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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…


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



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



#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.



#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!

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

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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2013 in Review: Rollercoaster Year


Happy New Year, Everyone!  Sad to say I didn’t make it to midnight.  So close!
This was the first year Alex tried to stay up until midnight, but by 11pm or so we were both teetering – and NOT from alcohol! We collapsed into our beds without seeing the sparkly ball drop.  Oh well, maybe next year.  Wait… what did I say last year about practicing what I preach about healthy sleep habits?  We’re both in a sleep-deprived fog this morning.  No energy to take down the tree and decorations yet.  Maybe later…after our movie marathon.

We did celebrate by roasting the turkey that was intended for Christmas – the one that arrived frozen solid (unlike the one we ordered at Thanksgiving, which was fresh).  Served with sweet potatoes, cucumber-avocado-salmon roe appetizer and vanilla-honey-cinnamon coconut butter candy.  And let’s not forget the sparkling apple juice to toast the New Year!

This past year has had some tremendous ups and downs for me.

I started Pamela’s Paleo Life just over a year ago after Thanksgiving.

Completed a 21-Day Sugar Detox, during which I discovered I was pregnant at the age of 45.

Addressed a critical issue for those undergoing radical transformation.

Cooked a LOT.  Ate a lot.

Suffered a miscarriage with complications requiring antibiotics at Easter time and lingering adrenal fatigue throughout the summer.

Son turned 9.  Pets turned 12 and 14 years old respectively.

Son had orthodontic palate expander and braces.

Met my hero, Tara Grant at the Minneapolis Primal Blueprint seminar.

Completed a course in Behavioral Economics from Duke University (fascinating!)

Celebrated turning 29 with 17 years experience (that’s 46 for the math-challenged.)

Posted lots of pet photos for cuteness and laughs.

Discovered Paleo Dough!  Used it lots.

Rediscovered archery.

Attended a family reunion, lost two more members thereof.

Did an interview with Alison Golden of PaleoNonPaleo.

Enjoyed playing with the ever-expanding line of colors and products at Red Apple Lipstick!

Continued to educate myself about autoimmune disorders, especially celiac disease and ways to heal and stay healthy.

Celebrated our 1st Blog Birthday!

Whew!  That’s a lot of ups and downs.
Here’s wishing all of us a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, SMOOTH and STEADY 2014!

Dogs Are Gluten-Intolerant!

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This is Delenn being a good sport.

Veterinary science is rapidly catching up with human medical research and studies are revealing pets having similar health issues associated with gluten consumption.

Humans aren’t the only ones in the family that shouldn’t eat gluten.  Dogs (and cats!) evolved as carnivores and should eat a diet consisting of primarily meat with an occasional bite of vegetation.  BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods) is best, but not always feasible.

Luckily, there are both raw and grain-free pet foods on the market.  We feed our girls Wellness Core grain-free kibbles accompanied by Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried raw foods.  I would love to feed raw exclusively, but with a 60 lb. Labrador it’s a bit cost-prohibitive.

Unfortunately, we only learned this information about two years ago when we discovered Paleo and its benefits.  So for most of their lives, our 14-year old dog and 12-year old cats ate SAD pet food. As a result, the dog developed arthritis as well as a heart murmur and one of the cats is hyperthyroid.  However, the change in diet halted the progression of these conditions.  Diet matters just as much for our beloved pets as ourselves!

Sugar is Evil

Sugar is Evil.  

Why do we love something so destructive so very much?  Evolutionary Biologists claim we are hard-wired to pursue the sweet stuff and consume as much as possible as a survival mechanism.  In whole food form, sugars in fruits and veggies attract us to foods rich in fibers, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.  However, we humans are just too clever for our own good.  We isolate the sugars from the fiber and other plant nutrients, leaving us with something that becomes toxic on its own in quantity.

After watching Dr. Robert Lustig’s lecture Sugar: the Bitter Truth a couple years ago, I’ve made concerted effort to consume whole fruits and honey instead of processed and other natural sugars like maple syrup or evaporated cane juice (which are separated from the whole plant) to satisfy my desire for sweetness.

I understand only too well that I am a recovering “Sugar Hound” and must be cautious of the slippery slope that is the sweet stuff.  Keeping blood sugar steady is of utmost importance for those of us with autoimmunity and vigilance is required to avoid candida overgrowth, from which I suffered nearly my entire life – and am currently battling again due to the (necessary) use of antibiotics.

I recently viewed another lecture by the good Dr. Lustig: Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0 which reinforces avoidance of high fructose corn syrup and other processed/natural sugars outside whole food form due to its overall toxicity as well as its special contribution to obesity.

I encourage you to watch both of these.  They are important and worth your time!

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My Interview with Alison Golden on Paleo/NonPaleo.com

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Click this image to read it!

I recently had the honor of doing a “Paleo Success Story” interview with Alison Golden of PaleoNonPaleo.  And it published TODAY!  Yippee!

I hope my experience inspires and encourages others to make a positive lifestyle change.  Lord knows it’s not easy, but IS SO WORTH IT!

Pain Paste

Last week I had the misfortune of getting unexpectedly “glutened”.  We had some Jelly Belly jelly beans as a treat – which we had researched (and eaten) several times and found to be gluten-free – but did not read the label on the (licensed?) Kirkland package from Costco until it was too late.  Just minutes after consumption, the pain began.

“How did this happen?”, you ask.  Well, apparently the Jelly Belly beans made for Kirkland are

“produced on machinery that also manufactures blah blah blah WHEAT blah, blah blah…”   

If you have food allergies, you know the line…  Uh-huh.

