Category Archives: FastPaleo

Grokette proudly presents FastPaleo Top 100 of 2013

JG-FPT100o2013_flat-1-600Lots of blood, sweat, and tears went into this amazing project. The FastPaleo Top 100 of 2013Β is the only one of its kind, a community ecookbook with recipes from all over the world. All of these recipes have been shared with fastpaleo.com during 2013, and I am so happy, that the contributors agreed to have them featured in the Top 100. You’ll find recipes from New Zealand, Sweden, Spain, Canada, the United States and other countries.

As a bonus you will receive 4 mini ebooks with another total of 40 recipes.

By purchasing the Top 100 you not only receive a top quality, easy to access book in a beautiful format, you also support my work here, and help me pay my bills! I can’t thank you enough for following me here, and I will continue to post positive content.

Order now HERE!

A Paleo Update… and a big thanks!

Okay, so I’m going to say thanks first! Thank you for the kind words and good suggestions for my time at the hospital. I received a ton of good information here and on fastpaleo.com, and I am super grateful for it.

In the meantime, things are going beautifully around here. The decision to get back on the paleo bandwagon was the one and only right thing to do. I am feeling healthier, I sleep better (except for when the pouring rain or my lumpy liver wake me up in the middle of the night), and for the past couple of days I even found I’m feeling better emotionally. Of course this is not new. I’ve gone through the exact same thing when I first went paleo, only this time I’m not quite as thrilled as I was then… because, after all, I already knew that this would happen.

What makes it an even better experience, though, is that my 19 year old daughter is on board this time. She decided she wants to feel better, and besides, who wants to do it “all alone” anyway? Good girl, I say! She is something else, and I predict that she will soon notice positive changes in her appearance (she doesn’t need to lose weight, but her body composition will undoubtedly change) and emotionally, too.

In order to stay on track, I am working with a meal plan that covers several days of my week. This makes it less likely to eat out, and I do love to know what’s in my food! Also… it’s cheaper! I hope all is well in YOUR world. I hope that your paleo dreams are coming true. I would love to hear from you. Let me know how things are going. Let me know you’re here. There is nothing greater than feedback.

Next post: book review and giveaway. So, stay tuned!!

When life throws you lemons…

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I won’t lie to you… I have been pretty depressed most of the summer. Day after beautiful day passed me by, and I spent most of my time inside, lacking energy, being in pain, hoping to wake up the next day and being back to normal. I now feel better in general. I have some energy back, and I don’t feel like sleeping all the time, so my theory is, that maybe the antibiotics I took for the blastocystis parasite may have done something after all…

Needless to say, the pain is still there, and I am under the impression I can tell where exactly the largest of my hemangiomas is located. Maybe I’m just making it up. The fact remains, I do have constant pain, sometimes very light, sometimes a bit more severe, and I’m glad to be taking pain medication rather than to try and tough it out. It’s been going on for too long for me to want to tough it out.

The emotional toll this has taken on me, though, is what really needed addressing. I had a pretty structured morning until I started feeling sick. Wake up, post recipes to FastPaleo, respond to customer questions, post on Grokette, go to CrossFit, take a shower, make breakfast… All of these things have become a much loved routine. Then CrossFit went away. Day after day after day I would like at the upcoming WOD and bemoan the fact that I could not participate. And for the first time in 2 1/2 years this was not an issue I could fix with food. This became even more painfully real, when I received my diagnosis and was told that there was absolutely nothing I could have done to prevent this from happening.

No amount of bone broth or paleo foods can make these things go away. They’re here to stay, until they are cut out of me.

My surgery, I’m going to guess, will happen some time in September, just as everything starts up again. Homeschool classes, ballet, swimming, and of course my school for Nutritional Therapy. The only reasonable response to this was to postpone the start of the training to February. I was depressed to let another thing go, although it’s only postponed.

And now, a few days ago, I found out that my hours for FastPaleo have to be cut pretty drastically, at least for a while. The income I’ve come to rely on, is going away, and the work I loved so much, is now confined to two days a week. (Please don’t get me wrong, there is no bitterness here at all. I am still passionately rooting for FastPaleo, and I hope with all my heart that I will have more hours again someday. And if you haven’t checked out the new look of FastPaleo yet, then you need to go now and check it out. It looks absolutely fantastic!!)

I wake up in the morning, and I have “nothing to do”.

LEMONADE

So, what to do with all of this extra time that I have on my plate? Well, this is where the lemonade comes in. I can only sulk and be depressed for so long, before I can’t stand myself anymore. πŸ™‚ Plus, with an unbelievably supportive husband and always available friends, it is nearly impossible not to bounce back and get going again.

The question is, how do you respond to circumstances beyond your control? You CHOOSE to deal with them in a positive or a negative way. You make the best or the worst of it. Here’s what my new life looks like:

Wake up and go for a walk… every day, no matter what.

Write a business plan for this page. And boy, do I have a plan. I’m not sure what kept me, but I finally have an idea, and I’m making a plan, and Grokette will grow and shine, and it will be awesome!

Prepare my body for surgery. Bone broth may not have been able to prevent it, but it WILL keep me strong, along with other healthy foods, to make it through this surgery, and to heal fast once it is over.

