Tasty Tuesday

I LOVE LOVE LOVE BONE BROTH!!!!

It is super easy to make and SUPER POWERFUL for our bodies!

I forget how much I love it sometimes.  Then when I do a nutritional or spiritual fast, it becomes my mainstay, I am reminded just how nourishing and revitalizing it is!!

There are so many recipes out there…so many ways to do it….and some of it gets complicated.  I honestly think that is what holds a lot of people back from just trying it.

I will hear things like “Am I doing it right?  It didn’t gel!”   blah blah blah…..and I think it holds people back.

So here is my rule of thumb…..It doesn’t matter if it gels or not I learned that from Nom Nom Paleo.   (Here is a link to her Pressure cooker recipe!)

What is important is the bones getting soft, being able to crush in your fingers….because that lets you know you are getting the minerals and all the greatness from the bones!

How do I make my bone broth?  I keep it simple. 
 Especially if I am in a hurry.

Oval crock pot
bones (chicken, beef, venison….a cleanly fed, no hormone animal)
apple cider vinegar
sea salt
water
cook on high for 24-36 hours.

Bam…..done!

Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites and 21 Day Sugar Detox keeps her’s simple too…(recipe here!)

But there are times when I have a bit more time and I add more seasonings or bits of veggies from having chopped up stuff.  Wellness Mama gives a basic recipe but with veggies here!

My thoughts are to not make it complicated.  But the more seasonings do add fullness and a savoriness!

I have done a batch before with lots of  Asian seasonings especially with turmeric to get all that amazing benefit.  I have done a rosemary flare.  I have done a Mexican flare.   I’ve done some really great batches and not so great batches.  But they never go to waste!

I personally just sip on it.  I love a mug of bone broth right after a workout.  It is refreshing and revitalizing.  Yet I understand and respect not everyone is up for a cup of BB instead of Joe!  Other ways I use bone broth is I cook eggs in it…..I saute veggies…..I then use it to make soup…..I use it to cook rice or beans…..pretty much anywhere I may need to use water to cook I use bone broth instead.  Therefore my family is reaping the benefits of this powerhouse liquid without having to sip on it like I do!

Dr. Axe gives further info on all the great benefits (here). 

If you aren’t convinced then check out this simple search I did for bone broth and you will see all the amazing people who write about it and all the amazing benefits!  (Search here!)

So that’s what I woke up thinking about this morning was BONE BROTH….lol…..thus that is why my Tuesday is about this TASTY powerhouse!

Have a beautifully blessed day!
Hugs and prayers always,
~Kelly 🙂

PS…..today’s book picture is one of my very first real/whole food/paleo cook books.  I actually purchased it when it was still only in an e-version.  I was super excited when it was released in a paper form.  I have purchased it for many friends….I love love love how simple her recipes are!
 
I ESPECIALLY LOVE HOW SHE HAS PROTOCOLS AND RECIPES FOR EVERY POSSIBLE NEED: brain health, heart health, autoimmunity, thyroid, adrenals, about nightshades, candida, sibo….etc…..it is truly a wealth of info!

Refreshing thoughts on Thursday!

Sarah Fragoso is probably my hero in the paleo world….with the balanced bites ladies coming in on a very close runner up!  That’s for the powerful paleo gals!  
As for the guys….well…Sarah’s podcast partner and friend, Jason Seib is probably my hero with Mark Sisson right after him!
It speaks to the heart of what these two stand for with the Paleo lifestyle.  And it speaks to what I try to not only live but to express to so many!
I don’t think they can talk enough about people (especially women) being metabolically broken.  My thoughts are that when a person is metabolically broken they are also mentally and possibly spiritually broken.
After all how do we get to be metabolically broken?  We get there because we are feeling desperate.  A person isn’t liking what they see in the mirror and how they feel.  They get desperate and go to extremes.  
My thoughts on getting desperate is great if a person chooses to kick themselves in the butt and really hit their nutrition hardcore, thus in return having them lose a bunch of weight real fast….but then stick with it!
Have that quick start be the turning point to make real life changing choices for the longevity, for the journey of life. 
Thirst to be more!
Be thankful for ALL that God is.   
Thankful He is always present!
Thirst to know Him better. 
Thirst to serve Him better.  

