A few days ago I kicked off a new blog post series on Paleo beauty products and explained why it may make sense for anyone to consider going all natural when it comes to soaps, shampoos, conditioners, makeups, and all the other beauty products that we stock at home.
This is very exciting news for us, the Colorado Paleo Community and Boulder. We’ll be launching the first ever 100% paleo restaurant in Colorado.
If this is something you believe in and would like to become and investor in the healthiest restaurant in Colorado, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wondering about what we mean by healthy? Curious about what will be on your plate? Here it goes:
I just finished a great book that entirely changed my perspective on mood and personalities. The book is called The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. I’m going to share some of what I learned in the book, but since I’m not an expert – I recommend you go and grab it and learn more.
Here is some of my key takaways:
Your moods: Are your temporary shifts in personality part of who you are?
So what’s super-food paleo?
For some of us, eating anything ‘paleo – approved’ just isn’t enough.
Maybe you need radical improvement in your health. Or you have a bit of a chocolate, coffee and wine or nut addiction and you a few days of eating clean to get rid of your cravings.
Or perhaps you are an endurance athlete logging a lot of miles and need the perfect diet for your body to recover fast and support your intensive training.
Or you just want a nicer and smoother skin.
Or you want to eat perfectly clean just because!
How is this super-food paleo different from normal paleo?
Here’s my 10 rules of super-food paleo:
- Eat no nuts, except for macadamias. That includes almond flour.
- Eat no soy or seed oils whatsoever, not even in the restaurants!
- All of your meat comes from grass-fed cows, free-range chickens, and wild-caught fish and seafood.
- Drink bone broth and/or take gelatin supplements
- All your vegetables are organic and/or from local farms
- No chocolate (not even dark chocolate), coffee (drink green tea instead), tequila or any sugar substitutes (that includes stevia, agave nectar or maple syrup)
- Your plate should always have a variety of vegetables, at least 3 or 4 kinds and different colors
- Eat salmon, sardines or other fish high in omega 3 at least 4 times a week
- Add fermented foods to your diet several times a week
- Every meal has a good source of protein (30g per meal), healthy fats (avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, or animal fat) and vegetables.
Now the recipe! Quick and easy super-salmon with super-salad.
So what about this meal makes it so super?
Turmeric, a powerful antioxidant and a extremely potent anti-inflammatory.
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega 3’s, essential to cardiovascular health, healthy skin and hair, eyes, cognitive function and good mood food (blog post on the topic coming soon!)
Spinach is loaded with flavenoids – powerful antioxidants. It’s also one of the most nutritionally dense foods and full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Cilantro is a great complement to fish that could potentially be contaminated with heavy metals. Cilantro helps to remove heavy metal from your body and neutralizes the dangers of eating fish.
Tomatoes contain Lycopene with antioxidant and cancer preventing properties. Lycopene has been shown to help protect not only against prostate, but breast, pancreatic and intestinal cancers, especially when consumed with fat-rich foods, such as avocado, olive oil or nuts. (This is because carotenoids are fat-soluble, meaning they are absorbed into the body along with fats.). Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium and a good source of niacin, vitamin B6, and folate.
Avocado is a great source of healthy monounsaturated fats and contains lots of fiber, potassium, b-vitamins and folic acid. It is essential for heart health. In a study avocado consumption helped to decrease LDL-cholesterol and triglicerides and increased HDL.
Coconut oil mainly consists of healthy medium chain fatty acids, a great form of saturated fat. Potential health benefits of coconut oil are dental health and cavity prevention, Alzheimers treatment, improved digestion, increased immune function, heart disease prevention, improves your credit score… you name it. 🙂
So here goes the recipe. Let’s try to pull this together in 25 minutes:
3 cups spinach
1/2 large avocado
1/2 bell pepper
red wine vinegar
Toss the ingredients together, and sprinkle with red wine vinegar, olive oil, turmeric and salt. Done!
4-6 oz salmon fillet
salt, black pepper
juice of 1/2 small lime
1. Preheat your skillet on medium-high with coconut oil
2. Cook salmon for each side for 5 – 7 minutes (depending on how well done you like it). While cooking, sprinkle generously first with coconut aminos, then with salt, blak pepper, chili and paprika – on both sides
Cilantro-pesto sauce – optional.
Recipe in the Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and Toppings. I love this book a lot – I recommend you get it if you love trying different sauces.
Yes – this lunch is so healthy it will make your friends and family sick hearing about it, and it is delicious to boot. But the second-best part about this lunch is that it’s actually pretty quick and easy to whip up in less than half an hour.
Elizabeth is an amazing and strong woman who decided to share part of her paleo journey with you to show you that anything is possible. For many of us, eating right is a question of shedding a few pounds, sleeping better and getting rid of our poor moods. For Elizabeth, eating right is a question of life and death. She’s finished the 5 week program with great results and continuing on relentlessly towards her goal of being healthy. Elizabeth will share her updates with you in the future for more inspiration -Iva
My very first memory was of waking up lying on the kitchen counter with my daddy doing CPR on me. I was 3. This was my first “spell” as they became known. I don’t think anyone ever really figured out what was wrong. I saw multiple doctors. Took loads of medicine. I still had the spells. I’d feel a crushing squeeze in my chest, lose my breath and pass out.
UPDATE: Blooming Beets Kitchen, our 100% paleo restaurant is now open. We have been open for about 7 weeks, the food is delicious, and we’re open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Check out the menu at www.bloomingbeets.com. Hope to see you in soon!
Yes, it’s official. I registered for a 100 mile foot race called Bear 100 on September 27, 2013.
And no, running a 100 miles is not very Paleo of me. For that reason I decided to minimize my training to spare my adrenals, sprint more than just ‘run’, do only 4 or 5 long runs (that were 60 or more % hikes), and sleep – a lot! I love that living Paleo is my excuse to skip the long hard runs that I used to do.
This is a wonderful and simple low carb side dish, one of many in my Easy Low Carb Paleo cookbook. I encourage you to get that cookbook – the dishes in there are simple, delicious, and designed to help you shed your pounds faster and get really, really healthy.
I’ve been getting emails from our 5 week program subscribers,which I love. I try my best to get to all of them, at least briefly. Every time I get an email form someone who’s doing well on paleo, it makes my day.
Here’s an email from Sue. She graciously let gave me permission to post the answer on the blog. The question of banana bread and paleo bread has come up a few times before – so let’s dig in!
Careful with fish oil supplements.
Chris Kresser posted an interesting article on fish oil supplements titled ‘When it Comes to Fish Oil, More is not Better’. Many paleo websites out there advocate supplementing your diet with additional vitamin D and fish oil. Perhaps we should pause and review some recent studies before we start doping on the omega 3 capsules. In fact, a couple studies have showed that the fish oil suplement can actually increase the risk of heart disease. Oops! Read Chris’ article here.