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Lea ValleThe path to physical and spiritual renewal can be found through a thoughtful exploration of a simpler, more fulfilling lifestyle that embraces our minds, bodies, souls and spirits.

The decision to “Go Paleo” is one I made out of necessity. After struggling with persistent health problems for several years, and having tried a variety of medicinal, herbal, dietary, exercise, and other lifestyle changes without much success, I was discouraged. While surfing the internet looking for answers I finally took notice of the word that had, of late, been popping up on my screen: Paleo. That word has changed my life.

At first, it was the diet. I cut out gluten entirely, eliminated all other grains, legumes, sugars and dairy. It was easier than anticipated and the results were almost immediate. My energy level increased dramatically and my sleep-patterns started to improve. But most importantly I just felt better. There was definitely something to this paleo-thing.

When I realized that “Paleo” could mean much more than just diet and exercise, I was hooked. I embrace the ideal of pursuing health and fulfillment through simple, time-tested strategies and apply them to my life as a woman, a wife, a mother, and a Christian. And that’s what this website is all about.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy the journey.

Lea

P.S. If you would like to know a little more about me you can check out this post: A “Paleo Spirit”: My Personal Health Journey.

Recent Posts

A March Snow and a Recipe: Seared Scallops with Strawberry Relish

Snowy Cows | photo by Lea Valle

This is the year I finally learned to love winter.

In Texas the seasons are: almost summer, summer, still summer and Christmas. So my first winter spent in the northeast U.S., those many years ago, was a shock to my system mixed with wonder and joy at the novelty of the abundant snow. That year the winter weather lingered long into spring leaving me feeling, novelty or not, I might have made a mistake in venturing out of the familiarity and warmth of the south.

Snowy Trees | Photo by Lea Valle

But subsequent winters were far milder. Sometimes, much to my surprise, I found myself disappointed there was not MORE snow. It was a creeping, unconscious adaptation to a climate with four distinct seasons – winter not the least among them.

Snowy Willow | Photo by Lea Valle

This year the winter seems never-ending. The roads have potholes, the school vacation days are quickly disappearing from the calendar and the longing for spring grows stronger every day. But no amount of complaining will change the inevitable coming of winter snow. And this year I finally have learned to accept and embrace it. Shh, don’t tell anyone, but when others bemoan the next storm, I am quietly rooting on the snowfall.

Snowy Fence | Photo by Lea Valle

In spite of the inevitable inconveniences of the season, there is strange comfort in the quiet, forced sequester at home while the snow envelopes the world around us. I look forward to the quiet drives around town drinking in the peaceful landscape blanketed in newly fallen snow. I relish visits to the neighboring cows who seem only mildly perturbed at the cold, strange white matter covering them and their home fields. Even the time sitting at my desk peering out at the peaceful falling of new snow is a time to appreciate, rather than curse, the essence of winter in all its glory.

Cow with Sign double

The cleanup and annoyances that are all a part of the onslaught will come later. But for a while I resolve to be like a child in awe of the proverbial “winter wonderland.”

Boy with Snow | Photo by Lea Valle

Taking in the world made new, camouflaged as a cloud.

Snowy River | Photo by Lea Valle

So if you find yourself in the dead of winter lamenting the snow, take a moment to reflect. Because if you have even a hint of the mind of a poet, you might agree that newly fallen snow, covering the old, is not only beautiful but a sermon itself on the beauty of repentance.

A March Snow Poem with Photo

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