October 2012

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1) A Simple Fix for Farming

2) Student Compares Toilet Water To Ice At Fast Food Joints, With Disturbing Results

3) Airline pilot has nowhere to escape from wireless radiation

4) Living Produce Aisle grows the greens it sells, right in the store

5) What if we skipped work to grow food one day a week?

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Coconut Butter Stuffed Dates

October 19, 2012


I’m quite pleased with this creation. I was wanting a dessert while doing an elimination diet, and searching through recipes was quite depressing. It seemed like I had eliminated everything. Even stuffed dates seemed off limits because those are typically filled with goat cheese or nuts. Honestly, if I ate pork, I’d just wrap them in some bacon and call it a day. Dates are quite sugary, so they’re perhaps not the best elimination or autoimmune protocol diet option, but they appear “allowed” and I wouldn’t be eating very many.

What compliant ingredient could I stuff dates with? My thoughts kept returning to my go-to elimination diet snack: coconut butter… and guess what. Not only did it work, it tasted pretty incredible. The coconut butter heated up nicely – a tiny bit spilled out, but I had no problem “cleaning” that up as well. And the shredded coconut I put on top toasted to a nice golden brown. Overall, a great success: a guilt-free, compliant dessert, and one that I would enjoy eating even if I was eating regularly (paleo/primal). I hope you like it!

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***This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations Tim Moss, Wendy Coffman, and Rachel B.! Thanks to everyone who entered and also to those who helped spread the word about this giveaway.***

For the most part, I believe whole foods trump supplements. And eating a nutritious diet loaded with veggies, grass-fed meat, and plenty of good fats is the starting point. You certainly cannot supplement your way out of poor dietary choices. However, even with the best diet, there may be a few gaps that we might want to fill – i.e. “supplements” to a solid diet.

For example, Omega-3 fatty acids are vitally important to our health. Our Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio should be 1:1 or 1:2. Sadly, the average person’s is more like 1:20. Not only are we not getting enough Omega-3 from sources like grass-fed meats and fish/seafood, we’re also over consuming Omega 6 (e.g. vegetable oils, excessive nut consumption) – a double whammy.

Personally, I don’t eat enough fish to get adequate Omega-3 due to concerns about toxins, mercury, etc. That’s why I “supplement” with Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO). I use the word “supplement” loosely here, since FCLO is really a whole food. Not only that, but it’s also a traditional food with a long history of use. Quite the opposite of highly processed fish oils.

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This is my last week of the elimination diet (woohoo!). Last week I re-introduced tomato paste and eggs (separate post coming soon), and this week it’ll be raw tomatoes and either curry or butter, I haven’t yet decided, and depends on how the tomatoes go.

There’s nothing easier or more paleo compliant than a huge hunk of meat. In this case, it’s Icelandic leg of lamb roast. Whole Foods is featuring Icelandic lamb, which I’d never had before this year (I bought some of the ground stuff for the lamb breakfast patties the other weak and it was good). The brochure proclaims, “Simply the best tasting lamb in the world.” Bold statement. The flavour is supposed to be more mild than New Zealand lamb – I don’t necessarily consider that a plus, since I love the gamey taste of lamb. It’s pretty tasty though. And this thing’s massive – around 6lbs. The grocery bagger half-joked about having a hard time lifting it. And then I found out he doesn’t eat meat. I won’t go there, it’s just too easy. Here’s what else the brochure says about the lamb:

“Roaming free and wild over bucolic highland pastures, glaciers and mountains, they graze on sedge, willow, thrift, moss, berries and wildflowers. They drink from mountain streams as sparkling and clear as they were centuries ago. From the small family farms they’re raised on the pristine air they breathe, nothing has changed in the way these lambs have lived since the Vikings first brought them to Iceland in 874 A.D. The breed remains unchanged, even today.”

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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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