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Gallbladder: How to Keep It, What Can Be Done When You Didn’t Keep It


gallbladder-removal-open_thumbThe following is a smattering of information I gathered, when looking up information for someone I love, who had their gall bladder removed after a few attacks, and at the last hospital visit, found out they had the start of Type 2 diabetes. Encouraging them to go keto or Paleo for their diabetes, I knew I had to find information about that, without a gallbladder.

Some of the following shocked me, because of the links between different health issues. But it shouldn’t shock me.
This is for my future referral and you, the reader to take and use as you will. I am not an allopathic doctor and make no claim or hold any belief that I am your health authority – you are responsible for your own health and choices.

So, this was an interesting and unexpected find. At least… something to be mindful of:

‘K, so my notes. This is where I noted gallbladder is linked with celiacs disease (so… you will probably continue to have issues until the root issue is dealt with)…. but I followed some of the links in this article, and that sense of “won’t really get better until the root issue is cared for” (diet) made total sense and I found info about diabetes/high blood sugar and gallbladder stuff connecting (because… diet), which I’d never thought to connect before:
It also mentions a drug that QUICKLY dissolves gallstones (not my preference and I know it’s too late for you, but info to tuck away to share with others?), so that someone could get rid of the stones and then immediately go Paleo with high veggies and work on gut health and keep their gallbladder.
Then there’s this, about digesting fats better, but it reminded me that not only do you need bitters, but you would probably also need ox bile, if you don’t have it already:
Since I am really convinced about getting nutrients through foods as much as possible, that offer a range of variety within each food individually rather than lab-made isolated nutrients without any protective co-nutrients, this led me to find a list for you about enzymes from foods, to help you digest fats and foods better!
And there’s this about enzyme supplements to consider:

Also, that article from Bulletproof reminded me of a few articles I had pinned a long time ago. I don’t have a settled mindset on HCL, I am just presenting different bits of information about it that I have come across:

(This one could apply for people with heartburn, too.) http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2012/03/should-you-be-supplementing-with-hydrochloric-acid/



Random but not-so-random. Natural way to get a daily “multi-vitamin” (I do this, with the exception that I watch my green smoothies pretty closely because of kidney issues – I’m learning about foods that deal with oxalates too, so I don’t have to keep such a strict eye on my oxalate intake) :
http://heal-thyself.ning.com/notes/14_Steps_for_Healthy_GutsFollow-up email:

I went looking for a picture I could share with the post, and ended up finding this article:

Uhmm…. diabetes, hypothyroid, gallbladder problems…. sounds familiar!

Because of all the issues connecting together and that they would all be healed or avoided by eating low-processed carbs and higher fat, I would think that Paleo or Keto and the Yasko nutrigenomic protocol would be highly valuable for a person struggling with these things.
This is how I go about it:  https://4beautyinthechaos.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/genetic-shut-offs-through-food/

And, tagging along with the nutrigenomic stuff, my friend just sent me this link a few days ago. Eat the liver!

Paleo Mini Bagels


Oh. my. goodness. I am hardly able to contain my joy to share this with you!

I loved bagels as a child, whether covered in cream cheese and honey, cream cheese and slivers of salmon, pizza toppings, or any other number of fun and delicious condiments.

Before I went Paleo, I tried several premade gluten-free “bagels” from the store. I longed to find a gluten-free variety, but found none ready-made that had the taste or texture of a real bagel. All of the recipes I found online were either simple but flopped or were extremely time-consuming and detailed so I didn’t bother.

While grocery shopping with Daryl yesterday, I began *craving* bagels and cream cheese when I spotted Daiya’s strawberry cream “cheese” spread. I purchased the spread and became determined to find a Paleo-friendly version of my beloved bagel.

I tried Elana’s recipe, but none of us Baggins’ liked them. I followed the recipe and there was too much baking soda. The texture, also, was nothing like a bagel. It was more like a savory muffin in taste and texture. No pull, no chew.

Suddenly, it dawned on me that my favorite and VERY simple Paleo pizza crust recipe had that pull and chew. I already use it as pizza crust with spices added, as communion bread, and as funnel cake. I felt certain that if I poured it, much thicker than pizza crust, into my donut mold, I would have bagels. And I was RIGHT!

The best part for me is the ease of every aspect of this recipe. You don’t even need to cut the bagel in half – it cooks “in halves!”

So, here is an easy-peasy, Paleo bagels recipe:

2 cups arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 eggs
1/2 – 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1/2-1 cup water, to consistency (I always look for “drippy gook” that clings just a little bit to the spoon as it drips off quite easily, than wet sand that is harder to work with)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Scoop about 1/8 cup into each donut mold cavity. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes in mold, remove to cooling rack. Enjoy with your favorite toppings!
(Makes 18  mini half-bagels.)

Pregnancy Bile


heartburn-1_200_200Great topic, right?

It’s a reality for a lot of mommas, whether it’s morning sickness or heartburn, or both. Very few escape the effect of bile during pregnancy to some degree.

