Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

When I saw this recipe, I just had to share it!! Two of my favorite foods presented in a fun way.  I am including the link below to the recipe found at Primal Kitchens.  The overall concept is pretty simple, make your go to Sloppy Joe recipe and roast some sweet potatoes.  With regards to some of the ingredients, I would highly recommend you use the Primal Kitchens BBQ Ranch Dressing.  All of the PK products use 100% Avocado Oil and none of the harmful seed oils that you will see in almost every other dressing in your grocery store.

If you cannot find Primal Kitchens dressings & condiments at your local grocery store, you can use my discount code “JOE”, to receive 10% off your purchase.

Link To Primal Kitchens Recipe

What’s the Pegan Diet?

In this article, Mark compares the Pegan Diet to Primal.  I believe this article was prompted by some of the press this week, led by Dr. Oz, where some negative things were mentioned about the Keto Diet.  As always, Mark lays it out in a simple to digest way for the reader.

Link to Article: Mark’s Daily Apple – What’s the Pegan Diet?

MEAT AND HUMANS: A HISTORY

This is one of the better articles I have read of late on the topic of eating meat.  The author does a great job laying out the history of our human ancestors and how we evolved over time to eat meat.  He talks not only about how meat consumption helped us physically, but it also helped us to develop culturally.  He then goes into three different options to consider for the path forward.  These options are very relevant in our society today.

  • OPTION ONE: stop eating meat
  • OPTION TWO: lab-grown meat
  • OPTION THREE: regenerative grazing

No matter whether or not you eat meat, this is something worthy of your time.  You will definitely learn something new.  For the non-meat eaters, you may even be surprised by a thing or two.

Enjoy the article!

CLICK HERE: Link to PALEO Magazine article

Understanding Stress — Chiropractic

The following article was shared with me by my friend Dr. Tony Colasurdo from Coopersburg Family Chiropractic.  Dr. Tony was the one who got me started on my Primal journey back in April 2016 when I saw him for the first time.  I have been going to him ever since on a regular basis.

If you haven’t gone to a Chiropractor on a regular basis, or if you’ve never been before, I would strongly recommend you consider doing so.  I think most of you will be surprised when you go for the first time.  My entire family goes to see Doctors Tony and Trish on a regular basis.  Their care goes beyond the adjustments you are thinking about.  They are in to a holistic healthcare approach and they truly care about your well-being, which has been a breath of fresh air for me.  Not to mention I haven’t had a cold, or needed to go to the doctor for anything during this time as well!  When you pair a Primal Lifestyle with regular Chiropractic care, you are setting yourself up for good living!

Enjoy the article!


Interest in the role stress plays with the dynamics of health has resulted in a proliferation of strategies designed to minimize or “manage” stress. To many people, the very term “stress” elicits a negative response. Yet the notion that stress is an enemy we must resist or manage betrays a widespread misunderstanding of the nature of stress and how it affects our lives. The Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist Hans Selye pioneered investigations of the biological effects of stress in 1936 with the publication of his paper, “A Syndrome Produced by Diverse Noxious Agents.” Since then, more than 100,000 articles and books have been written on the subject. Selye describes stress as the nonspecific response to any demand.

Experimental studies by Selye and other investigators revealed that when physical, chemical, or emotional demands were imposed on an animal, three stages could be identified which characterize the response:

  1. Alarm. The initial reaction to the stressor.
  2. Adaptation. The responses following the initial reaction.
  3. Exhaustion. When the limits of adaptation are exceeded, and the animal can no longer appropriately respond.

Although many individuals have concluded that stress is inevitably destructive, this view is incorrect. As Selye noted, “Stress is not necessarily bad for you. It is also the spice of life, for any emotion, any activity causes stress… the same stress that makes one person sick is an invigorating experience for another…Complete absence of stress is incompatible with life since only a dead man makes no demand on his body or mind.”

Selye described two types of stress: dis-stress—from the Latin “bad,” as in dissonance; and eu-stress— from the Greek “true” or “good,” as in eutonia.

