Eating Out Paleo :: Pacific Northwest

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Eating Out PNWAll those who follow the paleo lifestyle will admit to the fact that finding restaurant options that serve paleo inspired dishes is quite hard, if not impossible. Lots of “no ____” or “Can you substitute _____ for _____’s” is the name of the game when choosing options off of a regular menu.

I’m hoping to find eateries in the Pacific Northwest that have options on their menu specifically inspired for those who eat paleo. Below are a list of restaurants I will be researching and sharing about on future blog posts (other than dicks kitchen, which I have already eaten at twice and previously blogged about).

Caveman Convenience in Spokane, WA

Dicks Kitchen in Portland, OR

Eat Outside the Box – Seattle, WA

Lola in Seattle, WA

Great Harvest Bread Company in Kennewick, WA

 

I am so excited to explore these restaurant options, and hopefully in the near future have the privilege to eat at their storefronts. Not only would I like to try these places, but I know there are online start-ups of paleo making foodies that I want to find. Please pass along any names of businesses you think I should explore and I’ll do my best to report back my findings!

 

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Healthy Choices Today::Happier Tomorrow

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The choices we make with our health today will assuredly effect your life tomorrow. Now maybe not literally the hours following the day your living now, but future tomorrows. I’m here to encourage you to start your journey OR continue your path towards finding health. It’s not always easy, but nothing worth its weight in gold comes easily! Here’s some ideas to get you back in the game of being a more healthy you!


– When you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water instead of grabbing a snack

– Craving something sugary/sweet? Choose berries, apples, pomegranates, or other delicious fruit instead of a processed treat

Kale chips are a GREAT substitute for potato chips

– Try eating an avocado for breakfast or lunch. Adding more healthy fats and eating less sugar will help curb your cravings and make you feel full longer

– Cook with coconut oil rather than olive oil which breaks down into an unhealthy fat when heated at high temps

– Add coconut oil into your breakfast smoothie before you blend it

– Try a new vegetable this summer

Fighting PCOS Proactively by Eating Paleo

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PCOS

What is PCOS?

At it’s core, PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) is an imbalance of hormones in a women’s body. The male sex hormone, though produced at small levels in women, starts over producing thus causing a harmful cycle in a women’s body that eventually causes her to experience symptoms associated with PCOS. In most cases not all of the symptoms will appear which might make the person getting diagnosed question whether it was an accurate assessment. Usually a blood test ordered by a physician will give conclusive evidence as to whether or not a women’s hormones are out of balance. In some cases, cysts form on the ovaries which can be triggers to hormone imbalance. One of the big caveats to PCOS is insulin resistance, which is where the paleo diet comes into play. Long term, insulin resistance can lead to diabetes which brings a whole slew of other health related issues.

Symptoms of PCOS

  • Acne
  • Irregular/Loss of menstrual cycle
  • Weight gain/trouble losing weight
  • Abnormal hair growth (face, chest, stomach)
  • Depression
  • Infertility

Causes

From what I know, there is no conclusive evidence on what triggers PCOS in a women’s body. Some say genetics. Personally, while I think genetics might be at play, I also strongly feel that diet plays a much bigger role in the prevalence of PCOS, particularly in America where packaged, processed and genetically modified foods are staple foods.  Weight also plays a crucial role (for most women, not all) in those diagnosed with PCOS. Usually, obese/overweight women are at a higher risk though in some cases, ladies of smaller stature and weight may find they too are victims of hormonal imbalance. For some, losing just 10% of their body weight can reduce or diminish their symptoms.

Help from Essential Oils

I am definitely no expert, but from personal experience I know the feeling of hopelessness and confusion when first diagnosed with PCOS. Frustration at the thought of infertility. Feeling overwhelmed with losing weight when just looking at a french fry seems to add 5 pounds to your waist line. Embarrassed by being a 20 something year old who still has facial acne. It’s a real struggle, so I know where your at!
One the natural ways I encouraged my bodies hormones to level out was with the use of an essential oil from Young Living called Progessence Plus which was designed to lower estrogen levels which would cause an increase in progesterone. I would rub it right above my fore arm (in the elbow pit area…is that even a location?!) and neck twice daily. Within two days I noticed a HUGE difference. My menstrual cycle started and my emotions began to balance out. A helpful web page with good information has been put out by Experience Essential Oils, I highly recommend checking it out!

Natural Supplements

After doing some research, my mom and I stumbled across Insulite Laboratories who’s main focus is helping women deal with PCOS by using nutraceuticals. Sticking to their routine of taking their natural supplements, eating healthy and exercising I noticed a change in my health once again. My period became regular and normalized to being once a month, weight loss became easier, and my emotions had less ups and downs. Working with them was easy and their informative supportive staff were able to give a support system I had yet to find. 

Paleo and PCOS

One of the biggest lifestyle changes that will benefit a women with PCOS is diet and exerciser. The paleo diet, high in protein, vegetables and low sugar fruits, helps reduce inflammation and naturally encourages weight loss by throwing out processed sugars (which encourage weight gain) and starchy carbohydrate rich foods such as pasta and bread. A focus on eating healthy fats such as avocados, animal fats, coconut oil, flax meal (just to name a few) encourage your body to get full and stay full longer thus curbing hunger causing you to eat less. Studies have shown that processed sugars can be triggers to many health related issues other than just PCOS and as American’s sugar is in almost every food we eat. Go read some labels in your fridge to see! In her post on fats we should eat, the Paleo Mom gives helpful tips for cooking with fat as well as foods to include in your diet.

