Amazon Prime Makes Following Keto, Whole30, and Paleo Diets a Breeze

Amazon Prime Makes Following Keto, Whole30, and Paleo Diets a Breeze

Sometimes it is difficult to find specialty ingredients in local stores (or when you do they are overpriced), which is one of the many reasons I love Amazon. I can find everything I need and have it on my doorstep in a day or two without paying for shipping!

AMAZON PRIME Makes living well and eating well so much easier. 

WONDERING IF AMAZON PRIME IS FOR YOU? HERE’S WHY I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD GET AMAZON PRIME AND HOW TO DO IT AS INEXPENSIVELY AS POSSIBLE!

I’m a proud Prime member because I love a good deal, I’ve come to hate shopping in stores because I often cannot find what I am looking for, and I love free fast shipping. It is so easy to order what I need from Amazon because of Prime as so many items qualify for Prime’s free two-day shipping.

I discovered Prime a few years ago when we were living in a very small town in rural Upstate New York. I found great deals on items I couldn’t get in stores near us for the holidays. And then I wondered, could I order specialty foods this way? We did not have access to health food stores and lived in a kind of food desert, so I was a member of a CoOp. I could get some of what I needed, but not all.

This was when I realized Amazon Prime was going to be a game changer for me!

Once I realized that the Amazon Prime program gives me free two-day shipping and offers access to the items I did not have easy access to in my hometown, I realized this was the answer. I could shop online, faster and easier, and it would show up on my doorstep two days later. I now order everything from appliances to spices on Amazon.

And because of the Prime free two-day shipping, I can order one item at a time without worrying about combining orders together to get the best deals on shipping.

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How do you join Amazon Prime? It’s so easy.

Honestly, you just sign up for it at this link. Amazon makes it pretty easy. But keep in mind Prime is not free. Thankfully, they let you try it free to see if it will make sense for you like it did for me.

Yes, that’s right — they have a FREE ONE MONTH TRIAL! Use this link

Tip: Anyone with a valid .edu email address can sign up for a 6-month free trial for Amazon Prime Student here.

You can also save 40% on a one year plan. Learn more by clicking here.

I first got the trial, figuring I’d leave afterward. But when I realized how much money I was going to save on shipping, I kept it. Then I realized all the other amazing things I was getting and I was sold for years to come.

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Amazon Fresh FREE TRIAL for grocery delivery. Click here

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Amazon Wardrobe- try before you buy! perfect for indecisive shoppers like me.

My Amazon Prime Collections: These make shopping even easier for you!

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There are many more, so feel free to check them all out!

Be sure to check out my Amazon gift guides as well, which also make shopping easier.

I hope you have a great time shopping on Amazon Prime and that this will help simplify your shopping and help you find a great deal or two in the process!

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Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs: Paleo, Keto, WHOLE30 and AIP approved

Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs: Paleo, Keto, WHOLE30 and AIP approved

Need an Instant Pot?

Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs might be the simplest, yet most pleasing Paleo, Whole30, AIP recipe I have made to date.

I am a Texan, so I consider myself a BBQ connoisseur (or a snob, depending on your take. HA!). I grew up eating some of the best BBQ in the country and developed a deep love for all things grilled and smokey. MMM . . . grilled and smokey. I might be drooling.

 

Anyway, you may wonder how it’s  possible for a BBQ snob to possibly endorse an Instant Pot rib recipe. I was skeptical as well, my friends, but I am here to tell you- these Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs are delish!

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. Did I mention you only need four ingredients and they cook in 20-25 minutes?  Plus . . .

You can customize these Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs by utilizing any type of sauce you prefer.

I need my ribs to be Paleo (AIP is even better) so I use Tessamae’s BBQ Sauc(also Whole30 approved when I can find it or KC Natural – Mastodon Paleo AIP BBQ Sauce.   

Both of these sauces are delicious and perfect for Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs. 

Tessamae’s makes other great products as well. We love them! Click on the image to read more!

If you are not concerned about adhering to Paleo, Whole30 or AIP, you should try my very favorite rubs and sauces from my favorite bbq place:

The Salt Lick, in Driftwood Texas. We love it so much that we had some shipped to our wedding reception in Cooperstown, NY!

The salt Lick today is not the Salt Lick of my youth, as it has gained national recognition from the many celebrities who feature it on their shows on The Food Network, but it is still just as good as I remember it. They ship anywhere, so if you don’t feel like making your own and want to try some delicious, authentic, Texas BBQ, check them out.

