Sunday, November 23, 2014

An Everything® Series Holiday - Featuring The Everything Guide to the Low-FODMAP Diet Book!


The low-FODMAP diet is not something I have addressed on the blog in the past, but it is a diet that, much like Paleo, has helped thousands of people find health. Specifically, a low-FODMAP diet is often recommended for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and similar digestive disorders.

My first question when I learned of the low-FODMAP diet was "what in the world is a FODMAP"? You are probably wondering the same thing. :) FODMAP stands for "Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides And Polyols" (now you can see why they just call them FODMAPs). What this really boils down to is FODMAPs are short-chain carbohydrates that can be poorly absorbed by certain individuals and left to be fermented by bacteria in the gut. These bacteria produce gas as a byproduct of the fermentation process, which can lead to serious digestive symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. We all experience occasional digestive distress, but when you experience these symptoms on a daily basis it can seriously effect your quality of life.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Paleo Book Review: Paleo Cleanse by Camilla Carboni and Melissa Van Dover

You may have seen my recent guest post from Camilla Carboni on Transitioning to a Paleo Lifestyle. Camilla blogs over at The Paleo Pact with her partner-in-crime Melissa Van Dover. They also recently authored the book Paleo Cleanse: 30 Days of Ancestral Eating to Detox, Drop Pounds, Supercharge Your Health and Transition into a Primal LifestyleThey were kind enough to send me a review copy (thanks, guys!) and I am so excited to share my thoughts with you today.

Melissa and Camilla in the kitchen!
The book is divided into five parts. Before they get into the cleanse, they share their own personal health story and journey to Paleo. I love learning what brought people to this way of eating and it helps me relate to them, as well, so I love that they share this information. 

In Part 1, they describe the science, history and health benefits of a Paleo diet. They list foods to eat and foods to avoid. They developed the guidelines for the cleanse in this book based off of the Paleo cleanse that they did themselves, which makes you feel even more that this cleanse is achievable and beneficial. They share their method for approaching the cleanse and what they learned through their own experience with the cleanse.

Part 2 focuses on preparing for the cleanse. The chapters in Part 2 are packed with food lists, guidelines for cleaning out your kitchen and stocking up on "cleanse approved" foods and tips for success like teaming up with a partner and fighting junk food cravings. They emphasize that this cleanse is not about deprivation or going hungry - it is about health and nourishment.

A few of the delicious recipes you will find in the book!
Part 3 walks you through the 30 day cleanse with weekly meal plans, grocery lists and simple recipes with easy-to-find ingredients. What I love about the meal plan is that they are flexible to meet your needs and accommodate your favorite foods. You can add the vegetables of your choice to most meals and choose which day you want to eat the listed meal for the week. Each recipe also tells you which kitchen tools you will need so you are always ready when it is time to cook. Some of my favorites are the Cauliflower Hummus and Power Bars (both of which have many variations so you can try different flavors) and the Pear and Pork Sausage, which I plan on making for breakfast in the morning!

Part 4 of the book helps you transition off of the cleanse and into the world of real-life Paleo! Camilla and Melissa debunk many of the myths associated with the Paleo diet (my favorite is that people think all I eat is MEAT) and help you answer questions you may receive from friends and family about your new way of eating. 

The final chapters of the book, Part 5, build on the information in Part 4, but go into a little more detail on making Paleo manageable for you. Tips for dealing with food allergies and a guide for dining out, as well as even more recipes (including a few tasty treats) round out this incredible Paleo guide book.

I wish a book like this had been around when I was learning to navigate the Paleo waters! I would recommend this book to anyone who is new to Paleo, but needs a little guidance before diving right in. Paleo Cleanse will help you through the sometimes difficult transition to this new way of eating and give you plenty of tasty meals you'll want to keep coming back to even after the initial 30 days.

You can learn more about the book from the authors themselves, including testimonials and a few preview recipes, on the Paleo Cleanse page on their website. Don't forget to connect with The Paleo Pact through their blog and social media, too!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Toasted Coconut Macaroons - Naturally Sweetened

I originally created this recipe for a story on healthy holiday cookies that will be in the December issue of Southern Indiana Fitness Source. They were so tasty and so easy to make that I had to share them on the blog. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Guest Post from Camilla Carboni: Transitioning into a Paleo Lifestyle

The girls over at Paleo Pact have been on my radar for a while now. I love the tasty recipes and practical Paleo tips they post on their blog, so I was beyond excited when I found out they wrote a book! Their new book The Paleo Cleanse is the PERFECT book to get you started on a Paleo diet. With guidelines and support to prepare for the 30-day cleanse, as well as more than 100 mouth-watering Paleo recipes, it's like having your own pocket-sized health coach to help you through the transition.  If you've been wanting to make a healthy change, this book is for you. Learn more about the book here. I'll turn it over to Camilla with her tips for transitioning to a Paleo Lifestyle.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Peppery Lamb and Leek Frittata

I am all about one-pan breakfasts lately. Especially big breakfasts with lots of leftovers. This frittata fits both criteria and it has a delicious, peppery flavor to boot!