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Review of Eat Like a Dinosaur by The Paleo Parents

I received my advance copy of Eat Like a Dinosaur the other day and I am so excited to review it! This book is a labor of love from Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry, AKA The Paleo Parents. Stacy and Matt’s story is truly inspiring. They are the parents of 3 boys (6, 3, and 1) who turned their family’s life around through making good decisions around food. At the time that Stacy discovered the principles of a paleo lifestyle, she had just given birth to their 3rd son. Desiring to give up dairy and get her health under control, she began reading about paleo. She soon converted Matt, and then they realized that their children could benefit from this way of eating too. Stacy and Matt have lost a combined total of over 200 pounds in less than 15 months, and transformed the health of their children as well. They accomplished all of this by eating real, whole foods and by getting their kids excited about the food choices they have. This book has over 100 recipes for families, from those with food allergies to those who simply struggle with getting their kids excited about asparagus. Eat Like a Dinosaur explains the idea of an ancestral-based approach to eating. The recipes and projects engage the whole family to spend time together having fun with food. The book gives step by step instructions, pointing out where children can help with the food preparation process. For families with food allergies, the book visually highlights the top 8 allergens so that kids can self-identify recipes that work for them. All recipes are dairy, wheat, peanut and soy free. Those containing fish, shellfish, tree nuts, and eggs are easily identified. This easy system helps kids to get excited about the choices they do […]

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Review of the Edge

I “met” Erson through Twitter a while back. We quickly bonded over manual therapy, rock climbing, and kids. We share a similar eclectic approach to treatment, and a love for learning and teaching. When I realized that Erson was the man behind The Edge, I felt like I had met a rock star. When he asked me to review The Edge, I was happy to oblige. I have to say that my preferred method of instrument assisted manual therapy these days is dry needling; but, I do hands on manual therapy with each patient before and after dry needling. I also use manual trigger point therapy along with other techniques with patients who decline dry needling. One of the reasons I became interested in dry needling was that I have very hypermobile joints in my fingers, and have suffered with joint pain after years of doing manual therapy. The needles allow me to reach deep taut bands without causing strain on my hands. flimsysocial security loans payday Now that I have The Edge, I can utilize another effective tool to save my hands. The Edge has the advantage of different sized convex surfaces which allow the therapist to begin treatment on a more superficial level and progress deeper as the tissue allows. The smaller areas can be used for more focused work around bony prominences or taut bands. With experience, the therapist can begin to feel the tissue through the movement of the tool, as the tissue is assessed and treated simultaneously. The Edge is slim enough to fit in my bag and easily cleaned between patients. The design makes it easy to hold and maneuver. It is made to last a long time, and it is much more reasonably priced than many other instruments on the market. […]

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The Whole 30, Days 14-28

First, I have to apologize that my posting has been so sporadic for the past 2 weeks! I got a bit busy with this: And this: Followed by this: Well, and then this: inaccurate credit Then I was mentioned here: And by the end of this past week I was like this: Click Here! So, after chilling out yesterday and getting a good night’s sleep, I’m ready to carry on with the regularly scheduled programming! I took lots of pictures of meals that I will share with you; but, many are repeats of the past meals so they are not that exciting. What is exciting is that The Whole 30 no longer feels like this strange science experiment I’m doing; it just feels like part of my life. I would venture to guess that making these changes feel like part of your life is part of the goal of doing The Whole 30 (Dallas and Melissa are so smart, and so sneaky). They snuck right into my brain and convinced it that it doesn’t NEED anything! It just WANTS everything. I would have told you that by age 41 I knew the difference between needs and wants (and in most areas I do); but, when it comes to food and drink, I think we are all a bit confused. We are confused because we take something that is a true biological need (food and drink) and layer all sorts of wants over top of it (Paleo chocolate cake, NorCal Margaritas, Organic creamer, a bit of sugar in the coffee, a glass of wine (or three) with dinner, lots of good cheese on the big healthy salad). And we feel really justified in our reasoning behind consuming these items (I had a stressful day and I need a glass of wine […]

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The Whole 30, Days 9-13

Hi everyone! This week kind of got away from me, and I wasn’t as good about posting meals every day; but, I did take some photos, and I had a breakthrough in my understanding of why I am doing The Whole 30. Breakfasts this week were a bit easier, thanks to some planning ahead. The Nutty Blueberry Protein Balls from Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals were a fast, tasty way to start off the day with my coffee (funny, maybe I am adapting to not having sugar because my coffee doesn’t taste as bad as it did the first week). The other amazing food item that has made my week easier is Primal Pacs. If you haven’t tried these, stop reading this and go order some right now! I have been eating beef jerky for the past 7-8 months; but, I never really loved it before. This beef jerky is so good! The Primal Pacs have Organic Grass Fed/Grass Finished beef jerky, mango, macadamia nuts, Marcona Almonds, cranberries and spices. They have The Whole 30 blessing, they travel well and they rock! You can tell I love them (I even lick the bag!) I have begged the indoor climbing gym (Sportrock) to sell these at the front desk for the gluten free Paleo crowd and they are looking into it – they got in touch with the Paleo Pacs peeps yesterday. Yea, networking! My other breakfasts this week included eggs and sausages Banana, avocado with olive oil, macadamias and sausages Lunches were either Primal Pacs or leftovers from dinner the night before with the random baked sweet potato or butternut squash on the side. On to dinners! Burgers with butternut squash and lettuce buns (no photo). Beef with carrots, celery, onions, demi glace and rosemary (heaven!) poor […]

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5 Reasons to See a Physical Therapist Before You Are “Injured”

This article was originally posted on Hi Everyone! My name is Ann!. You might have spotted me on Twitter, or check out my website.  I’m excited to do a guest post for Steph here at 321delish. I am a physical therapist in private practice in Alexandria, VA. Like Steph, I was born and raised in N.J. and was a beach lifeguard and competitive swimmer who turned to triathlons after swimming in college. I initially got interested in Sports Medicine because I struggled with chronic shoulder pain throughout my swimming career. After 20 years in this field, I can honestly say that I still love what I do, and I’m excited to share some thoughts with you. Today I want to address the misconception that physical therapy is only necessary as treatment for injury or post-surgery rehabilitation. I will share 5 of the ways that a physical therapist can help you stay healthy to reach your fitness and active lifestyle goals. 5 Reasons to See a Physical Therapist Before You Are “Injured” You have a nagging problem that gets your attention only during training sessions. You may be fine doing all of your normal activities: walking up and down stairs, driving, strolling through D.C.; but, every time you get into your workout, you get that same nagging discomfort. Don’t wait; come in to see a physical therapist as soon as you are aware that something is not right. You may need joint mobilization, or specific stretching or exercises to get you back to feeling good again. Early treatment can prevent it from becoming a chronic problem. loans in delawarewhen required You are looking to buy a new pair of running shoes, but you are not sure which type to purchase. We can take a look at your overall posture, and then specifically […]

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