Whether we experience a pleasant or unpleasant result from an event depends upon how our nervous system perceives, processes, and interprets that event. “Every living being has a certain innate amount of adaptation energy or vitality,” Selye wrote. “The endocrine glands and the nervous system—help us both to adjust to the constant changes which occur in and around us, and to navigate a steady course toward whatever we consider a worthwhile goal.”

The Chiropractic Adjustment Could Be Your Newest Antioxidant

There is a growing body of evidence that wellness care provided by doctors of chiropractic may reduce healthcare costs, improve health behaviors, and enhance patient perceived quality of life. Until recently, however, little was known about how chiropractic adjustments affected the chemistry of biological processes on a cellular level.

In a landmark study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, chiropractors collaborating with researchers at the University of Lund found that chiropractic care could influence basic physiological processes affecting oxidative stress and DNA repair. These findings offer a scientific explanation for the positive health benefits reported by patients receiving chiropractic care.

The researchers measured serum thiol levels in 25 patients under short-term chiropractic care, and 21 patients under long-term chiropractic care. Serum thiols are primary antioxidants, and serve as a measure of human health status. The test provides a surrogate estimate of DNA repair enzyme activity, which has been shown to correlate with lifespan and aging.

The results were compared to the serum thiol levels of a non-chiropractic control group of 30 subjects. Long-term chiropractic care of two or more years was shown to reestablish a normal physiological state independent of age, sex, or nutritional supplements. Symptom-free or primary wellness subjects under chiropractic care demonstrated higher mean serum thiol levels than patients with active disease, and produced some values that were higher than normal wellness values in non-chiropractic subjects.

As we go through life, we experience physical, chemical, and emotional distress. These stresses affect the function of the nervous system. The investigators hypothesized that these disturbances in nerve function could affect oxidative stress and DNA repair on a cellular level.

Oxidative stress, metabolically generating free radicals, is now a broadly accepted theory of how we age and develop disease. Oxidative stress results in DNA damage, and inhibits DNA repair. DNA repair is the mechanism which fixes the damage caused by environmental impact.

Chiropractors apply spinal adjustments to correct disturbances of nerve function caused by vertebral subluxations. Chiropractic care appears to improve the ability of the body to adapt to stress. Further research is planned to gain additional insights into mechanisms that will ultimately lead to improved clinical outcomes.


The study was collaborative, involving Camgen, Inc., of Victoria, B.C., Canada; Chiropractic Leadership Alliance in Mahwah, New Jersey; Biomedical Diagnostic Research, LLC, in Chesterland, Ohio; and the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology of Tumor Immunology, University of Lund, Sweden.

A related pilot study to assess the feasibility of evaluating paraspinal skin temperatures, paraspinal SEMG potentials, and serum thiol levels in patients attending a private chiropractic practice was conducted. Serum thiol levels were measured in a convenience sample of 11 patients who had been under chiropractic care for periods ranging from 99 to 550 weeks. The findings of these examinations were compared with the results of paraspinal, thermal, and SEMG scans.

In a population of long-term chiro-practic patients, where paraspinal, thermal, and SEMG scans were used as criteria for subluxation-centered care, serum thiol levels were higher than those found in populations with active disease processes, and compared favorably with the serum thiol levels in healthy subjects.

The study concluded that it is feasible to evaluate paraspinal skin temperatures, paraspinal SEG potentials, and serum thiol levels in patients in a private chiropractic practice. A prospective study, tracking changes in these parameters throughout a course of chiropractic care, should be undertaken.

Research into basic cellular processes common to human adaptive mechanisms and chiropractic care are immensely rich with clinical promise. Such studies hold the potential of explaining the neurobiological basis for the favorable effects of chiropractic care on specific health issues and general well-being.

Can I Eat Fruit On a Keto Diet?

Is there such a thing as eating too much fruit??  There absolutely is, especially if you are trying to eat a Keto Diet.  Keto recently became more popular than Paleo in Google searches.  I think it is great that people say they are “eating Keto”, but in actuality, they’re probably not, but they are trying to eat a lower carb, higher fat diet, and less sugar diet, which is great!

