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After recently being diagnosed with Lyme’s disease my doctor recommended that I try eating Paleo. Eating Paleo, for those of you who have somehow avoided the recent onslaught of the Paleo and Crossfit crazes, means avoiding grains of all kinds, dairy, legumes (that means no peanuts, soy, or beans!), sugars, and bad oils. Basically what’s left is meat, fish, veggies, fruit, nuts, and eggs.
There are numerous health benefits of Paleo: decreased inflammation, better sleep, relief from GI issues, more energy, weight loss, the list goes on and on. Eating this way has offered so much relief from many of the symptoms I have suffered from for so long and as great as I feel there are so many things I miss eating! Chocolate chip cookies are the one thing that I miss the most, but thankfully there are a million blogs out there with their own version of Paleo cookies. I’ve pulled from a few and here is my favorite recipe for them:
- 3 1/4 cup almond meal (Trader Joes has the best and cheapest!)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (you can also use organic honey [make sure you melt it] or agave nectar, but I find they taste best with the pure maple syrup)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 1/2 cups DARK chocolate chips (the darker the chocolate chip, the more ‘paleo friendly’)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grab a cookie sheet- I always make these on either parchment paper or aluminum foil, both work great and make for super easy clean up!
- Combine your almond flour with the salt and baking soda
- In a large bowl, combine your eggs, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and maple syrup
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients and add your chocolate chips
- Scoop the dough onto the parchment or foil and stick ‘em in the oven for about 10-12 minutes, the longer you keep them in the crispier they will be, which is how I like them!
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I always heard that pulled pork tasted great in a slow cooker so I decided to make some skinny pulled pork! I love that I can just prepare this in the morning do all my things during the day then dinner is ready, it feels like I don’t have to cook at all. I used to low calorie BBQ sauce from the store, it’s all up to your discretion on how much BBQ sauce you want to add, I went easy on the BBQ sauce so I could save the calories. I used whole wheat buns, you can also serve with some coleslaw on the burger or on the side, I added some hot sauce and a pickle on mine since I love spice!
- 2.5 lb boneless porn loin roast
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 4 tsp hickory liquid smoke
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup of low calorie BBQ sauce
- Place pork in slow cooker and season with red wine vinegar, hickory liquid smoke, garlic powder, and salt.
- Cover and set for 6 hours on high
- Move pork on a large dish, reserve liquid in a cup and save
- Shred pork with 2 forks and put it back in the slow cooker
- Add 3/4 cup of the remaining liquid and add BBQ sauce
- Cook on high for one more hour
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These small tweaks will put you on the path of healthier habits.
1. Invest in a good water bottle.
2. Grow an herb garden.
3. If you have a hard time sticking to any diet, go with just one simple rule: NO MORE PROCESSED FOODS.
4. Use the 20-20-20 rule at work to keep eye strain at bay.
5. Slather on the sunscreen every single day.
6. If you absolutely must order fast food, get the kids’ meal. Or order a couple things off the dollar menu.
Two things off the dollar menu and a salad. This will satisfy your craving without making you feel completely gross afterward.