I’m on the west coast spending time in the trees, under the sun and on the water.

Beauty abounds! Every possible wild wonder is here on the west coast. We have traveled down from Maryland to Sacramento to San Diego and then up to Oregon recently and with ever stop we make there is something new and beautiful or wonderful to delight in!


Oil pulling

Today, after having another difficult and messy moment with my tooth floss, I have decided to start oil pulling. There is lots of information out there about oil pulling, some say to use coconut oil, some say sunflower or sesame seed oil..Honestly I don’t know why or which oil maybe better? I am choosing to use coconut oil and to spit it in the trash after 15 minutes at least once a day for two weeks. If and when I see any results I hope to be able to share them with you. It is said to support sinuses, repair damaged gums, whiten teeth, and even cure some ailments. I am not making as of these claims, but they are all wonderful sounding possibilities and all both cheaper than a dentist and cheaper than it would be to buy an herbal tincture or water pic.  This link takes you to a simple video that explains how to and why oil pulling works. It may not be well written, but it seems like a good place to start:  http://oilpulling.com/oilpullingvideos.htm

Bone Broth Beef Stew Bliss! And How to overcome the most common obstacles for living Paleo Strong!

Sorry it’s been awhile since I have updated you all about how things have been going. The Lamb broth I made last week was soo perfect and it was all gelatin! I used this pure congealed substance to replace the two cups of broth in a paleo beef stew recipe I found on PaleoHacks. I also did not have to use the arrowroot hey used a thickened and replaced one of the two pounds of beef with a cheaper and sweet option… SWEET POTATOES! The stew is the most delicious and wholly satisfying thing I have EVER made! I cooked the stew on high in my crockpot for four hours and I also added mushrooms in the last hour of cooking. Other than that I used everything else in the same amount as prescribed in the paleo hack recipe.

On a slightly different topic, I feel that it is important to talk about the self limiting kind of thoughts that people have towards making the transition to paleo life. In every circumstance where I have been the first person to discuss being paleo with someone who has never heard of this lifestyle, there are immediately many walls that go up in defense of maintaining what they are doing, even when it is NOT WORKING to make them, healthier, happier, or clearer thinking! There are two of these ‘limiters’ that I would like to publicly address 1) “Isn’t it Expensive!?!” 2) “How do we know it’s really good for us… what about all those opposing studies about eggs being good and then bad for you??”

The first obstacle is what I believe has been the biggest obstacle for the majority of people I have met, and he most easy to dispel. I am not the best at budgeting, but I generally never spend more than $80 a week on my food needs. I know that if I really wanted to I could still spend even less, but I do occasionally like to go out to eat and to buy some things that are pre-made. I intended on becoming even better at reducing my costs going forward. To put this amount in perspective, I only buy organic EVERYTHING, but I only spend about twenty dollars more than my live in boyfriend spends on his cheap non-organic processed foods. I believe very avidly in not trying to change the ones you love, that being said my boyfriend has said that he does want to try paleo in the future and is intrigued by how many people in our sports world and on the red carpet are raving about the affects of paleo living! Just a few of my fav’s following the paleo diet and making it look extra good are Jessica Biel and Megan Fox according to LA weekly. To make this lifestyle ( I say lifestyle and not diet because this is more than a diet and works better) achievable for everyone I want to give you all some great resources that will help you to obtain the highest cost items needed to go paleo: HIGH QUALITY GRASS-FED MEAT! One of the simplest ways to find great meat is to join those people in your area who are already experts at finding nutrient dense foods like those members of the Weston A. Price Foundation. This link will bring you to a page that lists these groups of knowledgeable people by state: Where to find people who can help you find high quality meat near you! Grass fed meat is important because just like we humans are what we eat, tje animals that we eat are what they have eaten. So if they eat grains, we too will yoi through eating their meat. It can be hard to see the big picture, but well anaged grass fed beef can, for instance, be the key to positive co2 sequestration.

Another resource that I love (and for whom I work) is Natural Grocers. Not only do they ONLY SELL ORGANIC PRODUCE, but they also offer FREE Nutritional Counseling from REAL Nutritionists. This link will help you locate a Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage store near you where you can call and schedule your nutritional counseling session.

