Viewing entries tagged
paleo

Chocolate Chunk Chia Pudding: Sugar & Dairy Free

2 Comments

Chocolate Chunk Chia Pudding: Sugar & Dairy Free

IMG_9957.jpg

By: V Capaldi As Chef V for Cozymeal it has come to my attention that my Chia Pudding is a huge hit!  Class after class loves this super nutrient dessert that I had to take time to share the recipe.  Literally takes less than 15 minutes to make and is so delicious, elegant and good for you it blows my mind and it is my recipe. A real BAM!

IMG_9726
IMG_9726

Chocolate Chunk Chia Pudding w/ Whipped Cream & Date Drizzle

  • Diary & Sugar Free
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 6

Ingredients:

IMG_9956
IMG_9956

Directions:

  1. Take mason jar and add 1 can of coconut milk, water & vanilla. Using an immersion blender mix well.
  2. Next add Chia seeds mixing well using a spoon trying to remove any potential clumps.
  3. Once done mixing place lid on jar and dance around shaking the ingredients together. Why not? Don't be shy!
  4. Put remaining can of coconut milk in refrigerator & filled mason jar mixture for minimum of 4 hours.
  5. While you are waiting take chocolate bar and place in Cuisinart chopping to medium consistency. Different sizes of bite size pieces are the goal. Put aside when done.
  6. Right before serving take out can of chilled coconut milk removing the hard top layer. Place a little of the coconut water from can and to hardened coconut and using an immersion blender whip into a cream.
  7. When serving place chia pudding in bowl, sprinkle with cacao powder, top with 1 tablespoon of chocolate chunks, whipped cream and some date drizzle for a dessert you will have time & again.

Click here for more Chia Pudding recipes including Cinnamon Raisin & Pumpkin Spice FREE from my kitchen to yours. Enjoy!

2 Comments

A Sugar, Dairy & Gluten Free Treat: Apples Ahoy!

Comment

A Sugar, Dairy & Gluten Free Treat: Apples Ahoy!

apple-chocolate.jpg

By: V Capaldi I am doing my 1st Whole Life Challenge and loving it. 8 weeks of clean eating all in an effort to stop my addiction to honey.

Yes folks I have a honey addiction.

It used to be jars upon jars of honey. Now we have no longer maintained that level of addiction, but having honey in my diet often is not a good look for this body.

Yearly after the holiday honey feast I do a detox.  This year and probably next it is a Whole Life Challenge which means my lifestyle is clean and mean right now. However I still like to have an after dinner treat no matter how much I detox.

Here is my latest "go-to" treat that is sweet with nothing added beyond what mother nature puts in the fruit.

Simple and fun to make for the whole damn family. I like to set up a topping bar and let everyone have fun creating their favorite treats:

IMG_9529
IMG_9529

Apple Ahoy!

  • Serves 4
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Line tray with parchment paper.
  • Slice apples and set on trays.
  • Set up desired toppings in bowls.
  • Melt oil and chocolate together.
  • Drizzle melted mixture over apples adding desired toppings.
  • Place in refrigerator for minimum of 20 minutes and enjoy.

PaleoBOSS Lady has been honored to offer Whole Life Challenge original recipe and video content to up your volume. Click here to check out our work together.

new logo
new logo

Comment

Ecuador Done Right

2 Comments

Ecuador Done Right

IMG_7645-e1444487662485.jpg

By: V Capaldi It is hard to live in the world today and not be aware of the concerns over the farming of red palm oil. Thankfully Greenpeace and now Leonardo DiCaprio among many other groups have taken a strong stand regarding red palm farming practices that are destroying the rain forest in Africa and around the world. The companies that are doing this are not only destroying the forest they are doing the same with people's lives. These are companies who are driven by greed and nothing more with employee lawsuits for unpaid wages, poor working conditions, harassment and so much more. The further you scratch the service while looking into the horrific deforestation of the rain forest the more you understand it is the people who run the company that have had a mastermind idea of deforestation for a long time married to abusing the local people.

When I was asked to travel to Ecuador to see organic and sustainable red palm farming I was at first skeptical and excited.  The brand of PaleoBOSS Lady often hears from followers that coconut oil does not support their conscious living journey for one reason or another.  Knowing the healing properties in red palm I was excited to learn 1st hand how red palm was farmed and what it could mean to the community of PaleoBOSS Lady. On the other hand I was skeptical because of the history of red palm farming and its most publicized effects on the environment making this trip a must do if I wanted to learn 1st hand about organic, sustainable red palm production.

Little did I know what I was going to learn!

This BOSS Lady was honored to have been chosen to participate in this amazing and life changing trip. I was joined by some of the leaders in the field from the following companies: Nutiva, Boulder Brands, Cooking Light Magazine & Nourish Evolution which added an additional element of growth for me personally and professionally.

The 1st morning breakfast I remember looking around the room and thinking why am I here? Who are these people and what was my role? 

By lunch I knew the answer.

I was there as the representative of the community who truly uses food as medicine. A roll as PaleoBOSS Lady I take very seriously and one that I am honored Natural Habitats recognized. 

Who where those people?

A group of folks who have dedicated their lives to consciousness regarding food.  Each from a different lens yet encompassing almost the entire community who would benefit most from the power of palm done right. A group of individuals who collectively have shaped the organic food industry as we know it to date.

BAM!

Needless to say this gal worked hard to up her game and realized that I too am now expected to be shaping the industry by being a voice in the food as medicine revolution.

IMG_7634

From the moment of my arrival in Ecuador it was clear this was a proud country of people. They welcomed our group with open arms and I knew this trip was going to a life changing reality. Natural Habitats organized the trip to Ecuador for a hand picked group of influences to show us the beauty and power of red palm farming done right.  This trip included many stops visiting various farms that showed the culture known as Natural Habitats.

Traveling many long hours each day our group was taken to remote farms all over Ecuador to see all the various ways palm done right was happening in Ecuador.

Not going to lie the terrain we traveled was windy, remote and often a challenge for many of us on the trip.  Never have I witnessed so many grown ups car sick yet determined to see if palm could really be done right.

IMG_7581

The 1st farmer we visited set the tone for the trip with his 1st statement sharing that organic farming comes from the heart and not the wallet.

The farmers that represent Natural Habitats are an organic people not only organic farms. Their moral and conscious makeup is organic. They farm this way because of a personal moral code that goes deeper than a consumer driven desire to succeed.

All you have to do is read one article regarding companies destroying rain forests to note the difference in moral code.

There is also a plausible argument that no matter what the farming methods promoting red palm oil supports the demand which in turn will increase the deforestation.  An argument I have sat with a long time and one which certainly is valid on so many levels. Yet not an ideal solution.

To sink our heels into the ground and say, "No we will do nothing" will not create change. Especially if one believes food is medicine.

Red palm is medicine and to many. South America uses red palm like Italians use EVO. It is a cultural norm. Farming of red palm is an industry that gratefully is here to stay.

RPO

Red palm oil has healing properties that support our bodies in so many ways. This medium heat cooking oil offers an often described nutty flavor and adds a perfect compliment to meats & vegetables alike. The red color adds a slight tint to foods making the visual as pleasing as the taste.  The beautiful red color of the palm means it is loaded with beta-carotene and lycopene. Both of these have huge antioxidant properties making this combo an antioxidant powerhouse.  In addition red palm offers vitamin e for the added extra BAM!