Another helpful aspect of the paleo diet when talking about PCOS is that by limiting sugars, your own blood sugar levels will begin to balance out. Decreasing blood sugar spikes decreases the risk of acquiring diabetes which is one of the major concerns when dealing with PCOS. Two of the sweeteners allowed on a limited bases in the paleo diet are honey and maple sugar. Compared to their processed counterparts, these sweeteners have trace minerals that are valuable to your health. In an interesting article about sugar, The Paleo Mom notes that sugar is sugar at its core that that in general, we should limit our intake of all sugars, not just the processed ones.

Conclusion

I am by no means a doctor, dietician or naturopath, as with everything don’t just take my word for these supplements, oils and diet suggestions but be a lover of learning your body…you will never regret it!

 

 

The Paleo Bandwagon

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We all have them…lapses in our drive to eat healthy and be proactive in finding new delicious recipes. I’m going to be totally honest and tell you, my readers, I’ve been slacking. One to many times of giving myself the okay to eat a delicious looking non-paleo friendly food item has led to a consistent pattern change. I can totally tell. My body feels it. My brain feels it. I’m here to ask two things…

1. I’m getting back on the bandwagon of eating the way I know makes my body feel best – paleo and I hope to use my daily meals as inspiration for you as well as an accountability for me.

2. If your having trouble getting back into the rhythm of clean eating or your starting to give in the unhealthy urges… Join me and start saying yes to health!

Paleo Lemon Bars – Recipe Review

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    I’ve decided to take a different route today and share with you a new favorite recipe I made this last week-end…paleo lemon bars! Before I started to change the way I eat, this was one of my most favorite desserts, so therefore, when I found a good substitute recipe, I was excited! I found the recipe on Pinterest and it linked me to this site Frugal By Choice, Cheap by Necessity. Unlike what I was used to in a lemon bar, this one has a really delicious custard like top. The lime juice kicks it up a notch and adds perfection to something already yummy! Next time I make this, I’m going to try and cut out some of the honey, make it a bit tarter, and see if it’s still good. No use eating extra sugar if it’s not needed!

 


 

I took this post from my blog I used over a year ago. When looking at this recipe it makes me smile. Lemon bars are a go to dessert for me, and let me tell you, I’ve tried more than one paleo recipe trying to mimic ‘the real thing’. This recipe is by far the most successful and I am not ashamed to say I could eat all of this in one sitting. If you like lemon pudding, my suggestion would be to just make the custard part of this dessert, top with whipped coconut cream and enjoy!

 

P.F. Changs //Paleo// Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Crispy lettuce, savory chicken (or turkey), and healthy to boot! These lettuce wraps are by far one of my most favorite meals….and I think their flavor alone rivals the original from P.F. Changs. Once eaten, you’ll crave more!

Recipe*

16 Butter lettuce leaves
1 lb. Ground turkey
5 oz. mushrooms
1/3 cup scallions, chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1T fresh ginger, minced
1T sesame oil
1/4 cup slivered almonds
3T Tamari
1T white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard (More to taste if needed. I think I’ve used up to 1 1/2 TBS. before. It adds a wonderful flavor)
1T Sriracha (or any hot sauce works)
1T raw honey
1/4 tsp sea salt

In a skillet, heat sesame oil on medium heat.  Add ground chicken.  Cook until almost done.
Add mushrooms, scallions, ginger and Tamari.  Cook until onions and mushrooms are limp.  Stir in garlic, almonds, white wine vinegar, mustard, Sriracha, honey and salt.
Serve the chicken mixture in a bowl with the lettuce cups on the plate.  Let your guests spoon the mixture in the center of the leaves and then hold like a soft taco to eat.
Enjoy!

 

*Original Recipe

**To make it 21DSD friendly, omit the honey!

Southern Fried Chicken :: Paleo

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Eating the paleo way opens up so many doors for delicious food. Since when has fat been good for you? Since when did eating something fried not make you gain 5 pounds over night? I look at healthy fats differently now than I ever have before, and I smile…really big. Like Paula Dean who loves all things butter, I love coconut oil and organic butter. Not only does it make things taste better, I no longer have to worry about cutting the pounds on since I’m cutting out all bad sugars and carbohydrates that were messing with how my body processed food. Also, coconut oil doesn’t break down into unhealthy  when exposed to high temperatures as 90% of it is composed of saturated fatty acids. Click on the link and you’ll be amazed at the health benefits of coconut oil.


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Now that we’ve gotten the idea across that fats can be good with you if you use the correct kinds, feel the freedom you now have in the kitchen you might not have ever felt before. One of the recipes I’ve created is fried chicken breaded in almond flour and spices. TO.DIE.FOR. Easy and delicious, this will be a recipe your family will keep asking more for.

 

Recipe

3 chicken breasts cut into strips

2 eggs

1/2 cup almond flour

1/4 cup coconut powder

3 tsp arrowroot powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp paprika

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp Lawry’s seasoning salt

1/2-1 cup coconut oil

Defrost chicken breast and cut into strips of desired size.
Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, set aside. Combine the two eggs in a separate bowl.
Heat oil on low-medium heat.
Dip chicken strips in egg mixture first and then in the flour mixture, making sure to coat all sides.
Place strips into hot oil, keeping space between each piece. Cook on each side 3-4 minutes or when meat has turned white.
Once fully cooked, places strips on plate with a napkin to soak up any extra oil.