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  1. Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew (Starbucks Copycat Recipe) – {options for keto, paleo, dairy-free, vegan}

    The Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is made with their signature cold brew coffee, vanilla syrup, a sweetened pumpkin cream cold foam on top that actually contains real pumpkin and it is finished with a sprinkle of pumpkin spice topping but it also has a lot of sugar, some not so great ingredients and of course, dairy. This copycat recipe was recreated at home to ditch all the refined sweeteners and sugar and to use the quality ingredients I personally prefer. I am sharing options for dairy and non-dairy and lots of opportunity for you to customize to your preference, follow the instructions for paleo, keto, etc.

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew - Starbucks Copycat (options for keto, paleo, dairy-free)

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew - Starbucks Copycat (options for keto, paleo, dairy-free)

    I am married to a Starbucks addict. Mark likes Starbucks. A lot. Me, not so much. Mark loves their straight up cold brew, extra ice, splash of whole milk. He’s simple but he knows what he likes. He also like knowing what he will get, Starbucks are everywhere and he knows what to expect. He will occasionally venture out and try something seasonal that isn’t too obscene and he hasn’t stopped raving about the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. Recently he basically FORCED me to try the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, a persistent little dude – because I think deep down he knew that my fall-obsessed, pumpkin spice lovin’, recipe recreating soul would fall in love and recreate it at home – which he really benefits from!!

    And I loved it and I couldn’t do much more than take a sip because it was grossly over-sweetened, even with me asking for only one pump of vanilla syrup in the coffee. But, I considered it market research and off I went trying to figure out how I could recreate it at home.

    How to Make a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Coffee:

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew - Starbucks Copycat (options for keto, paleo, dairy-free)

    1) Make Your Own Cold Brew or Buy Your Favorite Cold Brew:

    Making your own cold brew at home is surprisingly simple and very cost effective. We do this often and the best part is being able to control the strength of my cold brew, the quality of the beans (I always go for organic as coffee beans are one of the most highly pesticide-sprayed foods) and often if I am avoiding or limiting caffeine I will make my own decaf or half caff cold brew, something you can’t find anywhere else.

     

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew - Starbucks Copycat (options for keto, paleo, dairy-free)

    2) Milk Options for the Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam:

    Closest to the Starbucks Original Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew – only if you tolerate dairy: 

    After some investigating and lots of testing, I learned that Starbucks uses skim milk to get their light frothy cream. In the pumpkin cream cold froth it actually contains a condensed skim milk. I wasn’t going there since those are always high in sugar. But I also read in the ingredients on their website it also contains cream and milk. Just for the heck of it, I also tried frothing half and half and it definitely didn’t foam up and get nearly as frothy. From what I understand the protein without the fat content found in skim or low fat milks creates large air bubbles which allows it stay light and foamy. Now in most other scenarios I would say GO WITH FAT, skim milk is kinda blech yucky face, in my opinion, the fat is where the goodness and taste is and skim milk is generally so crazy stripped of any potential nutrients, but look, if you are looking for a really close replica at home and you tolerate dairy, skim milk is the answer. Again this homemade version of the cold cream foam made without the carageeenan (a stabilizer) and all the sugar that you will find in the Starbucks version, means this DIY rendition is a bit lighter – but it’s really quite nice. If you want a thicker, richer cream try half and half or heavy cream, but just know that it definitely doesn’t get as frothy.

    For Dairy-free/Paleo Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew – a very close second

    The best results that I found, to recreate the frothy cream, without dairy, is to FIRST select your favorite non-dairy milk. I have tried store-bought macadamia, almond, cashew and coconut milk. They all frothed up a little bit on their own, but not nearly like the skim milk did. Homemade unstrained cashew milk froths up quite wonderfully. The store-bought barista blends that usually have gums and many have sugar these frothed better than the non-barista blends. Coconut milk was least frothy, I think it’s a bit too heavy.

    SECOND, ok so here is what I did next my secret for the ultimate frothy, non-dairy milk: stay with me on this one, ADD EGG WHITE!! Hear me out, think of those old school frothy cocktails, a whiskey sour, gin fizz or a pisco sour, they are light, frothy and have that distinct mouth feel that I realized is kinda close-ish to the Starbucks Cold Cream Foams, this is the best way I have found to create a non-dairy copycat. I use approximately 1/2 of 1 egg white and add it to the 1/4 cup on non-dairy milk and VOILA – frothy, non-dairy cold cream foam. I recommend going with less pumpkin on the non-dairy versions, 1/2 teaspoon.

    For Vegan Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew:

    If you can’t do dairy and you can’t consume egg whites or you prefer not to, you can certainly froth up your favorite non-dairy milk, but as I said, it isn’t quite the same, you definitely don’t get those exact foam vibes but it’s still VERY delicious. Try homemade unstrained cashew milk to get the creaminess or for a richer version coconut milk is nice for taste and thickness, but again it’s not as frothy. I recommend going with less pumpkin on the non-dairy versions, 1/2 teaspoon.

     

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew - Starbucks Copycat (options for keto, paleo, dairy-free)

    3) Options for Sweeteners:

    In the Starbucks Original Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew the Grande size has 2 pumps of vanilla syrup in the coffee alone (which you can easily ask for them to leave out), but there is also a fair amount of additional sugar in the vanilla syrup found in the flavoring that gives the pumpkin cream foam topping all of it’s taste, which as far as I understand is mixed in with the pumpkin flavor already, so you can’t leave it out. In a Grande, which is 16 oz the drink as it comes contains 32 grams of sugar.

    For me, I really love the way just a little smidge of maple syrup tastes in the homemade pumpkin cream cold foam. 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon is honestly more than enough for my low-key sweet taste buds. At just over 1 gram of sugar for 1/4 teaspoon of maple syrup or 2.5 grams of sugar for 1/2 teaspoon, this keeps this drink low carb and keto-friendly, easily. You can certainly add more to your liking, maybe upwards or a teaspoon or two, but be aware as you start to add more maple syrup, it may affect the frothiness and it will obviously increase the amount of sugar.

    If you are more a straight-up sugar kinda guy/gal than I would recommend making a simple syrup (I would recommend doing so with unrefined sugar or even coconut sugar) vs. adding granulated sugar as that too would affect the cold cream. You can also opt for a few drops of stevia or another non-caloric sweetener, if that’s your scene. I did make one version with this pumpkin spice sugar-free stevia syrup that I happened to have here since it was sent to me as a sample. It was delicious, though I generally do not recommend these type of highly refined products. I would personally rather opt for real food.

    I personally prefer to leave the sweetener out of the coffee itself, but if you wanted it sweet, again a little maple syrup would be a nice option.

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew - Starbucks Copycat (options for keto, paleo, dairy-free)

    4) Additional Ingredients:

    Pumpkin Puree – yes we add REAL pumpkin to this tasty pumpkin cream foam. It’s not a lot, but it brings just a lil pumpkin flavor. Just an FYI if your foam isn’t frothing to your liking, you may want to take your pumpkin puree down to 1/2 or 3/4 teaspoon

    Pumpkin Pie Spice – this is where the real flavor comes from, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves – so much fall flavor.

    Vanilla Extract – the original contains vanilla syrup both in the coffee and the foam. Rather than a syrup, I like to add straight up real vanilla extract to the foam. You can also add to the coffee, as well. Vanilla bean paste or fresh vanilla beans are also really nice.

