Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts!

Looking for nomtastic DIY holiday gifts to make and give to your friends, family, colleagues, teachers, neighbors, and all the other people in your life? Sometimes, the best gift is the one you make yourself!

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

If you're starved for holiday inspiration, these are some of my classic giftable treats:

Nom Nom Chocolate Truffles

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Coco-Nutty Dark Bark

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Grain-Free Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Liar Balls

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

"PB&J" Energy Balls

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Tropical Paleo Granola

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

The World's Easiest Cookies

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

And last but not least, a DIY holiday gift that's savory instead of sweet:

Magic Mushroom Powder

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

(Psst! My Magic Mushroom Powder—in giftable tins!—will be available at ALL Whole Foods Market locations in January 2018!)

Nomtastic DIY Holiday Gifts! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Yeah, I know most of the DIY gifts on this list are sweet treats, and while they use real-food ingredients, they're not exactly perfectly-Paleo superfoods. But IT'S THE HOLIDAYS, PEOPLE! Relax…at least until your New Year's Resolutions kick in!


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You'll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

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Crispy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy sweet potato fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil! Making them in the air fryer is so much healthier than frying, and reduces the fat and calories, without sacrificing taste.

Crispy sweet potato fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil! Making them in the air fryer is so much healthier than frying, and reduces the fat and calories, without sacrificing taste.

Crispy sweet potato fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil! Making them in the air fryer is so much healthier than frying, and reduces the fat and calories, without sacrificing taste.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 103)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 103)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 103). Hope everyone's having a great weekend! I spent my week updating all the recipes on my site for the new Weight Watcher Freestyle Plan. I've got everything updated from 2017 until 2011. I am working my way through 2008 and hoping to have them all done by the end of next week. I've also updated the Smart Points for the recipes for both my cookbooks, you can see them all listed here. (more…)



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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Is the Autoimmune Paleo diet bogus? A V-blog analysis

Our modern information age is at once awesome and terrible:

Awesome: Science and academia are no longer just for Ivory Tower elites. Anyone, just about anywhere, can read, interpret, and provide constructive criticism of research, nearly as it is being published.

Terrible: The human tendency to form tribes and to attack anything that is not part of their tribes' doctrine is put on steroids in the largely anonymous online world. New ideas are seldom analyzed for mechanistic merit. They are looked at through the lens of "consensus" which often seems to be a kind of Orwellian NewSpeak amounting to: Industry influence and Academic Inertia that cock-blocks curiosity and common sense.

The online world is an interesting balancing act of Citizen Scientists doing N=1 self experimentation (which ideally then drives review paper, pilot studies and Randomized Controlled Trials, RCT's) juxtaposed with folks who make absolutely outrageous claims that defy the Laws of Nature.  

There is absolutely a need for vetting, but curiosity has been replaced by a smug attitude generally wrapped in august trappings called "skepticism."

In the past 20 years of suggesting that the Ancestral Health model might have much to offer, it's been interesting to observe the nearly religious fervor on the parts of both supporters and detractors of various ideas.

Science does inch along and in the video below I look at a paper recently published on the Autoimmune Paleo protocol.

 

It is NOT the end, it's the barest of beginnings, but it is quite promising.

In addition to unpacking that research I do my best to place it in the proper context of where the AIP approach is with regards to scientific investigation. I use the Mediterranean Diet as an example of how this process occurs and make a bit of an interesting discovery along the way. I also recently interviewed the study authors and you can check out that podcast here

tl;dr? (or in this case didn't watch? Here are some juicy take-aways:

1-This pilot study looked at people with active (medically documented) gastrointestinal disease with and AVERAGE of 20 years.

2-The 6 week pilot study saw all participants not only finish the trial, but they also experienced complete remission in disease symptoms.

3-The misapplication of the Mediterranean Diet concept may be at least partially implicated in the increase in non-celiac gluten sensitivity.



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Designing a Well-Lived Life

By Leo Babauta

Where I live, the weather has grown colder, and the trees are becoming barren — what I consider the perfect time for reflection and contemplation.

It's the perfect time of the year to reflect on what a well-lived life might be for you. And then start designing that life, mapping out some actions you might take to create it.

What does a well-lived life mean to you? Is it necessary to shoot for some grand life purpose in order to live life well? Is living a well-lived life about maximizing pleasures and luxuries?

Or can we live well and find contentment no matter what we're doing?