During the beginning of my pregnancy with Leela, my midwife friend told me about Karen Hurd and beans. Apparently, soluble fiber binds to the bile that enflames “morning sickness” and then it flushes right out of your body. Since it was only a 1/4 cup of beans, a relatively affordable “supplement,” I decided to give it a try.
What I found remarkable was that it really worked – and quickly! Her suggested 20 minutes seems quite wonderful, but I had relief in 5-10 minutes, every time.

Then, when I was in the third trimester with Leela, heartburn kicked in. I was about to do a web search for natural remedies, when it struck me that heartburn is related to bile. I decided to try legumes again, but by this time I was growing tired of the thought of beans. So, I chose peanut butter. A little spoonful and heartburn was gone.

Now that I am into my third trimester with this little one, I feel pretty thankful that I hadn’t had heartburn kick in!
I finally started adjusting my night-time alignment, by transitioning away from using a pillow. After a week and a half, I had my first night of completely comfortable pillow-less sleep. No aches or pains. It was very cool. Two nights later, I awoke in the middle of the night with bile in my mouth and heartburn. Up I went again, propped onto a pillow. Drat.

Then, silly me, it hit me that there must be good sources of soluble fiber that are Paleo-friendly. Which is when I found acacia senegal. This is apparently chock full of it. After a couple of days of researching Chris Kresser’s suggestion at the end of this article, I decided to order some last night. Relying on the evidence from my own life of Amy Yasko’s protocol mantra “low and slow,” (good document here, but not Yasko’s) I am starting this the same way.

I’m hoping this works out – I can’t wait to go back to a pillow-less sleep. 🙂

April 2016 Meal Plan


This is what our April meal plan looks like – it’s super simple to put together, when I know what goal(s) I have in mind – no extra time planning compared to any other meal plan! I still look online for recipes like anyone else, and like most families who cook from scratch, I take a little more time to ensure more nutritious fare via my researching health regularly (this will be for life, I am a type 4 after all) and cooking time. The planning stage is not more time consuming, though. 🙂
I already had April 1st in my meal plan for March, so it’s omitted here.



Monday ~ Scrambled Eggs, orange slices, smoothies

Tuesday ~ Lembas Bread with coconut oil, ham, bananas

Wednesday ~ Paleo Sausage Egg McMuffins

Thursday ~ Paleo Raisin Bran

Friday ~ Paleo Breakfast Pizza

Saturday ~ Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup

Sunday ~ Cinnamon Raisin N’oatmeal



Monday ~ Cabbage Soup with Ham, dab of coconut kefir

Tuesday ~ Almond butter & bananas with raisins, raw veggies

Wednesday ~ Roast Beef, Paleo cheese, raw veggies with ranch

Thursday ~ Roasted Potatoes, Chicken Sausage and Peppers, cultured applesauce

Friday ~ Paleo Swedish Meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans, smoothies


April 4-8

Monday ~ Honey-Mustard Drumsticks, Probiotic Potato Salad, Hot Bacon Spinach Salad

Tuesday ~ Sloppy Joe’s in a Bowl, buns, fermented french fries, cultured broccoli salad

Wednesday ~ Loaded Sweet Potato Soup, dab of coconut kefir in bowls

Thursday ~ Fish sticks, sweet potato dollars, ranch, tartar sauce

Friday ~ Waffles (Banana-Nut Pancakes, cooked in our waffle iron), coconut whipped cream, bacon, fruit salad, scrambled eggs


April 11-15

Monday ~ One-Pot Paprika Chicken, cultured apple sauce

Tuesday ~ Creamed Chip Beef over Eggs, green beans, water kefir

Wednesday ~ Deli meat wraps, popcorn/nuts, coconut kefir smoothies

Thursday ~ Open Face Tuna Melts, chips, raw veggies

Friday ~ Margherita Pizza with Paleo pizza crust (linked on Second Breakfast page), salad, kombucha


April 18-22

Monday ~ Nourishing Moroccan Chicken, zoodles, water kefir

Tuesday ~ Healthy Hamburger Helper, cultured ginger carrots

Wednesday ~ Chicken, Yam, and Chard soup, kombucha

Thursday ~ Paleo Shrimp Alfredo (possibly adding Paleo “parmesan”), brocolli, kombucha

Friday ~ Cheeseburgers, cultured french fries, ketchup, Nourishing Orange Julius’


April 25-29

Monday ~ Perfect Chicken Salad, tater tots, cultured ketchup

Tuesday ~ Stuffed Hot Dogs, baked sweet potatoes with cultured apple sauce

Wednesday ~ Classic French Onion Soup, steak strips, kombucha

Thursday ~ Jambalya, Paleo “cornbread,” cultured chutney

Friday ~ Ground Beef Stir Fry, water kefir

Nutrigenomic Journey


I wrote this for a forum where I’d been asked by a few people to share about genetic healing.  It will probably seem long to you… but I assure you it’s shorter than my actual experience. 😉 My story can hopefully spare others from such a long journey! It all connects. 🙂
*Note* after reading through this the day after writing it, I felt incredibly convicted that I was miserly with my own temple in a way I never am with other people’s health. Frugality is  not always a virtue.