Being a miracle was the 1st step and now it is time for me to be the ears and eyes for the community I represent.  I take this role very seriously and with certainty know that the work of Natural Habitats regarding the production of red palm oil feels like a walk back in time. Back to a time when companies where like what I remember as a kid in America from my grandparents and parents adult lives. Companies that supported family, a sense of home and the community. Natural Habitats gives from the soil to the sun and in between with a focus on marrying the community with the earth while enriching both at the same time.

Here are some great blog posts I did for my friends at Breaking Muscle all about my trip & the healing power of red palm.  Enjoy and 2016 is the year of #palmdoneright for this BOSS Lady!

Check out the amazing video sharing our trip done by the fine folks at Natural Habitats:

[embed]https://youtu.be/JOQKiwJwxW0[/embed]

Thinking today is a great day to subscribe to my blog if you have not already? Many new recipes coming using red palm to help add a little extra BAM to your kitchen...

#upYOURvolume

 

 

2 Comments

How to Create a Sacred Space in 3 Easy Steps

Comment

How to Create a Sacred Space in 3 Easy Steps

12509538_10154414543821686_7140832089443327545_n.jpg

By: V Capaldi I must admit that I find myself often getting mad at me when I realize how many times I take things I do for granted. I work so hard to share my life while being conscious and yet I still am not perfect. #damnit

One of the things I have somehow always had even as a young child was the awareness and ability to create and have a sacred space. As a kid I decorated my bedroom each month making it my personal retreat even though I shared the room with my sister. It was very clear when you entered the room where the sacred space was.

My sacred space was were "I" lived whenever I was not outside playing with friends.

My childhood home was dysfunctional to say the least. Filled with addiction, violence and mental disorders gone wild.

IMG_6442

"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again."

Joseph Campbell

This year for the 1st time I realized how for so many the idea of sacred space is a new concept.  #doubledamnit

As with most of my tips and tricks in the infamous "Bag of Tricks" I recommend a 100% no rules allowed policy when defining a sacred space.  If you read my blogs you will notice a common theme and that is you get to set the rules on how you interpret your life. Who am I to say what constitutes your sacred space?  I can however give you insight into how to get started to begin creating a sacred space:

How to Create a Sacred Space in 3 Easy Steps

 1. Ask the question: As in most new concepts I chose the outcome driven approach.  Looking 1st to my desired outcome and working back.

  • Is it a place?
  • In your mind's eye?
  • How is it accessible?

What was the 1st thing that you thought of when you heard sacred space? Often answering this is a great starting point.

2.  Try it on: Once  you have identified a thought or two concerning your sacred space try that shit on, take it for a test run, whatever it is get going.  I happen to be someone who has moved a lot  counting over 19 times in my 52+ years.  Each time within a month of moving I have progressed to this step.

An example would be: when I moved from living on the beach to near the beach I knew my daily access to "my sacred space" was going to be in trouble.  It took me a few weeks of trying new versions of 'going to the beach' to finally hit a system that supported finding my space.

3.  Visit often: Like a new pair of shoes I often try them out before the 1st day of a good wear I recommend you check your shit out.  I personally wear a new pair of shoes for 'short' outings or around the house for a minute before a full day.  Breaking them in for me always a learned necessary step. Same holds true for a sacred space. You gotta try this shit out and see how it feels.

If you have to search for "you" than it probably is not the best look is my gut. You know a sacred space. 

IMG_8495

For me personally I share my sacred space with the waters edge, my yoga mat and a 'cozy' moment created on-demand using essential oils, candles, angel cards and music.  I know the perfect locations, sequence, oils and so on to allow space for me to find me.

The miracle known as PaleoBOSS Lady believes having a sacred space is essential to all of our own miracle reality.

Where is yours?

Would love to hear...

If you have not subscribed to my blog I would love for you to consider.  I can guarantee this newsletter comes out once a week and twice in December. Otherwise that is it.

Not filling up your mailbox with anything other than shit that matters with a delightful irreverent twist splashed with hippee!

Namaste you bastards! #ohitgetswild

 

Comment

Roasted Fennel

Comment

Roasted Fennel

indiegogo-2.jpg

By: V Capaldi When you are 100% Italian you grow up enjoying fennel and this is my story.

I love to add fennel this time of year to many dishes and now that I am known as "Chef V"working with Cozymeal I serve fennel a lot learning that for many it is their 1st experience eating this flavorful veggie.

Fennel is also used to make liqueur & how my family was known to get their fennel on.  Part of our charm!

It was a real treat to have it served as a side dish. Not a part of my family holiday traditions yet a part of my modern day holiday traditions. I like to include fennel to any holiday meal!

My great grandmother: Mom

11136711_10153845463151686_4677510889266648730_n
11136711_10153845463151686_4677510889266648730_n

My maternal grandmother: Mary

Enjoy this FREE recipe from my newly updated e-cookbook: Paleo Perfect Holidays!

Roasted Fennel

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Remove stalks & cut bulbs into 1 inch lengthwise pieces or you can peel the bulb to create an almost chip
  • Coat in avocado oil & balsamic vinegar.
  • Add S&P to taste.
  • Line baking sheet w/ parchment paper
  • Place fennel on baking sheet.
  • Roast for about 45 minutes until desired.
  • It is recommended to allow the fennel to caramelize for best flavor!

Grab a full collection of family recipes turned Paleo Perfect with this newly updated e-cookbook from your favorite Italian miracle.  For the cost of a latte you get recipes filled with history, culture and taste beyond compare!  Click here and grab your copy today!

Print
Print

Comment

Saying Bye Bye Social Security Disability in 2016

10 Comments

Saying Bye Bye Social Security Disability in 2016

12348086_10154344599831686_726108857681232402_n.jpg

By: V Capaldi I am 100% grateful and do not know what I would do without social security disability income (SSDI). I literally have spent my entire everything trying to heal from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) following traditional healthcare until almost homeless or institutionalized and today have little more than SSDI to pay my living expenses. IRA, life insurance, jewelry are all gone with accounts empty.

Yet somehow I have a goal in 2016 to be one of the 1st if not the 1st person in American who has MS who goes off of SSDI.

Did you know the longest and youngest population in institutions in the United States have MS 2nd to psychological disorders?

Did you know that one of the largest populations disabled collecting SSDI in the US have MS?

Being a Wahls Warrior my next HUGE life goal is to become self sustaining once again for the 1st time in 15+ years so that I can turn off my SSDI payments.

This would be a true victory personally & for the community I serve. To let others know that if you stay on the path of conscious living through higher purpose you too can raise the roof on life and living!

12321282_1135700186462415_3082689743085883888_n

In typical me fashion this does not look even humanly possible if your lens is filled with the narrative that comes from the autopilot of life. When you are a BOSS like me that is never the case.  I chose my narrative and work always toward higher purpose of life and living. This being said anything is possible, nothing happens by accident and I believe with all of my person this really can be true.

I am already a walking miracle!

This shit does not just happen folks. In any way shape or form.  My miracle life is work that has been the outcome of re-programming almost everything about my person, life and environment.  Yet the longer I stay on this path the more joy I have for life and living that produces the certainty that I can break down walls and barriers before me.

My volume is way up!

