Perhaps it was a bad idea to tout the fact that I haven’t had a cold or flu in ages. Among the stress of moving back to the United States, searching desperately (and unsuccessfully) for a ‘real job’, and making some recent changes to my diet, my immune system seems to have taken a dive. My dad has been sick with an awful flu for the past few days, and I’m worried that I may have caught it.
So… I know that it’s a bit strange to post a cookie recipe right after my last posts talking about my sugar addiction struggles. 😀 But, I know that during this time of year when we’re all attending Christmas gatherings galore, it can be difficult staying on track. First, you don’t want to feel like you’re missing out when everyone is eating dessert. I know that the times when I feel like I’m missing out are the times I’m most likely to way overindulge. That bowl of dark chocolate squares will be history in about fourteen minutes. Also, you never know for sure when you attend a party whether there will be any paleo food available, and you worry that it will be just you and the nut bowl again (but not the peanuts. You pick those out.) Solution? Bring your own treats to share!
Eventually the shaky carb flu passed. I continued to be active in the calorie-tracking website forums for a couple months. One day, I read about a girl who ate in a way called ‘paleo’. She had lost a lot of weight and looked fantastic, so naturally I was immediately curious. I dug a little deeper and I stumbled upon the blog Mark’s Daily Apple. I read about how my Standard American Diet was miles away from what we ate thousands of years ago (and even just 150 years ago!) and how everything I had been taught about healthy eating (lots of grains, low-fat food) was wrong. It was as if someone had switched on a light inside my head. I finally made the connection that food had made me overweight, depressed, and sick, and that food could reverse that, too.
This time of year, carrots are plentiful and inexpensive, but after many batches of roast carrots and roast carrot soup, they can become a bit boring. If you are looking for something new to do with all those carrots, this carrot salad is for you!
It may not be Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album on repeat. Yes, I’m that girl. And I’m especially excited that this year I will be reunited with my family. It’s going to be the first Christmas in six years that I will officially be living back in the United States! The Christmas gift shopping season is beginning, and I’ve put together a guide for you of some paleo Christmas gifts for the cavemen or cavewomen in your life. And since we all have loved ones who don’t currently follow a paleo or ancestral health lifestyle, I’ve thrown in some not-too-blatantly-paleo things that will suit them as well. So, without further ado – let’s embark on our sleigh ride tour of Christmas presents!
This is a spiced butternut squash soup that is creamy, sweet and super comforting! Roasting the vegetables brings out their sweetness and gives the soup a fantastic flavor. This soup is another one of the household staples that we have had at least once a week this autumn. It’s hearty and delicious and one of my all-time favorites. It’s especially yummy served with a roast meat such as pork or beef.