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Paulina

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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Paulina

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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Paulina

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.


Paulina

98% of diets fail within six months, and yet we continue to diet. Why? It's not about weight, it's about life, and a new breed of coaches are emerging to help.