Cooking With Coconut Oil: A Review

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Maybe I’m strange, but my favorite books to read have always been cookbooks. Even as a small child, I would spend rainy Saturday afternoons curled up on the couch with a stack of my mother’s cookbooks in front of me. I would devour them, page by page, using little strips of torn notebook paper to bookmark the ones that I wanted to make. Few of them rarely made it to the actual kitchen, but I loved reading the recipe descriptions and soaking up the pictures of the finished products. I’ve carried my love of reading cookbooks into adulthood, except now, almost all of them make it into the production stage. So, it was no surprise when I sat down one day last week with Elizabeth Nyland’s (of Guilty Kitchen fame) new cookbook, Cooking With Coconut Oil: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes For Good Living. As I thumbed through the pages of the book, it became apparent that I had a growing problem on my hands. It wasn’t which recipe that I wanted to try that was causing my dilemma, but which recipe I didn’t want to try. From baked salmon with blueberry sauce, dark chocolate cherry muffins, and salt-roasted beet salad with … Continue reading

Help Support Pure Taste: The UK’s First Paleo Restaurant

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Holly Redman is a woman on a mission– A mission to change the way that people view Paleo food. As a chef, nutritional therapist, and chemistry graduate, she is motivated by her desire to take an uninspiring dietary restriction and turn it into an absolutely mouthwatering way of eating. Let’s hear Holly’s story from the lady herself! As a coeliac (and more recently paleo dieter) married to someone with a dairy-intolerance I know just how frustrating eating out can be for people who avoid certain foods for health reasons. You feel like the Spanish inquisition just talking to the waiter, end up with a much reduced menu, and often have half the food removed from your plate because it isn’t suitable! So I wanted to create a hassle-free dining experience that embraced real food, creating dishes without processed ingredients and common allergens so that people on the paleo diet and other specialist diets could enjoy eating out again. For the last 10 months I’ve been running Pure Taste Popup – a monthly restaurant event in Sussex in the UK specialising in creating gorgeous gluten-free and paleo-friendly food! The response has been phenomenal, each night getting booked up many weeks in … Continue reading

PrimalGirl Reads: Primal Moms Look Good Naked by Peggy Emch

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I’m jealous. Really, really jealous. Most of you know I had a miserable pregnancy. Everything that could go wrong did—and I mean, everything. Extended bed rest, hemorrhaging, hemorrhoids, depression, carpel tunnel, pre-eclampsia, early delivery, no milk production—I was a mess. I spent over ten years trying to get pregnant, and then spent the entire pregnancy in fear that I would lose the babies. I would have, had it not been for the modern neonatal intensive care unit five minutes from our house. This was back in 2008. Not so long ago, really, but before I found the Primal lifestyle. Before I knew how food affected my health—before I got it. My pregnancy textbook was What To Expect When You’re Expecting. I was labeled a “high risk pregnancy” by incompetent military medical staff simply because I was carrying twins. They told me early on that I would have to have a c-section and probably wouldn’t be able to breastfeed. I had (on average) three to four ultrasounds a week. Nothing was natural, nothing was easy. It was just…miserable. I followed all the advice given to me by my doctors, and it turns out this was a very bad thing to do. … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: Primal Cravings

I’ve had Primal Cravings by Megan McCullough Keatley and Brandon Keatley at my house for nearly two months now and have been holding off writing a review because I wasn’t sure exactly what to say. I still have really mixed feelings. I was really excited to receive the book. My kids are always clamoring for foods that their peers eat and I’m not always able to make them. However, over the four and a half years that I’ve been Primal, I’ve come up with substitutions for almost everything they want, including pizza crust, crackers and rolls. I already make my own cake, ice cream, soda, beef jerky, cookies, mayonnaise, salad dressings, waffles, popsicles, tomato-free pizza and spaghetti sauce, and pasta. To be fair, there really aren’t a lot of recipes out there that can impress me. (Here’s one for waffles from the Paleo Parents that did.) That being said, I’m always on the look out for recipes that use new and different seasonings, or that combine different gluten-free flours to come up with amazing new combinations. When baking ingredients are given in ounces or grams, I’m able to substitute different flours for things I have on-hand or to avoid things we’re … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: Paleo Fitness by Darryl Edwards

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I had the pleasure of meeting Darryl Edwards at PaleoFX last year. I was very impressed with his enthusiasm and love for Primal movement. Darryl made a huge impression on me. He was so motivated to help other people that he offered free workshops at PaleoFX without being compensated. (Click here to see the fun I had — the only fun I had — at PaleoFX last year.) Darryl also flew all the way from England to hold free workshops at PrimalCon Austin this year. He was such a hit that rumor has it he’ll be attending both PrimalCon events next year as a presenter. A short video from my friend Bryan Barksdale sums it up pretty nicely: Darryl loves to share information with others, as you can tell from his website and his YouTube channel. That’s why I was so pleased to receive a copy of his new book, Paleo Fitness, a few weeks ago. It was just as I hoped it would be: jam packed full of great information to help anyone get out of a chronic-cardio, globo-gym mindset and back into the fun, carefree way we used to play when we were kids. Each exercise is carefully … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: The Modern No-Nonsense Guide To Paleo by Alison Golden