I'm a fan of going whole-heartedly after a life mission myself, but I don't think everyone needs one. You can find contentment working in your garden, reading a good novel, being with your kids, having a meal with friends. You can find contentment doing the work you already do.

I'm a fan of exploring the world, but you don't need to travel or rack up incredible life experiences in order to live well. You can explore the world right where you are, going deeper instead of wider, learning and connecting to others and finding meaning in whatever you do.

For me, a well-lived life might mean that we work towards:

  • Creating mindfulness in your life, and learning to be more present
  • Finding compassion for yourself, and learning to love yourself more
  • Creating deeper connections to other people
  • Connecting your daily actions to meaning
  • Creating wellness

But as we work towards these, we can find beauty and joy right now, in who we are, in what we're doing. There isn't a magical destination in the future where things are better. It's always pretty much as good as it is right now — if we don't like this moment, it's because we're selectively seeing the parts we don't like. Instead, we can learn to appreciate everything (even the parts we don't like) and find the wonder in each moment.

I encourage you to spend some time this week thinking about what a well-lived life means for you — perhaps go for a walk, even in the cold, and contemplate what that might look like. The cold, I've found, is something we shrink from … but I now see it as a gift, reminding us we're alive, helping us to eliminate frivolities and figure out what's essential. When it's cold, you are brought back to the present, and you have to focus. At least, that's what I've been finding.

My New Course: Designing a Well-Lived Life

I've decided to create a new course, called Designing a Well-Lived Life, for my Sea Change Program this month.

In this course, we'll spend some time reflecting on what makes a well-lived life … but we'll also start designing that life for ourselves, and mapping out the next year so we can start to create that life (or be happier with the one we have already).

Here are the lessons:

  1. Connecting to Something Meaningful
  2. Living Mindfully with Appreciation for Life
  3. Navigating Uncertainty
  4. Creating Wellness
  5. Connecting to Others
  6. Focusing on the Essential
  7. Letting Go & Acceptance
  8. Radical Self-Acceptance

I'm would love to work on this with you guys!

I'll be publishing two video lessons a week (I started this week), doing a live video webinar on Dec. 13, and asking you to consider your life in the areas described in the lesson titles above.

Join Sea Change today to start the course.



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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Why I give a sh*t about sustainability

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Diana Rodgers talking about her new film project, Kale Vs. Cow.

Abs are sexy, but our food system is where it all starts. Please check this out and support the film.-Robb

KALE vs. COW: THE CASE FOR BETTER MEAT

Why does it matter to me that people buy better meat? Why should people care about making sure meat is not vilified in the media? Why give a shit about sustainability? Why should vegetarians and vegan join the fight? Does this even matter?

For the last eight years, I've helped people regain their health through eating foods that are biologically appropriate for humans. This means avoiding processed foods and sugars, and focusing on fresh produce, animal proteins and healthy fats. What I've noticed is that the majority of folks simply want to look good naked, want to solve their own health issues, or feed their family the best diet they can.

That's all great but what do you do when you've pretty much solved that?  Why am I not satisfied just having a small nutrition practice and fixing individual people?

Because there's some huge, systemic issues going on and I feel compelled to do something bigger.

All over the media, celebrities and health experts are blaming meat for our failing health and deteriorating climate. "Eat Less (or no) Meat" is the popular, politically correct mantra because it's seen as a "cleaner," healthier, more sustainable and more ethical way to eat.

This anti-meat agenda has a serious influence into nutrition policy. Dietitians are being taught that their patients should eat less meat and butter, yet "everything in moderation" when it comes to things like soda and junk food.

Our government dietary guidelines feature vegetarian and vegan options, yet eating paleo or keto is seen as unhealthy and "orthorexic". Let's not remove our whole grains, lowfat milk and heart healthy canola oil!

Worldwide, other countries are adopting the Western diet and seeing the consequences. More cultures are moving away from traditional foods and eating like Americans. Our perverted ideas of "healthy foods" are now ruining humans around the globe.

Schools are partnering with organizations like "The Coalition for Healthy Food" to eliminate meat from lunches. (Board members feature meat and fat-phobic T. Colin Campbell and Joel Fuhrman). And while I'm all for increasing vegetable consumption, eliminating a nutrient dense food like meat sets the stage early in kid's lives that meat is "bad" and plants are "good".  Here's an example of some of the free posters you can get from the program:

Peace on Your Plate? Really? Does this belong in a public school? And kale is the MOST nutrient-dense food? Kale is great and all, but a good steak has it beat by a long shot.

