Category for lifestyle

5 Tips for Healthy Travel

Posted on August 7, 2014

Traveling is fun. Jet lag? Not so much. Leaving one’s native habitat to go on the road for business, and even pleasure can be stressful and exhausting. That’s why I’m sharing my 5 Tips for Healthy Travel with you.

All types of travel can be intense and particularly brutal when vacation and business schedules don’t jibe with the needs of our body clock. Adjustments to different time zones are no fun. Here’s how to make the best out of things when ... read more →

How to Survive Building a New House

Posted on July 31, 2014

As I mentioned in my What a Year post, we moved into a new house last summer –July 2013 to be exact. Now that we’ve been in the house for one year, things are starting to settle down. I unpacked the last boxes in May 2014. The dust has finally settled and I’m ready to discuss this huge project. In this post I’m going to outline how to survive building a new house, or, how I enjoyed the renovation of ... read more →

When Things Fall Apart

Posted on July 15, 2014

Photo by www.jeanniejeannie.com

Earlier this year my website traffic reached almost 1 million unique visitors per month, which meant that 50,000 people were coming onto the site each day for healthy gluten-free recipes, lifestyle tips and my musings on the Paleo Diet.

When I started elanaspantry.com, I had not envisioned, or prepared for such large amounts of traffic. In the technology industry, building a website for heavy use is referred to as “scaling for growth.”

The site began to fail repeatedly in early ... read more →

I Won’t Meditate

Posted on April 1, 2014

I won’t meditate. How can a yoga teacher trained over 20 years ago, long before yoga was the ubiquitous activity it is today say something as blasphemous as this?

Yes, that’s me. The yoga teacher and anti-meditator. Makes no sense, does it? Why not mediate? Especially when the benefits of meditation have been scientifically proven through research, and when my medical doctor in fact recommends it.

When I say, “I won’t meditate,” what I’m actually saying is that I won’t confine myself ... read more →

What is Low Dose Naltrexone?

Posted on January 22, 2014

I’m often asked about Low Dose Naltrexone. These days it is used to treat everything from autoimmune disorders and cancer, to fertility and autism. I have been taking 5 mg daily of this off-label, somewhat experimental drug since approximately 2005.

How did I find out about Low Dose Naltrexone or LDN? On one of my regular visits to my mild-mannered functional medicine doctor he thrust a prescription for this drug into my hand. A month later my naturopath recommended LDN to ... read more →

Five Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Posted on January 15, 2014

Remove brightly colored electronic devices such as this alarm clock from your bedroom. Photo by Colton Witt on Flickr.

What if your New Year’s resolution was to get more sleep?

Our culture is quite focused on diet and exercise as a way to improve health at this time of year. Eat less food. Lose weight. Restrict. Push yourself harder. Burn more calories. Lose weight.

Really though, there’s no reason that our New Year’s resolutions can’t be healing. The fact is we need ... read more →

Homemade Steak Rub

Posted on December 19, 2013

Homemade steak rub adds incredible flavor to grassfed steak and makes a great DIY gift for friends and family.

Whether you’re a family that’s gone gluten-free due to someone with celiac, or a die hard CrossFitter following the Paleo diet, you’ll love my homemade steak rub. It’s not only full of organic antioxidant-rich spices, it adds incredible flavor to your grass-fed or regular meat.

And, if you’re someone like me who needs to eat more red meat to get stronger, yet does ... read more →

10 Healthy Ingredients that Make Great Gifts

Posted on December 15, 2013

Looking for holiday gifts? Here are 10 healthy ingredients that make great gifts, from sweetly satisfying organic vanilla powder, to coconut butter so good you can eat it straight out of the jar, to gourmet olives that will knock your socks off during cocktail hour. These healthy ingredients are fantastic for everyone from folks following a gluten-free diet, to CrossFit friends that have gone full on Paleo, to that special neighbor who simply likes to cook with real food.

During the ... read more →

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Posted on November 5, 2013

Forget processed gluten-free noodles, spaghetti squash noodles are nature’s very own Paleo pasta.

Spaghetti Squash is one of my favorite vegetables. This fabulous winter squash is easy to make. The best thing about spaghetti squash is that it’s a versatile gluten-free, grain-free substitute for regular pasta –yes, here you have nature’s very own Paleo pasta noodles.

I make Paleo pasta noodles for myself whenever the rest of the family is eating their processed gluten-free noodles. Though often the boys have a helping ... read more →

Can Sleep Loss Add to Weight Gain?

Posted on November 1, 2013

Photo by Alan Cleaver from Flickr

Although I haven’t spoken a lot about sleep here, it is something that is absolutely essential when it comes to good health. Like the Standard American Diet, which leads to so many medical issues, sleep deprivation and sleeping problems can be equally detrimental to your well-being.

