Paleo & AIP Shepherd’s Pie

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I made this over a week ago, hence the pretty fall photo edit, and was in the midst of getting the recipe jotted for the blog…and we all got sick!  Then there was Thanksgiving and a week of recovering, family stuff, and regular day-to-day goings on of the PreciousBelovedBlessing house.  So, here it is!

 

I love fall.  It’s my favorite time of year and who doesn’t love comfort food?!  I haven’t made Shepherd’s Pie in ages and it doesn’t come to mind when you are thinking either paleo or AIP, but it sounded good one night, so I looked at what I had in the fridge and decided to wing it.

 

What is paleo or AIP, you might be wondering.  Paleo is a type of diet that uses inspiration from our ancestors for a cleaner, less refined or processed, way of living.  It is free from grains, dairy (in some cases), and refined sugars, and basically anything artificial.  To me, it simply means a cleaner way of living.  AIP stands for Autoimmune Protocol, which is a version of the paleo diet that also eliminates nuts, seeds, definitely dairy, and nightshades, among other things.  I don’t think any one diet or lifestyle is one size fits all.  I eat the way I do to help me manage autoimmune issues such as Celiacs disease, eczema, asthma, and some other things.  I have found certain things I can have and certain things I can’t.

 

One thing I have never been able to reintroduce are nightshades.  A nightshade is a certain genre of a seed or plant with a make up that can be very irritating to the gut of some people – and I am one of them.  This includes – in this dish for instance – white potatoes and tomatoes.  I have discovered I can have a small amount of good-quality dairy on occasion, but my son (who also has to eat gluten-free) can’t tolerate any, but I had tried a couple of side dish recipes that used just a little fat and a food processor and had whipped up amazing mashed potato-like goodness, so I gave this a try.

 

I had sweet potatoes in my cupboard, ground beef in my fridge, along with some pureed pumpkin (a great substitute for the traditional tomato), and lots of veggies.  Here is what I came up with.  We all loved it, including my husband who isn’t crazy about sweet potatoes!  The ghee I have reintroduced successfully, but if you are still in the elimination diet phase of AIP use whatever cooking fat you prefer, like lard or coconut oil.

 

Enjoy!

 

Paleo & AIP Shepherd’s Pie

 

Topping:

4 medium sweet potatoes (yams would work as well)

2 Tablespoons ghee (or cooking fat of choice)

1 clove garlic

Dried oregano, thyme, rosemary, and basil to taste (I used probably about a Tablespoon total of the three when mixed)

Sea salt to taste

 

Bottom Layer:

1 pound ground beef (or other ground meat; Shepherd’s Pie is traditionally made with lamb, which would be good; I just used what I had on hand)

1 small onion

2-3 celery ribs, chopped

2 carrots, chopped (or more if preferred – mine were pretty big)

2 cups sliced kale (spinach or chard would be good too)

2 cloves garlic, minced

Dried oregano, thyme, rosemary, and basil to taste

2 Tablespoons plain pumpkin puree (canned ok, but NOT pumpkin pie filling!)

2 cups stock or broth (preferably homemade)

1 Tablespoon arrowroot starch

 

To Make:

First, cook the sweet potatoes.  Peel and cube them and place in a large pot of salted water.  Bring to a boil and simmer about 15 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork.  Drain and set aside.

 

While the potatoes cook preheat the oven to 400 degrees (F) and grease a large baking dish.  (I used a 9×13” pan – there are only three of us, but I wanted lots of leftovers for the busy upcoming holiday week.)

 

Next, brown the meat, breaking it up into small pieces, season lightly with salt, and remove from pan with a slotted spoon when finished cooking; set aside.  Into the hot pan add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook a few minutes, until softened and the onion is fragrant.  Add the kale and cook until wilted, mixing well.

 

While that is cooking add the arrowroot starch to the broth and whisk well to combine.  Add to the pan, along with the garlic, herbs, and pumpkin, stirring well to combine.  Continue cooking until the sauce is thick and bubbly; this may take a few minutes.  Then add the browned meat and pour all into your prepared pan.

 

Lastly, take your drained sweet potatoes and put in a blender or food processor.  Add the remaining topping ingredients and blend until combined and fluffy.  Taste and adjust the seasoning if need be and then add to the top of the meat mixture.  I did this by spooning dallops over the top before carefully spreading it.  It takes a little time but is worth the effort!

 

Bake about 45 minutes, or until browned and bubbling.

 

Enjoy!

