Friday, September 23, 2016

Submit Your Story: You Could Win the Entire PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Product Line!

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Calling all readers! Do you have a Primal Blueprint Success Story you’d like to share? Then I want to hear from you (and so do the rest of us)! I’ll even give you the shot at winning an awesome prize package.

Write it your story and include a photo. Including both pre-Primal and post-Primal pics is best, but not required. Don’t worry if you’re not sporting a six-pack. This isn’t a “who’s the most ripped” contest. Whether you’ve lost 100 pounds over two years of Primal living or you’ve simply managed to kick that Diet Coke habit, just tell me what going Primal has done for you. I’m looking for interesting and personal stories of all varieties.

You can include details about your health history, how you found MDA and The Primal Blueprint, what has worked and what hasn’t, what differences you’ve seen in how you look and feel, and anything else you think readers might be able to learn from (that you’re open to sharing) are welcome. It doesn’t have to be a thousand word diatribe, but more than a couple paragraphs is best. Feel free to be creative with your story format, too. Remember, good stories usually have a beginning, a middle, and an end. And of course, honesty is king.

If you’ve ever thought about sending in your story but haven’t gotten around to it, then there is no better time than now!

The Prize

The entire PRIMAL KITCHEN™ product line! You’ll get to much on and cook with every product currently available from PRIMAL KITCHEN™.  

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The prize package includes:

1 jar of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Mayo

1 jar of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Chipotle Lime Mayo

1 bottle of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Avocado Oil

1 bottle of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Extra Virgin Avocado Oil

1 container of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Vanilla Primal Fuel

1 container of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Chocolate Primal Fuel

1 12-pack box of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Dark Chocolate Almond Bars

1 12-pack box of my brand new PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Coconut Cashew Bars

1 bottle of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

1 bottle of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Greek Vinaigrette

Examples

There are tons of great examples throughout MDA history.

Just take a look through the Success Stories archives here for ideas on how to write your own.

How to Enter

Email me your story along with any pictures. Please use the subject heading “My Primal Story.” That way your story makes it to the top of my inbox and doesn’t get lost at sea.

Eligibility

Anyone in the world can enter.

The Deadline

September 30, midnight PDT.

How the Winner Will Be Determined

My team and I will determine which stories and accompanying photos get published on MDA. But the winner of the prize package above will be chosen at random from those that are submitted.

Ready to Share Your Story? Write It Up and Email Me Here.

Good luck, everyone! I look forward to reading each and every story.

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Nutrition News: Sparkling Water Safety, Parsing Probiotics, Eating and Reading

Eating and reading
You want your kids to eat healthy for all sorts of reasons. Here’s a new one: It may make them better readers. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Jyvaskyla found that students’ reading skills showed greater improvement between first and third grade if they ate a diet composed primarily of vegetables and fruits (especially berries), along with fish, whole grains and unsaturated fats, and ate very few sugary treats and red meats, HealthDay News reports. “The associations of diet quality with reading skills were … independent of many confounding factors, such as socioeconomic status, physical activity, body adiposity [fat] and physical fitness,” study author Eero Haapala said in a study news release. But don’t worry too much if your kid is a picky eater — the study showed only a correlation, not cause and effect.

It … sparkles!
Sparkling water — the blanket term for all fizzy H2O, whether it’s seltzer, club soda or sparkling mineral water — is refreshing and delicious. But are there drawbacks to drinking it? The New York Times’ Well blog recently looked into it and concluded, “Studies have not shown ill health effects from drinking seltzer or other plain sparkling waters.” It’s certainly way healthier than drinking colas and other flavored sodas, juices and sports beverages. As long as there are no additives, sweeteners or sodium in your sparkling water, you should be good. The acidity and carbonation won’t erode your teeth enamel, research indicates, though you may want to avoid seltzers flavored with citric acid, which may. And you’ll want to keep an eye on the sodium content of club soda. One expert told the Times the biggest issue to drinking sparkling water may be missing out on the fluoride you get from tap water, but if you make your own seltzer using tap water and a device like a SodaStream, that ceases to be an issue. So go forth and make bubbles!

Probiotic inequity
Your friend or family member swears by probiotics, claiming myriad benefits. So you try them and … nada. What gives? The Washington Post notes that not all probiotics are equal and that different people respond to them differently. “We cannot predict who is going to respond to a particular probiotic strain,” Johns Hopkins Hospital gastroenterologist Linda Lee told the paper. For instance, a research group led by University of Copenhagen medical professor Oluf Pedersen found that probiotics that seemed to work for people coping with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and travelers’ diarrhea, which may have knocked their gut bacteria out of whack, did not work for healthy people. Pedersen says more evidence is needed to prove the efficacy of probiotics. The good news is that the FDA now employs new methods of regulating probiotics to ensure safety. So if you do decide to try them, “they probably won’t hurt you,” University of Maryland law professor Diane Hoffmann, who has studied the regulation of probiotics, told the Post. “Some people claim they do [make a difference]. But before you buy them, you really don’t know. It’s a buyer-beware situation.”

