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My kids, probably like most, really seem to like hanging around the kitchen while I’m cooking, kind of like sharks. I use to hear the whining sounds of “I want a snack. I need something to eat”. So now, we do our own nightly “appetizer”. This just means I let the kids eat their greens first. It has really been a sure fire way to make sure they not only get their veggies (and “snack”) but they also tend to eat 3-4xs more veggies this way. We’ll do steamed broccoli (in evoo, celtic sea salt, and sometimes raw parmesan cheese), steamed asparagus (sesame oil, sesame seeds and gluten free tamari soy sauce), or roasted brussel sprouts, okra, etc. I’ll post some more recipes/ideas later.

Anyway, one of my kids favorite app is squash chips. They are so easy to make! Set oven to bake 450. Slice squash about a quarter inch thick. Spray cookie sheet with olive or coconut oil and place squash flat on tray. Spray with oil again and then sprinkle some celtic sea salt, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, pepper, whatever you like. Let them cook 15 or so minutes on one side (when the bottom side is light brown, that is when you flip them.), then flip and cook same amount of time. Keep an eye on them because it will depend on the thickness of how you cut it as to how fast it cooks. Once they look like they are starting to be nice and light brown, turn the oven off and let them continue to cook. After 5 minutes I usually pull out a few that are done and then put them back in for about 10 more minutes.

And not just because it’s so fun to see all of the fish heads, octopus, goat, cow liver, hearts and tongue (I could go on), but there is also an amazing selection of grass fed beef, all types of seafood, spices, oils, and of course the amazing fruits and vegetables. I need a new refrigerator! The food there is amazing, and cheap! Grass fed sirloin is $3 less per pound than Whole Foods! And the muffins, oh the muffins. I know, I’m Paleo and dont eat muffins, I really don’t, even if they are made with brown rice and gluten free, and some sugar, but these muffins are certainly enough reason to bike or run just long enough to earn that that recovery food. We all have to cheat once in awhile, right?

Why is it baby anything is cute? Even eggplant. And we’re stoked about our 6 lbs of grass fed meat, and the coconut we’re going to crack open tomorrow!! Oh and sorry for the sloppy photos, uggh, the iphone camera is killing me. No cameras allowed in this place.

So for 2 years I’ve been Paleo, meaning I eat animal protein, seafood, vegetables, fruit, nuts and occasionally a little dairy and nothing else.  I honestly love it as I haven’t been sick in that time, I feel amazing (even quit coffee (and all caffeine) that I drank religiously since I was in high school), my recovery times from running or biking are so much faster, my joints hurt less, and my cravings have reduced dramatically (well, most of the time at least, darn that cycle!).  Suffering from years of hypoglycemia in the past, and having an autoimmune disease, I decided to look into Paleo as a cure, so to speak.  And now I have to say, I can’t imagine I’ll ever look back at the sugar, gluten, grains, & legumes that I’m excluding.  I have had times when it wasn’t ideal (say running a marathon) but I do believe everyone can benefit from it.  With that said, I don’t think that everyone is as sensitive to certain foods (I was always super sensitive to sugars and white flours, rice, etc) and well, honestly, some people have better genes than others.  If you don’t have an autoimmune disease or don’t deal with any type of inflammation, it may not be as necessary.  But, because grains, especially gluten, can cause inflammation, and the studies say up to 70 percent of Americans have some type of intolerance to gluten,  it certainly couldn’t hurt to limit them.  In fact, I bet if you just take gluten out of your diet, you’ll see a huge difference on how you feel on a daily basis, and so will your family.  Wheat Belly, by Dr. Davis,  is a great resource on this topic.  Also, Mark Sisson also provides  detailed explanation on why grains aren’t so good for us.  Check out his blog post: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-grains-are-unhealthy/. Regardless, I do believe everyone should strive to get the processed junk out of their homes.  As I tell my kids, if God didn’t make it, we probably shouldn’t be eating it!