An X-MASS Hiatus Draws to a Close

Christmas was fun and now it is done …. Sigh* I have prepared a photo essay to tell a paleo holiday tale.

mango_wrapWent to Peace Pies Raw Vegan Cafe....sneakily brought hard boiled eggs.

Went to Peace Pies Raw Vegan Cafe….sneakily brought hard boiled eggs.

Used Dad's Gym

Used Dad’s Gym

Push Pressed our tree

Push Pressed our tree

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Again. Peace Pies

Met my Moms new Mammoth man

Met my Moms new Mammoth man

Roasted him a six pound chicken

Roasted him a six pound chicken

Used Dad's Gym

Gym

Family

Family

Food

Food

Siesta (post gorge nap)

Siesta (post gorge nap)

Happy New Year Yall. Cheers to the healthiest one yet.


Ditching Protein Powder, Tis’ the Season

There are two thing I do more often when it is cold.

Eat Squash.

winter_veggie_gheeLift Weights.

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Well baby it’s cold outside.

Thankfully I have put on about 10 pounds of muscle since last June. I know because my body fat has not budged.

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Last June… oi.

I am not bragging…. but given this moderate success I feel that I know a little about muscle building on a whole foods diet (no gluten, no sugar, no grains).

winter_butternutTower of Power

I crave carbs and I eat them by the pound in winter. I even drink them sometimes.

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I used to be afraid of large meals. Part of me still is. Orthorexia is a constant mild nag me.

Orthorexia =  a proposed eating disorder or mental disorder characterized by an extreme or excessive preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy.

Like my thighs after squats.

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No starving this winter though, not when there are so many heavy things that need picking up.

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Here is a post lifting snack I have been hitting up lately.

Sean’s Post Lift Pie Jar:

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  • 2-3 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 cup roasted winter squash (kombocha, pumpkin, delicata, acorn, butternut)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 finger pinch salt
  • little bit o coconut oil or olive oil.

Sounds a little gross, tasted a lot delicious.

Mush it all up and enjoy a jar of recovery nourishment.

Cheers to your health. Merry X Mass and happy new gains.

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This Chrismas Give the Gut a Gift

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Stumped on holiday gift options?

Why not ferment something. There is still enough time to let some veggie’s get old in your kitchen.

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Jar them up, tie a bow, pretty label, and shove these jar of festive gut flora in you favorite friends stocking.Screenshot from 2013-07-11 13:51:11

It is cheap. It is original. It is easier than you think.

Here is what I am giving folks this year.

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Spicy Christmas Dill’s (they are red and green get it)

– 1-gallon glass jar or equivalent in quart jars

– Brine: For every 2 cup water, mix in 1 Tbsp sea salt

– Cucumbers (small to medium)

– Spicy red peppers (jalapeño, Thai, whatever as long as they are red)

– A handful of fresh, clean grape leaves, optional

– Tbsp pepper corn

– 4-5 cloves garlic

Instructions: HERE

floraKeeping my family well this season, I wish you all the same.


Farminista’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Coracao (the Raw cacao company i make coco suger candy for) got a fun little blog mention.
Chocolate 4 Life. Chocalate to live for.

FARMINISTA'S FEAST

Are you stressed about holiday shopping?  No worries!

If you’re searching for a few last-minute gift ideas, then consider some of these wonderful, farm “grown” artisan products. Available in a range of price points to suit every budget, you’re sure to make a great impression with a hand-crafted gift from one of these fine purveyors. They’re perfect for family, friends, teachers, neighbors, hostess gifts, and clients.

Many of these vendors have booths at the year-round Marin Civic Center Farmers’ Market in San Rafael (every Sunday 8:30am-1:00pm), or you can visit their websites to place an order that ships directly to your recipient.

So without further adieu, here’s my Farminista’s Top Gift Picks for the 2013 holidays:

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Spice up your holidays with a set of freshly milled spice blends and rubs from the Local Spicery (www.freshlocalspices.com) in Novato. Choose one of their popular themed gift packs like “Grill Master”…

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A Roti Review

Rotisserie is appears to be a supper market standard. Dinner in a pinch. I often look at these factory farmed birds in the shopping cart of patrons with a twinge of envy. If only there were a place that roasted pastured birds. If it is to happen anywhere it would have to be Berkeley.

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Enter Le Petit Cochon

French for ‘This Little Piggie’

English for ‘Finally Some Delicious Pasture Raised Rotisserie’

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My sister and I have been grabbing one of these modest birds for quick dinners on cold nights. I strongly suggest that all bay area residents find a moment to do the same. If you live elsewhere I urge you to track down your own wonderful rotisserie hookup.


For Digestive Recovery, Merry Marrow Mellow

Recently, a tinkerist/herbalist/chemist/chef/friend has begun to play with gelatin. Her creations are pure alchemy, delicious alchemy.

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Gelatin =  A translucent, colorless, flavorless, solid substance, derived from the collagen obtained from various animal by-products (joints, marrow, connective tissue).

As a vegan, low quality gelatin had been the bain of my existence, barring me from the treats of youth.

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As a whole foods omnivore not much has changed.

How I do miss a good marshmallow.

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Child don’t you dare mock me.

Gelatin has re-entered my life and diet these day. It is sneaking into my stocks, broths, curries, and moles with each beautiful bone-in cut of beast.

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Gelatin can improve digestion, naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track. Something I, well, struggle with.

The specific amino acids proteins in gelatin (glycine and proline) are the type needed to build muscle, repair tissue, and lessen inflammation.  Recovery jelly; what I need after an intimate encounter with one of these.

tiresSo Florentina Craft, a sweet tooth can be medicinal huh?

gelatin_cbSo claims your crème made with the marrow of beef shanks.

gelatin_snacksOr these orange oil infused honey kissed jelly squares.

gelatin_marshOr, O yes, these cinnamon marshmallows.

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Into the dark coco they go.

S’more to come yall.