Fascia the Key to Moving my Body Freely

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Fascia the Key to Moving my Body Freely

They say in life there are no accidents and my introduction to RAD Roller would fall into this category. I was speaking at an Expo in Los Angeles (LA) in 2014 when I first met RAD. This was at a time when I was still unable to drive further than a few miles due to the effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on my body.

I lived in Venice Beach so simply getting to the trade show was a huge challenge for me.

Uber and tons of self-care were needed for my body to be able to navigate all the demands of the day. I was nervous about how I would manage, but also grateful to have tools my physical therapist taught me like ball rolling to support my wellness journey.

With the help of diet changes and ball rolling I was starting to be able to hold and grip things with my hands as they were slowly beginning to work again. In order to move my body somewhat I needed to do approximately 3 hours a day of ‘ball rolling’ from head to toe coupled with yoga.

This type of ball rolling is called self myo-fascial release & it has saved my life.

From my lens I know our fascia covers the entire body and often gets stuck to our bones. People with MS are usually prone to having this happen and I am no exception. I was introduced to this concept of ball rolling in 2010 and since than I have been using balls to give myself a massage to release my fascia from the bone.

The results of doing this have changed my life and trajectory with MS almost!

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Tasks I could not do somehow I was starting to be able to perform as long as I did self-massage using balls. Fast-forward to the LA show and as luck would have it my talk was directly across from the RAD Roller booth. Immediately I go over to the RAD team to learn more and they introduced me to their amazing line and the rest is history.

RAD took my ball rolling to another dimension.

A few weeks after the show RAD had a chiropractor contact me and offer to send me the All-in-One RAD kit and to train me via Skype. I literally thought I died and went to heaven. Over a few Skype calls I learned enough about RAD to change my life and my body.

Almost every morning you can find on yoga mat with my beloved RAD yoga block and the RAD roller just to start the day.

I lay on the RAD block starting at the base of my neck and simply rest there for several minutes. Then I begin moving my head as if I am shaking it yes and no. The movements are slow and with intention. I do my entire head moving the block all the way up my skull followed by lying on each side starting at the back of my ear moving the block up the side of my head being careful to always avoiding my temples.

 Not going to lie this can be painful for me similar to a Rolfing massage. Fascia is not an easy thing to release when it is really stuck and MS often guarantees this. A big reason why many of us with MS have trouble moving our body has to do with our fascia. MS or not fascia is no joke and we all can benefit from self-massage using RAD products.

"RAD promotes a level of 'productive pain',it shouldn't feel like true pain, but a level of discomfort that feels productive."

The most amazing thing is how quickly you learn that a release in the skull often creates positive outcomes as far away as my feet. Our fascia is the only organ that is connected covering our entire body. Rolling from head to toe allows my entire body to have results that have been unmatched by any self care for me. Each morning my body requires both yoga and RAD time in order for me to deal with the many MS symptoms that made my life unmanageable for decades.

The best news is that this is accessible healthcare that can be done in the privacy of your own home!

RAD brought my self myo-fascial release game to the next level offering me a host of RAD tools to support this life changing healing work. RAD Roller products are TOP tools in my “Bag of Tricks.” When I was touring on the road time and again I would share the power of RAD with others and they too experienced great results.

 In the beginning of my RAD life one minute of ball rolling equated to one minute to freely move my body.

I literally would do 3 hours a day so I would have that much time to use my body. This meant I could now hold a fork, a mug and dress myself with more changes happening almost daily. I started to have hope for life again because of this. I had become so desperate when I lost control of my body and my hands that I struggled to have quality of life. RAD helped to change this for me and continues to this day.

"3 hours is not for people without conditions such as MS. RAD recommends you consult your doctor on how long you should spend performing SMR. The average person should only spend about 20-30 minutes a day."

 Now I simply use RAD products in the morning and move my body freely all day long.

The RAD Roller team of products supports my well-being and is important to me. If I want to move freely in my body I must do self myo-fascial release. It is that simple. The tools involved in the RAD product line are all designed to help us use self-care as healthcare. I personally can share the RAD line of products are life changing and offer a quality of life never imagined.

The most amazing thing about RAD’s products is I am still using my set I got back in 2014! They literally are indestructible. 

Not only have I used them almost everyday, but also the RAD line has toured with me for 3+ years and my RAD products are no worse for wear.

In fact when I am driving the RAD rod is always by my side. I use it for IT band roll-outs at traffic lights. This RAD product has allowed me to drive great distance without terrible IT band issues from MS. Sitting for so long can cause muscle rigidity which is like a severe spasm making it impossible move my leg. RAD changed this for me allowing me the ability to drive for longer distances and ultimately touring for years serving others. Last year I drove 42,000 miles in 10 months after years of not being able to drive at all.

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I cannot say enough about RAD and their entire line of products.

This year I am excited to become RAD certified! Humbled that as a brand Ambassador I will be able to share my love of RAD beyond my own personal lens teaching others the power of rolling your fascia.

Self myo-fascial release and the use of RAD daily are key elements to my wellness program and I am grateful to have this amazing platform to share and inform the community about the power of RAD Rollers.

You can follow along on this RAD journey on my social media @paleobosslady and by subscribing to my award winning blog at www.paleobosslady.com.

Together we can change the narrative on healthcare using RAD products! Grab your set of RAD rollers and much more using this CODE to SAVE BIG! Click HERE.

Don’t delay so we can work together as I learn more!

Can’t wait to share. BAM.

 

 

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A Year of Full Time Van Life & More

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A Year of Full Time Van Life & More

I cannot believe April 2nd was the 1 year anniversary of full-time van life for me. This after years of touring the USA in my Fiat. Once again I find that time flew by in certain parts & moved at a snails pace in others. No matter what a year of full time van life has been my journey.

Van life brought so much BAM to the tour beyond the name. Having a tiny home on wheels created so many opportunities for changing the narrative around traveling. Van life is a way of living that many have found to be the perfect alternative lifestyle.

From day one I found it wonderful to have the freedom only a tiny home on wheels can offer.

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In one year Gidget & I were able to make time to stop at many national parks such as - The Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Joshua Tree. What great treasure’s these are and having a converted van to take in National Parks brings it to an entire new level. Finding the perfect spot to park and prepare meals, rest and be in nature alone became our thing to do in parks and the BAM van made it easy. We would spend all day in the beauty of Mother Nature fully equipped with our home on wheels.

Touring National Parks in the BAM van is the #1 reason I loved my year in the BAM van.

Although driving the van empty across the USA in the worst weather possible was my truth right after the van was purchased I was still a little nervous about going from a small Fiat to the BAM van on tour. Thankful to say the Dodge Promaster Van is as easy to maneuver as the Fiat and I loved zipping all over the USA in the van.

Mentally life in the van was a huge win while touring. It provided me space to have alone time, unwind and to just be. This was a new and much needed outcome for the tour and I was always grateful to have my own home touring this last year.

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Not only my own home, but a conscious home.

My conscious life has me sensitive to not only food toxins, but also environmental. The BAM van helped to limit these for me. Literally I just got back from air traveling and staying in hotels for the first time in 18 months and it takes a huge toll on my body. So much so I got sick.

The BAM van created the space for wellness not offered by hotels and Airbnb’s.

  • Recycled air in hotels and planes are toxic to my person.

  • Hotel bleached sheets & towels are toxic to my person.

  • Most soaps and bath products are toxic to my person.

  • Sugar filled creamers, non organic coffee and standard American diet foods offered in hotels are toxic to my person.

Van life made it easier to control the level of exposure to toxins which for me was a huge win.

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Sadly my year did not come without struggles and challenges. From a small fire to global warming and much more. The worst and scariest brought instant reminders the fine line between wellness and sickness for me. I was food poisoned twice and even months later I am still recovering from both. Sadly I am a fragile flower.

Gluten and grain poisoning for me in the first year of van life made for the hardest of challenges.

I landed in the emergency room while touring things got so bad. This coming from a girl who does not even believe in Western medicine! I take ownership for both poisonings because my gut said no even thought I was told what I was eating/taking were safe foods/products.

Not listening to my gut was my mistake and a big one.

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This resulted in my body struggling to tour any longer. My first year of van life also included 8 weeks of bed rest and extreme sickness. Having Multiple Sclerosis (MS) any changes become a big deal and being poisoned proved to be more of a challenge than my body could handle. My daughter sat me down and asked me to consider stopping the tour and taking it all virtually.

As of today the ‘Taking it to the Streets Tour” will be going virtual and the BAM van is for sale. After a year of living on the road the van is now ready for its new owners. Below please find all the information for this off grid tiny home on wheels.

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I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone looking for a great new full time home, vacation or 2nd home. The van build is cozy and comfortable making this tiny home on wheels a great place for anyone looking to enjoy the freedom only van life can offer.

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FOR SALE - CUSTOM CONVERTED VAN 

White 2018 Dodge Promaster 1500 Conversion Van 
43,100 HIGHWAY miles
Reverse Camera
100K bumper-to-bumper factory warranty

This custom van was built for true van life purposes. It's a tiny home. It is self-contained and a very comfortable home on wheels. The build includes:

Kitchen:
17-inch stainless sink with faucet
Suburban propane 3 burner stove & oven 
Butcher block counter & custom cutting board
5 gallon water and grey water tanks
Paper towel holder
Veggie hammock
CR Laurence 41 ¼ by 16 ¾ Horizontal sliding window
12 v electric cooler
Corkboard & storage rack
Peg broad with hooks, clips and rack

Electric:
External Shore Power hook up
2 NPP 6V 200AH 200AGM Deep Cycle Batteries 
150 Amp isolator relay automatically recharges battery bank while driving 
1500 Sine Wave watt Inverter 
USB outlets
Standard DC connector
3 110v outlets
3 LED lights

Insulation:
Reflectix, Polyiso & foam insulation mix of rigid foam and expanding foam 
Noico 80mil sound deadening insulation
Custom Insulated Reflectix Window Covers w/ Organic Hand Painted Fabric Covers
Insulated Curtain for Privacy

Amenities:
2 Maxx 4500K Air Fans – remote control - bidirectional fans/vent with various speeds and thermostat
Mr. Heater 12000 BTU Portable Propane Heater
Bunkerwall Leveler Blocks
16-inch magnetic knife holder
Custom organic fabrics and bedding

Build:
Custom slide-out sofa conversion to double bed 
3-foot custom birch closet for storage
Crystal cabinet knobs
Storage: under sofa, sink, closet and oven
Imported Italian Oak hardwood floors
White eucalyptus bead board interior walls
Birch custom cabinets & closet with extra storage underneath
Custom racks over sofa and kitchen for extra storage

PRICE - 42K
SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY

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2019 Expo West - New Product Round - Up Part II

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2019 Expo West - New Product Round - Up Part II

This year Expo West delivered like no other. The number of new product BAM I found supported this gal needing to make this a 2 blog post kind of Expo West. I did not want to risk my friends not reading about each company so I figured this would be the best by keeping each post a little shorter.

Remember many of the companies I share are small businesses standing side by side with the bigger companies that fill most store shelves. Using your dollars to support each of these makes a huge difference to many.

Products I LOVE Part II -

Elixinol - Create. Build. Dream. - Water Soluble CBD Energy Powders for use throughout the day designed to help you live your best life from morning till night. Each packet formulated to support you optimizing energy demands using the finest full spectrum, organic CBD on the market. Third party tested Elixinol products meet the highest standards and this new product line I am excited to add to my life especially during times of travel and speaking engagements. Code BOSS!10 always saves at Elixinol. They are the lead sponsor of my work and I could not be in better comp

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Zevia - Zevia always has the highest energy booth of all my vendors at Expo West. Something about the folks who are Zevia brings a fun, inviting and laid back environment everyone wants to be a part of. You all know how drinking their delicious cream soda channels my dad and is a huge part of my wellness program while traveling having my dad with me plus Zevia had a BIG hand in the van build out. This company lives the energy it puts out into the world. Energy drinks that taste YUMMY are what made me say hey at Expo West. Another BAM about Zevia is you can find them every where. Literally when I travel the USA I don’t think I have seen a store that does not carry something from my friends at Zevia. Check out all things Zevia here!

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Further Food - This 100% women owned company owns my heart and always delivers not only the BEST content, but also products. I love when I get to spend time with any member of the Further Food Team. They are some of the nicest most compassionate, hard working ladies I know. So excited I got to check out the latest and greatest from Further Food at Expo West - Turmeric Tonic to-go packets and Mindful Matcha. I grabbed both and will be adding to my wellness program. Stay tuned for a blog post about what I think coming in the future. Once again Further Food raises the bar on wellness BAM.

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Cappello’s - The Italian & cookie whore in me LOVES this company with all my heart and they just made me love them more. I know I did not think it was possible either, but Team Cappello’s introduced some real excitement at Expo West beyond gorgeous new packaging - Spaghetti, Sweet Potato Gnocchi and a lower price point options on pasta! Oh hell YES! I may or may not have shed a joyful tear. Use this link and code BOSSLADY to save everytime. 

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RX Bar - Melted after sitting in the car for a few days is my favorite way to eat a delicious RXbar. I love them and now they have so many flavors, kids line, nut-butters, individual serving size packets and the list keeps going. Expo West RX unveiled Lemon and Chocolate Banana Walnut. Have mercy is all I am saying! Just like Epic & Zevia I can always find RX everywhere. When touring they are a huge part of my food BAM in almost every part of the country. For those with nut issues be sure to read the ingredients which are listed on the front. For more information about RX click here.

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Suja Juice - I LOVE this company: Suja Juice. They have been with me since Day One of touring. Every step of the way in wellness and belief in my work I can always count on Suja Juice. Heartwarming beyond belief. Never do they disappoint when Expo West comes around either. Suja has a whole lot of BAM with new energy drinks and beyond. When it comes to fresh pressed juices, gut shots, kombucha and so much more there is no one doing it like Suja Juice. Go to the store or have it delivered right to your door. Suja is my #1. Check out all things Suja right here. 