In 2002, I had my first baby at the age of 20. Before this, I was energetic and full of non-stop movement. I was up at 7-8am and jogging at 2am, many nights… {smh}
Around 2005, after gaining weight despite running 3 miles almost every day and eating one small meal most days (I wasn’t hungry until dinner most days), feeling tired ALL THE TIME, and having despression that would not leave, I asked people in the discussingNT Yahoo group if something was actually wrong with me. They led me to learn about hypothyroidism. I took my temps and they were ALWAYS low, never going over 96.8. I started taking care of myself with this understanding in mind, but no supplementation. I stopped jogging, as I saw it debilitating me for longer and longer stretches.

After awhile, I started using kelp, with mixed results. I crashed, then burned. I went back to the yahoo group, and they said I probably had adrenal issues that needed to be addressed first. I stopped kelp and started schizzandra (sp) berries, milky oats, and a few other adrenal adaptogenic botanicals.
I eventually found Stop The Thyroid Madness and had most of their “necessary” recommended tests done – everything that was suggested to me, and more, was wrong with me. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone…. all wrong.

In 2010, I went gluten free and really got focused on healing my adrenals and thyroid. Arthritis left me and I felt better overall.

Around this time, I felt a small lump in one of my breasts. I was aware of it and kept gently checking it every few weeks. It never grew larger.

Daryl and I married in the fall of 2011.  A few months before we married, I started kelp again and did well.
I conceived my second child soon after we married – finally carrying a baby to term for the first time in 9 years (I had 3 miscarriages with my ex and 1 with my husband before this). The lump in my breast disappeared. At the beginning of my pregnancy, I started raging, so at my midwife’s suggestion I stopped kelp. The rage completely subsided.

I took the STTM recommended tests again while I was pregnant, everything but the B12 and vitamin D… “why spend money on that when EVERYONE has D deficiency?”

Halfway through my pregnancy, just a few weeks after getting the test results back, I had my first severe B12 deficiency symptoms – numbness in extremities, time lapsing, muscle weakness, and constant hysterical crying (I am not a “crier,” so this was alarming to me to be unable to control it). I high-dosed methylB12 after researching what would be best, and within less than a day, I was recovering.

After I had Leela, I decided to use ThyroGold instead of kelp – it worked REALLY well, for longer than the kelp could. I used the T3C method to take it, after daytime use stalled out, to deal with my adrenal dysfunction at the same time (adrenal fatigue is when cortisol is low all day and night, dysfunction is when it is low during the day and high at night).

The lump in my breast reappeared, the same size and location. I felt confident that it was hormonal and not cancer, but I wanted to make sure. I had two thermograms 3 months apart. One of my favorite medical expenses ever – not joking. (If anyone wants information on the negatives and harm of mammograms, I can share that here, as well.) I educated myself beforehand on what normal and cancerous thermograms looked like, so as I looked at the screen, it was easy and FAST for me to see that I did not have cancer at the lump site (or anywhere, praise God). A dr confimed it a week later, but I was relieved AS I was being screened. 🙂 Another interesting thing that came of this was seeing the heat reading from my thyroid – it was DARK blue… almost black. It should have been a nice, warm shade. Lastly, the technologist who screened me (no touching me, pressing delicate tissue, chancing spreading it), gave me a pamphlet with a LOT of helpful information, including a massaging technique that can eliminate little fibrous bits as I had (it is pictured here). Within a few days of following the specific massage pattern, the lump was gone and has never come back.

I also decided to do one of the “optional” tests on the STTM recommended tests page, the 23andme genetic tests. It came back with a fun host of defects, but I was too foggy to wade through what it all meant, so it sat unused for awhile.

The B12 worked for a year by itself, when I realized I had to add folate (NEVER folic acid .  June 2016: I have now learned fuller information about folic acid vs folate, and choose folic acid with pleasant results. Read why, here. This gives me understanding about why the following happened… so I now don’t advocate for Lynch’s recommendation to add yet another supplement to counter the effects of an issue that can be avoided by using folic acid instead). I was better, but only for a few weeks. Then I raged. Ben Lynch gives good info about this. TG worked for a little while, but it too stopped working, and I was worse than ever. I started digging through my genetic results, feeling VERY overwhelmed and hopeless.

At this point, about late Nov2014, a friend in a free birth group encouraged me to not only go Paleo for my genentic issues, but to do exactly what I was feeling I needed to do… get off all of my supplements (at the end of 2014, I was on 23 “natural” supplements), and start doing a VERY simplified version of Amy Yasko’s protocol. Going off of my B12 terrified me, as I had seen myself very sick without it, but I did it Jan2015 and had excellent results. I started drinking green smoothies every day, too.

