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this is major:  i packed my husband’s lunch for work.  it contained roasted spaghetti squash with tomato sauce (homemade with grape tomatoes) and whole milk mozzarella.  and he LOVED it.  this is my all-carb, all-fast food-loving husband we’re talking about here.  i feel victorious.  he’s losing weight, too 🙂

i’ve been absent for a while because i have been swallowed by the back hole of blogs and articles concerning paleolithic and primal living.  i’m in the middle of discovering what all this is and it’s riveting.  i’ve found that dr. cate‘s teachings are very closely mirrored in these lifestyles.  i’ve been so overwhelmed with information and i can’t get enough!

i can’t believe how much information is available and i’ve just been missing out on it for so long.  i’m always updating the blogroll in the right column so check out those blogs that are way more established than mine.  i’ve become a HUGE fan of Sean Croxton at Underground Wellness.

i’m currently reading:

this book is pretty amazing so far and has been mentioned over and over and over in the health blogosphere.  it’s the first of many books that i want to wrap my fingers around regarding health.

i also got:

although it’s been getting a lot of positive reviews in the eyes of paleo and primal people, it’s just OK in my opinion.  i’d much rather follow gluten-free and paleo-friendly recipe blogs like elana’s pantry instead.  which is what i’ll be doing from now on.  in fact, i think following blogs (which almost always contain recipes) is way more practical and yields better results that buying a cookbook.  i’ve made a few recipes from the cookbook and the best one has been the paleo bread.  although, the recipe for paleo bread at elana’s pantry looks much more delicious and i plan on making it as soon as i can get my hands on some coconut flour.

paleo bread. i toasted up a slice with butter in the morning and toasted another slice to go along with a salad.

and one last thing.  i bought $85.00 worth of products at US wellness meats. i’ve been waiting forever to order from them.  i got 2 blocks of grass-fed butter, a wedge of grass-fed raw mild cheddar cheese, 2 lbs of grass-fed ground beef, package of free-range chicken wings (for the ole ball&chain), 3 or 4 bone-in skin-on free-range chicken breasts, and a load of free-range chicken livers (aka: nature’s multivitamin).  i think that’s it.  i get it in a day or two! 🙂



oh my gosh, i’m such a dork for feeling giddy about this!  a little backstory:  my husband and i take new chapter vitamins.  just read through their website and you’ll find they’re miles above normal vitamins.  i especially love how they say their vitamins are “supplemental food” instead of a “food supplement”.  very big distinction there.  i’m also big on taking some sort of fish oil supplement since omega oils are amazing for EVERYTHING.  i ordered new chapter’s WholeOmega fish oil only to find out that it contains sunflower oil 😦  that’s BAD oil (it’s a vegetable oil).  and if you know about vegetable oils (read deep nutrition for starters), you know that you DO NOT want to ingest them in any shape or form.  i’m sad about the WholeOmega fish oil because i really like the fact that they used WILD salmon (instead of the farmed variety).

as i started searching for a fish oil supplement without vegetable oils, i realized that they may not exist!  i’m still looking, but then i got an idea 🙂  why not ask my hero herself Dr. Cate Shanahan, author of deep nutrition?  i didn’t think she would respond since she’s writing her next book and currently moving across the country, but i thought “what the heck?”

so i went to and submitted a comment under her latest post:

i’m extremely excited at the prospect of having a recipe book to accompany all of the teachings in Deep Nutrition! best of luck with your move. i am curious about your take on supplements, namely fish oils. i take NewChapter vitamins which i love. but after i received their WholeOmega fish oil i found that it contained sunflower oil. my subsequent searches show that vegetable oils are so common! i was wondering if you supplement with fish oil and if so, which kind do you use? if not, is there a vegetable oil-free wild-fish oil that you know of? thanks!

and she responded today!!!!


I am not good at supplement recommendations because there are so many brands and its so hard to find out exactly what’s in them and I just don’t have the time, Sorry!

I can tell you that raw cream from pastured cows contains as much omega-3 as most fish, and it has the added benefit of CLA which fish oil does not have.

Also, as long as you get the secret-trans fat/MegaTrans fat out of your diet, you (adults) can elongate short chain omega 3 from flax/walnuts and ordinary raw seeds into long chain.

i’m WAAAAAY too excited about this!  i re-read the section in her book about MegaTrans just last night which is such a weird coincidence.  since i can’t buy raw dairy in my state, i’ll just stick to keeping the MegaTrans away and keep eating my flax and nuts!   golly, her science-speak makes me smile.