How to Heal Yourself with Games

SuperBetter is a unique concept, and I’m really excited it exists. It turns recovering from health issues into a game.

That’s, right: a game. And it’s actually fun and encouraging to play.

In fact, I wish I had it to use when I was going through the worst of my own health issues. I really think it would have helped!

Why Elena Is Blessed To Have Celiac's Disease

A friend recently had a negative experience with her family, related to her health issues. She posted about it on Facebook. I’m afraid her experience is all too common, and for that I think it’s worth reading.

But what really grabbed my attention and made me want to share her story with other people is her attitude about the outcome. If more people in this world had Elena’s perspective, it would be a very different place, indeed. Thank you Elena for letting me publish your story!

How to Turn Disappointment into Opportunity

As I write this, I’m missing out on a camping trip with some of my best friends.

Today my health just isn’t where it needs to be in order to go walking in the woods and camping.

For two years now I’ve decided to put my immediate health needs above my desire to have fun. At times it’s extremely difficult to stick to, but when I don’t, the health consequences are compounded.

Let Go of Your Identity

As I began to put my health and my needs first, I began feeling a sense of loss.

I had to give up my late nights out with friends, my CrossFit workouts, my “I can handle anything, and the more stressful the better” attitude, my personal goals, my lifestyle, and eventually even my job.

I even had to let go of my pride. I used to define myself as an independent person who needed no one, but my plummeting health and dire situation required me to rely on the freely given support of those who care about me.

Even as I type this...

What I Learned From Recovering My Health

I’ve talked about my health issues openly (in a lot of places). I now want to share my recovery story in more detail. I want to share it with those who have been or who currently are lost in a maze of mysterious symptoms, ineffective treatments, and guesswork.

I’ve talked with quite a few people who have gone through major health challenges and recoveries (mostly women, interestingly enough). I’ve noticed a few trends.

These are all simply my observations, so don’t take any of this as medical advice.

I want to make this a sporadic series. What I hope you get out of these posts is a sense of hope and a few ideas of new avenues to explore in your own healing journey.


My Paleo Kitchen Tools: My Wish List

This week I’ll cover the kitchen tools that will make Paleo cooking & baking easier, but that I haven’t purchased yet. I plan on purchasing all of these at some point. I think they’d be a great addition to any Paleo kitchen because

  • They’ll save time
  • They help get more variety out of the same foods you’re already eating

So without further ado, here is my wish list (*ahem*, I expect to be receiving these for Christmas, people):


My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Odds n’ Ends

This week I talk about the random little tools with multiple applications that just make life a little more convenient and can make meals more fun.

I keep all of these items in one drawer in my kitchen for fast & easy access:


My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Handy Dandy Food Savers

This week I’ll cover the little gadgets that help stretch your food dollars further. These make it easy to get every last bit out of your produce and bottled items.

  • Mini Spatulas
  • Produce Keeper
  • Bag Clips
  • Citrus Reamer

My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Big Ticket Items

This week I’ll cover the more expensive items I have in my kitchen. These are worth investing in because

  • They’ll save you lots of time
  • You'll use them very often
  • They have many uses
  • They last a long time (and should have a long-term warranty to reflect that)

There are two tools I have, and I’m very, very happy to have them:

My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Slow Cookers

This week I’ll cover the tools I use for slow cooking.

What is slow cooking? It’s when you cook meat at a low temperature for a long time – say 6 – 12 hours. This method of cooking is great for the tough but cheaper cuts of meat because it makes them very tender.

There are two tools I use for slow cooking:

  • Crock Pot
  • Dutch Oven

My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Fermentation

This week I’ll cover the Fermentation tools I use.

  • Gallon glass jars
  • Quart glass jars
  • Flip top glass bottles
  • Ladle
  • Funnel

Never ferment in plastic  – always use non-reactive glass or ceramic containers.

The Proper Way to Pop A Squat: A Squatty Potty Review

I’ve been eyeing up the Squatty Potty from a distance for years now. It was intriguing, mysterious, and highly praised, and yet I couldn’t bring myself to go “that far”.

