How To Paleo-ize Your Favorite Recipes

One of the biggest obstacles I hear for going Paleo is missing favorite recipes. Well, miss no more! Here’s a quick list of ingredient swaps to Paleo-ize almost any recipe! Instead of this >> use this WHITE FLOUR (1 cup) WHEAT FLOUR (in non-rising foods) >> COCONUT FLOUR (1/4-1/3 cup) or ALMOND FLOUR SUGAR >> MAPLE SYRUP or HONEY BROWN SUGAR >> PUREED DATES or DATE SUGAR SHORTENING >> PALM SHORTENING COW’S MILK >>  ALMOND or COCONUT MILK BREAD CRUMBS >> GROUND FLAX SOY SAUCE >> COCONUT AMINOS PASTA >> ZUCCHINI or SPAGHETTI SQUASH RICE >> CAULIFLOWER “RICE” VEGETABLE OIL >> OLIVE, COCONUT or AVOCADO OIL PEANUT BUTTER >> ALMOND…

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So It Turns Out Breastfeeding Is HARD

…Really hard. Who knew something so basic and natural could be so freaking challenging!? I’m pretty sure if I ate like crap I would have quit by now, but since I put so much effort into eating right I want all that liquid gold injected directly into my baby in every round at the tata bar. I took the “no other option” approach from day -280. Women have been doing it for thousands of years and so will I. Period. That said, I’ve certainly encountered my fair share of lactation woes. In no specific horrible-ness ranking… meet my woes: 1. I’m the…

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69 Paleo Chocolate Treats

When it comes to favorite holidays, it’s a toss up between Christmas and Valentine’s Day for me. While Christmas is all about the tunes and family and giving and eggnog (which I LOVE), Valentine’s Day is chock full o’ chocolate, pink and sex. Seriously, could anything be better?! If you’re planning to make a special treat for your lover this February 14th, look no further. I’ve compiled a list of 69 (yes, that number was intentional) decadent chocolate recipes from around the Paleo food-making web. Happy Valentine’s Day! Devilish Angel Food Mini Cakes via Beauty and the Foodie Mexican Chocolate Pots…

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5 UNEXPECTED WAYS MOTHERHOOD CHANGED MY LIFE

1. Dining out solo Living in NYC, I’m totally fine going out shopping and traversing the city alone, but until I had a baby I hadn’t eaten at a restaurant without a dining companion. Now, I welcome a table for one and soak up the few minutes of quiet with just myself, my meal and my iPhone. 2. Walking with TP It may be silly, but I used to make sure I disguised toilet paper before carrying it home from Duane Reade (our drug store in Manhattan) in a bag — sometimes two bags — to hide the fact that…

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DIARY OF A PALEO PREGNANCY

Last winter (mid-February to be exact) my husband and I decided it was high time to take the plunge and officially “try” for a baby after agreeing we’re not getting any younger and we want a troop of kids. When prime baby-making time came around at the end of the month we went for it and my prego pee test came up positive two weeks later. We had a hunch we’d be fertile because we’re health conscious, but first try is pretty sweet for two cats in their mid-thirties. We had no problems conceiving and I’m convinced I have Paleo…

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Don’t STRESS Over Pregnancy Weight Gain

Yes, you will gain weight during pregnancy.   It’s perfectly natural, healthy, and expected!  Instead of stressing, focus on a few healthy weight gain guidelines so it’ll be even easier to shed the baby weight once your little one is here!  How Much Weight Do You Need To Gain? That depends.  We’re all different shapes and sizes, so your pre pregnancy weight will determine your recommended weight gain: Start off by calculating your BMI, Body Mass Index.  Try this BMI calculator!       Pre Pregnancy Weight with Recommended Weight Gain Underweight BMI less than 18.5                                                    28-40 lbs Normal weight BMI 18.5…

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Fit After 40

This post is inspired by a lovely reader who wants to tone up after having babies and turning 40. To every woman who’s hit the big 4-0 and doesn’t want to let go of her figure, this is for you! The BAD News: As we age, we slowly lose muscle mass. It’s happening to everyone over the age of 24. Depressing, right? This loss of muscle mass is what causes the concurrent gradual decline in metabolism. The only way to combat this is to incorporate resistance training into your workouts to preserve the mass for as long as you can. For…

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