Book Review and Giveaway: Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

NomNom Paleo Book NOM NOM PALEO: Food for Humans

By Michelle Tam & Henry Fong

I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book for several months. Michelle Tam and her husband Henry Fong have created a unique guide to eating and living Paleo that’s both comprehensive in scale and very fun to read.

As a fan of Michelle’s blog Nom Nom Paleo, I have enjoyed and admired her recipes for quite some time. Beyond the fact that both of us are food bloggers and live a “paleo lifestyle”, Michelle and I share a couple of other connections. We are both working moms of two boys. And while Michelle is a registered Hospital Pharmacist, I have spent most of my business career in the pharmaceutical industry that produces those medicines she likes to say she “deals.”

NomNom Paleo Drug DealerThough my Finance background does not exactly inform my food writing, Michelle’s keen knowledge of biochemistry and her nutrition education, give her a deep understanding of the science of nutrition and how what we eat affects our bodies. This knowledge really shows in Nom Nom Paleo Food for Humans. However, don’t let that turn you off if you are not into science, because that portion of the book is written in a way that is easy to understand and – dare I say – digest? For example:

“Processed foods are almost always made with cheap, unpronounceable, terrible-for-you additives like artificial dyes, trans fats (a.k.a. hydrogenated oils), chemical preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup. Stay away.”

In addition to a brief, concise background on nutritional advice, Michelle also includes an up-front section about her life, what led her to discover paleo, and how that impacts her daily interactions with friends and co-workers who are seeking to understand what this “paleo” craze is all about.

NomNom Paleo Food for HumansAnd did I mention the cartoons? Yes! Cartoons! Like their website of the same name, Nom Nom Paleo is full of them! In between his day job as an attorney, Henry Fong somehow manages to find time to be a computer illustrator. All of the cartoons found throughout the book are his creations, and they include adorable avatars of Michelle, Henry, and their two boys Owen and Ollie. (In addition to serving as Master Cartoonist, the multi-talented Henry is also the principal photographer of Nom Nom Paleo.)

Now…onto the food! There are a LOT of amazing recipes in this book. As the book cover says, there are“Over 100 Nomtastic Recipes!” Each one has 1-2 pages devoted to it and includes an up-front synopsis of what makes it special, as well as great food photography.  The recipes cover the basic meal categories and range from simple and delicious to the more elaborate “wow-your-friends” dishes.

Some dishes of note:

  • Watermelon Gazpacho
  • Uova in Purgatorio (Eggs in Purgatory)
  • Spicy Coconut Shrimp
  • Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice
  • Chinese Egg Foo Young
  • Slow-Roasted Duck Legs
  • Eggplant “Ricotta” Stacks
  • and much, much more…

With so many delicious-looking recipes from which to choose, we were not sure which ones to try first. Eventually we settled on two: Vietnamese Lettuce Cups (one of the many Asian-inspired recipes), and Cowboy Chili (It’s the Texan in me; I couldn’t resist!). The lettuce cups recipe was easy to follow, perfect for a weeknight meal, and hit just the right note of spice. Even our boys, who often eschew anything wrapped in lettuce (especially if it’s a hamburger-bun substitute) really liked this. It was tangy, but not too spicy for them. For those who prefer more intense heat, you can add some Paleo Sriracha (found on page 42, and referenced in the recipe.)

The Cowboy Chili was a bit more labor intensive, but definitely worth it. As a native Texan (have I mentioned I’m from Texas?), I’m choosy about my chili, and this recipe does not disappoint. I give major props to Michelle for understanding that real chili does NOT contain beans. That’s a heresy in my homeland of Texas and goes beyond anything to do with a “legume-free” paleo diet mandate. If it has beans then it is really beef and bean soup, not chili. So if you appreciate the real deal then you will appreciate Michelle’s Cowboy Chili. The result was a rich, meaty chili with a perfectly thick sauce and a nice accent of…chocolate. Yes, chocolate! Seemingly an odd choice for a traditionally spicy dish. But if you are familiar with “mole” (mo-lay) then you understand this is a well-appreciated, traditional flavor combination. The unsweetened chocolate added an extra, unexpected flavor that captured and enhanced the spicy ingredients like ancho chili. As someone who likes food with a decent amount of heat I felt the need to add some cayenne pepper for more of a kick. But that is a personal preference and can be adjusted at the end of the cooking process based on taste.

