Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Removing Amalgam Fillings + Heavy Metal Detox 101


We all know what amalgam is, but most of us have only ever heard of it referred to as a "silver filling". Yes, those hideous gray fillings that make it obvious that we have cavities. I started getting amalgam fillings by the time I was 8, and had a whopping 12 by the time I was 18! Needless to say, I was very self-conscious about my teeth. The reason why I had so many cavities is a totally different story, which I will address in a later blog post. As I began learning about health and nutrition, I kept hearing the word amalgam. So, I eventually started to research it, and wow- I was blown away, disgusted, and incredibly scared.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Healing With Bentonite Clay

What is Bentonite Clay, You Ask?

Well, it's clay! As in clay from the earth- the same clay that people have used for centuries to make pottery. One thing most people don't know is that the same folks that used clay for pottery thousands of years ago, also used it medicinally. Yes, that's right- people have been eating clay for thousands of years! Over the past few years that I have used Bentonite, it seems as though it has consistently gained popularity. There are now soaps, toothpastes, and shampoos that contain bentonite. It is also a common ingredient is several popular detox and cleanse kits! 

So, I'm sure you're wondering where it comes from? Bentonite clay is sediment composed of weathered and aged volcanic ash. It is usually quarry mined from deposits ranging from 100 to several thousand feet. After being removed from the earth, it is dried, crushed, and granulated. 
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Friday, December 6, 2013

{RAW} Cookies, Bars, & Truffles- Demystified

When I first met my husband, he was a raw foodie. His diet consisted mostly of cacao smoothies, kale salads, and lots of fermented stuff. In one of his books I found some recipes for raw truffles that sounded delicious, but was too intimidated to try them. I just didn't understand how those ingredients could possibly make a "dough" and solidify into a "cookie"? Many months later my lovely friend shared an incredibly simple raw truffle recipe with me. I was shocked... and absolutely hooked! Seriously. They were far better than any chocolate snack I had ever had. So, my curiosity led me to a great book in the library- see here. I tried a few of the recipes from the book, and quickly realized that raw desserts were just the most delicious, quick, and easy recipes ever. Pretty soon I started experimenting, and I found out that you can't mess these up! There is no such thing as exact proportions when making raw cookies, bars, or truffles. Not to mention that it is an absolute blast to experiment around with. So, if you've never made a raw dessert.. let's move out of your comfort zone and try something new today! You won't regret it. I'm going to share a few basic recipes to give you an idea of what the necessary ingredients are. There is a lot of room for deviation, creativity, and mistake with these recipes. 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Simple Spaghetti (PALEO, GAPS, SCD)

Okay, you're probably wondering what these noodles are made of. Well, they're made of zucchini squash, my friend! I was a bit skeptical at first as well, but I must say- I prefer them over grain noodles any day. They're versatile, and go well with an array of flavors. I highly recommend keeping your refrigerator stocked with zucchini (or yellow summer squash) for those times when you need to throw together a quick meal. When added to baked dishes, or used as an alternative to grains, squash really takes on a bread-like flavor. This is especially convenient for those of us who are on a grain free diet! 
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Chocolate Ginger Spice Cookies (RAW-PALEO-GAPS)

Ever been hung on using the same herbs, spices, or flavor combinations in the kitchen? I certainly have. This past week, I have been obsessed with the combination of chocolate and ginger. (We bought a pound of raw organic cacao last month, so I've also been using chocolate almost every day.) It's so good! I make a smoothie every morning, and have been making a chocolate, blueberry, spinach, and ginger smoothie that is simply heavenly.  Anyhow, I hope you like these. Raw snacks are so fun, and easy to get creative with. 

Raw cookies, truffles and bars haven't been cooked- so they're soft and chewy! They may seem difficult, but I promise they're they easiest snack to make. Not to mention that you only need a blender or food processor to make them- so you don't have to mess up your kitchen to make these yummy things. I'm actually preparing a post right now that will cover the basics of raw desserts! So be sure to check that out. If you've read any of my other recipes, you know I like to keep things simple; this recipe is no exception. I used 6 ingredients, and two of them were flavor add-ins. AND instead of using two types of oil, you can use just coconut oil! I just used cacao butter because I had it.. and it's delicious. I also threw a few tablespoons of organic hemp seeds in mine, but that is totally optional. I didn't put that in the ingredient list, because I didn't want to cause too much confusion. 
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Savory Juice Pulp Crackers (RAW, PALEO, SCD)