MEAT IS NOT THE ENEMY

Most studies linking meat to cancer are only able to show correlations, not cause. Just because eating something is associated with an outcome, doesn't mean that particular food is necessarily what caused the problem. Most of these studies are looking at people on a Western diet vs. vegetarians. The typical American has a very different lifestyle than a typical vegetarian. Vegetarians are much less likely to smoke, drink, and much more likely to exercise. They also tend to eat less processed foods and sugar. So, saying that meat is the only factor causing of disease is flawed logic. In fact, a study that looked at people who shopped at health food stores (so, accounting for lifestyle factors) found no difference in mortality between vegetarians and omnivores. And when adjusting for confounding factors (i.e. lifestyle) a recent, very large study found "no significant difference in all-cause mortality for vegetarians versus non-vegetarians."

So is it the burger or steak making people sick, or the buns, sauces, large fries, 72oz sodas and deep fried apple pies the true villains? One recent study looked at the nutritional ramifications of eliminating animals and found that our overall caloric intake and carbohydrate intake would increase. In a society where diabetes is skyrocketing, this is absolutely the LAST thing we need. Furthermore, vital nutrients available through animal protein and fat would decrease, including Calcium, vitamins A, D, B12, AHA, EPA and DHA. B12 deficiency, common in vegetarians and vegans can cause permanent brain damage.

But aren't animals horrible for the environment? The study cited above found that an entirely animal-free model only reduced total greenhouse gas emissions by 2.6 percentage units.

IT'S NOT THE COW, IT'S THE HOW

Of course factory farming is wrong, we're all on the same page about that, but not all meat is produced indoors, under florescent lights, eating 100% grains. There are sustainable alternatives. However you'd never know this from watching mainstream media's depiction of animal farming. In fact, when raised well, ruminants like cattle actually improve soil health and can help to sequester carbon. They may be one of our BEST changes at mitigating climate change.

Is the farming of plants really causing less harm than all methods of meat production? Is a future of lab-grown meat substitutes really the best solution? When we cut down forest or plow a field to plant a crop of soy, what happens to all of the life that once existed there? When we divert water from rivers to irrigate crops, what happens to the fish and other animals dependent on that river? When we apply chemical fertilizers instead of animal manure, where do those chemicals come from and what are the consequences of using them? Does the Earth have unlimited resources?

 ALL THINGS EAT AND ARE EATEN

All healthy ecosystems include plants AND animals. We need more biodiversity on the land, not more mono-cropping. Instead of producing meat in labs or growing lettuce indoors, we can harness the sun's power to grow grass, allowing cattle to graze food we can't eat on pastureland that we can't use for crops.

I don't think there are enough people saying something about how meat is not the enemy. This is not a popular, easy, or sexy story to tell. People like black and white stories, not nuance. Robb and I have been beating this drum for a while now, and sometimes it feels like we're the only ones.

KALE vs. COW: THE CASE FOR BETTER MEAT

I've written numerous blog posts on this topic, but it's now time to do something bigger. Something visual, cinematic, emotionally compelling and that helps people understand systems thinking, nuance and context.  It's time for a film to show how eliminating animals from our food system could do more harm than good. You can listen to me and Robb talk about it on his podcast here. I've just launched a crowdfunding campaign and could really use your help.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

If you're someone who eats meat, I urge you to help me out and increase the market for better meat. What's in it for you?  More demand for good meat means increased production, lower prices, and better chances that your kid's school won't preach that eating animals is ethically wrong. Just like religion, this has absolutely no place in a public school.

EVEN IF YOU DON'T EAT MEAT, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STORY.

If you only eat eggs and cheese, you should definitely be in the fight for well-raised cattle. And if you're avoiding all animal products, I still think the fight for better meat is important. Let's face it, opting out of the system isn't going to change the system. I understand that some folks have personal reasons for avoiding meat, but forcing these values on others is not only illogical, it's absurd. The world will not stop eating meat tomorrow, so given this, isn't it better to help push for better meat? The truth is, when vegans and omnivores fight, processed food wins. This is an opportunity to build a bridge, join forces and attack the real cause of our failing health and deteriorating soils: industrial scale mono-cropping and hyper-palatable processed food.

Check out my crowdfunding page between today and January 6th (our big push to get this project launched) and learn more about how I intend to tell this story. Contributions are tax-deductible, I have some really awesome perks lined up, and I could really use your help to amplify the message.