12347616_1135700236462410_6072618282603613086_n

I thought it would be nice for me to share my TOP 5 Wellness Tools that aid in my miracle life:

  1.  Aromatherapy:  I have been a huge advocate since being diagnosed with MS and value this in my life daily.  I recommend we diffuse, use and appreciate the power of essential oils. Recommended starter kit: Diffuser, Essential Oil Blend, Tea Lights and you are ready to go.
  2. Angel Cards: Since 1996 these have been a huge part of my intention setting tools that have allowed my mindfulness journey to blossom.  I love Hay House and this product is a great tool in my Bag of Tricks.
  3. Yoga, Yoga, Yoga: I have been a huge fan and avid yogi since 2000. One book I have had and use to this day to aid my practice is by Eric Small. He shares the disease of MS and teaches yoga in a format all of us can approach MS or not.
  4. Meditation:  I do not care how you do it, but do it.  Conscious down time is a must for higher purpose outcomes.  All of the above tools help to create the scared space often needed to get our meditation game on. Download a group app and feel apart of community if that makes it work for you. Whatever it is do it and jump on quieting the mind.
  5. Ball Rolling: Self myofascial release is so critical to my mental and physical well-being it is ridiculous. I literally have a body that works better due to dedicated time ball rolling. I am a huge fan of both Yoga Tune Up and Rad Roller products using both daily in my wellness routine.

I hope all of you will use this time to end the year reflective of highs, lows, lessons, outcomes and whatever else floats your boat.  Also take time to project, dream and design what 2016 should hold for you. If you got it all right what would it look like this time next year?

Get some.

Hey YOU! Consider sharing my shit and subscribing to my blog. Think of it as a holiday present. Namaste.

10 Comments

Pumpkin-palooza!!  Feeling like a fall comfort food weekend...

Comment

Pumpkin-palooza!! Feeling like a fall comfort food weekend...

Screen-shot-2015-10-24-at-11.00.28-AM-e1445698942918.png

Happy Saturday! I know... I know... pumpkin is everywhere and you're probably already over it...  but I woke up needing a serious fall fix this morning.  Here in the Mid-Atlantic we've been bouncing between frost warnings and springlike warmth.  It's a bit crazy!  And to top it off, family schedules and life chaos have been stressful to keep up with this month.  So I've decided that it's a full on, fall comfort weekend on the home front. Mother nature agrees because the leaves are in absolute fall radiance mode this morning, and it's actually a bit crisp out!!

I spent my morning coffee time going through PBL's recipes, and here's some of what's going to be happening in the LL kitchen this weekend.  (I'll put links in to help you find products fast, but I order most things from Thrive Market online, and have them in my pantry so I'm always ready if I have a craving.) The bonus... everything is refined sugar free!!!  Sweet!

Pumpkin Pancakes

My mouth is watering right now!!  And as soon as I write this, I'm about to start pouring the batter onto the griddle!! I saw these on V's facebook page and called her for the recipe.

paleo_pumpkin_pancakes
paleo_pumpkin_pancakes
pumpkin_pancakes_in skillet
pumpkin_pancakes_in skillet

Put everything in a NutriBullet (can also use a blender or hand mixer & bowl) and blend until smooth.  Heat up cast iron griddle or skillet.  Melt enough ghee to lightly coat the pan.  When a drop of water sizzles it's ready to go!  Pour in batter to desired pancake size.  Flip once bubbles in batter start to pop and hold their shape.  Pancakes are done when the second side is lightly browned.

Pumpkin Smoothies

pumpkin smoothie
pumpkin smoothie

This one doesn't look pretty, so I'm posting a "before" pic ... but V promises me that it tastes amazing!!  Or as she said: "Tastes delish, but looks ugly" (I'll post an instagram when I make this and let you know how mine comes out!)

1/2 can Organic Pumpkin Puree

1/2 Can Organic Coconut Milk (unsweetened, full fat)

1/2 - 1 avocado (depending on size)

1 cup Kale leaves (no stems!)

1 date

A few good dashes of Pumpkin Pie Spice

Put it all in your NutriBullet and blend for 1 minute.

Pumpkin Granola

Screen shot 2015-10-24 at 9.39.17 AM
Screen shot 2015-10-24 at 9.39.17 AM

I'm going to use V's recipe from Breaking Muscle to make this, but instead of cinnamon, I'm using my Pumpkin Pie Spice again.  Might as well get the most out of it, right?!

If I'm still in the mood for more pumpkin, I just might make these amazing looking Pumpkin Pie Bites from Michelle Smith for Sunday dinner dessert.  I watched her periscope as she made them last night... and that may be what started this whole pumpkin weekend obsession...

If you try any of these, or have any other amazing, refined sugarless fall treats you think I should try, please let me know!!  I'm always looking for something new to add to the healthy, yummy, comfort food repertoire. Enjoy your weekend!

LL

Comment

4 Halloween Treats Without the Sweet!

Comment

4 Halloween Treats Without the Sweet!

Screen-shot-2015-10-21-at-2.25.25-PM-e1445452275748.png

It's Halloween, and the stores are full of gigantic bags of candy everywhere you turn.  Even if you're not a total sugar maniac, it's hard not to start thinking about how nice a piece of chocolate would taste right about now!! I'm the first to admit that I often eat several of the sweets in our big trick-or-treat bowl as I'm handing everything out.  (Gotta make sure they taste ok, right?!) So this year will be a challenge for me as I make my way through my "One Small Step" journey of eliminating processed sugars & foods.  We get truckloads of kids in our neighborhood on Halloween.  So usually that means pounds of candy sitting in my pantry, calling my name, as I wait to hand it out.  But this year, I'm trying to be mindful of what I'm giving out.  It seems a bit wrong for me to hand out candy to others, especially if I'm changing my own narrative and moving down a path of conscious living and healthy choices.  This year, we are going to try something new and give out treats without the sweets.

I decided to run some ideas past my son & some of the neighborhood kids, to get feedback on what they would like.  Here's what we decided to go with:

Bright Halloween Play-Doh

Mini Play-Doh Containers: The littles in our neighborhood are HUGE fans of play-doh, so I know this one will go over well.  The Halloween colors are fun, and the sizes are perfect for a trick-or-treat bag.

 

 

Halloween Rubber Ducks

Glow-in-the-dark Halloween Rubber Ducks: Totally random, I know!!  But I'm a big rubber duck fan, and these crack me up!! I ran them past my 14 year old son & his friends and got a thumbs up.  Seems they have a quirky & ironic cool factor that make them acceptable to the teen & tween crew. There are a few styles out there on Amazon, we're just partial to the zombies in our house!

 

Jack-o-lantern stickers

Stickers are always popular!  So we went for these cool jack-o-lantern stickers because our guest panel of neighborhood kids liked them the best.  There are tons of fun Halloween options, so go with whatever makes you smile!

 

glow sticksGlow sticks & bracelets!!  A perennial favorite!!  I'm getting 2 packs of these because everyone wants to wear more than one.  I want kids to be able to grab a couple, since they are also a great safety feature out there in the dark.   (I'm pretty sure I'll be sporting a few of these as well! :)

 

 

Now granted, many of these things are more expensive than a 95 piece bag of candy.  And as I mentioned, we get truckloads of kids in our neighborhood.  I will be adding some bulk bags of bouncy balls or glow-in-the-dark fangs as well... 4-6 dozen for $10, as opposed to 1 dozen for the same price!!  You have to go with what feels good for you.  Amazon & the interwebs have a ton of great ideas and lots of different prices.  Halloween is about fun!!  It's about fangs!!  It's about ghosts, goblins, & glow sticks!!  Live a little!!  And let your kids see that it's totally possible to rock out the trick-or-treating without even missing the candy.  Once you get home from the madness, invite some friends over for home-made soup or stew,  paleo pumkin treats, and all sorts of excellent & healthy fall foods.