Amy Reiter is a writer and editor based in New York. A regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times, she has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast and Wine Spectator, among others, as well as for Salon, where she was a longtime editor and senior writer. In addition to contributing to Healthy Eats, she blogs for Food Network’s FN Dish.



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Changes In Taste

Sunbutter

Remember when all of my breakfasts looked like that ^^ ?? Lots of nut (seed) butters, granola, chia, and fruit. Most of the time served over oatmeal or yogurt.

I can’t explain my palate. It is incredibly finicky, and I really have no idea what to expect when I wake up each day. My diet has changed a lot in the past 1-2 years, and not really for any intentional reason. I just evolved.

These days I am eating less…

>> nut butter. Still love it, but don’t feel the need to put it on everything like I used to. Favorites are Whole Foods brand peanut and almond! I don’t get to Trader Joe’s as much to get sunflower butter, and I still love crazy flavors, but only when I can find them easily 🙂

>> granola. Perhaps this is one of the more intentional changes, but I do get a little out of control when I have granola on hand, so I stopped buying it as much. Totally delicious though! My favorite kind remains the Nature’s Path brand that is airy and crunchy. I have such fond memories of the days when I tried a different granola every week! That was a delicious time in my life. Need to make a homemade batch soon!

>> bread. Less bread is coming in my front door these days, so naturally I’m eating a little less. Still going to Great Harvest when I do need to stock up though! Matt was a big “bread on the side of the meal” eater so I used to jump on that a lot, and request a small portion when he would toast his. I’m mostly just eating it for breakfast toast and the occasional sandwich these days.

>> dark chocolate. I used to CRAVE dark chocolate after meals. That craving is gone – no idea why. It might be because I just haven’t had any really good dark chocolate in the house in a while. Hmmm….!

>> craft beer. This is another “well if the beer drinker is gone….” type of taste. I’m finding too, though, that if I’m going to drink I’d like to drink wine, so I’m choosing beer less in public too. This could be seasonal though – I like a good thick craft brew in the winter!

>> Hugh Jass salads. (Say that one out loud if you’re confused!) I’ve been eating a lot more leftovers and vegetable sides this year, and just haven’t been into salads as much as I used to when I prepare them. When I’m out though, bring on the biggest kale salad one can find!

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And I’m eating more…

<< eggs. There has to be something physical about this because I got on an egg kick after Mazen was born and it hasn’t turned off yet. I think eggs make such a great breakfast, and with toast and fruit, I feel great. I used to want to feel super full after breakfast each day and oatmeal left me so satisfied, but now I like breakfasts that keep me fueled but don’t overload, and eggs/toast/fruit seems to do that.

<< wine. See beer comments above : ) Love me some vino!

<< coffee. I used to be all about the decaf coffee because I am sensitive to caffeine. Well, I am still sensitive to caffeine, but I’ve gotten hooked back on regular coffee. Particularly a French press pot of Shenandoah Joe’s with half and half. Still love my Nespresso machine for cappuccinos!

<< green smoothies. Smoothies have been my go-to all summer, and Mazen loves them too. I make a pretty hearty smoothie with oats, banana, peanut butter, Vega, spinach, and organic cow’s milk. It keeps me full until lunch, and is a great quick-to-make balance of nutrition.

<< cheese. Cheese is the new chocolate! I can’t get enough good cheese these days. Manchego, aged gouda, triple cream brie. It is fairly calorie dense, but I like to think the pros outweigh the cons 😉

<< steak. Randomly I have been craving steak more often. I used to eat a lot more vegetarian, but this is another one of those “blame it on pregnancy” cravings that has stuck with me. I do always try to choose grass-fed beef when out (like at Citizen Burger!) and always buy it for cooking.

<< alternative salads. I haven’t given up on salads! But I just got so tired of mixed greens and baby spinach. Lately I’ve been getting heads of romaine and making really crunchy salads, and of course long live the kale salad! I’ve been into making homemade creamy dressings too! Like this one all the time.

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Interesting to note that there are both healthy and unhealthy foods that I wrote down, so I guess I traded some for others! I have no idea where my cravings are rooted and what causes taste to change. I’d like to think there’s a nutrition piece to this puzzle, but I’m not so sure. I do tend to literally crave salads after a day or two of less-than-ideal eating choices, but beyond that I doubt that my body is craving a nutrient that’s in a green smoothie. I think it’s more emotional and memory connected than anything else. What feeling does dark chocolate bring to me verses how I feel eating cheese? My cravings are seasonal too, and I think this list will probably change again in the next month or so as colder weather rolls in.

Groceries

What food can you not get enough of right now?



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