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How to Grate Nutmeg

Posted on November 19, 2014

I adore nutmeg. It reminds me of the holidays –eggnog, pumpkin pie, and cookies. This healthy, warming spice is also full of nutrient rich antioxidants. It is known in alternative healing as a fantastic spice to aid in sleeping, digestion, and appetite stimulation. If you’re wondering how to grate nutmeg this post is for you!

When I was growing up we purchased ground nutmeg from the store. I didn’t know what whole nutmeg looked like until I first encountered it on […]

5 Reasons to Give up Coffee

Posted on November 11, 2014

I drink homemade Dandelion Root Coffee many times per week. Every time I happen to mention this, or post a photo of my morning joe on Instagram I get the same questions, “Why give up coffee? What’s wrong with coffee? Why do you use a coffee substitute?”

Of course, giving up coffee is not for everyone. It’s what works best for me and my nervous system. If coffee agrees with you I see no reason to give it up. But take […]

Is Store Bought Chicken Broth Unhealthy?

Posted on November 3, 2014

Around the holidays I’m frequently asked if there is a brand of store bought chicken broth that I use. Although I rarely purchased it, several years ago I would have said that anything organic would be fine on occasion. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for me anymore.

I now realize that even though it is labeled “organic” store bought chicken broth can contain one insidious ingredient. That would be yeast extract, aka MSG, or mono sodium glutamate. For people such as […]

Start the Day with Hot Water and Lemon

Posted on September 17, 2014

How do you get yourself going each day? Do you drink coffee first thing in the morning? Do you eat food shortly after you wake up? Do you workout right away?

Since my Ayurvedic training in the early 1990’s I have made sure to start the day with hot water and lemon. I thought this ritual was something that most people did until I started asking around. One person told me that she drank green tea first thing, another said he […]

How to Make Zucchini Noodles

Posted on August 19, 2014

I’ve followed a strict grain-free diet since 2001. Still, I eat pasta every week. How’s that possible? Zucchini noodles, otherwise known as zoodles.

There’s nothing like spaghetti with meatballs, or Bolognese sauce. When you know how to make zucchini noodles, there’s no need to be deprived of such classic dishes! Trading processed food (high-carb pasta) for another serving of vegetables? Now that’s healthy and nutritious. It’s a great way to eat whether you’re grain-free or not. Zoodles rule.

In our house we […]

How to Make Lemonade

Posted on August 15, 2014

Have you ever wondered how to make lemonade? It seems like such a simple thing. Until you actually try to do it. Making lemonade from scratch is fantastic for a bunch of reasons.

First, it tastes incredible. There’s nothing like freshly squeezed juice from real lemons. Making your own also allows you to avoid the nasty chemicals and preservatives in store bought lemonade. However, the biggest reason I like to make homemade lemonade is to avoid the sugar in the store […]

5 Tips for Healthy Travel

Posted on August 7, 2014

Traveling is fun. Jet lag? Not so much. Leaving one’s native habitat to go on the road for business, and even pleasure can be stressful and exhausting. That’s why I’m sharing my 5 Tips for Healthy Travel with you.

All types of travel can be intense and particularly brutal when vacation and business schedules don’t jibe with the needs of our body clock. Adjustments to different time zones are no fun. Here’s how to make the best out of things when […]

How to Survive Building a New House

Posted on July 31, 2014

As I mentioned in my What a Year post, we moved into a new house last summer –July 2013 to be exact. Now that we’ve been in the house for one year, things are starting to settle down. I unpacked the last boxes in May 2014. The dust has finally settled and I’m ready to discuss this huge project. In this post I’m going to outline how to survive building a new house, or, how I enjoyed the renovation of […]

When Things Fall Apart

Posted on July 15, 2014

Photo by www.jeanniejeannie.com

Earlier this year my website traffic reached almost 1 million unique visitors per month, which meant that 50,000 people were coming onto the site each day for healthy gluten-free recipes, lifestyle tips and my musings on the Paleo Diet.

When I started elanaspantry.com, I had not envisioned, or prepared for such large amounts of traffic. In the technology industry, building a website for heavy use is referred to as “scaling for growth.”

The site began to fail repeatedly in early […]

I Won’t Meditate

Posted on April 1, 2014

I won’t meditate. How can a yoga teacher trained over 20 years ago, long before yoga was the ubiquitous activity it is today say something as blasphemous as this?

Yes, that’s me. The yoga teacher and anti-meditator. Makes no sense, does it? Why not mediate? Especially when the benefits of meditation have been scientifically proven through research, and when my medical doctor in fact recommends it.

When I say, “I won’t meditate,” what I’m actually saying is that I won’t confine myself […]

What is Low Dose Naltrexone?

