Ancestral Chef (Louise Hendon)

Louise Hendon

Louise is on a lifelong journey to heal her body. She refused to try Paleo for a long time, but once she finally did, she never went back. She's cured her heartburn, IBS, and exhaustion problems and is constantly looking out for more ways to improve her health.

Louise is the co-founder of Paleo Living Magazine, and she writes about recipes and all things health. When she's not running Paleo Living Magazine, she loves to read mystery and fantasy books, traveling to different countries, hiking, and taking too many photos (you can see her travel photos on www.louisehendon.com).

Louise is also the author of 2 books, which you can buy on Amazon, 30-Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes and The Autoimmune Cookbook.

Here are all of Louise's articles

Paleo Dates with Cashew Cream Recipe

paleo dates filled with cashew cream recipe

This easy recipe is fantastic as a snack, dessert, or appetizer.

I used to love blue cheese, and dates filled with blue cheese are amazing. Since going off dairy, I’ve been using cashew cream instead. If you’re not familiar with cashew cream, it’s really easy to make and almost tastes like a very mild soft cheese.

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Paleo Cacao Avocado Pudding Recipe – Guest Post from Orgali.ca

Paleo Avocado Cacao Pudding Guest Post

Alina Muresan is a RHN holistic nutritionist who specializes in family nutrition and health. Visit her website, Orgali.ca to find great advice on your child’s nutrition and delicious recipes that are healthy and fast!

This decadent recipe is actually really healthy with avocado and the raw cacao which is full of antioxidants. It can be customized with various fruits and nuts depending on your mood or preference!

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Paleo Broccoli Bacon Salad with Onions and Coconut Cream

Broccoli Bacon Salad with onions and coconut cream

I saw a similar broccoli bacon salad in the pre-made food section of my local Whole Foods last week, but the problem I have with buying pre-made food in Whole Foods is they typically cook everything with canola oil!

So, I created a similar salad with broccoli, bacon, red onions, and coconut cream. If you prefer more crunch, you can use raw broccoli instead (I blanched the broccoli first).
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The 30 Best Paleo Guacamole Recipes

Best Paleo Guacamole Recipes

Whether it’s your go-to dip, a frequent side salad, or something that you only eat at your nearest Mexican cantina, guacamole can be considered a food of the gods – Aztec gods, to be exact! You can smash it, mash it, process it, or give it the old mortar and pestle treatment. Health benefits galore so there’s no reason to feel guilty when you can’t help but go back for more.

The following are recipes that we have collected so you can discover new twists and old classics. Here are the 30 best Paleo Guacamole recipes! (Also check out our Wholly Guacamole giveaway, running until this Saturday, October 25 at midnight!)

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Giveaway! Win Wholly Guacamole Products!

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Having grown up in California, Mexican food has always been one of my favorite cuisines. Tacos, burritos, nachos, you get the picture. But as a child I wasn’t so keen on vegetables, especially the green ones. I would dip the chip in the salsa, even sometimes in the guacamole (despite it being green), but more just to flavor the chip. I would never actually scoop anything up.

Somewhere between adolescence and adulthood – I was a late bloomer in terms of healthy eating – a friend was devouring an avocado and when I looked at him with a puzzled face, he started to poetically elaborate on the buttery subtleties of this special “fruit” (yes, avocado is a fruit, botanically speaking). I started to experiment, first with a little salt, then with different textures, until I finally learned to make, and love, my own guacamole! (There are myriad ways to make a good guacamole; we recently published a list of our Top 30 favorite guacamole recipes.)

When I don’t have the time or energy to make my own, I search high and low for a worthwhile store-bought version and I’ve found that Wholly Guacamole has got me covered. Free of chemicals and preservatives, their packaging technique keeps their delicious guacamole fresher for longer without compromising the flavor. And they have smooth or chunky, and mild or spicy varieties, plus mini dip kits which are perfect for the kids’ lunch boxes (or yours).

To celebrate their awesomeness we are giving away coupons to 5 lucky winners for your choice of Wholly Guacamole products. Check our their great selection and then enter below to win!

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Post by Lucha: World traveler turned culinary student, Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.

Paleo Chocolate Pancake Recipe

paleo Chocolate Coconut Pancakes

Pancakes seem to be an American breakfast tradition, so having just become an official US citizen, I thought I’d make these to celebrate.

This Paleo chocolate pancake recipe is a modified version of the coconut pancake recipe here. And if you’re looking for an even simpler Paleo pancake recipe, then check out the 2-ingredient pancake recipe here.

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Why Humans Need Their Gallbladders – A Guest Post by Ute Mitchell

Why Humans Need Their Gall Bladders

Ute Mitchell lives in Portland, Oregon, where she homeschools her children, grows her own veggies, does CrossFit, and is a certified Nutritional Therapist. She co-published the Fast Paleo Top 100 ecookbooks and shares her musings on her Paleo life at GrokettesMusings.com, which is in the processed of being moved to realfood4.me.