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Epic Bar - Only my good friends at Epic Bar could make bacon and eggs in a bar. Literally this bar tastes like breakfast in a bar. I almost feel over when I tasted this delicious BAM. Than for fun Epic introduced another bacon BAM that is a little on the sweeter side of things - Chicken, apple yum. Once again Epic raises the bar on bar’s (LOL). Available soon via Amazon or at your favorite retailers. I love how I can even find Epic at gas stations and convenience stores. When touring it was my go to BAM.

Stoka Bar - This keto friendly Stoka Bar had me at first bite. I am a sucker for a good bar yet many I love have high carbs. I tried the Stoka Bar at Expo West and was hooked. Grateful Nadine send me home with a few bars. I like both flavors and ordering from Amazon makes it super easy. The bar is a full size and very filling. I am excited to add Stoka Bar to my ‘Bag of Tricks.”

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Highwave Pet - The auto dog mug is my new favorite thing for dogs! HIghwave had me at dogs, but upon further research I realized they are a conscious company using a patented, BPA free designed water bowl for our 4 legged friends on the go. At Expo West they launched the Auto Dog Mug Growler which is a larger design for the thirsty ones!

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Truth Bar - Speaking of bars I feel in love with Truth Bar’s at Expo West. These bars were a passion project for co-founder Diana Stobo who is a nationally recognized health and wellness expert. Through her own autoimmune issues Diana learned the power of food as medicine or poison. She set out to change the narrative around sugar filled bars offering a pre and pro-biotic collection of bars that taste like a treat with only 4 net carbs baby! Keto chocolate bars from Truth Bar for the win! You can grab them on Amazon making life simple as ever. I loved each flavor. NOTE - They offer vegan and Paleo options so as always read the ingredients friends to make sure they work for your eating style.

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The Osso Good Co - Not going to lie I am a sucker for a good soup and The Osso Good Co delivers. Their Tomato Basil, Thai Carrot & Butternut Squash are just a few of their amazing soups from The Osso Good Co that do not disappoint and are a staple every pantry should have. The perfect size pouches deliver nutrient dense BAM filled with rich collagen to keep your gut healthy, skin soft, hair perfect with nails strong as ever. Buy direct or grab a few flavors on Amazon.

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4th & Heart - I love this company and each time they expand their line I get more excited about 4th and Heart. At Expo West they answered my prayers with hybrid ghee and avocado oil cooking sprays! Finally that buttery taste with avocado oil in a spray. I am not going to lie I was addicted to unhealthy spray cooking oils in my former life and I am happy to have this version from 4th and Heart.

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Bella + Bella - I never imagined I would be adding this to my list, but since giving up dairy and discovering coconut milk yogurt I am a huge fan. While being interviewed by my friend, Charles Chen, I was at the Bella and Bella booth and found this to be the easiest way ever to make yogurt. I thought what a good way to engage your kids beyond baking cookies. I loved the price point too from Bella + Bella offering a huge savings based on the cost of dairy free yogurts at retail today.

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Cave Shake - I love the people associated with Cave Shake hard and they are also in the LA area which jazzes me. This product I discovered before I started touring and missed it big time when I was on the road when it was only available in CA. Today you can get Cave Shake everywhere! BAM. If you have not tried this keto, Paleo, Vegan friendly BAM you are missing out. I have a favorite flavor, but recommend you try and to see what you like best. They are all amazeBALLS!

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2019 Expo West - New Product Round - Up - Part ONE

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2019 Expo West - New Product Round - Up - Part ONE

I just spent the last 3 days at Expo. West and not only am I super excited for the coming year I am also dead tired. Expo. is so big and covers so much space I did not get to see all of it. I had to allow myself permission to be okay with this which was not easy, but needed. Today I did a nice yoga stretch and have been in my most comfortable clothes watching “Say Yes to the Dress” in preparation for my daughters upcoming wedding. LOL.

Any who…here are the NEW products & companies I wanted to share from Expo. West 2019. I have so many this will be a 2 part series! BAM is all I can say.

Many are small businesses and I hope you will consider supporting all of them. I make no money selling product I simply believe in each of these products and the people behind them. Enjoy.

EXPO WEST 2019 NEW PRODUCT ROUND-UP - Part ONE

Nutpods - Did you know Nutpods has paid for Gidget for years? Yup their sponsorship is for Gidget’s food. I get emotional every month when I get the wire from them. Some of the kindest people I know! Our love affair began and is re-kindled every morning when I make my coffee. I am a Nutpods gal! Dairy-FREE never tasted so good and now they up’d the game once again with Caramel! I almost passed out on the Expo West show floor when I saw this. Next I tasted it smiled so much my eyes shut. I love you Nutpods and appreciate all you do for me and Gidget. Grab yours here.

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Pili Hunters - I have been so inspired by the spirit of PIli Nuts, which comes directly from the founder, Jason. His energy, kindness and zest for life are the foundation of Pili Nuts. The creamy nuts are one thing now they have Expedition Nut Butters that are simply amazing! I recommend grabbing a variety pack and doing your own taste test. These are perfect for keto folks! Post work out snacks, kids lunches, treats and simply fuel for your mind, body and soul. Tap your hunter gatherer and click here.



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Siete Foods - When Siete joined the tour I almost cried. I knew the Siete families line of products would help me to change the narrative in households so easily. Their complete line of Paleo perfect products elevate the family meal plan from the word go. This year at Expo West they announced a hard taco shell. I know it is almost too much to wait for it to hit the shelves. If you are like me and want to be the first to know head here.

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Green Girl Bakeshop - I almost cried when I met Lisa and her team at Green Girl. From the product to the packaging they had me hooked and who doesn’t want a healthy, delicious ice cream sandwich? Right now you can only find them in the California area, but that is about to change folks so hang on. Green Girl I am a fan and cannot wait for you to be found all over America. Learn more here. 

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CoYo Organic - My good friend in Bend, Oregon introduced me to the line CoYo and I have forever been hunting it down all over America. When touring I have been known to drive 30 miles to have this delicious dairy free yogurt. I love all the flavors with vanilla bean being my favorite. If you have not tried CoYo you are missing out. I had the pleasure of meeting the co-founder, Henry, at Expo. West and his story about starting this company so amazing I want to invite him to do a Facebook Live so stay tuned. Find your CoYo here.

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Kitch Fix - This company is not new to me I just re-fell in love with Kitch Fix. They recently had Dr. Terry Wahls out for an event and you now this Wahls Warrior loves to hear that! Not going to lie I love a good bowl of granola to start the day or a mid-day post workout fuel fix. The line from Kitch Fix delicious! My real love affair has always been with the Paleo waffles they have. OMG. Do I need to say anymore? Waffles. Granola. Bars. Find out more here.

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Hu Kitchen- OMG someone save me from myself. I swear every time I buy Hu Kitchen’s cashew butter bar I am going to share or eat 1/2 at a time. I NEVER do. Not even one time. I am a true addict. This stuff kills me. I also find myself yelling at their Instagram account. The posts send me over the ‘I need that now edge.’ To make matters more exciting I can find them almost anywhere for purchase. If you have not tried HU you have been warned. Learn more here.

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Karine & Jeff - I first found the Karine & Jeff product line touring in 2018. It was a dream come true for this van living fool. Real whole food based soups & puree’s that are homemade are what Karine & Jeff are all about. This french company feels like fine cuisine from the word go. The packaging is amazing in the beautiful glass bottles which I adore. I simply LOVE this product line and almost died when I found it at Expo. West. To learn where to find them click here.

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Chill Pop - Frozen fruit pops are what Chill Pop Shop is all about. Met CEO, Elisabeth, at Expo. West and tasted all the delicious flavors they offered. With flavors like avocado mint and watermelon lime you can bet the are for grown-ups and kids alike. They are creamy, dreamy yum on a stick. Learn more here.

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Lilly’s Sweets - I love Lilly’s baking chips and have recently found the keto version from Lilly’s Sweets. I am not going to lie I eat them right out of the bag. So good for this chocolate loving woman. Lilly’s bars, chips and NEW chocolate covered almonds RULE. I love this line and appreciate how they make my conscious life easy. To grab your Lilly’s click here.

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Base Culture - This companies breads I was first introduced to many years ago. I met the founder of Base Culture at a trade show and have watched this line continue to grow. Today they have a Keto bread that is amazing. I have been toasting it up every morning since I got my 1st loaf! So good. Base Culture also makes banana, pumpkin and sandwich Paleo breads plus a bunch more. Base Culture has been delivering quality BAM for years and the keto bread just another example. You can grab them on Amazon here.

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Teton Waters Ranch - I LOVE this company and how I can find them almost everywhere all over America. Teton Waters Ranch was at Expo. West last week and I had the pleasure of meeting with the CEO, Mike Murray. What a nice guy! If I loved them before I am in love now. Literally and not only because of the Teton Waters Ranch sausages - they have grass-fed burgers! They are ridiculous! My last meal on earth would be a burger so I know burgers. I literally died. They won some big ass award for it too. Check it all things Teton Waters Ranch here.

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VioLife - I stumbled upon VioLife touring and have been a huge fan ever since. I actually think I was on vacation with my cousin in Key West when I found VioLife. I love this non-dairy cheese line so much especially the cheddar cheese. Never did I think a grilled cheese would be in my life, but it is with this plant-based line of cheese. Now don’t be getting your panties in a bunch with potato starch and start saying nasty things to me. I won’t have it. I love this line. I eat this line and I am happy to enjoy a grilled cheese using Base Culture bread and Mikey’s Muffins. To learn more about VioLife click here.

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Rhythm Superfoods - I met this company when I stumbled upon their beet chips and Rhythm became something I looked for when shopping. I love beets and get sick of eating them the same way. Having
the chips was a new BAM in my life. Then Rhythm added the carrots and sticks which my dog Gidget loves so I keep a bag in the van for her. Now they have fruit and I was lucky enough to taste it at Expo. West. I love this line and appreciate how they bring the super to snacking through foods. Amazon sells Rhythm Superfoods making it the easiest ever. Here is a link to get started.


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Birch Benders - Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes, pancakes. Did I mention pancakes? Birch Benders brings the Paleo to pancakes and boy do they do a great job of it! Not going to lie in the fall I bought the pumpkin paleo pancake mix in Denver and although tempted everyday to open in before Thanksgiving I waited to bring it home to my daughter for Thanksgiving morning and it was a highlight and now a tradition. So much love for Birch Benders and how easy they make Paleo. Now they are making keto just as simple with their line of Keto mixes and syrups. Did I mention syrups? Keto? Chocolate Chip? Have mercy is all I can say. To learn more click here friends.

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Pop & Bottle - Almond milk latte’s to go = yes please and thank you Pop & Bottle! I love everything about this company! The products are delish, the energy around the booth was amazing and the packaging I find very appealing. I am a sucker for a delicious healthy nut milk. I was first turned onto nut milks by a friend in Beverly Hills who used to make and sell them to me when my hands did not work. Thankful for Pop & Bottle for making almond milk latt'e’s easy on the daily. To grab some on Amazon click here.

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Gold Thread Herbs - Wow was I surprised to find these magic elixir’s from Gold Thread Herbs. So darn delicious and a healthy BAM in a jar. I have never had an herb tunic before and fell in love instantly. Then to learn more about the history of Gold Thread Herbs, the culture and that they are in my former hood of Santa Monica has me over the moon about Gold Thread Herbs. Click here to find out where you can get your hands on these amazing potions.

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Stay tuned friends for another blog post highlighting my favorite finds of Expo West 2019. So many it is too much for one blog post.

Not subscribed? Might be a good idea so you don’t miss part 2.

Keep crushing life friends.

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The Story of Joy - A True Story

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The Story of Joy - A True Story

It is true my brand name is PaleoBOSS Lady® so most assume food is my only medicine. This could not be further from the truth. Yes a Paleo lifestyle and following The Wahls Protocol for years helped seal the deal for me. Yet is was the LAST piece of my miracle puzzle.

My brand started when the name was given to me. Yup.

At the time I had just started my Paleo lifestyle and lost so much weight everyone wanted to know. Seemed like all I did was talk about Paleo in the beginning. This coupled with being Italian, Taurus and a Philly girl I was born a BOSS. Today I am proud to be PaleoBOSS Lady.

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1987 after getting sick in 1986 about 6 weeks after I married my high school sweetheart. From the first days of diagnosis I began a holistic journey using cannabis and essential oils for the treatment of MS. Of course I was still knee deep in Western Medicine taking all kinds of drugs, but not narcotics as often are prescribed. Instead I smoked weed for spasms and essential oils for calming. I still use both to this day. Actually having my morning cannabis and fat coffee as I type.

The beauty of my journey was the day I was diagnosed and before MS disease modifying drugs I was introduced to the National MS Society. (Today the MS society is on the drug company nipple and that will be another blog post, but back then they helped and listened.)

Since 1987 I have lived, served and been involved in the world of MS beyond a diagnosis.

For years I was the largest fund raiser in a few states sponsoring a successful MS Walk Team and eventually became a member of the National MS Society Board of Directors Delaware Chapter. I attended events on behalf of the MS Society, chaired many fund raisers and was a guest lecturer.

Since day one I have LIVED in the MS community serving others.

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Fast forward to now and I am starting my 4th round of the award winning ‘Taking it to the Streets Tour.” I have lived and served the community for free often living for days in the homes of our most in need. Many have had MS, but the majority of homes I served have not.

In addition since the age of 8 I have served our brothers and sisters in so many ways. I visited nursing homes on weekends sitting with a woman named Nancy who had MS. She was 37 when I met her. I have volunteered to build group homes for men living with Autism. I have served at a food pantry for 5 years and built asset based community systems in the poorest cities in Los Angeles. Not to mention I was part of a helicopter transport team for the largest burn center in the USA and was a respiratory therapist at a large teaching hospital. Serving others has been an constant in my life.

Needless to say I have learned a lot and my work has always informed my journey.

I remember almost daily a patient in Intensive Care named Bob who had so much cancer in his lungs and heart the doctors opened him up and closed him doing nothing in surgery to remove any cancer. The cancer was wrapped around everything and if it grew even the slightest he would die. Bob was 35 and his wife a recovery room nurse. He felt like family to all of us.

