Most important foods to buy organic – the “Dirty Dozen”

If you’re making a Paleo diet transition or trying to establish a clean eating lifestyle, it can be expensive to go at it in one fell swoop. Below are the number one foods that should always be purchased from organic sources. They’re commonly referred to as the “Dirty Dozen.” Government standards allow non-organic commercial growers…

Spa-ghetti

Sometimes cravings get the best of me. Today, it happened to be spaghetti. Or, I should say, spa-ghetti. What’s the difference? Spa-ghetti is like a trip to the spa for your health and digestive system. Whhaaat? Spa-ghetti compared to spaghetti Spaghetti squash is lower in carbs and calories than spaghetti noodles, yet contains enough fiber…

When you stray from Paleo…

The absence of gluten makes Paleo a positive thing for me. After eating gluten-free (way before Paleo), I had significant improvement in my morning stiffness, neck/joint pain and allergies. I’ve tested negative for celiac and celiac sprue so it’s kind of befuddling. At any rate, I can tell you what I experience when I do eat gluten after being…

Paleo favorites

Everyone has favorites. Favorite teacher, favorite drink, favorite sport, favorite hobby, favorite color, favorite food. When it comes to Paleo, we have favorites too. Favorite dish, favorite seasoning, favorite cooking method and so on. I’m curious what your favorites are? Mine would have to be a recipe my daughter made called Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip…

Paleo doesn’t count, literally

One doesn’t have to know formulas or how to use a calculator to eat Paleolithically. It’s a fact, Paleo doesn’t count. Paleo doesn’t count calories. Paleo doesn’t count carbs. Paleo doesn’t count any nutritional data. For many, that’s what makes it so appealing. If anything, the Paleo way of eating is a closer look at history…

Popular “gluten-free” magazine disappoints

A recent trip to the grocery store proved to be an eye-opener. Is it just me, or does anyone else ‘get’ what’s wrong with this cover? One of the feature articles concerns the safety of oats, while the cover promotes ingesting petroleum. While the objective of Gluten-Free Living is to provide information, recipes and healthy alternatives for gluten-free, it just…

Paleo & Juliet, about the name…

Paleo and Juliet – it’s a catchy name. My daughter came up with it. I liked it and thought it’d be a perfect fit for the blog. Paleo is for Paleo and Juliet, well, it’s the feminine side for everything else. There’s too much that goes on in life for me to focus strictly on Paleo (in…

Granola replacement

I’m a pretty decent cook, but when it comes to cookies, I have to pass the torch to my daughter, Ashley. For some reason, I’ve always had issues making cookies – but it doesn’t keep me from trying. When my husband asked for some oatmeal coconut cookies, I dug through some recipes online and found…

Beginning Paleo

There are so many varieties of the “Paleo diet”: Strict Paleo, Practical Paleo, Primal Paleo, Traditional Paleo, Low-Carb Paleo, Vegetarian Paleo, 80/20 Paleo and the list goes on, with new varieties made every day based on what people like/dislike. Essentially, I would put the Paleo diet into two categories, Paleo and Auto Immune Paleo. Based on your health…

Why people go Paleo

We failed Paleo the first time we engaged in the Paleo approach, but it was our lack of knowing what we were doing. You see, we began Paleo as an attempt to heal my husband from an ulcerative colitis flare that was ebbing on one year in duration. We jumped right in, got on board, made a…

Paleo before we knew about Paleo

An extreme bout with ulcerative colitis recently kept Brian (my husband) house hostage for two weeks. We were about a month in with autoimmune Paleo and to my surprise, when I came home from work one day I see a familiar looking jar on the kitchen counter. It was a beautiful jar of bacon grease.   All…

The house with the blue door

For the most part, my drive to work is a rural one. Along the way is a little house, older but well-kept. If it were anywhere else it might not stand out so much. I’ve seen houses with pink accents, teal, red-almost all colors, including blue. This house has a blue door and for some reason stands…