This is a new adventure for me, and I would love to know your tips for a Paleo Perfect, refined sugar free Halloween!  So please share!!

Comment

Party all the Time

Comment

Party all the Time

S86A0570.jpg

By: V Capaldi Anyone who knows me well can vouch for the fact that I have been known to "hit the streets" and dance on bars a time or two in this life.  In addition this gal is a slamming cook and party planner.  My mom taught me long ago the art of throwing a good party and my grandmother the way to own your kitchen.  This pairing is the foundation of many if not all of the recipes offered by me in all of my cookbooks.

BadassBrunchCoverJPEG

Today, Team PBL, is pleased to announce the re-release of the PBL line of original recipe party planners!  Updated new recipes and photo's fill the pages of these inclusive Paleo Perfect events:

Paleo Perfect Holidays

Badass Brunch

Titillating Tapas

When I began my conscious living journey regarding food Paleo at 1st seemed overwhelming and way too labor intensive for this 'no hands' girl. At the time I had little to no use of my hands bilaterally due to the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis on my body.  Little did I know that the time spent in the kitchen is no more than when I was eating processed unhealthy foods. The difference is in the planning.  Sad, but true the planning is needed because eating healthy, organic and chemical free food is not the norm in most places so planning is needed for this to be a reality for most.

How backwards is our thinking that this is the reality?  

With the holiday and entertaining season fast approaching the Paleo Perfect Party Series is the answer to your prayers.  Not only do they offer original delicious easy to prepare recipes they include helpful tips to ensure your party goes off without a hitch except sore feet from dancing and cheek bones from laughing.

PBL_PaleoPerfectHolidayCover-2

Badass Brunch and Titillating Tapas offer everything you need to throw a care free conscious party.  These party planners offer meal planning, shopping lists, music and a libation station to assure you have everything perfect while enjoying every second. Paleo Perfect Holidays pages are filled with my mom mom & grandmother's recipes made Paleo perfect.

Click here to get the latest copy of each book in the series and check off holiday entertaining planning as being done!  These no worry planners have got you covered.  BAM

Raise the roof,

V aka PaleoBOSS Lady

Print

Comment

The BAM of Life

3 Comments

The BAM of Life

IMG_7548.jpg

By: V Capaldi One of the nice perks of MS is that you have a hard time with emotional control. An example is laughing when others hurt themselves and also not being able to keep a lid on the highs and lows of life.  A little more than 24 hours home from my trip to Ecuador and I am struggling to keep a lid on the exhaustion mixed with the joy of all this trip afforded my person and the brand of PaleoBOSS Lady®.

IMG_7645

Natural Habitats are the group that organized and invited me to Ecuador. They are the only organic, sustainable farming company producing red palm oil in Ecuador.  With the knowledge many of us have regarding the production of red palm in other countries being a devastating reality Natural Habitats wanted to make sure others knew they offer completely the opposite outcome and how they do it.

During my trip we were taken to very remote farms to 1st hand witness how community, heart and pride can build a company that not only supports culture, fair trade and the human collective, but does it with grace and elegance offering a product that truly lives up to the food is medicine standard.  I so look forward to sharing my trip and what I learned over the next few weeks and hope you will engage in my 3 part series.

For now a few pictures that really capture the BAM of my journey:

IMG_7491IMG_7587When the reality of my being offered this once in a lifetime opportunity hit I am not going to lie the question of "why me?" kept playing over and over again in my head? How did I get here? Of all the people in the world why did they ask me?  Yup that was my internal dialogue sad, but true.

Now I am proud to say I know the answer!

I did not just get here. This is not a random gift that fell from the sky. This is an earned right and I clearly see my role in this amazing journey.  Natural Habitats collected the most well rounded group of individuals that they believed not only could share about red palm, but could also offer insight into how to create products to support the communities represented. Natural Habitats was as interested in what each of us did as we were in their work.  It was a collective community that spent days sharing, comparing and building community around conscious living.

Not only in food practices, but business and community. 

IMG_7599Seldom in life do you end up in a situation with complete strangers where the bond is instant. This is exactly what happened in Ecuador.  A group of individuals came together and left knowing without question each of us are raising the bar on conscious awareness regarding the autopilot of life and as a collective it is a movement that is real and happening in a big way.

The volume is pumped way up and conscious living is here to stay and growing in a big way!

Raising the roof on life and living is not the easiest for most of us.  Each of us find ourselves often trapped in the autopilot of life or feeling as if we are alone in our thinking.  Self expression and living our dream reality for many of us is a private matter. The sad truth about  this is that reaching higher purpose becomes an almost impossible outcome when this is how we are rolling.

I say F that to impossible and Hell Yes to possible!

We are in the final days to sign up for the Up Your Volume Webinar series with PBL!  This series is poised to help you do just that raise the roof on life and living.  For the next 6 weeks we will embark on a journey that will be engaging, fun and offer so many tools of empowerment your personal "Bag of Tricks" will be overflowing.

Click the link below and commit to ending 2015 with the roof raised on life & living!

Raise the roof on life & living,

PBL

Print

3 Comments

Drinking it Neat, Dancing on Bars & Living Life Like a BAM

Comment

Drinking it Neat, Dancing on Bars & Living Life Like a BAM

S86A0497.jpg

By: V Capaldi It is amazing how once you identify higher purpose many if not all of the ideals that guided life choices change. I literally do not have many things in my life that even remotely resemble my world even 5 years ago.  I was the party girl who liked to drink it neat, dance on bars and occasionally was known to get a little too wild.

Now I follow my circadian rhythm for heaven's sake!

It is so funny how when you turn the auto pilot of life off and really truly engage in conversation with yourself you realize how little of what you do day to day resonates with who you are. My life was based on consumer driven values that today are the bane of my existence.

S86A0315
S86A0315

I struggle to step foot into a Target, Costco and seldom if ever support large chains.  It is amazing this is my reality since I am the poorest I have been in my life to date.  This alone serves as a perfect example of how much my life has changed.   My life is guided by moral consciousness and a value system that filled with the role of activist.

I used to be mad at myself for the consumer driven values that drove my former professional life. Then I realized the skill set that my life has today happened during that time and prepared me for my role and responsibility as PaleoBOSS Lady®.  Today I wear it as a badge of honor and pride that I have successfully build nearly a dozen small businesses in my lifetime.  This time it is a little different as I am the face of a movement to create conscious awareness about life and living and that means its a BAM life all day every day for me.

Lately the word on the street is that this crazy ass bitch is great in front of the camera.  Who knew?

You find that out by being in front of the camera and that is what has been happening in my current life.  Two of the folks I have the pleasure of working with are both doing a crowd funding event to support their efforts.   Please know that millions have been raised  to support such campaigns by donating the smallest amount. Change can happen $1 at a time and if you would consider any amount it would be truly a conscious act that can support huge change.  Both of these fine groups are creating movies that focus on an aspect of food as medicine or poison.  You all know my miracle story and how this has served to be the truth in my journey.

Food as Medicine makes healthcare accessible to all.

The current status quo regarding healthcare is accessible to only those who can afford it, does nothing to recognize culture or environmental history at all.  This type of system is based on consumer driven principles alone. The only way to create sustainable change is through awareness.  Both of these crowd funding campaigns do just that.

Check out their video's and use the links to support my friends.

I am proud to say PBL will be featured in both films and I thank you so much for your consideration. Sharing this is always recommended and as always cursing is free in all of my work.  Lets raise the roof on life together and stop a consumer driven healthcare system and make it a system tosupport wellness.

You can support their funding here with a 21-day meditation challenge. Details here.

[embed]https://youtu.be/Xn9KPsKVApM[/embed]

You can support their funding here through KickStarter. Details here.

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-dV1na9nP8[/embed]

I really hope you will consider taking this one small step in supporting others who are working hard to create awareness in an effort to bring sustainable change that heals.  Please consider subscribing to this blog and sharing this with others. Community matters and this community rocks.  Up Your Volume!

Print
Print

Comment

Raised the Roof to Radio & a Feature Film

Comment

Raised the Roof to Radio & a Feature Film

radio.jpg

By: V Capaldi I had the honor and privilege of being interviewed for a live broadcast of The Coffee Corner Radio earlier this week. So grateful to Thelma, Paul and the entire crew for a day I will forever remember.  There commitment to the community started the moment they so graciously picked me up and provide transportation to the show.  During our drive to the station an informal interview happened and they mentioned who the other guest was and I was surprised and wondered how this was going to turn out.

Betty Porto and V Capaldi on KHTS 5 JPGWords cannot express how much I am so very grateful for the show and to have been on air while they interviewed Betty Porto of the famous Porto's Bakery an LA institution. At first I was like how is this going to work Betty Porto and PaleoBOSS Lady on the same show?  Keeping an open mind I was excited to meet a member of this family run bakery that is hard not to know about when you live in LA LA Land.  Literally seldom if ever did Antioch have an end of quarter potluck where someone did not include a box from Porto's.  Only crumbs always remained each box witnessed was devoured by the class.  The story remained the same all my years as a student and teacher although I never have had a bite I knew this bakery was special to many.

Listening to Betty's familial story brought tears, laughter and a sense of joy to my person.  Porto's Bakery is built around a story of hardship, extreme struggle, hard work, determination, self belief, family and commitment to community.  The story of how Porto's came to be after leaving their home in Cuba to now employing close to 1000 people is worth your time and at the core is a woman.  Betty's mom who is still alive is the mastermind and head of this LA gem that has been a member of many family celebrations all across LA for decades.   Stay tuned for the edited version if you missed the live broadcast I hope to post on social media later this week so check back. 

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn9KPsKVApM[/embed]

Now if that was not enough to make you go "Oh hell Yes!" then this news will certainly make that happen!  This gal is being filmed for in a full length feature film One that will offer worldwide international distribution and filming is set for the end of October!  I had no idea this was happening and BAM it appeared. Today I just did an interview and the producer flipped out about my story, person and my camera presence.  Seems like all the years of things I got yelled at for producers and directors love. Thank God someone gets me!  

I am so excited to think the conscious living movement can grow through cinema and I am involved in this process.  Daily my life continues to affirm that I am involved in world wide change and that is the most amazing outcome when only 1400 days ago I was desperate and facing being institutionalized.  Now I am on the radio and in a feature film!

The film company known as Alto Films have a history of award winning films. I am honored to present for FREE one of their films: Microbirth explores the seeding of baby’s microbiome that happens during childbirth. This microscopic event could impact the baby’s lifelong health and could also affect the health of generations still to come.

What’s more, Microbirth is FREE to watch on FMTV right now (as part of a 10-day free trial). FMTV is a kind of Netflix for health documentaries. Here’s the link:https://www.fmtv.com/watch/microbirth?FMTV=1968

Or, you could pay to watch for a small fee to stream/download the film on the website: http://microbirth.com

Or to buy the DVD! http://microbirth.com/store and help support small independent film makers who are working hard to create real change in the world.

S86A0607Not going to lie one minute I am begging someone to pay attention to me and my miracle status and the next I am being interviewed, filmed or both.  Words cannot express my sheer joy about the growth of the conscious living movement and my role.  Not only is it responsible for my miracle status it truly is a world wide movement that is growing and I am right in the middle of the storm and so grateful to be able to live my higher purpose daily.

Would love to have you consider joining our newsletter and subscribing if you have not already. This is a special blog too cause I did not curse one time. Damn it.

 

 

Comment

Autumn Aromatherapy

Comment

Autumn Aromatherapy

autumn-e1443275858892.jpg

As you mayknow, V and I worked together in a magical little boutique she created, called Sanity. One of the main components of the store was a mindfulness and well-being section populated with aromatherapy products, handcrafted wall & table fountains, zen gardens, and other wonderful creations designed to help you slow down and look inward. Aromatherapy seemed like a lot of mumbo jumbo in our conservative little corner of Delaware, but it quickly caught on and was our strongest and most enduring section of the shop. Every season, V and I would offer workshops in aromatherapy to help people bring a bit of natural healing to their daily lives and aid in meditation and mindfulness. We’ve been chatting recently about starting this tradition back up!! So here I am … with a few tips on ways to use essential oils in this beautiful, transitional season of fall.

Why Autumn Aromatherapy?

As we move between the seasons, our bodies and minds also go through transitions. Spring and summer tend to be outwardly focused for mind and body… and now it’s time to start looking inward. Autumn is a wonderful time to begin a simple meditation practice in order to help prepare you for our seasonal “hibernation” in winter. I’ve always been a fan of Aromaland’s Meditation Blend for bringing in the the fall and winter. Comprised of Frankincense, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Cistus Labdanum, this blend is warm and spicy, and consists of many oils which would be quite expensive to buy individually. Frankincense has a calming effect on the emotions, and has been known to slow down & deepen the breath… perfect for inducing that meditative state! The other oils in this blend have similar properties of relaxation, as well as some more practical properties like: antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic… perfect for cleansing the air in your home as we head into a time where we will be indoors more often.

diffuser

Autumn Oils and Their Properties

Speaking of being indoors... how about setting a healthy, welcoming, and fragrant greeting for your family and guests every time they enter? There are hundreds of ways to use essential oils in your home to create a wonderful atmosphere and promote health & well-being. I highly recommend The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. She dedicates a whole chapter to this!! Some of the most popular oils for use in scenting the home in autumn also have healthy benefits.

 

  • Cedar (Cedrus Atlanticus): known to be a powerful antiseptic…particularly for bronchial infections. Definitely good to diffuse!!
  • Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata): antibacterial, antiseptic, and analgesic… clove is believed to help prevent illness and infection. In fact, it is so powerful that it has been used to sterilize surgical instruments in field hospitals.
  • Ginger Root (Zingiber officinalis): Stimulating, warming, aphrodisiac and tonic, many people already know that it helps to soothe the stomach. In a room diffuser, ginger adds a wonderful warm & spicy note to a fall blend.
  • Orange (Citrus Aurantium… other variations also available): antidepressant and mildly sedative, yet at the same time, orange is also refreshing and rejuvenating! Perfect to diffuse when someone in the house is organizing bills or studying for an exam!! Its aroma inspires and brings fresh energy & clears the mind. Citrus oils help to eliminate emotional confusion and are believed to increase one’s sense of humor and well-being. Definitely a win!!

 

In addition to the book above, I swear by a few other reference sources in my home, and these are where I have gathered most of the information included in this little post:

While therapeutic grade essential oils are an amazing, natural way to promote wellness in your home, always be aware that many oils have strict usage guidelines in order to be considered safe to the body. Look into the specific properties of each oil you are using to see if they are safe for children, pets, or pregnant women… and whether they should be used in diffusers/inhalations, baths or directly on the skin.

I look forward to chatting with you about other amazing uses for essential oils over the fall and winter! Let me know what you are interested in, and I will write a post about it!

Happy Fall!