NomNom Paleo Cowboy Chili copy

As quintessential “foodies”, Michelle and Henry have developed recipes that respect the traditional while adding creative and innovative aspects to their recipes. Overall, a big Thumbs-Up for Nom Nom Paleo Food For Humans. This book has something for everyone, from Paleo newbies to experienced, immersed devotees. Note to newbies: Don’t let the size of Nom Nom Paleo (275 pages) or the textbook feel of the up-front sections intimidate you. You don’t have to be a science-nerd to understand the whats, whys, and hows of Paleo to appreciate this book; Michelle and Henry have written it for everyone.

And now…just for fun, and in appreciation of Henry’s great cartoons, we are providing a quick and easy cartoon review (drawn by my own husband and cartoon devotee, Gavin). Enjoy! Continue reading

Review and Giveaway: “Cooking with Coconut Oil” and a Recipe

CoconutcoverIn spite of its demonization in years past, coconut oil is actually a health food. Elizabeth Nyland, the woman behind the popular blog Guilty Kitchen understands this very well. In her new cookbook “COOKING WITH COCONUT OIL: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living” Elizabeth explains how finding out “fats are good for you” was a turning point in her relationship with food. 

Elizabeth has done her research on not only the health benefits of coconut oil but has put it to delicious use in the recipes in her new cookbook. As the proud owner of this beautiful book I can tell you it is chock full of delicious, healthful, approachable recipes. One of the things I really love about “Cooking with Coconut Oil”  is each recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous photograph.

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Inside “COOKING WITH COCONUT OIL: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living” you will find more than 75 mouthwatering, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free coconut oil and coconut flour recipes. As an extra bonus you will find:

  • Details on the health benefits of coconut oil
  • An overview of key ingredients
  • High level explanation of paleo as well as tips and tricks

Personally, this is my current favorite cookbook to share with loved ones just starting (or curious about) the paleo diet. It provides basic information on paleo as well as recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, treats and baked goods. It’s just enough without being overwhelming or intimidating.

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One of my favorite recipes from the book is “Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins”. I featured them in a recent post about Ovenart Bakeware. It was my guinea pig recipe with the silicone muffin cups. They were rich, delicious and easy. The coconut flour meant they were relatively low-carb and filled me up and kept me satisfied for hours.

Another recipe we tried was the “Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Apple Compote”. Gavin was the cook for that one and he did a masterful job (if he does say so himself). The pork chops were delectable. In fact, they were so mouthwatering I actually choked on a piece of the pork because I was eating it entirely too quickly. This entailed a trip to the emergency room! Yes, seriously. In my defense, I have a condition known as “Eosinophilic Esophagitis” which, according to my gastroenterologist, makes me more susceptible to choking – more on that in a future post. But suffice it to say, the pork chops, paired with a savory and sweet apple compote, were delicious and simple yet elegant. (NOTE: the pork chops will not induce choking in a normal human being who is not scarfing their food.)

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OvenArt Bakeware Review and Giveaway

OvenArt Bakeware Giveaway | PaleoSpirit.comOne of the most popular recipes here at Paleo Spirit is “Basic Paleo Egg Muffins“. Even though I generally do not have a lot of trouble removing the muffins from the metal muffin tins, I know others have. And when food sticks to muffin tins it can be a real pain to clean. But there is a solution…

OvenArt Bakeware

The makers of OvenArt Bakeware sent me some samples and asked if I would give them a whirl with a few paleo recipes and report back with results. OvenArt Bakeware makes quality silicone bakeware and, unlike many silicone bakeware manufacturers, they opt for the highest grade silicone available and use no filler material in their products. This results in great bakeware with nonstick properties that last! One of my concerns with standard metal bakeware, is the fact it is often treated with non-stick coatings containing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a labeled a toxic carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Not so with this 100% silicone bakeware that is durable and easy to clean.

