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Downton Abbey Premiere (Season 4) Tonight!

Downton Abbey Season 4 premiers tonight on PBS Masterpiece!  


I was so lucky to be invited to see it early at the MN PBS showing in December with my friend Emma (she’s British!)  at the St. Paul Landmark Center, complete with tea samplings.
That was one of the quickest hours I’ve spent in a while!  [Thanks Again, Emma!]

Landmark Center

I’m a huge fan of both the show and tea, so when I saw this, I just had to get it for Christmas!
It was challenging to reserve it for Christmas morning, but worth the wait.

Downton Abbey Tea

Both of these teas are excellent, by the way!

Why am I writing about Downton Abbey here, besides the fact that I love it and have already pre-ordered the Season 4 DVD?  Well, according to my friend Alison Golden of PaleoNonPaleo.com (who is also British!) Downton Abbey is 7/10 Paleo!  Who Knew?!

Read here to find out who the most “Paleo” character is!

And tune in to PBS tonight and enjoy – the season premier is awesome as always,
even without our beloved Matthew Crawley!

12 Days of Paleo Christmas!

The second annual edition of Pamela’s 12 Days of Paleo Christmas.
OK, so I listed more than twelve…the more, the merrier!   Enjoy!

[Product links provided below.]

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Gift ideas featured in Pamela’s 12 Days of Paleo Christmas:

Paleo Dough makes nearly anything savory or sweet: bread, biscuits, crackers, tortillas, pizza crust, dumplings, meat or fruit pie pockets etc.

Bulletproof Coffee and Kerrygold Butter (available at Costco and other stores)

Great Lakes Gelatin and Silicone Mold(s)


Downton Abbey Teas
Why is Downton Abbey Paleo? http://paleononpaleo.com/downton-abbey-guide-paleo/

Gather: the Art of Paleo Entertaining

Paleo Happy Hour

Bulletproof Activated Charcoal for rapid recovery from consuming anything dubious

Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salts  (available at Costco and other stores)

Red Apple Lipstick Products: lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner, lip balm, eyeliner, eyeshadow

Caveman Feast App for IOS or Android

Paleo Treats

Mabel’s Labels – for all the things people lose

Ball Mason Canning Jars for food storage and drinking

Primal Blueprint Boxed Set – ALL the Primal Blueprint books in one place

Evernote Market – amazing tools to keep organized at home or on the go

*Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliates and I may receive a commission from purchases.

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.

max digest

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.

Pain Paste 2

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!

29 With 17 Years Experience

Today is my birthday.  I am 29 with 17 years experience.

Came downstairs to some fresh lilacs and a friendly face.

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Started the morning with tea in the porch.  It was cold outside (upper 40’s) but at least the sun was shining.  We had LOTS of gloom and rain this past week, so Happy Birthday to me.

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It didn’t take long to gain some company…

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Sent my boys off to work and school, had lunch with some friends and took the day off from housework.  All in all, a pretty good day, with the exception of dinner…but that’s another post.

Winter Beauty Care

Baby, It's COLD outside!  (-10F)  Gee, I can see my breath.  Why can't the camera?!

Baby, It’s COLD outside! (-10F)
Gee, I can see my breath. Why can’t the camera?!

Winter has returned to Minnesota, with sub-zero windchills and frost on the porch windows.  We got lulled into a false sense of optimism by a January thaw complete with rain and patches of green grass peeking through the snow cover.

But mid-winter in the Northland is brutal, with temperatures down to the -40s, strong winds and air so cold and dry it can snatch your breath away.  It leaves normally healthy skin raw and hair charged with static, standing on end. Makes you want to hibernate until Spring!

What’s a girl to do?  Or anyone for that matter?

First and foremost, nourish your skin and hair from the inside out.  Eat foods rich in healthy fats and collagen (bone broth, avocado, bacon, ghee, coconut milk and coconut oil).  Avoid dehydration by consuming adequate fluids.  I am a huge Tea Lover and always have a tea pot on the warmer when there is snow on the ground.

As tempting as they are, avoid hot baths and showers.  Hot water depletes the skin of oils and moisture, making it more vulnerable to dermatitis.  Less frequent bathing can also be helpful.  To prevent hair static, skip the blow dryer and apply a touch of coconut oil to tame the frizzies and fly-aways.

Reexamine the products you use to clean up and care for your body.  Harsh detergents not only dry your skin and hair, but many contain chemicals that contribute to toxic burden.  Be sure to read every product label and especially avoid sodium laurel sulfates (SLS), parabens, formeldahydes such as quatermium, and other synthetic compounds.  We should avoid these always, but especially when we are under stress.  See Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep guide for product safety ratings.  Minimize the number of commercial products you use  and either make your own or eliminate their use altogether.  I like the California Baby Shampoo, Conditioner and Calendula Cream for gluten-free, safe personal care products.  Magnesium Oil makes a great spray-on deoderant that doubles as an essential mineral supplement.

A very effective and safe option for cleansing and moisturizing is coconut oil.  It can be used on face, body and hair for cleansing, moisturizing and detoxification (oil pulling).  Just rub a small amount between your hands to melt it, and apply anywhere you need moisturizing or protection.  It is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.

Although coconut oil works really well, my FAVORITE lip balm on the planet is RALLYE Balm by Red Apple Lipstick.  I use it on my lips, under my eyes and on my cuticles.  It’s gluten-free, paraben-free and all-around fabulous – as are all of their lip and eye products!
[In the photo above, I am wearing Crush On Me lipstick and Metropolis lip gloss to protect me from these harsh winter winds.  And just for fun – TutuCute, Buttercream and Iced Mocha on the eyes, with Espresso applied wet as liner.]

Liz Wolfe of Cave Girl Eats just released her new Skintervention Guide with expert guidance to achieving Paleo perfect skin.  I highly recommend it!  She discusses the same points outlined here, but in far greater detail. (Of course!  I only have so much space in a blog post.)  She reviews nutrition, digestion and face/body care routines and products.

A key practice I had temporarily given up for convenience is the oil cleansing method, but will be mixing a new batch tonight.  This cold, dry air is just too much for my skin to compensate.  So back to the basics I go.  Hmm…I am seeing a pattern here…sugar detox, skin care change, decluttering…

Time to once again Simplify My Life.  More on that in an upcoming post!