September 2012


Do you ever peek into other people’s shopping carts, or gawk at their purchases at the check-out? Do you then try to figure out what kind of diet, if any, they’re on? Followed perhaps by a quick glance at the shopper to evaluate the success of that diet?

Somehow I doubt I’m the only one… In which case, you might find my weekly shopping loot interesting.

Even more nosy? ;) Here are the details:

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“But if you don’t eat bread, what the heck do you eat??”

This should answer that question and then some. Check out the images below of everything that I ate this past week to see the extent of my suffering on this paleo/primal “diet”.

This was my third week of a 30 day elimination diet. It’s still going great – no cravings and I feel well nourished. I’m still sipping on bone broth occasionally and I backed off the coconut butter a little because I was starting to eat it every day. I also toned down the fruit, which I seemed to be eating more of than typical. Eating yummy stuff like Paleo Shepherd’s Pie for breakfast makes me almost not miss eggs. One more week of elimination and then another while I play around with some re-introduction. It’s kind of nice to look back at what I ate this week and only see real, whole foods, with no sugar or cheats :)

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(Photo by [ jRa7 ])

1) Cell phone radiation and your brain (CNN)

2) Smoking banned in 42-storey Vancouver condo tower

3) Study: Chocolate Works Like Morphine on the Brain

“The rats didn’t appear to be enjoying the chocolate any more than they had before their neostriatums were stimulated; rather, their binging behavior seemed to be all about the urge to consume.”

4) Artist Takes Every Drug Known to Man, Draws Self Portraits After Each Use

5) How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us

“Medical mistakes kill enough people each week to fill four jumbo jets. But these mistakes go largely unnoticed by the world at large, and the medical community rarely learns from them. The same preventable mistakes are made over and over again, and patients are left in the dark about which hospitals have significantly better (or worse) safety records than their peers.”

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Recipe: Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

September 28, 2012


Shepherd’s pie is a popular savory type of “pie” in the UK and Ireland. It’s quite simply ground lamb with veggies, with a “pie crust” of mashed potatoes. Except in this case, the paleo version uses mashed cauliflower. No lamb? No problem. Sub in ground beef. Only catch is, you then have to call it a “cottage pie”.

I’m on an elimination diet, and decided that Shepherd’s pie would fit the bill perfectly for breakfast. Of course, it would also be perfect for lunch or dinner, but something about a breakfast casserole appealed to me for first thing in the morning. It’s wonderfully comforting for the start of fall. And, it doesn’t contain anything that could potentially upset your gut (free of dairy, gluten, grains, eggs, nightshades, nuts, etc.). Oh, and of course, perhaps most importantly, it tastes delicious.

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Or in my case, just meat, please. I suppose it’s a tad demanding to go into a sandwich shop and tell them you don’t want a sandwich… but the meats all sound so delicious, so what’s a paleo girl to do? So a friend who was eating there did just that, and grabbed me some chow to go: only the “good stuff”, no bread. There wasn’t any sort of bunless/lettuce wrap option, so it was quite simply just the meat. I suppose I could’ve paid another $4 for a side salad, but that’d be adding a salad rather than simply serving the sandwich differently. But really there was enough meat for my liking, so that’s fine. My friend said the service was good, and although there was a line, it moved along efficiently. This was at their new downtown location (they can also be found in Gastown).


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