And then one day Brock over at My Paleo Life changed that for me.

My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Storage Containers

This week I’ll cover the Storage Containers I use. I use the often because I like to have leftovers for fast meals on the go. Instead of using plastic Tupperware, I use:

  • Pyrex / Glass containers
  • Reused Glass Jars

I don’t store my food in plastic containers. Plastic has been shown to leach chemicals into the food touching it. Acidic foods like tomato sauce accelerate this process, too.

That’s why I only use Pyrex or glass containers when storing food in the fridge or packing food for on the go.

My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Baking

This week I’ll cover the Baking Tools I use most often, in addition to the items I covered in last week’s Stovetop Cooking post <link>.

These items get frequent use in my kitchen, and they will in your kitchen if you cook often. You want to make sure they’re

  • Made out of safe, non-reactive materials
  • Durable
  • Comfortable to use
  • Priced so that you can quickly replace a piece if something gets ruined

My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Stovetop Cooking

This week I’ll cover the Stovetop Cooking Tools I use most often, in addition to the items I covered in last week’s Everyday Items post.

These items get heavy use in my kitchen, and they will in your kitchen if you cook often. You want to make sure they’re

  • Made out of safe, non-reactive materials
  • Durable
  • Comfortable to use
  • Priced so that you can quickly replace a piece if something gets ruined

My Paleo Kitchen Tools: Everyday Items

To kick off the My Paleo Kitchen Tools Series, I’m going to look at the everyday basics everyone should have. Regardless of how often you cook, these items really are essential.

These items get the most use on a daily basis. You want to make sure they’re...

My Paleo Kitchen Tools Series

I’ve recently gotten a few questions about how to stock a kitchen with Paleo cooking tools, so I’m creating a series of blog posts to address the topic.

I'll teach you what to buy, what to avoid, and where to find it at a good price.

Paleo Party Drink: Grapefruit Mintberry Infusion

Summer is really starting to heat up in my neck of the woods, and it’s time to ensure I stay properly hydrated.

Forget the sugary juices, sweet teas, and drink mixes. Refresh with fruit flavored water for a healthy, Paleo-friendly summer.

If you don’t want something sweet and are looking for a light tasting drink, then this beverage is perfect for you!

Crowd Pleaser: Stealth Paleo Casserole

At some point you’re going to be invited to a non-Paleo event this summer where you’re asked to bring a dish to share. It’s unavoidable.

Naturally, you decide to bring a Paleo dish so you know you’ll have something to eat. Of course you want to stay Paleo, but maybe you don’t want to make a thing out of your dietary choices.

But what can you bring that will still be appealing to others without a big explanation?

Infused Water Recipe: Cranberry Lime

The hot days of summer are right around the corner now that we’ve passed the milestone of Memorial Day!

Forget the sugary juices, sweet teas, and drink mixes. You’ll want to refresh with fruit flavored water for a healthy, Paleo-friendly summer.

If you enjoy sour flavors and don’t like your drinks sweet, then this beverage is perfect for you!

It's About Time Someone Talked About This

Our medical doctors (at least most of them) certainly won’t. All they ever do is throw pills at it -- pills that make the pharma companies a ton of money but never truly solve the real problem.

I mean, I can’t be the only one frustrated with our take-this-pill-and-come-back-when-you-have-side-effects medical model.


I've never admitted this publicly before, but I had this problem myself. Iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism sure can make this problem hard to deal with!

Easy Salmon Recipe

This post will be fast and simple, just like this salmon recipe. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Easy Paleo Canned Salmon Recipe


Paleo Food: What I Eat On The Paleo Diet

Ever wonder what (other) people eat on a Paleo Diet? Many of us have wondered from time to time what others eat on a daily basis. I know I have!

Well today I’m going to share with you what my typical Supreme meals look like. This is how I really eat about 80% of the time.

How To Take Paleo To The Next Level

After a couple months of Paleo rockstardom, you’re probably feeling fantastic. It’s now second nature to know what to eat, and you’re committed to this lifestyle change.

But what’s next?

At this point you’re probably wondering if you can take your health and wellbeing to the next level…..but what is it?

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