The first recipe I tried was the paleo egg muffins in the OvenArt Silicone Bakeware – Muffin Pan / Cupcake Pan – 12 Cup Muffin Tin*

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The results were terrific. In spite of the manufacturer’s recommendation to oil the pan slightly, I decided to experiment with adding NO oil whatsoever to see how the muffin pan would handle it. Even without any oil added to the pan the muffins came out with complete ease. There was almost no cleanup!

OvenArt Bakeware Review and Giveaway

One of the tough things when cooking with coconut flour is losing some of the food when muffins or cupcakes stick to paper liners. In reviewing the cookbook “Cooking With Coconut Oil: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living”* by Elizabeth Nyland I tried the Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins recipe. I decided this would be a great test for the OvenArt Bakeware Muffin/Cupcake Cups*. Happily the results were similar to what I experienced with the egg muffins – no sticking whatsoever. The muffins literally just popped right out of the cups with no mess. And they looked pretty too.

OvenArt Bakeware cupcake cups

I can honestly say I will never make egg muffins again without this bakeware. They would also be great for making Paleo Mini Meatloaves or Blueberry MuffinsCleanup is MUCH easier than with standard muffin tins. And if you are making a recipe without a ton of fat it becomes even more important to have a pan that keeps food from sticking. 

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HUGE Paleo and Wellness eBook Bundle Sale!

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THIS SALE IS NOW OVER

Today I am pleased to bring you an absolutely astounding sale of 71 ebooks, meal plans, discounts and more for a price that seems too good to be true.

What is the Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale?

  • 71 ebooks with a total value of over $1,000
  • On sale for 7 days – October 7 to October 14
  • Sale price of only $37 – 97% off the total value!
  • If you were to buy each one of these eBooks individually, it would cost over $1,000.

My personal favorites are:

  • Paleo Everyday ($8.99) by Heather
  • 30 Day Intro to Paleo ($20) by Bill & Hayley Staley
  • Toadally Primal Smoothies ($9.99) by Todd Dosenberry
  • The Grain Free Lunchbox ($9.95) by Jolene Sloam
  • Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat ($14.95) by Melissa Joulwan
  • Broth: Elixir of Life ($12.97) by Patricia Lacoss – Arnold
  • 3 months of Paleo Meal Plans ($29.97) by Deliciously Organic
  • Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness $20 (1 month for 1 penny) by Sarah & John Fragoso and Jason Seib
  • 30% off Kasandrinos olive oil

These are my own favorites but there is much, much more.

Click here for the full list of what you get for only $37!

Some more examples…

Cooking/Preparing Paleo Food

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  • Paleo Everyday ($8.99) by Heather
  • Paleogasm ($30) by Camille Macres
  • Paleo Snack Recipes ($17) by Suz Crawt
  • Paleo Chocolate ($4.99) by Ben Hirshberg
  • Paleo Ice Cream ($5.99) by Ben Hirshberg
  • The Grain Free Lunchbox ($9.95) by Jolene Sloam
  • 30 Day Intro to Paleo ($20) by Bill & Hayley Staley
  • Baking with Coconut Flour ($18.95) by Starlene Stewart
  • Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat ($14.95) by Melissa JoulwanWell-Fed-Paleo-Recipes-For-People-Who-Love-To-Eat
  • FastPaleo Top 100 of 2012 with bonuses ($14.97) by James Gregory and Ute Mitchell
  • Primal Tightwad: Maximizing Your Health On a Minimal Budget ($14.95) by Carolyn Rush
  • The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo: Shopping, Kitchens, Lunches ($10) by Alison Golden

Cooking/Preparing Real Food

  • Crazy for Kale ($5.99) by Hallie Klecker
  • Restocking the Pantry ($10) by Kresha Faber
  • Just Making Ice Cream ($12) by Marillyn Beard
  • Broth: Elixir of Life ($12.97) by Patricia Lacoss – Arnold
  • Back to School Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes ($4.99) by Stephanie Brandt Cornais
  • The Veggie Book: How to Pick, Prepare and Plate ($9.95) by Danielle Tate, Debra Worth, Sara Shay and Kayla Grey

Meal Plans

  • 3 months of Paleo Meal Plans ($29.97) by Deliciously Organicsimple-meal-planning-150x150
  • 4 months of Plan to Eat Meal Planner ($19.80) by the Plan to Eat team
  • 2 months of PrimalPal Membership ($9.99) by Chad and Chris (with several contributors)