    Maple Syrup or other sweetener (see above) – this is often my go-to sweetener, a little goes a long way, it’s a whole food that hasn’t been refined and stripped of it’s nutrients, it blends nicely into the pumpkin cream cold foam.

    Real Salt – just a pinch is all you need, quality unrefined salt always makes sweet flavors pop. I like using Redmond’s Real Salt to get in some extra trace minerals.

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew - Starbucks Copycat (options for keto, paleo, dairy-free)

    5) What You Need to Make Your Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Foam (any of these will work):

    Milk Frother: You can buy a stand alone milk frother, like the Aeroccino and most offer the option for heat froth or cold. I use this one from Nespresso and I love it, you can make cold or hot foam and also just heat milk without frothing (though it seems this model has been discontinued so this is WAYYY expensive.)

    Handheld Milk Frother Wand: I see these everywhere now, they are affordable and surprisingly very, very effective. Do a quick search on Amazon, there are loads of options. I tested this recipe with a high quality Nespresso milk frother and a FREE handheld wand I was sent as a promo and the results with both were about the same!

    Steam Wand on an Espresso Machine: this would work but would heat the cream.

    High Speed Blender: To froth milk in a blender, pour in the ingredients then let the machine rip for 15-30 seconds, or until the milk is foamy.

    Shake it Like a Polaroid Picture: add to a jar and shake, shake, shake. Won’t be the same, but hey, it’s something.

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew - Starbucks Copycat (options for keto, paleo, dairy-free)

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    Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew (Starbucks Copycat Recipe) - {options for keto, paleo, dairy-free, vegan}
     
    gluten-free, grain-free, keto/low carb, options for: paleo, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free
    Serves: 1 serving
    Ingredients
    • Cold Brew Coffee
    • 12 ounces cold brew coffee
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
    • maple syrup or other sweetener, to taste (optional)
    • Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam (see options below)
    • Pumpkin pie spice blend for topping

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam (dairy version)
    • ¼ cup cold organic grass-fed skim milk
    • 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree
    • ¼ - ½ teaspoon maple syrup, or to taste (or other sweetener)
    • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch real salt or sea salt

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam (non-dairy version)
    • ¼ cup cold non-dairy milk, of your choice (homemade cashew milk is great, store bought barista blends froth up nicely)
    • ½ egg white from pasture-raised or free-range egg (just an approximation)
    • ½ teaspoon pumpkin puree
    • ¼ - ½ teaspoon maple syrup, or to taste (or other sweetener)
    • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch real salt or sea salt

    Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam (vegan version)
    • ¼ cup cold non-dairy milk
    • ½ teaspoon pumpkin puree
    • ¼ - ½ teaspoon maple syrup, or to taste (or other sweetener)
    • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch real salt or sea salt
    Instructions
    1. Make your cold brew ahead of time if you are making yourself. Strain and chill.
    2. Add all of the Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam ingredients to a jar or measuring cup if using a hand held brother or the pitcher of a milk frother (if mixing by hand add to a jar with a tightly fitting lid).
    3. Froth until it is fluffy, light and foamy.
    4. Add ice to a large glass, add the cold brew coffee (if adding vanilla or sweetener, mix well to combine). Pour or spoon the Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam over top. Sprinkle a little pumpkin spice blend on top.
    5. Enjoy.
     

  2. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 32: Food Rules, Guidelines, Restriction and Freedom

     

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    Episode 32: Food Rules, Guidelines, Restriction and Freedom

    How do food rules or guidelines make YOU feel? Are you someone who finds comfort or freedom in the structure and direction or do food rules always feel like restriction or toxic diet dogma to you?

    In this shorter format episode I am sharing some thoughts that have been heavy on my mind lately and I am diving into why I think we need to consider that individual’s perceptions and tendencies toward rules differ just as much as the individuals themselves do.

    I am also sharing some of my personal concerns with the current extreme pendulum swings and the shame-inducing judgement I have seen some folks feel for their personal preferences and tendencies that may differ from others.

    If you enjoyed this episode or you have any thoughts at all – please reach out, I would LOVE to hear from you.

     

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

    Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)

    Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies Quiz

     

     

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    Since we are still pretty new on iTunes, please do us a solid and SUBSCRIBE and of course, we would be honored if you took the time to rate and review the show, this will help more people find us and help the show to grow!  If you liked this episode or others, please share on social media and tag us, share with friends and family, etc – this means the world! 

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  3. Low Carb Chicken Pesto Cast Iron Meatza {Keto, Grain-free w/ easy options for Paleo, Whole30, Dairy-free}

    This delicious Low Carb Chicken Pesto Cast Iron Meatza is a really simple recipe that comes together in no time. It brings all the pizza vibes without all the grains and heaviness that some of us can experience as a result of traditional pizza. You can use the base crust recipe for other pizza variations and get creative with your toppings!  This recipe is low-carb and keto-friendly and it’s great for those who eat gluten-free or grain-free and easily adaptable to be dairy-free or nut-free.

    Chicken Pesto Cast Iron Meatza {Keto, Grain-free w/ easy options for Paleo, Whole30, Dairy-free}

    Chicken Pesto Cast Iron Meatza {Keto, Grain-free w/ easy options for Paleo, Whole30, Dairy-free}

    I remember the first time I hear the word “meatza”, I remember thinking – “Um… that’s weird”. Then I thought about it, people eat meatloafs and meatballs, we make meat patties for burgers – why can’t we make a pizza crust from meat? It’s brilliant. I’d love to take credit for the idea, but I can’t. But I can take credit for making it in a cast iron and dressing it up with a tasty pesto sauce. This meatza crust holds up so well to lots of toppings, you can actually pick it up with one hand or go all in with a fork – that’s up to you and your style. It’s loaded with flavor, it is super satisfying, filling and a breeze to make.

    Chicken Pesto Cast Iron Meatza {Keto, Grain-free w/ easy options for Paleo, Whole30, Dairy-free}

    You can certainly shape your crust and make it on a sheet pan or any other baking dish that has sides (since you will have a little grease), if you prefer, but I find making this delicious low carb pizza in a seasoned cast iron skillet makes for a really nice crispy crust. Since cast iron skillets get pretty dang hot and stay hot, it’s just perfect for even cooking and a nice high heat sear. I use a 12-inch cast iron skillet but it would work in any size cast iron pan. Obviously the bigger the pan the thinner the crust, the smaller the pan, the thicker.

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  4. My Pre and Post Workout Routines

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    My Pre and Post Workout Routines

    I am asked quite often about what my pre and post-workout routines look like so I wanted to put together a quick video and this more comprehensive article of my Pre and Post Workout Routines to share some of regimen, my practices and non-negotiables – plus some simple tips that you might find helpful to implement into your own routines.

     Like most things concerning health and wellness, I do not believe that there is a one-size-fits-all approach and this is no exception. It is important that you are always curious and open to listening to your own body; you need to consider the unique factors of your personal lifestyle along with your own individual goals and your current health state.

    My Pre and Post Workout Routines

    My Pre-Workout Routine:

    Generally my pre-workout routine is quite simple. I tend to workout 5 to 6 days a week, it’s become a very important part of my daily ritual and setting aside  time for workouts is a major priority for me. Not only do I find it supports my healthy lifestyle, but it’s so important for my mental and emotional health, as well.

