BBQ’d Venison Roast two ways

    Today we got back from our mini- vacation and had a delicious dinner made my fabulous husband! He smoked  2 venison roasts on the grill and they were awesome. 

    First he marinaded them in a mixture of the following for about 2 hours.
  • 1 TBS Coconut Aminos
  • 1 C of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBS sea salt, pepper to taste
  • 2 TBS Chef Leo’s meat rub
  • 2 C Water 
 He started the grill, Brandon uses a charcoal grill and he prefers to use wood charcoal. He let the grill heat up to about 275 degrees. Before he put the meat on the grill he rubbed them with some seasonings. One of them he glazed with honey and rubbed it Chef Leo’s Mesquite seasoning . (For honey, he just drizzled the top and brushed it in then sprinkled the top with a light seasoning.) 
The second one he rubbed with Cayenne pepper and Chef Leo’s Mesquite seasoning. (Use as much seasoning as you like.)
 
He placed both roasts on the grill and allowed them to smoke and cook for about 50 minutes on each side. He basted them with the marinade after each flip. 
 
 
When he pulled them off the grill, I sliced them into thin slices and served them warm with some fresh green beans and a little Dijon~Horseradish mustard. The meat had a wonderful smokey spice flavor to it and I can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow for lunch. 
 
I am the luckiest!

Ginger, Lemon and Sea Salt Roast

On days like today, it was nice to come home to a roast in the crock pot!

After a long day of teaching inside in 74 degree weather, I decided to play outside in my front yard. I removed some rocks, re-structured some flower beds, transplanted some roses, re-built the rock bed around our maple tree and cleaned up some leaves. I even found a garter snake and named him Freddy- then I put him in the  flower bed covered him with a rock and some dirt and mulch. Naturally, I started a project and didn’t stop until Brandon forced me to come inside because we couldn’t see any more! (I HATE stopping in the middle of projects but… I don’t want to meet a bigger snake in the dark.)

It’s a start to a lot of much needed curb appeal!

We came in and dinner was already warmed and waiting to be eaten. I made a Roast and a simple side salad to go with it. Might even eat a piece of pie again for dessert.

Ginger, Lemon and Sea Salt Roast
  • 1 Ginger Root, Peeled and Diced
  • 2 Tbs Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbs Sea Salt
  • 2 cloves Garlic, whole
  • Half a lemon, juice only
  • 1 1/2 LB Venison Roast (or any roast)
  • 2 Cups of water
  • 1 Tsp Coconut amino’s (you can use soy or Worcestershire sauce)
Place all of the ingredients in a crock pot and cook for 6-7 hours on low heat. This is a fresh, herbal roast and perfect for an early spring meal. Enjoy
I will leave you with this quote that a good friend sent me tonight:
“It’s impossible” said pride. “It’s risky” said experience. “It’s pointless” said reason. “Give it a try” whispered the heart!

 

Corner Bakery Anaheim Scrambler

Anaheim Scrambler is my go to meal at our local corner bakery. I love the little peppers and tomato pieces. I think it is pretty with all of the colors and  it tastes delicious. 

Corner Bakery Anaheim Scrambler

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Green Peppers, diced
  • 1 Ripe Tomato, diced
  • 1 Tsp. Scallions, sliced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Avocado Slices for Garnish

Process:

  1. Whisk your egg, vegetables and salt and pepper into a bowl
  2. Pour into a preheated, oiled pan. I cooked mine in the leftover bacon grease- hence the brownish coloring to my eggs! (I totally recommend this, little bits of bacon in your scrambler!) 
  3. Stir eggs constantly until they are cooked to your liking.

School Lunch- It’s what makes kids Crazy!

Today I got really angry at parents who allow their children to eat Public school food! Really? Do you know what your kids are eating? I am angry at the Government for thinking that a Corn Dog makes a nutritious BREAKFAST!

Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed corn dogs in my day- at a fair or for dinner but for breakfast at school when teachers need the kids to learn. These kids are starting out their day on a sugar high and we wonder why behavior problems in schools are at an all time high.

Let me share with you the school lunches that we are currently providing children in schools.
Breakfast:

  • Corn dog (renamed Turkey sausage wrapped pancake)
  • Sugary cereal
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Graham Crackers
  • Flavored sugary yogurt

Lunch:

  • Chicken tenders with a fruit roll (this is a chunk of dough with some apple pie filling)
  • Taco Salad- the meat they used is really gross- not really beef. Check out this article in the Washington Post
  • Pink Slime
  • Spicy Chicken on Bread
  • Fried Egg Roll

And if the kids don’t have any lunch or money- they give them two pieces of bread and a little cup of PBJ mixture.