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I do not use a rub in this ultra simple recipe, but it sure can amp up the flavor!

**Do me a favor, please. If you utilize a rub or special sauce that you love on your Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs, comment below the recipe. I love hearing how people adapt recipes to fit their needs and preferences.

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Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 rack baby back ribs I sometimes make two at a time
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce see my Paleo/ AIP suggestions above
  • generous sprinkling kosher salt
  • generous sprinkling Ground black pepper omit for AIP
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 rack baby back ribs I sometimes make two at a time
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce see my Paleo/ AIP suggestions above
  • generous sprinkling kosher salt
  • generous sprinkling Ground black pepper omit for AIP
Instructions
  1. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.
    instant pot BBQ pork ribs
  2. Season the Baby Back Ribs with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper (omit for AIP).
  3. Place 1 cup of cold water and a trivet in the bottom of the pressure cooker insert. Place the baby back ribs on top of the trivet. Close lid and cook at High Pressure for 20-25 minutes. Here's how to cook two at once.
  4. Turn off the heat and use full Natural Release.
  5. preheat the oven to 450F.
  6. Spread the sauce evenly over the baby back ribs (Top and bottom).
  7. Cook the ribs in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

There is no need to double the time when cooking two racks of ribs. The cooking time is the same.

If you are looking for another great pork recipe for the Instant Pot, check out my 6 Minute Balsamic       Pork Loin.

You can find it here!

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Paleo, AIP, Whole30, or Primal? How to Choose the Best Option for You.

Paleo, AIP, Whole30, or Primal? How to Choose the Best Option for You.

Paleo, The Autoimmune Protocol, Whole30, and Primal. You’ve probably heard of all these when reading about the best autoimmune diet, but do you know the difference between them?

There are many similarities, but it’s subtle differences you should pay attention to when choosing the best autoimmune diet for you. This is especially true for those with food sensitivities.

The autoimmune diet you choose will directly impact your wellness and your symptoms.

Thankfully, no matter which option you choose or have already chosen, it will be healthier than the Standard American Diet (SAD).

I have read the foundational books for each of these approaches, so the information provided in this post comes directly from the leading authorities on the topics.

By the time you finish reading, you’ll understand the purpose of each of these diets and the information necessary to make a decision as to which approach might be best for you, because the best autoimmune diet is the one that works for you.

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Since the AIP and Whole30 programs are variations of the Paleo approach, let’s start with Paleo.

I’ll tackle Primal a little later.

Paleo is a long-term diet. This is a way of eating for life.

Paleo is a very popular autoimmune diet for many. The top two offenders: dairy and grains (and as a result, gluten) are not allowed, therefore, many find relief when following a Paleo diet.

Robb Wolf, one of the world’s leading paleolithic nutrition experts, and whose book, The Paleo Solution, brought me a greater understanding and respect for the approach, explains:

The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.

 WHAT TO EAT ON A  PALEO DIET:

  •  Lean proteins
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Healthy Fats from Nuts, Seeds, Avocados, Fish Oil, Olive Oil, and Grass-Fed Meats

FOODS TO AVOID ON THE PALEO DIET

  • Legumes (beans, peas, peanuts)
  • Cereals and Grains
  • Refined Sugars and Sweeteners
  • Refined Seed Oils
  • Dairy (Ghee, clarified butter is allowed if tolerated)

One of the common misconceptions is that the Paleo diet involves eating bacon and red meat all day every day. This is not true, as the focus is to improve health by increasing nutrients, which requires eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds as well.

The Autoimmune Protocol is a specialized version of the Paleo diet, an elimination diet designed to help identify food sensitivities, which can impede our ability to heal.

For many, a Paleo approach will bring about relief and improvement, at least initially, but for others, an elimination diet is necessary to rule out foods that, while allowed on Paleo, may still be problematic. This is where AIP comes in.

This diet is intended to be followed for a few months, then foods approved for the Paleo diet, but excluded from the protocol can slowly be re-introduced.

Sarah Ballantyne, the author of the book, The Paleo Approach, further explains:

The goal of the Autoimmune Protocol is to flood the body with nutrients while simultaneously avoiding any food that might be contributing to disease (or at the very least interfering with our efforts to heal). It is an elimination diet strategy, cutting out the foods that are most likely to be holding back our health. After a period of time, many of the excluded foods, especially those that have nutritional merit despite also containing some (but not too much) potentially detrimental compounds, can be reintroduced.

