Friday, July 7, 2017

Beach Babes

We are having a grand ole time here at Bald Head! I have some food and beach pics to share : )

Mazen has totally embraced beach life. He LOVES the ocean and spends hours rolling around in the surf.

We grown-ups take turns taking him into the waves. He is fearless this year!

Glorious low tide!

Emerson is quite the beach babe herself, and she loves splashing as each wave comes up.

She does try to eat the sand though, so that’s a challenge. My sister and Matt brought down this inflatable bath tub (which they also use for baths when they travel) and it was a brilliant baby beach solution! It has a little pole in the middle to help her sit up as well.

We’ve been having a very hard time getting shade to work. My sport umbrella is struggling in the strong winds and has blown away three times. We resorted to steaking it down and using a corkscrew.

We’ve also gone through two different umbrellas from the hardware store here, and both broke in 10 minutes! We observed this family who appeared to be experienced with beaching and they highly recommended these Beach Bub umbrellas. They use a clever pouch of sand to hold them down, and they are recommended for higher wind beaches. I am ordering a two-pack soon! Please share your miracle beach shade solutions!

For breakfasts I’ve been eating a variety of things – egg + bacon sammie and yogurt + fruit bowls.

Lunches have been a mix of sandwiches, snack plates, and leftovers (meatballs over a salad!)

Beach drinks:

Mazen went to a little nature camp put on by the Bald Head Island Conservancy called Budding Naturalists. He had a wonderful time and got to hold snakes and turtles and see alligators! He loved it so much he asked to go back the next day.

While he was gone I went for a beach run and got to read my book while listening to the beautiful ocean sounds. I am reading One Lavender Ribbon while I am here. It’s pretty good! I just finished The Marriage Lie, which was also good but a bit of a thriller!

We’ve been eating well and having dinners on the porch. Sunset view!

We had shrimp bowls with cabbage slaw and polenta one night –

And pizza + salad the next.

Emmie does a little turtle dance with her arms and legs when she gets picked up, so I’ve been calling her my Little Turtle <3

We took a dip in the Shoal’s Club pool too, which was very refreshing after being covered in sand for a few days straight.

Just a few days left!

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I Didn’t Get a Migraine That First Week. Or That Second Week. Or Ever Again.

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July 07, 2017

I Didn’t Get a Migraine That First Week. Or That Second Week. Or Ever Again.

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Five years ago, a young and “healthy” 22 year old, I was working as a groom at a high end horse ranch in Western Colorado. I suddenly found myself with debilitating migraines. I’d never had migraines before so it was a bit shocking for me. But they were bad. Really, really bad. Like, 10-14 days long. I couldn’t function. My boss was as understanding as can be so I didn’t lose my job (thank goodness), but I remember my head felt like it was splitting in two, even dim light was painful, and I’d have to get a horse, go into the barn, shut the doors, turn the lights off, wear sunglasses anyway, and try to do my job. That’s neither sustainable nor a solution. It was horrendous. And ridiculous.

But the many doctors didn’t have any solutions. Migraine meds didn’t do a thing. The neurologist ordered a battery of blood tests and an MRI of my brain. Everything normal, nothing to fix here. Just keep trying the migraine meds. In the meantime, I was frantically trying to find a way to improve my health. I figured, What do healthy people do? They run marathons right? Let’s google how to do that. I didn’t really want to run (who was I kidding, running sucks!) so when one of the results was an MDA article about training for marathons with a link to an article against chronic cardio I checked that one out. I figured it might give me an excuse to not have to take up running. Ha! I had no idea it would lead to something way better.

From there I checked out the rest of the site. So, if lions are designed to eat meat and zebras to eat grass, what are humans meant to eat? What a common sense question, why hadn’t I ever thought to ask that? I signed up for the introductory emails but didn’t even wait for them before I binge read everything on the blog, cleared my pantry, and started in. There was a local rancher that sold grass fed steaks at the grocery store. I liked veggies. I really liked bacon so if this new diet said that was in, I was in. It’s funny to think back to all that now.

But I tell you what, as much as that low carb flu kicked my butt, I felt better. And I didn’t get a migraine that first week. Or that second week. Or ever again.

Then I discovered the missing piece of the puzzle. On the way to the neurologist’s office to hear my MRI results, I hadn’t had time to eat at home so I grabbed some convenient chicken fingers on the way. 80/20, I figured. The neurologist was out of town so the nurse practitioner saw me. When she gave me a look over, my thyroid was swollen. Like, huge. Scary swollen. And I was starting to get a headache. We started talking. And then she figured it out. (I tell you, nurse practitioners can be pretty amazing people.) It was gluten. I was having an autoimmune reaction to gluten—celiac. I had celiac. As it turns out, and I later found a Chris Kresser article explaining it, the gluten protein looks similar to something thyroids are made of, so when your body attacks the gluten your thyroid can get attacked too. How about that.