The first week with no supplements, I added a couple of tablespoons of diatomaceous earth to a large glass of water, upon waking. One solid week.

The next week, for one week, I continued the DE, and added activated charcoal in honey at night, before bed, on an emtpy stomach.

The next week, for one week, I continued the other two things, and added in matcha about 20-30 minutes after the DE.

The next week, I added a B-complex cream. I felt the most calm and peaceful I ever have in my entire life. I literally never knew serenity except those few months. They genuinely keep me going on discouraging health days!

That was all I did for 4 months. I used 1 pump instead of 2-3 as the bottle recommended, as I had raged before, when taking too much of other brands… and aside from that, I couldn’t afford to use more pumps than that. {smack my head}

I had absolute peace and calm for 3 solid months. Little and big things did not unsettle me – ever since the criminal trial, *everything* unsettled me… my mother in law, CPS, my midwife from my second birth… everything that once would have been sad and upsetting and move-through-able, had become nightmarish to me since the trial. But, during the three months following that new routine, I was serene.
Things started shifting around April. I was feeling agitated for no real reason. I had mental focus though, and that is when I dug into Yasko’s information on my own more, and learned that I should have worked on ridding my body of candida and doing a DEEP gut-healing… more than just the fermented food at every single meal.

Then, in May or June, I had a HUGE B12 crash. Worse than ever before. I looked and felt like an Alzheimer’s patient. I was scared… and for the first time, I saw fear on my husband’s face. I could not find a high enough dose of B12 this time, and I was taking a sublingual B12 as well, to help alongside the cream, in order to come out of the haze. Nothing helped… I was just getting worse. Paranoid, irrational, slow to move or think.

Then my friend came over and taught me a “hoakey” thing called muscle testing (I don’t think it’s hoakey, but I know many might). I was astounded that my body was telling me to take ELEVEN pumps of B cream, and several tabs of sublingual B12. It was higher than I’d ever taken! But, by muscle testing for each day and even each time I applied, I was out of my fog in a couple of days. My friend took 5 minutes with me and saved my life. I will never low-dose myself again, even if it’s a financial struggle.

About a month or two later, hubby and I had been noticing that my tummy which had gotten AMAZING from doing Restorative Exercise, was looking strangely postpartum again. He even took pics of it for me, it was so weird.


That very night, I had my second kidney attack and a terrible UTI. Like… urinating on myself all night long, throbbing in contraction-like pain, and getting a killer migraine… for days on end. The first bout sent me to a dr for diagnosis for the first time in a decade, about two months before, but they missed it because the UTI test came back negative… so of course I didn’t have a kidney infection. They didn’t know what was wrong with me (I was suspicious of kidney, and stopped my green smoothies… I’d recently started them back up.) Anyway, I started taking D-mannose for the UTI along with probiotics (I resisted this for a long time because I was eating so many fermented foods and it seemed a financial waste… what a theme for my life… frugality at the expense of my health) that also did double-duty on the kidney infection. I also drank a LOT of heavily lemoned water for the kidney pain (it always subsisded within 15 minutes and lasted for hours). It was all cleared up in about 6 days.

I then saw my natural health practitioner, and she said it sounded like I had candida, describing the kidney issues AND my tummy-bloat. She recommended I start taking an enzyme and within a week, my tummy was gone… and I started dropping inches. As in… my underwear went from being a little loose, to the next size down being too loose. I stopped weighing myself in July, so I don’t know the weight difference, but with clothing dropping off, I don’t much care. 😉 I am close to finishing up that bottle, and will not need any more.

Since April, I have found a new normal. There’s rarely any rage days, no depression, and there are many days of utter joy. I have added some new things from the Yasko protocol into my routine (namely, lithium orotate), but not many. I am contemplating a total halt again, to “reboot,” as I had before, so that I can follow the protocol more fully (gut healing, namely), and allow what I have seen to work so well… work its best.

About my thyroid: only working on my genetics, and no longer my thyroid… I am now, and have been since mid-January, at  a consistent 98.2 – .5!! I have clarity, stabilized mood, and can lose weight (even eating MUCH more on Paleo – protein filled breakfasts boost my hunger).

Here is a lot of very helpful information, and I am willing to answer any questions, with the caveat that I am NOT a healthcare professional, and do not give advice, but only offer up my own experiences for others knowledge-growth and spurring on to research more for themselves:

Summarized Yasko Protocol (there are some additions here, but I think they are helpful expoundings, rather than contrary. I did not use the 4R gut protocol, for example, but reading through it helped me get a much better picture of what I wanted to do for myself in gut healing than I had been already) : http://forums.phoenixrising.me/index.php?threads/yaskos-simplified-protocol-summary-and-question-about-her-supplements.28641/

Phyllis Wheeler, a lady out of MO or KS, using the Yasko protocol to heal her children of Autism signs (this is useful in many ways, but again, I did not follow all of it) : http://phylliswheeler.com/CuringAutismBlog/?page_id=2

Dr Yasko’s forums: http://www.ch3nutrigenomics.com/

All of Yasko’s materials are free to download, at this below site (I recommend starting with Feel Good Nutrigenomics – it’s the very basic understanding… and then working o the Pathways books).