WHAT TO EAT ON THE AUTOIMMUNE PROTOCOL:

  • Vegetables- Eat a Variety- all Colors and Type
  • Fish and Shellfish
  • Organ Meats
  • Quality Meats
  • Quality Fats
  • Fruit
  • Probiotic/ Fermented Foods
  • Bone Broth

FOODS TO ELIMINATE WHILE ON THE PROTOCOL

  • Nightshades (white potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos)
  • Spices derived from Nightshades
  • Eggs
  • Sweeteners with no nutritional value (stevia included)
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Dairy
  • Nuts
  • Coffee and other seeds
  • Food additives and emulsifiers
  • Alcohol
  • NSAIDS (ie-Ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin)
  • Foods your body may react to if you are Gluten sensitive

This autoimmune diet is challenging but very beneficial for those looking to uncover food sensitivities so common and problematic, especially for those with autoimmunity.

Whole30 is also a specialized, short-term approach that involves removing problematic foods for thirty days. It’s considered a reset.

It is strict, but many foods not allowed on AIP (nightshades, coffee, for example) are okay here as long as they are whole foods.

A driving philosophy is- The fewer ingredients, the better.

Whole 30 is often referred to as, “Paleo with potatoes,” but that is too simplistic.

Melissa Hartwig, the creator of Whole30 and author of, It Starts with Food, explains:

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition, like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies, or chronic pain, that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms are often directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button.

WHAT TO EAT ON WHOLE30

Moderation is key

  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables (white potatoes are allowed)
  • some Fruit
  • Healthy Fats

 

FOODS TO AVOID ON WHOLE30

  • Dairy- (ghee is okay)
  • Legumes (beans of any kind)- includes soy
  • Sweeteners (artificial or natural)
  • Grains
  • Alcohol- even for cooking
  • additives like msg and sulfites
  • Baked and treats goods made from “approved” ingredients

The idea here is to reset your body. This is a great starting point before transitioning to a traditional Paleo diet if you are already aware of food sensitivities.

 

 

Primal is a lifestyle where diet is just one piece of the puzzle.

The lifestyle involves eating whole foods, engaging in restorative exercise, sleeping enough, getting outside, and avoiding spending too much time in the digital realm. Sounds good, right?

There are many similarities between the Primal and Paleo dietary principals, but Primal is much less rigid.

In addition to Paleo-approved foods, the diet allows for full-fat dairy, legumes, coffee, nightshades, and whey protein if one is able to tolerate such foods.

 

Mark Sission, the author of The New Primal BluePrint, explains it this way:

When you get past the contrary position on coffee, the legume agnosticism, and the stances on potatoes and nightshades and dairy, there aren’t a lot of differences between paleo eating and Primal eating itself. The biggest difference is in the name: the paleo diet is a diet, while the Primal Blueprint is a lifestyle. You’ll often hear “make it a lifestyle shift, not a diet,” and it’s great advice. Diets don’t work. They come with built-in endpoints, “goal weights” that, once reached, people use to justify quitting.

This is an approach that still leads to much healthier eating and a better quality of life but is problematic for many with autoimmunity if not altered or customized.

To summarize these potential autoimmune diets:

Paleo: a long-term approach- a way of eating for life that works without ancestral DNA

AIP and the Whole30 are short-term Paleo adaptations with restrictions designed for specific purposes. These diets are followed short term to identify problematic foods. One returns to the Paleo diet for the long term.

Primal is a lifestyle incorporating a less rigid version of the Paleo diet philosophy.

 

 

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After reading all of these books (and others), trying several anti-inflammatory diets including AIP and Whole30, eliminating and re-introducing foods, and much trial and error, I have finally found an autoimmune diet that works best for me.

It is basically a hybrid: a nightshade-free combo of  Whole30 and Paleo with a little Primal thrown in for good measure. Confused? Hopefully not for long.

Here’s a quick explanation:

I start each weekday with a shake made from a powder containing whey protein isolate, which although contains only the slightest trace amounts of lactase, is not Paleo, but okay for Primal.

Coffee is controversial with some Paleo followers but is a big part of the Primal lifestyle. I drink at least one cup every morning.  I add stevia to my coffee, which is not Whole30 approved but is Paleo compliant.

Additionally, I avoid “paleofied” products like the bread and muffins made with approved ingredients (even though I bake them for my daughter) and unrefined sugars like maple syrup, which is more of a Whole30 philosophy, since unrefined sugars are allowed on the Paleo diet.

I avoid nightshades included in the  Whole30, Paleo, and Primal approaches.

