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People Heal

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

I dont have one of those posters on the wall above my desk with inspirational quotes, and I typically ignore those kinds of posts on social media. But every now and then Danielle Laporte posts some pretty good #truthbomb's. The other day, I uncovered a very simple set of two words on one of her truth bomb cards: People Heal.

O.M.G.!! It was one of those moments where the universe was trying to give me a message. I think anyone who is on a long-term healing journey can understand. We spend so much time making sure we procure, prepare and eat the right foods, get the right amount and quantity of sleep, do the right kind of stress reduction, make sure we are doing enough exercise yet at the same time not too much exercise, take the right supplements at the right times of day (yes, its overwhelming when you put it all together like that)... And then sometimes, even all of that, and we still are sick! It's those moments that I get impatient and think that there will never be change.


But then, I read these two words and its like the universe placed its hand on my shoulder and just reminded me that, "yes this will happen. It may take time, but it will happen." Actually, it was more like Aslan came strolling beside me and said those words as a huge gentle reminder. (I think I will always love those books!)

The truth is that the body has an innate capacity to heal. Its sort of what it is built to do. Cells breakdown and get recycled and rebuilt time and time again. Every second that we're alive, the cells in our bodies are endlessly working to bring us back to a natural state of homeostasis (or equilibrium).

In fact, here are a few TEDx talks by Lissa Rankin MD that are worth the few minutes watching: her first talk and her second talk. Lissa talk about the science and the practice of Mind over Medicine and how healing has a lot to do with our mindset! If we are constantly stressing out about not healing fast enough, or well enough, then that will negatively impact our body's capacity for healing. She suggests its a much better approach to focus on the positive and use mindfulness (1) to boost the body's capacity for healing. Does that mean you have to have an elaborate mediation practice? No! Even just repeating a few words or taking a deep breath will help!

Sometimes, all it takes is to take a deep breath and remember that People Heal.




Giveaway Time: The Zenbelly Cookbook

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UPDATE: Jessica L and Erica R are the winners! Congrats. I've emailed you both for mailing addresses.

I used to be one of those people that would head into the kitchen once a year to make a feast, often times burning at least one dish and putting a nice gash across some kind of appendage. Seriously folks, you have to practice at these things else it will always be an annual disaster! But now that I cook for our small family nearly every day, holiday meals and entertaining are not nearly as frightening as they used to be.

Plus, with all these great cookbooks around, I now have fun meal planning in advance! One cookbook I am turning to for this year's Thanksgiving feast is The Zenbelly Cookbook: An Epicurean's Guide to Paleo Cuisine. I have had this book in my possession for a number of months. And I have to say, it's like getting a private tutorial from a seasoned chef! Simone owns a catering business in San Francisco, will occasionally do pop-ups at local restaurants and she writes a food blog. Not once have I ever made a recipe that went south. She makes me look like a rockstar in the kitchen; her recipes are kitchen klutz (me) proof!

So just in time for all the holiday meal planning, I have a special gift for you! Two of you, that's right, two, can win a copy of The Zenbelly Cookbook by Simone Miller. All you have to do is click the button below to go to my sweepstakes page and signup for my email newsletter. If you want a chance for even more entries, there are additional options too! Sweepstakes opens Tuesday 11 November at 0900 PT and ends at noon PT on Tuesday 17 November 2014.

UPDATE: The two copies I have will now be *signed copies* - how cool is that?

Bonus Recipe: Rustic Apple Tartlets

Simone has graciously allowed me to post one of the incredible recipes in her book. If you are looking for a nice dessert for a holiday meal, but are not into the same ol pumkkin thang, then look no further to the Rustic Apple Tartlets! While this recipe is not AIP, its still a great addition to your holiday menu for your guests who are not AIP.

It has always been my understanding that the more difficult a pie crust is to work with, the better the end result will be. Consider that fair warning. It's certainly workable, but try not to get frustrated if it needs some patching while you work with it. Besides, the word rustic allows for certain amount of character! – Simone Miller

prep time: 30 minutes | cook time: 30 minutes | makes: 4 individual tartlets


3/4 pound apples (about 2), cut into half moon slices 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick
1 tablespoon coconut sugar, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup arrowroot powder, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups almond flour
pinch of finely ground sea salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the coconut sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the arrowroot, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the almond flour, remaining 1/2 cup of arrowroot, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of coconut sugar, and the salt. Cut the butter into small pats and cut it into the dough with a pastry cutter or two knives.
  4. Mix one of the eggs and the vanilla extract into the almond flour mixture. Keep mixing until it forms a dough.
  5. Divide the dough into four even sections. On a floured piece of parchment paper, press each section into a disc. Dust the discs and a rolling pin with arrowroot and roll them out into circles about 5 inches across.
  6. Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl and brush the tops of the discs. Slide the parchment and dough onto a baking sheet.
  7. Arrange a row of apple slices in the center of each disc, leaving a space around the outside large enough to fold up.
  8. Carefully fold up the sides of the discs around the outer edges of the apples. Using a flat metal spatula is helpful: Slide it under the dough and lift up and over the apples, leaving the center uncovered. Using your fingers, crease the dough together every couple of inches to enclose the apples.
  9. Brush the exposed apples with a little of the juice remaining in the bowl. Brush the crusts with the egg wash.
  10. Bake for 25 or 30 minutes or until the crust is golden and the apples have softened.



Welcome to My "Book Club"

I love getting lost in a good bookstore! 'Course these days, its mostly on the iBook Store... but I digress.... While there are a ton of book clubs you can belong to, I find that I just go about my own way. Having never signed up for a Book Club, I still love to get ideas on what to read from others. So I thought I would share what I am currently reading. And, yep, Im one of those that reads a lot of books simultaneously!

Eat The Yolks by Liz Wolfe has got to be one of the best books available to learn about our food industry and health myths that have been so rampant for so long in our society. I just am loving the humor, but also the myth busting!

The Wahls Protocol by Dr Terry Wahls. I have written about Dr Whals before and posted links to her famous TEDx Talk. I think that her diet is top notch for anyone, not only those with MS or other Autoimmune diseases. I personally am following her Wahls Paleo Plus™ diet right now to see if I can make further enhancements to controlling my autoimmune disease. You can find out more about the Wahls Protocol and the research foundation here.

Sexy By Nature by Stefanie Ruper - this is a great book about body image, self confidence, healthy eating and the psychology of confidence. Im really enjoying this one. And if you want to get more of Stefani and her work, she has a great blog!

Naked Calories by Jayson and Mira Calton. Im learning a lot about micronutrients and why they are so important. Not to mention how easy it is in our modern world to have micronutrient deficiencies. It's likely a key contributor to why I accumulated heavy metal toxicity. Check out more of the Calton's work here.

Food for Humans by Henry Fong and Michelle Tam from the popular Nom Nom Paleo blog. I picked this book up in January and still cook from it on a weekly basis. I am loving it! Easy to make recipes and nothing has let me down yet!

Paleo Foodie Cookbook by Arsy Vartanian. Arsy is the author of the popular blog Rubies & Radishes and is a great chef to boot! Given my foodie tendencies, this book has been right up my alley!

American Gods and Anasazi Boys by Neil Gaiman. I am still a sci-fi girl at heart and I love a good set of fiction novels to offset my reading adventures. Neil never disappoints with is Novels and Im having a great time following this adventure that Shadow is on!

Well that is it for now. I will post another in the coming months to get you an idea of what I am reading and hopefully inspire some reading for you too!

If you have opinions about any of these titles and want to share, please do so in the comments below!