My Battle with Gluten Intolerance


The sneaking suspicion that I am gluten intolerant has been in my head since the beginning of the year. I read the book Wheat Belly and was astounded. This was the beginning of my suspicion of grains, especially wheat and … Continue reading

What’s for Dinner?

ImageThe famous last words of my family! What’s for dinner? It seems like I barely get through the door and the kids are asking that dreaded question.

I try very hard to be prepared. I spend a lot of time searching for recipes that will meet the needs of our new primal/paleo lifestyle. I fail when I am not prepared. I have found so many great sites with yummy recipes to feed the family. Mark’s Daily Apple, The Paleo Mom, Quick Paleo, NomNomPaleo, Living Gluten Free are just a few of the sites I use to get ideas. Of course, my family is accustomed to my tried and true recipes. So, I have had to do some tweaking of recipes to satisfy them.

My dinner preparations usually begin in the morning. I start thinking about what sounds good. Then I start searching for that just right recipe. Usually I head off to the grocery on my lunch hour to save precious time. I have learned that shopping on my lunch hour saves me several hours a week. I have a list and a purpose because I know I have to be in and out in just a few minutes. I know if I don’t have a dinner plan when I arrive home the chances of me failing to make a healthy, primal meal is high.

I walk in the door most days and tackle the task of fixing dinner. I know if I sit down it is going to be hard to get motivated again. I know that I have 4 men to feed. So, I have usually chose a meal that is planned around a meat. Then I will try to fix at least  one vegetable. Usually, I fix a cooked vegetable and a salad. My middle son and my husband do not like many vegetables.  However,  they will devour a large salad. Soups are good place to “hide” vegetables too. They are quick, inexpensive and will provide a couple of meals. Sometimes, I will also have a fruit “dessert”. I try to not have too much fruit myself because I am trying to lose weight. The boys do not care if they don’t have a lot of fruit. So, that usually isn’t a big deal.

So…what’s for dinner? Primal Chili it is. It’s the first weekend of fall. The air is crisp and chili sounds easy and delicious on this Friday night!

Country Girl’s Easy Crockpot Primal/ Gluten Free Chili

1 can of tomato sauce (preferably homemade)

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 can of tomatoes with green chiles

1 lb of ground beef (preferably grass fed)

1 large onion diced

1 lb of chicken breast diced

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1tsp chili powder

1 clove of garlic (minced)

1 can of mushrooms

1 cup sliced carrots

2 TBSP Honey

1 Head of Cabbage (shredded)

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 Red Bell Pepper



Brown ground beef and chicken breast in a skillet add in mushrooms and garlic.

 In a large crock pot add all other ingredients. Add in cooked meat mixture.

Cook on high for 1 hour. Turn down to low and simmer for at least 2 hours. (The longer it cooks the better)








Following the Rules of the 21 Day Primal Blueprint Challenge


The 21 day Primalblueprint Challenge has begun. Getting the rules of the game down is the first step. Eating the primal/paleo way isn’t terribly difficult. The mose difficult part is fighting off those awful carbohydrate cravings.

Those cravings are like monsters in my head! They scream to me…I need some sugar or I need that piece of bread. Getting past those first few days is a struggle for me. I end up with the carb flu. This in turn makes it hard for me to fight the cravings because I find it hardest to control the things I eat when I am tired or feel yucky. Carb flu makes you tired and feeling yucky. So, I find myself with a mind struggle to resist the carbs. I catch myself opening the fridge and pantry doors and then shutting them. Over and over I do this. Usually I win…sometimes the carbs win.

The first two days of the challenge I haven’t done as well as would like. I have had stress at work and home. I have been tired and I hurt my legs. This many emotional things give me fits with balancing eating and emotions. So, I must do some mind work to get through this.

I know the results will be worth it. I have already seen progress when I stick to this kind of eating plan. I feel great and drop pounds. I just get lazy and let my emotions rule at times. Then once I have eaten a trigger food it seems to snowball the wreckless eating. I want so badly to get this and stick to it. I want to look great and feel great, all of the time.

So, here are the brief details of what I am working on. Basically, the rules of the game.

  1. Eat real food.
  2. Avoid sugar, grains, unhealthy fats, beans/legumes.
  3. Align your carb intake with your weight goals and activity levels.
  4. Move frequently at a slow pace: Get between 2-5 hours per week of moderate aerobic exercise.
  5. Lift heavy things: Conduct 1-3 brief, intense sessions of full-body functional movements.
  6. Sprint: Go “all out” once a week.
  7. Get 8 hours of sleep every night.
  8. Get 15 minutes of direct sun exposure each day.
  9. Play! Find time to let go, disconnect, unwind and have fun each day.

I can do this!

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Woohoo! What a Way to Kick Start this Journey. 21 Day Primal Blueprint Challenge Starts Tomorrow.

As I was preparing my blog, I got a Facebook post about the 21 Day Primal Blueprint Challenge starting Monday morning. How exciting! I starting learning about the primal way of eating late last year. In my research I found Mark’s Daily Apple. Unfortunately, I had missed the 2012 challenge.

Follow me as I use the 21 day Primal Blueprint challenge to kick start our journey to a healthy life. I am excited to challenge myself to follow the primal way of eating better. I have been following it but definitely not as close as I should be.

Looking forward to telling you more!