Comment

Friday's Friend & Grown-Up Back-to-School Recipes

2 Comments

Friday's Friend & Grown-Up Back-to-School Recipes

S86A0358.jpg

By: V Capaldi At this point I am pretty sure we all know who is my hero, mentor and friend that provided the tools for me to get my life back!  Yup, Dr. Terry Wahls and The Wahls Protocol!  Long before The Wahls Protocol I became a Wahls Warrior.  For over 1400+ days I have been a faithful, devoted and successful miracle under the guidelines for wellness outlined in the best-selling book, The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls.

IMG_6340
IMG_6340

In-Person Symposium 2015

This wellness bible is available in both hardback and paperback and

I truly believe it is a must for every household's library.

Many of the concepts, idea's and components of the protocol are lifestyle based on conscious awareness that involve far more than food.  This life changing book explains how and why we got here regarding health and wellness and in addition informs us how to live, eat and move based on our cellular level needs.  An approach like the Wahls Protocol puts you in the driver seat and removes many of the victim filled outcomes the majority of us live with.

In fact 1 in 3 Americans are legally disabled with The Wahls Protocol

poised to change this without drugs or high healthcare costs.

Enter to WIN your FREE copy of The Wahls  Protocol by clicking on my Instagram here to enter. No purchase needed and enter as many times as you like.  The more the merrier is how I see it.

FullSizeRender 12
FullSizeRender 12

Healthcare Bible

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing 1st hand the power of Dr. Wahls, her family and The Wahls Protocol teachings to change lives beyond any healthcare science I have ever witnessed.  None of what took place at the symposium was based around consumer driven principles or sponsored by a drug company as in traditional healthcare.  Instead all was based around accessibility with self-care tools of empowerment shared by the buckets!

11903854_1078078138891287_2822465731031819778_n
11903854_1078078138891287_2822465731031819778_n

Friday Friend

My FRIDAY FRIEND has been the most important person in my life to date by showing me the way to thrive! Before becoming a Wahls Warrior I was dying a slow and painful death. To find out how amazing Dr. Terry Wahls is click here and check out her stuff.

IMG_6416
IMG_6416

Mason Jar Meals Rule

Only because I am an ass would this matter so here it goes...I am sick of Back-to-School being about kids only!

What about us as grown-ups? Do we not matter?

This time of year has always been significant my entire life. As a kid, parent and even later in life yet no one addresses what this means to anyone but kids. Well I have had enough and present: Grown-up Back-to-School Mason Jar meals.

Thanks to my good friends at Breaking Muscle for helping me to make this happen!  Click here for recipes of yum!  Enjoy and stay tuned more recipes coming in September!

FullSizeRender 9
FullSizeRender 9

Italian Influence

Are you one of our subscribers?

If not, please consider joining the PBL team as we raise the roof on what it means to live consciously!

Come and get it!  Damn it.

2 Comments

How to Dig Deep

Comment

How to Dig Deep

IMG_6595.jpg

By: V Capaldi It is amazing this journey we call life.  I find myself guided by a moral code of ethics that has begun to self govern my every move.  So many of my decisions are lead by the knowledge gained living consciously.  Not that this is a bad thing, but a difficult way to try and survive in an international culture that is almost exclusively built upon the auto pilot of life. From fast clothes retailers like H&M to Target and Costco the era of disposable is everywhere and that is the ethical undertone.

We have all heard the term doubling down and most of us will relate it to gambling.  Doubling down often happens many times when the odds are not always appearing in your favor and it is a last stitch effort.  Making the act of 'doubling down' a greater risk offering huge rewards being the motivation.  This is exactly where I would say defines my current life situation.

11817205_1075750359124065_630424009239327728_n

Literally I have no idea how I got to this place or life known as PaleoBOSS Lady®.   I do not have one single complaint about the journey I live and continue to live. However in my wildest dreams not for one second would I have predicted my life to include being PaleoBOSS Lady® and all that  being this means to me and others.

Being a miracle and sharing this journey with others is what is driving my life right now

and with every ounce of my person this is my daily truth.

This journey is not easy and a process that involves overcoming odds every day using steps that are in direct opposition almost universally to everyone.  Conscious living is not the norm. Being a miracle is not the norm.  Having both of these principles guide  life choices is not the norm and I have had to dig deeper to maintain this reality more than I have ever in my life. Recently I am digging the deepest I have to date with most of my life decisions happening outside of the cultural norms regarding how to successfully live your life.  I often feel like others see me as a train wreck just waiting to surface where I see myself as a true warrior dedicated to community and activism.

So how do I continue to dig deep when motivated by a gut with a highly defined moral conscious outside of cultural norms?

My Steps:

1.  I am digging deep right now as my life is about to change in some way and I have no real idea how.  I do know I need to prepare mentally for whatever the outcome is and do my best to define all the potential possibilities. Some of them are very scarey and some are quite exciting and wonderful.  When you are a boss like me things are always either one extreme or the other: completely horrific or the greatest thing ever.  Not always has it been the greatest thing ever and being prepared knowing my 'next move' gives me the tools to grow in a forward direction even when things do not always turn out the way I hoped. That does not mean giving up on your journey just allowing  your steps to ride the wave which often means taking a different route.

2.  Balance in all things is always essential and even more when you find yourself digging deep. The tendency is to internalize and fall out of balance when in a life phase where you need to dig deep.  It is important to establish a system that allows an ideal balance of work, self, others, movement and mindfulness efforts.  How that plays out for each of us is an internal conversation that has to happen.  We are all not the same and a 9 to 5 work day may not give all of us the balance we need.  For some of us it is ideal and for others like me not so much.   Cultural norms like this often ask us to put a square peg into a round hole which we know never will be a successful outcome no matter how deep you dig.  Find your balance and work to build the path that works for you.

3.  Listening to your gut is the foundation of digging deep.  Something inside of us was talking so much we decided to finally listen.  The problem is quite often gut chatter is not the most widely accepted and common form of knowledge for solid decision making requirements. Yet without listening to your gut there is no reason to dig deep for the majority of us.  Our gut typically is the most genuine and real response we have. Over time due to cultural norms many of us learn to silence our gut and chose to 'go with the flow.'  Digging deep is usually needed when thoughts are in opposition to cultural norms and your gut most often is driving this need.  If you listen to your gut you will find these steps used often in your life.

All of us have a miracle life available to us.   We may not see it at first glance but it is there.  Waiting for you to grab it and own what is rightfully yours.  Digging deep is an essential element to achieving such a status and the above outlines a good way to assure your journey produces the desired outcome.

Every move I have made since day 1 of being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis has kept me on the edge of almost all cultural norms and is the foundation of my miracle status.  Listening to my body at every turn and each stage of life has produced a foundation that makes each dig a little easier and filled with more confidence that the energy of life will provide what I need as long as I create the space for it to manifest.

IMG_6340

Dig deep and create space for your miracle life. Why settle for anything else?

If this or anything above resonates with you or someone you know please consider sharing and subscribing to this blog.

Join the PBL team as we share our journey of taking #onsmallstep toward conscious living for your miracle life!

Manifest it baby! #BAM

 

 

 

Comment

My One Small Step Week 3:  Community matters!!

Comment

My One Small Step Week 3: Community matters!!

karmacard-e1440262296867.jpg

Happy Saturday, friends!! I love starting my weekend with our little chats... It keeps me accountable and helps me keep an eye on the big picture.

In my new adventure into conscious eating & living, I am constantly reminded of how important community truly is. I'm so lucky to be surrounded by really great people like V and the PBL community (that's YOU!) to keep me on track and lift me up!

