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One of the questions that I get asked all the time is, “Hey, Leanne, can you help me out with some gluten-free snacks?” I love a gluten-free snack just like anyone else and my favorite go-to’s of course are apples and oranges or tangerines because you can throw it in your purse. But also, I like nuts, a handful of nuts that is. And when I say a handful, I’m talking ten. The problem with nuts is that they are full of fat which is not a problem, but too much fat is too much fat, people, right? They also have lots of fiber and protein so they really are the quintessential great snack. You need to limit them though, because overeating is overeating and it doesn’t ever work out well. So that’s one of my favorite things.
Another of my favorite things, and you can find this over on the Leanne Recommends page is Bulletproof Coffee. Bulletproof Coffee is from my friend Dave Asprey, also known as the Bulletproof executive and he has MCT oil. This is high-octane, Brain Octane Oil. And what this is is pharmaceutical grade coconut oil plus Kerrygold unsalted butter. So you take a cup of coffee, one tablespoon of the upgraded Brain Octane Oil and a tablespoon of Kerrygold Butter, you blend it in your blender and you drink it in this like a fabulous cappuccino! Seriously! And the only dairy is just a little bit from this butter and let me tell you something, this puts your brain on fire. So, if you have to work really hard or you’ve got a lot of things going on, this is the best coffee drink that you can get. Sometimes, this is all I’ll have for breakfast. I’ll have a couple cups of this and I’ll just be going like crazy. That fat is amazing.
The other thing I like is celery and almond butter. I think it’s just fantastic and eat it all the time. I love hard-boiled eggs. I mean, again, if you stick it in a Ziploc bag and throw it in your purse, you can take it with you.
Avocados are fabulous. One of the things that I like to do with an avocado is cut it in half, put a little salt and pepper on it and a little bit of salsa right in the middle, and just spoon it out and eat it that way. It’s very satisfying and very delicious. You can also stick part of an avocado into your smoothie to make it extra creamy. You won’t taste the avocado, so you don’t have to worry about that.
And if you’re wondering, “What on earth is that stuff on the counter?” It is chia seed pudding. Now chia seeds are fantastic. They are full of fiber and particularly pectin which is awesome because pectin holds toxins and pushes them out. So, you know what I’m saying… it’s the ultimate cleaner upper. It’s also full of omega-3 fatty acids so that’s brain power right there. So if you mix them up with a little coconut oil or almond milk. That is, around a quarter of a cup of chia seeds versus a cup of almond milk or coconut milk. And you shake it up, let it sit and it gels… it’s a pudding! Put some fresh raspberries on it, blueberries, whatever you want, maybe even some slivered almonds and it’s fantastic. I will have that for breakfast and I eat about a cup of this for breakfast and I’m telling you, honey, it keeps you regular. That’s what I’m saying.
Also, speaking of keeping you regular, I am crazy about fermented foods – sauerkraut, pickles, good pickles, Bubbies is an awesome brand. Also this is really pretty crazy. This is kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean fermented cabbage food and this one has spicy ginger.. It’s a little bit hot but you just throw it on your plate and eat it! Fermented foods help to build the good guys inside of your gut and that’s what helps to get rid of the bloat and again, keep you regular. I’m all about keeping you regular.
Anyway, so those are just a few of my favorite things that I like for snacks and I hope you give them a try and see what you think!
What if every bite you put in your mouth gave your body something that would make you stronger and healthier?
How many times have you wished it could be easier to lose weight, to get healthier?
Yes it can be a struggle to get on (and stay on) that healthy path.
But what if you simply started by focusing on replacing empty calories with calories that deliver nutrition to your body?
Here are three things for you to think about—some food for thought if you will:
1. Grains may not be your friend.
I know—we’ve all been told to eat our whole grains, right? They’re heart healthy after all.
But what if wheat wasn’t good for you. What if you could actually be damaging your digestive system by eating gluten containing grains? And it’s not just those with celiac disease that need to be concerned. Gluten does damage when it passes through your gut. Gluten can actually create tiny holes in your gut’s lining, allowing toxins and undigested bits of food to enter parts of your body they shouldn’t. This leads to food sensitivities, inflammation, and all sorts of assorted trouble.
