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30 Day Paleo Nutritional Truth Vegan (or Vegeo) Challenge

If you are doing a Paleo Vegan or Vegetarian or even Pescatarian based Challenge with your gym, this is what should be on your menu:

  • fish = wild caught
  • all fruit is ok
  • all vegetables aside from starchy root vegetables are ok
  • local, raw honey is the only sweetener used (aside from fruit)
  • nuts and seeds are ok (soaked preferably)
  • pastured eggs are ok
  • no dairy
  • no processed gmo-soy
  • no grains or grain-like seeds (that means no quinoa, millet, amaranth, & buckwheat during the challenge phase)
  • no legumes
  • no alcohol

This can be hard to go through, but it’s something that is going to really help you in the end. I end up turning to things like hemp protein smoothies, and sacha inchi seeds to keep me going because I don’t want to eat too much fish and I don’t eat eggs during the induction phase. This is because eggs are a top allergen, and you want to allow your body to heal up as much as possible during that 30 day Paleo challenge.

What about going through a more traditional clean up? Maybe you still eat gluten-free grains? Maybe you are vegan and you have organic non-gmo soy on your meal plan? Maybe you have some autoimmune issues or you have histamine running crazy in your body?  That’s where you move into finding your own nutritional truth.

What Can You Eat during my program:
  • Protein:  pastured eggs, pastured + organic, full fat, fermented coconut yogurt/kefir, organic tempeh, natto, edamame, organic eggs, Complete protein, organic tofu (extra-firm), soaked lentils and various soaked and rinsed beans, hemp and/or pea protein powder
  • Vegetables:  Acorn, Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Bell Peppers, Bok Choy, Broccoli/Broccolini, Brussel Sprouts, Buttercup Squash, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Delicata Squash, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Shallots, Rutabaga, Spinach, Summer Squash, Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Turnip, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini … If you deal with autoimmune issues or are trying to lose weight go gentle with Artichoke, Broccoli Rabe, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel Root, Green Beans, Jicama, Kohlrabi, Mushrooms, Okra, Parsnips, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Snow Peas, Spaghetti Squash. Sprouts, Sugar Snap Peas
  • Fruit: Love yourself some Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Melon, Plum, Raspberries, Strawberries and again if you trying to lose weight go gently into Apples, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarines, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Tangerines, Watermelon
  • Fats:  MCT oil, Coconut Butter, Coconut Oil, EVOO, Avocado, Cashews, Coconut Flakes, Coconut Milk, Macadamia Nuts, Macadamia Butter, Hazelnuts, Olives… if you have PCOS then be gentle with Almonds, Almond Butter, Brazil Nuts, Pecans, Pistachio, Flax Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Pine nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sunbutter, Walnuts

So what can I eat during the Challenge?

I like to eat a lot of greens. I generally have greens in a big green smoothie for breakfast with some fruit, my Complete and some flaxseed/chia. I also have a nice big tea with some EVOO in it after my lemon water. For lunch you’ll find me with lots of salads, braised greens, and and another smoothie almost every day. And then of course if I miss me some yummy starchy potatoes… I really do eat them. One challenge comfort food for me is mashed carrots and rutabagas, yum!

Mashed Carrots and Rutabaga (from Eat, Live, Grow, Paleo with my change ups)

Ingredients :
– carrots
– rutabaga
– coconut milk
– Earth balance soy-free vegan butter or coconut oil
– Himilayan salt and pepper
– Garlic (crushed) – to your taste
– Handful of basil leaves, shredded and diced

 Directions :
1. Peel and cut carrots and rutabaga into small pieces.
2. Steam until very tender (about 10 to 15 minutes)
3. In your Vitamix or food processor (or with an immersion blender) puree the vegetables together adding coconut oil and seasonings to taste. Add just a small amount of coconut milk so it adds to the creamy taste but doesn’t turn your vegetable into a sauce. Add in the garlic and basil and let it mix in.

Add this with some sauteed greens and you will have found my heaven. There are tricks to making it through a 30 Day Paleo Vegeo Challenge, and this for me is one of the best, challenge yourself to find subs for the items you crave. Everyone has a nutritional truth… find yours.

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If you worry about histamines, there’s a great Food Matters article that I often refer to that you should bookmark. http://www.foodsmatter.com/allergy_intolerance/histamine/articles/histamine_joneja.html z

Nourished In 30 – Finally On Kindle

The Nourished In 30 Finally On Kindle 

I have been teaching others through my Nourished In 30 program for the last year – and I have met some amazing people that live their own nutritional “paleo” truth. And so I was so excited to finally have my program on Kindle. YAY!!

I feel like there are enough “recipers” out there that this isn’t a recipe book, although I do include a few very simple recipes. This is an information book. It’s exactly what I teach my clients about nutrition and how it impact their wellness. It is meant to be both physically healing and emotionally healing because if you’ve ever done a program like this you know that you are going to be pulling up emotions. They go hand in hand. It is why there are so many emotional eaters. We too often connect our food to our souls. And unless you are creating amazing recipes and open fantastic restaurants, connecting food to your soul is a very bad thing.

So what I wanted to do was share something that would educate, give you some good cleansing results, and also help you come out the other side feeling like you’ve learned something amazing that you will take into the rest of your life. I want to make sure you read labels, and think about epigenetics, and I also want it to be easy. So I hope that I created all of those things. Please feel free to share your testimonial below, and let me know what you think the best part of the program was for you.

You can order your Nourished In 30 for your Kindle on Amazon – http://amzn.to/1yrXi9K

Better Than Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Dip with Apples

Better Than Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Dip with Apples

Better Than Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Dip with Apples I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara ChristensenThere is one thing that has called my name for the last seven years during September and October, and that is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies. But they are evil, and I’m not going to go there this year I have decided, but I needed something that I could nosh on that was equally as yummy, but would not ruin my healthy lifestyle. That’s when my friend, Allison, came into this story. We took our kidlets to the Hands On Museum last week in Olympia, WA to celebrate and create great memories on September 11th. During lunch she takes an apple, puts it into some dip and hands it over. I was in love. It was pureed sweet potato with cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and coconut oil. Really just delish. And that got me thinking.

The next day I created the same and took it to school for a snack. I was so satisfied after I ate it. The next day is when the real magic happened, however. Think hours of homeschooling mixed with adrenal fatigue and low thyroid. CRASH! So I new I wanted something good, but I need something solid. I started pulling things out of the fridge and pantry and this is when I created the Better Than Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Dip ror my Whole 30 Challenge.

Better Than Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Dip

Better Than Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Dip I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen

Ingredients:
1/2 Can Organic Sweet Potato Puree
1 1/2 tsp Spectrum Decadent Blend
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 scoop of WAVSmart (formerly branded as WheySmart) undenatured whey powder

Directions:

Warm the first three ingredients for 25 seconds in the microwave.
Add WavSmart Vanilla Bean protein powder and mix.

You’ll end up with an almost pumpkin-ish tasting chocolate chip pudding. Slice apples and use this as a snacking dip. YUMMY!!