As you are thankful and thirsty for Him you are able to learn some amazing ways to be thrifty! 
Teresa had to have thirsted for our Lord! She had to have thanked him for all He is!
Thrifty tip for the day:
Use coconut oil for your face and hand cream.  You’ll save sooooo much and actually reap health benefits.   Plus the added bonus of not having to wash the lotion off when you cook!
I would imagine if I designated just one jar for my hand and face lotion it would last me the entire year for $10!!!!
I use to spend $35 on face cream every 3 months and $10 on body lotion every 2-3 months. 
Go forward today thirsting for God…
Thanking Him….
And honoring Him by being thrifty!
Hugs and prayers,
K 🙂

Tasty Tuesday: Snack on Fat!

No really!!!

Having a craving?  Feeling sluggish? Need a quick snack to get you to the next meeting, class, task, or just because?
Pick a great quality high fat snack to not only create satiety, but to create energy, and to turn off the insulin spiking!
My top ten fat snacks!
1:  1/2 avacados with salt squeezed lemon or lime.  Dig in! (Sometimes I will sprinkle a little bit of a hot pepper like that yummy rooster sauce!)
2:   Tbs of almond butter, tbs of coconut flakes, tbs of cocoa nibs.   Mix all together for a creamy crunchy delight.  (Some may want it to be a bit sweeter so a drop or 2 of a liquid stevia)
3:  tbs of almond butter, tbsp of sunflower butter, sprinkle with cinnamon. 
4: olives
5: macadamia nuts sprinkled with salt and ceyene.  
6:  macadamia nuts, coconut flakes, cocoa nibs mixed together.  Like a trail mix.  A variation is all the same but toss it lightly with some coconut oil sprinkle with cinnamon and roast it in oven maybe 500 for 5-7 minutes.   But really watch it cause of the coconut flakes.  
7: bacon!!!!
8: bacon with almond butter!
9: the first snack of avocado with bacon sprinkled on it.  
10:  number six snack with bacon crumpled in it!
How can you possibly go wrong with bacon!
If you want to understand more about the science of fat and how it’s not fat that makes us fat (the right fats that is)…..check out resources like:
Jimmy Moore – Keto Clarity
Johnathan Bailor – The Calorie Myth
Mark Sisson – Marks Daily Apple
John Kiefer – Carb Nite
And of course my favorites on:
Every Day Paleo
Balanced Bites
So now go get a scoop of clarified butter and sprinkle it with salt or cinnamon and enjoy!   Lol!!!
Hugs and blessings always,
K 🙂

Sugar: not so simple!

What harm could gum be?!  It’s not like there is much sugar?  Or heck it’s just a little bit of an artificial sweetener!
But it can truly make that much of a difference.
Let’s just look at the “P” word alone.  This stuff is NASTY!  It has been associated with mental deterioration!
And there is the fact that many of the sugar free gums contain aspartame that is just one nasty sweetener. 
Further, what many don’t realize: gum fakes out your digestive system….thus sending mixed signals!
Artificial sweeteners are just not a good idea!
Please take the time to check out all my highlighted links.
Bottom line is:  artificial sweeteners set up your body with confusion.  Thus making your digestive system to think it needs to do work when it doesn’t.  Thus making you hungry?  Artificial sweeteners mess with your chemical receptors!
So, personally we should try to stay away from all gum!  But I understand the need or want to have gum from time to time.  I like to chew gum while I work out.  So, I have found that the spry gum is the less offensive of all the choices.  It’s not perfect….but at least I receive no spikes in insulin.  I won’t experience brain fog, or other potential gunky stuff.  
I hope my humble opinion is helpful!
Many blessings to all of you try and striving to live a whole food, REAL life!
hugs and prayers always!
~K 🙂

Paleo: Protein, Power, Peace

I have been wanting to post about some of my favorite sites I go to to continually learn and grow through this amazing lifestyle I have embarked upon for over 3 years now.

It started out as a spiritual journey….that has turned into the most amazing life changing experience for my mind, my body and my soul!

But with this posting I promise to not get drawn out….I will just give all of you my favorite spots I go to for resources: recipes, Q&A, support, etc.  And I will give a summary of why I go to that particular site!

I have two main sites I go to:

balancedbites.com  and everydaypaleo.com

BALANCED BITES:

Understanding the science of food….how it hurts or heals us.
Sugar Detox recipes
Game planning for a sugar detox
excellent podcasts

EVERYDAY PALEO:

Fitness tips
great support as you read about her journey
recipes
mental support
family support

Now I am going to just list all the sites I read and then put them into categories :)….

Elana’s Pantry

Excellent source for recipes!!!

Mark’s Daily Apple

Excellent source for fitness and the science behind the food.

Food Babe:

Understanding the science about the chemicals in our foods.

