Saturday, January 31, 2015

Health: It's more than just food.

I posted a shorter version of this to my Instagram feed, but thought I'd share it here for easy reference and reminder...

I called in sick the other day.

Last Wednesday, a colleague asked me if I was feeling alright because I looked like crap (I have rather blunt colleagues). I should have taken her concern to heart and asked myself if I really was alright, but I laughed it off and told her I was just fine.

But actually, I wasn't.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Homemade Cough Drops {AIP, Paleo}

Homemade Paleo Cough Drops
Once, these uglies were hearts. At least they taste great and work well!

If you follow my blog, you'll remember I got a cough a couple weeks ago and I "cured" the painful, swollen throat part of it using a horrible tasting mixture of turmeric and apple cider vinegar - but the cough remained. It was like I had a constant tickle in the back of my throat that just would not go away. It would send me into coughing fits that happened more and more often. It got to the point where I could not even finish a sentence without first coughing up a lung.

I decided to look into making my own cough drops.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Turmeric & Apple Cider Vinegar {Natural, Powerful, Medicine for sinus infections and beyond!}

Turmeric & Apple Cider Vinegar - Natural, Powerful, Medicine
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My sister is a pretty smart cookie.

You see, each and every year I fall victim to a horrible sinus infection. I feel the infection creeping up on my for days, then the pain and suffering hits me full force and I am out for at least a week and a half before things start dying down a bit and symptoms gradually fade away. With everything being said and done, I can usually look forward to about 3-4 weeks of snot, pain and body aches each winter.

But not this year.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Food Pyramid Experiment

For those of you who don't know, I'm a teacher. I teach mainly 5th and 6th grade, but I also spend a bit of each week teaching 1st and 2nd graders. I teach the 1st and 2nd graders English, and I teach the 5th and 6th graders in English. What I mean by that is, I teach geometry, history, science, geography and art/music IN English - that way, the children learn English naturally. {And it works pretty well, too!}

As part of my science curriculum, I talk about nutrition. I have a hard time teaching children that the food pyramid is the correct way to eat, so I always made a point to compare MANY different food pyramids {Mediterranean, vegetarian, traditional...} to show my students that there is no one "right" way to eat.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Classic Salmon Salad {AIP, Whole30, Paleo}

Classic Salmon Salad

Like a lot of my recipe "inventions" this one started with a recipe... and ended with me not having any of the ingredients! I then made substitution after substitution... and ended up with something delicious!

This particular recipe started with Mickey Trescotts' Classic Tuna Salad recipe from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook... and ended up as Meg White's Classic Salmon Salad.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Boar Stew with mushrooms {Paleo, Whole30}

Wild Boar Stew bowl

This year was my second New Year celebration while fully paleo. We had a giant stuffed turkey last year, but wanted to change things up this year with a bit of wild game meat... and the animal we chose was wild boar.

Since I'm the one with the most food restrictions, it fell to me to find a recipe for our boar. I searched around a bit, and found one I liked. I sent the link to everyone I was celebrating New Year's with, and they all gave their approval.

As the date grew nearer, I grew anxious. I mean, the recipe was a stew recipe. Was stew going to be fancy enough for ringing in the new year? I sure hoped so...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I Mustache You a Question

Danielle from EATPRIMALRUNHARD invited me to do a special sort of blog post, a very long time ago {I tend to be quite the procrastinator}...

Be prepared to learn everything you probably didn't know you needed to know about me! Here we go...

Dining Out, Paleo-Style {Liege, Belgium - Brasserie Le Perron}

I met up with a friend for lunch the other day. We went to college together, and while we don't get together often, we make an effort to not let too much time go by between visits.

We never really plan anything though, we just fix a meeting point and go from there. This time we choose La Place du Marche for our rendezvous, and decided to eat at the first place we saw: Brasserie Le Perron.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Olive Tapenade {AIP, Whole30, Paleo}

Anytime I am asked to make an appetizer, or anytime I am having people over to eat, I make tapenade. It's super simple, tastes delicious and pairs perfectly with veggie chips - making it a great paleo choice!

I don't really have a "recipe" for my tapenade. All I do is take a can of pitted olives {any color is fine}, drain off the liquid, and blend with olive oil until it's a consistency I like.

That's for basic tapenade, but I like to mix things up a bit. Here are some suggestions for great add-ins that really take your tapenade to a whole other level: