Category

Blog

Category

Why Oat Milk Is Not a Healthy or Environmentally Friendly Option

I first heard about oat milk at a coffee shop near my house. “It’s the most environmentally friendly milk.” I was eavesdropping on the barista’s conversation with another patron. I wanted to interrupt and set the record straight, but then my toddler took off running and my chance to interject myself into a conversation I wasn’t invited to passed. Then last month, as I was picking up my Califia Farms coconut milk, a woman stopped to ask me if I’d tried oat milk. She admitted she was recently diagnosed as lactose intolerant. I’m going to tell you what I told her: I don’t recommend oat milk, from a health or environmental perspective. Here’s why. From a health perspective: Oatly, the most popular brand of oat milk, doesn’t just contain good ol’ oats and milk. It also contains canola oil, preservatives and synthetic vitamins. Canola oil, or rapeseed oil, is not…

Salmon Cake with Tartar Sauce (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Keto)

The other day I was in my kitchen; I had opened the refrigerator door about 17 times to hopefully inspire some dinner inspiration. I kept looking but all I saw was eggs, random veggies and some cold leftover chicken. I wasn’t feeling it. So then I walked over to my pantry and opened it about 28 times, hoping that something would catch my eye and inspiration would strike. Am I the only one who does this? Who opens up their fridge and pantry 85 times, hoping something will appear or I somehow overlooked something amazing? Well, this time it actually happened. The lowly can of wild salmon. $3.99 at Trader Joe’s. Full of omega-3s, vitamin D, calcium. And cheap as hell. I love a healthy, cheap source of protein (which may be why I eat so many eggs). Anyway, these babies are super healthy. They’re paleo, gluten-free, low-carb, dairy-free, keto…what…

I drank celery juice for two weeks. Here’s what happened.

Nothing. Nothing happened. I expected something to happen, at least clearer skin from all the juice I drank first thing in the morning. But after drinking celery juice for two weeks and having high hopes, to be honest, I noticed no benefit. SO HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED. I asked for a juice for Christmas for this reason in particular: I was hopping on the celery juice train. I’d heard so many stories about it, how it cured everything from anxiety to eczema to psoriasis (to Epstein Barr and Strep??). I had so many people asking me about it – I decided I needed to give it a solid go for myself. So January came, and I did what I do every January. I gave up booze, sugar, dairy, processed food and now – I was adding in the miracle celery juice. And you guys, I WANTED it to work. I wanted…

Meal Plan / March 3rd-8th – Paleo, Gluten-Free

We are back from LA (where I got glutened twice – ouch) and I’m ready to jump into a week of healthy eats. To be honest, I kind of felt like shit by then end of the week in LA. I feel like there’s this stigma against gluten-free eaters. Like it’s just a trend and only brainwashed idiots follow it. When it reality, even if you’re not celiac, there’s an extensive amount of evidence that gluten is harmful or at the very least difficult to digest – even without celiac. So when I sat down at The Draycott and told the waiter, “Just to let you know, I’m celiac.” And he said, “I have no idea what that is but okay.” I didn’t exactly feel comfortable eating there. But what were we going to do, leave? We had a sitter for the kids, LA was unusually cold and it was…

Green Juice Mimosa

I woke up one Saturday a couple weeks ago, the day before my birthday. Scott and I were meeting our friends that night and I was EXCITED. In celebration, I made big breakfast and a green juice mimosa. I chose a low-sugar (okay, like, no sugar green juice) which made this mimosa very tart. If you prefer a bit sweeter, opt for a green juice made with an apple but still under 10 grams of sugar per serving. And read the bottle carefully, because many green juices have sugar listed as 10 or 11 grams, and then you realize the serving size is actually 2. And then you just drank the amount of sugar you should have in an entire day. Always check the sugar and the serving size! Back to the mimosas. I chose a VERY dry (low sugar) and organic blanc de blanc for my champagne, or sparkling…

Travel Meal Plan – Los Angeles

This week the fam and I are headed to Los Angeles! It’s actually a work trip but I’m still super excited. I love LA and it’s super easy to get celiac friendly food there. I figured it would be good to share this meal plan so you can see how we eat on vacation and during travel days. Because mama ain’t about to eat airplane food. First things first. Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. I’m going to make eggs muffins and sandwiches the night before. That way we can get the car packed the next morning, have breakfast on the way to the airport and have lunch on the plane. For plane snacks, I also bring Epic bars, bananas, these nut butter packs, coconut oil chips and pouches for the toddler (baby isn’t eating solids yet). When we get there, I’m going to head to Erewhon market, which is legitimately the best…

So, I have celiac disease.

I wanted to update you guys on some blood work I recently had done. I’ve been searching for a good primary care doctor for over ten years at this point. I was recently introduced to Capital Integrative Health just outside of DC. They are a functional medicine practice and they accept insurance! What a DREAM. But having dealt with over twenty doctors over the years, I went to the appointment unsure of what to expect. While our society kind of worships doctors as all-knowing beings, I’ve learned the hard way that they’re just humans who make mistakes – like all of us. I’ve dealt with some truly terrible doctors over the years. I once met with a doctor who told me that a vitamin D supplement was basically they same as a statin prescription. (FYI – this makes literally no sense.) I had an OBGYN that literally cursed during our…

Meal Plan

Earlier this week I was watching an episode of Giada. I freaking love Giada. Her delicious Italian food, her big ol’ boobs, her California inspired style, and her Sunday supper. It turns out that Giada practices the Italian tradition of having friends and family over on Sundays for a special dinner – which I think sounds AMAZING. Good food, good wine, good people. What’s better? Literally nothing. So this Sunday I’m planning on making spaghetti, an ode to both Giada and my husband, whose favorite food in the world is spaghetti. I’m pairing it with this amazing chicken I once had at a restaurant. I’ll be using Rao’s marinara (which I forgot to put on the grocery list) and castelvetrano olives. I HATE olives. Except for these olive. They the bomb. On Sunday I will be meal prepping the following, because meal prepping is LIFE:-meatloaf-mashed potatoes-shrimp and veggie stirfry-bone broth…

Meal Plan (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb)

This week’s meal plan is paleo, gluten-free and low-carb. Well, mostly low-carb. I am going to incorporate a bit more carbs since I lost weight in January. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, which you should (HERE, click here!), you don’t know that I gave up booze, grains, dairy and sugar for the month of January. I already rarely eat sugar, almost never have dairy except for butter, only have rice for grains but I do love a good margarita or glass of wine. I gave it all up (mostly, like 95%) for January – and I unintentionally lost weight. I got down to 120, which at 5’7 and fairly athletic is just lower than I’d like to be. And I want my ass back. I’m sure my husband does too. So this week I’m incorporating some more carbs from white rice that I will cook in bone broth…

Ten Ways To Prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Let me share a shocking statistic with you: 50% of people aged 85 and over will develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and there’s no cure for it. Prevention is the most impactful way to avoid developing these diseases. In fact, prevention is the best way to avoid developing not just these diseases, but all diseases in general. There are several steps we can take to ensure our life-long health. This is incredibly close to my heart so I want to share ten ways to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. My happiest memory growing up was sitting on the floor of my grandmother’s apartment on a sunny day watching TV as she made food in the kitchen. Her apartment was the only place I felt safe and at ease and like I could just be myself. This was before she moved in with us, and her home was my respite. It…

Shopping cart

Subtotal
Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.
Checkout