Review: “Luke & Scott Clean Living Cookbook – Delicious paleo food to help change your life”

Review: “Luke & Scott Clean Living Cookbook – Delicious paleo food to help change your life”

Our thoughts? Lovely book and for your Average Joe this is a great step towards cleaner living and healthier food, but alas, paleo it is not. This saddens us greatly as we really, really wanted to love this book. We are desperate for an Australian paleo cookbook that we can stand behind and recommend to everyone. We were hoping that we had finally found it: Clean Living Cookbook looks great, it’s very well done, the recipes sound delicious and parts of the book are very promising… But at the end of the day, if you’re going to print the word ‘paleo’ on the cover of your book, you better bloody well make sure it actually IS paleo. …had the cover said ‘Gluten-free clean food’ we would have loved the book.   How much of the book is actually paleo? Breakfast: 3/10 – appalling! Honestly, the breakfast section would have been better left out of the book. Not only is this the area of paleo eating that newbies struggle with the most, these recipes serve to confuse and are likely to reinforce the idea that paleo breakfast is a difficult thing. Not good. It’s almost like all the ‘paleo thinking’ in this book went to the dinner and sweets sections (see below) and the breakfast and lunch recipes were just thrown in at last minute with little consideration to the ingredients in them. Many recipes use quinoa in different formats, one uses miso paste – and the recommendations for serving with gluten-free toast or bread made us see red. Come on!   Lunch: 8/14 – bad As the breakfast recipes,...
The new Against All Grain paleo cookbook

The new Against All Grain paleo cookbook

If you’ve been paleo for quite a while like we do, this might just be your new favourite paleo cookbook! Warning: Not for the paleo police! This is a book I’d recommend for people who have already been paleo for a while and want to indulge in some of their old favourites without having to cheat with non-paleo ingredients. We have been cooking from Danielle’s fabulous recipes for quite a while already and couldn’t wait to get our hands on the Against All Grain paleo cookbook! First of all, with more than 150+ recipes it’s epic! Just about every single one of your old favourites are there, just made healthy with paleo ingredients. Each recipe is beautifully illustrated, the layout of the book makes it very easy to use and the photographic recipe index in the back of the book makes it very easy to find the recipe you’re looking for. Another great feature for us aussies is that the book features a handy conversion chart too, so even though the recipes are in Fahrenheits and ounces, it’s still easy for us to use. What I really love about this book, is that it features a whole section of kid friendly paleo recipes! From easy ways to ‘hide’ veggies in food to tasty snacks for lunch boxes. This will come very handy once our little caveboy grows a little! The only downside is that some of the ingredients are a tad odd for us. For example, a lot of the recipes seem to call for ‘palm shortening’ – we just replaced it with coconut oil and the brownies (see below)...

Health check – not quite as good as expected…

Well, turns out that I’ve got a few quite a significant deficiencies, despite the healthy diet we eat! I went to see a GP, as I’ve been feeling exhausted lately and find that I’m really struggling with my energy levels, when I really shouldn’t be: after all, I eat a ridiculously healthy diet and sleep 8 hours every night. I had a battery of tests done, and while some of the results were expected, some were rather surprising… First and foremost: I am iodine deficient. This is understandable, as we don’t eat any processed food or iodised table salt and the Australian soil is so deprived of trace minerals, that you practically get no iodine from meat and vegetables. What blew me away was the fact that I’m iron deficient to a point that I’m nearing anaemia!! Me! I eat enough red meat to feed a small army! Yet there it was, black on white: my iron levels are very low. Also, my vitamin D levels were very low, and my vitamin B levels were just within range, even though I take a daily complex vitamin B supplement. Also, my cholesterol was slightly elevated. Nothing alarming, but enough to act upon to correct it before it becomes a problem.   Diet/lifestyle adjustments to follow: Daily liquid iron supplement, taken with a glass of orange juice (vitamin C aids absorption) Initially a daily trace minerals supplement (mainly for zinc and iodine) to be replaced with Tasmanian Kelp powder in a few week’s time. Daily vitamin D supplement Cutting down on fatty meats and trimming off visible fat (I’ll miss you bacon and...

Bucket List 2012

While I’m not really big on the idea of New Year’s Resolutions, I like the idea of setting goals for the year. Nothing major, but little tangible goals that I aim to tick off within the next 12 months. Here’s my list so far: FINALLY perform a proper chin-up without assistance Run my 5k lap in 25 minutes or less Cut down the usage of protein supplements and aim to get my protein from real food instead (step one to the right direction: Savoury protein muffin recipe) Correct my plate balance to a more vegetable heavy direction to gain more vitamins and antioxidants   …what’s on your list?...
The problem with Whole30

The problem with Whole30

I’ve just finished my Whole30 (well, Whole28, but who’s counting?). I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt as healthy, lean, awake and positive about life in general. I wake up with ease in the morning and feel fabulous from the moment I open my eyes. I have endless energy resources, I get things done and my mood is positive and happy without a hint of previous mood swings. I feel like I could conquer the world!   Altered baselines vs the truth Our bodies are equipped with the most elaborate and sensitive network of alarms – doing something harmful to our bodies triggers a response of distress varying from mild discomfort to outright pain, depending on the severity of harm done. While our ability to adapt has no doubt paved the way to our success as a species, the same skill unfortunately also gave us means to learn how to dull down these warning signals. Subjecting our bodies to continuous distress is responded by accepting the discomfort of the alarm as normal – as an altered baseline. Over time, our minds learn to accept this new baseline as our personal characteristic. “I’ve got a very sensitive stomach”, “I’m allergic to everything”, “I’m not very fit” or “I’m a very light sleeper” – sound familiar anyone? These markers of self-induced altered baselines become truths that we accept about ourselves, and conveniently forget the fact that it doesn’t have to be so. By consuming grains, I actively chose to have a sensitive stomach and suffer from a range of digestion related discomfort. By eating a diet that promotes inflammation, I...
A gorgeous new cook book – FINALLY paleo meets beautiful design!

A gorgeous new cook book – FINALLY paleo meets beautiful design!

Oh the excitement – how gorgeous is this book?! I am so ridiculously excited about getting my hands on Well Fed – while I have a stack of cook books already, what I’ve really been waiting for is a luxurious, beautifully designed paleo book of food porn… and looks like one is finally available! See Well Fed on Amazon   I’ve ordered a hard copy, as it looks much too beautiful to browse on Kindle – I can’t wait to get my hands on it… just look at...
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