Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Eczema, Autoimmunity, and a New Book from Sarah, the Paleo Mom!

Thank you to those of you who have been following this blog here, on Pinterest, Twitter, and on Facebook!  You've been so supportive, with sharing the recipes, and reporting your amazing results of living greener, and incorporating a Paleo lifestyle.  Over the past year and a half, I've seen first-hand how a shift to a whole-foods diet, without grains, has healed my family, and put us back on the path of good health, lots of energy, and much more freedom from chronic pain and allergies.

Recently, I had the honor of sharing some of my story with a guest post on the wonderful blog of Sarah, aka The Paleo Mom.  Please click here to visit Sarah's blog, and read about Healing the Skin From Within - Paleo, Gut Health, and Eczema.  Like many eczema sufferers, I sought relief over the years by trying out cream after cream, lotion after lotion, balm after balm, to no end.  As you'll read in my guest post, battling eczema goes much further than just trying to heal the skin.  It has to start from within.

Sarah herself also knows first-hand what it's like to suffer from an autoimmune condition.  This savvy PhD is my number-one source for all things autoimmune-related.  I've regularly sent friends to her site, to read up on Sarah's explanations of leaky gut, and how to customize a Paleo approach to healing, using the Autoimmune Protocol.  Sarah is a gifted writer and scientist, and as a fellow busy mom, I love that she presents solutions in a practical way.  She makes it totally do-able for all of us, to incorporate healthy, autoimmune-friendly foods in our diets, decipher our own individual food sensitivities and tailor to our needs, and still enjoy awesome-tasting, family-friendly dishes; everything from main courses to desserts.

On that note, I am so excited that Sarah has announced her next project.  Be sure to pre-order Sarah's new book, "The Paleo Approach", due out later this year!  From the science behind autoimmunity, to planning AIP meals on a budget, this book is going to be a cornerstone for all of us.

Don't forget to check out Sarah's official announcement on her blog, which includes a very special giveaway with five special prizes, including an advance copy of this book!

Thank you, Sarah, for your wonderful contributions in helping us all heal and manage our autoimmunity.  We are all excited, and can't wait to get our hands on your new book :)


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Instant 2-Ingredient Paleo Pancakes

It's inevitable: tucked away in the corner of the kitchen, the overripe bananas, wasting away, that nobody wants to eat.  Like me, you buy them firm and bright yellow, with such good intentions, as a super easy, grab-and-go healthy snack for your family.  Yet before you know it, one day you pass through the kitchen, and spot the browning, neglected mass, that's now way too sweet to eat.  What's a parent to do?

First, I have to thank Pinterest for a great tip: wrap the top of the banana stems with plastic wrap or foil.  Somehow, that slows the ripening process.  What I do is peel off the "ORGANIC BANANAS" tape that comes wrapped around my bunches of bananas, and wrap that around the top of the bunch, once I get them home.  Great way to repurpose that tape, that would otherwise go in the trash, and it buys the bananas a little more time.  Win-win ;)

My Pinterest followers know I love my smoothies, too!  One of my favorite tricks for saving those overripe bananas is to peel them and break them up into chunks, and then store them in the freezer in a zip-top bag.  I then grab a few frozen pieces and toss them in the blender, along with my other smoothie ingredients.  Very convenient for adding a little natural sweetness, thickening the smoothie, and helping chill it, too, without watering it down with ice.

Today, we have to thank Just Eat Real Food for sharing The Domestic Man's super simple recipe for another easy and delicious way to use up those overripe bananas: Two-Ingredient Pancakes.   What a great departure from our usual bacon/sausage/scrambled eggs, with this healthy breakfast addition.  This dish is on the table in no time flat!  No sweeteners needed, either.  My daughter gobbled up the pancakes, faster than I could fry them up!  We'll definitely be making these again.  Got bananas?  Got eggs?  That's all you need for this very easy recipe.  Here's how we made ours.

Two-Ingredient Paleo Pancakes

Makes three servings


4 organic eggs
2 overripe bananas
  1. Preheat skillet on medium-low.
  2. Combine eggs and banana in a blender on low speed (or mash and blend thoroughly with a fork).
  3. Grease skillet with bacon grease (substitute with coconut oil/butter/ghee).
  4. Fry each pancake until golden brown (about two minutes per side).
These pancakes have a really nice light texture; a nice departure from the denser versions made with coconut and/or almond flour.  Just pure, simple, straightforward goodness :)