If you've ever juiced very much, you know that pulp can accumulate fairly quickly. My husband and I bought the Omega J8006 Juicer last year, and it made juicing so quick and easy that we have grown quite fond of juice. I've heard avid juicers talk about all of the yummies you can make with pulp, but only recently decided to make use of this awesome stuff! These crackers are Autoimmune Paleo (as long as you don't use nightshade pulp), GAPS, and SCD friendly. 
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Why My Family Wears Barefoot Shoes

If the term "barefoot shoes" doesn't ring a bell, I'm sure you have at least seen those infamous "toe shoes" (the red shoes pictured above) and thought "Why on Earth would anyone wear those hideous things?" Well, I'm here to tell you that there are about a dozen good reasons to! Not to mention how terrible conventional shoes can be for you feet, spine, and over-all health. There are tons of minimalist shoes on the market right now, so I'll also be introducing you to some of my favorites! 

So what is a barefoot, or minimalist, shoe you ask? Plain and simple- it's a shoes that simulates being barefoot. A good barefoot shoe has these attributes:
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Oh Baby Foods (Review)

Chrunchy or not, I think most parents want nothing more than for their children to be happy and healthy. For me, that means making sure than my little one is eating the best possible foods. It also means staying away from toxic, chemical and preservative laden mainstream foods. As a mom who is extremely critical of what I am allowing my babe-love to put into her body, I often find it difficult to find on-the-go snacks. On days when we are in-and-out of the car, driving here and there- it's nice to have a snack that she can eat in her car-seat without my assistance. 
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Herbed Pineapple & Sausage (AIP, Paleo, SCD)

When I first started my real food journey, I had a blast making elaborate meals. Chopping this, simmering this, sauteing that, roasting those, and putting them all together to make a fancy dish. If you're in it for the long haul, that just isn't a practical way to approach real food. (For me anyway.) Nowadays, I usually eat 1-2 ingredient meals!

I was inspired to try this combination by one of my favorite bloggers- Danielle Walker from Against All Grain. I got her cookbook for my birthday, and I can't even explain how good it is. It's so practical, and her story is incredibly inspiring. I've had/seen a lot of cookbooks in my life, and I can easily say this is the ONLY one I need. It's filled with staple recipes that really inspire you create your own dishes! Breads, crusts, condiments, dressings, tortillas, etc. Follow THIS link to check out her blog, and THIS one to see her cookbook on Amazon. I intended to post a link to the original recipe that inspired me, but I couldn't find it.

This combination (fruit, and beef sausages) has became one of my favorite easy breakfast combinations. It's simple, but versatile and unique. Not to mention, I always have fruit and ground beef in my kitchen. I have tried this with several different fruit and herb combinations, and you really can't go wrong with this recipe! The one I did in the picture is sweet basil and pineapple, but I highly recommend just using whatever you have.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Chocolate SUPER Chips (RAW, GAPS, PALEO)

Chocolate is one of those foods, like pizza, that everyone likes. It's rich, and sweet, and melty- and just magical! The problem is, if you follow a restricted diet, there aren't many chocolate products out there that are actually healthy. Even most of the organic chocolate bars are sweetened with cane sugar or agave- which are both pretty toxic in my book. But the truth is, it CAN be made extremely healthy. The cacao bean (what makes chocolate, CHOCOLATE) is a real superfood! It's chock full of antioxidants, magnesium, and essential fatty acids. "Chock full" is actually an understatement. In fact, it is higher in antioxidants than ANY food tested so far (it has FOUR times the amount of antioxidants than green tea!!). It's magnesium content is also higher than any other food tested so far. Sufficient magnesium is absolutely necessary for optimal health; it neutralizes acid and toxins, calms nerves, regulates bowel movements, and builds strong bones and teeth. Surprisingly- 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient! Cacao is also loaded with energy/mood boosting attributes like theobromine, anandamides, tryptophan and serotonin. Basically, you should add cacao to your diet now. This is the brand I use, and it is the absolute best quality cacao you can get- AND for an awesome price. It's raw and organic. You can find the cacao beans/nibs HERE and the cacao powder HERE. The cacao powder has the oil removed, which is called cacao butter in it's extracted state- you can see that HERE.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rosemary Lemon Cookies (RAW, PALEO, SCD)