 

I hope you had a wonderful holiday and you enjoy this dish.  I’m definitely going to be making it again!

 

Have a great day,

Emily

My One Year Paleo-versary

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Yesterday marked one year since I started my healing journey with a paleo and autoimmune protocol diet. I didn’t set out to mark it in any way, but for some reason the date has stuck in my head; that was a lucky day for me last year, I guess! I thought I’d just take a minute and share with you a few things I’ve learned about the lifestyle and myself.

I like to call it a lifestyle over a diet. You say “diet” and immediately most people go right to the negative, but for me it is a lifestyle. It involved a major lifestyle change and changed more than the way I eat. It is not a fad or a trend to me; simply the way I live. It is purely a cleaner way of living. For me, I did it for health reasons after a lot of research and soul searching.

Which brings me to my first lesson. It’s not right for everybody and it is not one-size-fits-all. You have to make it work for you. I don’t always worry if something is 100% paleo; my focus is on as long as it’s clean, real, and won’t cause an immune reaction in my body. Then it’s ok in my book. I’m still learning, but I have to laugh when I hear or read, Would a caveman eat this? If you have asked that of yourself I don’t mean to be critical; I just think it’s funny. I eat a very clean, very paleo diet, but thanks for modern technology I eat a lot of foods a caveman never ate and I’m thankful for it! I’m talking about things like coffee, red wine, and chocolate. You’re probably thinking, you eat those things on a paleo and AIP diet? The answer is yes and no, but more on that later.

I had already been gluten-free for six years so I thought it would be no huge stretch. I already had several paleo blogs I followed and got yummy recipes from. I always liked the recipes I found because they had good quality, clean ingredients and being paleo they would always be gluten-free. You may be reading this and wonder what a paleo diet or lifestyle is. To me, as I already mentioned, it’s not unevolving (is that a word?) myself back to a primal cavewoman, but focusing on a clean, green, grain-free, refined sugar-free diet complete with quality dairy and meat.

I was actually a vegetarian until a couple of years ago. For me it was about taste; I never cared for it much and there are still things I don’t like. I also jumped on that low-fat bandwagon and believed that all fat was bad. I ate fish once in a great while along with cheese and eggs, and it worked for me for a time.

My first eye opener was my second pregnancy. I could not stand even the sight or smell of meat. It made me violently ill and I am not exaggerating. I thought I was doing a good job of making sure I was consuming plenty of iron and protein but when I was admitted to the hospital at 19 weeks with a failed cerclage we discovered I was quite anemic. I remember one of my doctors discussing it with me after a couple of weeks. It is very common for pregnant women to be anemic, as it is for vegetarians – not to mention pregnant vegetarians! It is also common to get anemic while on bed rest. Your body just processes everything different. I was getting more anemic as time went on and he wasn’t sure which it was attributed to or if it was a combination of all three.

I was given copious amounts of iron before and immediately after the pregnancy to compensate, which is rough. To give you an idea how much I hated it, I cried when they announced they were putting me on iron again during my third pregnancy. It can really do a number on your system and the side effects are not pleasant; at least that was my case. (I was doing better during pregnancy number three but put on iron because I was also on blood thinners to ward against blood clots given I was on very strict and complete bed rest.)

It’s now a joke between me and my husband how my vegetarianism ended. We suspected I was pregnant with baby number three and it was Valentine’s Day. We went out to eat and my husband ordered a steak salad as his first course. It came and looked divine! I turned to him and said, “Can I ask you a weird question?” He agreed and I replied by pointing to his salad and asking, “Can I have some of that?” He lovingly shared it with me, all the while chuckling and shaking his head and observing I must certainly be pregnant if I wanted steak!

I began craving meat so I gave it to my body because I knew it needed it. Your dietary needs grow exponentially when you are growing a human. I had done a lot of research the year before after my first big anemia wake up and was pretty confident. I had even done some extensive reading about pregnancy and vegetarianism, but as I said it was what my body wanted. People would ask if I was craving anything strange to which we had to answer yes. When they asked what everyone who didn’t know me thought it was rather weird we classified meat as strange, but it was for me!

I am getting off track, but after Henry was born I continued eating meat as you need even more iron and protein (along with some vitamins with their most concentrated sources in meat) when you are breastfeeding than when you are pregnant. Then I began researching several healing diets out there and doing a lot of reading and discovered it may be what is best for me. I have a love/hate relationship with meat and I still don’t think I would miss it all that much if you were tell me tomorrow I could never eat it again, but I have discovered for me it is what my body needs and I’m ok with that.