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The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo by Alison Golden is available starting today at www.paleononpaleo.com and www.amazon.com! Finally a book about the HOW of Paleo, not the WHAT. I’ve been Paleo/Primal for four years now but never realized that I had adopted many of the principals Alison mentions in this book without knowing it — if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been as successful as I have been. Lucky for you, Alison has taken the time to write everything down and explain things to increase your chance of success with the Paleo lifestyle. After the first 30 days, then what? When the “glow” of a new diet or lifestyle wears off, you need some strategies in place to help you to continue along this path, because trust me — it’s not always easy. In this book, you will learn: * The four keys to paleo success * Why perfection is the ‘enemy of the good’ * How to create a paleo life that operates on autopilot and why it is important. * Why willpower is a myth and what to do instead * How to resist temptation and stay motivated * How to shop, organize your kitchen and stay on budget * Ways to … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: Eat This, Not That and Rich Food, Poor Food

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One of the things that upsets me the most whenever I’m in a book store is the prominent position of stupid books like Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding. I flipped through it to see what the authors had to say and went through all five stages of grief within a one-minute period: 1. Denial: No. Noooooo. No way are you telling me that I should choose Breyer’s ice cream over Haagen-Daas. Why the hell would I want a lower fat content, added stabilizers and unpronounceable chemicals?! And you’re telling me the reason that the Dairy Queen Banana Split is healthier is because it has a freakin’ banana in it?! What about the high fructose corn syrup poured all over the top?! I can’t believe that people would fall for this!! 2. Anger: O.M.F.G. This book is going to perpetuate the obesity epidemic in this country and isn’t going to help ANYONE. It just validates people’s shitty choices and makes them feel good about ordering a chicken burger with fries and a diet soda instead of the hamburger with fries and regular soda. W.T.F. 3. Bargaining: Maybe if I put sticky notes on the front of every one … Continue reading

Paleo Treats: Rations for the Driven

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My Standards Sometimes people send me things to sample. Usually they’re hoping for a review — some of them ask, some of them don’t. Usually they’re hoping I’ll at least pass on a message to you, dear Reader, and help promote their company. You can see I don’t actually post that many reviews. I try to live by the adage, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” If I don’t believe in a product or actually use it myself, I certainly don’t advertise for it. I don’t care how much money I can make, I refuse to sell out. My integrity means everything to me. Paleo companies are popping up all over the place, as Paleo becomes the newest and greatest thing since gluten-free sliced bread. Even some Vegans are converting. I’ve received samples from companies claiming to be Paleo but when I read the ingredients on their flashy packaging, I’ve been bitterly disappointed. Not only did I not consume their products, I didn’t blog about them, either. I have standards, you see. Paleo Treats: Rations for the Driven I was contacted a couple weeks ago by a representative of a company called Paleo … Continue reading

Primalgirl Reads: The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson

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I was thrilled to recieve my advance copy of Mark Sisson’s latest book in The Primal Blueprint series, The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness, last week for several reasons. First (and foremost), I was interested in seeing how Mark interpreted a topic that should resonate with us all at our core. Second, I was curious to see how the book was laid out, seeing as I’m writing a very similar book myself. (Thankfully, Mark has covered the bigger topics I haven’t, and my book may end up being a great companion to this one.) Third, I was excited for people to actually read this book and start making changes in their lives — changes that would make it easier for me to interact with them, to connect on a deeper level and to form tribes based on shared human experiences instead of the latest model of a designer purse or the shared love of Nikon cameras. Why I Need This Book I’ve been feeling majorly disconnected from modern society for about four years now — about the same length of time that I’ve been Primal. I’ve lost touch with many friends, as I no longer … Continue reading

May Day Reflections and PrimalCon

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May Day. A day to herald the coming of Spring with song and dance, a day for children with flowers in their hair to skip around beribboned maypoles, a time to crown May Day queens. A day for blog posts, apparently. And phone calls, texts, emails, dings from Twitter, pings and pongs from Facebook, returns to Amazon and endless hours in Starbucks. I’m trying to recapture the feeling I had at PrimalCon a couple weeks ago, sitting in the sweet-smelling grass, basking in the sunshine, surrounded by bare feet with the wind whipping through my hair and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. I’ve written a review of PrimalCon down below. I’m feeling the pull of Harbin Hot Springs, the need to disconnect and get back to nature. To start my cold thermogenesis therapy in their cold pools, to say ‘to hell with the cold, I’m getting in the hot pool and soaking for a while,’ to have non-food related conversations with vegans, to play guitar under a tree. And yes, to put flowers in my hair and dance naked under the stars. I’m a hippy pagan at heart. My heart yearns for these things. I’ve been … Continue reading