    I prefer to workout around 8 or 9am most mornings and since I personally feel my best when I work out in a fasted state, I generally wake up, have a large glass of water (many times it’s warm lemon water) and I just enjoy the quiet of the morning hours. Often, I will start my day with some meditation or deep breathing and then I’ll use the morning quiet time to check in with my calendar, to go over my to-do list and make a plan for the rest of the day.

    Occasionally, I will enjoy a little caffeine prior to my workout, either by way of tea or a coffee, and on the rare occasion when I am looking for a boost to get me going I might enjoy a trusted pre-workout supplement.

    My gym is quite close to my home so part of my daily routine involves my walk to and from the gym. It’s about 1.5 miles round tip and it is just enough to get me outside and enjoying the beautiful weather. It gives me time to video chat with my family back east or just appreciate nature and being away from my computer.

    To me this practice has become as important to my day and my health as any heavy weights I’ll lift when I do get to the gym.

     

    Pre-workout Routine:

      Quiet time (meditation, deep breathing)

      Glass of water or warm lemon water

      Check out the calendar and plan out my day

      Coffee, tea or possibly a pre-workout

      Walk to the gym

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  5. Low Carb Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips {Grain-free, Sweetener-free, Dairy-free}

    This Low Carb Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips is grain-free, sweetener-free and dairy-free and it’s the most perfect way to kick-off my favorite season of them all. Serve this delicious low carb pumpkin bread warm with a little butter, ghee, coconut butter or cream cheese. Depending on your vibes with sweet stuff, you might consider a light drizzle of maple syrup or raw honey.

    Low Carb Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips {Grain-free, Sweetener-free, Dairy-free}

    Low Carb Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips {Grain-free, Sweetener-free, Dairy-free}

    For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere autumn is upon us once again and we can get super basic and pumpkin spice ALL the things. I find myself getting super inspired in the kitchen this time of year, this is my favorite season to create. Cozy, comfort foods is my favorite, this is what it’s all about!

    Because most of the pumpkin spice foods you find in the world are aggressively over-sweetened with refined sugars or corn syrups or to make “sugar-free” treats, they are blasted with highly-refined, non-caloric sweeteners, which I don’t personally love – it just doesn’t leave a lot of options!

    REDEFINING SWEET with Sweetener-Free

    As you all know, I am a really big fan of redefining the term sweet. Developing a new relationship with this important taste in our palate is something I find to be very important. Instead of continuously having to push  the boundaries of sweet, going sweeter and sweeter and it never being enough, then taking on a bi-annual sugar detox where you completely cut out sweet entirely because it gets out of hand, all this before the cycle starts over again (because news flash, deprivation doesn’t work) – I prefer to instead break this cycle, redefine the relationship with sweet and really learn to appreciate and crave the natural sweetness of foods. I don’t think sweetness is a taste we need to avoid completely, it’s important to our palate and our food experiences – but I do feel that it is one that can be changed.

    I love that by redefining what sweetness is for you, not only do you get the wonderful pleasure of truly appreciating the inherent sweetness and the subtleties of flavors from so many delicious foods, you also redefine the often troublesome relationship many of us can have with sweet things.

    Many alternative sweeteners, natural and artificial alike, while they may not contain calories and they may not increase your blood glucose, they also can be anywhere from 100 to 20,000 times sweetener than regular table sugar. This can lead to a hypersensitive palate, where an individual will find that more and more sweet stuff is needed to receive pleasure and to placate the sweet taste receptors. But, it’s also common that other taste receptors are affected as well, the body’s ability to effectively taste (and therefore crave) important flavors like “bitter” (an important taste than can ensure that we are consuming nutrient-dense foods like dark-leafy greens, etc.) can also be affected, which is why you will often hear people who are addicted to sugar and sweet stuff adamantly swear they HATE the way some veggies taste. I believe it, they aren’t being picky, their taste buds are off!

    Some research 1https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261179.php has also shown that while non-caloric sweeteners may not cause a blood glucose response, some may still trigger an insulin response and what’s worse, it’s an increase of insulin without the high blood glucose. When insulin rises without an increase in the blood glucose that it intends to shuttle out of the blood stream and this can lead to blood glucose levels to follow that fall too low.

    Additionally, many of these non-caloric alternative sweeteners don’t raise important satiety hormones that tell the body when it is satiated, satisfied and full. These sweeteners also do not affect neurotransmitters the way that sugar traditionally does, so if the sweet receptors are triggered by the sweet food but it doesn’t receive the expected results of satiety or the feel-good vibes (due to the affects on neurotransmitters) that regular sugar provides it can be quite confusing to the metabolism and this can lead to overeating and increased hunger and cravings.

    Finally, many non-caloric sweeteners can lead to GI discomfort like bloating and gas and many have been shown disrupt the gut microbiome, I am sure you know by now the gut plays an incredibly crucial role in our digestion, immune health and overall vitality! We definitely don’t want to be messing with that delicate balance.

    Low Carb Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips {Grain-free, Sweetener-free, Dairy-free}

    In my personal approach, I would rather use a very, very small amount of the natural options on the rare occasion I want something sweet – a date or two, a banana, a light drizzle of unrefined dark maple syrup or raw honey. Not only are they unrefined and unadulterated, blasted with heat or solvents, unlike totally nutrient-depleted sweeteners and even refined table sugar, these foods left in their whole form do contain some actual nutrients. Now, I am not at all suggesting you chug maple syrup to get your B vitamins, but they are in there. Of course, the reason a little goes a long way with these foods is that the less you consume sugar and of course, the sweetener alternatives, first of all, the less you will crave them and the less you will need, but also the more sensitive your taste receptors becomes to sweetness. And suddenly a single date will taste like straight up candy. Coconut milk will take on a sweetness you never noticed before, 85% or 90% dark chocolate will be plenty sweet and warming spices often paired with sweets, like cinnamon or nutmeg or even a little pure vanilla extract, these alone will bring a little sense of sweetness to your palate. It’s incredible.

    This Low Carb Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips is sweetener-free. I like it this way! Yes, the dark chocolate chips, depending on which you use may have a little sugar, this is going to be up to you. You can use dark chocolate chips that are stevia-sweetened like Lily’s or maybe go for 100% dark chocolate chips (YES PLEASE). If you are like “UMMM NOPE, Beth, I need some sweetness” you can add a little coconut sugar, maple sugar or date sugar to the recipe, start with 1/4 cup and go from there. Sometimes I will drizzle the littlest amount of maple syrup or raw honey over a warm, toasted slice of this bread, with a little salted grass-fed ghee or butter.

    I plan to share a podcast episode or write an article going more into depth on my thoughts on sweeteners and sugar – is that something you might enjoy? If so, please share any questions you may have about alternative / non-caloric sweeteners and my approach to sweetness!

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    1.https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261179.php
  6. 5 Things to Know About the Keto Diet

    With so many myths and so much misinformation flying around about the keto diet and with the continued growing popularity of this approach, as a holistic nutritionist who guides many individuals on a food-as-medicine, healing ketogenic approach – here are the 5 things I want everyone to know about eating keto. If you want to learn more about what the keto diet is and if it might be right for you, check out this FREE Download the FREE Keep it Simple Keto eBook here – this is a 7 Day Quickstart Guide to Living a Fabulous Fat Fueled Life.