Personal/Home Care (Skin, Hair, Teeth, Cleaning)

  • Clear for Life ($27) by Seppo Puusa
  • My Buttered Life: Gift Edition ($5) by Renee Harris
  • Natural Cleaning ($15) by Katie – The Wellness Mama
  • Natural-Cleaning-GuideUltimate Secrets to Acne Freedom ($29) by Tracy Raftl
  • The Holistic Mama’s Guide to Homemade Skincare ($19) by Roxanne King
  • Tips and Tricks to Remineralize and Repair Your Teeth ($12.95) by Ramiel Nagel

Fertility, Pregnancy, Babies, Children, Motherhood

  • First Bites ($9.99) by Hilary Kimes Bernstein
  • Birth Control Unlocked ($14) by Stefani Ruper
  • Fertilise Yourself ($19.95) by NatalieKringoudis
  • Fertility Yoga Program ($9.99) by Hethir Rodriguez
  • Eat Your Way to Parenthood ($35) by Gabriela Rosa
  • Mother’s Little Herbal Helper and Home Remedies ($12.50) by Natalie Vickery
  • Real Food Kids: In the Kitchen plus videos! ($30) by Wardee Harmon & Jami Delgado

Inspiration

  • The Paleo Miracle ($19.99) by Joe SalamaHomemade-Health-Beauty
  • A Practical Guide to Children’s Health ($17.95) by Kate Tietje
  • Primal Deliverance ($14.97) by James Gregory
  • Building Incredible Willpower by Dean Dwyer ($25) by Dean Dwyer

Fitness

  • Bodyweight Overload ($19.99) by Todd
  • Run with No Pain ($17) by Ben Greenfield
  • Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness $20 (1 month for 1 penny) by Sarah & John Fragoso and Jason Seib

Intentional/Simple Living

  • 25 Intentional Days ($25) by Andrew Miller21-Life-Lessons-from-Livin-La-Vida-Low-Carb
  • Change Your Body, Change the World ($9.99) by Frank Forencich
  • 21 Life Lessons from Livin’ La Vida Low Carb ($15) by Jimmy Moore

Detoxify

  • 21 Day Paleo Cleanse ($25) by Neely Quinn
  • Detoxification: 70 Ways to Cleanse, Clear & Purify Your Body, Space & Life ($9.99) by Linda Zurich

Online Magazine Subscriptions

  • Paleo Living Magazine (3 months – 7 issues) by Jeremy Hendon
  • Healthy Recipes Magazine 3 Month Trial (7 issues) by Jeremy Hendon

Discounts

  • 25% off Squatty Potty
  • 20% off Primal Pit Paste
  • 20% off Tisano Chocolate
  • 30% off Kasandrinos olive oil
  • 15% off Nikki’s Coconut Butter
  • 50% off PrimalPal for 6 or 12 months
  • $65 off PaleoFit/PaleoPlan for 12 months
  • 20% off Wild Mountain Paleo Store – Seafood isle
  • 15% off Redmong Trading (real salt, earthpaste, etc)
  • $30 off a $100+ purchase from PrimalBlueprint.com
  • Check here for more discounts

Yes, this is THAT huge.

Just two of these books alone could be worth the $37 asking price. But from now until October 14th at 11:59pm EST, you’ll get all these books, meal plans and discounts for that ridiculously low price.

And, they’ll be auto-magically delivered to you instantly. All you have to do is pay, then download the books to your hard drive.

Order Now for Just $37!

It’s called the Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale, and it’s only available for this week!

Important notes

  • The sale ends on Monday, October 14 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Click on the links to the ebooks to learn more about them.
  • Due to the unique nature of this sale, no refunds will be offered. With the bundle containing 71 ebooks at a cost of 97% of their normal price point, everyone is bound to find immense value well worth $37.
  • This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them you’ll be taken to a website where you can purchase the Harvest Your Health E-Book bundle. I’ll make a commission for each purchase. Thanks in advance for your support!

Paleo Spirit in Brooklyn: Botanic Garden, Fatty ‘Cue and OddFellows

Brooklyn Bridge

It’s been decided. Brooklyn is where I want to live.