It all made sense now. As a kid I had what I now know to be symptoms of celiac in children. Underweight, constant stomachaches, etc. And before I started getting those migraines, it was summer time so I was with the horses at the high altitude portion of the ranch living in a tiny 120 square foot cabin. The grocery store was a long trip down the mountain. And with only a small mini fridge and no freezer, I ate a lot of shelf stable food. Processed food. Mostly pasta and granola. Really, my diet was about 80% wheat. And my body had finally had enough.

So Mark’s Daily Apple led me to find that I was celiac. But just as important it gave me a way of eating that made me feel healthy.

IMG_20170423_115842But I also helped in a far bigger way. A year and a half ago my husband and I found out we were going to be parents. And I kept eating primally. And I had about the healthiest pregnancy I could imagine. Alright, so the morning sickness was miserable and persistent. But otherwise it was perfect. I was one of those “belly only” pregnancies I hear people aim for. I was like a walking beach ball. But I felt great. And the delivery went great. I chalk it up to good nutrition and faith in my body’s ability to do what it was made to do. We had our baby at home with a midwife because that’s what I was comfortable with. After a short 3.5 hour labor (which was uncomfortable but honestly not painful. I now hate the expression “the pain of childbirth.” I think it sends the wrong expectation to women about how birth feels but I digress) we had a healthy 7 lb 12 oz baby girl. She’s so perfect and so healthy. I feel so lucky.

When I was pregnant I read a lot of Weston A Price articles. They brag a lot about how their nutrient dense diet produces healthy pregnancies and healthy babies with a wide jaw (which is an indication that the mother had good nutrition, especially plenty of Vitamins A and K). While I was pregnant I did take dessicated grass fed beef liver, occasionally some Dr Ron’s freeze dried organs and glands, a high quality prenatal with 5-MTHF folate (as recommended by Chris Kresser), fermented cod liver oil, and some high vitamin butter oil in addition to the Primal diet. So I did follow a couple WAPF recommendations. But I was not interested in buying raw milk. I don’t even like drinking milk so I did not want to pay the local raw milk producer the equivalent of $25 a gallon. I didn’t want to hunt down fresh organ meats and eat them. Yucky taste, no thank you. And I didn’t bother soaking/fermenting grains because, well, I’m Primal and I don’t even really do grains. Occasionally I do rice but it’s not that exciting so meh.

IMG_20170413_120534172_HDRI know every parent says this, but my baby is the cutest little sucker in the world. I don’t think it’s just luck either. I think the nutrient dense diet I learned from MDA and the PB are why I’m so healthy and why my daughter is so healthy and so beautiful.

I’ve lost all the “baby weight” with zero effort. I actually weigh less now than I did before I was pregnant. I walk my daughter in the stroller a few times a week for 5 miles while she naps. She keeps me active and busy. I never have time to sit down. Lift heavy things? That baby’s a heavy thing and I carry her constantly. Sprints…Well I’ll get back to those and normal workouts eventually. But I’m not worried about it. I’ve got my walks and my yoga for now.

So I might catch a little flack for my five toe shoes and my obsession with bone broth but gosh dang I couldn’t be happier or healthier. Thank you again and again Mark, you changed my life.



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Why Everyone’s Sweet on Tart Cherries

Tart cherries are enjoying a moment in the media sweet spot, hailed for their health benefits, including their usefulness in curtailing post-workout muscle pain and inflammation. They provide a healthy alternative to over-the-counter pain relief and may work on headaches, too, the Seattle Times observed. U.S. News dubbed the fruit “the newest post-workout superfood.”


Tart cherries aren’t new to the list of kitchen staples Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of and author of Read It Before You Eat It, recommends exploring for their health benefits.


“Tart cherries have been shown to reduce inflammation, targeting conditions like osteoarthritis and gout…like Mother Nature’s painkillers!” Taub-Dix (@bonnietaubdix on Instagram) tells Healthy Eats.


While sweet cherries, which contain fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids and antioxidants, also offer benefits, most research underscores the anti-inflammatory qualities of tart cherries, Taub-Dix notes. Not only can they help with post-exercise muscle recovery, tart cherries are also rich in melatonin, which can help improve sleep duration and quality.


When fresh isn’t an option, tart cherries in juice, frozen or supplement form may provide health benefits, but it’s important to check labels to make sure products don’t contain a lot of added sugar, says Taub-Dix.


“At this point natural sugars and added sugars are not distinguished on the Nutrition Facts Panel, but you can check the ingredient list of see what you’re really getting,” she advises. What’s more, she cautions, people who need to be careful with their blood sugar levels, like diabetes, need to pay particular attention to portion sizes as well.


As for that “superfood” label, Taub-Dix contends it is well deserved. (See this related post.)


“I love calling healthy foods ‘superfoods,’” she says. “My list is endless.”


And if you want to know how to eat them, well, how about in a cherry pie?


Amy Reiter is a writer and editor based in New York. Her work has appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Glamour and Marie Claire, as well as 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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