Somehow Bob survived. He literally walked out of the hospital and continued to live for a long time a quality life.

Funny thing is Bob ate like shit. He was a coaching dad known to take his team out for McDonalds and ice cream on the regular. He hated veggies and did not support his mitochondria at all. Bob was a sports nut so moving his body coaching and playing were the norm. In addition Bob had more visitors daily than any patient I had ever seen. You would hear laughter coming from his room so loud it was astounding. Most often in ICU you hear screams and tears. Not roaring laughter especially from the room of a dying young man, father and husband. Bob had 3 sons.

These memories have lived large in my mind for over 30 years.

Touring I have the pleasure of living with the most amazing people, host cooking classes, workshops and lectures all over the USA. To date I have been in front of almost 50,000 people touring alone. Literally stood in front of them and engaged in some way.

No clinical trials. No placebo groups. Just serving our brothers and sisters from the heart.

In 2018 I graduated with a Masters in Psychology having a specialization in Community. I am a specialist at building movements. Although today I am formally trained to do this work my life experience fuels my every move.

I have witnessed so many who eat the healthiest diet and go to the gym regularly have zero results in healing. Yet I see folks like my friend Bob who eat like shit and moves for fun rather than intention walk around defying the odds daily. How could this be? Was Bob somehow special?

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Bob had joy in his heart. You felt it the moment you entered his space.

Even hooked up to a ventilator unable to talk you still felt his joy. His heart sang songs of joy all day long without every hearing him. His person filled with gratitude. When he walked out of the hospital there was no less than 50 people with him.

Joy is why Bob lived. Not food. Not movement.

When people ask me for a timeline of healing I no longer answer. My healing journey has had results after instituting certain changes for sure. Yet the true healing antidote without question is JOY. I have seen it over and over and over again.

  • I don’t need a clinical trial to know what is right in front of my eyes.

  • I don’t need a MAP to know the power of joy.

  • I don’t need to anymore evidence to know the truth.

TRUTH -

Healing happens in joy. Live a life filled with joy and your body will respond.

How to you find JOY?

  1. Start by talking to your person honestly.

  2. Sit on the side of your bed before you retire and recall the joy in your day.

  3. If you cannot recall within 30 seconds you are not living joyfully.

  4. Continue this practice every night until you can.

Friends this is what tool I have in my “Bag of Tricks” that helped me find and own my joy. It has never failed me and is free healthcare. Get some.

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How I Care for my Dog - Food, Fleas and More

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How I Care for my Dog - Food, Fleas and More

If you know me at all you know I am a HUGE dog lover. My dog Gidget goes just about everywhere with me. I simply could not do the tour if she were not by my side. I also would not be the miracle I am if not for dogs. Prior to Gidget I had my girl Rita for almost 12 years who stood by me in the hardest of times.

Dogs are my most important healthcare in my ‘Bag of Tricks.”

For years studies have shown how many health benefits animals offer that are psychological. However most recently we are learning the dogs play a huge role in the gut micro-biome and so much more.

I was Paleo for a few years before I ever considered feeding my dog consciously. Sad, but true.

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Rita has suffered from severe allergies that started after we moved to California. She could not walk on grass, sand or anything but concrete or she would break out in a rash. Literally I was spending hundreds of dollars on allergy shots, prescription dog food, steroid creams and the list goes on. One day when I was putting her dry, disgusting prescribed food in her bowl I decided to read the ingredients:

  • Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Soybean Mill Run, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Egg Product, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Iodized Salt, Dried Chicken Cartilage, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, L-Carnitine, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

Even with a Vets prescription the food I was giving my dog was straight up poison to her body. Soybean oli is unhealthy period. The grains hard for dogs to digest and I was paying top dollar for crap.

I started giving Rita organic carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin, home made bone broth, coconut oil, roasted chicken with a weekly raw bone marrow. Just like her mommy Rita responded well when we finally got conscious about what I was feeding my dog. I eventually started giving Rita raw duck mixed with organ meat and healthy veggies.

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My sweet dog literally acted like she died and went to heaven with each meal and her body completely healed after many years of sickness and high vet bills.

After Rita passed she sent me Gidget who I rescued 3 years ago at the age of 2. Immediately I started Gidget on a 100% Paleo lifestyle. She eats Stella and Chewy’s Surf & Turf patties and also bone broth, marrow bones, carrots, pureed sweet potato and pumpkin. Her favorite crunchy snacks are Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips and carrots and her favorite fat is coconut fat. (There are many dog friendly fruits and veggies, but Gidget only likes what I listed.)

The moral of the story is that Gidget eats whole, organic foods, healthy fats & collagen rich bone broth just like her momma!

Today Gidget is an optimal weight and has the softest skin you can ever imagine. The coconut oil helps her gums and she is full of life. This is her eating schedule:

I am humbled to share that my good friends from Nutpods have been paying for Gidget’s food since we started touring. Literally my heart swells every time I am reminded of their generosity.

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In Southern California there seem to always be fleas all year long. I was crazy and started giving the flea and tick pill the vet pushes. OMG it literally made Gidget lifeless. She became almost a zombie and once again I woke up.

I started doing research and you can easily make your own essential oil blends for this. I have chosen to use a collar that is made from essential oils for Gidget. This lasts for us about 3-5 months and worked well all summer touring. We only ever had a problem once with sand fleas. Otherwise it worked perfectly.

  • Here is an essential oil recipe that you can also try:
    8 drops sweet orange essential oil
    8 drops lavender essential oil
    8 drops lemongrass essential oil
    12 drops geranium essential oil
    20 drops patchouli essential oil
    20 drops cedarwood essential oil

Add this to a small spray bottle with water. Spray on your dog when heading outside paying extra attention to their underbelly and legs/feet. Give them a quick brush after spraying and/or massage and you are set. Here is a set of organic therapeutic grade oils to use.

I also make sure to thoroughly check for ticks on Gidget whenever we are any where of concern which quite honestly means after almost all walks in nature outside of the beach. It seems ticks are everywhere and no matter what I check with my hands and eyes to make sure my little angel is tick free.

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I am not going to lie this does not happen often. I find her skin would get too dry. About 4 times a year Gidget goes in for a trim and holistic bath/spa day. The Spa only uses clean shampoos and non-toxic ingredients.

Outside of her spa day when I have to bath her I use Dr. Bronner’s which is what I use on myself. They say it works to kill fleas and great once they are infested. You can also add essential oils to this for extra BAM.

I brush Gidget often using a brush to reduce shedding. The neat freak in me loves how this one works and Gidget adores being brushed too. During the dryer months I rub coconut oil on her coat. It helps to stop dry, flaky skin. Gidget’s coat is the softest ever and many people comment on just how soft it is.

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Hemp oil for me is a huge BAM in my life. My lead sponsor of the tour Elixinol grow the finest CBD oil around with independent testing to prove it. They also have a dog line of treats. I personally just give dogs the oil straight up. I like to open the capsule and put it on the morning pumpkin purees or sweet potato.

My daughters dog Riley has had a MIRACLE outcome using Elixinol CBD. Our little girl Riley is 5 years young and was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease. She had been taking steroids everyday and started to not be able to use her hind legs and breaking out with scabs on her body. Long story short doctor after doctor and drug after drug the poor baby was suffering and no one knew what to do.

This gal started adding 15mg Elixinol hemp oil using the X-Pen to her food and my kid added a natural liver booster and Glutamine. After a few weeks we increased the CBD dose to twice a day. Her labs had been horrific showing anemia and much more. Today her labs are better than before her Addison’s diagnosis.

For Gidget CBD oil showed great results with anxiety. When we are touring for long periods of time Gidget gets a little stressed. CBD given in the early morning worked all day long. For Gidget I open a capsule and add it to her morning puree.

I have no words to express how much I believe in the power of CBD. Last year touring in the BAM van which is wrapped in hemp leaves showed me that CBD is changing so many lives. Day after day, person after person shared with me just how much this plant has restored hope and health. I am here to share it works for our 4-legged friends too.

VET VISITS & VACCINES-

Beside what is noted above Gidget goes to a yearly wellness visit at the vet and is in great health.

I go to a traditional vet who is quite old. His practice is very nurturing and he listens to me. I do test for heart-worm and give her Heart Guard. Only because of our touring schedule. If we simply lived in Southern California I would not and did not prior to touring.

Gidget is a rescue and had all of her vaccines prior to me owing her. Today she is vaccinated for rabies.

My 4-legged friends are beyond companions. They are medicine for my soul and have provided more loving support than anyone or anything. Rita stood by me many days in bed and very sick. She also gave me purpose and forced me to get outside when I didn’t think I could get out of bed.

I support my dogs as consciously as I do myself. Together we are bio-hacking to offer Gidget optimal living naturally and without drugs and fake shit.

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A Life in Review

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A Life in Review

As many of you know this gal is a goal setter. I live for the kill of successfully completing goals. I have also lived outside of societal and cultural norms most of my adult life. This time of year is when I review my year, reflect & set goals for the coming year.

This year is different all together & so unexpected simply because my kid got engaged.

Never did I sit to think about all the societal & cultural norms that are associated with weddings. All of this has left me with a “Life in Review.” Literally the emotional reflective journey the engagement has brought to my life I did not see coming. Nor did I think it would have me do a “Life in Review” this year as opposed to a reflection.

You see the things that make me a straight up a walking miracle & BOSS come with ‘side-effects’ that I only learn about in real time.

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A huge part of my healing is ‘controlling’ my environment of toxins which includes people. Being raised in such a dysfunctional family my ‘healthy’ relationship skills are lacking big time. So many in my life were toxic & a ton were family. I basically have little relations with any blood relatives except for a handful.

In addition to my ‘healthy’ relationship issues part of my charm is I have no problem telling anyone to “F off” which can be limiting.

All of this adds up to a very small circle of close friends. Now don’t get me wrong I realize I am a paid ‘influencer’ with an international following and that people have been known to pay money to spend time with me yet I don’t have a large circle of close friends. I have a handful and they are ‘my family.’ Many for decades who actually knew me before Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which matters so much to me.

I am an international brand with a very small circle of friends is one of the things the engagement has brought to the surface.

I have been so busy working on miracle status I never really thought about how my ‘circle’ has evolved during this healing journey. As a result the day my daughter gets married I will be entering a room of almost 200 people as the ‘Mother- of-the-Bride’ (MOB) and in that room may be a handful of people close to me and zero family.

This has been a gut wrenching real time situation for me.

It has taken me hours upon hours of hard self reflection to understand how I got here. From the word ‘go’ it has felt like I am a complete failure as a mom. Society places huge value on those in the room and on being MOB. I realized this is not what I have always envisioned on my daughters wedding day. My lens included that day filled with huge pride as friends and family bear witness to my daughters marriage to the man of her dreams.

Because my life regarding family sits outside of societal norms it appears my guest list didn’t pass the cultural norms test. This wedding even though my daughter’s - includes a traditional definition for family in the guest list. ‘Blood only’ which for most large Italian families always makes sense. The sad truth is that it without intention it dismisses me in the process. A reality I don’t think anyone realizes or understands.

I am not mad. I am not pointing fingers I am simply speaking a truth and how consciousness often puts you in situations like this you never saw coming. The last thing I want to be is an MOB who is an asshole so I thought and prayed really hard to figure out what this was and how to handle it. Once again all roads lead to my life choices to live consciously have somehow ‘ostracized’ me in a traditional wedding regardless of the fact I am MOB.

Cultural Collision once again happening here.

Just like my family did not understand the importance of my life to use food outside of cultural definition such as medicine and to recognize some was poison they once again failed to recognize family falls outside of defined cultural and societal norms for some.

Because my life choices fall outside of norms I don’t fit into defined criteria for family so it is not even seen. I am not for one second saying this is being done to be hurtful I am saying no one saw it coming. Not even me and I guess that is why the lesson has been so hard. Just like my daughter had dreams of her special day so did I. Little did I know how much my healing, miracle life would change those dreams.

Now before anybody gets their panties in a bunch this is not a post that I am mad at my kid. This is also not a post that my kid is a bad daughter. I have shared all of this with my daughter. This is a post similar to my TEDx sharing the HUGE challenges one faces when you live a conscious life and have your eyes wide open vs. societal norms determining who you are.

Situations like this have me review my entire life .

Not going to lie I keep wondering how the fuck did I get to a place where my life joy is getting married in front of 200 people and no one I care about will be there to share in this special day? I lose sleep thinking where I will sit at my own daughter’s wedding. Initially all I thought was how the fuck did this happen?

This happened because my life does not fit into ‘societal’ norms.

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What makes people most proud of me and defines the brand PaleoBOSS Lady® many times is not translated into normal life. People somehow want me to fit a norm the miracle me is unable to fit.. My #1 message about being a miracle is that it happens outside of norms and often causes a collision. Little did I know that even when your daughter gets married it will cause a collision.

As we continue to plan the wedding it brings my heart great joy to see my daughter so excited to be planning her life and dream wedding. I never really played out the daughter getting married journey in my mind and found this collision one of the hardest to date. Standing alone on such a special day was never in any play book, but hence this is where we are due to my conscious choices needed to live my best life.

How I Plan to Resolve This Collision?

  • Stay on my path.

  • Lead by example.

  • Believe all of this stands to educate others.

  • Know life always provides.

  • Make sure that when I enter the room heads turn.

  • Continue to be honest about my feelings.

I will say I have spent far to many hours wondering why my life has included no life partner, 2 failed marriages, living in 20+ homes, often being the only women in the board room and now living in a van serving. How come I didn’t get the play book that was get married, have kids, buy a house, pay it off, buy a beach house and be married for 50+ years while helping raise the grand-kids?

The answer is always me. My life is me.

I know that life is not defined by the number of people in a room at your daughters wedding who care about you and yet I also know overcoming the societal norms associated with such a day have been a huge hurdle I never saw coming. All of this happened side-by-side with my gluten poisoning which may have kept my gut health a challenge. Yet in the end it all really doesn’t matter. What matters is that when I look in the mirror I know what I see and often society will see it differently and I am okay with that. This is why I am a BOSS. Standing alone is where I am most comfortable & where I thrive even if it is my daughter’s wedding.

