Summertime Parsley & Blood Orange Pasta (AIP)

Power Pesto w spaghetti squash 3One of the beautiful things about living a long way from the equator is the long sunny summer evenings, when there’s still hours of day after suppertime.

We’re in that season now in the Northern hemisphere, and it’s a bright and beautiful thing.

Brilliant summer evenings call for light, fun and festive food. Easy to prepare and easy to share. Read More

Helping a Loved-one Heal

PaleoFamilyToolkit3I wrote a book to support the process of healing.

It is the culmination of 2½ years blogging, the last 8 years caregiving for someone with chronic illness, and my 20+ year career creating intentional change in complex situations.

It’s available today (and until May 9th), exclusively through the Paleo Family Toolkit.

(To find out more about all the other amazing items available through the toolkit, click on through or read more below).

Helping a Loved-one Heal

My new book is called Helping a Loved-one Heal: N=1 experimentation and paleo healing protocols for caregivers.

It’s designed to provide caregivers with the most effective new methods to support healing for the people they love, but it can also be used by people who want to heal themselves.

Helping a Loved-one Heal_Cover1It’s the book I wish I’d had before I got so much hands-on experience!

My book:

  • Outlines the various Paleo Healing Protocols and explains how to customize them;
  • Explores ways to start a healing protocol, including when someone is reluctant to begin;
  • Shares stories about what real-life healing looks like;
  • Devotes a section of the book to the change process, with practical information about traditional and innovative ways of understanding and implementing change;
  • Gives clear instructions for safely engaging in customized experimentation to improve health based on personal responses to interventions;
  • Explains the role of measurement in the healing process, with instructions for easy approaches that can be implemented right away;
  • Delves deeply into strategies for coping as a caregiver; and
  • Provides tools and links to support all aspects of helping a loved-one heal.

In this book I provide a template, not only for getting through the experience of caregiving but for becoming stronger in the process.

The Paleo Family Toolkit

The Paleo Family Toolkit is a bundle of resources featuring 42 e-books and programs; 12 exclusive video interviews with leaders from the Paleo community including Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Danielle Walker, and Liz Wolfe; plus 55 discount codes and bonus resources.

The toolkit comes with a memory stick (shipped worldwide) so you have everything in one place.

I wrote my book for the love, but I also get $18 for every toolkit sold though this page, so it’s a win-win!

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Moules-frites (AIP)

MoulesFrites2In our old life, we had a restaurant habit.

A favourite was a neighbourhood brew pub that featured locally-sourced food, and my top-pick from that menu was always the Moules-frites.

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Mussels and fries.

The Mussels were cooked in a gorgeous broth and the dish came with a glorious dollop of aioli, for dipping.

Really elegant comfort food. Read More

Crustless Butternut Pie

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After almost 2½ years on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), we’re finally in reintroduction territory!

Matthew has reintroduced coffee, white rice (occasionally), soaked and dehydrated pumpkin seeds, and eggs (sometimes). I have reintroduced soaked and dehydrated nuts, cocoa and eggs.

We overlap on the eggs, and that has been fun.

Butternut Pie 2This recipe is our new favorite.

Where do eggs fit on the paleo healing protocols?

The elimination phase of the AIP excludes eggs, as do the Wahls Protocols.

Sarah Ballantyne explains why in this post.

When attempting egg reintroduction, starting with yolks is recommended. Eileen Laird has a how to video on how to separate whites and yolks three different ways, and also elaborates on the nutrient-density of eggs.

Find Eileen’s book on AIP reintroductions here.

If you find you can tolerate yolks but not whites, you can still make this recipe. Just use eight egg yolks rather than four whole eggs.

Some paleo protocols that don’t focus on autoimmunity recommend eggs as a dietary staple, if they come from naturally-raised chickens. These protocols include the Primal Blueprint, the Bulletproof Diet and the Whole 30.

Now Pie!

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8 Areas for Health (Pick 1!)

You don’t need to do everything at once.

Pick one thing.

Once you’ve upgraded your life that area, pick another.

The elements of a healing protocol lifestyle are all connected and they all support each other.

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed about addressing all the components at once, don’t.

Pick One3Starting is the thing.

Here are eight areas to focus on that will each improve your health.

Pick one!

  1. Nutrition;
  2. Sleep;
  3. Stress Management;
  4. Connectedness (to people);
  5. Connectedness (to nature);
  6. Habits & Patterns;
  7. Self-knowledge; &
  8. Goals.

1. Nutrition

A great place to begin.

But if changing your eating makes you cringe, pick something else! And come back here later. Read More

The Paleobiology of Sleep

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Until recently we thought that Matthew’s disrupted sleep was just another one of his symptoms.

Yet another broken thing that needed to be fixed.

Now we’ve learned that his pattern of sleeping for a few hours, waking for a while and then returning to sleep for another session toward morning is a natural sleep pattern for humans.

The Paleobiology of Sleep

In 1992, a century after the advent of electricity, Dr Thomas Wehr published the results a groundbreaking study which simulated wintertime conditions for ‘middle-latitude‘ humans before we had artificial light.

Study subjects experienced 10 hours of daylight in which they could do as they pleased. And then 14 hours of darkness.

When not unnaturally constrained by electric light, it turns out that the human sleep pattern resembles that of other animals. It’s polyphasic, meaning that it occurs in two or more phases within a 24-hour period. Read More

Finding the Pattern of Your Healing Path

FindingthepatternThe pattern of your life is providing you with the results you are experiencing right now.

If your life is excellent: the pattern is working!

If it isn’t, you can adjust it.

One way to adjust is to reorganize the relationship between habit and adaptability in your life.

Be Habituated & Be Adaptive

Sometimes we need to apply more logic to our life-design process. To introduce good habits that help ensure we’re on track.

Other times, we’re hampered by routine. We get rigid and don’t benefit from unexpected opportunities. We may need to exercise our adaptive natures more. Read More

Nature (our habitat)

Our HabitatWe have capacities we’ve forgotten.

Or have never known.

They’re hiding in scraps of urban wilderness. In the wild (and rewilding) places that still grow all around us.

Inviting us to return to our habitat.

All the new research points in one direction: to be well, humans need to live as we evolved to do.

In our patterns of eating, sleeping, and moving, in our relationships with each other and with nature, if we can get ancestral (while maintaining all the best bits of our technological and medical advances) we’ll be fine.

Our Habitat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAccording to Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods, “we have yet to fully realize, or even adequately study, the enhancement of human capacities through the power of nature.”

But those studies are starting to roll in, and the results are astonishing. Read More

Stress Management

Stress ManagementThese days, the only thing I track is my stress.

That’s because stress is the #1 leverage point for my health.

I know that if my stress is in line, I’m exercising appropriately. Eating well. Sleeping enough. Connecting with my kids and Matthew. Getting enough time to myself. Keeping up with my day job (but not letting it rule my life). Moving forward with my core personal projects.

If any one of these elements of my life is being neglected, my stress spikes. Read More