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Summertime Parsley & Blood Orange Pasta (AIP)

Power Pesto w spaghetti squash 3One of the beautiful things about living a long way from the equator is the long sunny summer evenings, when there’s still hours of day after suppertime.

We’re in that season now in the Northern hemisphere, and it’s a bright and beautiful thing.

Brilliant summer evenings call for light, fun and festive food. Easy to prepare and easy to share. Continue reading

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Helping a Loved-one Heal

PaleoFamilyToolkit3I wrote a book to support the process of healing.

It is the culmination of 2½ years blogging, the last 8 years caregiving for someone with chronic illness, and my 20+ year career creating intentional change in complex situations.

It’s available today (and until May 9th), exclusively through the Paleo Family Toolkit.

(To find out more about all the other amazing items available through the toolkit, click on through or read more below).

Helping a Loved-one Heal

My new book is called Helping a Loved-one Heal: N=1 experimentation and paleo healing protocols for caregivers.

It’s designed to provide caregivers with the most effective new methods to support healing for the people they love, but it can also be used by people who want to heal themselves.

Helping a Loved-one Heal_Cover1It’s the book I wish I’d had before I got so much hands-on experience!

My book:

  • Outlines the various Paleo Healing Protocols and explains how to customize them;
  • Explores ways to start a healing protocol, including when someone is reluctant to begin;
  • Shares stories about what real-life healing looks like;
  • Devotes a section of the book to the change process, with practical information about traditional and innovative ways of understanding and implementing change;
  • Gives clear instructions for safely engaging in customized experimentation to improve health based on personal responses to interventions;
  • Explains the role of measurement in the healing process, with instructions for easy approaches that can be implemented right away;
  • Delves deeply into strategies for coping as a caregiver; and
  • Provides tools and links to support all aspects of helping a loved-one heal.

In this book I provide a template, not only for getting through the experience of caregiving but for becoming stronger in the process.

The Paleo Family Toolkit

The Paleo Family Toolkit is a bundle of resources featuring 42 e-books and programs; 12 exclusive video interviews with leaders from the Paleo community including Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Danielle Walker, and Liz Wolfe; plus 55 discount codes and bonus resources.

The toolkit comes with a memory stick (shipped worldwide) so you have everything in one place.

I wrote my book for the love, but I also get $18 for every toolkit sold though this page, so it’s a win-win!

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BonusResources

 

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Moules-frites (AIP)

MoulesFrites2In our old life, we had a restaurant habit.

A favourite was a neighbourhood brew pub that featured locally-sourced food, and my top-pick from that menu was always the Moules-frites.

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Mussels and fries.

The Mussels were cooked in a gorgeous broth and the dish came with a glorious dollop of aioli, for dipping.

Really elegant comfort food. Continue reading

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Crustless Butternut Pie

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After almost 2½ years on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), we’re finally in reintroduction territory!

Matthew has reintroduced coffee, white rice (occasionally), soaked and dehydrated pumpkin seeds, and eggs (sometimes). I have reintroduced soaked and dehydrated nuts, cocoa and eggs.

We overlap on the eggs, and that has been fun.

Butternut Pie 2This recipe is our new favorite.

Where do eggs fit on the paleo healing protocols?

The elimination phase of the AIP excludes eggs, as do the Wahls Protocols.

Sarah Ballantyne explains why in this post.

When attempting egg reintroduction, starting with yolks is recommended. Eileen Laird has a how to video on how to separate whites and yolks three different ways, and also elaborates on the nutrient-density of eggs.

Find Eileen’s book on AIP reintroductions here.

If you find you can tolerate yolks but not whites, you can still make this recipe. Just use eight egg yolks rather than four whole eggs.

Some paleo protocols that don’t focus on autoimmunity recommend eggs as a dietary staple, if they come from naturally-raised chickens. These protocols include the Primal Blueprint, the Bulletproof Diet and the Whole 30.

Now Pie!

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8 Areas for Health (Pick 1!)

You don’t need to do everything at once.

Pick one thing.

Once you’ve upgraded your life that area, pick another.

The elements of a healing protocol lifestyle are all connected and they all support each other.

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed about addressing all the components at once, don’t.

Pick One3Starting is the thing.

Here are eight areas to focus on that will each improve your health.

Pick one!

  1. Nutrition;
  2. Sleep;
  3. Stress Management;
  4. Connectedness (to people);
  5. Connectedness (to nature);
  6. Habits & Patterns;
  7. Self-knowledge; &
  8. Goals.

1. Nutrition

A great place to begin.

But if changing your eating makes you cringe, pick something else! And come back here later. Continue reading

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The Paleobiology of Sleep

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Until recently we thought that Matthew’s disrupted sleep was just another one of his symptoms.

Yet another broken thing that needed to be fixed.

Now we’ve learned that his pattern of sleeping for a few hours, waking for a while and then returning to sleep for another session toward morning is a natural sleep pattern for humans.

