The smell of cinnamon coming from the oven…

and a warm mug of Javazen in my hands.  Sounds like the perfect happy, healthy and hot winter afternoon!

If you’re wondering what’s in the oven, it’s snickerdoodles, made with a recipe that I just came up with.

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I ❤️  beanies.  And cookies.  And coffee.

These aren’t just any snickerdoodle.  They are grain free, dairy free and high in protein.  They still contain sugar (coconut palm sugar to be exact) so you don’t want to go crazy on them.  I would qualify these as a primal and paleo-friendly treat.

I based this recipe on a recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies that I cut out of the newspaper years ago.  Boy, that takes me back in time…now everything is right on my phone!  A few tweaks here, a few tweaks there, and I had the perfect snickerdoodle.

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Can you really eat fat and get thin?

I think so.

And so does Mark Hyman, who wrote Eat Fat, Get Thin and The Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook, which was just released a few weeks ago.

Mark Hyman, MD is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and founder and director of the Ultra Wellness Center.  He was also a speaker at IIN, where I studied nutrition, and I have been a fan of his ever since.

Dr. Hyman has helped thousands of patients lose weight quickly and sustainably by adding more high quality fat to their diets, and cutting out processed, refined carbs.  He emphasizes real, whole foods, like avocados, grass fed beef, coconut oil and a wide variety of fruits and veggies.

So, should you read The Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook?

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I read it!

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Pimped Guacamole…

is what caught my attention.  I mean, don’t we all want to pimp up our guac?

The Paleo Primer:  A Second Helping is loaded with recipes like Pimped Guac.  Quick, easy, amazing for you, and with fun, catchy names.  I was hooked the first time I paged through this new book from Primal Blueprint Publishing.

This book is a follow up to The Paleo Primer:  A Jump-Start Guide to Losing Body Fat and Living Primally, which I have not read (yet!)

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Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore, the authors, have a fresh, fun approach to healthy eating.  It doesn’t hurt that she is gorgeous and he is a totally hot.  And wearing a sleeveless shirt in most of the pics.

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Halloween doesn’t have to be scary!

I’m not talking about haunted houses, or scary movies, or the crazy displays in those seasonal Halloween shops.  I love all that stuff!  Although I have to admit this whole clown situation has me a little freaked out.

I’m talking about the aisles full of Halloween candy in practically every store you go into this time of year.  There is something so appealing about fun size candy bars in seasonal packaging. You buy some for the trick or treaters, or to put in a cute jar on your kitchen counter, and end up eating it all yourself.  And feeling crappy.

Been there, done that.  But the jar did look really cute!

So that’s the scary part of Halloween…dealing with all the candy.

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And that’s why I am sharing a valuable list…my top 5 tips to avoid eating too much Halloween candy and feeling like crap: Continue reading

She had me at Duran Duran.

I’m talking about Mel Joulwan, the creator of the new cookbook Well Fed Weeknights.

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Not only is this book chock-full of recipes that sound amazing, and are dairy and grain free, I love Mel’s down to earth writing style.  

She mentions that she loves Duran Duran several times, and says “”Lucky Star” Madonna is the best Madonna.”

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“Food Freedom Forever”…

is the title of the latest book by Melissa Hartwig.

If you don’t know Melissa, she is one of the creators of the Whole30, a dietary reset that eliminates potentially problematic foods (like dairy, grains and soy) for 30 days, then carefully reintroduces them so you can see for yourself the effect they have on you.

Melissa is totally happy, healthy and hot.  She also appears to like alliteration as much as I do!

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This ranks right up there with oil pulling…

and dry brushing.  In other words, a little weird.

I’m talking about jade rolling.

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Like oil pulling and dry brushing, jade rolling is a technique that has been around for years (in this case, centuries) and is getting renewed attention today.

And if you’re not familiar with oil pulling or dry brushing, read these old posts:

Believe it or not, I go through this tub pretty quickly

Why I dry brush (and why you should too!)

Jade is a semi precious stone that remains cool on contact.  A jade roller is a little device that allows you to roll a smooth piece of jade across your face.

According to Ginger Chi, the company that I bought my jade roller from (on Amazon), jade rollers do it all!   Continue reading