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How Not Focusing on Healing is Powerful Medicine

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How Not Focusing on Healing is Powerful Medicine

Touring I am fortunate enough to be invited into people’s homes and lives on almost a daily basis. Although my tour is not focused on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) many I visit do have mobility and/or limb issues. If I ask them what they wished would change in a year the answer is always universal – “I want to walk” or “I want to use my arms/hands.” Even if many were depressed, sad or struggling with anxiety, bad marriages, finances and more they always want to have their body back.

Never is it that they want to be happy & healthy.

Somehow the societal norm is happiness equals using our limbs freely. I know because for years once I started to live with MS I would tell my kid and spouse if I was in a wheelchair my life would be over. Until one day I woke up and my hands didn’t work. Quickly I began to realize that many in wheelchairs and with limb issues live exceptional lives and most were happy with their lives.

Quickly once I was living it I changed my tune that a wheelchair or my hands were not going to define me. They were only one part of me.

I asked myself and the tour friends did they think “happiness existed outside of a wheelchair or mobility issue?” Unanimously they responded, “of course it did.” Funny since at the same time each of us had wished for only mobility related changes in the year.

Societal norms influences our wishes too.

Just like I mention in my TEDx societal norms come into play in the strangest ways sometimes. This is another example of the role in our lives and once again found to be an almost universal norm in many societies.

Somehow we all believe(d) if we got it right we would be without a wheelchair & have our limbs moving freely. For most of is this instead of being happy, healthy and loved.

We all know that living a happy, healthy & full life are the keys to BAM.

When we focus on one area or body part we are discounting the fullness of what life has to offer. When we focus on living a life that represents the best version of ourselves it creates the space for healing and the powerful medicine mentioned in the title.

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Key to my lens for healing are reminders that I decided or the what and why of my life.

  • No longer am I living an auto-pilot existence.

  • No longer is MS me.

  • No longer do I take Mother Nature for granted.

  • No longer do I ask more of my body than I give it. .

  • No longer do I consciously self poison with food.

  • No longer to have a negative impact on the earth without conscious effort to change.

  • No longer do I cook with foods I have no idea where they came from.

  • No longer do I believe western medicine is the only answer.

  • No longer do I believe my healthcare comes from big pharma.

  • No longer do I believe I am powerless against MS.

  • No longer do I believe our environment is toxin free.

  • No longer do I believe our water is safe to drink.

  • No longer do I believe our oceans are clean.

  • No longer do I believe my life trajectory was to be bedridden.

  • No longer do I believe eating processed food is a good idea.

  • No longer do I believe refined sugar is not poison.

  • No longer do I believe gluten is safe for anyone to eat.

  • No longer do I believe the person with the most stuff wins.

  • No longer do I believe the mind-body connection doesn’t matter.

  • No longer do I believe western medicine is healing focused.

Today I am conscious and not making life choices because of MS as much as because this is what is best for me and all that I am.

Once I began focusing on living my best life and not always MS and healing my body the true healing could begin. The healing that not only stopped what MS was doing to my body, but manages and reversed all that MS delivered(s).

Try taking your eye off of what brought you to consciousness and have both eyes focus on LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE!

BAM

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2018 DIY Holiday Gifts & Curated Gift Collections

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2018 DIY Holiday Gifts & Curated Gift Collections

So when it comes to being a successful blogger and social media influencer I suck at all the necessary skills needed for real success. I never try to sell stuff and I take terrible pictures. My work is about the mission and not about making money selling products. I do however have products that support my BAM life & those vendors support my tour as well.

When I am sharing products I am not making any money if you buy them. Zero

Each company who supports the tour are near and dear to my heart. Many are small businesses started by someone who had a need and could not find a product/company supporting this need. So they built it much like the ‘Taking it to the Streets Tour.”

For most of my kids childhood years we made our holiday gifts. These were always the most cherished gifts we gave to others. People really feel the spirit of the season when you hand them something homemade and making the gifts is always fun too.

This Holiday Gift Guide will offer some of my favorite homemade items and collections that work for the men and women in your life!

HOMEMADE - DIY GIFTS-

Pizzelle Cookies - Homemade Edibles Rock! I was the girl who did the cookie exchange every year and also the one who knows if I ever had warning it would be my last meal it would be a burger and a big plate of cookies. I am Cookie Monster Junior.

Sadly when you are conscious refined sugar leaves the building and so does flour/gluten. Grateful for my good friends at Otto’s Cassava Flour, Back Porch Paleo & The Date Lady for helping me change this narrative.

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I grew up with a maternal grandmother who was an incredible cook and baker. One of her special treats was making Italian Pizzelle Cookies. She would decorate a shirt box for the holidays and give you one filled with Pizzelle’s! I tear up remembering this joy.

My good friends at Otto’s Cassava Flour & The Date Lady make Pizzelle’s easy to bring back into the holiday rotation for this full bloodied Italian. On tour this year we have been making these at most cooking classes and people go crazy! Kids LOVE them too.

Best news is you can also make ice creams cones and decorate them by rolling and dipping the ends in chocolate for a really fancy version. Either way you cannot go wrong with giving cookies as a holiday gift.

Pizzell Irons are fairly inexpensive and the good folks at Amazon can deliver one right to your door. My good friend from Back Porch Paleo has the recipe for Pizzelle’s with one exception for me is I like replacing the Maple Syrup with Date Syrup for an added BAM to this recipe.

Infused Olive Oil - The Italian in me LOVES infused olive oil. This gift is so easy and everyone goes crazy when you give them this amazing gift any time of year. I especially like this to come with a little note sharing how powerful it is to eat olive oil raw over heated. The best part about this gift is it can last up to 6 months.

Easy to make by simply heating the oil and herbs over medium heat for 10 minutes than adding to jars storing out of direct heat for 2 months or refrigerated for 6. No need to sterilize jars either. So simple it is almost a crime. I love it at room temperature myself.

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Tie a tag around the jar offering recipes and insights for that added BAM.

I find it is often the most fun to make gifts, but when time is limited and you still want to have your gifts feel personalized I like curated collections. As someone who has dedicated her life to building a grass roots movement of consciousness I prefer to give gifts that are conversation starters and curated collections often are just that. Each collection filled with gifts of purpose and power.

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Coffee, Tea & Muffin Collection - You all know I am a coffee whore who rushes to bed in anticipation of my morning fat coffee. I literally live for my mornings spent drinking coffee and diffusing essential oils. In 2018 I added tea to the mid-day rotation and have found it to be a wonderful addition to my wellness and daily routine.

When I am touring I am reminded how many folks don’t know how high the pesticide load is on coffee and tea. I watch them drinking basically toxic glyphosate every morning first thing. To make matters worse most add sugar and chemicals into the toxic coffee for a morning shit storm. I die a little each time.

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An easy way to change this narrative is with this curated collection of amazing teas from Pique Tea, coffee from Kicking Horse with some gut healing collagen from Further Foods (code PaleoBOSS Lady saves) and dairy and chemical free creamer from my good friends at Nutpods.

Now to tackle the next big problem this curated collection sees how many consume a weeks worth of sugar with their breakfast muffins, pop tarts and so on. This is gut wrenching especially when you see this with kids. Parents often unaware of the poison they are serving their children.

My friends at Muffin Revolution change all of this with healthy, Paleo certified muffins that are delicious and nutritious. Using Code Fall15 SAVES you money too making this gift even better!

I would literally cry tears of joy and fall to my knees if someone gave me this for the holidays.

I Love You Collection - Nothing says I love you more than sharing some of the finest products built with the simple idea to nourish your body & support a wellness program. The best part is all of the items in this curated collection will add nothing to anyone’s daily routine yet all will optimize what you are doing already.

The I Love You Collection offers healthy spices, skincare and a year long subscription to a magazine to keep you inspired. Literally a gift that keeps giving and giving. This gift not only nourishes the body it supports your mind and soul with products and resources that only stand to support your BAM.

Turmeric has long been known to decease inflammation. The same inflammation many of us take steroids to treat. From autoimmune to back injuries a large community lives on steroids which after long term use can effect your bones, skin and organs. Adding Turmeric to your daily supplements serves to only help your body day to day. My good friends at NutriGold offer the most transparent brand on the market today. Safe more than Amazon with this link. BAM.

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I remember it like it was yesterday a very handsome young man stops me at a trade show to share how much he loved my work and I was overwhelmed by his kindness and thoughtful words.

I noticed he was at a booth for a skincare company called Alitura Naturals. That night I looked up the company and learned my new friend, Andy, was the founder and inspiration behind this amazing skincare line.

Andy - model and actor was hit by two cars. His body mangled and his face pretty banged up. He quickly realized that in order to heal he needed to nourish his skin and began making products in his kitchen to do just that. Alitura Naturals was founded and Andy has been garnering the praises from David Asprey to Bobbi Brown for this amazing line of products where attention to detail is beyond belief.

Alitura Naturals products are for the ladies and gentlemen and focused on real ingredients to nourish skin at the cellular level. You all know how I am a big fan of cellular level healing. In addition Andy is a huge bio-hacker whose social media offers great tips to up the volume on hacking the best version of you. Any product from Alitura (Code PaleoBOSS SAVES) works well in the I Love You Collection.

I remember the 1st issue of Paleo Magazine I ordered and how reading it helped my conscious life from the word go. Today Paleo Magazine has grown to be my go to resource for information, recipes, products the latest studies, trends or teachings around a Paleo lifestyle. Recipes alone blow my mind every issue. The articles are rich with information supporting the body, mind and spirit. This subscription will be a welcome gift month after month for anyone. Never does an issue disappoint and always will you end up inspired. Code BOSS10 Saves at check out. BAM!

Mother Nature Rules Collection - I am a believer that time with Mother Nature is the most healing time of all. When I am home in California most mornings start with a walk on the beach supporting grounding, meditation, yoga and breath work all to the sunrise. All free and accessible tools. I am not going to lie this work makes me hungry so this gift is perfect for anyone who likes to spend time outdoors. Healthy delicious foods are perfect to avoid those pitfalls we often run into hunger without a plan.

Protein bars, pork rinds and sweet treats and my favorite things to have after time outside. Trail mix days have been long gone for me! I love protein bars, pork rinds and Paleo Treats the best. Bye bye boring trail mix.

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My good friends at RX Bar offer the best protein bars with no BS. Ingredients listed right on the front of the package. My other dear friends at Epic have pork rinds back in my life and I could not be happier! Bacon Maple no less!. Both companies offer a line of bars and rinds to satisfy everyone and I recommend getting an assortment. Best thing is you can find these products everywhere!

Paleo Treats (code PaleoBOSSLADY10 Saves) are so much better than any healthy treat I know of. They literally rock my world. Each one and every bite. This collection of treats are individual servings offering the perfect amount of treat with nutritional BAM the focus. From brownies to mustang’s they have you covered here at Paleo Treats. A nice selection of 6 treats make the perfect addition to the Mother Nature Rules Collection.

Snack Time Collection - Snack time is my favorite time and I really believed once I got conscious about food I would forever be missing out. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I love this personally curated collection because it changes the narrative around snacks with no compromise on taste.

Siete Tortilla Chips, Jilz Crackers (Code BAMJILZ20% Saves), Epic Jerky Bites for the win! Simply put with some added veggies to make this the perfect Snack Time Collection.

Changing the snack conversation is ageless and this collection begins by creating a healthy alternative for everyone. This gift works great for families, teachers, book clubs and almost everyone on your list. Adding crudites makes it a complete ready to eat collection and great for any holiday potluck or office party.

Condiment Collection - One of the biggest shocks for me was to learn that my ketchup, mayonnaise and salad dressings were chemical filled, gluten and sugar rich. I had no idea and literally almost made a friend with Celiac very sick because there was even gluten in a very expensive salad dressing I used at a dinner party. I ‘assumed’ it was clean. Wrong.

My good friends at Primal Kitchens have been leading the way with a conscious eye towards everything from mayo to salad dressing. A nice selection of about 5 Primal Kitchen’s (code PaleoBOSSLady10 saves) products will quickly create awareness around poisons in your refrigerator while offering a healthy alternative. Now burgers and salads can be healthy with each bite and taste delicious. Go Primal Kitchens!

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Ultimate Wellness Collection - This is for someone who means the world to you and you want to help them up their volume on life and living. This collection offers the most important and powerful tools for wellness I know of.

A Skype consult with a Functional Medicine Doctor, CBD oil, Food Intolerance Testing and Near Infrared Sauna are all a part of this BAM curated Ultimate Wellness Collection! Each one of these are huge in my bio-hacked miracle life.

Giving this gift to a loved one is sure to set the stage for a BAM life. There is no question each one of these have had a huge impact on mine.

Dr. Will Cole is a leader in the functional medicine world and author of Ketotarian. His work known internationally and his practice cutting edge. I am proud to offer a discount to anyone who mentions PaleoBOSS Lady when scheduling with Dr. Cole. All of his work done via Skype so no matter where you are this can be in your ‘‘Bag of Tricks.”

SaunaSpace has changed my life and is a huge asset in my BAM outcome. The power of near infrared sauna is one to be experienced by everyone. From decreasing inflammation to detoxing our bodies this bio-hacking tool is a powerhouse. It is the only that continues to offer me resolution of temperature regulation issues that have plagued me for decades. In addition while touring I have watched it visibly decrease inflammation on a limb post surgery. Miracles happen everyday with SaunaSpace. Code PaleoBOSS offers a huge savings plus the 100 day money back guarantee makes this 100% made in America wellness tool a huge BAM.

Food Intolerance testing offers insights into our diet that cannot be duplicated. Pinnertest is a simple at home test that can be the key to unlocking food related issues. The beauty of this is that each intolerance is not forever. As you heal your gut micro-biome you can retest to see how your body is healing.

I consider this a HUGE tool for me that can give me a peek into my body instead of darkness. I am grateful to know what food choices support my best life. Pinnertest offers a discount with code PaleoBOSS and convenient payment plans making it easy to add this gift to your collection.