The Paleobiology of Sleep

In 1992, a century after the advent of electricity, Dr Thomas Wehr published the results a groundbreaking study which simulated wintertime conditions for ‘middle-latitude‘ humans before we had artificial light.

Study subjects experienced 10 hours of daylight in which they could do as they pleased. And then 14 hours of darkness.

When not unnaturally constrained by electric light, it turns out that the human sleep pattern resembles that of other animals. It’s polyphasic, meaning that it occurs in two or more phases within a 24-hour period. Continue reading

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Finding the Pattern of Your Healing Path

FindingthepatternThe pattern of your life is providing you with the results you are experiencing right now.

If your life is excellent: the pattern is working!

If it isn’t, you can adjust it.

One way to adjust is to reorganize the relationship between habit and adaptability in your life.

Be Habituated & Be Adaptive

Sometimes we need to apply more logic to our life-design process. To introduce good habits that help ensure we’re on track.

Other times, we’re hampered by routine. We get rigid and don’t benefit from unexpected opportunities. We may need to exercise our adaptive natures more. Continue reading

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Nature (our habitat)

Our HabitatWe have capacities we’ve forgotten.

Or have never known.

They’re hiding in scraps of urban wilderness. In the wild (and rewilding) places that still grow all around us.

Inviting us to return to our habitat.

All the new research points in one direction: to be well, humans need to live as we evolved to do.

In our patterns of eating, sleeping, and moving, in our relationships with each other and with nature, if we can get ancestral (while maintaining all the best bits of our technological and medical advances) we’ll be fine.

Our Habitat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAccording to Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods, “we have yet to fully realize, or even adequately study, the enhancement of human capacities through the power of nature.”

But those studies are starting to roll in, and the results are astonishing. Continue reading

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Stress Management

Stress ManagementThese days, the only thing I track is my stress.

That’s because stress is the #1 leverage point for my health.

I know that if my stress is in line, I’m exercising appropriately. Eating well. Sleeping enough. Connecting with my kids and Matthew. Getting enough time to myself. Keeping up with my day job (but not letting it rule my life). Moving forward with my core personal projects.

If any one of these elements of my life is being neglected, my stress spikes. Continue reading

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Leek & Wild Boar Belly Jam on Daikon Crackers (AIP)

Leek & Wild Board Belly on Daikon 2So easy.

So delicious.

And fancy!

Serve these as canapes. Seriously enjoyable healing-protocol friendly appetizers for the fanciest party.

Or it can be just you, a bowl of warm Leek & Wild Boar Belly Jam and a lovely crispy pile of Daikon Slices, snuggled in on the couch with your favourite movie. For a truly restorative comfort food session.

Pork Belly works perfectly, too, but I use Boar because they stock it in the freezer at my favourite food store, Health Essentials.

The night before I want to make this recipe, I defrost the Boar Belly in the fridge. In the morning I chop it up, slice the leeks, add the salt and my food prep is done.

Diversity & Nutrient Density

The key to health, and to stick-to-itiveness, on a healing protocol is diversity.

A variety of nutrient-dense foods ensures you cover your nutritional basis to promote healing, and it also prevents boredom.

Dr Terry Wahls is an advocate of ensuring a diversity of vegetables make into the rotation each day. To ensure the brain and body get the micronutrients they need.

I’ve also found that planning a range of meat offerings (different animals, varied cuts & assorted preparations) really helps to avert the feelings of deprivation that can sometimes emerge on a restricted diet.

But that doens’t mean it has to time consuming.

Or difficult.

So. Put this one in your rotation!

Leek & Wild Boar Belly Jam on Daikon Crackers

 from petra8paleoLeek & Wild Board Belly on Daikon

  • 1 pound Wild Boar Belly or Pork Belly
  • 3 Leeks
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan Salt (or similar)
  • 1 good-sized peice of Daikon Radish Root
  • Microgreens or cilantro, to garnish

In the morning, slice the Boar Belly into cubes and lay in the bottom of a Slow Cooker. Sprinkle with Salt.

Slice the leek into coins, reserving the dark green leaves for another use (stock pot!) and scatter these on top of the Boar Belly.

Turn the slow cooker to low if you’ll be gone all day (medium if you have a little less time and will be home to give it a stir now and again).

Stir gently at least once before the cooking is complete.

When the cooking is complete, pour off the fat into a glass container and refrigerate for future use.

Using a sharp knife, or a mandolin on a sturdy setting, slice the Daikon into ‘crackers’.

Pile a piece of Boar Belly and a slice of Leek onto each Cracker and garnish with the Microgreens or Cilantro.

For comfort food, serve immediately.

For party presentation, refrigerate the cooked Boar Belly & Leeks. Once chilled, assemble the most aesthetic bits with microgreens on slices of Daikon. Use the less pretty canapes as pre-party fuel~.

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