Paleo Hacks:

Support forum with other Paleo’s
recipes
podcast

Whole 9:

I first learned about this site because of their book “It Starts with Food”

It is truly about getting back to basics…REAL FOOD!  Challenging yourself for 30 days to eat nothing but real food….
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As far as categories are concerned these are how I look for something in each of these categories.  Listed in the order of how I go to them :)….

RECIPES:
Elana’s Pantry
BALANCED BITES
EVERYDAY PALEO   ***ironically….I think Sarah Fragosa has amazing recipes…but I have all 3 of her cook books so I go to my hard copies more than the blog site…:)…

WELLNESS OF MIND HEALTH:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES

SCIENCE:
BALANCED BITES
Food Babe
Mark’s Daily Apple

FITNESS:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Mark’s Daily Apple

GREAT SPOT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PALEO AND SUPPORT:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Mark’s Daily Apple
Paleo Hacks
Whole 9

MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Elana’s Pantry

EXCELLENT PODCASTS TO LEARN MORE AND GREAT GUESTS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR SITES AND HOW THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE PALEO/REAL FOOD COMMUNITY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Paleo Hacks

***I am going to finally mention one I haven’t really had the chance to delve into the site as much as I would like to yet….but I really enjoyed hearing her interview on Paleo Hacks podcast….Primal Kitchen.

And it was with that podcast and interview that I learned about Eat to Perform.

I don’t know much about those last two yet….but I look forward to reading and learning more!

Finally MOVEMENT…..my favorite spot to just watch/read/hear about quick ways to keep my body mobile and intune with how it is suppose to function and work is:  Aligned and Well.  Katy gives great sound science on how our bodies need to be respected.

SUMMING IT UP….

If I absolutely had to choose….

It would go back to the beginning of this post….BALANCED BITES and EVERYDAY PALEO.

And if you still pushed me…

I guess EVERYDAY PALEO would win because it is geared around family….they are both parents they understand the ins and outs of parenthood.

BUT….BALANCED BITES reminds me to be real…and it gives me a feeling of Gilmore Girls…lol….

So….

Those are my top spots for now….

I am continually learning….thus….

The list is continually growing…

I will add as I come across more or as I think of ones I may have forgotten!

Until then….

Many blessings to all of you…

Have a blessed week full of “P” POWER! :)….

~K 🙂


Many Many Many thoughts on Monday!

Okay so my mind is swirling with a million thoughts I want to share with everyone, anyone on this Monday!  Therefore….this journal…blog…thought entry might just be all over the place….so beware!

1st:
The discovery of scheduling a posting was quite interesting last night…thus the 8 am posting to see if it really went out when I was writing and researching at midnight last night :)….I know I know I know I should have been asleep but at least I actually respected my need for sleep and didn’t get up until 8 am!

2nd:
I was listening to the podcast of Balanced Bites #102….and I loved the advice given to a post partum woman who was trying to loose her pregnancy weight.  How she was being basically too hard on herself.  One of the ladies quoted another ladies posting on her blog/site about how she strives to work with her body.  And what she eats she makes a conscience decision.  Thus eliminating any emotional baggage.  If she eats a piece of cake she says: I am going to eat this cake and know that it may make me feel not so great…or I know it has no value but I will enjoy this with my child.  But if she thinks she is going to turn to it because of an emotional thought or whatever, then she does not eat it.  She doesn’t eat or do anything that is going to create guilt or emotional baggage.

I LOVE THAT!  Mostly because that is how I strive to live….even more so this last 3 years since I have found my wonderful new lifestyle!

Here is a very real in time example….I enjoyed watching a movie yesterday with my wonderful daughter.  She wanted popcorn….I love popcorn.  I have wonderful organic popcorn that I can pop for her fresh and put coconut oil on it…sea salt…and she loves it that way!   BUT it is a grain….I made a conscience decision that I would eat some of it with her….

Did I pay for it?  Oh yes…I within 30-45 minutes felt the gas swell my belly….it hurt soooo bad…..and today my knees are swollen and really really really hurt….but I don’t do it often….was it worth it?  Yes and No!  Worth knowing that my daughter felt joy and fellowship…no cause I hurt…..but I also know I will get it out of my system with patience…..BUT it did actually encourage me to search for other Paleo’s who may have some alternative suggestions for popcorn lovers!  (This is probably the only grain that I really love and miss!)

I found some really fun recipe ideas with cauliflower….you must do a pintrest search!

3rd:
I love homeschooling….I love unschooling….I love Charlotte Mason….I love the phases and ideas and concepts behind the Classical style of education….I LOVE LEARNING with my daughter!