Of course, I also want to live in Costa Rica, Tuscany and New Zealand. Well, then there’s Hawaii, Sardinia and Austin. Okay, so maybe I’m a little fickle when it comes to places I have visited or wish to visit. But seriously, Brooklyn does have its charms. Having lived in the New York City area for many years it is a bit of a travesty we had never visited Brooklyn. So one Saturday in August we ventured to Brooklyn to take in a few sites and enjoy some tasty (hopefully paleo-friendly food). We tackled the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and a couple of establishments serving cutting edge, high-quality eats: Fatty ‘Cue and OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The gardens were recommended by an artist friend, Graydon Parrish, who lived in Brooklyn during his early art-school days. He knows I like flowers and did not steer me wrong because the gardens are absolutely stunning.

The BBG has a lot of educational sections for kids. I love how it provides an area for city kids to learn a lot about gardening and just have plain old fun interacting with nature.

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The flowers in the garden are amazing, astounding, astonishing!

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden left us spellbound with all the natural beauty from the ponds with lilies to the Shakespeare Garden, Japanese garden, Gingko Tree Alley and more.

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Fatty ‘Cue Restaurant

After our visit to the gardens we ventured to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn for dinner at Fatty ‘Cue. Continue reading

Paleo Spirit Book Review: “Beyond Bacon”

Beyond Bacon Cover

Much has already been written about the wonderful new book “Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes That Respect The Whole Hog”here, here and here. Matthew McCarry and Stacy Toth (The Paleo Parents) have created a true Masterpiece of a cookbook that excels in all categories. I don’t know about you, but I have become pretty selective when it comes to actual hard copies of books. The advent of electronic media has meant that e-books, iPad apps and digital downloads of books have become the norm. If a bona fide hardback book is making it into my house it better be excellent. Beyond Bacon is just such a book.

Beyond Bacon is a completely “paleo” cookbook with only gluten, grain, legume and dairy-free recipes found within its covers. Even if you are not a strict follower of the paleo diet this book is loaded with tasty dishes and mouth-watering photos for every recipe. Presenting a book of pork recipes, including several “dessert” recipes utilizing lard as a main ingredient, means spending time countering a lot of conventional wisdom on the subject. Matt and Stacy do an excellent job of providing plenty of science and nutrition information in and easy to understand format. The writing style is engaging and they cover every aspect of pork from how to buy it, prepare it with lots and lots of recipes. You have always known pork is delicious. But after reading Beyond Bacon you will have a much better understanding of why pork from properly raised pigs is actually very healthful.

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My favorite recipes so far are:

  • Apple and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops
  • Cuban Porchetta
  • Faux-Tato Salad
  • Lard Pie Crust
  • Salted Caramel Bacon Sauce (WOW!!!)

You’ll also find recipes like these:

  • Maple Sage Breakfast Sausage
  • Sweet and Sour Pork
  • Crispy Lardons
  • Fried Yuca
  • Green Papaya Salad with Poached Jowl (next on my menu)
  • Prosciutto and Roasted Peach Ice Cream

Just check out Nathaniel’s face as he feasts his eyes on the “Salted Caramel Bacon Sauce” recipe which proved to be “out of this world” delicious.

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In summary, here are the main reasons Beyond Bacon is worthy of a place in any cookbook collection:

  • Excellent information about the health benefits of eating pastured pork
  • Scientific and nutrition information in an easy-to-understand format
  • Sections on pork basics like: sausage-making, smoking, rendering lard, making bacon and more
  • Real food recipes without too many hard to find ingredients
  • Gorgeous photographs for every recipe
  • Engaging writing style
  • Nice layout with helpful listing of recipes by meal-type and ingredient
  • No “wasted” recipes because they are all gluten/grain/legume/dairy-free ingredients

I cannot recommend Beyond Bacon more highly. If you are looking for a cookbook that will help you eat more healthily and economically, this is the book for you. If you love to better understand why going “back to the basics” with food makes nutritional sense, this book is for you. And if you love cookbooks with delicious recipes, beautiful photographs and design, you simply MUST add Beyond Bacon to your collection.

 On Sale Now! Go buy Beyond Bacon. You won’t regret it.