Kirkland Jelly Belly

You would be wise to avoid these at Costco.
They are NO bargain!

WHAT?!  The Jelly Belly website states that all of their beans are gluten free.
Gotta read the teeny-tiny print on EVERY package you buy.  Period.  Never assume!

So the wheels in my brain started turning and I thought of a few things that might minimize what was coming.  First, a dose of Max Digest.  This digestive enzyme product can supposedly break down some gluten proteins and help protect against accidental cross-contamination – which is what we apparently had going on here.

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As a side note: I love Dr. Osborne’s products – they are specifically formulated to assist celiacs in recovery from gluten-induced damage.  Thank you, Dr. Osborne and Gluten-Free Society!

I also remembered my experience with Activated Charcoal this winter.
It’s ADsorptive properties seemed suitable here too.


Thank You, Dave Asprey!

These actions helped ease my immediate digestive pain, but over the next 24 hours came the leg, joint, back, neck and headache pain.  That required more.  I succumbed.  I gave in to the pain and took ibuprofen, an NSAID.  This is not a good idea as NSAIDs contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome – the root cause of autoimmune disorders (which both of mine – Celiac and Hashimoto’s – are!)

Because I know this, I was reluctant to take another dose despite the pain.
I knew there had to be another way.  Hmm…NSAID = Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug…


There are loads of scientific data demonstrating the anti-inflammatory effects of certain foods, specifically cinnamon, turmeric and ginger.  These three ingredients and more are found in turmeric tea.  I remembered seeing this recipe on Mark’s Daily Apple and hunted it down.

Essentially, it is hot coconut milk mixed with those three spices, some vanilla and honey to taste.  (I left out the cayenne since it is a nighshade and doesn’t play nice with my autoimmune disorders.)

Voila!  A creamy, soothing pain reliever in a cup.  It worked, too!  Of course I am familiar with Professor Dan Ariely’s research on placebos and pain.  But whatever works, right?  I’ll take it.


OK, that worked well at home, but what about away from home or times when you don’t want to sip a hot beverage?  Like say, when it’s nearly 100 degrees outside?  Well…a little creativity goes a long way.

Our local Co-op sells empty cellulose capsules in the bulk section.  I use these for my Bulletproof Glutathione  supplement, as it tastes like something died (for real!) and I couldn’t choke it down to save my life.   Don’t know how people do it…  Anyway: I decided to put my turmeric tea in a capsule.

I mixed equal parts cinnamon, turmeric and ginger powders in a dish and added enough softened coconut oil to make a paste.  Put it in a syringe and filled size “00” cellulose capsules.  Tada!  Portable, natural pain reliever.  No nasty NSAIDs here.

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I wasn’t sure if the coconut oil would dissolve the capsules, so I tested it.  While glutathione does soften them quickly, the coconut oil did not seem to have that effect.  So, one could pre-fill some capsules and keep them in an airtight container for a while, especially if you have one of those desiccated moisture-absorbing packets added.  I am storing mine in the syringe as coconut oil acts as a natural preservative.

This Pain Paste can also be used as a base for hot turmeric tea.  Add vanilla and honey (along with about 1-2 tsp of the paste) to hot coconut milk to complete the recipe.  Enjoy!

Wisdom of the Lorax

Lorax Quote

Ah, the wisdom of the Lorax.  Of course he is referring to the environment in this quote, but it applies to so many other things as well – including our health.

When I read this quote, I think about the state of our food supply.  In my opinion, it’s a crime.

One afternoon my son complained that he was too skinny.  We had a discussion about how things have changed since I was young.  Back then, kids were very lean with rare exception – but now 1/3 of all kids are obese and at least half are overweight and unhealthy. 

My husband recently asked me if I’d noticed just how many kids were fat and unhealthy these days.    “Yes, I have.”

It’s an epidemic, and you don’t have to look to news reports to see it.  It is evident all around us.  I look at my son’s classmates and it saddens me how many are overweight at such a young age.  And worse – how many people now think that is normal and even healthy.

Babies and young children are not predisposed to overeat.  They listen to their instincts and stop eating when they have had enough.  So why is this happening?  A number of factors:

  • Overabundance and availability of high-calorie, nutrient-poor processed foods engineered to make us “addicted” to and overeat them
  • Truly addictive foods made from wheat, dairy and sugar in overwhelming supply
  • Marketing messages enticing us and taking advantage of our hardwired preferences
  • Foods that alter our hormones to increase hunger and store fat
  • Caregivers taking the easy way out by giving in to children’s pleas for these foodstuffs 

I see these over-fed, under-nourished, obese, suffering children and feel so sad for them – that they have to live their lives this way due to greed, misinformation and bad technology.  Despite high levels of obesity, our culture is very prejudiced against fat people.  It affects everything in life.  I’ve told friends (based on my own experience) that when you are obese, you are invisible at best and at worst people are cruel.  I came across a photo blog Pictures of People Who Mock Me that really shows this experience poignantly.

Yes, change is hard.  I have addressed the question of why people do not initiate and/or sustain lifestyle changes in this post on transformation.  And I recently came across another blog post from the Minimalists that also accurately describes the challenges of lifestyle change.  It’s hard. People judge.  They question.  They shun.  It’s like you are holding a mirror up for them – showing them what they want but have not achieved.

But consider the alternative – the status quo.  Is that really what we want for ourselves and our children?  To become a (bad) health statistic?

As one of my Paleo heroes (Diane Sanfilippo) has been known to say:

Nothing changes if nothing changes.



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