really glad that you asked this question because I never imagined that anyone would have a negative reaction to my weight-loss. I went from 260lbs to 135lbs so I’ve lost 125lbs. I also lost almost every ‘close’ girlfriend I had when I was obese. I remember sitting on my couch crying because my friends had yet another girl’s night without me – of course Facebook tells all.”

It’s true that your entire circle of friends changes when you make a big lifestyle change like getting healthy, losing weight, quit smoking, drinking, or whatever.  Mine is now much, much smaller and those friends are all newly-found.  I still have a number of “frenemies” that I interact with, and I always have to remind myself that anything I say can and WILL be used against me.  Learned that one the hard way a few times. So sad, but true.  

Women have this strange reaction to others’ success or good fortune.  They see another woman and say “I hate her!” in envy, rather than recognizing they really want to BE her and do something about it.  Anything worth having takes hard work and/or hard choices.  Our health is no different.

So how do we deal with this?
By remembering why we embarked on this journey to begin with – our health and that of our closest loved ones.  Be strong.  Make conscious, intentional choices and have faith.

While I have grieved the loss of many a friend this past year, I gained so much more instead.  General contentment.  No more physical pain and suffering.  Renewed vitality in my marriage.  More energy to keep up with my child – and the knowledge that I will likely be around a lot longer to teach him and see him grow up!

The benefits of this Paleo lifestyle are worth so much more than the sacrifices.  To feel good physically and emotionally, to look good and have more confidence overall, to receive positive attention from others and have the knowledge you can give your best to your family.  It’s totally worth it.  And so are YOU.

 

#TBT: I will NEVER go back to “BEFORE”!

#TBT – My Story for those who have not read it.

 

I will NEVER go back to “BEFORE”!!

It all begins with this story...

It all begins with this story…

RobbWolf.com Testimonial: BEFORE

I Will NEVER Go Back To “Before”!!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Written by: Pamela

I developed Hashimoto’s (autoimmune) Hypothyroidism and was searching for a way to relieve the symptoms. I had suffered significant weight gain, severe fatigue, hormonal imbalance, sleep issues, and pain in my joints, muscles – essentially all over.  My doctors were of very little help beyond initial diagnosis and prescribing Levoxyl.  The medication helped, but only a little.

I read a number of success stories online and was very inspired by them.  I had incredible motivation in the form of a young child that needs me that made me determined.

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BEFORE

So in September 2011, I decided to give Paleo a go – and WOW did it work!  And it was not nearly as difficult as I imagined it would be!

Robb’s revelation that my gallbladder removal indicated undiagnosed celiac disease (p. 81 “Full of Bile” in The Paleo Solution) was very powerful.  My surgeon told me I nearly died during that operation at the age of 27.  If I had only known!  I am not exaggerating when I say this information saved me.  I’ve had a few close calls in my life that can now be attributed to gluten/celiac issues: nearly ruptured appendix, serious complications during gallbladder surgery, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and Hashimoto’s (autoimmune) Thyroiditis.

In addition to the Paleo dietary recommendations, I also avoid dairy and nightshades due to my autoimmunity.  I also follow(ed) recommendations from GAPS (bone broth, probiotics, etc) in the healing process.  My exercise consists of walking my dog and house/yard work.

I no longer suffer.  I look and feel great at 60+ lbs less than my heaviest/sickest point.  I went from a size 16 to an 8 in one year; I look 10 years younger with my hair color/texture returning.  Additional benefits:  no body odor (I now use magnesium oil as my “deodorant”) and dramatic improvement in my mood, hormonal balance, and marriage!  I am 45 years old, 5’10” tall, size 6/8, and weigh just under 160 lbs.

I will NEVER go back to “before”!!

Many, many thanks and much love to Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Tara Grant and the online Paleo community for showing me the way to heal(th)!!  I truly owe them my life.

Pamela

 

AFTER

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Christopher Williams (a.k.a. Squatchy) is a paleo aficionado, educator, personal trainer, wellness coach, and hobbyist chef. He also works as part of the Robb Wolf team.

Pamela

November 8, 2012 at 8:08 am
Thanks, Everyone!

I submitted this story in hopes that it will help others – both by inspiring some to try Paleo, and to encourage others to keep on. One day at a time – it all starts somewhere!

I am incredibly grateful to Robb for sharing his work with us! His insights about autoimmunity were key to my recovery. At one point before diagnosis, I was so sick I could barely eat. I knew I was in big trouble, but had no idea what was happening. I hate to think where I would be if I hadn’t discovered Paleo. A very scary thought, indeed.

So, kudos to all of you living the lifestyle – and pass it on! There are far too many people suffering needlessly.

🙂 Pamela


Spring Cleaning Time! (Part 1: the Bathroom)

It’s once again time for Spring Cleaning!

Let’s begin in the same place as our day usually starts – the Bathroom:
EWG’s Skin Deep database  rates personal care products for safety and their website also has a guide to safe household cleaners to get you started.

I personally love products from the Honest Company  in addition to vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for cleaning, and Red Apple Lipstick far amazing safe, beautiful makeup.

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