Thursday, July 14, 2016

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What I’m Loving Lately 70

Good morning and happy, happy, HAPPY Friday to you!

Since it’s Friday, it’s time for another edition of What I’m Loving Lately! Ok, here we go… here’s what I’m loving lately!

Kate Spade cell phone case – I didn’t realize just how disgusting my old cell phone case was until I got a new one! Haha! But, seriously, I’m so glad I bought a new one. This “island stamp” design is perfect for summer and just makes me happy when I see it! (And it’s not disgusting.)

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Coco-Vanilla Protein Bars – Hellllllo! Don’t these protein bars look amaaaazing?! And the recipe only requires 5 ingredients. Sign me up!! These Chocolate Protein Bars look pretty epic too.

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Dark Gray & Mint Hari Mari Flip Flops – The folks at Hari Mari recently sent me a pair of their flip flops, and I’m totally in love. The “Lakes” pair that I picked out is made from leather with memory foam, so they’re super comfy and didn’t need any sort of breaking-in, and I’ve worn them non-stop since receiving them!

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Nutty Protein Granola Bars – These look delicious!!

Theo Coconut Bites – OMG, so, so, so good! I randomly bought a package at Whole Foods the other day and, whoa, I’m in love. Now I’m even more excited to be in Seattle! I wonder if I can finagle a factory tour while there?

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Mango Chia Pudding – Yummmm! I can’t wait to try this! FYI: The Mango Chia Pudding from Trader Joe’s is really good, too!

Wayback Machine – My new web guy told me about this site after I forgot to screenshot the old CNC before my recent redesign. It’s a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet created by a nonprofit organization. Really cool, right? I was pumped to discover that CNC has been well-documented over the years! FYI: If you want to see how CNC has changed since early 2008, check out this post.

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Gut bacteria spotted eating brain chemicals for the first time – Super interesting!

Tazo Unsweetened Iced Mango Green Tea – Starbucks recently sent me some of their Tazo K-Cup pods to try and they make the best iced tea! Just pop in the Keurig and add ice! I’m especially loving the mango green lately!

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Easy Baked Ginger Chicken – This looks so good and so simple! I’m definitely adding it to my meal plan for next week!

Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar – Love this stuff. It’s great as a dip with chips or crackers as well as a recipe ingredient. I actually have a delicious, 3-ingredient dinner coming to CNC soon!

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20 Healthy, On-The-Go Breakfasts – Great round-up!

Do Gut Microbes Control Your Food Cravings? – This was interesting!

Questions of the Day

Are you more of an iced coffee or iced tea drinker? 

Anyone else obsessed with Cowboy Caviar? 

What are YOU loving lately? 



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6 Slimmed-Down Desserts to Enjoy Without Turning on Your Oven

Here at Food Network, we believe you should break a sweat during your workout, not in the kitchen. Next time you’re in the mood for a sweet reward, treat yourself to one of our lighter-than-usual desserts that mercifully don’t require an oven. From no-bake cookies to lemony icebox bars that set up in the refrigerator, here are a few of our best summertime sweets.

Healthy Banana Split Parfaits
Banana splits are an obvious choice for a summer dessert, because you won’t break a sweat while preparing them. For that reason, they’re ideal in our book. Although these are carefully portioned, Food Network Kitchen’s mini splits pack in all of the essentials: ice cream, bananas, walnuts, chocolate sauce and the crown jewel, a pitted cherry.

Fruit Salad with Limoncello
If you tend to view fruit salad for dessert as a total cop-out, you clearly haven’t tried Ina Garten’s combination of seasonal berries topped with sweet, rich and citrusy yogurt. Ina amplifies the flavor of limoncello with a combination of Greek yogurt, lemon curd, honey and vanilla.

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
Loaded with protein and healthy fats, peanut butter is always a welcome addition to dessert in our book. These creamy bars contain natural peanut butter, tangy Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese, plus a chocolate-cookie crust. No baking is necessary; the dessert sets in the refrigerator.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
Craving the comforting chew of chocolate and oats in the summertime but can’t fathom turning on your oven? With Food Network Kitchen’s easy no-bake cookie recipe, there’s no need to. The recipe requires just five minutes of prep; the rest of the time is spent waiting for the cookies to harden into the rich, nutty, chocolatey delights that they are.

