It's a Twinderful Life

Looking For the Silver Lining in All of Life's Clouds

paleo diet recommendation from a heart surgeon.

If you’ve followed this blog from the beginning you’ll know that Bre and I are big fans of the Paleo/Primal lifestyle as a way to have the healthiest and happiest life possible. It has made all of the difference for me living life with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Some people may think this way of eating to be extreme because it is completely opposite of the Standard American Diet and how we have been told to eat for the past several decades. Well today at work, a friend sent me this article, written by a heart surgeon with twenty-five years of experience. Want to know why you should look into trying out the Paleo/Primal diet for yourself? Take a quick read ( 3 – 5 mins.) and I think you’ll find his propositions to be both eye-opening and convincing. Happy learning!

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the autoimmune protocol.

Welcome to Wednesday everyone! I hope that your week is going well so far. I don’t know about you, but I’m already ready for the weekend and have been struggling to get back into the groove of things in my little world since the holiday break.

It’s been FREEZING (literally) here in Utah for what seems like forever (today the temperature hit a balmy 37 degrees – a nice change from the 8 degree weather we’ve been experiencing for the past two weeks). The air in the Salt Lake valley is like pea soup and I’ve thought more than once about driving to the top of a mountain to just breath and reintroduce myself to the sun. And, to top it all off, I’m detoxing from all of the holiday food naughtiness of which I partook. In short, I’m ready for January (my least favorite month) to be over.

On the bright side, I’m back at work at a job that I love and am in the midst of planning my future niece’s awesome baby shower. I can’t believe that I’ll get to kiss her chubby cheeks and squeeze her fat little it-looks-like-there-is-a-rubber-band-squeezed-around-each-joint appendages in 7 weeks! I’ve also been working on some New Year’s resolutions and am feeling pumped about all of the cool stuff that we’ll be doing this year (more in another post).

Which bring me to the title of this post – the autoimmune protocol. Towards the end of the holidays, when I was feeling tired and gross from all of the crap I’d put into my body, I decided to do some planning around hitting the Paleo/Primal-lifestyle-pavement hard come the new year. I came across The Paleo Mom blog (awesomesauce, btw) and, subsequently, an e-book titled The Autoimmune Paleo Plan. Seeing as I’ve been striving to “eat like a caveman” for a year and a half now and due to the fact that I have an autoimmune condition (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Hypothyroidism), this piqued my interest.

I bought the book (a short but awesome read) and decided that I was going to make it part of my New Year’s resolutions. Instead of jumping in full force after the holiday binge, I decided to ease into it (more opportunity for success). So, here I am. I’ve gone back to my fantastic, strictly Paleo way of eating for the next two weeks (and am detoxing like woah) and my plan is to try the AIP (autoimmune protocol) for at least a month after that. I’m excited to see how my body feels on this protocol and will keep you posted. Heaven knows that I’m ready to ditch this sore, tired, hungover-from-too-many-carbs body and get back to my fantastic, energetic self.

Now it’s your turn…what are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? What are you going to conquer this year? We’d love to hear all about it!

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Sometimes a girl’s gotta have her pizza…

Happy Hump Day Everyone!  We are halfway to the weekend and I am LOVING it!

We were sitting at lunch yesterday when Bre let me try a bite of he homemade pizza from dinner the night before. I took a few chews and suddenly found myself in the midst of heaven. It was AMAZING! I decided right then and there that I was going to make some homemade pizza of my own when I got home from work. Of course, I would have to be creative and make a pie sans the gluten and dairy that Bre’s delish pizza possessed, and so this fabulous recipe was born!

First, I consulted one of my favorite gluten-free blogs, Elana’s Pantry. I searched for a gluten-free pizza crust recipe and found this little gem:

A video of one of Elana’s fans making her recipe. I followed it, added some changes of my own, and came of with this awesomesauce recipe:

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Egg-free Pizza

Crust (Elana’s original recipe with some changes of my own)
1 1/2 c. blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 TBSP grapeseed oil
1 TBSP golden flaxseed meal mixed with 3 TBSP warm water (and then let it sit for 1 minute)
1 TBSP minced garlic
1 tsp. pizza seasoning (or any herbs that you fancy)

Mix all ingredients together and then flatten into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish that has been coated with Earth Balance Vegan Butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the crust starts to get slighty golden. Pull it out, add your toppings, and put it in for another 8 – 10 minutes until the cheese (or cheese substitute) is ooey gooey and melty.

Toppings
Add whatever toppings float your boat. For the pizza pictured below I did half for me and half for my husband (who can have dairy and loves his cheese). On my half I put:

  • pizza sauce (I used Prego’s Roasted Garlic & Herb)
  • spinach and small bell peppers (minced finely in my food processor)
  • pepperoni
  • lean spicy turkey suasage
  • Daiya cheddar style shreds
  • diced jalepenos ( I love me my spice)
  • crushed red pepper
  • Durango Hickory Smoked Salt (local buy at Harmon’s. I just use a sprinkle; this stuff is like crack and every time I smell it I have this uncontrollable urge to go sit by a campfire)

His half (he’s a simple kind of guy):

  • pizza sauce
  • pepperoni
  • mozerella
  • Durango hickory smoked sea salt

And there you have it, a fabulous pizza to please all! And now for the fun part – a pic!

 

Have a FANTASTIC day!

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