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Paulina

On The Kindness of Strangers, No Matter How Strange

I can be my own worst enemy sometimes. Overchallenging myself so I am not present only to complicate my life by forgetting my keys on the day of an important business trip. It never occurs to me to "impose" upon another by asking for help--God forbid I should ever be so vulnerable or dependent! And, the entire time, the universe had already stepped in to send me just the person I needed. Though he may not quite look or speak or act like someone I would willingly associate with, he is nothing less than an angel in disguise, there to open the door so I can pass through to where I'm supposed to be. Read More

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All The Right Connections

With this understanding, and the tools for managing it, we can begin to change our lives; first by acknowledging and understanding that there is such a thing as a mind-body connection, then actively working it. Read More

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If I Were To Cite One Reason...

Sick people are capable of love and a compassionate heart is meant to forgive. To love hurts, but to not love hurts more. So the question of why a woman stays is much more complicated than one of financial dependence or lack of self esteem. Read More

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Sugar, Gluten, Love: Tales from the Path to Joy - The Big Easy

Thinking about our food, being mindful of it, makes way for the clarity to see the limits of the “easy” life we’ve been sold. Soon, we realize that, like Dorothy in her ruby slippers, we’ve had the power all along. Read More

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Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - The Compassion Diet

And when you act compassionately, you learn to give yourself a break, to love rather than berate yourself. If your heart is filled with love, you become attracted only to those things that love you back and avoiding things that are harmful require no strength at all. Being healthy begins first and foremost with love. Love yourself and the only food you will crave is the one that nourishes you. Read More

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Gluten, Sugar, Love: Tales From the Path to Joy - Labels

J. and I were not clear about what we were trying to achieve by cutting out sugar. I mean, yes, we want to do it for our health, but even that is too general when it comes to making decisions about what to eat when that sugar craving gets a hold of you. Heroin addicts have it easy--when they give up heroin, they just eat sugar. When you give up sugar, you have a load of options, a long list of sweeteners parading around as natural and healthy when they are not, and it is really confusing Read More

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Homemade coconut-rolled fudge nut balls

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J and I tried to make chocolate bars, but had trouble mixing the oil with the cocoa and honey, so we ended up throwing out most of the oil and rolling the chocolate into balls. This is what we came up with. Don't blame me if you make a mess, I think getting messy is part of the process on this one! 1 cup coconut oil, warmed to room temperature 1/2 cup raw, organic honey 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder a dash of sea salt in a double-boiler, heat the coconut oil to room temperature in a food processor, mix the cocoa powder, salt, and chopped pecans with the honey and vanilla until it becomes a paste add the coconut oil until you get the consistency you need (for chocolate bars, the whole cup of oil, for fudge nut balls, just enough to get the mixture moist) pull sections of the paste and roll them into small balls on a separate plate roll the balls on a pile of shredded coconut place on parchment paper and put into the refrigerator for 20 minutes enjoy

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Homemade Gluten-and-sugar-free Granola

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This healthy carb is a staple in breakfast and snacks. J. and I made it from scratch and love it! • 3 cups rolled oats (not instant) • as much cinnamon as you care to add (or ½ teaspoon) • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt • 1/3 cup Grade B maple syrup (or to lightly coat the oats) • 1/4 cup coconut oil • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or as much as you care to add, we were liberal with it!) • 1/2 cup small-dice dried fruit (raisins or dates make good choices, it’s very hard to find dried cranberries or cherries that aren’t coated with sugar). We skipped the dried fruit step • ½ cup shredded coconut or as much as you care to add! • 1/3 cup Flax seeds or powder • ½ cup almonds, chopped or sliced, roasted or raw (we used sliced and raw) • ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts 1. Heat the oven to 300°F and arrange a rack in the middle. 2. Place the oats, cinnamon, salt, and other dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine; set aside. 
 3. Place the maple syrup, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated. 
 4. Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 5 to 15 minutes more. 
 5. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool the granola to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. (Note: It will harden as it cools.) 


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Week Two of my New Years resolution to give up sugar and gluten for my boyfriend reveals the addictive nature of sugar and the very good reasons for giving it up...as well as the challenges!


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On New Year's Day of 2014 I resolved to give up gluten and sugar for my boyfriend, J.  Here is the beginning of our journey together.


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