We had such a wonderful day of learning!  It got me to thinking….why do we think everything has to be separating?  Subjects?  Life?  It is so funny because it is probably why I lean more toward Charlotte Mason and Unschooling styles because I don’t see Math as just 1+1=2…..I see:  if you buy this for this amount and that for that amount then you spend xyz….and that leaves you with “abc”  from your budget….where do we want to put the remainder?  In this fund, that savings, this toy…???   Or what about how did this historical event relate to our faith time line, and how about lets write this bible scripture to then edit…critique and work on our Language Arts!

It all is related….it all works together rather than separate!

Which brings me to…

4th:
Why I think it is impossible to separate our FAITH…FOOD…FITNESS….AND EVEN OUR FINANCES…OH AND WHAT ABOUT FUN….oh yeah and FAMILY!!!

It’s impossible….because each affect (yes affect…influence) each other….

I love how if I am truly thinking about what God would want me to do than I am going to take care of my body physically and mentally….and that means not going to any extremes.  I will not be lazy with it and allow it to become unhealthy….but on the flip I will not become so obsessive and legalistic that I strive for vanity and appearance….which then in turn becomes about our finances….in how much are we willing to spend to make sure we are healthy (with balance) and thus turning to real food….not quick fixes….or processed gunk!

5th:
I LOVE WHERE I AM AT IN LIFE!

I have such an interesting life story….mine isn’t necessarily any more special or scary or sad or horrific than the next person. But it is mine.  Some of it is worse than someone else’s and better than another persons.  BUT it is my story….and it is what formed me….it is how I am who I am today….AND I LOVE IT!

I love being able to see God do amazing things in my life and not get frustrated or angry at Him because of the bumps, challenges, learning lessons!

In the last 3 years I have challenged myself in more ways than I have ever in the past…and even had myself be my own lab rat to see how some things may react in my body and with my mind.

From how can IF (intermittent fasting) fit in with my paleo lifestyle… and to what extent….to supplementation….thus leading me to learn even more about quality of supplements….to if I even need supplements…to training a specific way to see if I can achieve a certain goal…to restricting calories and how does it make me feel….to losing and/or gaining 5 -10 lbs to see how it may or may not affect my run, my sleep, my mental health….

Which has all lead me to….

6th:
I love myself!

I love exactly where I am in life!  I love being healthy.  I love being aware and making conscience decisions about my entire health: mind, body and soul!  I love knowing that I am okay with being Paleo…not eating bread, sugar, dairy, gunk….and drinking a glass of wine most nights the week!

I am way ok with having some softness around my hips and legs…I am okay with the wonderful laugh lines between my eyes and around my lips.

I am okay with not worrying about what is suppose to happen next week or even tomorrow.

I am okay with if someone wants to be angry or upset or even frustrated with me.

I was listening to a podcast (again from BalancedBites…hehe…and from Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness)…and I love how they encourage people (especially women) to love themselves!  To quit critiquing those little minuscule flaws that  no one else sees!  To not be afraid of having some body fat….to not be afraid of having curves…to not be afraid of food….real food!  To not put your adrenal glands through the ringer….and to possibly evaluate if you are under eating!

This topic is so dear to me because I see it over and over….throughout the years….

Even at my heaviest with all my health issues I actually really loved myself during that time in my life!  I knew I was a child of God…I knew I probably needed to figure some things out with my health but I knew I was active….and taking care of myself to the best of my ability at that time.  And I have learned so much…..

So no matter what I may be going through in life….whether it is challenging myself physically, mentally, spiritually I know God loves me thus I MUST LOVE MYSELF!

This brings me to my final random thought….

7th:
I have enjoyed the discipline of not allowing myself to get on FB during the week last week other than Sunday because I accomplished soo sooo much more in the morning than I probably ever have….

It is so easy to justify that I am posting on one of my private groups…I am helping spread good ripples…plant seeds….learn from others….be informed…stay in touch…..

But it can easily become one of those habits that you think your must post and share cause otherwise how are they going to know….or….what if I don’t read that one post then I won’t know….or that person will be mad at me if I am not on FB checking to see what they said or sent me…..

Have I missed being on FB?  YES AND NO!   I love the discipline of saying I’m not going there today….but I miss when I have an idea I want to share that I have to keep it to myself….but maybe that is the point?!  Maybe not every thought we have is meant to be broadcast-ed.

SOOO….what is a girl to do who really actually is an introvert at heart….but feels God calling her to share things….to be open…honest…vulnerable….in hopes of helping others who may feel like they are the only one feeling what they are feeling or someone who really needs to hear or know something!?

BALANCE!!!  That is what it is all about!  BALANCE!!!

Blessings….hugs…prayers!!!

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