     

     

    5 Things I Want You to Know About the Keto Diet:

    1) Keto is not for everyone!!  It just isn’t. We are all very different, we have different needs, different imbalances and deficiencies. Our bodies are not the same, we come from unique genetics, we need to consider gender, age, health goals – OK you get it. There is no one size fits all approach to nutrition and diet. There never will be. We have to honor our individuality. You gotta do what works for you!! For some individuals, keto may work as a temporary therapeutic intervention that evolves into an approach that supports their ever changing needs and for others implementing a sustainable, customized ketogenetic or fat-fueled lifestyle may be something that they stick with on a more permanent basis.

    2) Eating Keto isn’t NO carbs EVER. Carbs as a macronutrient aren’t the enemy as much as the kind of carbs and the quantity that most people are consuming them in. A drastically lower consumption of carbohydrates at the inset of a ketogenic approach is the catalyst to the body switching from burning glucose (or sugar) as it’s main source of energy and instead prioritizing fat and ketones. The amount of carbs consumed in a day after the body has adapted to burning fat over sugar, should be highly individualistic, based on your current health state, your goals and your activity level (to name a few). I also always suggest you are getting the majority of your quality carbs from veggies, particularly nutrient-dense leafy greens, kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and when appropriate adding in starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, squash or other root veggies or your favorite seasonal fruits. If you want to learn more about carb cycling and finding the amount of carbs that are right for you check out the Keto for You 8 Week Masterclass where we go in-depth on developing a personalized approach and protocol that supports your body and your needs, including how to incorporate carbohydrates, how much and when – this takes the guess work out of your choices and it helps you to avoid strict rules and obsessively counting using someone else’s metrics.

    3) Eating too much protein will NOT cause gluconeogenesis or kick you out of ketosis. Gluconeogenesis is a natural process that happens in the body, as needed. To simplify it, the body will create glucose, endogenously, as necessary for the various processes, when necessary. The fear among some within the keto community is that eating more protein will trigger this process and “kick you out of ketosis” and with that misconception I see a lot of folks under-eating protein because of this fear. But, there is absolutely no credible research or scientific backing to support this belief! 

    Gluconeogenesis, is a process that is always turned on in the body, and it operates in an as-needed state, meaning it is mostly demand driven. When the body needs more glucose, the body will produce more glucose without having to eat it. This process isn’t something we need to fear, it is actually quite important to those in a ketogenic state, as the body will produce the glucose necessary to fuel the parts of your brain that can only run on glucose. 

    Protein is so important to so many processes in the body, but to me one of the most beneficial aspects of protein is how highly nutrient dense it is, how satiating it is and it actually requires more energy to be broken down. Hormone problems, stalled weight loss, thyroid issues, etc. To learn more about how to determine your personal daily protein consumption goals, how gluconeogenesis works and more download the FREE Keep it Simple Keto eBook there is a bonus follow-up lesson included sent via email that goes super in-depth on protein. I also recommend checking out Episode 21 of the Between Meals Podcast – Keto Conversations: Should I eat More Fat? Do I Need More Protein?

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  7. White Chicken Chili {Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Nightshade-free}

    This comforting and hearty low carb White Chicken Chili cooks in under 30 minutes and in one pot. It’s perfect for a delicious fall or winter weeknight meal! It’s keto, paleo, whole30 and nightshade-free. With a few simple tweaks, AIP-compliant, too.

    White Chicken Chili {Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Nightshade-free, Dairy-free}
    White Chicken Chili {Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Nightshade-free, Dairy-free}

    It’s about that time of year, soup, stew and chili season. My absolute favorite!!! I adore the comforts of these foods, I crave them. This is the food that makes my soul happy.

    I also REALLY love meals that are ready in 30 minutes or less on the stove top, one pot, no special tools or equipment, just a straight-up, easy, hearty meal.

    This particular White Chicken Chili recipe is low carb and keto-friendly, it’s paleo, Whole30 compliant and made without any nightshades. With a few minor changes you can also make this White Chicken Chili AIP compliant.

    What are Nightshades?

    Nightshades are a botanical family of plants, more technically called Solanaceae.  The most common nightshades are tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and eggplant. These plants all have certain characteristics in common (like the shape of the flower and how the seed is arranged within the fruit–Wikipedia has a good description).  There are more than two thousand plant species in the nightshade family, the vast majority of which are inedible and many of which are highly poisonous (like deadly nightshade and jimsomweed). Tobacco is a nightshade, and is known to cause heart, lung, and circulatory problems, as well as cancer and other health problems (although, clearly some of this has to do with the other toxins in tobacco products derived from the processing.) The reason why nightshades are problematic for many people is due to the glycoalkaloid content. Over-consumption of these edible species can actually be poisonous to anyone, and it is possible that the low-level toxic properties of nightshade vegetables contribute to a variety of health issues over time.1https://www.thepaleomom.com/what-are-nightshades/ Read more here about the potential concerns with nightshades for those with autoimmune disease.

    White Chicken Chili {Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Nightshade-free, Dairy-free}

    Why Nightshade-free?

    While I am not 100% nightshade-free, 100% of the time, I have discovered in this last year that in abundance, nightshades can trigger my autoimmune symptoms and cause noticeable joint pain for me, it can cause migraines and allergy-like symptoms, so, I have been  careful about how much I consume them and the amount. If I am struggling with an autoimmune flare-up or digestive flare-ups, I will cut nightshades out completely until things calm down a bit. On the regular, when my autoimmune symptoms are managed, I still prefer to avoid them in whole food form, like tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and eggplants, but usually in pretty small amounts, as a garnish or in spice blends, etc – nightshade do not trigger a noticeable response for me, so I don’t overly concern myself with obsessing over it, in that sense. I know folks who have to be 100% nightshade-free and it can certainly be challenging, in a lot of ways I think even more than having to avoid gluten, since they can hide in spices, seasonings, sauces, etc.

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    References   [ + ]

    1.https://www.thepaleomom.com/what-are-nightshades/
  8. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 31: The Power of Holistic Self Healing with Dr. Nicole LePera

     

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    How to Self Heal with The Holistic Psychologist 

    On episode 31 of the Between Meals Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Nicole LePera aka The Holistic Psychologist and we are talking all things self healing.

    Dr. Nicole LePera was trained in clinical psychology at Cornell University and the New School. She is a holistic psychologist who founded the Mindful Healing Center in Philadelphia. Her work addresses the connection between the mind and body and incorporates nutrition, lifestyle and psychological wellness practices. She is the creator of the movement #selfhealers where people from around the world are joining together in community to take healing into their own hands.

    The incredible community Nicole has created is growing at a rapid pace and it is hard not to see why, he selflessness, her passion and her visions shines incredible bright. Her words, her tools and her true love of empowering others to consciously heal is admirable and truly inspirational.

     

    IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

    • How Dr. Le Pera had the confidence to approach to psychology and holistic healing in a brand new way
    • Self disclosure as a practitioner in the mental health space
    • Moving past fear to reach your goals and working through the discomfort of change
    • The impact of social media as a healer and why it’s important to take breaks
    • The importance of setting boundaries
    • What is future self journaling and how to do it
    • Knowing you are enough while still seeking change for yourself 
    • What is a self healer?
    • Knowing how and when to seek outside support
    • Supporting a loved-one who is experiencing trauma
    • Emotional eating
    • The important steps to change
    • and so much more!