At home, I have an incredible network of friends in my neighborhood. This little neighborhood is a treasure from another era in many ways. It was built in the early 1900s on the outskirts of the city limits. Our kids play "Kick the Can" & "Capture the Flag", and have been known to drive neighbors crazy by jumping on pogo sticks late into the summer evenings. When the kids were all little, we would bring wading pools out onto the corner under the trees to jump and splash, while parents sat on the stoops or benches and caught up on our lives. We've seen each other through family losses, difficult pregnancies, cancer battles, and separations. We've celebrated birthdays, proms, graduations, & new babies as well!!

The great thing about a vibrant and thriving community is that it requires a cohesion in vision or purpose, and also a strong diversity of opinions, backgrounds and perspectives. Our little neighborhood group is made up of people of different ages and political opinions. Some come from money... some live on a really tight budget. Some are transplants, and some have been here for generations. We all love each other for what we bring to the table, and the joy we find in each other's company! We get into heated debates! We walk off in huffs. We cry in each other's arms. And we laugh hysterically... a LOT!! We also sit in silence sometimes. Just taking it all in.

When I told my neighbors that I was starting my "conscious eating" adventure a few weeks ago... it sparked quite a conversation!! Some people jumped right in with recipes, tips, excited ideas and strong opinions on how I should proceed... Giving up refined sugars isn't enough! Why am I allowing honey & maple syrup?! Why am I still eating grain?! It got passionate!! In the other corner were the neighbors who felt it was a bit extreme... What's wrong with a cookie or s'more every now and then?! Why does everything have to be all or nothing? Isn't there a way to be mindful, and still allow for occasional indulgences?

I love this dialogue, because it helps me to ground myself, and test my convictions. Differing opinions help me to consider things I may have missed. Similar mindsets offer insight into the challenges ahead and ways to make them easier to overcome. I'm loving the way this conversation is unfolding, and the way it is helping me to grow and center myself.

Thank you so much for being part of this conversation and for expanding my community from my little corner of the world, to a larger and more diverse group of souls!

Have a great week!! And let me know some of your small steps toward mindful eating & living. It will help the conversation to grow!

PS: speaking of community... I want to give a shout out to my beautiful friend Clair at Karma Card for the great graphic at the top of this post. Follow her on Instagram.  She's the bees knees!

Comment

Friday Friend & Slow Cooking Artichokes

Comment

Friday Friend & Slow Cooking Artichokes

S86A0545.jpg

By: V Capaldi Last week I missed the Friday Friend feature because I was in Iowa at the Dr. Terry Wahls Symposium and I apologize.  Tried for a Sunday make-up day, but that did not happen either.  Such a test of 'riding the wave' for this Type "A" gal.

I am uber excited to talk about this weeks Friday Friend for 2 reasons.  The 1st is because I love being a Roll Model and sharing the power of Yoga Tune Up (YTU) Therapy Balls!  The YTU balls are one of the most important tools in my wellness "Bag of Tricks" and support my program no matter where or when I need them. I have been an avid Roll Model for over 5 years and my body and person are grateful.

Just as I stalked Dr. Wahls about my amazing healing journey following The Wahls Protocol I stalked Jill Miller the founder of YTU to share with her my healing story of movement using the YTU balls.  The power of self myo-fascial release to help me to "work better in my body" are beyond description and should be experienced by each of you 1st hand!

safe_image.php
safe_image.php

Self Massage w/ Jill Miller

I encourage you all to click hereand invest the $15 for a set of YTU balls and get rolling. Literally at the symposium I gave a talk and so many of you were singing the praises of how well your body felt in just that short time. 

Another way to get to know the power of the balls is to invest in a copy of The Roll Modelby Jill Miller.  I am proud to be featured  sharing my story of healing using YTU.  This book has photographs that take the guess work out of the poses and I find it to be the  perfect compliment and very helpful as a YTU fan.   A bible on wellness actually!

S86A0543
S86A0543

Slow Cooker Lemon Infused Artichokes

Can I just tell you this rules and is delicious beyond words!

What a nice transitional dish from our grilled summer foods to the slow cooking of the fall and winter season.  I have been making artichokes non stop these last few weeks and each time reminded of my family and Italian culture.

Growing up my maternal grandmother made killer Italian stuffed artichoke that inspired the recipe in my Paleo PerfectHolidays e-cookbook.  Enjoy this new version of one of my cultural family favorites!

Ingredients:

3 Artichokes trimmed and prepped (snip off pointy ends using scissors trimming tops and bottom)

1 Lemon

1 Bay leaf

1/4 cup Kasandrino's EVO

Pink Himalayan sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

1 cup of bone broth or filtered water

Tin Star ghee or Brown Butter melted

Slow Cooker or stove top for 25 minutes covered

Directions:

Place trimmed and cleaned artichoke in Crock pot with 1/4 inch fluid on bottom. Add bay leaf, squeeze lemon, S&P drizzling with EVO cooking slow for 4 hours. Serve with melted Ghee of your choice. Enjoy!

Comment

One Small Step Week 2... treading water

2 Comments

One Small Step Week 2... treading water

Screen-shot-2015-08-15-at-10.09.52-AM-e1439648157326.png

Happy Sunday! I'm writing while sipping my first homemade Bullet Proof Coffee. Not bad!! Although it could use a little cardamon (gotta put that on the grocery list!)

Welcome to a recap of week 2 of our conscious living, pre-paleo adventure without refined sugars and processed foods.  Poor Week 2...the redheaded stepchild of any good adventure.  None of the shiny new penny excitement of week one (where we coasted along on the momentum of a fresh decision) ... and none of the solid results (like weight loss and lots of energy) we hope to see with later weeks.  This week was a bit tougher than the first.  Have you found that, too? It's not so much that we feel deprived of anything... we've been eating great stuff!!  And fruit is very abundant in the summer, so we still get sweet treats. Perhaps, like any good trek, the shiny sparkle of a new adventure begins to dull once you've been out on the road for a bit.

That said, we definitely had a few wins and shiny moments...

I successfully got my family to drink Dandelion Greens without them being aware of it!  They were shocked when I told them!  (tip:  don't give away the food secret too quickly!  I waited until they had enjoyed a few smoothies with avocados & greens before I told them.  I knew that if they were aware too soon, it would color their perception of how it tasted.)

tropical green smoothie... sorry for the lighting! I'm no pro! :)

 

Halfway through the week it was cool & rainy (very autumnal), and all I wanted to do was make chocolate chip cookies. So V came to the rescue and turned me on to a killer Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread from the Civilized Caveman. It was amazing, and it totally satisfied my taste craving ...as well as my need to bake! I didn't have the Paleo friendly chocolate chips, so I used dark chocolate & honey. The family polished it off in 2 days!  It was my first time cooking with coconut flour.  I love the texture and taste... although I have to admit that I missed the nutty density of the whole wheat & oat flour mixture that I use in my banana bread recipe.  Paleo bakers out there... should I try a little almond flour mixed in as well?

perfect coffee break!

Other than the rain, which we desperately needed (not as badly as California, I know!!) the weather this week was absolutely amazingly gorgeous... especially for the Mid-Atlantic.  Low humidity, clear cool breezes, puffy white clouds, and gentle warm sun.  I had to work inside for most of it, so I made a point to get outside and enjoy either early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  I worked on just being present.  Not letting my mind race through everything I hadn't done yet. I soaked in the sunshine, reveled in the smells of hay and dirt and greenness.  Listened to the crickets, tree frogs & cicadas.  We tried to catch the Perseid Meteor Shower, but I totally crashed out before we saw anything.  Still... it was really nice to sit and watch the stars for a bit.  Haven't done that for a while.