As a rule, I focus on consuming quality proteins, lots of vegetables, some fruits, and healthy fats 

I consider mine to be a Paleo diet, but more of the 90/10 approach due to my Primal breakfast choices.

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Finding the right autoimmune diet for you will take time, so be patient.

What is most important is finding what works for you. Many foods, even those included in all natural approaches, can still cause inflammation in those with sensitivities.

Please feel free to contact me with further questions about autoimmune diet and food sensitivity and be sure to subscribe to my email list to have anti-inflammatory recipes delivered right to your inbox.

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Instant Pot Kalua Pig: Paleo Whole30 Keto

Instant Pot Kalua Pig: Paleo Whole30 Keto

Whether you are new to Paleo or are just looking for new recipes, you this recipe for Paleo Instant Pot Kalua Pig in your life.

I am serious.

This is a killer recipe. It is so simple, yet yields the most succulent pork imaginable. Paleo Instant Pot Kalua Pig popped up on my Paleo meal plan one day and has been in our regular rotation ever since. It is Paleo, Keto, Whole30, and AIP compliant.

You only need a handful of ingredients (two of which are pork and bacon), and because you are making it in the instant pot, it takes care of itself, so how can you go wrong?

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You will end up with a delicious pile of porky goodness so versatile that you will use it in soups, frittatas, and more. Heck, I sneak it cold paleo instant pot kalua pigright out of the fridge!

Sometimes I toss my Instant Pot Kalua Pig on top of a pile of mashed cauliflower, but I also love it in bib lettuce, taco style. It’s delicious topped with my speedy smooth guacamole.

*If you don’t have an instant pot yet (you will if I have anything to do with it) you can easily make this in the slow cooker (she includes directions for both methods).

I made this in the crockpot initially, but when Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo posted the instant pot instructions I switched over immediately (of course). I love my instant pot. The more I use it, the more I love it, too.  you will probably get sick of hearing about it.

Click here for the recipe (I do not use the garlic she recommends).

Why am I only providing a link and not the entire recipe?

  1. Too often I see the same recipes (the exact same, mind you) with a variation on the name, or maybe a different picture- with each author publishing it as their own. Authors should receive credit for their work.
  2. I like to offer reviews of existing recipes for those like me who pin with reckless abandon, yet fear actually making what they have pinned. That fear of the unknown is debilitating.  I want to offer up recipes that I know are good, whether I create them or not.

Tha being said, I know this one is good. Very good. Do yourself a favor and buy Michelle’s book, get her app, sign up for Real Plans so you can add on her recipe package, and make this recipe as soon as possible. You will thank me, I promise.

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Speedy, Smooth Guacamole: AIP Whole30 Paleo KETO

Speedy, Smooth Guacamole: AIP Whole30 Paleo KETO

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I Don’t like avocados, (gasp!) but I love guacamole- especially my smooth, speedy guacamole.  Is that weird?  

The problem lies in the texture.

Sliced or chunked avocado has a mouthfeel a little too much like what I imagine clay would feel like if I were to sample a bit. I won’t eat it in a salad and I pick it out of most dishes, but I could eat guacamole every day.

The difference? I puree it. Texture issue solved.

I am also a guacamole purist. Nothing ruins a good guacamole like adding chopped tomato, onion, or (heaven forbid!) cilantro. I HATE cilantro. I am one of those for whom it tastes like soap. I read this really interesting article about it that is not only informative but also quite vindicating. Ha! I hope the cilantro trend ends soon because a few of our favorite restaurants add it to everything.

All I add to my avocados is lime, salt, and garlic powder. Sometimes I add crushed black pepper (leave this out to keep it AIP compliant).

I toss all of it to a small bowl and attack it with my handy, dandy immersion blender (my second best friend next to my instant pot). If you like a chunky guacamole, simply skip this step.

 

Speedy, Smooth Guacamole: AIP Whole30, Paleo

Ingredients

  • Two Avocados
  • One Lime
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Garlic Powder (to taste)
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste) Leave out for AIP

Instructions

  1. Remove flesh from avocado
  2. Squeeze the juice of the lime over the avocado
  3. Puree with an immersion blender
  4. Season to your preference
  5. Enjoy!
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There are countless applications for this smooth guacamole, but a couple of my favorites are topping tacos and burgers and as a dip for carrots. Yum!

You will want to keep a few avocados and limes on hand because you never know when a guacamole craving might hit. This is a dip you can feel good about because each serving offers up a nice dose of healthy fat.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do! Let me know.

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