CBD if it is not in your daily wellness bag it should be. CBD is a cellular level tool that helps maintain homeostatis in the body. Adding this to the Ultimate Wellness Collection informs everyone of the power of CBD and offers cellular level changes that for most are nothing short of a miracle. My good friends at Elixinol make the most transparent CBD on the International market and control the product from soil to sale. I credit their line with helping me daily to live my best life. Best news is code BOSS10 saves here at check out!

WHY DIY & CURATED COLLECTIONS?

Holiday gifts with intention are so different than going to the mall or ordering something on Amazon. I have to say I stopped being that type of consumer years ago and have never looked back. Supporting small business and giving gifts that keep giving are how I roll.

Each one of these curated gift collections and DIY idea’s are game changes and conversation starters that offer all of us more to the holiday season than shopping and wrapping.

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Being Poisoned & an Emergency Room Visit

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Being Poisoned & an Emergency Room Visit

Over 3 weeks ago I was gluten poisoned while on tour. With great sadness it happened in the town where Antioch University lives. I am a proud graduate of Antioch LA receiving both my BA and MAP from this amazing social justice school. My heart was full on the day the poisoning happened.

I take 100% responsibility for this happening.

Not that the restaurant could not have stepped up their game after I explained my diet restrictions, but I am somehow used to wait staff finding me annoying and that being the ‘accepted’ norm. I have always known eating out I am at risk unless at a Paleo - Primal restaurant.

I own my life so this outcome I take ownership for no matter what.

I started feeling bad almost immediately at the restaurant noting rib girdle pain, which is a symptom of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I struggled with the MS rib girdle for many years until managing MS with diet and lifestyle changes.

By 8pm I was doubled over in pain and literally could not breathe.

My chest compression pain so great talking and breathing were almost impossible. I was scheduled to drive 4 hours the next day to continue the tour and somehow in the worst pain possible I did it. I stopped at travel centers and cried doubled over in pain several times believing it would eventually subside. Not going to lie upon arriving at my host home I immediately broke out into tears and literally could not find the strength needed to continue with this pain. I was now 20+ hours struggling to breathe and the pain was getting more and more intense with each painful breathe..

Off to the emergency room I go.

I told the ER doc my story of how food is medicine or poison in my life and that I suspected it was gluten poisoning. No matter what I said he believed I had shingles. Upon arrival at the ER they noticed a red mark on my chest which the ER staff identified as a rash. Even though I told them I had a heating pad on that exact spot and that is why it was read both the doctor and nurse believed I had shingles and it was a done deal.

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I knew I did not have shingles & yet the staff made me feel as if I did not know my own body.

The nurse even came in and said I should request the doctor stopped all that he ordered because she was 100% certain it was shingles. Even though I once again pointed out the ‘rash’ was going away with every minute I was in the ER. She looked at it again and said no the rash was raised and not going away.

Who am I to know my own body? Clearly the ER staff is much smarter about MY body. WTF.

I wasn’t sure if I did not have a gall bladder issue though. My dad struggled for years and I wondered if this might not be a genetic weakness? So they ordered a CT scan and I requested no dye, which did not win favor with my doctor. Although he complied he clearly felt I was too smart for my own good.

At this time the doc asked me if I wanted something for pain. I shared my mom was a prescription drug addict and that I was not interested in a narcotic. He recommended morphine, which I clearly stated I did not want. The doctor also stated that ‘you don’t become an addict from 1 to like 4 doses so I had no need to worry.’

WTF is all I can say again. Somehow this doctor knows what number dose you become addicted to drugs.

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Who knows what dose makes you an addict is my question? All I know is I am my mothers daughter. The nurse enters the room and tells me the doc called me “the lady with MS who does not take any drugs.” Which was funny because she shared a fellow co-worked who has MS was just diagnosed with breast cancer and she took out a pen and asked me how I did it taking notes.

Could this staff be any more confused?

I felt like an official line was drawn by the ER doc when the nurse shared his comments about me. Clearly he felt we were on opposite sides based on how I treat MS when I thought the goal of being a doctor was to help patients understand what was happening to my body and to listen to their concerns. Not to get drugs and dyes injected into patients and disregard everything they say. Now I was scared and wished someone was with me just to witness this and be my eyes. I did not feel safe, respected or protected in this ER.

Never once did anyone ask me if I took a vitamin or supplement. Not one single time and I take about 20 pills a day and have a daily healthcare routine they never learned or heard about.

The nurse put an IV line in which I thought was weird. Then she was getting ready to inject something into it. I asked what she was doing and she said “giving you morphine for pain.” I almost could not believe my ears. I told her I said “NO to morphine” and she showed me the order. Yes the doctor had written for morphine.

I refused now twice and once again the doctor has drawn a line between us.

My pain is horrific and what brought me to the ER. I cannot sit or touch anything with my chest and body on the right side from head to waist. I have not slept in days and I am close to tears feeling very alone and afraid. They come in to take me to the CT scan and I state I would like something for pain first. I am told I can have morphine or I have to go to the CT scan without anything because they are ready for me now and the new order has not been written yet by the doctor.

WTF. Narcotics or wait is what I am told. I walk to the CT scan hoping it will help the pain & thankfully it does.

Upon entering the CT room I see it is a tunnel scanner. I state I am horrifically claustrophobic and the tech tells me it’s open so there is no way to be claustrophobic. I beg to differ and F you for telling me I am fine.

WTF. Again this hospital staff telling me how my body works.

Screaming in pain and fear I endure a CT scan that lasts for about 8 minutes. I go back to the ER and wait another 20+ minutes before anyone comes in the room and addresses my pain or me for that matter. Eventually they give me a non-narcotic anti-inflammatory pain reliever that helps me in about 20 minutes. I had been in the ER for almost 2 hours at this point and I came in due to intense pain and finally getting relief.

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All the blood, urine and CT scans show a healthy body. Nothing shows any signs of there being a problem.  

ER doc comes in and tells me in life people can get sick and have pain for no reason. He believed this is what was happening to me. I shared my gluten issue AGAIN which the restaurant now confirmed could have happened and this doctor with conviction states that ‘no way could gluten cause this reaction to anyone.”

WTF. Are you kidding me? Do you hear me at all?

I then share that gluten poisoning took me to the ER about 5 years before. I had joint swelling and trouble breathing which happened on a day I flew across country so we feared a blood clot and I went to the ER. It was gluten poisoning and effected my breathing just like it was now.

This ER doc completely did not even respond to this information. It was like I did not even speak. Next he sends me home with instructions to decrease my fat and eat crackers, bread and grains when I am ready to introduce foods and when I take the 600mg of ibuprofen he ordered.. The nurse also recommends I get saltines on my way home so I don’t get a stomach ache

WTF. Are you kidding me? Is ANYONE listening to me???

I am so not surprised and yet surprised at the same time this is how our healthcare system would treat me. The #1 reason I don’t see a western medicine doctor are because of these conversations. Basically the complete denial that diet and lifestyle have a role in anything is what keeps me far from a traditional doctors office. Our lens is not even remotely close and I am not willing to fight about my healthcare with anyone. I am also not willing to engage in conversation with anyone who believes they know my body better than me.

I sent a report to the hospital which is Summa Health about this entire trip. I have heard nothing. Zero. Zip. I am now going to send them the blog post where I share with EVERYONE how I was treated and how poorly this hospital operates.

All this serves to do is make me more determined than ever to keep doing the work I do leading by example. To keep inspiring others to question the status quo regarding healthcare and the choices we make living our daily lives. My healthcare is FREE and accessible to all.

I am thankful my body tells me what it does not like.

I am also certain that this was a wake up call for me to not tour so long without a break and also to trust my gut when a restaurant staffer makes me feel like my eating restrictions are simply me being difficult and nothing more.

I know I was gluten poisoned, My body is healing slowly. I have stopped doing anything but focusing on healing and know that I can bounce back it is just going to take a while to heal.

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Summa Health you should be ashamed of yourself. It is time to educate your staff about the power of food to be poison or medicine. I give you a zero out of 10.

How I am healing is by doing the following:

  • Resting

  • Yoga

  • Fasting

  • Meditation

  • Grounding

  • Breath work

  • Affirmations

  • Slowing my role and focusing on ME

  • Listening to my body

Slowly, but surely my beautiful body is responding without drugs and any help from doctors, nurses or hospitals. Once again my healthcare is FREE and accessible.

Summa Heath you are a JOKE of a place where healing is far from reality. I would not recommend you to anyone.

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Paleo Meat Lasagna

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Paleo Meat Lasagna

This year for the cooking classes offered on tour one menu has lasagna. Every cooking class, but one have chosen this option. I have honestly been sharing this recipe all over America and finally am writing it down for all of you to have.

Nothing feels less Paleo than pasta, but my good friends at Cappello’s have changed this narrative with their complete line of products that include: gnocchi, fettuccine and lasagna sheets. Fresh and frozen for the win.

You can even use the lasagna sheets for cut out cookies and pies. BAM. Use code BOSSLADY to save direct from Cappello’s here.

Meat Sauce Lasagna:

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound each: ground veal, beef and pork

  • 1 pound bacon

  • 2 medium onions chopped

  • 1 pint mushrooms chopped

  • 2 large cans crushed tomatoes

  • 1 head garlic minced

  • 3 cups cashews soaked in water for at least 1 hour

  • 2 bay leaves

  • Pink Himalayan Salt

  • Black Pepper

  • Avocado Oil

  • 1 lemon

  • Bunch of fresh basil

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Directions

  • Cook the bacon in a large saucepan until crispy and remove. Crumble once cool into bacon bits.

  • Add mushrooms, garlic and onions to bacon fat and cook until garlic and onions are golden in color.

  • Next add all meat to pan breaking up with hands into almost a hash. Cook until almost done. Add crumbled bacon.

  • Now add the tomato, salt, pepper and bay leaves to a boil. Then lower to simmer stirring occasionally.

  • Next drain cashews and place in a blender or Vitamix. Add 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons of avocado oil and juice of 1 lemon with salt to taste. Blend until cheese like consistency. Set aside.

  • Once meat sauce has cooked for 30 minutes you can start making the lasagna. Set oven to 350 degrees.

  • Grab a 12 by 9 baking tray and cover with crushed tomato. Next cover tomato with lasagna sheets completely.

  • Add meat mixture on top of lasagna sheets covering completely. Next place 6 tablespoons of cashew cheese on top of meat mixture followed by a collection of basil leaves. Top with another layer of lasagna sheets and repeat process. Once all sheets are used final layer place cheese and basil on top for decoration.

  • Bake in oven for 20 minutes until bubbling. Remove for 5 minutes than serve. Add a simple side salad and melon for a complete meal. BAM.

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Vendors I love & Coupon Codes - Part II

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Vendors I love & Coupon Codes - Part II

I am blown away on the daily how many of my favorite vendors believe in the work that i do on tour. I could not drive one mile without them. This is the reality of the work I do.

Each vendor on tour offer something that is essential to my "Bag of Tricks" and the community I serve.

Often times people who reach out for a tour visit are living in community and not living alone. With this being said it is hard to be the only one conscious especially regarding food choices. Many of the vendors on tour help to change the narrative around food choices without alienating yourself and others.

These vendors also open the door for a healthy dialogue to begin when I am touring regarding ingredients and what we put into our bodies. I am humbled to have such an all star list of supporters and grateful beyond belief I get to share these with all of you.

DR. WILL COLE:

I remember meeting Will like it was yesterday. I met him through my good friend, Dr. Terry Wahls. Since day one it has been a love affair for me. Today I am proud to say that I have officially met his staff and family and have no words to describe just what an amazing man Dr. Will Cole is.

I remember reading so much from Will via MindBodyGreen where he has been a huge contributor forever. So meeting Will was a huge BAM in my life. In 2016 Will helped me as part of my healthcare team and that was simply the icing on the cake. Will taught me what a true healthcare partner is about. He spent time with me and asked questions no one has ever cared to ask me before. My intake forms took me hours and I was not mad about it. Will saw me via Skype and was really looking at my entire body as a collective. which was new to me. Dr. Cole’s advise helped prepare me for the start of the “Taking it to the Streets Tour” and I have never looked back. His advice and recommendations took my healthcare lens to a higher level. Even today his blogs, interviews and book continue to inform my ‘Bag of Tricks.”

Today Will has recently released his new book Keto-tarian whose 1st press sold out almost instantly. It is a must have for every families medicine cabinet. Filled with information and recipes that will change the narrative easily in homes.

For any friends interested in a Functional Medicine approach to wellness I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Will Cole. He see’s patients via Skype all over the world. Just mention PaleoBOSS Lady sent you when you call and Dr. Cole will extend a huge savings to you! No words to describe how amazing this is for everyone. BAM times a billion.

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED WITH DR. WILL COLE - TELL THEM BOSS LADY SENT YOU!

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MUFFIN REVOLUTION:

I first met this team at Expo. West I am pretty sure. If not it was PaleoFX. Not going to lie I returned to the booth many times eating their entire line of samples. One I liked more than the other. This was a huge stumbling block for me regarding entering the Paleo movement. I wanted muffins for breakfast.

For the 1st - 6 months of me going Paleo I batch cooked muffins every Sunday and had muffins and bacon for breakfast. It was the only way I could have begun this journey. I like cake like things in the morning especially with my coffee. When I enter homes typically one member of the family is looking to eat clean. Muffin Revolution makes it easy to include the entire family in eating consciously delicious in the morning. We all know our highest sugar intake happens at breakfast for all of us. From kids to adults we start our day with more than the daily amount of refined sugar. It is the hardest meal to get kids to consider eating healthy.

Muffin Revolution is the solution to this hurdle in the conscious living world. They freeze for easy grab and go mornings. Every home on tour so far has gone crazy for this line: 24 Carrot Gold, Banana BAM BAM and Cha Cha Cha and many more.

CODE FALL15 SAVES HERE

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PRIMAL KITCHENS:

I am not going to lie the entire line of Primal Kitchens products address a HUGE need in the conscious living space. Most condiments we give our kids and families are filled with sugars and gluten. Cooking with olive oil we know many times converts to a trans fat. Don’t even get me started on mayonnaise and ketchup.