     

    Follow Dr. Nicole LePera:

    Website: https://yourholisticpsychologist.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.holistic.psychologist/

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtEWTaMjqOH8J1Gy06Ey0Yg

    The Future Self Journal: https://yourholisticpsychologist.com/future-self-journaling/

     

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

    Future Self Journal

    A Beginner Guide to Setting Boundaries

     

     

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  9. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 30: Thyroid Health and Healing Hashimoto’s

     

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    No. 30 | Supporting Thyroid Health and Healing Hashimoto’s with Tracey Grant and Carly Johnson Brawner

    I am joined by Hashmoto’s advocates and experts Tracey Grant and Carly Johnson Brawner, sharing their knowledge and personal experiences surrounding thyroid health and Hashimoto’s. Thyroid health can be confusing, overwhelming and downright discouraging at times, but it doesn’t need to be.

    Tracey and Carly share their own experiences with thyroid health, getting their diagnosis, what their symptoms looks like and what they learned along the way, plus incredible practical advice and resources to support you in your journey with thyroid health.

    In this Episode We Discuss:

    • What is Hashimoto’s, what are the common symptoms and how common is it?
    • How is Hashimoto’s different than hypothyroidism?
    • How is Hashimoto’s typically treated?
    • When is medical intervention necessary? 
    • How to investigate possible root causes and what are common root causes with Hashimoto’s
    • What are functional and holistic approaches to Hashimoto’s?
    • Key pieces of advice for those with Hashimoto’s
    • Is thyroid medication necessary and forever?  Should people go on it or try to get off of it?
    • Natural ways to improve thyroid health and lifestyle factors to consider.
    • If Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism runs in your family, what should you be doing to prevent it?
    • Is it necessary to be gluten free?
    • Carly and Tracey answer common thyroid health questions 
    • and so much more!

     

    Additional Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

    The Healing Hashimoto’s Course

    Red light therapy research

     

    AIP recipe resources: 

    www.wholedailylife.com

    frolicandflow.me

    www.foodbymars.com

    www.autoimmunewellness.com

    The Nutrient Dense Kitchen by Mickey Trescott

     

     Follow Tracey Grant:

    Instagram: @wholedailylife

    Follow Carly Johnson Brawner:

    Website: frolicandflow.me

    Instagram: @frolicandflow

     

    FREE OVERCOMING HASHIMOTO’S WEBINAR

    If you are one of the 20 million people struggling with Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism, check out the free LIVE masterclass that Carly and Tracey are hosting on July 23rd. It’s going to be all about the 5 KEY THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO OVERCOME HASHIMOTO’S. They both have Hashimoto’s themselves and have helped countless clients stop managing symptoms and truly heal from autoimmunity. You don’t want to miss it – check it out here!

     

    THE HEALING HASHIMOTO’S COURSE – REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!

    If you’re ready to take control of your health and feel like yourself again, this could be the answer you’ve been looking for. This 6-week course covers SO MUCH:

    • What autoimmunity and Hashimoto’s are and how they manifest so you understand what is going on in your body.
    • The common triggers for Hashimoto’s so you can start to identify and heal your root cause.
    • The important differences in thyroid medications and why different people need different prescriptions so that you’ll be able to work with your doctor to find the one that works best for your specific needs.
    • The role of healing diets, crucial thyroid nutrients, and the foods to avoid so that you can embrace food as medicine. 

    How to live a great life with thyroid autoimmune disease so that you can stop wondering and worrying, and get back to living your best life.

     

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  10. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 29: Regenerative Agriculture and Glyphosate. 

     

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    No. 29 | Regenerative Agriculture and Glyphosate. 

    Why it matters to the earth and your health.

    This week’s Episode of the Between Meals Podcast was created in partnership with MegaFood®. I’m proud to work with brands who care about the health of their consumers and the planet. As always, all opinions are my own. 

    When it comes to climate change, to combat the catastrophic impact on the health of the earth and humans, it starts from the ground up.  Literally — we are talking about SOIL! While farming and herbicides may not seem like a conversation that is relevant to most of you, I urge you to stick around. We need to be looking at how we are feeding our soil, so it can continue to feed us. Just like the human body has the microbiome of the gut, the soil has its own microbiome and without a healthy microbiome, the rest of the organism – the earth – it cannot thrive!

    In this episode of the Between Meals Podcast I am joined by Sara Newmark, VP of Social Impact at MegaFood. We are chatting about regenerative agriculture and the impact it has on climate change and the environment, our health and why you should care. Additionally, I have shared on the website in the past, about the impacts of glyphosate on the health of our body and the health of our soil and we touch on the efforts being made to ban the use of glyphosate, what you can look for and all the many ways you can get involved both in supporting regenerative agriculture and banning glyphosate.

     

    In this Episode We Discuss:

    • What regenerative agriculture is and why it matters.
    • How is agriculture and farming related to climate change?
    • How will regenerative agriculture improve soil health?
    • What will happen if nothing is done to improve the health of our soil
    • What are the impacts this can have on the environment and our health?
    • The most common regenerative agriculture practices.
    • How regenerative agriculture can help companies meet sustainability goals.
    • Pending legislation supporting regenerative farming practices.
    • What is the Healthy Farm Standard?
    • What are some of the things MegaFood is doing to support regenerative agriculture?
    • MegaFood’s efforts to ban the use of glyphosate and how this initiative relates to regenerative agriculture 
    • How can you get involved in the regenerative agriculture movement and in banning the use of glyphosate in your food
    • and so much more!!!

    More about MegaFood’s Commitment to Social Impact Initiatives:

    MegaFood is B-Corp certified, which enables the company to make progress in solving the needs of a world in nutritional crisis. While MegaFood has always aligned with the social impact standards, with the formal B-Corp Certification in 2017, MegaFood has also implemented the following strategic social impact initiatives:

    • Revised corporate bylaws to include social, environmental and economic diligence, ensuring the company stays on course, regardless of short-term and/or financial factors.
    • Established its Healthy Farm Standard program, aimed at improving our agricultural system by building carbon-rich soil and increasing the nutrient density of food. This new open standard will help farmers track and improve outcomes and help reach shared goals to ultimately support the health of our soil and build thriving communities.
    • Began development of a global verification standard for food grown in a regenerative way in partnership with The Carbon Underground and Green America, that results in improved soil health, improved human health, and a reduction of the threat from climate change. This work builds upon the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative that has over 150 companies, organizations and scientists as signatories. 
    • Became the first supplement brand to obtain glyphosate residue free (GRF) certification for its entire line of products. The certification was granted by The Detox Project, an independent research and certification organization, after MegaFood submitted its products to an independent, third-party laboratory for testing and was found to have met The Detox Project’s stringent standards. More recently, the brand has partnered with Environmental Working Group (EWG) and several additional food and nutrition brands, including Ben & Jerry’s and Stonyfield, to petition the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the use of glyphosate as a desiccant before harvest. With this petition MegaFood aims to raise awareness of the potentially unsafe levels of glyphosate residue found in our foods today. 
    • Integrated social impact as a crucial role in company-wide performance evaluations. 