You can break up with bread. I promise you won’t die. There are options out there. Try wrapping your sandwich in some nice crisp lettuce leaves and you’re getting a great source of fiber and nutrients.
2. Sugar is also a well-known enemy.
Sugar is very bad news. No surprise there, but the new research has really shed light on how bad it is.
Not only is sugar just about as addictive as heroin, sugar wreaks havoc in the body, putting you at risk for a slew of diseases and different types of cancer. Sugar can actually even disrupt brain function.
And just when you think you’re doing good to say no to obvious sugars, there’s sugar hiding in everything– from granola and fruit juice to marinades and bread.
Nature has provided us with plenty of sweetness in the form of honey and maple syrup, two forms of sugar that actually possess many health benefits (in moderation, people!).
3. Pesticides are the most evil of all.
If you think organic produce is an unnecessary extra expense, think again. The scary truth is, the pesticides and herbicides used on today’s conventionally grown produce are horrifying. And the really scary part is, we don’t know how these cocktails of chemicals are going to behave in our bodies.
Many of those chemicals are messing up your hormones leading to a whole host of health threats, including breast and prostate cancers. And while organic food is not a cure-all for cancer by any means, eating as organically as you can will lower your risk as long as you have a healthy lifestyle, too like exercising, sleeping well, lowering your stress levels, not smoking and eating a lot of veggies.
Plus, studies show that organic produce actually includes more nutrients and antioxidants than their non-organic counterparts.
There you have it: 3 things. Three major changes: Avoid gluten containing grains, avoid sugar, and avoid chemicals. What if you started to eat like your life depended on it?
PS–Speaking of major changes, you should hear what Diana said about our 30 Day Paleo Challenge:
“It has helped me most definitely! When I stay on plan, I have more energy, fewer seasonal allergy and sinus problems, and hardly any joint and muscle aches, and I used to have a LOT. I’ve also experienced better sleep, weight loss, and a real change for the better in my blood work. I think you’ll really like it, and all the support you’ll receive here.”
A few weeks ago, I wrote about nightshades and how the toxins they contain present health problems for certain people.
If you’ve been avoiding nightshades, you might be finding your food is a little dull as you’re unable to use many different seasoning mixes or condiments containing peppers.
When you avoid nightshades, you must avoid most packaged seasoning mixes but that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t make your own! (In fact, you should all be making your own seasoning blends to avoid any unnecessary preservatives and chemicals.)
You absolutely can still add flavor to your foods without risking the pain that comes with eating nightshades when you have a sensitivity to this class of plants.
The following three seasoning blends will spice up your life without nightshades!
Nightshade-Free Curry Seasoning
Play with the amounts until you find the right mix for you! But personally, I go about a teaspoon each of turmeric, coriander, cumin, and ginger with dribs and drabs of the rest.
Nightshade-Free Poultry Seasoning
Use about 1.5 or 2 tsp of each ingredient (again, adjust to your personal tastes) and use this instead of those tins of poultry seasoning.
Nightshade-Free Tandoori Seasoning
Again, toy with the amounts and add more or less of each spice, depending on which you prefer.
Three spice blend recipes, free of nightshades! Be sure to let me know what you think after you’ve given them a try!
I’ve got something exciting to share with you! And you are the first to hear about it…
And yes, it involves a Penguin of sorts. No kidding!
My newest book, Part Time Paleo: How to Go Paleo Without Going Crazy is almost here and is being published by Penguin (Plume is the imprint) so there’s the penguin reference, LOL.
Let me tell you a little about my journey that led me to write this book. Going “paleo” if you will, was a lifesaver for me. I mean, I needed this! My autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) was out of control and I was miserable!
(If you’re one of those who participated in one of our 30-Day Paleo Challenges or the 10 Day Paleo Blitz, then you most likely know my story and how paleo eating has profoundly impacted my health)
There’s so much to tell you about how this was such a game changer–and yes, a lot of it is in the book. But I’ve got a lot of stuff I want to share with you. You’re my community and that means a lot to me–I appreciate you (and many of you over the years!). I’m very blessed. Thank you again and again for your amazing support.