Posted on January 22, 2014

I’m often asked about Low Dose Naltrexone. These days it is used to treat everything from autoimmune disorders and cancer, to fertility and autism. I have been taking 5 mg daily of this off-label, somewhat experimental drug since approximately 2005.

How did I find out about Low Dose Naltrexone or LDN? On one of my regular visits to my mild-mannered functional medicine doctor he thrust a prescription for this drug into my hand. A month later my naturopath recommended LDN to […]

Five Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Posted on January 15, 2014

Remove brightly colored electronic devices such as this alarm clock from your bedroom. Photo by Colton Witt on Flickr.

What if your New Year’s resolution was to get more sleep?

Our culture is quite focused on diet and exercise as a way to improve health at this time of year. Eat less food. Lose weight. Restrict. Push yourself harder. Burn more calories. Lose weight.

Really though, there’s no reason that our New Year’s resolutions can’t be healing. The fact is we need […]

Homemade Steak Rub

Posted on December 19, 2013

Homemade steak rub adds incredible flavor to grassfed steak and makes a great DIY gift for friends and family.

Whether you’re a family that’s gone gluten-free due to someone with celiac, or a die hard CrossFitter following the Paleo diet, you’ll love my homemade steak rub. It’s not only full of organic antioxidant-rich spices, it adds incredible flavor to your grass-fed or regular meat.

And, if you’re someone like me who needs to eat more red meat to get stronger, yet does […]

10 Healthy Ingredients that Make Great Gifts

Posted on December 15, 2013

Looking for holiday gifts? Here are 10 healthy ingredients that make great gifts, from sweetly satisfying organic vanilla powder, to coconut butter so good you can eat it straight out of the jar, to gourmet olives that will knock your socks off during cocktail hour. These healthy ingredients are fantastic for everyone from folks following a gluten-free diet, to CrossFit friends that have gone full on Paleo, to that special neighbor who simply likes to cook with real food.

During the […]

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Posted on November 5, 2013

Forget processed gluten-free noodles, spaghetti squash noodles are nature’s very own Paleo pasta.

Spaghetti Squash is one of my favorite vegetables. This fabulous winter squash is easy to make. The best thing about spaghetti squash is that it’s a versatile gluten-free, grain-free substitute for regular pasta –yes, here you have nature’s very own Paleo pasta noodles.

I make Paleo pasta noodles for myself whenever the rest of the family is eating their processed gluten-free noodles. Though often the boys have a helping […]

Can Sleep Loss Add to Weight Gain?

Posted on November 1, 2013

Photo by Alan Cleaver from Flickr

Although I haven’t spoken a lot about sleep here, it is something that is absolutely essential when it comes to good health. Like the Standard American Diet, which leads to so many medical issues, sleep deprivation and sleeping problems can be equally detrimental to your well-being.

I’m regularly focused on getting enough sleep, it’s a key part of my health program. In fact, in healing the autoimmune conditions with which I’ve been diagnosed, sleep is as […]

How to Roast Butternut Squash

Posted on October 21, 2013

Butternut squash is a superfood –high in fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, beta-carotene and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Butternut squash is a superfood. That’s not why it’s one of my all time favorite vegetables though. I simply love the rich sweet taste of this incredibly flavorful squash. It’s quick and easy to prepare and takes little effort to “gussy up.” When serving it as a side dish, I put butternut squash on the table hot out of the oven with a smear of coconut oil, […]

Dr. Drew: What is Leaky Gut?

Posted on December 2, 2012

Recently a reader left a comment for me about an unfortunate interview in which Dr. Drew discusses celiac disease and leaky gut with a famous actress.

As those of us with celiac disease know, we are often questioned (not always in a constructive manner) by family and friends who do not understand the medical challenges we face.

Here is what we are often told about our conditions and the steps we take to remediate them:

just a little bit won’t hurt you (fill […]

7 Types of Stress: Holiday Survival Guide

Posted on November 30, 2012

Photo by Alan Cleaver on Flickr.

While great fun, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. This post is a reminder that we can slow down, take time for ourselves and that we may need to do so more than ever right now. In fact, it is what these contemplative winter celebrations were originally intended for prior to their extreme commercialization.

Still, the modern questions remain. How to cope with stress during the holidays? How do we invite healing into […]

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Posted on October 17, 2012

Filled with freshly ground cinnamon and other antioxidant rich spices, I serve healing Pumpkin Spice Lattes piping hot.

Now you can make your own dairy free Pumpkin Spice Latte with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. Make this beverage low sugar as well by using honey and stevia in place of refined sugar. I based my recipe on the Pumpkin Spice Latte from recipegirl.com. Lori’s site, gorgeous and hip, is a wonderful source of inspiration.

Did you ever wonder what’s in Starbucks […]