Why Humans Need Their Gallbladders

The human being is an amazing animal. When necessary, we manage to live with just one kidney, a fake heart, no stomach, shortened bowels and more. We don’t think twice about appendectomies or the removal of tonsils. These surgeries are done as routinely as root canals, no questions asked by patients, no explanations offered by surgeons. In October of 2013, I went to the hospital for a liver resection. Hemangiomas in my liver made it necessary to remove over 60% of my liver, which translated to my entire right lobe and a small piece of the left lobe. As part of this surgery, my gallbladder, attached to the right lobe of the liver, had to be removed. It was a “package deal”, according to my surgeon, and I had nothing to worry about, because the gallbladder is an “unnecessary organ”. I usually pride myself for possessing great critical thinking skills. A statement like this would have normally alarmed me, and I would have asked questions or done my research about this gallbladder that I knew precious little about. Under the circumstances, however, I was a little preoccupied. It’s not every day that one is told that they will lose half a liver.

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Paleo Pantry Supplier: A Quick Review of Nuts.com

Nuts.com Review by Jadah West

Jadah West is the Executive Editor of Paleo Living Magazine. She’s also the founder of Salted Paleo. When not running Paleo Living Magazine, Jadah loves to spend time at the beach, at her beloved CrossFit, and working as a model.

I’ve been ordering from Nuts.com for years.

From experience, I know the company to completely stand behind their products, have decently fast order to ship times, and be responsive in customer service.

And the branding on their packaging, as insignificant as it sounds, is so adorable! It makes me get a fatuous smile on my face every time I open a delivered box.
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45 Amazing Paleo Pancake Recipes

45 Amazing Paleo Pancake Recipes

Whether you eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day) like the Brits or you want to partake in your annual Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast while keeping your Paleo diet intact, you will be glad to know that you aren’t out of luck. You can use some of our favorite Paleo-friendly flours such as almond flour, or for those with nut allergies, there are plenty of delicious nut-free options as well. [Read more...]

8 Steps to a Healthy Body Image for Your Kids – Guest Post by Leanna of Bedrock Eats

8 Steps to a Health Body Image for Your Kids

Leanna Cappucci is an evolutionary nutrition and wellness coach who specializes in Paleo/Primal/Gaps approaches and auto immune disorders. She is the Bedrock Babe behind Bedrock Eats, a site that helps people transitioning to the Paleo lifestyle. You can also connect with the Bedrock Babe via Twitter and her Facebook page.

Raising kids is hard, no doubt. It is also rewarding, without question. Today I am sitting here thinking about an issue that isn’t exclusive to Paleo, nor is it even exclusive to parenting. It affects both males and females, the most and least healthy of individuals pretty equally. I’m talking about body image, how we see and treat ourselves, from negative self talk to unrealistic perception. Everyone, even the most outwardly confident among us, have moments of self consciousness and doubt.

I have two daughters and one son, each is very unique in their personality, likes and dislikes, and strengths and weaknesses. All of my children are beautiful, unique and talented in their own right. As a parent, I try to be cognizant of the example I set in all things. That includes body image. I try never to let my children see me measure or weigh myself, complain about my body, or talk negatively about myself. Let’s face it, those things have become so ingrained in our culture, it’s sometimes even hard to realize we are doing it.
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What Is Stevia And Should You Eat It?

what is stevia and should you use it?

What is Stevia?

Stevia is a leafy green shrub-like plant (it’s part of the Asteraceae family and is related to the daisy and ragweed).

There are many different species of stevia (one species is called “candyleaf” and is native to New Mexico, Arizona and Texas). Another species is called Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni (sometimes you’ll see it called Rebiana or Reb A), which is native to Paraguay and Brazil, and that’s the species that typically used to sweeten food.

But, when people ask what is stevia, they’re typically referring to stevia extract that we buy in stores either as a solution or as a fine white powder. You can, however, grow your own stevia plant in certain parts of the world (generally places where it doesn’t get too cold).

History of Stevia

Stevia has been used in South American cultures (like the Guarani Indians) for over 1500 years. In South America it is often known as yerba dulce, and it is used for a variety of purposes including to sweeten local teas and as a medicine.
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Giveaway! Win Bearded Brothers Energy Bars!

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City life has got me feeling drained. I recently saw a billboard with a picture of a hiking boot and started to long for a getaway to the mountains. I think getting out in nature is a part of a healthy lifestyle, not only for the exercise but for the necessary intake of fresh air and warm sun on your face.

Caleb and Chris, the bearded brothers of Bearded Brothers Snack Food Company feel the same. They love travel, hiking and the outdoors and have combined their passion for nature with their passion for healthy food. Their snack bars are raw, vegan, gluten- and soy-free, as well as being organic and all around yummy. They keep it simple, producing on a small scale out of their home city of Austin, TX. You can read our review of their energy bars here.

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We appreciate this kind of dedication and have teamed up with the Bearded Brothers to give away a 5-pack of their delicious energy bars to one lucky winner! Enter below to win, and if you just can’t wait, visit their website to stock up before your next hike.

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Post by Lucha: World traveler turned culinary student, Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.

Why Go Paleo? A Guest Post by Brendan Brunner

Why Go Paleo? A Guest Post by Brendan Brunner

Brendan Brunner researched and wrote this piece about the Paleo Diet because he was curious about trying it out and wanted to know more.

Why Go Paleo?

In this day and age, many Americans are looking to make a positive health change. We live in an era where “more than one-third of U.S. adults (34.9%) are obese.”1 Related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers have become more common. Digestive diseases like Crohn’s, Celiac, and Irritable or Inflammatory Bowel Syndromes are regular medical diagnoses. In response, people are searching for ways to regain their health. One path would be to use the Paleo diet.

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