A few Christmases ago (before I discovered my gluten sensitivity), I found the most wonderful rosemary lemon butter cookie recipe (recipe HERE). Seriously, hands down, my favorite. cookie. ever. It's just loaded with sugar and flour! Anyhow, with the holidays just around the corner, I've been daydreaming about what I will prepare for the family gatherings. Most of my family members think I'm off my rocker because of the uber health conscious decisions I make, and are hesitant to try anything I prepare. Not to mention that it can cost more to prepare a healthy, organic meal- so why waste my time, money, and effort if it isn't recognized or appreciated? Well, I do it anyway- because, even if they think I'm crazy, I still can't consciously prepare a toxic meal for them. I don't go all out (only because I can't afford to), but I usually try to bring at least one dish or dessert to a family gathering. This year, I thought I might try to recreate that heavenly butter cookie.
I just threw this together in about 10 minutes, so I may end up tweaking this recipe in a few weeks when I try it again. I was quite pleased with the results of my first attempt though! It's smooth, and tangy, and sweet, and herbaly!

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash (AIP)

Every time I buy a butternut squash from the grocery store, the person checking me out says "what do you do with these?!" I have been enjoying roasted butternut squash for so long, that it baffles me that there are people that have never tried it. Like other vegetables, butternut squash takes on a very sweet flavor when roasted. It has such a warm flavor that can be paired with an array of flavor and spices.  It also an incredibly easy side dish to whip up in a jiffy. 
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Friday, October 25, 2013

(PALEO, GAPS, RAW) Superfood {NO-GRAIN}OLA Crunch

My lovely husband did something wonderful this week; he ordered a whole bunch of superfoods from Earth Shift Products (website HERE) for us!! What a dandy deed that was. He's should be called "The Primitive Breadwinner". Anyhow, I'm stoked. I immediately started dreaming up recipes, and this turned out far better than I imagined it would. It's a great source of protein- and chock full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fiber! I have provided links to the exact ingredients I used, so you can learn more about each ingredient. Earth Shift Products provides excellent nutritional information about their products.

First of all, I would like to clear something up about my recipes. All of the recipes here are from my own imagination. If I am inspired my someone else's recipe, I will let you know- and provide a link to their blog! This recipe was a creation of my own. So, I pretty much just made it up as I went along. I hope that my recipes can inspire you to get in your kitchen and get creative. Most of my recipes don't have to be followed to the exact measurement or ingredient list. For this recipe, the cacao powder & nibs, goji's, and mulberry's are add-in's. If you don't have them, flavor it with what you do have- vanilla, almonds, raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts, cinnamon, etc.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Antioxidant Blast Smoothie (Toddler Approved!)

Before I started my "real food" journey, I had no idea what antioxidants were- but I knew they were good. I think that is the case for most people. "A great source of antioxidants" is printed in bold lettering on the packaging of healthy products, so it must be good. So, what the heck is an antioxidant? what does it do? and why is good for us?

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Frozen Yogurt (RAW, SCD)

I've been contemplating this recipe for some time, and finally decided to go for it. Needless to say, this will be a staple in my freezer from now on. If you're on the SCD, you are probably really missing ice-cream! My husband has been eating ice-cream fairly often, and it was starting to become near impossible to fight the urge to attack him and scarf down a few bites. I've pretty much mastered the art of making SCD yogurt, so I've been experimenting with different recipes it can be used in. If you haven't already, check out my (RAW) SCD Goat Yogurt recipe; that's what I used to makes these glorious golden scoops of goodness.

What you'll need to make this yummy stuff:

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Classic Macaroons (Paleo, SCD)

Who doesn't like a good macaroon? Their quick, easy, and so delicious. It was literally hard for me to photograph these without eating them all. My daughter was actually hovering over them while I was taking pictures, waiting for a chance to sneak one. I really like recipes that are versatile, and this one definitely is. The flavor combinations and add-ins for macaroons are non-exhaustive. I made these two ways, to inspire you to try your own add-ins.

I always have the ingredients to make these cookies, and it's likely you do to.  So, go ahead- check your pantry!