Primal Kitchens has the answer to all of it. An entire line of avocado oil salad dressings, mayonnaise and stand alone. I love crisping up roasted veggies in avocado oil. My favorite oil when making fries or chips of any kind.

I do confess I have a problem with Primal Kitchens dressings. I can’t decide which is my favorite. Every time I think I have decided they come out with a new one. Hard to keep up with this company and happy every time they launch a new product. Wonderful to have them on tour.

CODE: PALEOBOSSLADY10 SAVES

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Siete Family Foods:

I remember the 1st time I bought Siete. I had been searching for them at Whole Foods for quite some time and they were always sold out. I was in Florida touring and BAM they had them in stock and I ate the entire bag in one sitting. I could not believe how delicious they were and that somehow in my conscious life tortilla were back!

Fast forward and the following year at G2F2 and Siete shared they wanted to join the award winning “Taking it to the Streets Tour” and it has been amazing to share Siete with the homes I visit. Often families are shocked that such an amazing line of products exist that are Paleo. This year with the new additions to the product line Siete continues to raise the bar on what we think is possible in the clean food world. BRAVA Siete for changing the narrative for many of us. Taco’s everyday are BACK baby!

CLICK HERE FOR SIETE FAMILY FOODS

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Jilz Gluten Free

I remember back in the early Instagram days my friend Shay would always post eating Jilz Gluten Free and I would be so jealous. I missed crackers and could not find Jilz anywhere. Until that 1st day and I literally cried with joy. The Mediterranean blew my mind it is so delicious. Lavender in a cracker made me happy and Jilz delivers. Later that year I met Jill and her wonderful mom (may she rest in peace) at PaleoFX and that sealed the deal. I feel in love with Jill as much as her crackers.

As luck would have it we both took the same flight out of Austin to LA and were able to get to know each other a little better which made my day. No words to express how much Jill has believed in my work and how much her crackers change the narrative around every holiday meal, BBQ, party and/or any type of gathering. No one ever guesses her crackers are anything, but delicious.

Bring back the crackers and never look back because Jilz are the only alternative that tastes great and everyone loves them. Grab some today and save! BAM.

CODE: BAMJILZ20%

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CAPPELLO’S:

When I met Ben and Stacey from Cappello’s I literally cried. I almost felt like I was being punked because not only did they have pasta, but they had cookies and pizza. My 3 favorites of all time. This was so unheard of in the Paleo world I was starting to tell myself zoodles would be an okay replacement for Sunday pasta. Thankful this lie never had to be realized.

Pizza was my hardest gluten item to give up. I lived for pizza at least 2-3 times a week. I could not imagine giving it up forever and now with Cappello’s I don’t have too. Having Cappello’s on tour has been a dream come true. Almost exclusively every home I enter has the same list of foods they cannot live without and Cappello’s has almost all of them covered with their amazing line of: pasta, pizza and cookies.

Having Cappello’s on tour has meant that all, but one cooking class in 2018 have been lasagna. Many of the classes I have witnessed someone crying tears of joy shocked this is gluten free, fresh, homemade pasta. Not hard noodles you need to boil. Just like Nona made. So delicious it is unbelievable. Isn’t it time you welcomed Cappello’s into your family!

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ZEVIA:

This company gave in so many ways to the tour it is almost too emotional for me to even type this. I happen to have an introductions to the VP of Sales at Zevia, Robert, through a good friend of mine. We had coffee one Sunday and he was intrigued to hear about my tour. After that meeting we kept in touch and I discovered the Zevia Cream Soda.

Cream soda was my dad’s favorite. I started bringing it on tour with me when I was driving and channeling my dad. I know this may sound weird, but I take great comfort in feeling my dad’s presence with me when I am out on the road touring/driving alone. Every time I have a Zevia cream soda and/or hear LeRoy Brown on the radio I know my dad is with me watching over me.

When I was building out the van I needed more money than originally expected for the build out. I was off by a ton and really stressing out about how I was going to get the BAM van done and me back on the road serving. One day I get an email from Robert introducing me to his team and asking how they can help. Next thing I know Zevia wired funds for the van build out washing away great stress and worry getting me back on tour by April. NO WORDS. GRATEFUL.

When I think of Zevia I get all warm and fuzzy. My dad riding with me on tour and the BAM van would not have been completed so quickly without Zevia. Not only do I love their root beer and cream soda but we make the Turmeric Tonic in the cooking classes and everyone gives them a huge thumbs up. You can find Zevia everywhere. BAM.

CLICK HERE FOR ZEVIA

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PINNERTEST:

Food sensitivity is a huge indicator of bio-hacking for gut health and optimization. I am a huge fan and wish I knew about Pinnertest sooner. For years I wanted to test my food sensitivity and quite honestly could not see how to afford it and then on top the need to pay someone to read it to me because it did not make any sense.

Then comes Pinnertest who not only delivers the simplest form ever to read, but also has an easy payment plan. BAM. BAM. BAM.

I never had to leave my house. It was the easiest test I have ever done and took like 5 minutes from start to finish. No words to describe how spectacular this is and informative information. I plan to redo my Pinnertest every year to see how my gut is healing and potentially creating the space for more foods. I am proud to be able to see how my gut continues to heal with Pinnertest by my side. Not going to lie I think this makes an excellent holiday gift to anyone who you think has food sensitivity. Knowledge is power and Pinnertest delivers on all fronts. BAM.

CODE: PALEOBOSSLADY SAVES $60 AT CHECKOUT

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ALITURA:

I was walking down the isle at PaleoFX and by a booth that was on the diagonal from the BAM van which was on the show floor for people to check out. The man behind the very crowded booth stopped me and introduced himself to me sharing he had read my website the night before and was impressed with my work. I was totally taken back by this and humbled beyond words. The man was the founder of Alitura Naturals and a great guy, Andy Hnilo.

Andy and I started talking and learned he too had a life threatening incident that lead him to a passion driven life. Now the founder of a Alitura Naturals: a skin care company built on quality and craftsmanship of products with extreme attention to detail. Andy shared with me his enthusiasm and the commitment he has about bringing the best, high quality skin care line for both men and women. That is one of the things I love about this line is that it is sought after by both men and women.

Andy hooked me up with some samples back in April and I have been a huge fan ever since. I get compliments on my skin almost daily. Many cannot believe my age and ask me what I do for such amazing skin. I do very little beyond washing and caring for my skin using Alitura Naturals. I call it the skin care with guts. No matter what product you use someone notices. From compliments on how pretty my skin is to how wonderful I smell my answer is always the same: Alitura Naturals.

CODE: PALEOBOSS SAVES 20%

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PIQUE TEA

I first met Pique Tea last December. I was fortunate enough to spend time talking to the founder Simon Cheng whose story blew me away. He personally found his way to tea during his own healing journey. Having walked away from the finance world looking for a more purpose driven calling Simone started studying medicinal breath-work. His studies brought him to monks where he learned a lot about medicinal breath-work, meditating and discovered the role tea plays in overall health & wellness. Simon learned and created a tea company in the spirit of those before him who treasure it’s healing properties and teas’ ability to support your best life.

Pique tea crystals are easy for me personally to drink. Simply grab and go are how I role with Pique Tea. So simple and yet Pique Tea’s line offers huge benefits to any wellness program with little to no effort. You can have Pique Tea hot or cold which I love best. I love my tea temperatures to change like the seasons and Pique makes it easy offering both versions of many of your favorites. I recently did a bone broth fast that was supported by Pique fasting ginger tea which I love. It really helped me keep my fluids up and my energy high. Noted a huge difference with my fast with Pique added into the fasting. So much that I don’t think I will ever fast without Pique Tea again. Isn’t it time you tried Pique? Their website filled with tons of amazing information and recipes that will blow you away friends. I love Pique Tea.

2 FREE CARTONS USING THIS LINK

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NUTRIGOLD

Meeting the team at NutriGold has been a life changing event for me personally and professionally. I first heard about them at ShiftCon which is an eco-conscious bloggers conference. I was attending a talk on supplements and quickly learned that I knew nothing about how to know if I was buying whole food based supplements or marketing based. Seemed every slide they showed of companies run by Mad Men were the ones in my stash.

Yes they all said whole foods on the package. I had no idea there is little to no regulation on supplements in the USA. Not surprised and was kind of mad at myself for not knowing this. I quickly got over that and decided it was time to up my game.

In walks NutriGold. This company inspires me from the owners down to every single employee. They have a corporate culture that jazzes my soul and a product line that is so transparent the number of 3rd party tests alone will blow your mind. I literally love reading the NutriGold labels because they are real food based. Ingredient lists that have food listed are what you get from NutriGold. Their products are certified free of almost everything you can imagine. It is simply mind blowing how many products on the market have synthetic vitamins and are loaded with sugar and gluten. Even what I was getting from my Naturopath had sugar. Everyday I am thankful for the NutriGold standard for keeping my body running like a well oiled machine. This discount code link makes all purchases cheaper here than Amazon friends. Don’t miss out.

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THE DATE LADY

It was Halloween 2015 when I was introduced to The Date Lady. I received a gift from a handful of vendors and the Date Lady syrup was in the gift basket. I almost died. BAM is all I can say.

Following me you know I am a sugar addict. I love me some sweet, but tend to overdue the honey and maple syrup on the daily. The glycemic index for dates is less than both and adds to my harms reduction approach to my addiction. The Date Lady syrup works well in all recipes when added as a sugar replacement. It is now included in all of my cooking classes and the crowds LOVE the taste of all the items we make using the Date Lady.

Can we talk dates? The Date Lady dates are like delicious caramels and melt in your mouth. I have never had such soft creamy dates in my life. I thought all dates were hard and chewy. Not anymore! I simply cannot believe I am eating a date when I have them from The Date Lady. Add this to any meal time and everyone will feel special. The Date Lady change the date game beyond words. You need to taste these candy’s from earth. Nothing added just pure goodness. Great for holiday baking friends. Start creating delicious healthy versions of your favorites with The Date Lady.

Don’t even get me started on the Chocolate and Caramel spreads. You all need to try these. They will simply blow your mind. BAM.

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The tour would not be happening without the kind support of all of my vendors. Each and every one continue to help monthly with donations for gas, Gidget and so much more. Without their generosity this tour would not happen.

Many are small family owned businesses and I hope you will make the effort to add their products into your bag of tricks while supporting small business at the same time. Even the few vendors who have merged with larger companies still employee the original team members which for me is a huge win.

Personally my miracle life happens because of each of these companies. I am humbled to have their support. BAM for all of us.

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Vendors I Love & Coupon Codes - Part I

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Vendors I Love & Coupon Codes - Part I

I wake up with every day with joy in my heart and certain I am living my purpose of being by serving the community as part of the award winning “Taking it to the Streets Tour.” I fail to have words to describe how full my life is and how much I know this is why I was put on this energy space. My miracle life is free of possessions, consumerism, no longer dictated by societal and cultural norms while filled with community, empathy, acceptance and a tour that has no judgment of others as I continue to kick Multiple Sclerosis to the curb all day because of all of this. Consciousness of being created the space for all I have and I am grateful as fuck.

  • I am certain my work helps many by breaking down barriers to entry in living a conscious life.

  • I am certain my work has been a lifeline for several in the community I serve.

  • I am certain I am living my bliss.

No matter what I never walk alone. Each mile of the tour fueled by vendors and generous donations from the community which makes this a community-powered tour. I am merely the vessel delivering the work of an entire community.

All vendors on the tour have products that are essential to my miracle life and important tools in the famous “Bag of Tricks.” In this blog I would like to share with you the ‘why’ of each company’s role in my journey and how our love affair began.

I am proud to be an ambassador for every one of these companies & can't wait to share exactly how we feel in love.

Great news is many are offering DISCOUNT CODES for anyone interested in trying their stuff. Read on to find the codes and begin filling your ‘Bag of Tricks’ with these wellness tools. So much goodness in the blog post I am giddy. I have the greatest support team EVER!

Ready. Set. Go. TEAM

Elixinol:

The BAM van sponsored by Elixinol.

Elixinol is the lead sponsor of the tour and the BAM van. I have no words for how much they bring to my wellness program and the work I do. This tour would not be a reality if not for their generous support. Elixinol is a hero in this journey and their products have people approaching me all over America sharing the PROFOUND effect CBD has had on their lives. I am humbled to be an ambassador for Elixinol and blessed to work side by side with this amazing team of indivdual's. Truly an honor. How we meet - A friend who has been in the natural food business for over 30 years and knows her stuff introduced me to Elixinol. While staying at her home she offered me the Elixinol x-pen and gave it to me to try. After 5 weeks of using Elixinol CBD I noticed large changes in my body and knew CBD was a great addition to my ‘Bag of Tricks.’  Neck nerve pain, sleep and anxiety are a few of the benefits of using CBD not to mention its role at the cellular level to maintain homeostasis which with my hyper MS immune system is way welcome. No side effects and so many different delivery systems make Elixinol CBD one of the best additions to my wellness program in many years. My good friends at Elixinol have a great website full of information to help educate each of us. If you can't find your answer from me or the Elixinol site no worries you can contact Elixinol's doctor for an answer...FREE. BAM. BAM. BAM.

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Suja Juice:     

Big shout out to Suja for being one of the very first companies to join the tour back in 2016! I met Suja with The Food Babe at an event in Venice Beach and shared my love of their product and my tour. They agreed to join that night and have been HUGE supports since the very day. Without hesitation Suja’s products have been what the experience of having them on tour is like. They are dependable, accessible, transparent and game changers. The line includes kombucha, pressed juice, drinking vinegar and probiotic waters. Each one fills a huge need in my wellness program and most for gut health. Pressed juice helps when I am unable to get all my veggies in through food and you know my mitochondria need it always. You can imagine how beneficial this is for me when touring. I am so grateful for Suja products every time I have them which happens several times a week. I am also excited about how easy it is to change the narrative around sugary fruit juices for many families because kids LOVE Suja! Thank you Suja for being YOU!

