October 2012

(Photo by [ jRa7 ])

1) Moderate Drinking Decreases Number of New Brain Cell

“Drinking a couple of glasses of wine each day has generally been considered a good way to promote cardiovascular and brain health. But a new Rutgers University study indicates that there is a fine line between moderate and binge drinking — a risky behavior that can decrease the making of adult brain cells by as much as 40 percent.”

2) When it comes to food safety, why is Ottawa letting us fend for ourselves?

“Consumers should not be responsible for cooking their meat to death to kill E.coli any more than they should be responsible for pasteurizing their own milk or boiling their tap water before drinking it.”

3) Make-up ‘triggers early menopause’

4)  We’re all guinea pigs: Film explores effects of living among untested chemicals

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Watch out sweet potatoes, you have some serious competition in terms of sweet and starchy favourites. I’m finding myself being keenly aware of the seasonality of local produce, and I’m ever so glad that ‘tis the season for squash. I could easily eat this roasted squash as a dessert, even though it’s actually on the savory side due to the herbs. It goes well  as a side with just about anything. But I would emphasize the “side” aspect since it is quite carb-y. This recipe was made using the bon bon kabocha variety of the buttercup squash, which as the name implies, tends to be sweeter than the average squash. But feel free to use whichever squash variety you happen to lug home.


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My elimination diet is now over :) Although other than for the continued lack of dairy, you might not be able to tell. Especially considering I made paleo shepherd’s pie again – for breakfast. Sooo good. And then there’s also the massive batch of beef bone broth (with some chicken feet thrown in for good measure). And ghee.

So I had to keep lunch kind of simple (I already overcommitted on everything else). That’s why I’m eating salad, again. Probably (hopefully) the last week of eating salad for a while. But for dinner this week – the most amazing, delicious, buffalo meatza with figs, elk prosciutto, basil, caramelized onions, pears and walnuts. Definitely the best meatza I’ve ever had, if not the best pizza in general. And as if dinner couldn’t get any yummier, the meatza’s served with a side of zucchini noodles with basil walnut pesto. Pizza and pasta, paleo style. Yeah, baby.

This week’s menu:

  • Breakfast: Paleo shepherd’s pie
  • Lunch: Salad: green leaf lettuce, chicken, plums, grapes, cucumber, pear, avocado, olive oil
  • Dinner: Bison meatza (with figs, elk prosciutto, basil, caramelized onions, pears and walnuts) with a side of zucchini noodles (will be cooked up fresh each day), with basil walnut pesto

Now I have food for most of the week – such is the joy of batch cooking :)

What’s on your menu for the upcoming week?



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 6th and final week of the elimination diet (the 2nd week of re-introduction). I tried re-introducing raw tomatoes and butter (separate post coming soon). Still feeling great and enjoying my lack of cravings.

I didn’t even feel the desire to do anything wild on my first day off the elimination diet. I ate out for the first time in 6 weeks, and had a grass-fed burger with some yam fries. But everything was cooked/fried in canola oil and I felt gross after. My splurge was a piece of chocolate covered banana snack. So pretty happy that I didn’t fall right back into old habits.

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