Also, you can enter in your genetic results and this can guide you to recommended supplements (factoring in genetic defects messing with each other, too) as well as a brief “dummy” guide to understanding what some of it means: https://knowyourgenetics.com/

Methylfolate side effects (scroll down to this titled post, but all of these articles are helpful) : http://mthfr.net/read-this-first/2012/01/25/

23andme offers genetic testing. This is my referral link – use it or not, I still recommend it highly! They no longer are allowed to give suggestions, as knowyourgenetics.com can, but they test your saliva, then give you the raw data. It was well worth the $99 (If you order more tests at the same time, subsequent tests are a little cheaper) : http://refer.23andme.com/v2/share/6192278495607826942

T3CM for NDT: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t3-circadian-method-for-adrenals/

List of recommended Stop the Thyroid Madness Tests (seriously, just T3 or T4 is *NOT* adequate): http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/

Discussing Nourishing Traditions yahoo group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/discussingnt/info

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June Menu Plan 2015



Go to my Second Breakfast page for info about how my family eats, find our staple recipes (if it doesn’t link here, it’s linked there), and more!

This month is slightly different – I am doing my second Whole30. I ate this way in January and felt amazing, lost a lot of weight, and internally was doing much better. Since, I have added in fermented dairy and natural sweeteners back in (honey, maple syrup, Sucanat), and I need to figure out if either one (or both) are causing sleep disturbances and mood issues.

I am a little more than excited, as Daryl said he wanted to join me on this Whole30, knowing he’d also give up smoking (which I abhor for a dozen or more reasons) along with dairy, legumes, and grains. I think he’s going to tone up and feel great at the end. Melody is also doing it now, as she has started having growing pains, and wants to see if going Paleo will help her. Leela is just kind of along for the ride.


Mondays ~ Monkey Salad. scrambled eggs (with broth), cultured guacamole
Tuesdays ~ Spinach Sausage Scramble, cultured applesauce
Wednesdays ~ Italian Chicken Casserole, cultured carrots
Thursdays ~ Butternut Squash Breakfast Skillet, kombucha
Fridays ~ Paleo Raisin Bran, Bacon, Eggs

Mondays ~ Golden Cauliflower Soup, kombucha
Tuesdays ~ Perfect Chicken Salad, cultured fruit chutney, Toadstool Salad
Wednesdays ~ Mason Jar “Instant” Ramen Zoodles, chutney
Thursdays ~ Spatchcock chicken, raw veggies, kombucha
Fridays ~ Italian Wedding Soup, cultured ginger carrots


Week 1 (June 1-6)
Monday ~ Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken, Hot Bacon Spinach Salad, coconut kefir
Tuesday ~ Hamburgers, Cultured Coleslaw
Wednesday ~ Creamy Sausage Soup with Greens, Italian Salad
Thursday ~ Salmon Cakes (sub bread crumbs with 1/2 cup almond flour), Sweet and Spicy Brussel Sprouts
Friday ~ SB&J burgers, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Cultured Arnold Palmers (1/2 cultured lemonade, 1/2 kombucha)

Week 2 (June 7-13)
Monday ~ Chicken with Rosemary & Roasted Oranges, root veggie hash. kombucha
Tuesday ~ Plantain Beef Pie, Lacto-Fermented Zucchini
Wednesday ~ Big Italian Salad, Water Kefir
Thursday ~ Zucchini Noodles with Scallops and Bacon, cultured carrots
Friday ~ Turkey Avocado Wraps, sweet potato dollars, cultured applesauce

Week 3 (June 14-20)
Monday ~ Spatchcock chicken, Curried Kale & Green beans
Tuesday ~ Paleo Swedish Meatballs, Zoodles, water kefir
Wednesday ~ Pork with Sauerkraut and apples, baked sweet potatoes
Thursday ~ Cod Fish Fry, crunchy cauliflower bites, Italian Salad, water kefir
Friday ~ Salted Mocha Burgers, Cultured Broccoli Salad

Week 4 (June 21-27)
Monday ~ Perfect Chicken Salad, Hot Bacon Spinach Salad, fruit chutney
Tuesday ~ Hunter Stew, cultured apple sauce
Wednesday ~ Sausage, Eggs, Coconut Kefir smoothies
Thursday ~ Salmon Ceviche, raw veggies, coconut kefir cheese
Friday ~ Grilled Chicken (spatchcock marinade), cultured broccoli salad

Week 5 (June 28-30)
Monday ~ Italian Chicken Casserole, kombucha
Tuesday ~ Steaks, crunchy cauliflower bites, green beans, water kefir

May Meal Plan 2015


I am eating Paleo (Primal) by necessity, but I try to add in some grains each week for my family (while I omit). I can not handle unfermented animal dairy, even raw, though I can tolerate fermented dairy, so I will sneak some Primal action in. Like Pizza.