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RX Bar

I loved my RX Bars melted after sitting on the BAM van dashboard for a few hours. They are the best slightly warm and melted. I have a strong addiction to the packaging, no BS marketing and any of their flavors that include chocolate. This line of bars hits me seasonally with pumpkin and gingerbread that jazz my soul. I love my RX bar as a meal or snack. RX bars are also sold all over America. Almost every gas station, 7-eleven and/or grocery stores everywhere have RX bars making them a huge tool in my bag that are very accessible. Being thankful for RX bars would be an understatement. My heart is full working with this amazing team. Everyone loves an RX bar and their kids line rules too! Did I mention nut butters too? BAM every time you open your eyes with RX Bar.

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Epic:

I remember the 1st time I had an Epic Bar it was at PaleoFX. I had no idea what to think about a bar that was lamb and mint. I tasted my first bite and immediately was shocked how much I liked it. This began my love affair with Epic. Over the last few years Epic has grown the line to be one of my all time favorites. They now have my beloved bone broth; which has joined every fast I have done to date offering flavors to satisfy every palate. In addition the pork rinds are to die for with the maple bacon bags I literally eat the entire thing. Zero self-control.  Their cooking fats are amaze balls too. When touring the snack strips are a major asset and often my go-to snack. I love how Epic has grown and you can find them at almost every grocery store and co-op in America making the readily accessible to everyone. I am 100% an Epic girl.

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Further Food:

I remember it like it was yesterday I got an email from a Further Food stating they loved the work I was doing and interested in donating all the profits from ‘Giving Tuesday’ to the tour. I literally did not move for a few minutes and keep re-reading this email. What? How? It is true the fine ladies at Further Food made a very generous donation to the tour last year that meant the world to my mission. The product line and work of Further Food are so aligned with the message of PaleoBOSS Lady having them on tour and in my ‘Bag of Tricks’ a no-brainer. Collagen a huge part of my gut healing health and Turmeric keeping inflammation down are in my Top 10 tools. Humbled for their believe in the tour. Honored to have them on tour every day.

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Paleo Treats:

A few years ago I attended my 1st Expo West, which is the largest natural food show in the world.  A few days after the start of Expo West my good friends at Paleo Treats released this video and I knew from this moment on I loved them more than most. Their treats have already rocked my world and the video sent me over the edge. I love a good rebel yell! Winners of the Federal Express small business award and owners of the internationally famous mascot Rocky, Paleo Treats never disappoints and having them on tour a huge BAM for me and everyone. Paleo Treats makes feeling deprived a thing of the past.  I am a HUGE fan of the Rocket Paleo Treat and may or may have had more than one in a day. Love me some Paleo Treat & the entire company culture. Can you say YUM.

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Nutpods:

PaleoFX a few years back and I had my 1st Nutpod. Instantly the love affair began and continues to this day. This company warms my heart daily. They pay for all of Gidgets food each month and have for years. It was their idea after Gidget and I were the 1st visitor at the Nutpods office. For those that don’t know I live for my morning cup of coffee. I literally have been known to rush to bed so I can wake up for my coffee. Nutpods is a huge part of why. Their products offer me so much variety each morning and have grown to be used in my kitchen to thicken soups and even are added to cookie batter. Nutpods always enhancing any recipe I add them too makes them versatile beyond belief. This versatile product is a huge game changer and win in my life. Thankful that every morning Nutpods starts my day with a BAM. Gidget and her mommy adore you Nutpods. Thank you Nutpods for changing the narrative around chemical sugar filled coffee creamers. Thank you Nutpods for believing in me since the day we meet. Love you so much.

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Sauna Space:

When Multiple Sclerosis (MS) became debilitating it was due to my body overheating. I have struggled with body temperature regulation issues for over 30+ years. MS has plagued me with this so much that I moved from my home in the east coast to a better climate in Venice Beach, CA leaving everything I knew and loved to try and save myself from the effects of MS on my body. Even with of my healing I still have been dealing with this issue in the face of my miracle status. Last year I attended The Wahls Seminar and met the founder of Sauna Space who I shared I could not use sauna because my body does not do well with heat. He proceeded to educate me as only Brian can how he invented a single light panel just for people like me and believed it would help. I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. After only a short time using the single light ,3 times a day for 20 minutes, I noticed a dramatic change in my body temperature regulation issues. So much that I reached out to the Brian to share and he was thrilled! Today I live for my easy Sauna Space time and am proud to share it with everyone I meet on tour. This tool is a HUGE win for me in my ‘Bag of Tricks” and the only treatment for my body temperature regulation issue that caused my disability from MS. Thank you Sauna Space for being a real BAM in my life. I love you all so much.

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Paleo Magazine:

I have been a fan of Paleo Magazine for years and have to admit each year I fall in love deeper and deeper. The content always informs my best life which is a huge BAM for me. From recipes to in-depth articles and their amazing podcast I am a fan times a million. Not only are the staff and writers at Paleo Magazine huge advocates for all things Paleo, Primal and Keto they are informed, knowledgeable and all about consciousness of living, which rocks my world. Honored and humbled to be named Paleo Ambassador for 2018. Paleo Magazine informs our Paleo life and challenges each of us to continue to up the volume on life and living. I am so in love and proud to share this magazine with all the homes I visit on tour.  I am also grateful to have had the support of Paleo Magazine since day one of touring. Paleo Magazine you rock my world and inspire me to continue to break down barriers and serve.

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STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 OF THIS POST COMING NEXT NEWSLETTER WITH MORE AMAZING VENDORS & WAYS TO SAVE. BAM.

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Disclaimer: I do not do affiliate relationships in the traditional sense which means I don’t make money off of the sale of products to you.  I am an ambassador for these companies and believe in each and every one. Each company supports my personal wellness program. In addition each vendor pays for one tank of gas a month and a car wash supporting the tour. Some vendors have chosen to have a bigger role especially during the BAM van build out. In addition vendors send product to homes I visit at their expense so folks can try what I love, which is a huge win for everyone. For larger products like Sauna Space I am given a generous discount code to share with others. This is my relationship with all the vendors I am sharing.

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My Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Healing Journey

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My Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Healing Journey

  • I never knew I had PTSD.
  • I never realized my Daddy’s violent outbursts were from his PTSD as a WWII hero.
  • I never realized how much PTSD had negative impacts on my health.
  • I never realized my PTSD comfort came from food.

PTSD: A mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event.

My mom was a prescription pill drug addict my entire life. She had moments of sobriety, but they were brief and often ended with large increases in her addiction. By the time I was in high school she was addicted to drugs, alcohol and gambling. She also was anorexic and vomited almost everyday.

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My dad was a WWII hero who was drafted on his 18th birthday. He was shipped overseas and served in active combat during the war. Awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery he suffered from server PTSD and often yelled, screamed and got physical with my sisters and mother.

I was never hit which is another blog topic.

I do remember the one time when dad strangled my oldest sister so hard around her neck it looked like she had a string of hickeys. The vision is as clear as day. My older sister was putting something in the oven and said something to my dad, which set off him lunging & grabbing her by the neck in a fit of rage.  He was literally strangling her and had to be pried off to get him to stop. I thought my sister was going to die from strangulation by my dad.

I always felt bad for both of my parents. They were great people simply victims of their upbringing.

  • No one recognized PTSD in the healthcare world during my childhood.
  • No one knew my dad was suffering from something he could not control.
  • No one knew what is was like for my dad to watch men be killed on the daily and what fearing for your life when others are shooting at you everyday is like.

My mom became an addict at the hands of doctors. She lost both her father and a foster sister within years of each other. Both tragic endings for two people my mom loved who also had hard lives making their untimely death an even harder pill to swallow. Doctors gave my mom opiates.

Her life of addiction began at the hands of those she trusted. Her doctors.

I remember when Michael Jackson (MJ) died and they released the drugs in his system it took me right back to my childhood. I knew all those drugs. My mom loved them all. She also had doctors she could manipulate like MJ to get whatever drugs she wanted. It was a sad, horrible existence that eventually took her life at the age of 55 due to liver and pancreatic cancer.

  • I used food for comfort most of my life. 
  • Feeling terrified started when I was born and ended at the age of 50.

Recently I helped a family in need and there was a sibling late night argument that included screaming and yelling. It was before the BAM van and I was staying in their home. This triggered so many PTSD symptoms I could not believe it. Here I thought I had solved my PTSD issues along with my miracle status and yet this trigger sent me way back. It was eye opening. I immediately had to open my "Bag of Tricks" to get started using all of my wellness tools to stop PTSD from triggering a negative unhealthy chain of events.

How do you heal from PTSD? Do you heal from PTSD?

The first step is realizing you have it. I did not know until I was in my 2nd marriage. when a therapist told me. My husband suffered from bio-polar disorder and had severe paranoia. It triggered and enhanced my PTSD.  I was traumatized almost daily by his words yelling and screaming about things that were in his mind only. I could see the changes on his face long before he expressed knowing I was in trouble for something I never even did. I lived in fear and he had many guns in our home and was an expert shooter which scared me even more.

Mental illness is hard no matter what side of the equation you are on, the victim or the one suffering.

I was seeing a wonderful therapist twice weekly and learning so much when I learned about PTSD. MS was winning at every turn and I was about 50 pounds over weight at this time. I could barely move my body and my marriage was a huge challenge with not much hope insight. My husbands bipolar was becoming increasingly hard to live with and my PTSD was at an all time high.

When my therapist mentioned PTSD to me and it was a HUGE blessing.

Realizing that a life filled with trauma came with a whole host of unhealthy outcomes literally gave me a path to healing. One time when my mom was in a rehabilitation center she paid for our family to have a weekend retreat to heal. One of the doctors told me that I will know when I have healed from the trauma of my childhood when weight is no longer an issue. Even he knew I had PTSD, but never really came out and told me.

Not going to lie I was pissed at the doctor when he said this. Only because I did not understand what he was really saying.

Food is my comfort and eating is how I self soothe. Many sucked their thumb I turned to food. The idea that PTSD was a driving force in many of my choices opened up an entire healing journey for me. It not only gave me insight into my actions, but more importantly it helped me to forgive both of my parents. This happened while they were both alive for which I am most grateful.

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Most treatments today for PTSD are prescription medications. I am not anti-drug, but I have not used this route for healing. Instead I took a more holistic approach.

My TOP 5 Healing Approaches to PTSD:

1.     Therapy – I love a good therapy session. Throw narrative therapy into the mix and I am one happy camper. I believe my therapists over the last 20 years helped pave the way for healing coupled with my hard work.

2.     Community – You know me and how much community is the ground on which I stand. Being able to talk with others who had similar experiences or simply a listening ear cannot be measured in value. Priceless.   

3.     Gut Health – Healing my gut diminished my anxiety attacks almost immediately. I went from the girl who lived on Xanax to no anxiety at all.

4.     Yoga – No words to describe the healing powers of yoga. There are so many direct links to the power of yoga in my life and managing PTSD is one of them.

5.     Meditation – Free and accessible meditation is key to helping quiet the mind to help decrease stress and deliver calm.

PTSD is treatable with conscious effort and actions. I am grateful today that I recognize triggers and have tools to help me. I am sad my parents did not get the help they needed simply because they suffered in silence.

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The American Dream is a Fu*king Lie

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The American Dream is a Fu*king Lie

The American Dream as I know it is that the person with the most money & expensive possessions wins. Why else do we have 3+ car garages that are filled with stuff and our cars parked in the driveway because there is no room? In addition stores like Costco so we can have tons of everything in mass quantity. 

Once again I call bullshit on the fucking American Dream.

I lived the consumer driven American Dream. Was raised in a working class family where we had a nice life, but tons of struggles financially. My mom was an alcohol and drug addict. By the time I was 30 I had earned my 1st million dollars and at 35 was worth several million wearing 10+ carets of diamonds with a diamond studded Presidential Gold Rolex. I had live in help, my kid in the finest school in the state, only designer clothes while traveling at least monthly & only first class 4+ star hotels. Rags to riches baby and living the dream right?

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I was miserable and my body self destructing at every turn as my financial worth & possessions grew.

Once you have money and possessions the world becomes a much different place and I don't mean easier. Tons of folks simply worry about not having money and most struggle to have genuine relationships with others.

Money changes quite honestly everything and not having to worry is not one of the things.

It is funny how for me personally money changed my thinking. Made me less genuine and much more materialistic. It got to the point where our household monthly financial burn was over $25,000. If we wanted it we bought it. If we thought it we did it. Literally for most of my adult life I was living the dream.

The larger my ability to be a consumer grew the sicker my body got.

I thought achieving the American Dream would be the ticket to happiness. Instead it was the ticket to paranoia, superficial relationships and having way too much stuff. I was buried under possessions I hardly used. Shit, I had a craft room which only at Christmas time did I ever step foot in this room. Yet it was outfitted with everything you neededd to make any type of craft any day of the week and yet I used it with my daughter for the Christmas holiday only.

What the fuck.

Many American families have more cars than drivers in a household. I was one of them. We had a 4 wheel drive, sports car, family car and date night car. We were not alone in our neighborhood everyone had the same. Every house needs more cars than drivers in 2018 it seems. I see this all over America as I tour so it must be true.

What the fuck.

When I grew up we had 2 cars with 5 drivers and one was a company car that only my Daddy could drive. So literally we had one car for 4 drivers and somehow it worked just fine.

What happens with the consumer driven American Dream is that it only benefits the companies whose stuff we buy. It does nothing to help us be happy, healthy and secure and in fact it does the complete opposite.

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You see when you have tons of stuff it keeps you in the cycle of having to work hard always to pay for this stuff.

I remember when I was running big tech companies I would encourage staff to buy expensive cars with their bonus checks because I knew if they accumulated debt they would continue to work hard to pay for their expensive possessions. This was taught to me by the CEO and President of a company I worked for and encouraged by the board of directors at our yearly planning meetings. They would tell me to keep encouraging the sales staff to spend on big ticket items so they work hard to hit their bonuses each year. Bonuses they now need to live their expensive lives filled with possessions.

Not going to lie I often feel sad about this part of my life and my actions.