Like I said, it is right for me. I do not judge anyone for being vegan or vegetarian and please do not judge me for my decision either. Some people can get downright ugly when this subject comes up, so I’m just putting that out there.

I think my last two pregnancies may have been a huge autoimmune trigger for me. It was a very stressful time (pregnancy number two was after a previous loss and then after several weeks of complications resulted in another loss). With pregnancy number two I was still vegetarian and focused on eating lots of beans and legumes and grains, which can wreak absolute havoc on a compromised digestive tract. Not to mention lots of medication that did a number on me followed by the emotional roller coaster of the next pregnancy, more medication, more stress, and the fact that our bodies are not meant to be completely still. I basically started having allergic reactions to everything. I had dealt with terrible morning sickness from the beginning, but I was getting even sicker and we had no idea why. I was in a lot of pain, contracting almost daily along with back and joint pain from being so immobile. And the list goes on.

It was worth every moment and more. After eight years of heartache and disappointment we got our miracle, but I think a lot of the medications I was given did a number on my digestive tract and coupled with the stress along with all the normal hormone changes and such that go with any pregnancy it was just too much.

I dealt with severe post-partum depression after he was born and I am still learning about the connections between depression and autoimmunity. It’s fascinating but I’ll talk about it another time. It may have been related or simply been exacerbated by it. The insomnia I had dealt with on and off most of my life came back with a vengeance (and there’s little that’s harder for a new mom than not being able to sleep at all when you are already sleep-deprived!). The joint and back pain didn’t really go away and I had what I thought was the start of carpal tunnel; I would get terrible numbness and pain in my fingers and up my arms. Digestive problems were the norm and not the exception again and a small gluten exposure would make me sick for weeks and not days. I had problems with hives in the hospital and I had dealt with a small amount of eczema most of my life but it was suddenly out of control. I looked like I had an infectious disease and I was BEYOND miserable. It was like an itchy sunburn head to toe; it would itch so bad I would wake in the morning to find blood on the sheets because I had been scratching so much IN MY SLEEP! My husband can also tell you several stories about watching me moan in pain and misery on the floor in tears because it hurt and itched so bad.

I was desperate for relief and I have talked about all this before so I’ll move on, but whether the pregnancy was a catalyst for it or not I don’t know and it really doesn’t matter. I just thought I would share that in case because from what I have learned it very likely had a lot to do with that and maybe by sharing that part of my story someone will see something of themselves in it. I was diagnosed with celiacs after the death of my first-born, which was another trigger. Any big life situation, even the good ones, but especially anything very emotional, physical, or stressful can be a big trigger. Learn how to look for those; if you learn to deal with them and with the knowledge that can make symptoms of autoimmunity worse you can use that information. That is why I shared.

So back to last year. I started my paleo journey jumping head-first into the autoimmune protocol. A paleo diet or lifestyle eliminates all grains, beans, and legumes which as I already mentioned can be very hard on anybody (there is actual science why beans give you gas – you’re having trouble digesting them – there are ways to properly prepare them to help with that, but for people like me it’s just best to avoid them). The autoimmune protocol takes it a step further and eliminates nuts, seeds, dairy, nightshades, alcohol, and a few other things. It starts with an extremely strict elimination phase that I will admit is brutal but necessary. You remove any possible offenders from your diet, give your body a little time to heal and adjust, and then slowly began to add them back in. It was a huge learning experience that was very hard but I am extremely grateful for the knowledge I gleaned from it.

Which brings me to my next lesson learned: don’t sweat the small stuff. My husband can also tell you stories of me throwing the adult version of a tantrum. More than once I am ashamed to admit. As I said, it can be brutal. I was hungry. All. The. Time. I felt like I had a huge list of stuff I couldn’t eat and an extremely small list of what I could. I was still feeling miserable and very hungry on top of it. Many of the foods recommended were too expensive on our budget or I couldn’t find them and all my usual stand-by’s were off-limits. I have since found and learned to be thankful for the actual huge list of yummy, nutritious foods I can eat and which ones work best and keep me full and happy. For me I now need the extra protein I get from the meat I eat and good quality fats like coconut oil or avocados. If you have skin issues, try these; I noticed a huge difference.