Daryl had sworn by his breakfast of oatmeal for a long time, stating it was the only thing that would fill him up. I made a few Paleo breakfasts for him one week and he converted quite easily, even saying that he didn’t realize that oatmeal was actually making him sluggish within an hour and he was hungry much sooner than the Paleo-friendly breakfasts. But, when you are comparing soaked oatmeal to a bowl of cereal and milk, of course you feel better with it!
He recently said something I didn’t think he would ever say, and that was that he was okay with limiting his bread take even more, “why not?”

I cook Monday-Friday and cook enough to have leftovers all weekend. This makes our days with Daryl easier and filled with more time together doing things we enjoy.
Monday-Friday, I also rotate the breakfasts and lunches each week for one month.
For dinners, Monday is some type of chicken dish, Tuesday is beef, Wednesday is a random choice, Thursday is seafood, and Friday is Make-In foods.
We also have a lacto-fermented (cultured) food, beverage, or condiment with every single meal. (Any linked fermented recipes that mention whey, I substitute with water kefir wonderfully.)


Monday – N’OatmealCultured Berry Jam
Tuesday – Rustic Paleo Breakfast PizzaKombucha
Wednesday – Paleo Egg McMuffinscultured guacamole (all the ingredients, plus 2 tablespoons water kefir and then allowed to culture for 7 hours) cultured salsa
Thursday – Paleo Lemon Pound Cake, Cultured Berry Jam*
Friday – Paleo Cookie Crisp, coconut milk (I take a can of Thai brand coconut milk, add the same amount of water and 1/4 teaspoon dolomite – I don’t crave milk much anymore, but when I do, I plow through this pretty quickly… so it’s good on our wallet that I don’t crave milk too much) for me and raw cow’s milk for everyone else, cultured applesauce


Monday – Almond Butter  and banana on Roti, veggies, ranch dip
Tuesday – Tuna Melts on apple slices, water kefir (1 tbsp. grains, 1 tbsp. Sucanat, 1 cup water, 20ish raisins, 1/2 cleaned and dried pastured egg shell; mix up and let culture for 1-2 days)
Wednesday – Spatchcock chickenFajita-style Quessadillas (I make mine in Roti*, the family’s in Nourishing Tortillas – reduce to 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and use coconut oil – and we add in some of the spatchcocked chicken), cultured guacamole*
Thursday – Paleo Swedish Meatballs with Zoodles (100% wheat pasta for the family), kombucha
Friday – Golden Cauliflower Soupcultured ginger carrots


Friday (May 1) –  Faux Carb Pizza crust for Supreme Pizza, ranch dip*

Week 1 (May 4-8)

Monday – Chicken Bacon Alfredo (I sub with coconut milk – yep, this is a Primal recipe) with zoodles* (100% wheat pasta for family),cultured fruit chutney
Tuesday – Liver Pate (sometimes we add 8 ounces of cream cheese to it!!), Crackers, veggies, ranch dip*
Wednesday – Chicken, Yam and Chard SoupLF zuchhini
Thursday – Fish stickstater totsketchuptartar sauce
Friday – Hot dogs with ketchup* & mustardmacaroni and cheese (good alternative that doesn’t taste like mac n cheese, but is DEFINITELY a similar comfort food – Paleo Mac ‘n Cheese), Vanilla Bavarian Cream with berry sauce (we love this as leftovers!!)

Week 2 (May 11-15)

Monday – Italian Chicken Casserole, LF carrots*
Tuesday – Pastured Beef Stroganoff with cauli-rice (brown rice for family), water kefir
Wednesday – Sausage (Beeler’s breakfast), eggs (local pastured), root veggie hash (I fry this in butter and coconut oil; oven cooking takes much longer than the recipe conveys for us), cultured apple sauce
Thursday – Coconut Shrimp, salad, apple-kefir dressing (made with coconut kefir), cocktail sauce without horseradish
Friday – Jambalyafrog legs (sub. flour with arrowroot powder), Paleo “corn” breadred beans and rice (I completely omit for myself), kombucha*

Week 3 (May 18-22)

Monday – Spatchcock chicken*, sweet potato dollars, green beans, ranch dip*
Tuesday – Roast Beefpotato pancakesSpinach salad, kombucha*
Wednesday – Cocoa Spiced Rubbed Pork with Crimini Berry Sauceblue cheese potatoes (sub with coconut milk), broccoli, cultured smoothie
Thursday – Fermented SalmonSourdough pita bread, LF zucchini*, Kvasscultured garlic
Friday – Better Than Take-Out General Tso’s, water kefir*

Week 4 (May 25-29)

Monday – One-Pot Paprika Chicken, water kefir*
Tuesday – Butternut Squash Shepherd’s Pie, kombucha*
Wednesday – Salmon Chowder, LF carrots*
Thursday – Paleo Fish Tacos, fruit chutney*
Friday – Chimichangas in Roti* or nourishing tortillas*, cultured salsa, salad

* = repeated recipe

Cultured Paleo Mayo or Miracle Whip


I personally have a preference for the mildly sweeter “Miracle Whip” with its depth of flavor, over mayonnaise. I certainly don’t prefer the rancid oils, preservatives and other junk ingredients in the store-bought options, however.
If you prefer mayo over “miracle whip,” just omit the honey and paprika from this recipe.