Contributions are tax-deductible, I have some really awesome perks lined up, and I
could really use your help to amplify the message.

Thank you.

 

 

 



Original Content: Why I give a sh*t about sustainability

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A Guide to Finding Calm & Being Less Frustrated

By Leo Babauta

One of the most common sources of difficulty for most of us is frustration – we can get frustrated with the smallest things, throughout the day.

And yet, becoming aware of how often we're frustrated doesn't quite solve the problem. Someone pointing out that you're frustrated only makes you more irritated.

How can we let go of our frustrations, and find calm?

How can we bring ourselves to peace when our emotions have been triggered?

The answer doesn't lie in the external — we can't make things around us less frustrating. We might fruitlessly hope for things like:

  • People to behave the way we want them to (with consideration for us)
  • Things to go the way we'd like
  • Our homes or workplaces to be orderly, calm, and pleasant
  • Quiet when we want quiet
  • Being more disciplined with what we plan to stick to
  • People to put things back where they should go
  • World leaders to behave the way we want them to
  • Traffic to be better, or drivers to be less rude

And so on. As you might guess, it's not possible to make all of these things come true. We can't control other people, world events, even ourselves much of the time. Things just won't go the way we'd like.

And when things don't go the way we'd like … we get frustrated. We can't solve the problem by trying to fix the external situation.

The answer has to come from within.

Starting to Change the Inner Response

I know, when someone else is being rude, it's frustrating to think that we have to be the ones to change our response. Why can't they just change the way they act? Well, we already know how that goes — we can't get them to change, so we'll just be frustrated.

So again, we have to accept the fact that the solution to our frustration lies only within.

If you're up for inner change, then starts with this process:

  • Notice what our habitual response is (the Pattern) to frustrating external situations (the Trigger).
  • Notice what Result we get from the Pattern. For example, if the Pattern is to be frustrated and resentful by saying things to ourselves like, "Why do they have to be like that?" … then the Result might be unhappiness, stress, a worsening of our relationship. It might be anger and lashing out at someone. It might be withdrawing from the person and spinning around a resentful story in our heads in private.

So there's a Trigger (external situation that we don't like) and a Pattern (our habitual response to the Trigger), and then a Result from the Pattern (frustration, unhappiness, lashing out, worse relationship).

Now ask yourself: Do you want to continue to get this result? Is it a desirable result? Is the Pattern helpful to you?

If it's not a helpful Pattern, you can start to create a new one.

Creating a New Pattern

What Pattern would be more helpful to you?

You might consider one like this: "This (person/situation) isn't what I want. I wonder if I can open up to it and be curious about it? I wonder if there's a way to be grateful for this moment I've been given? I wonder if I can find a way to love this moment, in all its entirety."

This Pattern might be more helpful. Try it and see. If not, create your own Pattern.

Then start to ingrain the Pattern, replacing the old one. It takes practice, so don't expect to be perfect at it (at all).

Here's how to practice with the new Pattern:

  • Notice when you start down the old Pattern with one of your usual Triggers (something you don't like, someone behaving badly, you aren't living up to your own expectations, etc.).
  • Interrupt the old Pattern and don't let yourself stay on it, even if you only notice after it already started. For example, a minute into your old Pattern, you notice … interrupt yourself now. Say, "That's not helpful, I'm not going to waste my time on that anymore."
  • Insert your new Pattern instead. Say the words you planned out (like the ones I suggested above), and try to really adopt that attitude. Don't worry if you're not good at it at first — just try to open up to it.
  • See what Result you get with this new Pattern. Give it a few tries before you judge the Results (maybe 10-15 tries).

If the Result is better, then maybe continue to practice this. If not, make a new Pattern and try that.

This takes practice. It takes remembering, so put up reminder notes anywhere you can, and forgive yourself if you forget.

Be patient with yourself, and see this as a loving act for yourself. See it as a way to reduce your frustration and unhappiness, and to find peace and calm instead. What a beautiful thing to do for yourself, and the ones you love!

Zen Productivity: Last Chance at L.A. & San Diego Workshops

Hey my friends, I have a few spots left in my Los Angeles and San Diego workshops this weekend and next.

I would love to have you come and work with me.

Zen Productivity Workshops

We'll work on the main obstacle to finding focus and simplicity, to reducing procrastination, to finding calm and mindfulness and overcoming stress. It'll be awesome, come play with me!



Original Content: A Guide to Finding Calm & Being Less Frustrated