How did I learn to deal with it? Well, I’ll be honest. I’m still working on it, but I am learning. I mentioned the coffee, chocolate, and red wine earlier? Well, I have learned what my body can handle and when and how. For the most part. The red wine? Well, when I say I drink red wine it’s MAYBE only once every few months. It is a huge treat. The coffee and chocolate I have mixed reactions to. Overall on any day they won’t bother me, but if I have had a gluten or nightshade exposure or a lot of stress has caused the eczema to flare or something like that, I will have a reaction to it. I keep those three things in my diet as treats because I have eliminated so much I am done depriving myself constantly and so I have learned WHAT WORKS FOR ME and when it’s ok for me to “cheat.”

Nightshades and grains are still a big no and my body still has a lot of healing to do. I am still having some ongoing issues and can trace them to several possible reasons, but I think it comes down to the fact I am still healing. The damage in my body didn’t happen overnight so it’s not going to heal overnight. Eggs and dairy are iffy. Oddly enough I can handle eggs ok if they are baked into something but not a cooked egg, like in an omelet or something. I thought I was crazy until I’ve since talked to a couple of other people who have experienced the same thing. It comes down to science; baking it plus the added ingredients changes its chemical makeup and it’s digested differently. Hopefully I’ll be able to handle them alone eventually; I miss eggs! Nuts and dairy are also special treats. Too much of either and I’m not a happy camper. After the holidays everyone was going on about too much sugar – my indulgence was nuts and dairy – and my body was not happy at me for it.

When I talked about making it work for you that is what I meant. Any of those “iffy” things for me you may see me eat and wonder why, but it’s because I know my body. Do I ever regret those “iffy” choices? Yes, I do. Not always but it happens. I make a mental note for the next time, go a little stricter AIP to get over it, and move on.

A surprise I have experienced is I eat some amazing food. And by that I mean I was eating the same (sometimes drab) things most of the time and these changes in my diet have forced me to think outside the box, get creative, and try new things. I started posting my meals and snacks to Instagram a while back because people were always asking me, “What do you eat?!” Check me out and you’ll see we eat some really yummy but healthy food! You can find me at http://www.instagram.com/preciousbelovedblessing. Some people are really surprised to learn we eat pretty much whatever we want – we just make the changes we need to so the whole family can enjoy them or clean them up so to speak.

We are on a budget as many are and have found a way to make this work for us as well, and are still learning. To follow strict paleo rules all meat must be organic and grass-fed and all produce organic and in-season. Well, organic grass-fed meat is often over twice that of the conventional. I read you should find a local farmer to get it from. I did – I found more than one – and they are outrageously expensive. I mean, like $30 for a small fryer chicken. I am still on the search for a more budget-friendly local source, but we’ve made it work. I have found a couple of small grocers that carry local eggs for a reasonable price; if I can’t find those I have found a non-local free range brand we can afford. I do sometimes buy grass-fed meat – when it goes on sale. One of my local grocery stores puts it on sale for the price of what the conventional beef is priced regularly and I can handle that, so I stock up if the week’s budget allows it. Otherwise, I have found a couple of places with good brands that my tummy handles (if you have trouble digesting grains a meat from an animal fed a heavy grain diet may not go down well). I always go for sustainably farmed, humanely raised and prepared, and no antibiotics. Yes, those cost a bit more, but a happily raised and slaughtered animal makes for better meat. Those are often also prepared without a lot of the extra junk, which I can’t eat (often containing gluten and/or nightshades). There are certain things I have made the decision to spend more money on and other things I haven’t. For instance, I always buy wild, sustainably caught fish; it’s healthier for me and my family as well as the environment. It costs more, yes, but to me it’s worth it. (Do you know what all they put in farmed salmon?! Look it up; you’ll never touch it again.) As far as produce goes there are lists called the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” which outline which produce you absolutely should buy organic and those that are ok. Those have really helped me.

In season is easy for us. We live in Southern California where our local produce contains everything from apples and grapes to avocados and almost every kind of citrus. A great reason to eat local and seasonal? It’s cheaper! Much cheaper! Find a farmer’s market or local farm stand for the best deals. Not sure what is local and when? Ask! They’ll tell you! Of course at those places it’s usually easy to see – what they have is seasonal – but my favorite local farm stand actually has a calendar posted that tells you what and when. We always try to preserve what we can by freezing or drying and I do that for budget mostly and just so we can enjoy what we love more! Do I still buy bags of frozen veggies? You better believe I do! It’s reasonably priced and I stock up on my favorite brands when they go on sale, plus someone has done all the work for me!

I meant to talk more about budget last year after I started my blog but got distracted. I’ve really gone on here so I’ll talk about it another time. There’s more I could get into; I just wanted to share what I have learned and am still learning. Never hesitate to ask me questions or give me suggestions – that’s why I’m writing about this! So we can help each other.