People on a strict Keto Diet are eating in the range of 20 to 30 grams of carbs per day.  Once again, if you’ve never tracked your macros, this is NOT a lot of carbs.  For example, a 1/2 cup of blueberries has 11 grams of carbs!  They add up quickly!  The Primal Blueprint Keto Reset Diet suggests 50 grams per day.  More on this once I am officially certified.

The article goes into greater detail showing you the macro nutrition for a lot of different fruits.  It also recommends some alternatives to have in place of fruit, which also translates into eating more.  For example, in lieu of the 7 grams of carbs in a 1/2 cup of blackberries, you could have 4 cups of spinach or 2 cups of raw broccoli.  Just a suggestion!

Enjoy the article.  This one is a keeper!

Mark’s Daily Apple: LINK to Article

Sloppy Joe’s with Grain Free Buns

I am going to let you in on a little secret…. I LOVE SLOPPY JOE’s!  My family has grown to love how I make Sloppy Joe’s.  My kids are probably sick of hearing how many fresh ingredients I put into making Sloppy Joe’s.  Yes, I put a lot of love in them!!

What caught my attention with this recipe was not so much the Sloppy Joe’s, as it was the picture of the grain free buns!  I will admit that I have not made this recipe, but I am now inspired to want to make these buns.  Whether it be for a future Sloppy Joe night, or what I know my daughter will love me for is if I surprise her one night with a juicy grass-fed hamburger with a BUN!!!  Ha!!

I hope to report back sooner than later after trying to make the buns!

Enjoy!!

Mark’s Daily Apple – Sloppy Joe’s with Grain Free Buns

Paleo Banana Bread

This recipe is another one of my favorite’s that my wife will make on occasion.  I am confident that if you have never used almond flour in baking, after you try a few recipes with it, you will absolutely like the taste far better than traditional all-purpose flour.

This is an easy paleo banana bread that’s gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.  The quick bread has a great texture.  The almond flour gives it a wonderful, moist tender crumb. Many paleo baking recipes call for a long list of ingredients, but this paleo bread calls for just a few simple ingredients and comes out perfect!

My recommendation to eat this is to heat it either in the microwave or even a toaster oven.  Once you’ve heated or toasted to your liking, put some Kerrygold Pure Irish grass-fed butter on and let it melt in and enjoy it with a nice cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream!!  Dee-Lish!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 300 grams almond flour, about 3 cups
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Option; 1/2 cup walnuts or dark chocolate chips or even a combination of the two!

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease 3 mini loaf pans using coconut oil or ghee, or line with parchment paper.
  • Beat eggs in a stand mixer with whisk attachment on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes, until thick and pale yellow.
  • Reduce speed, add bananas and mix until combined.
  • Pour in honey and lemon juice and mix until combined.
  • Mix dry ingredients, then add to wet ingredients in 2 additions.
  • Mix until combined, fold in add-ins if using, then spoon batter into loaf pans and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool on wire rack.

To get the full recipe, follow this link: Paleo Banana Bread

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day??

Breakfast is always an interesting conversation to have with people when talking about living a Primal lifestyle.  One of the main reasons is due to how we’ve been programmed our whole lives about the importance of a “healthy” breakfast to start your day.  Keeping in mind that the “healthy” breakfast consists of  breakfast cereals, fruit juices, bagels, muffins, low-fat milk, low-fat yogurts, and maybe fruit.

The article below does a great job explaining breakfast in great detail.  It provides you with a wide range of recommendations all based on your own personal lifestyle.  This is one of the key elements about living a Primal Lifestyle, there is really no one set way of doing it.  For me, I follow a similar pattern to what the author does for his routine with a compressed eating window.  For the most part, during the week I will try to only eat from 12-8pm.  This will then create a 16-hour fast, which promotes autophagy (cellular maintenance) and hedges against aging and neurodegeneration.

I start my day with coffee and heavy whipping cream.  This is after I have had a couple tall glasses of water to rehydrate from the night’s sleep.  Now that I have become more fat adapted and not carb dependent, this easily gets me to lunchtime.  Over time, you will learn from your body what you need for fuel to get you through whatever it is you have going that day.