     

    Additional Resources:

    http://tasty-yummies.com/what-is-glyphosate/

    You can learn more about Megafood’s social impact work and efforts to ban glyphosate: https://www.megafood.com/category/activism/glyphosate-free-what-about-food.html

    Learn more about MegaFood’s farm partners: https://www.megafood.com/meet-our-farmers/friends-of-megafood.html

    Learn more about the petition to ban Glyphosate:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/megafood-seeks-ban-on-use-of-glyphosate-as-a-desiccant-through-epa-petition-300722355.html

     

    To read and learn more about the Healthy Farm Standard:https://www.megafood.com/healthy-farm-standard.html

     

     

     

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  11. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 28: 5 Tips to Creating a Sustainable Keto Lifestyle

     

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    5 Tips to Creating a Sustainable Keto Lifestyle

    Learn to eat fearlessly well and heal your body without counting, obsessing or dieting.

    GO FROM FED UP AND CONFUSED TO WELL-FED AND CONFIDENT.Discover how to use a food-as-medicine, personalized nutritional ketosis approach to heal your body, prevent disease and achieve optimal health, THE SIMPLE WAY.

     

    HERE’S WHAT WE’LL COVER:

    • How to stop relying on willpower and motivation and instead set yourself up for EFFORTLESS SUCCESS

    • My secret weapon to creating a sustainable, customized approach to your health that NEVER FEELS LIKE A DIET

    • How you can empower yourself with the knowledge and the tools to BE YOUR OWN HEALER!

    • Learn how to DITCH TOXIC DIET MENTALITYwhile STILL making shifts and choices to support and HEAL your body

    • The BIGGEST MISTAKEI see people make when they take on a ketogenic approach.

     

    >> REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR KETO FOR YOU <<

    Enrollment is only open until all the spots have been taken or Sunday July 7 at 11:59pm PST whichever comes first. PLEASE DON’T WAIT.

    After enrollment has closed, you can sign up for a waitlist spot and you will be notified as soon as it opens again.

    Any questions, reach out at beth@tasty-yummies.com

     

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  12. Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Chicken Wings {gluten-free}

    This post is sponsored by the National Peanut Board. I received compensation, but all opinions and content are my own.

    These delicious, grilled chicken wings take the classic flavors of peanut butter and jelly and elevate it to another level. This recipe is the perfect way to make your summer BBQ a legend.

    Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Chicken Wings

    Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Chicken Wings

    Peanut butter and jelly is a classic combination that I think we can all agree reminds us of childhood. From picnic lunches to after school snacks – it was a staple for so many of us. Budget-friendly eats at their finest, there is something so comforting about peanut butter.

    Why leave that PB&J deliciousness in our past? I am bringing you a fun, new, delicious summertime recipe that brings this classic, tasty goodness into adulthood. These Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings are the perfect summer food. They will wow the pants off of your BBQ guests, and they are so simple to make.

    Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Chicken Wings

    I would LOVE to take credit for these wings, but the original idea comes from my cousin Dave, back home in Buffalo, NY. He is always coming up with unique flavor ideas for his pizzeria, from unique pizzas to fun and funky chicken wings. How very Buffalo of him, I know. His rendition is quite different than mine, without the grilling and only getting sauced after they’ve been deep fried, they are sticky and saucy and far more sweet than mine. For my chicken wing preferences, I want a little char on my wings, and I want less saucy, more savory and definitely more crispy.

    Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Chicken Wings

    Using our famous indirect method for grilled chicken wings, these wings get grilled till they are golden brown and crispy, they take a bath in sauce made from the creamy peanut butter and the sweet grape jelly, with a little garlic in there to keep in on the savory side and back onto the grill they go! This is KEY for getting a little crispy and some crunch and for making these wings the stars that they are!

    You can use your favorite peanut butter in this recipe. I opt for creamy, but crunchy would absolutely work here, too! I personally find the flavor of a classic, high quality concord grape jelly to work best here. I offer a range of 1/3 – 1/2 cup, because everyone is different with their preferred levels of sweet. Use your best judgement, taste and adjust as you go. You can use homemade sugar-free or lightly honey-sweetened jelly, if you prefer.

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  13. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 27: Cook Once, Eat All Week. Master Your Meal Prep with Cassy Joy Garcia

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    No. 27 | Cook Once, Eat All Week. Master Your Meal Prep with Cassy Joy Garcia

    Cassy Joy of FedandFit.com joins us on the Between Meals Podcast to share her expertise and knowledge around meal prep, menu planning and the best ways to get dinner on the table when life gets busy and you still want to eat well!

    In this Episode We Discuss:

    • sign up for the FREE Keto with Confidence Webinar here
    • how Cassy found her way to creating recipes and creating her website FedandFit.com
    • how Cassy’s Cook Once, Eat All Week method is different then traditional meal prep and batch cooking
    • how-to get started on meal prep and meal planning ahead
    • food storage tips, how long is it safe to store leftovers
    • how-to save money when buying groceries and tips for stocking up with the big sales
    • freezer tips, storing, defrosting and reheating
    • tips for families with different food needs and restrictions
    • and so much more!

    Get Cook Once, Eat All Week on Amazon

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Cook Once, Eat All Week is a meal prep approach that helps you create a week’s worth of meals without having to spend an entire day cooking! This book walks you through how to transform one protein and a couple of vegetables prepared in bulk each week into fresh, delicious, diverse meals. With a real food foundation, the plans in this book support dietary approaches ranging from kid-friendly to Paleo and keto-friendly to nightshade-free, and egg-free!

    Check out FedandFit.com

    Follow Cassy Joy on Instagram

    More about Cassy Joy Garcia

    Cassy Joy Garcia is the Editor in Chief behind the popular food and wellness website, FedandFit.com, the author of two cookbooks, the best-selling self-titled “Fed & Fit” book and her newest resource, “Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity.” She is a Certified Nutrition Consultant, the creator of The Fed & Fit Project, and the voice behind the weekly mindset-focused Fed & Fit Podcast.

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  14. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 26: Take Back Your Power. You are More than Your Body! with Steph Gaudreau

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    No. 26 | Take Back Your Power. You are More than Your Body! with Steph Gaudreau

    Beth and Steph chat through their experiences surrounding body image and ditching the idea that our worth lies in our external appearance. We talk through what we see to be the differences in body positivity and body neutrality and share personal stories and turning points in our journey that helped shift our perspectives.

    In this Episode We Discuss:

    • the importance of the non-measurable aspects of health changes
    • letting go of the societal rules surrounding food, willpower and our choices
    • embracing making choices from a different perspective
    • the mental and emotional freedom that comes from taking up space, showing up big and focusing on strength vs. shrinking, being small and making choices to “fix” our body
    • negativity as a motivator and why it doesn’t work
    • body neutrality is NOT giving up
    • can you make changes when you aren’t moving from a negative mindset?
    • how acceptance can offer clarity and solution
    • it’s OK to not love all of your body!!
    • it is NOT your job or responsibility to make anyone else comfortable when they look at your body!!!
    • on wearing the damn shorts, understanding cellulite and SO MUCH MORE!!!

     

    A Bit About Steph:

    To share a bit about Steph, She’s a Nutritional Therapy Consultant, author, blogger, coach, podcaster, and the creator of the former Stupid Easy Paleo.

