Monday, May 13, 2013

EPIC Bar Give-Away!

Don't you wish...

There was a meat bar that was pure and free of unnecessary additives?
That such a bar came from grass-fed cows? 
There was a company that sold these types of bars that also believed in sustainability, welfare of the land and the animals that fed off it?

Good news!
Introducing: The Most EPIC Bar in the World!

We had the privilege of attending PaleoFX this year, and while we were there we discovered EPIC BAR, the Austin, Texas company that also has a sister named THUNDERBIRD ENERGETICA. Both of these companies value a Paleo, non-GMO approach to healthy snack bars. The EPIC team had set up shop for the very first time in its existence, in order to launch the truly delicious 100% grass-fed meat bars. We made our way over to their booth because they giving away samples of the not-yet-released-to-the-public product. I'll put it this way, they had to fill up a ziplock baggie for us because we kept circling back like vultures.

As soon as we gulped down the free samples they so kindly gave to us, we placed an order to be shipped to us. I can now say I was one of the first people on Earth to get my very own box on EPIC Bars, that was pretty cool, especially because I'm a Texas girl and I love knowing that I am supporting a local business. Not to mention that the EPIC team was extremely kind, personable, easy to work with and clearly health-conscious. When we received our shipment Casey and I made a pact that we would make the box of EPIC-NESS stretch... Clearly we were lying to each other, as we gobbled them up just as fast as we did that first little baggie.

I am just as thrilled as you are about the fact that there is FINALLY a meaty bar of goodness that I can eat in good conscience, that's why I'm giving some away! One lucky person will win two assorted boxes (that's 24 bars!) of Epic bar, plus a cool t-shirt to add to your swag collection! All you have to do to enter to win is:

1. Go "Like" them on Facebook.

2. Post a comment in the comment section of this blog post telling me WHY you need some EPIC-ness in your life and letting me know you "liked" their page.

I will announce the winner Saturday at 11:00a.m. via Facebook & Twitter so be watching!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cinnamon Roasted Carrots

Today's post is brought to you by:

BABY CARRRROOOTTTTTSS!

Do you buy organic baby carrots from the grocery store?  The ones in the plastic packaging? I used to. Until read an article from Natural News: "There is nothing innocent about these baby carrots," that included the text "A chlorine wash will ensure longer shelf life"

Chlorine? Eek!

According to consumerreport.org, the FDA approves of this practice. "Yes—and so are some whole carrots, as well as many other vegetables. But the practice appears safe. Manufacturers often treat produce—even organic produce—with a mild chlorine solution to disinfect it and extend its shelf life. But the concentrations are tiny compared with those used in, say, cleaning products, and they pose no known risk to humans."

I'm not saying you're going to die from munching on baby carrots, and there are some conflicting reports on the validity of these claims but ask yourself this: Would you drink chlorine, even if diluted? No, you wouldn't.

More questions: How many times have we been told that something is "safe" just to find out later on down the road that it is harmful? How many "safe" artificial sweeteners that are STILL being added to our foods are now linked to cancer? Diet pills and other pharmaceuticals that are "100% safe" only to see lawsuits come out of the woodwork. You know the ones "if you or a loved one as died or been harmed due to taking ________ call blahblahblah." Yeah, everything "appears safe" until it doesn't. Can you say chemical toxicity?

I'm going to steer clear of the little guys from now on because I really don't care who tells me it's safe, I'm never going to believe that eating something that has been dipped in a chemical solution is. It's not a risk I'm willing to take on something that I can get elsewhere... in whole form. Which brings us to today's recipe!


Cinnamon Roasted Carrots
10-12 FRESH (Farmer's Market) carrots, full size
2 Tbs. coconut oil, melted
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. Wash carrots and peel if you want them to look nicer. Place on a baking sheet (with a lip) or a casserole dish.

3. Mix oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together. Brush mixture on carrots.

4. Bake for about 35-45 mins. You want them slightly firm but not stiff.

5. Let cool and serve. Happy noms.

Serves: 4-6

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Treat for Your Troubles

Are you on Facebook? Of course you are! Go on over and "Like" my page because I am giving away a batch of these little devils and believe me you will want to win them. Plus, if you "Like" me on Facebook you can stay up to date on all the Paleofabulous things I'm doing and saying.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Paleoso Fajitas

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo. As a Texan girl, I love Mexican food and we have an over-abundance of restaurants in our area, though not many are truly authentic. Unfortunately, it's next to impossible  to find one that doesn't cook in some sort of crap oil such as canola, soy or corn and I'm going out of my way to avoid such oils these days. I hate to come off as a "snobby food elitist," but I'm not willing to eat something I know is going to harm my gut and make me feel terrible. I decided if I wanted it done right that I would just do it myself. Oh man, did I do it right!