The real truth is that this is what America is built upon - 100% consumerism. Simply look at credit card company growth and their marketing tactics. Somehow these companies have us believing that using a credit card is the way to "free" airline tickets and we all buy into this fucking lie which is the greatest marketing scam there is. Put money on a credit card to get points for a FREE airline ticket. There is nothing FREE about these tickets and yet we ALL buy into this fucked up marketing scam saying "I got my ticket free with miles."

Once again I call bullshit.

Today I live in a van with minimal possessions at the American standard of poverty. I am also potentially the most healed from Multiple Sclerosis using ONLY diet and lifestyle in the world. I am living an American Dream. The one that no one talks about. It is actually a life dreams are made of.

A life lead by purpose, fueled by community & nourished by Mother Nature.

Today I live my life with hardly any stress. I am a minimalist who has more than enough. I see nature as a place I need to be daily. I move my body freely and without pain by offering it daily meditation, mindfulness, conscious movement and have applied the art of bio-hacking to my foods and most of my life. I serve others and have true friends all over the world. None of this involves consumer driven anything. Zero. Nada.

This was not possible when I was living a consumer possession driven life because that life keeps score. When you live a life of purpose there is no score keeping because you are driven by ideal's and not stuff.

The person with the most stuff actually does not win. Sad to be the party pooper.

Winning is living your dream and if your dream happens to net you financial freedom it is what you do with this freedom that defines you. Do you buy more shit or do you use it to drive an outcome that fuels goodness and not a 3 car garage filled with shit from Costco so you have to park in the driveway.

  • Possessions do not deliver joy.

  • Possessions do not deliver health.

  • Possessions do not deliver purpose.

  • Possessions do not deliver true friends.

  • Possessions do not deliver best life living.

For those suffering from anything, physical or mental issues please know that the consumer driven American Dream stands in the way of your healing. It does nothing to help you tap your BAM. I know because I lived it.

Defining YOU and YOUR best self does and this has nothing to do with consumerism.

I wake up with joy in my heart and excitement for every day. Do you?

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Harms Reduction for a Sugar Addiction

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Harms Reduction for a Sugar Addiction

It is so funny that I constantly have 'brick hits forehead moments' regarding my food journey. I remember after two years of eating consciously I finally thought to look at my dogs food. Took me two fucking years and the brick really hit hard on this one.

Why so long I often wonder?

Recently I had the same type of moment regarding my approach to the famous sugar addiction. As many of you know sugar is my drug of choice. It has been years since I have had refined sugar in my diet, but not natural sugar.

I am still addicted to sugar.

Each year of my healing journey I have made small strides in overcoming my addiction. From consumption to psyche I have been proud of the progress even though baby steps. Slow and steady is the constant mantra in my miracle life especially when dealing with things  I am truly addicted too.

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Both Cigarettes and Sugar have been a true harms reduction approach.

I used to eat a pound of honey a week the first year I gave up refined sugar. I had not control and did care to change it. I knew I was going through hard core withdraws and decided harms reduction was the only way I was going to quit my sugar addiction.

Honey is less harmful than refined sugar in large quantities.

Examples of common harms reduction techniques are nicotine patches and methadone. Both used to help decrease the effects of addiction offering a less harmful approach using a taper method. This approach geared toward helping both the body and mind adjust at a slower rate than the all or nothing approach.

My addiction so strong I need the taper if I want to overcome. I learned this early on in my journey and have never been ashamed of it.

Not going to lie it is still hard. It is hard being an addict of anything. Sugar truly has shown to have a strong hold on my body & mind. The cycle is vicious and each year I believe I get closer and closer to the end of this addiction and hope within the next few years to be done with it.

I have struggled from time to time with the societal norms associated with overcoming addiction. These types of thoughts produce nothing good and have also been a part of this healing journey. Whenever I find myself saying things like "Why is it taking so long?" and "You are still having way too much fruit" I check myself.

Too much fruit is progress.

The last step in my journey to quit smoking came from the help of a talented Hypnotherapist. On my birthday this year she happened to call me sharing she was staring to consider Paleo and looking for resources. Sasha also shared in her work she noticed just like cigarettes many have a sugar addiction. Believe it or not she developed a method to overcome this addictive behavior and was releasing it this year. BAM. BAM. BAM.

Thank you life for once again for always providing. I am pretty sure hypnosis will be my last step in the sugar addiction journey and for now I continue to mentally prepare myself and work toward lowing my intake with healthy, baby steps.

My Harms Reduction Sugar Addiction Timeline;

  • 2012: Stop all refined sugar replace with honey, dates, maple syrup
  • 2013: Start doing Whole 30 challenges for a total of 2 challenges completed.
  • 2014: Continue with Whole 30 challenges for a total of 5 challenges completed.
  • 2015: Focus on Ketogenic approaches and begin fasting 12 hours
  • 2016: Start doing Whole Life Challenges for 8 weeks for a total of 3 challenges. Begin juice fasts and longer fast times. Start only eating seasonal fruits.
  • 2017: Give up maple syrup and honey items except for special occasions or recipe testing. Start 3 day bone broth fasts and 16 hour daily fasting/ 3~5 days weekly. Limit banana, apple and pears.
  • 2018: Increase 18 hour fasting, add more 3 day bone broth fasts, increase berries and decrease melons, mango's and figs.
  • 2019: TBC...

This my friends are my harms reduction steps regarding sugar. I learned by year 2014 that my addiction was strong and I was unable to maintain zero sugar after challenges. Any type of sugars triggered almost bulimic tendencies. After many failed attempts at stopping long term I realized I was truly an addict and needed to start a path of harms reduction.

I will update you all on my journey toward hypnosis and in the meantime hope a harms reduction  approach might inspire your journey with food.

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BAM.

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Chocolate Chip Donuts with Icing

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Chocolate Chip Donuts with Icing

I cannot take credit for this recipe although I added a few things. The recipe for donuts can be found here and it is from my good friend at Back Porch Paleo.

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I simply added sugar free dark chocolate chips to the mix by adding them to a the sandwich bag I used to squeeze the batter into the donut maker.

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The icing is melted coconut oil with 1/4 cup of the chips melted. I simply dipped the donuts into the icing and let them rest on the cookie tray. I prefer to make some with icing and without.

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Healing is Not Just For Me

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Healing is Not Just For Me

One of the things I know for certain is that we all have the right to heal our bodies. That does not mean everyone is going to heal from everything, but it does mean we all have the same options before us regarding consciousness.

Now clearly if your body is filled with a deadly invasion this is an entire new level and I have no insight. If you live with allergies, constipation, disease or any condition we each have the same choices before us.

Healing comes from consciousness.

Once I realized the role I had in sickness and health beyond going to the doctor and taking drugs I made healing available to me. I had to own me. Every thought and interaction. 100%.

The autopilot of life had to stop and once that does ownership came right along with it. I remember being in the temple at Burning Man and realizing for the very 1st time I had a role in my health beyond being a good patient.

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What a fucking concept.

Not once did anyone tell me I had a role in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) beyond preparing myself for life with a progressive often cruel disease. I was lead to believe I was now simply a victim in waiting regarding life with MS. We simply were told to hope for the best and pray.

For decades I hoped for the fucking best.

I did every damn thing the doctors told me. I spent money and traveled far to see 'the best' in everything MS and all this did was create space for MS to continue to be in control .

Everything I did was in response to MS.

Western medicine is a response only healthcare. You have a problem they will fix it and most often with drugs to simply get rid of the symptom. You have heartburn after eating pizza simply take a pill to make it go away.

Western medicine does nothing to understand the way of healthcare.

My miracle status is because I answered and continue to answer every why. Every day.

  • Healing did not happen in a finite period of time.
  • Healing did not happen because I simply changed my diet.
  • Healing did not happen because I love to work out.
  • Healing did not happen because I fell in love with me.

I know this surprises you. All of those things are the steps that lead to the miracle known as PalreoBOSS Lady.

Knowing my why is why I am in this miracle journey. Knowing MY WHY outside of societal and cultural norms lead me to the healing steps I share above.

Healing is not only for V. It is for anyone who is willing to truly wake up & know their WHY!

Western medicine does not care about the why. Instead they care about keeping the body free of symptoms using drug therapy.

I am a miracle because I know my why. Do you know your why?

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Disease Does Not Define You

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Disease Does Not Define You

This lesson was one of the hardest for me to learn and I actually did not even know I had to learn it. Literally for years I always referred to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as "My MS." I hear so many who still do this and it reminds me how far I have come.

Using the words 'my MS' creates a level of ownership through language that does not create the space for miracle status. In fact it does just the opposite and sets you up for failure. I know it did me and by the age of 37 I was declared legally disabled and unable to earn sustainable income.

Learning how words and thoughts defined my life with MS was a huge lesson I learned in my late 40"s and it has produced great outcomes. Thinking about language in this way created for me the first ever truly objective space for healing by removing the word "my" from MS. Finally I was able to see MS separate from myself.

When someone is talking about issues of addiction to say "I am an addict" brings with it huge societal and cultural norms that are not always easy to own. The simply phrase "I am an addict" brings all kinds of negative thoughts just by using language in this way. Now if you would please Imagine for a minute saying "I struggle with addiction" instead there are almost no negatives and it is also outside of your person.

See how the simple change of language offers less 'baggage' and now can be viewed objectively and outside of one self?

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It is not 'my MS' instead I struggle with MS. MS is one part of my person and it is not who I am. These are just a few of the lessons recognizing the role language plays have brought to my life. Literally set the beginning stages of MS no longer defining me.

For years no matter what it was some how MS took front seat to every event or occasion. When I was invited anywhere my first thought would be how is MS going to handle this. So strong were these thoughts that I failed to remember the reason there was an event. My life was MS absorbed, paranoid, fearful and getting smaller by the minute.

Being invited to a wedding, graduation or even a birthday party always came with way too many thoughts about how MS was going to handle this. So many that it often made going out and engaging in life pretty impossible. This extreme response was felt by friends and family and began to limit the number of invites we were receiving. Little by little MS was taking control of everything by defining who I was.

An invitation would start the checklist of anxiety with thoughts like:

  • Will there be stairs?
  • Do they have air conditioning?
  • How far is the bathroom from the main room?
  • Will they have a buffet or sit down meal?
  • Do I need to hold a plate?
  • Will it be outside?
  • How will I wall walk if it is outside?
  • Will they have a tent for shade?
  • Will there be chairs for me to sit or will we be standing?
  • Is parking close?
  • Is the driveway flat or slanted?

I would be so wrapped up in thinking of all the hurdles MS offered that I could not see things like:

  • I didn't get out much how grateful I was for events where I can see many at one time.
  • The reason for the gathering and/or celebration.
  • Gratitude to be included as many invitations stop coming when you live with chronic disease.
  • The joy you get from having a night with friends and family.
  • That life was meant for living and my disease was making my world a life of fear driven realities

I am not saying that ignoring things that support your well being when an invitation comes is the alternative. I am saying that disease is only one part of our life equation and for many of us it can grow to be the only a part which is never a good look.

When i had full time help my assistants mother had MS and it had her almost blind and 100% dependent and bedridden. Sitting in a wheel chair was even hard for her. She was awake and aware with trouble speaking most days.. This however did not stop her from going out to dinner with family and friends to their favorite Mexican place in Venice Beach. Quite often you could find her attending weddings and events. She even came to a fund raiser I did supporting MS.

Clearly MS was the 1st thing you knew about her simply because of how she looked & her wheelchair, but once you met her somehow MS was invisible. Her zest for life in spite of MS was contagious and did not defined her.

How is this possible?

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Stop focusing on what you can't do and always start with what you can do.

I could not be in heat or cold for many years. It would bring on crippling outcomes and for years I would worry about temperature issues. This limited my ability to say yes to invitations because I was afraid to risk it. Sadly there are ways to deal with this and somehow I could not see them.

  • I could attend events at optimal times for temperature management.
  • I could wear a cooling vest or neck wrap.
  • I could dress in a way to support my body temperature issues rather than for the occasion.
  • I could go to my car and heat up or cool down if I needed.
  • I could rest up all week for the chance to engage with community.

I know that I have control over how my body responded to MS based on my choices. These choices were not limited to how I moved, ate or slept although a huge part of the equation. Instead they where choices made in how I thought about those things and most things in my life. When all of my acts were focused on MS I stopped living and being V. Once I began focusing on loving myself and honoring a life with MS I was able to have living define who I was and not MS. BAM.

  • I don't do yoga because I have MS. I do yoga because my body loves it.
  • I don't eat healthy because I have MS. I eat healthy to fuel my body for another day.
  • I don't not hula hoop because I have MS and need cardio. I hula hoop because it is fun and helps on long drive days.

Language creates the lens.

Listen to how you speak to yourself and the steps you take to deal with chronic disease. If a step is identified because you have 'blank' begin to think about ways you can change the phrase to create a space for living.

Disease does not define you unless you chose this for yourself.

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Eli's Date Drop Cookies

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Eli's Date Drop Cookies

As many of you know while the BAM van was being built out I lived with my daughter and her boyfriend for a few months. God bless them both for this. I know how much of a sacrifice it was to have me and Gidget.

Not only that, but I learned Eli is quite the baker.

While living with them I introduced Eli to Otto's Cassava Flour  & Nutpods and the next thing I knew I was waking up to delicious cookies.

Eli made the most incredible recipe for what I consider to be a breakfast cookie and I am proud to share it with you because they are tasty beyond words. This recipe does have dairy using grass-fed butter.

When I left on tour he packed me several and I savored every bite. Officially I have the recipe and an oven in the van. I see these in my future and hope you will too!

Eli's Date Drop Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of Otto's Cassava Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Organic Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground organic cloves
  • 2 sticks of grass-fed butter
  • 1.5 cups of Nutiva Coconut Sugar
  • 3 large pasture raised eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 2 tablespoon Nutpods origianl
  • 2 cups of organic chopped dates
  • 1 cup organic chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chopped chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Have butter and eggs at room temperature.
  • Mix wet ingredients and fold in flour and dry ingredients one at a time. (Eli does this by hand the entire process) mixing well.
  • Add nuts, dates and chips mixing together.
  • Place about 3/4 tablespoon of batter on tray and bake for about 12 -15 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

 

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