    Steph Gaudreau’s mission is to help women create bigger, bolder, fiercer lives — by building health from the inside out.

    Steph wrote the best-seller The Paleo Athlete: A Beginner’s Guide to Real Food for Performance in 2014, and her award-winning book, The Performance Paleo Cookbook: Recipes for Eating Better, Getting Stronger & Gaining the Competitive Edge. Her upcoming book The Core 4, due out in July 2019, shares her Core 4 pillars of health.

    Steph has a chart-topping 2x weekly podcast, Harder to Kill Radio, where she talks all things fitness, nutrition and mindset about how to build unbreakable humans. She’s also the creator of the wildly popular health program, the Core 4 Program, and the Women’s Strength Summit.

    Steph’s an accomplished strength coach and is the creator of fitness programs like Made Strong, Basic Barbell, and Oly Lifting Basics.

    I am so inspired by Steph, her message, her mission and how she shows up in the world and I am so excited to share her here with all of you, because I know you will be inspired too.

    >>> You can find Steph Gaudreau at stephgaudreau.com or follow her on Instagram @steph_gaudrea

     

    Mentioned in this Episode: 

    Wear the Shorts – Harder to Kill podcast episode

    Cellulite Confidence – Harder to Kill podcast episode

    The Core 4 – Preorder the book and grab the pre-order bonuses

     

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  15. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 25: Is Your Healthy Living Causing Stress?

     

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    No. 25 | Is Your Healthy Living Causing Stress?

    *It might be time to check your ego and reassess*

    Stress management can be complicated and confusing and in my experiences, it’s often an overlooked root cause. Stress management gets pushed aside for the more flashy fixes: diet, exercise, supplements etc. But what we may not realize is that the very things we can often see as stress relievers, the things we feel are part of our healthy lifestyle, may at different times, in fact actually be contributing to the problem.

    It’s important to always stay curious and flexible in your approaches to healthy living, to realize there is no-one-size-fits-all answer, even within your own approaches and that you need to be ready to reassess and readjust at different times.

    Sometimes there’s a little uncomfortable ego work and shifting that has to happen!

     

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  16. Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken {Keto, Gluten-free}

    This post is sponsored by the National Peanut Board. I received compensation, but all opinions and content are my own.

    This Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken is coated in the most incredible, flavor-rich peanut sauce. Serve it over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice for an easy meal, and garnish with extra peanuts for added crunch! 

    Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken {Keto, Gluten-free}

    I know you all are with me on those easy, weeknight meals that come together in no time but pack a major flavor punch. This simple Instant Pot meal requires very little prep and it’s layered with rich flavors. I find this easy meal brings the flavor of the Thai classic Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce but with far less work, no need to skewer meat and no grilling necessary. Just pull it all together, set it and forget it.

    Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken {Keto, Gluten-free}

    Peanut butter is front and center in this easy, weeknight meal. I love how a creamy organic, unsweetened peanut butter fits into a tasty, savory dish like this Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken. It’s so rich and creamy and together the peanut butter and the coconut milk leave the chicken super juicy, moist and tender.

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  17. Between Meals Podcast. Episode 24: Healing with Food and Eating What You Love with Danielle Walker

     

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    No. 24 | Healing with Food and Eating What You Love with Danielle Walker

    In episode 24 of the Between Meals Podcast Beth is joined by Danielle Walker of popular website AgainstAllGrain.com Danielle is also the beloved author of three New York Timesbest-selling cookbooks Against All Grain, Meals Made Simple and Celebrations, as well as the recently released Eat What You Love. She is a self-trained cook whose innovative and accessible grain-free recipes appeal to a range of appetites. Her recipes are not only healthy and delicious but also can be credited with saving her life after she received a diagnosis of a serious autoimmune disease.

    After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and suffering for many years, Danielle healed herself through dietary changes. With her honest and open nature, Danielle has become a prominent voice in the grain-free and real foods community and she is a true testament to how food can nourish and heal our bodies.

    Danielle shares her story of healing with food while also discovering ways to still enjoy the foods that she loves.

    In this episode:

    • Danielle shares how she first discovered the paleo diet and where her mindset was and what she had tried prior to this, when she decided to implement this approach.
    • Danielle shares her tips for getting started on a healing protocol or dietary intervention when you have autoimmune disease and she shares the tough-love advice she wish someone would have shared with her, early on.
    • Why “cheat days” with healing interventions may not work
    • We talk about shifting your perspective and what to do when you feel like “I can’t have THIS food anymore” or “It’s not fair I have to eat this way”. Getting out of the poor me trap.
    • Finding new ways to enjoy the classic foods you grew up with, to still celebrate and not feel left out or deprived.
    • Our thoughts on emotional eating and how it sometimes gets a bad rep.
    • Tips for finding a sustainable, long-term lifestyle vs. forever feeling restricted or locked into a diet.

    You can find Danielle Walker at againstallgrain.com

    or follow her on Instagram @DanielleWalker

     

    Check out Danielle’s Best Selling Books:

    Against All Grain

    Meals Made Simple

    Celebrations

    and her brand new book: Eat What You Love

     

     

     

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  18. Greek Souvlaki Chicken Wings {Paleo, Keto, Whole30} – Gas Grill, Traeger and Oven Options

    Marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and oregano, these delicious crispy Greek Souvlaki Chicken Wings are grilled until gently charred, while they still stay juicy and tender. Don’t skip the re-sauce and the final step for extra crispy and flavorful wings. We serve ours with a homemade tzatziki sauce on the side, which makes the perfect cooling, dipping sauce. This recipe includes instructions for a gas grill, a Traeger Wood-Fired Grill or the oven.

    Greek Souvlaki Chicken Wings {Paleo, Keto, Whole30} - Gas Grill, Traeger and Oven Options

    Greek Souvlaki Chicken Wings {Paleo, Keto, Whole30} - Gas Grill, Traeger and Oven Options

    We made these delicious Greek Souvlaki Chicken Wings on our new Traeger Wood-Fired Grill, which has absolutely changed our grilling game and most especially it’s taken our already amazing wing game to another level. With real smoke coming from wood pellets and no fear of flare ups, it’s been incredible for grilling. In many ways for the purpose of this recipe, it’s just the same concept as Mark’s patented in-direct grilling method that he developed for our gas grill which we have shared here before, however the Traeger brings a delicious wood fired flavor we have never gotten with the gas grill. Mark’s method for indirect heat makes for THE BEST and most crispy chicken wings you will ever make on the grill. EVER! Either way, on a Traeger or not, give these chicken wings some time, it’s all about the low and slow and then give them that last round of heat, with the “re-sauce” – you will fall in love with the crisp factor. The instructions below are for a gas grill and for my Traeger Nation folks, below that you will find the instructions for your Traeger. Read the rest of this entry »

  19. How to Calculate Your Own Nutrition Facts on a Recipe (and why I don’t provide these)

     

    A common comment here on Tasty Yummies “I don’t see the carb count” or “where are the calories” or the ever-popular and very profoundly simple in it’s aggressive request – “nutrition facts?”. First of all, my favorite thing about these comments is the ALWAYS demanding nature of them. No ‘please’. No ‘thank you for this amazing FREE recipe and the 1000’s of articles you have written and shared with us’ nope just “can you give me more, for FREE?”.