In a way I’m glad this is happening now, rather than 10 years ago. Because today, my blood looks better than ever before. I’m fitter, stronger, and a heck of a lot healthier than I ever was. Bring it on, Life, throw me those lemons. I will be making delicious lemonade.

FastPaleo recipes

Pumpkin Butter Truffles… Oh my gosh… these things are absolutely, incredibly delicious! And I didn’t even have the protein powder to add to them. I’ll admit that my first try of the truffles came out a bit soft. They have to be stored in the fridge pretty much all the time. As soon as they’re sitting out they start warming up and they get very soft. I will add a little more almond flour… or maybe I’ll even get some protein powder. Yum! I highly recommend these… and I’m sending a great big thanks to Kate’s Healthy Cupboard.

Tonight we ate Chicken Pad Thai. I didn’t have fish sauce, so I added a mix of GF Worcestershire Sauce, coconut aminos, and some red curry paste. This dish came out most delicious, and my husband and I both went back for seconds… AND I finished up my daughter’s. She thought it was too spicy.
Yum yum yum! Big thumbs up for this recipe. Thank you to for uploading it to FastPaleo.com. Love it!!

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

I felt like baking this morning, so I browsed the fabulous recipe collection at FastPaleo.com and found the Paleo Pumpkin Bread. I’ve learned to always check the comment section below a recipe for trying it.

Sometimes negative comments actually help get the recipe just right, because you know how to tweak it. This was the case for this Pumpkin Bread. Some people commented that it was too moist even after much longer baking times. I took that into consideration, so instead of using the whole can of pumpkin, I left about half a cup in the can. Additionally, I used 1 3/4 cups of almond flour rather than 1 1/2 cups. I also added about 3tbsp more coconut flour than the recipe called for.

I baked for 45 minutes, and the bread was starting to get a bit crumbly on top, but was still too moist inside. I covered it with aluminum foil to prevent further browning, and left it in for another 10 minutes. Due to the somewhat crumbly crust it still doesn’t cut all that well. But it sure does taste delicious. Both kids enjoyed it for breakfast today. πŸ™‚

Raclette and Pumpkin Streusel Pie… yum!

Every now and then I have a craving for Raclette, a European cheese dish, as seen on this picture. You put slices of raclette cheese on these little pans and slide them into your table top stove thingy. Raclette can be enjoyed with all kinds of vegetables and bacon. I like pickled everything with this, plus zucchini, mushrooms, onion rings and whatever else I find in the fridge. Raclette time is also a time for the occasional potato. I don’t miss potatoes, but they belong with this dish. In Germany we’d sit around the table all night long, eat and talk… and eat some more… We’d drink hot tea with the cheese, which of course had us all sweating profusely, and so even in the winter we had to open the windows. I fondly remember those days, and I’m kind of hoping to share this with friends here a little more often. It is such a perfect cold weather dish. And as I’ve said before, there is nothing like gathering around a dinner table with friends.

Last night I finally got around to making the Pumpkin Streusel Pie from FastPaleo.com. I printed out the recipe a few days ago, and somehow life got in the way or something. πŸ˜‰ Well, friends, what can I say? I will never use another pumpkin pie recipe EVER AGAIN!!! This is unbelievably delicious, and I had a slice for breakfast. Yum!!

I did tweak the crust. The recipe says to grind nuts finely and use for the crust. Did that and felt I didn’t have nearly enough to even cover the bottom of my pie pan. So I decided to use the recipe for the pie crust in Make it Paleo. Worked like a charm, and the pie came out beautifully. I love when recipes work out for me. LOL And my family loves it too. πŸ˜‰ I really ought to start cooking for other people… I’m afraid we’re all going to get fat on this paleo diet with all the yummy sweat treats I want to make. πŸ˜‰

Can you see the light?

What a day it has been!! I went to see a physical therapist today. She did a ton of tests on me… mentioned some stuff that neither of my chiropractors paid any attention to, nor did my physician.

According to her I will be back to working out (if carefully) by November. I don’t know what to think of it, but hey, I’m happy to try just about anything at this point.

Dinner tonight was unbelievably delicious, and I have Cat from Things my Belly Likes to thank for it. Tonight I tried her Fiery Squash Chili, although I added chicken to it, because without the added protein it would not have felt like a real meal.

And this is how I made it… I heated my big pot to high, added some bacon grease and added onions… about 30 seconds later added the squash, then the raw chicken. I cooked this on high heat for a few minutes, then added the chicken stock. Let this cook for a little while before adding spices, canned tomatoes, and bell peppers. I let the whole thing simmer for about 25 minutes or so… et voila, dinner was served!

I did add two dried red chili peppers though, and my poor son, not knowing what a chili pepper is, ate one of them, then burst into uncontrollable tears, because his mouth was burning so much. A couple of glasses of milk later, he was able to smile again, and we watched a few youtube videos of crazy people drinking bottles of Tabasco voluntarily. Good grief… these people are NUTS!!!

Anyway, this is definitely a keeper for us. It was easy and so quick to prepare, and the whole family absolutely loved it. Thanks, Cat!!

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