paleo confessions

I hoard butter.

Not just any butter. I don’t scour the grocery store shelves for weeks looking for ordinary butter. No, this is a very special kind of butter. It is for my coffee. And that’s another blog post to write about.

But back to the butter.

This all started when I grabbed a sample of some new fangled coffee at Paleo FX in Austin. It was fantastic. Creamy but without sugar and I didn’t miss it. I investigated a little more and have been doing my own version of “Bulletproof” coffee ever since.

I tried plain butter-from-who-knows-what kind of cows that is found on regular shelves. Butter is butter, right? Yeah, it’s not the same when used in my coffee. So, like the investigative sleuth that I am, I asked my friend, Google. “What kind of butter is good in coffee?” The answer was overwhelming. Grass-fed cow butter. Cows are meant to eat grass. Cows that spend their entire life standing in their own poop and eating corn and soy products so that get huge fast are not going to make good butter. Happy cows that spend most of their life eating grass in a pasture will make happy butter. Butter that actually helps regulate cholesterol, not raise it.

When I got back to Alabama, I found Kerrygold butter in my Publix and Target. I bought 2 bars and used a Tablespoon blended in my coffee and called it breakfast. Buying 2 bars is not hoarding. I assumed I would always have a steady supply from these stores. But..6 weeks ago. SIX WEEKS AGO, both stores were empty. I could find all the SALTED Kerrygold but I didn’t want salted butter. Target even pulled the label off the shelf and filled the sad space with their brand of “natural” butter that had junk in it. No thanks, Tar-zhay.

This week, I longingly looked at the butter section in my Publix and found this.

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I took all 4 of them. I have no shame. I now drink coffee with butter in it. And it is all because I’m a Paleo kind of girl.


At-Home Workout for Beginners

October 21, 2014
return to workout out

A few weeks ago, I was looking for some body-weight workouts that I could do at home that would accomplish 3 things: Keep me moving, keep me motivated, and keep me flexible. Taking weeks off from working out did a number on me, mentally. I just do not function well with being sedentary for the long-term. I tried to return to CrossFit too early and paid for it dearly. One morning, I just turned on a movie and got in the floor and did a quick circuit that didn’t leave me completely destroyed in a puddle of sweat, but it did take away that Tin Man feeling from underused muscles and joints. It took a total of 20 minutes and I definitely felt it the next day. This is as basic as it gets. It doesn’t matter which order you […]

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October 20, 2014

Only those wearing capes and bleeding perfection should venture out into the world of Monday. Obviously, that is not me. That’s more like it. Let’s count the reasons why today is NOT a good day. 1. I have 9 students who have been sent home with all kinds of symptoms of a vapid stomach virus. 2. Our county has an audit coming up in 2 weeks. Which means we had a marathon faculty meeting today and have been warned about future Monday marathon faculty meetings. 3. I don’t feel good. I’m not sure if it’s because I have what the kids have, it is leftover icky feeling from an epic gluten contamination Friday, or if it’s because I’m already tired even though the holiday season is NOT upon us no matter what Target and the mall show. 4. The holiday […]

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Paleo Breakfast on-the-go

October 20, 2014

Lately, a quick glance at my planner reveals that my breakfasts are lacking in quality. Coffee is fine and dandy but it’s not very filling and it doesn’t set me up for better meals during the day. It never fails. If I eat a good breakfast, I make better food choices during the day. And for the past couple of years of weekend food prep, I have learned that I need an easy-to-reheat breakfast casserole. This recipe begins on the stove and finishes in the oven. It is also very versatile. With the basic eggs/protein/vegetables as the foundation, the options are limitless. Ingredients: 10 eggs 1 lb of pork sausage 1/2 cup of diced sweet potato 1 cup of baby spinach 1/2 large onion, diced Fresh thyme, rosemary, sage. If using dried herbs, use 1 teaspoon of each. 1 Tablespoon […]

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Chicken Soup for the Healing Soul

October 19, 2014

I don’t know what it is about chicken soup, but I make it all year long. I CRAVE it during the cooler months and when I’m sick. This week, we had a big stretch of cold mornings and nights. I cooked a chicken in my Instant Pot in 25 minutes. By the time the chicken was cooked, I had the vegetables chopped waiting. The best part of pressure cooking, aside from the time and set-it-and-leave-it-alone, is the rich broth that is left after cooking the bird. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, cooked. 8 cups of chicken broth 2 cups carrots, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced juice of 1 lemon 1 bunch of parsley salt+pepper 1 Teaspoon dried thyme 1 Teaspoon Adobo seasoning (or use ground cumin) 1 Teaspoon dried oregano 1. Cook chicken […]

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We are back in business-Roll Tide

October 18, 2014

Wow. It’s been a while..say maybe…mid season last year since I’ve seen our team look this good. 59-0. That’s not just winning, that’s an annihilation. Saban put in the 2nd and 3rd strings mid-way through the 3rd quarter so he didn’t intentionally run up the score. Our last 2 games have not been great. We won’t talk about the loss. We won’t talk any more about the near-loss at Arkansas last weekend. But we will talk about this! That last little line. It means something. “Largest shutout vs Ranked Team in AL history”. That means, my friends, that under Saban, this team did something that no team under Bear Bryant ever accomplished. I’m enjoying this week because I know that walls can come tumbling down 7 days later. We have Tennessee next weekend. I consider TN to be a frog […]

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It’s FALL!!

October 16, 2014

I had to wear a sweater this morning. For people who live below Tennessee, this is HUGE. It means maybe we can stop sweating within 5 minutes of walking outside. I bought new boots yesterday so I had to check out some Pinterest and Instagram to figure out how to wear them. Apparently, I can’t be “basic” until I get this part right. I have almost everything else covered on that list (and have for a while…”fall” in the south is not my first rodeo…) Before I wrestled with my in-between-sizes wardrobe to go with my snazzy boots, I ate this. Lots of bacon. Speaking of bacon…my last total cholesterol test was 146. However…times are a’ changin’ when it comes to total cholesterol. Stay tuned. Before THAT, I tried my new glucose monitor. I LOVE this little thing. The only […]

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Boo, y’all.

October 15, 2014

It’s is FANTASTIC weather here and I’m all happy and perky. And can you blame me with a forecast like this? This is PERFECT weather for Alabama. I’ve been MIA off and on trying to figure out what I wanted to post. I’m in blog limbo, it seems. I love posting about daily life, info/topics, recipes, and workouts. But trying to get them all into 1 post per day is tricky. So instead of just posting what is on my mind, I’ve got a LOT of “drafts” sitting in my draft folder that need to be finished up and published. Then, I’ll find a better way to do this. Can you see my new favorite water cup?  Here it is again with my trusty carrots + Almond butter. And check out my new glucose monitor. It’s tiny, fits on my […]

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