roasted garlic, broccoli and turnip soup

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In a matter of days, lunch all over the United States shifted from salads to soups, courtesy of an arctic front delivered via an ocean storm that hit Alaska’s Aleutian Islands over the weekend. Shades of polar vortex to come, perhaps? I submit that this phenomenon has existed here in Texas long before the term was coined last year, where it is not unusual to see a 40 degree temperature drop from one day to the next.

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roasted squash pancakes: redefining breakfast

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On more than one occasion, I’ve noticed our dog, Hiro, approaching his metal water dish from afar, posed in a cautious stance, ears up, tail down, contemplating whether to continue towards it and get a drink. If you could put a caption bubble above his head, it might read: is it safe? Will it make that scary, clanking noise when I drink from it again? Will I be able to escape to the hallway if danger occurs???

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the economy of a simple roasted chicken

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Not all things are an efficient use of your time and energy. Take, for instance, the handheld electric fly swatter. The premise of the handheld electric fly swatter is that you smack said insect once and the electric current zaps the bug dead. It’s sort of like the big POW! that kills the bugs in the cartoons in bug spray commercials, but without the use of toxic chemicals. It’s a fine idea, in theory; quick, easy, portable, and just the sort of thing that calls to husbands from hardware store shelves.

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figs in season

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We’ve never had figs in the fall before.

It’s not that we’ve never eaten figs in the fall before. Our fig trees have always produced fruit during the summer, just as they did this year, but they’ve never produced fruit in the fall. If you’re a symbol-oriented person like me, you might wonder if it’s a sign or something. Or, you might be logical and say it’s just that the trees have matured to the point where they’re able to produce two harvests, as certain types of fig trees do. Maybe though, it’s possible that the answer lies somewhere in between those seemingly opposed perceptions. After all, as Solomon, a king of Israel from 970 to 931 B.C. wrote; “God delights in concealing things; scientists delight in discovering things.” 1

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review: the autoimmune paleo cookbook

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My little experiment of following a paleo autoimmune protocol for the past few months has been quite the revelation. I have a whole new view of what food can do for my body when it’s nutrient-dense and non-inflammatory, and for me, there’s no going back. Though the process hasn’t always been easy, I’ve made steady progress in many areas, including stabilizing my blood sugar, effortless weight loss, and actually beginning to see the psoriasis that appeared over three years ago begin to get better.

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the whole 30: continuing the journey

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It’s the end of week four, and in terms of the whole30 challenge, my husband and I have officially completed the full 30 days and finished well (high five!) As I mentioned last week, we’ll be continuing on the paleo auto-immune protocol for another two months, and after that will try re-introducing certain foods like eggs, nuts and seeds, and nightshades. In terms of what we put on our plate, for us, this has been a real change in direction, and not merely a temporary diversion from certain foods like other elimination diets we’ve tried before. It hasn’t been easy, but here’s the thing: no lasting, life-changing choice ever is.

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the whole 30, week one

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So if you’re following our story here, we’ve completed one week of the whole30 auto-immune protocol. The photo you see above, with a ground chicken patty, roasted sweet potatoes, wilted spinach and sliced avocado, all drizzled with a little extra-virgin olive oil and a dusting of sea salt, has been a pretty typical breakfast for us this week. We might switch out the sweet potatoes (which are left-overs from dinner) for a piece of fruit, but there is always some kind of meat and dark greens on the plate. 

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starting the whole 30

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Tomorrow my husband and I start a program called “The Whole30,” a kind of nutritional reset that eliminates sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, alcohol and processed food for a period of thirty days. It’s a brilliant way to help the body heal by eating nutritionally dense real food such as pastured meats and organic vegetables and fruits while avoiding food that contributes to inflammation, a damaged digestive system, and any number of resulting chronic health issues.

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recovery is on the way

I’m still recovering from the flu that snuck up on me at the beginning of this second week of Christmas vacation, but it’s been the perfect opportunity to be able to just completely relax, read, and sleep. While I drank many cups of this soothing ginger honey lemon tonic, I made a commitment to do something I’ve been thinking about doing for awhile, and so I’ll share more about that next week. In the meantime, enjoy the weekend, and keep warm!