I have lots to share with you, but haven’t taken much time to do it with various things going on. I have some yummy recipes to share but am also working on another post that has been in the making since I started my blog. It’s not easy to write, it won’t be easy for everyone to read, but it’s been very cathartic and I know there are those it will touch. I am trying to be more consistent with the blogging but if you want to keep in touch with me you can follow me on Instagram as I mentioned, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Flickr. My profiles are all @preciousbelovedblessing, except for Twitter which is @PrecBelovBless.

Thank you for continuing on this journey with me. Leave me a comment if you want about your own experiences like these or something you’d like to hear me talk more about. Have a great day and be blessed.

Lots of Hugs,
Emily

My Continuing Healing Journey (Through Diet, Positivity, Love, and Prayer)

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            I have been learning so much on my real food journey and I am continuing to learn and often being surprised along the way.  I changed to a Paleo diet at the end of March, moving to a grain-free, dairy-free diet to help resolve some ongoing digestive issues and terrible eczema.  

            One of the surprises I encountered was they are not two separate health issues but their roots are the same!  If you’ve been reading my past posts you know I was diagnosed with Celiacs disease in 2008 and have been following a strict gluten-free diet ever since.  It helped but I’ve still been dealing with some issues.  I’ve still experienced a lot of fatigue, digestive discomfort (and some other unmentionable unpleasantness that goes with it), depression, teeth problems, allergies and respiratory issues, and skin problems. 

            Guess what?!  They’re all related.  I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on where I have no health insurance right now, and through that (and my son’s pediatrician AND pediatric gastro-intestinal doctor have been nice enough to give me some advice as my son has started to experience some of the same issues).  One book that has been startlingly eye-opening is The Paleo Approach, by Sarah Ballantyne.  It was reading this book that made me make the decision to try a Paleo diet, though I’d actually been considering it for the better part of a year or so.

            I had no idea how complex our digestive system was and how if it goes out of wack it will start to affect all sorts of other areas of the body.  The GI specialist my son has been seeing recommended the Paleo diet for me last year, thinking grain-free might help me.  He did not recommend it for my son because of his age and he told me that where I was feeding him whole-food, unrefined whole grains that was really good for him at his young age and we’re hoping some of the digestive issues he has he will simply grow out (he has tested negative for Celiacs and parasites and we are looking into some allergy testing – they want to wait until he gets a little older as they say the results are often unclear at a younger age).  If the allergy tests later this year don’t come up with anything and he’s still having issues we may give Paleo or GAPS (another healing diet) a try for him.

            But I digress.  Sarah begins her book by explaining what led her on her own journey of health issues – many of which were very similar to my own – and she says in the first chapter, “What I discovered was that the link between food and inflammation goes far beyond food sensitivities.  I learned that some foods cause inflammation and inbalances in key hormones that regulate the immune system; that some foods irritate the lining of the gut, interfere with digestion, and deplete nutrients from the body.” 

            All of a sudden all the dots started to connect for me.  I thought I was sensitive to dairy, intolerant of gluten, and that allergies were just something I was going to have to deal with.  I’ve dealt with terrible depression on and off for many years – but I’ve also lost two children, my husband and I have had some financial difficulties, we’ve both experienced a lot of personal and professional disappointment, and even the health issues I’ve already mentioned all take their physical and emotional toll.  I take very good care of my teeth now but I didn’t used to and most, if not all, the issues I’ve mentioned can be very physically tiring.

            All these are very valid issues with legitimate explanations but they can be very closely related and I believe in my case they are.  Celiacs disease is an autoimmune disorder, as is anemia and eczema.  Side effects of these can contain everything I’ve already mentioned.  Whether it is caused by the celiacs or the celiacs is a cause of something else I decided to start healing my body and it was that that led me to start sharing my journey in the first place.

            So, what could I do about it?  I started with the basics.  I learned the enamel of my teeth is weak and it is very typical of people with autoimmune disorders (including celiacs).  I also learned that in addition to that a lot of tooth decay can be blamed to today’s processed, nutritionally lacking food (have you heard of Weston Price?  His research on the subject is fascinating) and so along with doing my best to better care for my teeth and gums it is part of my clean/whole food journey and related to my overall health. Although I don’t care much for meat I moved on from a vegetarian diet as I discovered it was not best for me, thus helping to deal with the anemia that shows up almost every blood test I have had in the last few years.  I still deal with some ongoing insomnia (that has been an issue almost as long as I can remember) but by focusing on trying to get more rest and getting more exercise it has helped with my energy levels and the depression too.  I’m also using prayer and mediation and overall simply trying to change my outlook on life; I’m limiting my contact with some overly critical and negative (and sorry, but frankly toxic) people in my life, and trying to focus on the positive in my life and everything I have to be thankful for (like the two amazing people in the picture with me – that was from our first family camping trip earlier this month).