Paleoso Fajitas
2 lbs. flank steak, grass-fed if possible
a small dab of animal fat, olive or coconut oil

Marinade:
juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 Tbs. oil, olive or coconut
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. dried orange peel
salt and pepper to taste

Veggies:
1 16oz bag frozen broccoli and carrot mix
1 16oz bag frozen bell pepper onion mix (fajita mix)
Guacamole for garnish

1. Mix all marinade ingredients together.

2. Put meat in a large ziplock bag and pour marinade over it, shake the bag so that the whole steak is drowned in the sauce. Place in fridge for 12-24 hours.

3. Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat, place dab of oil in it and allow it to melt.

4. Remove meat from bag and place in hot skillet. Cook about 5-8 minutes on each side depending on desired level of done-ness. DO NOT drain juices from skillet.

4. Place cooked meat on a butchers block, cut into fajita strips.

5. Place bags of veggies in skillet and toss until they are coated in marinade and juices from meat. Continue to cook until veggies a tender.

6. In a large serving bowl mix meat and veggies together and top with guac. Serve.

Serves 4

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Are you Tired, Or Something More?

I haven't posted anything since March. I have however tried to keep up with my Facebook page as best that could. Did you wonder where I was? No? I'll fill you in anyway because it's my blog and I can write whatever I want. ;)

About seven months ago I started feeling really fatigued, run down and (more) stressed than normal. My sleep quality and quantity was suffering, my mind was foggy and I was constantly getting sick. This is a problem I've had in the past and my doctor would say, "Nothing is wrong with you, I'll give you a sleeping pill and you'll be fine." I never filled the script because I was a "crazy person" who wanted to do everything "naturally." None of this made any sense to me because I was already eating strict Paleo! I shouldn't be having these problems! I just thought I needed to train more, but that only made it worse. Nothing was working and I had no good reason to feel the way I did.  After all, I was "the healthiest person I know" to everyone-- and I am dammit! But this is the way I felt before going Paleo and I was slipping back, but why?

During that seven months, I was doing the same things I have always done... I put blinders on by telling myself to "snap out of it and quit being so lazy" and thus concealing the fact I was in trouble because I was too proud to admit it.  I also kept piling things on my plate-- who am I kidding I don't have a plate I have a trough, a deep one. I have always had a lot of responsibilities; as a child, my sister an I had to be adults in every sense of the word (that's a whole other post) so it's something that I'm pretty comfortable with.  I prefer to be busy, and I always say "better busy then bored." This time I had really over-done it, I was taking on everything I could in every area in my life.  On top of that I was trying to fight off a Candida (yeast) overgrowth in my gut (still to be 100% confirmed by some medical tests) that I haven't been able to get rid of and have probably been dealing with for several years. I just couldn't win.

One day in mid-March as I was driving to work and was approaching a red light, the same red light I see every morning on my way to work, except I looked up at the red light and simply KEPT GOING. I stopped just short of t-boning another car.

Blinders off.  What the hell? Something's wrong with me.

Over the next few days, I started thinking about all the things I'd been forgetting about and it scared me: I was forgetting simple words (aphasia), I was trying to take out my contacts after they were already out, I would go in the bathroom and have no idea how or why I was there, while at work I would forget what client I was working with (all these lapses in short-term memory). Recently, I needed eleven stitches after nearly filet-ing my left index finger while cutting a butternut squash. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks...

ADRENAL FATIGUE.

I called Casey and told him, and we wondered why we hadn't thought of it earlier. Maybe because I wouldn't admit to myself that anything was wrong? We decided that we needed to get back to basics. He canceled cable the same day. Let's get real, TV overstimulates our brains, it's a FACT, and I certainly didn't need that. Besides, we could use the extra money for other things, like grass-fed meat. Next, we went to PaleoFX in Austin. It was like in church when you feel the Preacher speaking to/about you in the sermon and I couldn't ignore it. Adrenal Fatigue came up in every lecture that we attended. So did the link between candida and the adrenals... To say it was eye-opening would be the understatement over the century.  We sat in on the lectures of  Dr. Amy Myers, a functional medicine doctor who presented at PaleoFX. What do you know she has a practice in Austin, just a short 4 hour drive for me! When we got home, Casey insisted that I make an appointment with her, so I did. I mean, isn't it my duty as a wife to do as my husband says *eyeroll*?

Well, I'm happy to announce that I am on the road to recovery and this week I have felt better than I have in months. I've only been to one appointment so far but it was a great experience. Not only did I consult with her dietitian, Brianna, and talk about a food prescription, but it was so nice to not be looked at like I was crazy or be told that I was "just tired." I also LOVE that Dr. Myers brings her dog Bella to work, I always trust "animal people."  I get my lab results back in a few weeks and I've got a lot more work to put in but I will keep everyone up-to-date on my exciting journey to Ultrahealth.

Now you know what I've been up to. Bet you wished you hadn't asked, huh? Anyway, I hope to have a special recipe for Cinco De Mayo in the next day or two, so be on the look out. I'm so happy to be cooking again!!! 

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