  • Ice Cream and sugary cobbler thing

Good things about the breakfast:
The kids aren’t going hungry but the nutritional aspect is ZERO

Good things about the lunches:
They are always offered great side dishes:

  • Raw or cooked Veggies
  • Fresh or dried fruit

Check out the nutrition facts online. It shows total carbs but it doesn’t give specific sugar intake.

I have mixed feelings:

1.) If you are going to send your kid to school and let them eat school lunch, don’t ever complain about their health or behavior

2.) I am sad that there are families who can’t afford lunch and their kids have to eat this sugary crap and then they get in trouble for behavior (it’s a sugar high!!). I wish that the Government would wake up and realize that just because you stick brown rice and a whole grain label on something- it doesn’t make it healthy. Turning a corn dog into “Turkey Sausage”- it still doesn’t make it better.

3.) Invest in some Tupperware, boil some eggs and pre-cook come bacon, make a salad and some grilled chicken and send your kid to school. Check Out Every Day Paleo for some good ideas for packing kid lunches. Send Fresh Fruit, Jerky, veggies, water or nuts/seeds.

4.) When packing your kids lunches these items are not okay:

                                                                                                                                                                            There is a reason there is a fat kid on here!

 

 Remember that if you choose to eat Gluten, and Sugars it should be eaten in Moderation especially with children. Gluten is linked to so many behavior issues in children- You might want to eat healthy for weight loss but your kids need to eat healthy for brain development! 
KIDS FIRST- Think before you grocery shop or buy a school lunch!

What to Expect When You Start Eating Healthy

I had a lot of questions come in today about problems/ intesting things people are noticing when they start eating healthier and more natural.

1.) I have headaches, is this normal?

~Yes, your body is re-learning what to eat. Your brain is telling your stomach it needs breads, sugars, caffine and junk food. Your body is basically on “reset” mode and you are teaching it what it NEEDS rather than what it WANTS. I found that the best thing to do is have some safe carbs- Fruit, sweet potatoes etc. I experienced this at first and my fix was a juicy burger and some sweet potato fries! This may last 2 days or 3 weeks. Every one reacts differently. It took me a month to adjust my body to my new routine. Even 4 months in, I am still readjusting my portions and food intake.

2.) I have Diarrhea and an uneasy tummy, what should I do?
Read my previous blog on Troubleshooting your tummy Part 1 and  Part 2. This is very normal because you have drastically increased your fiber and protein intake. Most people who start paleo eat a lot of seeds and fruit- these can cause Diarrhea and/or constipation- make sure you are eating all the food groups in moderation. If you are looking to lose weight, try to replace some of your fruits with vegetables. You have to find out what eating habits work for you!

3.) I can’t do that Paleo thing because I have kids.
I can’t comment on this but I can assure you that it is possible to eat healthy and have children. My family ate healthy with us (5 girls) and I know several families that eat Paleo  with children.
Check out :

http://weserind.blogspot.com/ – They are a family of 6 and they eat Primal

http://www.paleoparents.com/eat-like-a-dinosaur They wrote an adorable book called “Eat like a Dinosaur”

4.) I eat all the time now, why am I always hungry?
This question was from a friend who is currently training for a full marathon. I told her that I (who is also training for a race- not a marathon!) am constantly eating. Most of it is boredom and habit but there are a few things that could cause the need to eat.

  •  When you are training for intense races, you need to be eating a post work out meal within 30 minutes to keep your body healthy and fueled. Try to stick to high protein and safe carbs. After my long distance runs I have sweet potatoes or a bowl of fresh fruit. I’ve also been shown Zico coconut water this is better than a sugary Gatorade and it works well to refuel your bodies nutrients.
  • Don’t eat just fruit and seeds, you need to be eating protein. Make sure you have high protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner. You need to be eating and skipping meals, especially when training, will only damage your body. Read!
  • Remember that you are eating 100% natural healthy foods. It is okay to eat because you are getting so many good nutrients. Some days I walk around my classroom with a bag of sunflower seeds or trail mix and I munch on them all day long. You will have days when you are hungry but don’t worry- just eat! Try to stick to veggies, jerky and meat when you get hungry. For a while I was hitting the Dark Chocolate pretty hard (like an entire bag of chocolate chips at one time) and I have been slowly cutting it out because it was my go to snack when I get hungry. Try cutting up veggies so they are snack ready in your fridge or lunch box.

