Bulletproof coconut cookies

These are a great treat to make and are as bulletproof/paleo/primal/healthy as I could make them. I got the original recipe here, and decided (a) I didn’t need 30 cookies so (b) no sugar allowed and (c) no egg yolks (to make more bulletproof). Now, I know that cookies are totally not bulletproof but for those of us who live in the real world with our children…they are as healthy of an alternative as I can get, just remember, they are a treat… not an everyday thing for us or our children.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup + 1 TBSP xylitol
  • 1/4 cup grass fed, room temp butter
  • splash of good vanilla
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup + 1 TBSP coconut flour
  • cinnamon mix: 1 TBSP each cinnamon and xylitol

Method
1. add xylitol, butter, vanilla, egg and salt in a bowl. Beat with beaters really well. Make sure that all is mixed and incorporated.
2. add coconut flour (sift in if it is clumpy). beat it in really well.
3. let sit and thicken about 5 minutes. Make sure to actually do this step or it wont work out
4. soop with a tbsp and kinda roll the “dough” into a semi ball. Roll in the cinnamon mixture, place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Press down slightly with a fork. (I say dough because it is a loose dough/liquid mixture that makes your hands really messy!)
5. Bake 15 min or so @ 375.

Enjoy!

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Following our children’s lead

I have come to believe that if we just follow our children’s lead, we would all be much healthier and happier. Let me explain…see children have no filter on what they say or do. They purely act on instinct for which is usually right. So many things that children do are the ways we have forgotten or have been conditioned out of us. Just watch kids play. Their movements are some of the best exercises you can do. My daughter who is only three likes to try and carry our kettle-bells around the house (15/30 lbs, never mind trying to lift a heavy game off a shelf that is far over her head. Try imitating and playing like a 2-3 year old for an hour…you’ll be exhausted from all the crawling and acting like an animal, jumping, dancing , jumping off of things, running in circles and doing random yoga moves as you color laying on the floor. If they have their way kids are usually is running around barefoot, even outside.

Then comes food. Kids eat when they are hungry. They will always let you know when they are hungry, believe me. We do not need to fit our kids into a schedule for eating. Kids, if not exposed to a lot of sugary juices as a small child(1yr) by the time they are 2-3 usually choose not to drink them. They treat them like a treat. My daughter prefers water, and we lead by example. No matter what kind of lifestyle your family follows, a few things are clear to me. Kids, by choice, will always crave fats and good carbs(sweet potato, rice). Recently over the Easter holidays I sat at the table with the extended family for dessert and while my daughter, who eats a ton of good fats on a regular basis, devoured frozen banana ice cream with a spoonful of nutella for dessert. Her younger cousin who doesn’t consume probably as much, sat at the table, pushed away his dessert and pointed to the butter dish. Since he was sitting on my husbands knee, he allowed the little fellow to eat spoonful after spoonful of straight, salted butter. We had to actually stop him from eating over a 1/4 cup of butter. But that just shows you that we need fats for growing and brain function. My daughter has been cooking with me since she was 6 months old and always has reached for the butter. A friend texted me the other day, because she know ‘my butter thing’ and told me her three year old boy was helping to bake and grabbed the butter. When the mom asked him to wipe his hands so the butter wouldn’t get everywhere, he said “mmm…greasy butter. Butter makes me feel good!” Need I say more!

Kids unlearn their good habits from us. We use food as rewards (I do too, which I know I shouldn’t), we passively teach breakfast foods are generally sugar and carbs, we think kids should be bundled up when its chilly, and heaven forbid we put socks and shoes on them to go outside in the yard to play and get dirty. Being exposed to chilly and even freaking cold weather has its advantages(for a short duration). Kinda like if you wear your winter coat in the house for an hour, when you go outside you are still going to be cold because your body has become used to the temperature. It isn’t healthy to over bundle. Kids and teens rebel against us and undress as soon as they know we are out of sight. They hate being too warm, let alone have movements restricted. Children are in constant motion and their metabolism is so high they are always warm. Socks and shoes outside, give me a break! Most kids hate it! I hate it…well I do like my flip flops, but I’d rather go barefoot in the yard and on the beach. Anyone that knows me, knows I would wear my flip flops all year round and am 95% of the time barefoot at home. Being barefoot and grounded to the earth may have some advantages. Grounding mats and the theory behind them are a fringe idea, but one that I have fully accepted.

Anyways…just some food for thought.

Glutathione … If you don’t have some, get some

So if you have never heard of this…don’t worry, most haven’t. You need to look into this amazing molecule. It will is an amazing antioxidant, detoxifier and can help to prevent diseases and keep you healthier and younger. Our bodies naturally produce it but not in the amounts to combat the toxins in our diet and environment.

Here is just one of many articles.

Things to make you think

I have been compiling loads of information and the more I come across the more disturbed I am. I just wish I had a solution other than to blog about it. I was going to write a blog post for each article with my thoughts and opinions but I was getting to angry with what I was finding so other than the Monsanto post I blogged about this am, which deserved it’s own post, here are some very informative and eye opening articles. This should keep you reading for a while!!

Aspartame in Milk

Pharmaceutical companies

The toxins in meat

Podcast about raising Paleo/Bulletproof babies

Stop ‘shoulding’ yourself

great sugar addiction photo from Paleohacks.com

Egg standards…british/USA

fluorecent lights

Does your brain need a break?

What to do when your brain needs a break? People turn to many different solutions but those of us who live and frequent our green spaces have lower cortisol levels in our body. What does that mean…we are happier and healthier. Cortisol functions to increase blood sugar,  suppress the immune system. It also decreases bone formation. It basically is a stress hormone. Small increases of cortisol can have some positive effects, especially during our bodies ‘flight or fight’ response. It can give us a quick burst of energy for survival reasons, heightened memory functions, a burst of increased immunity, and lower sensitivity to pain.

With our current high-stress lifestyle and culture, our bodies are not able to return to normal. This results in a chronic state of stress and high cortisol levels. When high levels of cortisol are left in the bloodstream we begin to see more negative effects in our bodies. Things like impaired cognitive performance, suppressed thyroid function, blood sugar imbalances, decrease in muscle tissue, lower immunity and inflammatory responses in our body and increase in abdominal fat. All of this is not good.

Here are some great articles to read and resources if you want to better control your relaxation state.

Easing BrainFatigue With A Walk In The Park

Six ways to hack your nervous system to consciously manage stress

Awesome new HeartMath device for iPhone/iPad

Some very important information

So…needless to say I have been busy. I have several posts written and waiting some revisions but this is too important not to share right away. This is one of the main reasons why my family is now mostly gluten free, grain free, corn free and sugar free…ie. Bulletproof!

Please read this article fully. It is so important for more people to understand the consequences of the actions that our govenrments are making for us.

http://gmo-awareness.com/2011/05/12/monsanto-dirty-dozen/