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Uncle Bill’s Farm: Our First CSA

Uncle Bill's sign

Even though we’ve frequented farmer’s markets for years, this is our first year joining a CSA (community supported agriculture). This past Saturday was the first weekend for pick-up and I took my camera to capture the occasion. Our local CSA is Uncle Bill’s Farm which is owned and operated by Sarah Carden and Alex Cookfair. The farm is right smack in the middle of New Jersey horse country. In fact, the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters is practically around the corner. Given that we’re in horse country, it should come as no surprise  the 40 acre property is a former horse farm which has been slowly converted over the last few years to a small scale produce and poultry farm.

After visiting the Uncle Bill’s Farm in April for a tour I have been anxiously awaiting opening day of the CSA. And because I was so excited to feast my eyes on the veggie bounty I was one of the first to arrive. (Well, that and I was getting nagged to hurry so we could drive down to Philly for Comic Con.)

Upon entering Uncle Bill’s Farm, the first thing I encountered was the veggie washing station that included a groovy claw-foot tub.

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Getting closer to the pick-up area, I spied a cool table holding some herbs and veggie plants for sale. Those are some serious table legs.

Herbs

The first step was to sign in.  Sarah verified my purchase of one full share (one bushel basket) and one full egg share (one dozen eggs) per week.

Sign in sheet

Now it was time to check out what was available for the week – all picked fresh that morning.

First up, wild garlic. I swear this is the stuff I have been weeding out of my yard! I had no idea it was actually edible.

Wild Garlic

Next up – beautiful, fresh radishes in different varieties and baby turnips. Lovely.

Radish

And then my favorite – beets! It never ceases to amaze me how many people have never eaten fresh beets. Beets and their greens are both wonderful. I’ve posted several beet recipes because I love them dearly. (Links at the bottom of this post).

Beets

The freshly picked greens were in abundance, delighting the early members. The offerings included common curly kale, lacinato (dinosaur) kale, mixed greens, arugula, butter lettuce and chard.

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The rainbow chard was especially spectacular. (I’ll be posting a recipe for rainbow chard in a day or two.) Continue reading

What is the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol?

When I first went paleo it was out of a desire to determine if my health could be improved by changing the way I was eating. Undertaking a strict elimination diet was the key to improving my health and ultimately led me to a diagnosis of celiac disease. So I am big believer that anyone experiencing autoimmune disease symptoms owes it to themselves to find out if their health could be improved by a change in diet. For individuals whose symptoms are not fully eliminated after following the standard paleo diet you may wish to consider the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (AIP).

Why Follow the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol?

The autoimmune paleo protocol was derived from research indicating autoimmune disease stems from inflammation in the body. Inflammation is often caused by an underlying problem with intestinal permeability (or “leaky gut”). When a person has leaky gut, irritation in the gut lining causes the tight junctions in the intestinal barrier to allow unwanted molecules (food, toxins, bacteria) into the bloodstream. The autoimmune paleo protocol eliminates those foods that have been shown to irritate the gut or cause increased permeability.

What is the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol?

The autoimmune paleo protocol is a version of the Paleo diet (no grains, legumes or dairy) that also includes the avoidance of the following:

  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Spices derived from seeds (Anise, Annatto, Caraway, Celery seed, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Fenugreek, Mustard, Nutmeg, Poppy, Sesame)
  • Nighshades (Vegetables from the Solanaceae family of plants: Eggplant, White Potatoes, Peppers, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Pimentos, Paprika, Curry, Chili Powder, Red Pepper Flakes, Cayenne Pepper, Tabasco sauce, et al.)
  • Alcohol
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • NSAIDs (aspirin and ibuprofen)

Other Things To Consider for the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol Continue reading

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Paleo and the City: Bareburger (New York City)

When the boys are out of school in the summer we like to take a few trips into nearby New York City. We always have fun adventures. Recently, we trekked to Bareburger, a restaurant I have been interested in trying ever since hearing about it from a friend at Paleo FX in Austin. We journeyed to the heart of Midtown Manhattan to find this Paleo-friendly burger joint.

It was well worth the trip.

Benjamin was excited. He gave me his best suave look.