            As far as the allergies and debilitating asthma I have been dealing with part of it started by cleaning up my physical life.  Ten years ago an allergist advised me to remove the two cats from our home.  Repeatedly.  I ignored his advice and my issues got worse and worse.  Then last year my son started to show signs of allergies and breathing problems and though it broke our hearts to do it we made the heart-wrenching decision to say goodbye to them because ultimately our health was more important.  Also we have recently moved and our prior home was surrounded by dirt and very dusty, plus there was a lot of moisture and some mold inside; all of which was badly affecting me.  After a couple of months in a cleaner atmosphere the difference is night and day and I am now using my steroid inhaler (which on its own was messing with my system) less in a week than I used to in a single DAY.

            All of this helped but there were still some issues and it takes the body time to heal, but even in just a couple of months I am seeing a difference.  The biggest struggles that made me make the diet change were the digestive issues and eczema.  I’ve been sharing more about those lately but I was spending a fortune on stuff for my skin and missing out on a lot of things because I was either sick to my stomach or in pain, or my skin looked so bad I was too self-conscious to leave the house.  It was running my life.  I was constantly miserable and unhappy.  My husband can probably tell you story after story of me losing my temper at him or our two-year old for the dumbest most inconsequential things or watching me curled up on the floor and bawling or moaning because I was in terrible pain or itching so bad I literally wanted to peel my skin off.

            That leads me to this.  A couple of pages later Sarah states that, “…diet and lifestyle are intricately intertwined with the body’s ability to heal.”  Realizing that changed my life.  I don’t claim to know it all or swear that you should do it too.  I am doing what I have learned is right for ME and I am sharing it with you only because I am learning so, SO much and simply wanted to share that.

            I went off on more a tangent than I meant to, and I suddenly realized I just shared some things I haven’t told anyone and this has been such an emotional journey (along with the physical) that I’m actually in tears right now.  It’s not easy to share.  To admit to some of the things I have done or felt and I am so thankful for the people in my life that love me unconditionally, flaws and all.  My husband has been so amazing on this journey and so encouraging and I couldn’t do it without him.  He hasn’t exactly followed me on the Paleo diet (I think it has something to do with the fact there is no such thing as a Paleo beer), but he has liked the changes so far and more often than that he picks the grain-free alternative when I give him a choice (he loves cauliflower rice or last night I had my hamburger over a salad and he refused the bread and did the same).  It’s his choice and I’m fine with that.  I just wanted to say how wonderful he has been and understanding and he has been my greatest cheerleader so far.  I am so blessed.

            This started as a completely different post.  It was supposed to be about sauerkraut!!  I just started explaining about healing the body and was going to go on to talk about fermented foods and the job they can do in healing but I’ve gone off on such a different direction than I meant to I decided to make this its own post and I’ll add the sauerkraut one next.  I hope I’m helping somebody out there.  Thank you for listening and for those of you who have been so kind and encouraging.  It is very therapeutic to share this with you, but I hope through it I can help someone else.  I struggled and struggled with a title with this one and it might sound a little hokey but it is so true.

            I know I haven’t been very good at adding blog posts lately (honestly, it’s just part of dealing with some of the aforementioned issues) and I’m trying to get more consistent with it, but if you don’t want to miss a thing please follow me elsewhere too.  I am on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/preciousbelovedblessing, you can follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/precbelovbless, pin with me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/epselos or follow me on Instagram at http://instagram.com/preciousbelovedblessing

            Thank you again.  Every time I get discouraged and begin to wonder if anyone EVER sees any of this or cares I get a wonderful comment from one of you, spurring me on!  You’re wonderful! 

           I have so much more to share but for now I’m off to soak up some sunshine, get some exercise and spend some time with one of my favorite people.  I’m taking my little boy for a swim in the pool.

 

Have a great day,

Emily

 

The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, by Sarah Ballantyne, 2014, Victory Belt Publishing, ISBN 1936608391

 

Check out some information from the Weston A. Price Foundation on dental care here: http://www.westonaprice.org/notes-from-yesteryear/