Grass Fed Beef Tongue Ratatouille
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil. High Vitamin Butter Oil. – I took a teaspoon of each and chugged them down with filtered water. They have fat-soluble vitamins that work synergistically to help boost immunity, longevity, and fertility. That being said, while I’m pretty sold on the beauty of High Vitamin Butter Oil, I’m not completely sold on the fermented cod liver oil. My jury is still out. I praise it for the high vitamin A content which is why I like it (along with the vitamin D), but I’m not sure we need fish oil in our diets especially if we already eat a low omega-6 diet, thereby requiring less need for omega-3? Not to mention, we eat sardines and wild caught salmon (along with other high quality grass fed animal products) giving us great sources of omega-3. I’m not sure I’ll ever have the answer so I usually choose to have the fermented cod liver oil on hand in the case of illness but not take it regularly.
- 2 raw pasture-raised, organic egg yolks swallowed from a shot glass and chased with iced herbal tea. Oftentimes I add 2 to 3 drops of this crazy hot and therapeutic cayenne tincture.
- Smoked Oysters (canned)
- Vitamin Supplements (various ones like magnesium, CoQ, organic turmeric – taken with fat, probiotic – trying a new one, multi)
- Decaf Upgraded Coffee with organic grass fed cream and Upgraded grass fed Collagen
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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
I keep these in the car for enhancing foods I eat at restaurants.
We had a very busy day so I thought I would share how we sometimes eat when we have a full schedule and we’re on the go. The majority of our meals are all made from scratch three times a day, and almost always eaten at home. However, sometimes I need a bit of help in the kitchen so there are few organic premade items that I buy from the grocery store (jars of organic tomatoes as they’re often more delicious than fresh tomatoes depending on the season, organic pasta sauce – with no sugar added, snack bars, gluten free crackers, sardines, smoked wild caught sockeye salmon, etc). And, sometimes we eat at a couple of carefully chosen restaurants.
Here was our schedule on this busy day…
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(low mercury) Tuna Salad Gluten Free
Kamea (she has an amazing appetite for Real Food)
- Raw grass fed cheese 5-Spoke brand found at Whole Foods. This gives us tooth building calcium and phosphorous plus other amazing fat soluble vitamins.
- 1 tablespoon wild caught salmon roe
- grass fed organic summer sausage
- soaked raw almonds
- 2 oranges
- filtered water to drink
- FCLO (fermented cod liver oil)
- Coffee Shake (today’s had MCT oil. Grass fed Butter. Vanilla drops.)
- Vitamins (multi, CoQ 10, digestive enzymes, chlorella, L-Carnitine, Organic India’s turmeric-n-ginger, HVBO (high vitamin butter oil), and FCLO). I heard in a health podcast that Americans who live to be age 85 have a 1 in 2 chance of having “diagnosable” Alzheimer’s Disease. I was blown away by that stat. It’s much lower in other parts of the world like India where their diets are rich in turmeric and ginger. And, if it’s diagnosable that means those people started down the Alzheimer path 20 years prior. So, it’s important to eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods and I take supplements like Organic India’s Turmeric to help prevent Alzheimer’s in my future (while young, don’t wait). It’s a great product, check out the reviews. I usually take 1-2 in the morning and 1-2 in the evening. I also add organic turmeric to my food.
- Spoonful Coconut oil swallowed with water
- Wild caught salmon roe This is great fertility boosting, longevity, anti-aging and brain boosting food – loaded with vitamin D and other important nutrients like iodine, retinon (true skin building and immune boosting vitamin A), selenium, zinc, B vitamins, omega fatty acids.I’m not eating it for its flavor, though Kamea loves it. Wish I was raised on this stuff then I’d love it too. I simply swallow a big spoonful with water like they’re pretty little vitamin balls.
- Organic grass fed yogurt plus soaked raw organic almonds stirred in
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Friday, February 28th, 2014
Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Kamea (my 3.5 year old):
Greg: He usually doesn’t wake up until early afternoon, and at that time he has his Coffee Shake.
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Friday, February 14th, 2014
Here’s what’s on tap at our house…
Cinnamon Apple Chicken with Buttered Purple Cabbage
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Kamea when she turned three over the summer.
I frequently get asked about my life these days. How is my family faring on our omnivore diet since ending a decade of being vegan (read more about that here and here)? What are we eating? How’s life in general?
Life in general is awesome. :) I’m living a dream life and feeling overflowing gratitude every day. We’ve been traveling a bit, going on lots of play dates, spending extra time with my parents, and we have seen the movie Frozen three times. :)
What are we eating? Has anything changed since my last update? Not much. You can pretty much see what we’ve been eating from my food journals and all of the recipes I post. But, for those who are new here, our diet is higher in fat, moderate for carbs (with some days being lower in carbs), and comprises a ton of high-quality animal products, including:
- Wild caught fish, usually salmon (including wild caught salmon roe)
- Grass-fed and pasture-raised meats (including massively nutrient dense organ meats and bone broths) How can I eat organ meats? Well, it’s been a process to find the best way I like them but finally that’s happened. I hide liver in butter-and-brandy-rich pate as well as in cheeseburgers smothered in BBQ sauce like this one. I hide beef heart in stew and enjoy some weird beef tongue in this recipe here (and beef tongue in ratatouille is my new favorite way, recipe coming soon). I am determined to keep my family eating grass fed offal (i.e., organ meats), and so far they’re totally loving them, thankfully, because the nutrition is stellar and unbelievable. These organ meats are the true super foods of the world.
