Oat So Simple

Sheesh, another day another reaction! This time it seems I’m allergic to my husband! Well ok, not quite, but he is the cause of a flare up,of itchy, red eyes and major snotage! Nice! He had to climb in the back of his trailer today and got covered in oat dust. So here I am in October with, basically, hayfever! Yay!

In other news…. today has been super productive on the ice cream making front, and I’m actually looking forward to another weekend of creating flavours and yummy things for the ebook. 

I am ever so pleased with this jazzy little driftwood chalkboard shelf I whipped up from some things I had lying around the house.

I have been over come with creative urges today, so much so that DD2 had to reign me in from creating a full blown ice cream parlour in the hallway, complete with seaview and sand. Hmm, just as well I have people to temper my giddiness at times I guess. It is my dream to own a little beach side ice cream shack, so perhaps I’ll just have to direct my creativeness into making that dream a reality. First things first though, the book needs finishing first.

Oh, if you fancy joinng in over on our facebook page, I’ve been asking what your favourite icecream flavour is, and giving you the chance to receive a free copy of the book when it comes out. Hop on over and join in, and feel free to invite any friends who might be interested! You can find us at facebook.com/creativelypaleo

In yet more exciting news…. I’m going to be a Desire Map Book Club Leader in January! If you don’t know about the desiremap have a wander on over to Danielle’s website and be prepared to be enthralled! 

TTFN

Let’s Talk About Milk, Baby

I did plan on pondering about whether or not there mght be a hgher proportion of people on the autistic spectrum withn the paleo/primal community, but my brain is too scattered to do that justice right now.

Instead, following on from the brief post about a new allergy emerging yesterday ( which I suspect could have a lot to do with my feeling exhausted today) I thought I’d instead write a little bit about dairy, and more specifically milk.

Now I always feel that I’ve failed dreadfully when I attempt and don’t complete a whole30, but the one I attempted in July has really changed my life.

I have completely removed mlk from my diet. I still have cheese rather too often (this results in an itchy face) and double cream is something I have maybe once a month or so, so this is really just about removing milk. What I have noticed, and what has made an immeasurable difference to my life, is that my breathing problems, which had been happening with increasing regularity but also barely any recovery time between bouts, have (touches wood in a hopeful avoidence of tempting fate!) ceased. 

I live on a particularly steep hill which I can now climb with very little difficulty. I wake up in the morning able to take deep breathes. I have stopped having to consider how much it will take out of me if I walk around the supermarket, now I think nothing of walking to the shops and carrying bags of shopping home. I honestly cannot express how wonderful this is, because I truly thought I was going to spend the rest of my life incapacitated.

The removal of milk is the only thing that it can be. I noticed when I made my german cheesecake, which is VERY heavy on dairy, that I started to develop some tighteness in my chest, but it cleared up the next day. The only other thing that is different is that I have been doing regular (light admittedly) weight training, concentrating on my upper body, BUT I was only able to do that because my breathing had improved. I suspect it is helping to keep my chest on better health, but I can only come to the conclusion that it was my daily intake of milk (in countless cups of tea) along with yogurt for breakfast, that was doing the damage!

I will certainly not be reintroducing it in the name of science though, as on the odd occasion when I have mistakenly taken a sip of my husband’s white tea, it has had my rushing for the sink to spit it out before I vomited!

So I guess you could say that I have been a Whole30 success, in my own way!

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What an odd day it has been today! Started out with a brand new allergy rearing its head, joy. Thankfully I had some piriton in the house which sorted it out, but it was not fun! I think I really need to get some major gut healing going on to see if i can clear up these allergies that have increased in the last year or two, but gah, hard, hard work hey?

The ice cream e book is my number one priority right now, which is maybe a little ridiculousto put that ahead of improving my health, but it is so close to completion I just really want to get it done.

I shall be doing a whole30 when it’s done, and after that I think I will try to dive into GAPS properly as a friend is having a lot of success with it right now, and it makes such a lot of sense to me.

Have you healed any allergies or intolerances? How did you do it? I’d love to hear your experiences.  

October Already!

Seriously, how has the year gone by so quickly? I know they say time speeds up as you get older, but at this rate I’ll be 93 in less than 24 hours!

October is one of my favourite months, but then I am a Scorpio, so what else would you expect? Halloween/Samhain is the best festival of all time in my opinion, hands down beats Christmas and New Year. I really need to be kept away from the decorations sections in the supermarkets because I tend to go a little mad.

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Of course the other great thing about this time of year is the marvellous varieties of squash available. We love pumpkin, and I shall be stocking up and cooking and freezing as many of the big carvers as I can. There does seem to be an increasing selection  of other squashes in the supermarkets here now too, especially if you look in some of the higher end shops like Booths or Waitrose.

Last year I ordered a big box of spaghetti squash direct from a fenland farmer, something I must sort out doing again very soon – the squashes have such a lovely long shelf life that stocking up makes a lot of sense.

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What is your favourite squash recipe? I shall be having a go at a paleoified pumpkin pie again this year, but I want to try something a bit more adventurous too. Having said that, it will probably end up being a pumpkin inspired ice cream, as I plough on with getting my paleo ice cream ebook ready for sale towards the end of the month!