This is my lacto-fermented spin on my preferred condiment for sandwiches! (Whey can be used in place of the water kefir, but then it’s not Paleo-friendly. I have had this with whey, before I started eating Paleo, and I quite prefer the taste with water kefir!)


3 egg yolks, room temperature

2 teaspoons powdered mustard

2 teaspoons white wine

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon water kefir

3 tablespoons raw honey

2 teaspoons paprika

1/2 cup bacon grease

1/2 cup olive oil

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Notes / Directions

In blender, process all but last three ingredients. Process until well blended, about 30 seconds. Add in bacon grease and oil slowly in the middle opening of blender. When mixed, stop blender, taste and check seasoning. May add more salt and/or lemon juice if desired. Let mayonnaise sit at room temperature, well covered, for 7 hours before refrigerating. With water kefir added, mayonnaise will keep several months and will become firmer in time. Without water kefir, mayonnaise will keep for 2 – 3 weeks.

(Makes 1 1/2 cups.)

Gaining Focus


On my morning walk, I reflected on how different life is compared to December of last year.

I am loathe to make New Year’s Resolutions. Yet, the snowball effect began in December and it ended up that most of the changes started taking place at the beginning of January. The rebel in me wanted to wait until “New Year’s Resolutions” time lapsed, but I am glad I ignored my rebelliousness, because I had a few more weeks of healing than I otherwise would have.

I recognized that my genetic issues were drastically effecting my ability to heal my endocrine system. Every time I would start a new supplement, it would work really well for a few weeks, and then I would crash. I started adding supplements for my genetic issues (I tested through 23andme), following protocol from a more well-known site that gave me a comprehensive step-by
-step guide to healing, so I would, theoretically, heal in proper order. Still, I crashed, and it was getting harder every time.

A friend encouraged me to completely stop all my supplements – all 23 of them – and to let my body detox before I contemplated any more about what supplements to eliminate, add, or change the intake of… that I might be pleasantly surprised. I started a new, less synthetic regimen, just a few weeks before New Years, and started seeing vast improvement right around the New Year. I have not yet had to add anything different in, including any of my naturally desiccated thyroid. I am taking 4 supplements, 3 of which are foods for me, 1 of which is more synthetic and unfortunately necessary (unless I can find a natural way to bypass my gut and absorb B vitamins).

This has been a HUGE key to healing, addressing my genetic defects in proper order.

For a few weeks before January, I also slowly started “going Paleo,” after reading testimony after testimony of folks with many of my same genetic defects, attest to the difference it made for them in mental clarity, weight issues, and overall health. I decided to do a big, deep dive in January, and did a Whole30. I lost 15 pounds – which is incredible, since my endocrine issues have piled on over 100 pounds in a decade, despite working out hard the first half of that decade, and eating like a bird most of that decade – and I was eating so much food!

My weight loss is much slower now that I am just Paleo, and allow myself chocolate, but it’s still going down. Grains and unfermented dairy wreak havoc on my body!

At the end of last year, Katy Bowman opened up her Restorative Exercise Specialist training again, after a very long close to new openings. It was open for a few weeks, and then would close for 2 years. Daryl and I discussed it, and I took the opportunity to start on a path I’d been dreaming of for over a year.  It has pushed me to do what I had wanted to do for several years, which is become actually serious about healthy, whole body alignment. Studying for RES has reminded me of how very little I know – and I love that!
From the energy I have gained from my diet and supplemental changes, I have been enabled to move more. Before, taking a 30-minute walk would mean adrenal exhaustion for DAYS. From one. stinking. walk. The jogging I loved so well – forget about it. That used to knock me out for weeks-long stretches.

Now that I have more mental focus and energy, I am becoming more organized. When I happened upon the mention of a specific type of organizational journal in a homeschooling group, I realized that it would work perfectly for me in many ways. I put together a part of this journal for April last night, and I am so pumped. Even without the journal for March, I have gotten a lot done today, just mentally thinking of this type of journal for my day and keeping the focus for “to-do’s.” I am going to give you a peek into this new-to-me journal, tomorrow.

More mental focus and energy is also translating into more calm, evened thinking. Which has been a balm for working through PTSD issues – now I can work through PTSD issues. Not many things are triggering the trauma. When a few things have, I have been able to process through it and move forward. I have not yet hit a panic mode, even with triggering people and situations they create.
This, wonderfully, translates into my spiritual life as well. It’s not a murky crawl to find His peace. It’s as it was before my body started failing big time, before the trauma of the failed trial.

My type 4 is truly reveling in this new-found focus… in contained chaos.