I hope these answers are helpful. Comment below if you have any advice or have more questions that didn’t get answered tonight!

Bloating, Achy, Gassy Feeling and How to Troubleshoot!..Part 2

I hope you got something of of part one. I know it was a lot but it is all so helpful. Here is the last of what I learned from Dr. Allison Siebecker . Remember that these tips aren’t for eating Paleo or Primal they are for anyone who struggles with IBS, bloating, gas, etc… Even if you aren’t on a low carb diet- these steps will help you find out what is hurting your stomach problems.
What do I do if I have a sweet tooth and what would the best Sweeteners be for cooking and eating?
Here are some sweeteners and a blurb about what they do and where they go in your body.
  • Honey– would be the best because it is ready to be absorbed –monosaccharide. There are tons of benefits in honey. Try to buy local honey because it can help fight allergies.
  • Pure glucose (dextrose)-  will absorbs in GI tract
  • Stevia- Difficult to bake with, may be packaged with insulin (prebiotic)
  • Maple Syrup
Try to limit or avoid:
  • Agave-very high in fructose, contains prebiotics
  •  xylitol and erythritol, table sugar-limit amount
Here is what Dr. Allison Siebecker says about sweeteners: “My patients do better with a little bit of honey in their diet.”
Dairy seems to be a controversial topic among health food gurus. I am always seeing mixed reviews but on thing that seems to be consistent is that you need to do what feels best for you. If you drink milk and get cramps- DON’T DRINK MILK!!!
Troubleshooting Dairy:
Problem: Lactose- bacteria can feed on (milk sugar)
Troubleshoot:
Eliminate dairy for several days and see how you do. It is different for everyone.
Try lactose free dairy
Use lactose free dairy products
Make your own yogurt
Choose aged cheese- Gouda, brie, cheddar, monetary jack
Choose Ghee and butter
If dairy is a problem avoid:
  • fresh cheeses- mozzarella, chev, creamed and cottage cheese
  • Store bought yogurt is NOT lactose free but if you must have it choose greek yogurt. 
“Majority of my patients can tolerate lactose-free dairy. In fact, their health improves when they include it.” Dr. Allison Siebecker
Another thing I hear is: “How do you eat so much fat in your meet yet you still lose weight?” “Doesn’t fat make you fat?” No! That is not the case. Fat burns Fat!
Fat Factor-
-Fat stimulates bowel movements
-reducing fat consumption may benefit those with diarrhea
-increase fat consumption to help with constipation
The basics of Troubleshooting:
-Try lactose Free dairy
-Avoid starchy tubers
-Avoid beans
-Avoid raw veggies and fruits
-Adjust levels of Fat accordingly
For more information do your research and check out the following links:
www.siboinfo.com (your phone/skype consultations available
SIBO class (7 hours) available at www.SIBOinfo.com/learning-more.html

BLT and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

BLT Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Ingredients:
  • 2 C. Almond Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 6 drips of Tabasco Sauce
  • For Frying: 1 tsp. Coconut oil
 
Process: 
 
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, mix well.
Roll into a ball (about the size of a golf ball. Hand flatten into a nice circle- You don’t want them to be paper thin (as thick as an English Muffin or thin pita)
Heat the Coconut Oil in a skillet until it is warmed (about mid to low heat- 3.5ish).
Place flattened dough into the coconut oil for about 30 seconds on each side (should be lightly browned).
*You don’t want them too thin or cooked too long because then it will make a chip rather than a soft pita. 
Remove and place on a paper towel to dry.
Next cook Bacon and eggs, slice tomato, lettuce, veggies of your choice, for Brandon I sliced some Cheddar Cheese.
Plate your Sandwich and enjoy! This was a great pre-gym meal, it had a lot of protein and it gave me energy boost I needed to Kick box while Brandon swam a mile in the pool!
MMMM! It doesn’t even crumble when you bite into it! 

Bloating, Achy, Gassy Feeling and How to Troubleshoot!

I have been really into learning about the foods we eat, why we eat them and how they help or hurt our bodies. I’ve noticed a lot of the foods that Brandon and I have cut out have helped my stomach to feel better. I used to get stomach cramps, feeling of being bloated and let’s not even talk about Brandon’s gas 😉 
As most people who eat Paleo know, everyone does it differently. What works for  one persons body, does not work for the other. I can’t handle too much cheese or dairy but Brandon is okay with it. We consider Brandon- Primal and I consider myself Paleo. Paleo and Primal also look different to each person.