Just to give you fair warning, I’ve set myself a challenge this month – a blog post a day. Gulp. Let’s see if I do better with that than I did with Whole30!

TTFN

 

How To Create A Business Mindset The Fun Way

Have you always wanted to have your own business? Have you tried countless ways of making money but never succeeded? This has been the story of my life since, well, forever it feels like!

A couple of years ago I was tempted to get a copy of a new personal development workbook by a craaaazy Australian lady who went by the name Goddess Leonie. It was a beautifully illustrated workbook – I say “work” but it’s much more of a “play” book –  with lots of personality. I filled it all in (amazing in itself because I never finish anything!) and over the course of the year I realised that many of the things I had written about had actually come to pass, which freaked me out more than a little bit to be honest!

Here is my instagram pic from the beginning of this year adding my work book to my filofax

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Anyway, fast forward a bit and I decided that this woman, crazy though she might seem, really knew her stuff and was worth listening to. I had followed her blog and saw her business expand in real time – she shares everything so freely. I knew I wanted to create a business, but I also knew I was going to need a lot of help. I had looked around the internets and seen all manner of business courses, but they all wanted soooo much money, and I couldn’t commit thousands of pounds to what might turn out to be a white elephant.

One of Leonie’s courses promised to share all the details that she had used to create her business, and knowing how generously she gave of herself generally, I figured that this course would be jam packed with useful insights. I took the plunge and joined her Goddess Circle.

It was totally worth the money, the business course was absolutely packed with incredibly useful tips, hints, programmes of use and motivation all packaged in the no bullshit manner that is Leonie.

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I took a while to get round to believing that I could follow my dreams and make a business work, but 9 months into the process I now firmly believe that I can do this. Every day I do something that moves my business forward, even if it’s just a tiny step, it is still a step – 9 months of steps can take you a long way!

The Goddess Circle has been rebranded as The Amazing Biz and Life Academy now, which is totally in tune with my wants and needs, I mean, who doesn’t want an amazing life? Leonie shows that it is entirely possible to have both, and a ton of fun in the process.

The rebranding of the site is bringing extra value and even more depth to the business side of things, and this needs to be reflected in the price which is doubling at the end of the week. It will still be a fraction of the cost of many of the other courses out there, even though it offers waaaay more in content! The great thing is though, if you join before the price goes up, and you decide to resubscribe, you stay at the price you originally subscribed at! How cool is that? You get all of her courses (there are loads, not just the business one) plus the yearly workbooks AND membership to the massively supportive academy forum for that one price. I honestly believe it is the best value programme out there.

I cannot recommend this programme to you enough, it has changed my mindset and my life massively, and I know it can do the same for you too. Get in there NOW and grab yourself a bargain I say! Looking forward to seeing you there 🙂

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Come on over to facebook, twitter or instagram and say “hi”!

A Gingerbread Family

This week has been another hectic one in the Creatively Paleo family. I’m not entirely sure where the time is going to, but it seems almost incomprehensible that we are already in September!

Of course we don’t have the back to school rush that most families have, and for that I am eternally grateful! The idea of shopping for school shoes gives me the shudders! You may have seen the post about Primal Education a couple of weeks ago, well that is part of a lovely Not Back To School Carnival over at LiveOtherwise. Grab a brew and take some time meandering through all the posts, there are some really lovely stories included, and they might give you some interesting food for thought 🙂

I’ve been working hard on a couple of projects, the first of which I have just launched and am really quite pleased with. It was a proper family collaboration with the children all contributing ideas as well as helping with various technical aspects that my brain had a temporary block with! It’s a free guide to primalizing your family – it takes a gentle and respectful approach, because, in my opinion at least, there is no space for anything else when it comes to such a huge and important change in a child’s diet.

For the guide we’ve been testing out a paleoified gingerbread recipe, and after much tweaking we are really pleased with the result, and have included it as a cute little printable in the guide. We really hope you like it and have fun baking with your children!

Here’s a little graphic that I whipped up in the A Beautiful Mess app (I do so love that app!). If you click on it it will take you to the download cart thingy majiggy!

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We’ve been back to meal planning again this last couple of weeks, which definitely makes life much easier. There should  be some new recipes coming up on the site this week too, including a one pot chilli which was a real life saver in the campervan, and a tasty pork recipe with a Polynesian influence!

That’s it for now – don’t forget it’s #PaleoHour between 8 and 9 pm GMT tonight on twitter!

TTFN

 

A Little Bit of Pride

Back in the days before Paleo I made a rainbow birthday cake for The Boy – as rainbow cakes go it wasn’t the best made, if you google you will see some real beauties. All the same I was rather proud of it. The Pride season was coming up and I thought it would be a cool thing to use for a t-shirt for anyone attending a march, indeed my friend Helen bought one, and some badges, to wear to the Edinburgh Pride.

I’d completely forgotten about my little spread shirt shop until I saw a rainbow cake on my instagram feed the other day, so I figured it was time to dig it out again because, even if it’s not paleo, the cake shirt is pretty cool I think. See what you think…

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They’re quite cute arent they? The daughters came up with a cool design that makes a great gym shirt, and there are a couple of other designs on there too, including a lone ape,  but we do need to come up with some paleo options which could be fun!