B at Bareburger

Bareburger’s Food

Bareburger offers organic, all natural, free-range, grass-fed meats; organic and all-natural cheeses; and organic vegetables. They partner with local artisans and sustainable farmers and emphasize old-fashioned quality.

Here’s a description of some of the ingredients they use:

Meats:
Beef: 100% organic, grass-fed, 85% lean
Bison: 100% organic, grass-fed, 91% lean
Turkey: 100% organic, free-range, 94% lean
Elk: 100% all-natural, pasture raised, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, 92% lean
Wild Boar: 100% all-natural, pasture raised, hormone-free, antibiotic-free
Ostrich: 100% all-natural, pasture raised, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, 95% lean
Lamb: 100% all-natural, pasture raised, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, 90% lean
Chicken: 100% all-natural, free-range, hormone-free, antibiotic-free
Portabella Cap: 100% organic
Veggie Burger: Made with organic grains and local vegetables
Bacons: 100% all-natural, hormone-free and nitrate free
Sausage: 100% organic

Cheeses: 100% all-natural, made from pasture raised cows, rbgh-free (growth hormone)

Vegetables and Fruits: 100% organic, pesticide, herbicide and ammonia free

Dairy and Eggs: 100% organic, made from grass-fed cows

Pretty impressive.

Gluten-Free Options at Bareburger

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Book Review and Giveaway: “Eat Like A Dinosaur”

(The Giveaway is over now. We have a lucky winner! See below)

The recipe and guidebook for gluten-free kids called “Eat Like a Dinosaur” by Paleo Parents has been our kitchen companion for a few months now. Our family has been following a paleo way of eating for quite a while. I buy and prepare the food and pack the school lunches so Benjamin and Nathaniel have not had much choice in the matter. We work hard to make sure eating this way is fun, tasty, and not a constant battle. And while they may put up a fuss about certain dishes now and then, for the most part, the boys have been on board. But Eat Like A Dinosaur has made getting my kids to enjoy eating whole, healthful foods even easier. Reading about and seeing photos of Stacy and Matt’s kids, Cole, Finian and Wesley has helped my boys understand they are not the only kids eating a paleo diet. It has given them more confidence when talking to their friends about their food choices. Nathaniel especially liked the illustrated children’s story that makes up chapter two and has read it several times. Most of all, my boys have enjoyed the recipes in the book. They have fun going through Eat Like a Dinosaur on their own, letting me know what they want to make and then helping me make it.

I think girls as well as boys would enjoy and benefit from this book. But one reason it has gone over especially well with our family is the general love of all things dinosaur. Here are my guys at the newly opened Field Station Dinosaurs in Secaucus, New Jersey just last week. The 30 animatronic dinosaurs were super cool and, not surprisingly, the T-Rex (with the Empire State Building in the background) was the favorite. (We enjoyed ourselves there in spite of the 95 degree temperature!)T-Rex with Empire State BuildingBack to the book….

Here is a summary of the key features of “Eat Like A Dinosaur”

  • 288 pages – more than recipes, includes a “how to” chapter for parents and “projects” to get the family spending time together
  • illustrated kids story aims to get kids excited and thinking positively about embracing food changes
  • over 100 recipes and projects which are grain-, dairy-, legume- and refined sugar-free, but not lacking in flavor or fun!
  • all recipes have full color, bright, fun layout with corresponding photo – enticing to kids
  • allergy-friendly book has top 8 allergens on each page and easy index in the back
  • written & photographed by normal suburban family who turned their health around with switching to a “real foods” diet (lost over 200lbs, kids no longer have asthma, eczema, allergies, behavioral issues, etc.)
  • All recipes are Paleo, but it’s not a Paleo specific book – it’s for all kinds of families with a wide range of food habits – including those with allergies, WAPF, GFCF or simply trying to eat better.

 

 A few of our favorite recipes from Eat Like a Dinosaur:

  • 50/50 Bacon Burgers
  • Apple Bacon Slaw
  • Deviled Bacony Eggs
  • Baconnaise
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

 

Notice a pattern?

Well, the Banana Bread doesn’t have bacon in it….although I’m sure we could find a way to work it in somehow…

Just yesterday we made Deviled Bacony Eggs. Here’s what they looked like. Continue reading

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