To address the second obstacle I will refer these people to ‘the source of paleo” Dr. Loren Cardain PhD“. Eggs are good for you, and just like the myth about tropical fruit oils (coconut) oils being bad for you the myth about eggs being bad for you was fabricated. Coconut oil was shunned as a dangerous oil, when in reality it is one of the healthiest fats in the world! It provides medium chain triglycerides which are vital in brain function, prolonging energy levels, and maintaining soft tissues like skin. Eggs provide much needed omega-3’s which are also vital for brain and soft tissue health.  To learn more Pretty please read the page this link takes you to: Dr. Oz on food 5 food Myths. I hope that I have given you new hope if you had any doubts before, I hope that if there are other concerns that you have about going Paleo that you share them. I want to help this world to be a happy, balanced, and healthier place.

Cooking day! Making bone broth and no bake chocolate treats!


Paleo friendly mounds bars made with honey!
Paleo friendly mounds bars made with honey!
This was a fantastic day! Truly an inspirational day filled with the simple joy of spending time with a deal new friend delving into our selves and making paleo nom noms together.  Jane and I made a sweet treat using the simple Mounds bar recipe we found on the wonderful interwebs! We exchanged the maple syrup in the recipe for local honey to get a lil extra immune boosting goodness and then we also doubled the recipe! It turned out soooo well! While we gabbed and shared battle stories of energy ups and downs, Jane whipped up a scrumptious lunch for us that consisted of a lightly sauteed red cabbage, with caraway seeds with coconut oil, we also had two slices each of grass fed bacon that was from a local farm, two Japanese sweet potatoes lightly cooked first in the microwave whole and then cubed with the skins and browned on the stove in coconut oil. Last but not least she also had a beautiful side of lacinato kale lightly pan fried in bacon grease. I swear it was the most simple and delicious lunch I have had in a looong time, but then again, everything is better when shared!

I know I promised yesterday that I would update you on how my Lamb bone broth was going and it is going well! I pulled the bones from the broth today and placed the remaining liquid (which about half of the gallon of distilled water had evaporated out of my slow cooker in the past 24 hours) into a Tupperware container. I am putting this in the fridge now and am hoping it will cool and form a wonderful fatty layer on the top which will both be great for cooking and will help me to determine if I have done a good job at extracting the desired nutrients from the bones. Little much has developed since then I am still trying to find my path and still working on the intentions to have more consistency and more confidence in my life and in myself. I’m grateful that I am  well enough to love, to live, to laugh, and most importantly to be HAPPY.

Making Lamb Bone broth!!

Lamb bone broth attempt number one
Lamb bone broth attempt number one
Today, I am endeavoring to make lamb bone broth in an attempt to nurture myself. I have put one gallon of distilled water in a crock pot with enough bones to fill to the top of the water.The bones were not pre cooked as I felt there was not much meat on them. I put in approximately 2 Tbs of apple cider vinegar and a dash or rosemary and salt. Now im cooking on low after I got it to boil, until the bones become softer.. im thinking at least 12 hours. I’ll fill you in on my progress as I go along woth the rest of this process! Continue reading

Quick and simple lunch!

I made an avocado and tuna mixture today with sea salt and black pepper. I mixed in sum melted bacon fat and a tiny splash of lemon juice for my post workout meal in a jiff!  The whole thing cost five bucks, used one can of tongol tuna with spring water, 3small avocados, and about a teasoon and a half of melted bacon fat.  Yummy and filling all by itself, in a wrap, or on a salad!

Reading books Jane gave to me yesterday and beginning meditation on the daily. 🙂

Im on the go today and my food has to be easy!
Im on the go today and my food has to be easy!

The Primal Dana Monster (Intro)

On this blog I am going to share my journey,  my pointers, and best of all the simple joys of everyday primal livin!  I have been predominantly paleo now since September 2013 as part of a challenge given to me by my employer Natural Grocers. They gave small incentives for going grain free for one meal a day or slightly larger incentives for going grain free for the month. I chose the bigger challenge thinking that because I had already been gluten free for six years by that time that it would be an easy adjustment to make. I mean how much grain could I really be eating!?! Turns out that not only was I eating ALOT of alternative grains like rice and quinoa,   but all those grains were loaded with sugar!  With just making this one change, eliminating grains, I changed my life. I lost 23 lbs that month, went through grain/ sugar withdrawals that felt like a minor flu for two weeks, and ultimately began on the road to whole body and gut wellness. Thus began the journey that has become my lifestyle.  The way I eat has changed the way I think, the places I can and want to go to eat and otherwise adventure, and has helped me to positively influence the health and wellbeing of the people who are closest to me.  I am healthier and more energetic now than I have ever been before. “We are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act, but a habit.”- Aristotle