  • Swiss Paleo (Primal- consume dairy)
  • Slow Carbers (consume beans)
  • Athletes (consume starches)

So how do you know which one is right for you? Troubleshooting!!!!
I listened to the Paleo Summit last week and I tuned into a session by Dr. Allison Siebecker
She talked about IBS and even people who eat right, still struggle with IBS. If you want to know if you have IBS, get straight to the answer and get tested. Your doctors might only give you the basic Colonoscopy. But research your issues and ask for some of these specific tests. 

  • Breath test- Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) lactose/ fructose intolerance
  • Endoscopy- will test for Reflux and GERD or Celiac disease
  • Heidelberg test- tests the amount of stomach acid when a meal is consumed
  • Gluten sensitivity testing
  • Cross Re-activity testing, colonoscopy- helps rule out Chron’s and Cancers
  • Stool testing- tests for parasites and yeast overgrowth in the colon.
Okay now that we know how to get tested- let’s learn a little about our body and how it functions: 
Small Intestine:                              
SIBO– Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth-84% of people with IBS have SIBO. It damages the small intestine, bacteria destroy disaccharide(lactose, sucrose, maltose) enzymes lining the small intestine and this  creates inability to properly process disaccharides.
Properly Process Disaccharides– “when we don’t have these disaccharide enzymes, the carbs we eat can’t finish being digested. The bacteria EAT those improperly digested disaccharides. They are food for them! They eat the sugars and then they make GAS!”
Large Intestine:                                
Gas causes IBS symptoms: bloating, constipation, diarrhea, pain, visceral hypersensitivity.
Constipation: Decrease in fiber because of lack of grains, slow down the transition, soluble fiber feeds bacteria, insoluble fiber adds bulk to stool. You need to increase in fiber with veggies, nuts and seeds

What do we do to avoid these symptoms in our intestines? 
Low Carb diets:
GAPS diet, Low FODMAP diet, Paleo, Primal, Slow Carb,  You need to troubleshoot your digestive track and see what the main cause of your symptoms is. 
Trouble shoot constipation:
Issues: Can’t got to the bathroom, Cramps, Bloating, Gas
Troubleshoot: Try taking Magnesium- 1000mg before bed. The Magnesium will draw water into colon via osmosis.
*Adjust dosage appropriately

Fat Digestion:
Symptoms: nausea, feeling overly full
 Troubleshoot: Increase fats slowly to avoid symptoms

Slow Carb Troubleshooting:
Issues: Beans and sweet potatoes contain starch, starch breaks down maltrose and isomaltrose (disaccharides), bacteria consumes disaccharides, beans contain prebiotics that feed bacteria.
Troubleshoot: Fix beans by soaking overnight prior to cooking, beans and tubers are high in soluble fiber(bacteria food)
Specific Carb Diet Troubleshooting:
Avoid if IBS- Potato, sweet potato, yap, parsnip, turnip. These tend to bind you up!
Try: Rutabaga, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Squash. These tend to be more tolerable! 
Troubleshooting veggies:
Veggies can be troublesome for those with IBS.
 Troubleshoot: Peel, de-seed, and cook them. Don’t eat raw veggies if you have digestive problems.
 Identify tolerable veggies by paying attention to your body after eating them, if you notice symptoms.
Trouble shooting Fruits:
Fruits contain high levels of sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohol tolerance depends on the person (figure out what works for you- I personally get very gassy when I eat too much fruit!)
Troubleshoot: Peel, de-seed and stew fruits. Eat in moderation (especially if you are trying to lose weight). Pay attention to your body and note how you feel after the different types of fruit.

Troubleshooting nuts and seeds-
Veggies, Fruits and nuts all contain prebiotics (non digestible food ingredients) 
Troubleshoot: Eat nuts and seeds raw, dry roasted, soaked over night, remove skin, cook with Blanched Almond flour, Coconut butter/ oil
Avoid- nuts soaked in Vegetable oil, Canola oil, and Peanut oil.
IBS friends-Coconut can be troublesome, use in moderation and note how your body feels after eating. 
In general Eat all things in moderation, try about 4 oz of seeds/nuts a day.
Okay that is enough for you to get started. In part two, I will share Dairy, Sweeteners and an overall idea of our diets. I hope this is as helpful to you as it was to me! Happy Troubleshooting.