I’m regularly focused on getting enough sleep, it’s a key part of my health program. In fact, in healing the autoimmune conditions with which I’ve been diagnosed, sleep is as ... read more →

How to Roast Butternut Squash

Posted on October 21, 2013

Butternut squash is a superfood –high in fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, beta-carotene and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Butternut squash is a superfood. That’s not why it’s one of my all time favorite vegetables though. I simply love the rich sweet taste of this incredibly flavorful squash. It’s quick and easy to prepare and takes little effort to “gussy up.” When serving it as a side dish, I put butternut squash on the table hot out of the oven with a smear of coconut oil, ... read more →

Dr. Drew: What is Leaky Gut?

Posted on December 2, 2012

Recently a reader left a comment for me about an unfortunate interview in which Dr. Drew discusses celiac disease and leaky gut with a famous actress.

As those of us with celiac disease know, we are often questioned (not always in a constructive manner) by family and friends who do not understand the medical challenges we face.

Here is what we are often told about our conditions and the steps we take to remediate them:

just a little bit won’t hurt you (fill ... read more →

7 Types of Stress: Holiday Survival Guide

Posted on November 30, 2012

Photo by Alan Cleaver on Flickr.

While great fun, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. This post is a reminder that we can slow down, take time for ourselves and that we may need to do so more than ever right now. In fact, it is what these contemplative winter celebrations were originally intended for prior to their extreme commercialization.

Still, the modern questions remain. How to cope with stress during the holidays? How do we invite healing into ... read more →

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Posted on October 17, 2012

Filled with freshly ground cinnamon and other antioxidant rich spices, I serve healing Pumpkin Spice Lattes piping hot.

Now you can make your own dairy free Pumpkin Spice Latte with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. Make this beverage low sugar as well by using honey and stevia in place of refined sugar. I based my recipe on the Pumpkin Spice Latte from recipegirl.com. Lori’s site, gorgeous and hip, is a wonderful source of inspiration.

Did you ever wonder what’s in Starbucks ... read more →

Gluten Free Lipsticks

Posted on September 27, 2012

Photo by jwinfred on Flickr

For the most part, I’m a tomboy.  I wear gym clothes just about everyday.  As I sit here writing this, I’m wearing a pair of ratty old sweat pants and my husband’s frayed t-shirt.  I don’t like to wear make up to the grocery store, or anyplace else for that matter.

There is one exception though, where I do go girlie every now and then.  Lip gloss.  Maybe it’s because it’s moisturizing in the deathly dry climate in ... read more →

Chores

Posted on September 5, 2012

The little ones savoring their last lazy days of summer.

The boys went back to school a week or so ago, and now that September is upon us, we have resumed our routine in earnest. That means chores, lots of them, and no slacking off whatsoever.

During the summer our life is free form –the entire neighborhood congregates at my house, probably because of the abundance of food. Even teenage boys want their cupcakes. And when it comes to chores, the ... read more →

Will the Healthiest Flour Please Stand Up?

Posted on July 19, 2012

Recently it was brought to my attention that I made a rather large factual error in my post Gluten Free is Not Healthy. You see, in this post I claimed:

Gluten free goods are generally made with ingredients such as rice, corn, potatoes, sorghum, tapioca and millet, which are higher in carbohydrates and lower in protein and other nutrients than wheat flour.

I apologize, as I did make a mistake in claiming that sorghum is not as healthy as wheat flour itself. ... read more →

Gluten Free Is Not Healthy

Posted on July 11, 2012

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker. Hopefully, people have begun to realize that the gluten free diet is not a shortcut to health.

Gluten Free is not healthy? Blasphemy –you must think someone has hijacked my blog, but it’s true. Just because a food is gluten free does not mean it is healthy.

Sadly, the recent popularity of “gluten free” has many thinking that if they eliminate gluten, they are on a healthy diet.  As Michael Pollan wrote last year in the New York Times ... read more →

Getting Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on June 20, 2012

Two of my favorite things: children and nature, both key parts of my healing plan.

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006. At that time I knew nothing about MS and thought I was going to die very soon as I imagined the disease was terminal. My children, now in their teens, were in 1st and 2nd grade; I would lie in bed with them at night thinking that I wouldn’t live to see their high school graduation. Forget about ... read more →

Natural Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on March 22, 2012

New Years day 2012 after a 2000 foot vertical climb up Vail Mountain.

I received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2006. Since then, I am often asked, what is your secret? How do you stay healthy?

The below are 5 of my favorite natural remedies. I believe these strategies may be applicable to anyone with an auto-immune disorder. If this protocol is adhered to religiously, some find improvement in as little as 3 months. For others it may take significantly longer.