Good Morning, Team!
A very happy Wednesday to you all. Welcome two more members to our email list! Do you know someone that would benefit? Send their email address my way and I'll be sure to put them on!
It's going to be another perfect day to get outside and soak in that Vitamin D as well as some fresh air. Take advantage of the weather and go for a brisk walk after your lunch today! See how it makes you feel by the end of the workday. Are you more energized? Less hungry? The same? It is always a great idea to try something new for a few days and report any changes, positive or negative, in your nutrition log. In that way you can build your own study of what works and doesn't work for you. If you recall, we've stated many times that this is an individual journey that we take together. There are some of us who are more sensitive to certain foods than others – for example, dairy or tomatoes. Yes, tomatoes. What a great topic for another day! Nightshades. Look for it!
Or…you can research it for yourself. This is one of the coolest things we can do nowadays. In seconds, you can easily access volumes of information on anything that you're interested in. I do like to hear your questions as it gives me fodder for future classes and emails, but if you just can't wait there is a huge community out there that will provide the support you need to be successful in this journey. Whether it be recipes, the science behind the biochemistry, inspirational stories, or questions on specific topics – I am sure that you can find this information readily available. The more you educate yourself, the better your chances for success as well as the more likely you will continue along towards your extremely-long-term goal (outliving the skeptics and being able to take care of yourself well into old age – yes I chose these for you, but who really wants to have to be wheeled around, fed poor food, and wiped thrice a day?).
Nutrition Tip of the Day: Sign-up for a daily email or blog feed. Research indicates that those who receive and read a daily email (from a blog, news source, even friends) in regards to something they are interested in (nutrition, anyone?) will be more likely to continue to educate themselves and become more involved in that area. Has anyone wondered yet why I take the time to send you an email a day? It keeps me on track too! J
Here are some favorites of mine and Bonnie of TheNakedKitchen.net:
The oracle of everything whole, healthy, and natural (and quite a bit else – really, if you can't find it here he's sure to be posting about it in a day or so!) – Mark Sisson's MarksDailyApple.com
Robb Wolf's Blog
Sarah Fragaso's Everyday Paleo
The Keatley's Health-Bent
KristenW's Food Renegade
Dr. Kurt Harris' PaNu
Chris Kreeser's The Healthy Skeptic
Don Matesz Primal Wisdom
Andrew Badenoch's Evolvify
The Food Lovers' Primal Palate
CFSCC EAT THIS!
Doug Robb's Health Habits
CF KOP Nutrition
The Foodee Blog
The Nourished Kitchen – minus the grains of course!
The Weston A Price Foundation – again, great information, minus the grains!
Casey and Karen's Purely Primal
I could go on and on feeding you more web rolls than you could possibly read in a day. But get on these sites and start to dig through them. The articles are informative, the information solid, the recipes delicious, and the time well-spent. Click the links. Check out what they're reading too! It's an amazing community that would love to have you as a member. And be sure to pass any sites you find along the way back to me! I'll send out an updated list in a month or so.
Disclaimer: For those of you who don't know – Bonnie is my little sister, who all on her own, decided to cut out grains for health reasons. Then it was beans. Lately – dairy. Almost 40 pounds lost this year and doing a great job motivating her co-workers and our family to eat more nourishing foods every day.
And now for the good stuff! Pizza. Take this recipe and make it your own. I use only cheeses, meats, veggies, and oils – no tomato sauce. And I always make the crust and put it in the oven for 12 to 18 minutes, then top it, and re-stick it in the oven until it's all melted gooey deliciousness. Mmmm. Enjoy!
Soaking up the rays!
Perfectly Paleo Pizza
Today's recipe is a pretty good pizza substitute, if I say so myself. It's based on a recipe in the book Grain-Free Gourment by Jodi Bager and Jenny Lass (the book's website is here).
Ingredients (for one pizza "crust")
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp olive oil or other oil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- large pinch salt
- (optional) 1/4 tsp garlic powder, if you like that sort of thing (I do)
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until it forms a thick, sticky batter.
- Spoon the dough onto a piece of parchment paper that's been lightly oiled (this will prevent it from sticking to the paper) on a cookie sheet.
- Pat the dough into a thin circle, about 20cm/8in in diameter (I use a piece of plastic wrap so my hand doesn't get sticky).
- Spoon some tomato paste on top and spread it out to use as the "sauce".
- Put whatever you want on your pizza (I like sliced tomatoes and sliced grilled chicken), and cover with grated cheese.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, turning the oven up to "broil" for the last couple of minutes to brown the cheese slightly.
You may not be able to pick it up and eat it with your hands like traditional pizza, but it's good nonetheless!