- Sardines, Oysters (and other shell fish)
- Pasture-raised organic eggs
- Organic vegetables
- A little fruit (usually in the form of berries)
- Grass-fed butter
- High-quality oils (grass-fed ghee, high vitamin butter oil, coconut oil, MCT oil)
- Coffee shakes (yum!)
- Organic Norwalk cold pressed fresh green juice but the recipe is different from what I used to in the past (no heavy greens like kale, collards, or spinach because when we consume those now they’re cooked). The recipe is usually celery, cucumbers, romaine, cilantro, occasionally parsley and other herbs, and we might have a pint or two every week or so.
- Supplements These change based on our diet for the week as well as new things I learn every day. I’ll soon share how I make my own liposomal vitamin C.
- White rice (occasionally)
- Dark organic fair trade chocolate
- Raw organic sauerkraut (I love Farmhouse Kraut)
- Nuts and seeds (sometimes these appear in the form of paleo style treats like my Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cookies)
- Dairy products like raw grass-fed organic cheese, grass-fed organic ice cream (not raw, usually Straus brand), and grass-fed organic yogurt (not raw). After some experimentation it seems we tolerate them very well. The ice cream and yogurt make up a very small percentage of our diet and it doesn’t make a regular appearance, but we do have it sometimes. It must be from free range grass fed cows and organic. I go back and forth on dairy… some say it creates inflammation but others say if it’s high quality and tolerated then it can be very nutrient dense.Therefore, we enjoy it at times and other times we abstain for awhile.
As you can imagine, we don’t eat out very much. As much as I love cooking, I do need a break from the kitchen. I make almost everything from scratch, and that’s a lot of time in the kitchen for three meals a day. So on occasion we go out to eat for gluten-free pizza (maybe once every 10 to 14 days) and we also go to Chipotle every couple of weeks. I really don’t care for Chipotle’s crap oils they use on their rice and for cooking, but a girl needs a break from meal prep, ya know? I sure wish there were some options with truly high quality everything. I can find a grass fed burger here in Scottsdale, but the salad it’s served with has junk canola oil on it as an example. Sigh.
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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Veggie Dinner (Gluten Free Paleo Vegetarian)
- Homemade Liposomal Vitamin C I like vitamin C in a liposomal form because it’s supposedly SO much better absorbed and assimilated. But, it’s not cheap to buy and take on a regular basis, therefore I’m now making my own to reduce the cost drastically, but you can buy it here.
- Grass fed beef n liver cheeseburger (no bun) from last night’s dinner. When I make her a patty I cut it in half so she has half for dinner and 1/2 the next morning cold from the fridge. The cheese is always raw, grass fed, organic/hormone free. My favorite way to consume grass fed liver is to hide it inside grass fed ground beef cheeseburgers (no bun). Will share my killer recipe soon.
- Organic strawberries
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Buttered Cauliflower Puree, grass fed bison steak burger, and Basil Tomatoes Provencal
A lot of people tell me they’re looking for dinner ideas. Here’s a dinner I quickly threw together one night, and Greg said he definitely wanted me to make it more often.
Basically, while the tomatoes were baking, I steamed organic cauliflower. Then, I put the burgers on my Le Creuset enameled cast iron skinny grill (mine is the round one, but the one featured on Amazon is rectangle). While those were cooking I blended the cauliflower with grass fed butter and sea salt.
I did my best to present our plates in a fancy way, because I am continuoulsy inspired by cooking shows. That’s clearly an area in which I need practice. Sigh.
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Wild Caught Salmon with weird looking pureed red potatoes.
As frequently requested, here is another food journal. :)
Kamea: organic strawberries. Wild caught Roe. Raw organic pecans. Raw organic cashews. Grass fed organic beef summer sausage. Chlorella. Organic rice crackers. 2 tiny squares Dark (85%) chocolate. An hour later she also ate a Kits organic bar.
Me: BulletProof coffee
Kamea and me: Leftover pasture raised organic chicken and vegetable soup. Butter Almond Flour Cookies.
Kamea and me: Baked Cilantro Lime Salmon (I like having fresh cilantro when we have wild caught salmon, because the salmon has some mercury in it. The cilantro helps combat the mercury). Mashed red potatoes with sautéed onions and grass fed butter. Homemade chocolate ice cream.
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Omnivore Food Journal
Mini Breakfast #1
Wild Caught Salmon Roe
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