I hope you're having a great weekend! I'm off to prepare my meal plan for week 3!

2 Comments

Friday Friend & Pre-Release Recipe from Down South Paleo!

Comment

Friday Friend & Pre-Release Recipe from Down South Paleo!

10945729_467984886694216_7602203452099548462_n-1.jpg

By: PaleoBOSS Lady® How it it Friday already?  Have mercy time is flying so quickly regardless team PBL is super stoked to introduce you to our Friday Friend, Jennifer Robins, aka Predominately Paleo. Like many of us Jennifer became conscious about the foods she ate as a result of being diagnosed with many illnesses that were dictating her life and the message was not good. Once she began using food as medicine life changed and Jennifer stayed in the kitchen cooking to heal her body.  This Texas native although was never one to know her way around the kitchen has certainly done a 180 and now not only shows her body whose BOSS but is a BOSS in her kitchen slinging some amazing easy and delicious Paleo meals.

61lbi1XfvfL._SX442_BO1,204,203,200_

In just a few days the highly anticipated release of Down South Paleo happens and fans of Predominately Paleo are literally counting the seconds!  This book is so anticipated it holds the #1 spot on Amazon for Gluten Free cookbooks and it has not even started shipping!  Jennifer known as the 'Yuca Slayer' has been delivering delicious and easy to make recipes through social media to the conscious living community and now her complete book of southern classics will finally hit the store shelves.  I am not going to lie this BOSS has had a copy on order since it was announced!

Team PBL is honored to be doing a giveaway so you can WIN a copy for yourself.  Hop on over to our Instagram page to enter. No purchase necessary and you can enter as often as you like.  Good luck and Team PBL is available to taste test when our winner is lining up dinner guests so no need to worry.  Contest ends Saturday at 9pm PST so do not delay.

Down South Paleo includes some of the southern favorites many of us never considered to be part of the Paleo lifestyle:  Dairy-free Chile Con Queso, Coconut Custard Pie, Chicken Chimichangas, Fried Chicken, Corny Bread Muffins, Huevos Rancheros, and JBR’s BBQ Ribs, and more with recipes easily identified grain-, dairy-, soy-, nut-, egg-, nightshade- free for those who need to be certain.

11840528_10153470041382141_795251100_o

As friends do Jennifer has been kind enough to share with us a sneak peek recipe for Chipotle Stuffed Mushrooms:

Ingredients:

2 lbs (908 g) whole white mushrooms, cleaned and stemmed

1 medium onion, diced 1 lb (454 g)

pastured breakfast sausage (or best quality available)

1 cup (240 ml) homemade mayonnaise (or high-quality store-bought)

1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce,minced

1⁄2 tsp adobo sauce

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5). Place the stemmed mushrooms on a foil-lined baking sheet. In a large skillet, sauté the onion and sausage over high heat until the sausage is cooked through, about 8 minutes. While the sausage is cooking, puree the mayonnaise, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce in a blender or food processor. Once the sausage is cooked through, remove from the heat and stir in the chipotle mayo. Spoon the filling into the mushroom caps, being careful not to overfill. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until the stuffing starts to brown nicely along with the mushrooms.

Enter to win your copy of Down South Paleo or click here to order so you do not miss out.

Did you know that when you subscribe to the PBL blog you will get a FREE PDF filled with original recipes from your fav gal, PaleoBOSS Lady?

Today is a great day to sign up so you never miss a Friday Friend post and much more.

Thank you and enjoy this great recipe you'all!

Comment

One Small Step for me...  One Giant Leap for my Family!

4 Comments

One Small Step for me... One Giant Leap for my Family!

SIW-e1438464398305.jpg

  By LL

As I sit here on the eve of my first food challenge of my PBL career... I'm not gonna lie. I'm uncomfortable!

In fact, I keep asking myself why I'm doing this?! Why am I choosing to take a risk, step out of my comfort zone in front of an audience, and drag my family along with me for the ride?

Because it's time! Because I want my family to be healthy ... ALL of us! And I want us to be more conscious about the choices we are making.

V and I have been chatting a bit about what I will take on as my first step towards conscious eating. This one has been tough for me. I was a vegetarian for a while after college. In the past years, I have been deeply impacted by Michael Pollan's: The Omnivore's Dilemma. I've also become a big fan of food writer Mark Bittman and share his concerns not only about the health impacts of our modern diet, but the ecological impacts as well. I have been trying to cut back on the amount of meat in our diet for the past few years and add more vegetarian options to the table. I'm a big grain eater. I love quinoa!! I love oats! I love bulghur & farro. So trying a Paleo lifestyle is going to be a big adjustment on many levels for me. I'm drawn to the focus on sustainability, conscious farming & slaughtering practices, organics... so I know the Paleo consciousness is very in tune with my own. It's just a big leap!!

So how do I pick my first step?

I decided that I should look at everything we eat in a week, and also... what we DON'T eat. What languishes in our refrigerator until it gets tossed or thrown in my neighbor's compost pile? What real-time food decisions are we making on a daily basis? Let's question the status quo a bit in our kitchen...

I was pretty disappointed when I got to the end of the week. Farm stand veggies wilted in the face of another busy evening with everyone running in different directions. Sandwiches purchased on the fly, or take-out for dinner were chosen in multiple instances instead of taking the time to cook something fresh and healthy from our fridge. The biggest problem in MY house right now? Processed foods and pre-prepared meals. The evil twin attached to that... SUGAR!

Holy cow! There are cereals packed with sugar (and these are supposed to be the healthier options!). There are snack bars and pre-blended yogurt smoothies. There is soda in my house!! When did we start drinking soda again?!

Ok... there's a lot to clean up here!

cupboard clean out

 

Step One: dump the packaged crap and start cooking real meals instead of grabbing things on the fly. (Does that count as #onesmallstep?!  It sure feels HUGE to me!)

 

sometimes love hurts...

 

No more bowls of cereal or yogurt drinks instead of a good breakfast. No more pre-fab dinners or lunches. I'm cooking up some of those veggies and organic, grass fed meats!

I'm not ready to knock the grains yet. That's going to have to come later. But I am ready to do a refined sugar clear out in the pantry! I've enlisted the troops... and they are on board. I think cereal will be my husband's biggest hurdle. For my son... soda & ice cream? Not sure. We'll have to see. For me? All of it?! I'll report back and let you know.

To kick us off, my son & I just listened to Nom Nom Paleo's recent podcast about Paleo desserts. It was a great lead in to our month of clearing out the refined, processed, sugary crack in our pantry.  They make great points about the fact that somehow dessert has found a place at every meal... every day!  Sweets used to be a treat for special occasions or Sunday dinners.  How have we gotten so off course?! My son loved the idea that, after our August purge, we only add dessert or Paleo treats back into our diet on "S days," like they mention in the podcast. (I'm hoping we only add them back on holidays & birthdays... but I'm not ready to let him in on that part yet!)  I've done a ton of reading over the past week on Clean Eating & Paleo, and focused in on the debate over Paleo sweeteners.   I already caught an earful from one of my neighbors on the topic.  I can tell this is going to be an interesting ride!

I'll save that for my next post!! Right now, I have a lot of junk to purge from my cabinet, and a week's worth of meals to plan & prep!

Wish me luck!

4 Comments