Welcome Friends!

Welcome Friends! I am so grateful for all who have shared their stories of food-related hurts and healings. It is an ever-evolving journey for me, and I have relied upon others who have held similar experiences for comfort, empathy, knowledge and support. In this blog, I share some of my personal experiences as well as some of my favorite foods. I am currently on a grain-free diet, very similar to the Paleo diet. Having multiple food sensitivities as well as hypoglycemia, I have taken liberties with the diet, such as using agave nectar instead of honey. I'm aware of the great agave debate, but keeping my blood sugar low takes priority. I use such small quantities, that it is a non-issue for me. In addition, I still use cream in my coffee as well as a few other dairy products sparingly. I have given up so many beloved foods, that I am stubborn when it comes to dairy. Also, when I am really craving a starch, I will eat quinoa, buckwheat, lentils or beans. Again, it isn't very often, and these foods have some very healthful benefits as well. However, I find I feel my best when following most closely to the Paleo diet, eating large quantities of vegetables and animal protein. It isn't a philisophical choice for me, but rather a choice to feed my body what it seems to need for optimum performance-pain free, clear-headed, energetic and balanced. I hope you find something here that looks delicious even though your diet may look quite different than mine. Good food transends across the boundries of "diet." Enjoy!


Kale Salad with Proscuitto and Apple

This made for a very tasty lunch today. I was lucky enough to stop by our local farmer's market Wednesday, where I found some organic baby kale from Venetucci Farms. So today, my tummy began to grumble for some sustinence and I remembered the fresh greens in the fridge. I also happened to have some Applegate proscuito waiting to be used up (that stuff lasts forever!). Remembering a bacon, apple and spinach salad I'd made a few months back, I thought, "why not kale and proscuitto instead?" It was simple and delish! Tummy is now content...

  • 4 oz. proscuitto, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 bunch baby kale, washed and rough chopped
  • 1 apple, washed, cored and chopped into bite-sized pieces. I used a Fuji but will try a Granny Smith next time
  • 2-3 Tbsp chives, sliced (scallions would be good as well-just had chives in the garden right now)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (Elana's candied pecans would have been great!)

Toss all ingredients together with the dressing, and enjoy!

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (Bragg's preferably)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (Annie's)
  • 1/2 tbls agave nectar

Mix all with a whisk

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