Monday, August 29, 2016

Against All Grain

If you have spent any time with me the last year, you have heard me talk about my health journey and my love for Danielle Walker and her cookbooks! She was the one who got me started on this path. I resonated with so much of her own struggles with illness. Just knowing there are others who understand what I have gone through is so necessary when dealing with these sort of things and it gives me hope to keep working for what I know is best. I literally have tears in my eyes when I think about where I was a year ago, where I am now and the power I have to fight for my own health.

I use her two cookbooks(Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple) on a weekly basis. They are grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free and more importantly delicious! I constantly have a batch of her Real Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies in my freezer to pull out when I need something sweet. I was so happy when I found out she was coming out with a new cookbook, Celebrations, in September. I may have already requested the day off work to go to her book signing in October!

I am so excited that I get to be a part of a group of people who get to make and share her new recipes from Celebrations with you this month. And lets be honest, even if I wasn't apart of this launch team, I would still be making these recipes and sharing them.

Who wants to come over for dinner? I'm thinking Thanksgiving dinner in September.

Also, if you pre-order her book by September 6th, you can be entered to win a Kitchen Aid Blender, Whole Foods gift card or Danielle's favorite items from US Wellness Meats.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Julie, Julia, and a Cow

Liver. Heart. Tongue. Marrow bones. Four things that make me gag and also give me such delight at the same time.
I had 210 pounds of beef delivered to my house today. 210 pounds of steaks, roasts, ribs, ground beef and yes organ meat! As I was placing the packs of bones in my freezer, I may have squealed out of excitement.

A year ago I was sick. Really sick. As in just went to the ER. Scheduled a major surgery date. High dosages of medications not working sick.  While in the midst of using powerful medications and seeing specialist doctors, I couldn’t imagine it getting any worse. And yet it continued to do so.
I knew there had to be a better way than pumping my body full of drugs even though we (I) knew they weren’t working. I started to do some research online and came across a lady who had Ulcerative Colitis and healed her body using food ( Now food is something I could get on board with. I LOVE food! As I read her story and hundreds (literally) of others like it, I was convinced I needed to do what they were doing.

Food is a powerful. It connects us. When was the last time you got together with a friend and food wasn’t involved?!
It fills us. It satisfies our immediate need of hunger.
It brings us joy. I don’t know about you, but taking a bite of a delicious burger makes me smile.  
It nourishes us. Almost all the vitamins our bodies need come from food we eat.
It heals us. When we give our bodies the nutrients our bodies are lacking, it begins to function properly.
It also has the power to make us sick. So much of what we eat today is not “food”. It has been manufacture in a plant instead of growing on a plant.  Go open your pantry, take out what seems like a straight forward item and read the ingredient list. If it has an ingredient you can’t say with your mouth, it shouldn’t go in your mouth. I pulled out a jar of roasted sunflower seeds: Sugar. MSG. Gluten. Soy. Um, its sunflower seeds. Pretty sure if I went and picked a sunflower seed out of sunflower, then roasted it, non of those ingredients would be there!

When our bodies are sick, it means they don’t have what they need to fight for us and to function properly. When we stop putting things into our bodies that hurt us (did you know sugar causes inflammation? Don’t even get me started on GMOs)and our bodies have what they need, they can begin to heal. Whether you notice it or not, what you eat is affecting your body for good or bad.
What does this have to do with 210 pounds of meat you ask? Well, during the process of healing my body, I felt the need to switch to grass fed meat. Just as our bodies are affected by what we put in them, so is the meat we eat. Most cows are fed genetically modified corn and grains. So we found a farm that raises grass fed and grass finished cows and we bought half a cow.  
As I dove more into learning about food as medicine I learned some of the most nutritious and healing foods we can eat, come from things our culture throws away and wont touch.

FAT. Pork fat. Beef fat. Duck fat. Throw some of that on your roasted potatoes next time. Believe it or not, it’s actually healthy for you! (! Its also very nourishing for your skin. Go rub some fat on them. (

BONE BROTH. Don’t you dare throw those chicken bones way. Go make some broth. Not only does it taste a million times better than the canned crap. The gelatin (among other things) that is released when the bones break down, can fight inflammation, boost your immune system and begin to heal our intestinal wall. And its easy to make!

ORGAN MEAT. Until this last year, I never had any sort of organ meat. These meats are some of the most nutrient dense foods we can eat. High amounts of Iron, vitamin A, K, B are all found in liver.
Back to the 210 pounds. I am still learning to love organ meat. 

My goal is to Julie and Julia my way through the heart, tongue, liver, oxtail, and marrow bones.
Here’s to continue healing through food. New adventures in the kitchen. And maybe a new found love for organ meat!