Day After

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Managing to stick with the Autoimmune Protocol/Paleo Approach while visiting family over Thanksgiving holidays is easy when family is open to try new foods or familiar foods prepared in new ways.

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Pastured beef tongue on cauli-rice, roasted brussels spouts with bacon, roasted butternut squash with kumquats and homemade sauerkraut.

Paleo Lifestyle — Sunshine and Movement

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Daily doses of sunshine and movement are part of the paleo approach to healing autoimmune conditions. And having a lovely trail looping around our property and two faithful canine companions to lead and accompany me make this one more part of the paleo approach that brings me joy in addition to promoting healing from my autoimmune conditions. I love having easy access to walk on uneven, unpaved ground surrounded by nature and away from automobile traffic and noise. I feel blessed. And I am grateful.

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If you are local and would like to walk (or run or bike) our loop, regularly or once in awhile, you would be more than welcome. Just let me know. Be prepared though: you might have some company–8 legs, possibly 10.

Asian Orange Pan-Seared Scallops

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Asian Orange Pan-Seared Scallops with wilted mixed garden greens and fresh mango

Lunch today was awesomeness wrapped in deliciousness. The deglazing liquid (coconut oil, coconut aminos and freshly-squeezed orange juice) on the scallops was drink worthy. Next time we will make the recipe with fresh scallops–these had been frozen so they made water and did not sear. The fresh garden greens and mango were divine as well.

Recipe from: “Practical Paleo” by Dianne Sanfilippo. Recipe can be found here.

Fried Beef Kidneys with Cranberry and Kumquat Chutney

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Organ meats are a key part of eating paleo. Considered nature’s multi-vitamin, The Paleo Mom, Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, recommends eating two servings of organ meats a week.

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Since starting the Paleo Approach Autoimmune Protocol I have discovered more ways to cook with the kumquats growing just outside our kitchen door than in the 10 years since we planted the tree.

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Cranberries and sliced kumquats added to red onion and garlic sauteed in coconut oil and cooked down with red wine vinegar.

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Fried pastured beef kidneys with cranberry and kumquat chutney

Recipe from: The Paleo Approach

Healing through Mobilization

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Handmaster Plus 3-Pack Set for hand exercise and rehabilitation. The balls and finger bands are 3 different densities. The light blue ball is the softest. I have graduated to the medium density red.

I am thrilled that my thumbs have been steadily improving in function since I started using this Handmaster hand exercise system two weeks ago in an effort to mobilize my way past thumb swelling and pain and limited range of motion. Simple things that were painful or impossible have become easier. Yay!!

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One of the numerous simple tasks that requires function of the thumb. If the thumb is swollen and painful applying pressure and pulling the knob to start the washing machine hurts.

I love simple innovations that improve quality of life. This one costs about the same as one physical therapy co-pay. I do the exercises various times during the day, sometimes while I am outside enjoying a walk. The first couple of squeezes can be a little painful but then the pain eases up. It is worth noting that the stretching of extensor muscles with resistance is as (or more) important (in my case) than the squeezing/gripping part of the exercise–effectively balancing the 18 muscles of the hands.

I am lovin’ these.