At this stage in life, after years and years of special diets, I find myself done with diets. Instead - I just eat real whole foods, and a variety of those.
What does that look like? Fish, eggs, veggies, fruits, grass-fed butter and ghee, raw grass-fed dairy products, sourdough breads, quality olive oil, oats, beans, nuts and seeds, wild game meats like venison and turkey, some grass-fed red meat from time to time, plentiful amounts of herbs and spices (turmeric on everything!), fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha, good clean filtered water, lots of herbal teas, and coffee roasted just down the road from here.
I love learning about what my Scottish and Scandinavian ancestors ate traditionally. I love learning the seemingly lost arts of baking sourdough, of soaking my grains before I use them, and brewing kombucha, to name a few. My kitchen and my cooking now bring joy, rather than guilt or confusion or over-analysis.
I give you this context in advance because my collection of favorite cookbooks is sure to be a miscellany. With the prevalence of diet culture; I know many people want a list of strictly this or that type of cookbook, but I hope you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.Read More
People near or over the age of 100 walking several miles a day, without use of a cane, dancing until the wee hours of the morning with friends, continuing to work, and make love?
Is this the stuff of dreams? Au contraire - this is the way of life for many folks in the world’s “blue zones” - a term coined by Dan Buettner and expanded upon in his book (which I highly recommend reading).
Dan explores the factors that seem to contribute to these long, healthy, fulfilling lives and gleans what lifestyle habits we could integrate into our own lives.
One factor is, of course, diet. And here is my spin on a stew that robust Ikarians have been consuming for years - tasty and simple to make. Enjoy in a relaxed, stress-free state of mind, with friends, or after a long walk to add years to your life, and life to your years.Read More
I love cereal.
The two most attractive factors for me are the ease of preparation and the delicious taste.
But even the “healthiest” of cereals on the shelves today are full of questionable ingredients.
So I decided to make my own!
And what I came to find out is that I should’ve been doing this all along.
Not only is this cereal recipe really, really, really tasty, but it’s a breeze to make.
Sunday morning I made the mistake of checking my email soon after waking. I know better, but I did it anyway. And of course, there were a couple of emails from clients needing me to do things, and of course, I felt my people pleasing strings tug at me hard to fulfill, to satisfy, to fix.
But [ah, years of deep inner work does pay off] I was able to gently remind myself that today is Sunday and no, today was not for work and meeting demands and shoulds. In fact, how about we just designate today Should-less Sunday? What would that look like?Read More
Are you familiar with broccoli sprouts? There’s a ton of research being done on the powerful compound they contain potent amounts of: sulforaphane. The health benefits are far-ranging, from treating depression to type 2 diabetes, to preventing cancers and heart disease. In this post, you’ll learn the easiest way to grow your own broccoli sprouts at home, guaranteeing quality, affordability, and availability always!Read More