What you'll need:

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

DIY Raw Goat Yogurt (SCD)

I know you all must dying to know how to make this! Raw goat yogurt- I mean, that just sounds like the superest super-food, huh? Not to mention that it's fermented for a full 24 hours in order to be SCD legal. I can't even explain how delicious this stuff is! The health benefits of it are nearly endless. Goat milk, in it's raw form, is one of the most complete foods we can consume. It's chock full of beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and minerals. It's also the only milk we can consume that is actually alkalizing! And I'm sure you all have heard that it's nearly identical to human milk. So, it's more easily digested and utilized. Click here to read about the benefits of goat milk. If you follow a paleo diet, you might also be wondering why I'm consuming this. Well, while I am 100% paleo in every other way- I deviate from the diet in this way. From the research I've done, I know that raw goat milk is good for me and nothing can change that. It's important to do your research, instead of blindly following a diet. 

Some of you may be thinking that it sounds insane to consume a raw yogurt. I mean, it came straight from the goat, and was fermented without ever being heated above 110 degrees. Isn't that dangerous? To be frank- NO.  If you didn't know this already: raw milk isn't dangerous. It's actually pasteurized milk that poses dangers to our health. Here is some more information about the safety of raw milk. In a nutshell- if you heat milk, the beneficial bacteria is killed. The beneficial bacteria is what prevents harmful bacteria from growing. So, if we kill of the good bacteria, that makes it easier for harmful bacteria to grow. If the milk has been collected in a sanitary container, in a sanitary method, there should be no concerns about safety. If you have a raw milk source (preferably goat), consider yourself blessed. It's one of the healthiest foods you can nourish your body with. 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Bars (with chocolate drizzle!)

It's finally Fall, and you know what that means? Pumpkin flavored stuff! I've been getting bombarded with pumpkin stuff on Facebook and Pinterest, and the can of organic pumpkin puree in the pantry was starting to call me name. 

This was my first experiment with pumpkin anything since I've been on the SCD, and it turned out quite well. I will definitely be making these again. I got my inspiration from Elana over at Elana's Pantry. You can see her recipe here.
 While you're there, you should browse a bit; she has some brilliant recipes. Like Elana, I recommend using your own roasted pumpkin. However, since this was an experiment, I didn't take the time to roast my own pumpkin. Because of the BPA liner in cans, it's best to use fresh ingredients when possible. This recipe is both Paleo and GAPS friendly. If you leave the chocolate drizzle out, they're SCD friendly as well! 

So, to make these you'll need:

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Monday, September 16, 2013

4 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding (RAW, PALEO, GAPS)

If you're like me, you need sugar snacks to function. Personally, if I want to be successful on a restricted diet, I have to have healthy desserts on hand. I am currently following the Paleo and SCD diet, so I like to keep my meals simple. Most of the recipes that I'll be sharing here will be quite simple- using only about 4-7 ingredients. I have never been a fan of those complex gluten-free recipes that use 20 ingredients to make the end product bread-like. You know what I'm talking about. So, expect to see lots of these super simple, tasty, healthy recipes! This one is one of the quickest, easiest, and most delicious. It's rich, creamy, and (best of all) healthy!  There are a million variations of this recipes on Pinterest, and I'm sure they are all great. However, I like to stick to these basic 4 ingredients. The great thing about simple recipes like this, is that you can add whatever flavors/extras you want. For example: cacao nibs, nut/seed butter, vanilla, mesquite, maca, chia seeds, etc. And lastly, let me ease your fears about the combination of avocado and chocolate. It's incredible. If you're too scared to try it.. you're seriously missing out. 

So here's what you'll need:
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Blueberry Lemon Ginger Scones! (Paleo)

    Well hey there! As you've probably noticed, my blog is still under construction. 
    I am still figuring out the coding and such, and it isn't easy. Especially
    when my little one is hanging on to my legs, and pleading for my attention.

    Anyhow, I decided to put together this recipe post to see what it would look like.
    I love this recipe because it is so versatile and easy! We usually have all
    of the ingredients to make these. You can make cakes, muffins, or scones with this
    recipe, and the flavor combinations are endless. Not to mention they are paleo, 
    sugar-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, and dairy-free!

    So, here it is:
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All recipes are original creations by Tyler Peacock (The Primitive Homemaker), unless otherwise noted. If you wish to use a recipe on your own recipe or blog, please provide your readers with the link to my original recipe.