Lemon Icebox Bars
With a buttery graham cracker crust and a creamy lemony layer to sink your teeth into, it’s easy to see why Ellie Krieger’s no-bake icebox bars are a fan favorite. They do require a few hours to firm up in the refrigerator, so be sure to prepare them the night before you plan to cut and serve the squares.

Healthy Blueberry Ricotta Tartlets
These delicate tartlets filled with ricotta and sweet-tart blueberries are perfectly portioned to satisfy your sweet tooth without inducing a sugar coma. There’s no need to bake any dough if you use convenient store-bought tartlet shells. We certainly won’t judge you for it.

For more ways to get your sweets fix without turning on your oven, check out these recipes from our friends:

Dishin & Dishes: Nutella No Bake Cookies
The Lemon Bowl: Frozen Banana Pops
Creative Culinary: Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter and Coconut Balls
The Heritage Cook: The World’s Easiest Lemon Curd Parfaits (Gluten-Free)
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Black Raspberry Bruschetta
Devour: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Seconds with 4 Microwave Desserts
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Grilled Ginger Peaches a la Mode
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Arrowroot Milk Pudding with Dragon Fruit
FN Dish: 7 No-Bake Sweet Treats That Are Truly No Sweat



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Don’t Be So Sure: Why Doubt Is an Essential Tool for Reaching Health Goals

Doubt FinalI’m sure we’ve all found ourselves around people who are absolutely hamstrung by their beliefs—whether about business or healthy eating, politics or fitness. Some people are overly sensitive or even overtly defensive when discussing them. Others might be congenial but simply shut down when the conversation turns to a “sacred” topic. But if conviction hampers them this much in social exchange, can you imagine how much it hampers them in the rest of their lives? Many of us tend to perceive certainty as a strength, but often it can cut us off from imagining a scope of better options. Over the years, people have invested so much time, energy and justification in their opinions that the cost to entertaining other possibilities seems too high. And that’s too bad. Because as the old saying goes, the only thing worse than making a mistake is to keep making it. That’s why today I want to talk about the value of doubt.

Productive doubt, I’ve found, applies just as much in health considerations as it does in other areas of life. Conventional health wisdom unfortunately continues to reign, after all, not because it’s incontrovertible truth, but because it’s a convention that society refuses to question. As a result, we have more people than ever who suffer from obesity, diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases. In the end, the more certain (i.e. hard-headed) we are, the more limited we’ll inevitably be. That reality can both compromise our personal health and erode our belief in positive health change.

At first, it might seem strange that I’m even making the case for doubt. After all, here I am more than a decade into promoting a specific blueprint for health, weight loss and vitality. However, those of you who have been around here for a while know I’m anything but a fixed thinker. I have never, nor will I ever, suggest anyone give me or the Primal Blueprint blind faith. Please don’t check your skepticism at the door here. By all means, inspect and scrutinize. Put the plan and all its principles fully under the microscope of your own experience. I’ve always said I’ll follow the Primal Blueprint until someone shows me something better. That day hasn’t come, but one day it might, and I’ll be genuinely grateful for the insight if and when it does.

I grew into the Primal Blueprint philosophy over decades of experience and experimentation as well as study. If my mind hadn’t been open and stayed open, the PB never would’ve gotten out of the gate, let alone evolved over the last several years to become an inclusive, but loose design for flourishing. And I fully trust it will keep developing into new areas, highlighting new principles.

Because here’s the rub.

When we seat ourselves in certainty, we abandon curiosity. We see the effects of this in everything from government to parenting, science to education. Those who are convinced they know what they know despite evidence to the contrary have cut themselves off from learning, from growing, from expanding. Can you imagine what our world would be like today if a hundred years ago we collectively decided that we had already discovered and invented everything worth discovering or inventing? What if we’d settled on it even ten years ago? Thankfully, enough of us throughout history (and our current times) are driven by a pretty insatiable curiosity that leads us to doubt the status quo whenever possible.