And stay tuned. I’ll be sharing a whole lot more with you soon. 🙂
PS – How would you like me to PERSONALLY cook you and your family dinner? No kidding! Find out how in the next email.
If you have a hard time meeting your daily veggie requirements, try adding a shot of wheatgrass juice to your morning routine. An ounce of this deep green concoction contains roughly as many minerals as two and a half pounds of fresh vegetables!
Wheatgrass is actually considered to be a complete food all in itself, it’s THAT good for you. (and no, despite it’s name, there’s no wheat or gluten in wheatgrass)
So let’s take a closer look at what wheatgrass has going for it:
Chlorophyll. Wheatgrass, in juice form, is about 70% chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has an alkalizing and energizing effect, it rids the body of toxins and can help fight infection. Really, chlorophyll can heal, purify and cleanse almost all areas of the body. This is seriously powerful stuff.
Amino acids. Wheatgrass contains approximately 17 types of amino acids. Amino acids truly are the building blocks of our bodies as they are required for building cells and repairing tissues.
Enzymes. Wheatgrass contains about 80 known enzymes which help your body to metabolize nutrients and to rejuvenate cells.
Minerals and Vitamins. Wheatgrass is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as all of the B vitamins. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, selenium and iron. Protein, phosphorus, sulphur, zinc…wheatgrass pretty much has it all.
Wheatgrass is helpful in the prevention of Alzheimer’s, is excellent for increasing red blood cell counts (great for Anemia!), and has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Wheatgrass can prevent and fight cancer, lower blood pressure, increase immunity, aid with tooth decay, enhance your sleep and give you greater mental clarity.
Do I really need to go on?
The important thing to know now before you go to the market to get your hands on some wheatgrass, is that because eating grass isn’t something that’s recommended for humans to do, you should juice your wheatgrass to really get all those nutrients.
When you juice the wheatgrass, drink it right away so that you don’t lose any of its healing properties.
Speaking of nutrients, our brand new 30 Day Summer Paleo Challenge is happening now! We’ll give you 30 days worth of mouth-watering Paleo dinner recipes, weekly shopping lists, 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and snack suggestions, a Paleo how-to guide AND access to our exclusive Facebook page where you’ll get tons of support from fellow Challengers (and me!) Join us!
In the US and Canada, the Food Pyramid and the Food Guide are quite similar. They each recommend the basis of the diet be made up of grains, followed by fruits and vegetables, then dairy, then meats, and finally, fats. Whatever country you live in, there is probably some reiteration of this guideline for “healthful” eating.
Yes I know in the US, we changed to a plate (My Plate), but for the sake of argument, let’s play with pyramids, shall we?
With more and more diagnoses of digestive disease, and folks going Paleo and gluten-free, the Food Guide (and the old Pyramid and even the new My Plate) is quickly becoming a relic of old nutritional information.
If we were to do a new version of the food pyramid—one that would be approved by our Paleolithic ancestors—it would look something like this:
• The first layer would be organic plants. Vegetables, especially dark leafy greens and cruciferous, sulfur containing vegetables, should be what you’re putting in your mouth more often than anything else. Dr. Terry Wahls, who healed herself of progressive MS by following a Paleo diet, suggests that for optimal health we eat no less than 3 cups per day of sulfur-rich vegetables, 3 cups per day of green vegetables, and 3 cups per day of brightly colored vegetables.
• Good, locally sourced pastured meats, wild fish and organic fowl would make up the next layer. Ideally, you will get your meats etc. from local sources and they would be organic and grass-fed wherever possible.
• The next layer on our food pyramid would be for fruits, especially dark colored berries and non-starchy fruits like melons and grapes.
• After that, we would have a layer featuring good healthy fats like avocado, olive oil and nuts.
• And on the very tippy top of our food pyramid would be spices.
This is solid nutrition. No sugar, nothing processed. Super simple.
PS–If you’ve been thinking of following a Paleo lifestyle, we have a big release coming up later this week, so it’s perfect timing!