Baby’s Solid Starts


This morning, Melody asked if she could feed Stryder some hard boiled egg with Siracha sauce. It prompted me to share a letter I wrote to a friend one time, when they asked me how I go about giving solids to my littles.

I am an avid researcher when I set my mind to something. One of my main aims in life is to honor God by taking the best possible care of my family member’s temples, just as we care for our minds and spiritual life. Caring for my first daughter’s health started me on a healthy living journey and childhood nutrition continues to be a passion of mine because of all that I have learned.

Feel free to ask questions, and absolutely don’t take my word for it. Research, research, research! I love sharing information because my goal isn’t to convert people to “MY” way, but to remind folks constantly that there are always alternatives to every area of health than what we’ve been trained to believe for the last 50 years, and it excites me to get people empowering themselves by researching.

I’m going to give you information that I’ve gathered together and gotten the best guidance from when it comes to starting babies on solid foods.

First, make sure your little one has the signs of readiness for eating. It really is important they are all there! I know its difficult to wait; we’ve been told breastmilk “isn’t enough” at the 6-month mark, but its simply not true. Whether you feed them before their guts are ready or after, I promise you’ll get lots of cute, messy pictures! Just because a babe is reaching for something doesn’t mean they need it. They’ll also reach for a pile of dog poo if its close enough! 😉 All the signs need to be there!
Here is more about the signs: http://www.theweaningtimes.com/about-baby-led-weaning/#readiness

Second, giving a baby rice cereal is a bad idea. The reason the human gut shouldn’t have rice before 18-24 months is because it is a grain. All grains are difficult/virtually impossible for humans to digest at this age, producing the effect of tearing at our little guts. What that means is no grains, even gluten free grains, until about 2 years old. That includes oats, sorghum, buckwheat, rye, barley, wheat, rice, and more.
There’s more about not doing infant cereals here: http://www.foodrenegade.com/why-ditch-infant-cereals/#
A decent list of grains: http://www.our-food-recipes.com/list-of-grains.html

Third, in “modern” America some doctors will say that the first foods to introduce to baby should be “low allergen” foods, foods which tend to be bland and not very nutrient dense, but the truth is, as long as you add in the high-allergen foods one at a time and watch for reactions in the following few days, there’s no reason to limit what they’re having aside from grains. In fact, a lot of babies that have a wide variety of foods offered early on (this means we need to be a good example and not be picky, too), are less likely to be picky later on! When Leela was out with us at about 9 months old, she loved a bit of spicy BBQ ribs when we went out. 🙂
More on nutrient dense food here: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/nourishing-a-growing-baby
More on encouraging thankful (eating a variety of food) eaters here: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/9646449/ns/health-childrens_health/t/experts-seek-debunk-baby-food-myths/#.UUp0kByNNAt

I take a little bit from “baby led weaning” that makes scientific sense, a little bit from Nourishing Traditions that makes scientific sense, and a little bit of what I’ve found works for us outside of that. I’ll give you a typical meal in-house, and in parentheses I’ll note how that’s different from either method.

I waited to let Leela start on solids until all the signs of readiness were present (Nourishing Traditions gives an arbitrary age, but every baby is ready at a different age, and it does the gut damage to give solids before ready, even if puréed), and will do the same for Stryder. I try to time nursing babies before a meal so when they are eating solids, they can eat with us, but that doesn’t always happen. I nurse from both breasts for as long as they want. Then, we have a beeswax canvas that gets laid down on the livingroom floor, where we all eat, and they sit upright next to me in the middle of the beeswax canvas (in baby led weaning it is not recommended to let them eat outside of a high chair, but reading body alignment information, we try to sit on the floor or use exercise balls as much as possible – Katy Bowman of Aligned and Well has me convinced! http://www.alignedandwell.com/katysays/), with someone’s leg behind them for extra support in the beginning stages. Forced sitting is also not good for humans.
They eat off my plate, I make sure there are big hunks for them to gnaw on, and Leela was always content (because NT recommends starting solids so early, most everything is mashed/puréed according to their guides). Sometimes I had to chew food up for her, which is also okay. Chewing food beforehand actually aids your baby’s digestion AND gut flora, whereas using a baby blender doesn’t add the beneficial bacteria that your spit does (not mentioned in either BLW or NT that I can recall). What I usually chew is smaller bits of food like lacto-fermented sauerkraut. As humans begin eating solid foods, they need to continue to build good gut flora – through healthy bacteria, which is found in lacto-fermented foods and beverages. Such as sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, condiments that have been lacto-fermented (ketchup, jam, mayonnaise…), etc. This maintains and/or heals gut flora. I highly recommend lacto-fermented vegetables at every age of solid-food eating (including adulthood).

When she was done, I cleaned her up and then wiped off the beeswax canvas with some natural cleaner.

Prepare for the smelliest poop you’ve ever smelled in your life! 😉

Here’s a few more random sites about the topic of feeding baby solids.

I hope this starts you well on your researching journey!