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Nose-To-Tail Adventures Part 1


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It might surprise some of you to find out that I twice used to be vegetarian, because I thought it was the path to health, and because I was concerned about animal welfare. Both times lead to declined health. So "going Paleo" has had a hugely positive impact on my health. However, I've had to adjust my thinking to include more animal proteins in my diet and part of the mental shift I had to make was about the killing of animals for food. 

I've not always been averse to eating animals, I grew up in Colorado after all, and we often lived off of venison that was harvested each fall. So I know that there is a means to honor the animals that are used for food. I decided that I would adopt a similar mindset when re-introducing meat to the household. We came across the concept of Nose-To-Tail eating early in our paleo adventures and the concept resonated with us on a spiritual level - to always ensure that the animals were raised with the best life possible and that nothing would go to waste. 

Enter a book called Beyond Bacon, Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog by Matthew McCarry and Stacey Toth. This book described the process from start to finish on how to find, purchase and process a whole animal. So, we took the idea to heart and last year we purchased a whole hog from a local farmer, had it processed and located a chest freezer to store the various cuts we got. Now, don't think we got 165 lbs of bacon, because we didn't - we got it all: organs, chops, bacon, trotters, sausage - all of it. 

So, its been a year and we have been able to honor that hog with friends and family over many yummy meals. We are so grateful. But now we need some freezer space (for a different bulk purchase) and Im facing the parts that I have been to scared to deal with. Well one, part actually: the head. I mean what do you do with a head!?! Of course Beyond Bacon has the answer and a simple recipe for head cheese. But I still had doubts, I was never raised with the stuff (liver is a different story) so I was squeamish. I didn't know how it would be to handle the part I could most recognize, nor what it would smell or taste like.

Phone a friend! When in doubt, you can always phone a friend right? I called my friend Julie from Nourish Balance Thrive who regularly orders head cheese from US Wellness meats. At least she is familiar with it. She was game enough to be part of our kitchen adventure of making head cheese from our lovely hog from last year. So last Sunday, we did just that!

Stay tuned for Part 2 where we document our Sunday Kitchen Nose-to-Tail Adventure!




The Detox Summit is This Week!

I have written a bit about how I am using Heavy Metal detox as part of my healing journey.  I am about to go to Scottsdale one more time for a treatment and follow up test. So we will see how effective the IV treatments have been for me. I'll be sure to write about that in a future post. But, heavy metals are only a part of the overall detox picture, environmental toxins can be found in what you eat, drink, breathe, feel and think (yep even negative mind chatter can affect your health).

You may not be aware of all these toxins, but if you want to optimize your health, being educated on the latest in toxins is a must! Chronic conditions, like autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, can be associated with environmental toxins in your body. This is exactly why I pursued heavy metal detox therapy - to help rid the levels of Cadmium and Lead that are stored. So how on earth do you start learning about toxins?

Enter The Detox Summit - Its a week long, online set of recorded lectures. The lineup looks great and is very well rounded in all topics regarding detox. Events like this are easily overwhelming, so I suggest at least taking a look at the line up and picking which talks you want to listen to. I'm excited to hear the lectures from Mark Hyman, Terry Wahls, Michael Stone, Amy Meyers, Jeffrey Smith, and Frank Lipman (see below). You can always purchase unlimited access to watch all of it (kinda like binge-watching House of Cards but for health) and if you do so tonight by midnight ET, its only $47. But, you can also plan out your week to listen to the free events too! [Affiliate disclosure: If you choose to sign up for unlimited access from my links, I will receive a small commission.]

Here's more information from The Detox Summit.

The pearls of wisdom from expert speakers at The Detox Summit are essential to your health. Join us online for free from August 4-11.

This Detox Summit will provide you with the information you need to:

  •     Learn about environmental toxins in food, air and water
  •     Understand internally-generated toxins, like thoughts, emotions and behaviors
  •     Recognize toxins of all types and eliminate them
  •     Focus on breakthrough solutions to gain more energy and vitality

Navigate your way through today’s toxic terrain when you register for the free, online Detox Summit today. “Detox” is a multi-faceted term that means many things to people, from drug and alcohol detoxification to nutritional detoxification, or cleanses using food, smoothies and juices. Deanna Minich, PhD, has selected 30 experts in various areas of medicine, nutrition and personal growth to offer a well-rounded, credible approach to the issues of environmental toxins and holistic health.

Here are a few of the incredible presenters:

Mark Hyman, MD, Functional Medicine Expert (04 Aug)

Toxins and Chronic Disease: Why Detox is a Necessity for Good Health

Terry Wahls, MD, Researcher at University of Iowa (11 Aug)

Dietary Approaches for Autoimmune Toxicity

Michael Stone, MD, MS, Faculty for Institute of Functional Medicine (06 Aug)

Methylation and Toxicity

Amy Myers, MD, Founder of The Myers Way (11 Aug)

Thyroid Dysfunction, Autoimmunity, and Toxins

Jeffrey Smith, Author, Filmmaker, Executive Director (07 Aug)

GMOs as Food Toxins

Frank Lipman, MD, Founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center (10 Aug)

Building a Better Microbiome: Gut Bacteria and Detox


With 30 presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for people everywhere!

Better yet, if you register today you’ll have access to the following FREE eBooks as soon as you register! 

  • Food & Spirit Nourish Your Whole Self™ Report, by Deanna Minich, PhD
  • Detox Your Medicine Cabinet: 26 Herbs and Supplements that Treat Common Symptoms, by Aviva Romm, MD
  • Top 7 Therapeutic Foods, by Kelly Brogan, MD
  • Ten Tips for Helping Your Loved One with Autism, by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
  • Benefits of Vitamin D, by Soram Khalsa, MD

Come listen to The Detox Summit ONLINE for FREE from August 4-11, and learn to survive your toxic world!

I’ll see you at the Summit!