Tunnel vision certainly never got Grok anywhere—literally or figuratively. At some point, someone always had to doubt that the same old means for x, y or z wasn’t the best approach. It took a while, but the human species over time continually found better ways to do things, easier methods to gain the same results for less effort or risk.

And so it is today. When I talk about the the Primal Blueprint as the genuine design to gain health and vitality with the least amount of pain, suffering and sacrifice possible, it should be clear that this is the continuing, in progress objective. The Blueprint is not a static formula, and neither should your experience of it be.

So, how can you leverage doubt in pursuing a healthy life? Let me throw out a few takeaways and examples.

Don’t accept just anyone as an absolute “authority”

I don’t need to personally conduct my own longitudinal studies or spend years authoring large meta-studies to trust them.

That said, I can scrutinize scientific studies and/or read diverse sources that cover and discuss these studies or the health and wellness field in general. I can read each with a grain of salt, understanding that the best argument isn’t always the most insistent or entertaining. I suggest you employ the same measured skepticism as well.

Question how much any product, contraption or membership will realistically benefit your priorities and lifestyle

I don’t own much equipment, and most of my workouts don’t require a gym. That’s the beauty of Primal movement principles. Likewise, I’m skeptical of the countless new gimmicks that get rolled out every year as the latest panacea for everything under the sun.

Prioritize the basics of real food diets, Primal macro ratios, solid sleep, and essential nutrients. If a health recommendation or contraption sounds complicated, it’s probably superfluous.

Don’t underestimate the need for modification

Health practices, even as they follow general principles, still need to be tailored. Metabolic and other physiological subtleties vary from individual to individual, and we all obviously bring plenty of personal circumstances to the table that will influence what works for us and what doesn’t.

By all means, study the principles, but commit to continual self-experimentation and modification. Isolate new variables for a while, and see how increasing or decreasing carbs slightly works for you. Adjust the timing of your workouts. Try giving up nightshades for thirty days to see how you feel when you’re off of them and when you go back on. See if eating more fat or less affects your body composition, hunger or energy levels.

Likewise, consider what realistically fits your lifestyle. For example, the best health practices are, above all, the ones you actually do and maintain over time.

Never accept that you’re “done”

Not only is stagnancy a boring prospect for a healthy and fulfilling life, but it’s not a sustainable truth. The human body even under the best of circumstances changes over time, adapting to age and circumstance (e.g. athletic training, significant weight loss, stress, etc.) as well as physical events or natural shifts (e.g. pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause).

A health routine, even if it’s Primally based, that feels perfect at 25 likely will need several adjustments by the time you’re 65. If you simply maintain the same drill for years if not decades, you’ll likely be sacrificing top level benefits. Bring a healthy dose of skepticism to your own routine. Be willing to both read and experiment further to stay in your optimal zones of fitness and nutrition.

Likewise, changes of life circumstance should cause us to reexamine our assumptions about what works best for us at any given stage. For example, those HIIT routines you’ve been doing for the last five years may not be the best strategy now that you have two kids under three and are operating on routine sleep deprivation. CrossFit may sound great (and is for many people), but ask yourself if it’s really the fitness practice you want to commit to as you just begin to reclaim your health and start getting back in shape after a ten year hiatus of exercise.

Don’t assume you need to adopt every good strategy you read about

I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth saying again. This blog reaches several million people a month, and readers here are working at varied levels with countless interests. In keeping with that, I cover a lot of ground in terms of strategies and information. Not all of it may be valuable or relevant to you.

I think this point is critical: be selective enough in what you take on that you don’t overwhelm yourself and lose motivation. Keep Primal living as simple as you can. Apply doubt when considering whether any additional change or routine will make enough difference to be worthwhile in this particular moment. That doesn’t mean the answer will always be no. Sometimes it will absolutely be a definite yes, and a window of experimentation can confirm as much. Regardless of our ultimate decision, doubt can ensure that we’re thoughtful about each new practice we commit to in the grand scheme of our health goals.

Thanks for reading, everyone. How has doubt helped you in your health endeavors? Share your thoughts, and have a great end to your week.

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