One last thing to point out is the word breakfast itself.  It is derived from “breaking your fast” from the night before.  It is typically associated with a morning meal.  If you get to the point where you wake up and you are not hungry, then don’t eat.  Wait until you are hungry and then eat.  You will eventually find that you’re not getting hungry until later morning.

Enjoy the article!

LINK TO “Why Breakfast Isn’t the Most Important Meal of the Day (For Everyone) @ Mark’s Daily Apple

The Healthy Guide To Oils

One of the first things you learn on the Primal lifestyle journey is obviously what should eat and what you should steer clear of.  One of the obvious staples in everyone’s pantry for cooking are oils.  Of all the changes I personally have made, fortunately for me, this was one I was pretty good on, but still have learned a lot along the way.

I will keep this short and sweet.  Step away from your computer, or put down your cell, and go to your kitchen and throw out any vegetable, corn, soy, or canola oils you might have!!  I mention these because they are the more common oils you might have on hand.  You will read on the article why I am advising you to do this.

As I mentioned previously, I was pretty good in the oil category.  The one thing I have changed is how often I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil when I roast in the oven.  EVOO has a smoke point of around 405 degrees farenheit.  I typically will roast at 400-425.  When a cooking oil is heated to its smoke point, it breaks down and may produce potentially carcinogenic toxins.  Avocado Oil has a smoke point upwards of 540 degrees farenheit, so this has become my go to when I am sauteing and even coating vegetables and proteins going into the oven.

The three staple oils I keep on hand at all times are:

  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, First Cold Pressed
  • Organic 100% Avocado Oil, Cold Pressed, Naturally Refined
  • Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cold Pressed, Unrefined

One other game changer with regards to eliminating the bad oils from your diet is to take notice of the dressings in the grocery store.  Start to read the labels and see what kind of oils they use.  Don’t be fooled by labels that call out made with “EVOO” or “Avocado Oil”.  Other than brands like Chosen Foods and Primal Kitchens, you will be challenged to find 100% Avocado Oil based salad dressings.  My obvious choice is Primal Kitchens, seeing that this is the company I am getting my health coaching certification through, but another family favorite is the Chosen Foods Lemon Garlic Dressing & Marinade.  Funny story about this salad dressing.  My father cannot stand garlic.  If I ever use it, he always makes a comment.  During Christmas dinner, I used this dressing for everyone’s salad.  He asked me what dressing this was.  I responded with “Yes Dad, it has garlic in it.”  I thought for sure he was going to complain, but he actually complimented it.  Go figure!!  Explore your grocery store shelves the next time you shop and you’ll see what I am talking about.

If you don’t find Primal Kitchen dressings in your grocery store, CLICK HERE and you will be directed to the Primal Kitchens website where you will see all of the great dressings, marinades and condiments.  Enter the promo code “JOE” to receive 10% off your order.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Link to article “The Definitive Guide to Oils” at Mark’s Daily Apple

Perfect Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies

One thing you should try to do while eating Primaly is to slow down and enjoy the foods you are eating.  Everything you eat or drink should serve a purpose.  Try to avoid “mindless munching” in the pantry with high carbohydrate snack foods.  I am not going to lie, I still have my sweet tooth cravings that need to be satisfied on occasion!

I am lucky that my wife enjoys baking.  She has been awesome with trying new recipes that fit our Primal lifestyle.  This recipe for the Perfect Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies are hands down one of my favorites she’s made to date.  You can find all kinds of Paleo cookie recipes that are as good, but of the ones we’ve tried, this one is pretty delicious!!

Just because these are Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, etc., doesn’t mean you can eat the whole batch.  As I mentioned before, you want to slow down and savor what you are eating.  Focus on the quality of the ingredients and how they taste, not the quantity of how many you can eat in one sitting!

During the week I try to stick with a 16:8 fasting to eating time ratio.  It works out that I will eat between 12-7pm each day.  When we are lucky enough to have these cookies in the house, I will treat myself to one (1) after my lunch and then one (1) around 9pm as my “bedtime snack”.  Just because they are better than regular cookies, doesn’t mean you can eat them all.  As you become more and more fat adapted and not carb burning, you will see that having just one will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Perfect Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies

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