    Yes, you are sensing a slight snarky undertone. Today this question finally got to me. No, I don’t provide nutrition facts here on Tasty Yummies – that is correct! Will I ever? I don’t know. But for right now, there are no nutrition facts listed with my recipes. One of the main reasons being that there are far too many variables involved, from various brands of ingredients offering wildly varying nutrition facts, to slight mis-measurements on your end, portion size discrepancies and so much more. At this point, this isn’t a focus with my clients in my nutrition practice and I am not interested in providing this information with my free recipes.

    If you haven’t noticed, MANY of the recipes here on Tasty Yummies offer loads and loads of options for you to customize, that is by design. I do this because you are all very different people, one of the many things I love about you all. Some of you use noncaloric sweeteners, some of you prefer coconut sugar or maple syrup, I like to leave it open to you and your choices with most of my recipes. Even just these subtle differences alone can cause the nutrition facts to vary WILDY. There is no way I could ever account for the dozens of different combinations in one recipe, things being left out, things getting added, garnishes, a extra generous dollop of that cashew cream garnish. Finally, I do also want to say that I know many of my readers have previously struggled (and maybe some still struggle) with disordered eating, I know for many of them, letting go of counting calories and macros has been a HUGE part of their journey, I want to be respectful of ALL eaters and not have that information knocking everyone over the head. If you want it, you can easily get it. For many of us food is so much more than a set of numbers, it goes beyond calories and grams of carbohydrates and fat.

    For some of you, I totally understand that tracking is something you do, you enjoy it and it’s important to your path. There is ZERO judgement from me. So, I figured I would share with you here the many VERY simple ways you can calculate this for yourself. Remember, when you plug recipe ingredients into ANY calculator online, this doesn’t AT ALL guarantee that their database is using the same foods you are, cuts of meat can varying WILDLY with the amount of fat (and therefore calories) they contain and I have even seen almond flours, and other such ingredients, vary extremely drastically from brand to brand, for the exact same amount of measurable almond flour. So, please remember to always take the data with a grain of salt. It will never be an exact science. 

    FREE Resources

    First of all, I want you all to know that there are LOADS of free resources on the internet that will allow you to calculate the nutrition facts of any recipe you want EVER  – on demand, all it takes is simply about 5 minutes of YOUR time. What is great is that you can plug in your EXACT ingredients.  On a quick google search, this free recipe analyzer seems super straight forward. You plug in the ingredients and it will provide the facts. I cannot vouch for it’s accuracy, however.

    Of course, Myfitnesspal is a trusty legend many people swear by. I use Cronometer with my clients for food journaling and accountability and you can easily add any recipe using your specific brand of ingredients and get the nutrition facts of any recipe. Very Well Fit also seems to have an easy to navigate FREE nutrition calculator where you can just copy and paste the ingredients in (remember you may want to specifically choose the brand you are using, where applicable). There are hundreds and hundreds more of these calculators, apps and resources. ALL FREE! Do a little searching, experimenting and playing to find one you like.

     

    Empower Yourself with the Knowledge. But YOU Have Got Do the Work!!

    What I love about having YOU do the work, is you are taking accountability for your own health – this is all I have ever wanted for ALL of you. You can plug in the exact brand of coconut flour you used. If you ended up with 10 muffins instead of 12, you can adjust for that. Skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts instead of skin-on thighs? Maybe you swapped in reduced fat coconut milk for the full fat, great, with just 5 minutes of your time – you’ve got the answers that are specific for you.

    I do a lot for you all and ya’ll, I absolutely love doing it – I am so passionate about my work, but I’m gonna need you to go ahead and step up with this one. I believe in you – YOU’VE GOT THIS!!!

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  20. Five Tips for Mindful Eating and Why it Matters {+ Video}

    Mindfulness isn’t just yoga and meditation, burning sage and sitting on a meditation cushion chanting ‘OM’. Mindfulness can extend into all aspects of our lives with just a little conscious awareness and minimal effort. Mindfulness is derivative of a “monastic” practice, meaning it was originally made for monks. It utilizes deliberate focus to increase your consciousness and appreciation of the present moment.

    One of my favorite methods for incorporating mindfulness with my clients is to do so at mealtime. When we aren’t totally present at meal time, if we aren’t eating mindfully, it can be a disaster for our digestion, for our stress levels, for our moods and many times we can end up accidentally overeating. Often the opposite of eating mindfully is eating mindlessly, and we all know how that goes for us.

    The practice of mindful eating is all about learning to pay attention. It can be a form of meditation, almost. Instead of mindlessly shoveling food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not even tasting the food you’re eating, I want to teach you how to slow down and savor your meals. With mindful eating we take the time to pause, to notice thoughts, feelings, and sensations surrounding our meals and to truly taste each bite. I have found this practice be vital to eating intuitively and finding a lifestyle that is appropriate for the individual.

    Not only will this make meals more pleasurable and delightful to ALL our senses, but it’s also better for our digestion and it keeps us from overeating.

    When our body is in a chronic state of stress, our nervous system will actually shut down our digestion system, as a protection mechanism. This is why one of my all time favorite tips for folks deal with digestive issues to take a look at the stress in their life and even more specifically the stress around meal times. 

    As well, when we are stressed or not paying attention it’s hard to truly understand and realize the need to stop when we are satisfied, we cannot do any of this if we are on autopilot, shoveling food into our faces.  

    As far as I am concerned, if you’re not truly tasting and enjoying your food – that’s a problem. How can you ever expect to be able to listen to your body’s subtle cues, to tap into your intuition and 

    Mindful eating is not a quick fix, but very often it is a very valuable solution, of course it’s also FREE and like most important things in life, it takes practice. 

    Before we get into the mindful eating tips, I wanted to very quickly explain some of the important things you NEED to know about digestion and why mindful eating can help.

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  21. Six Functional Wellness Tips to Boost Your Energy

    Here are my top six tips to boost your energy. These are simple, inexpensive functional wellness focused approaches that are KEY for supporting healthy, balanced energy levels. Read on to learn how you can easily manage the energy crisis going on in your body!

    One of the most common responses I get with my health coaching and nutrition clients when we discuss their top 5 health concerns, at the start of our time together – ENERGY!! I have heard every version of – “I have no energy”, “Why am I so tired all the time”, “How can I have more energy later in the day?”, “I NEED my coffee to get through the afternoon”, “My energy levels are the worst they’ve ever been?”, “how can I boost my energy?”

    This common issue is not unique to my parents, to just women or the folks working long hours – this is probably one of THE MOST universal health issues I see across the board, with all of my clients.

    We are dealing with an energy crisis in our own bodies. Crashing after breakfast around 10am, using coffee and energy bars to push through, then there is that dreaded 2pm slump. More coffee. More snacks. And finally, despite a desperate desire to want to hit the gym or that yoga class after work, you simply just can’t even. It’s not a lack of willpower or motivation, you are simply lacking the energy and there are probably some VERY simple reasons why. Lucky for you, it can be a fairly simple and inexpensive path to remedy this, if you are committed to doing the work and putting in some time to making a few changes.

    These are my SIX functional wellness tips to boost your energy and manage the issue on a foundational level rather than simply dealing with the symptoms of fatigue and at times even depression that can result from a lack of energy!! Put down the coffee, energy drinks, bars, bites and balls and let’s get to the root of it….

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