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

How to Detoxify Your Organs – Guest Post by Christopher James Clark

How to Detoxify Your Organs - Guest Post by Christopher James Clark

Christopher Clark is a chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science. His book, Nutritional Grail, has earned critical acclaim from the scientific community and has won three awards, including the Gold Medal in the Food category of the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards. You can read our review of his phenomenal book here.

Earlier this year, Dr. Loren Cordain’s, the founder of the Paleo movement, invited Clark to join his writing team. Besides writing for ThePaleoDiet.com, Clark also writes for The Huffington Post and various other publications. He also maintains his own Nutritional Grail Blog, which features over 150 step-by-step recipes. Below is an excerpt from Nutritional Grail on How To Detoxify Your Organs.

Supporting The Detoxification Organs

The liver, kidneys, and intestines are the primary detoxification organs. Excessive sugar consumption, especially fructose, burdens the liver considerably. Reasonable amounts of fructose (around 25 grams per day) consumed as whole fruit are healthy and encouraged, but most people consume far too much fructose through soda, fruit juice, and processed foods containing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The average American consumes 97 pounds of sugar per year, half of which is HFCS.1 According to Harvard Medical School, 30 percent of US adults (and presumably those of other developed nations) have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a virtually unknown disease before 1980.2 Additionally, a 2012 study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that nearly 10 percent of US teens have this disease.3 Research presented at the 2011 International Liver Congress made headlines with the suggestion that half the US population could have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease by 2030.4

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is directly related to excessive consumption of fructose (sugar). Besides drastically reducing (or eliminating) sugar, the best way to support the liver is by eating foods that promote detoxification, and foods high in antioxidants. Garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables are highly beneficial. Also, according to traditional Chinese medicine, sour foods, including lemons and limes, support the liver.5 An excellent herb for liver support is milk thistle.

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Easy Paleo Roasted Vegetables Recipe

easy paleo roasted vegetables

I picked up a variety of mini and baby vegetables from Costco the other day – baby squash, mini peppers and little tomatoes. They turned out to be fantastic when roasted in the oven with olive oil and salt.  They taste great right out of the oven or even cold.

If finding these mini/baby vegetables is tough, you can just use regular Italian squash and regular bell peppers chopped into chunks.

Then just before serving, I like to sprinkle some freshly chopped basil leaves on top for extra flavor.
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Giveaway! Win Halloween Caveman Cookies

giveaway win halloween caveman cookies

I know it’s still a month away from Halloween, but we wanted to let you know about the Caveman Cookies Halloween Assortment early so you have plenty of time to purchase these in preparation for trick or treat!

The Halloween Assortment Pack is a 24-pack of cookies (4 each of 6 different flavors – Original: Walnut & Raisin, Tropical: Coconut & Macadamia, Alpine: Hazelnut & Carob, Rainforest: Brazil nuts & Cherry, New World: Pumpkin, Maple & Cranberry, Mayan: Chocolate, Chili & Chia). They’re a really delicious chewy treat that you just can’t stop eating!

And if you want to make sure you have some of these cookies for Halloween, then they’re running a great special until October 12th – enter the code Halloween15 for 15% off when you purchase from their website.

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Paleo Banoffee Pie Recipe – Guest Post from MummyMade.It

Paleo Banoffee Pie Recipe

This yummy banoffee pie recipe is a guest post from Lisa at MummyMade.It. Lisa is a mom of 2 as well as a chiropractor, baking addict, and blogger who loves to run, lift weights, and do Obstacle Course Racing. You can also find Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please go check out her delicious recipes!

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Super Easy Paleo Sloppy Joes Recipe

super easy paleo sloppy joe recipe

This Paleo sloppy joes recipe is so easy and delicious! I like to make a huge batch of this (double the recipe below) and keep it in large containers in the fridge to eat during the week.

It’s very versatile – you can eat this easy Paleo sloppy joes by itself, top it on microwave Paleo bread (it takes 5 minutes to make), or my favorite is to top it on this root vegetable mash (a trick I picked up from eating at a ton of times at my favorite NYC Paleo restaurant, Hu Kitchen).

My dad, who’s diabetic, tops Paleo sloppy joes on a bowl of easy bacon brussels sprouts – he loves it!

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How to Supercharge Your Paleo Coffee – Review of Coffee++

how to supercharge your paleo coffee

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.

Over the past few years, it’s become increasingly popular to add fats into coffee. Various cultures around the world (Tibetans for instance) have been doing this for centuries, but it’s caught on very quickly in US, especially among those in the Paleo community.

The general idea is to add healthy fat into your morning coffee to give your brain an extra boost.

These fats can take several forms (butter, ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil, etc.). Once added, the coffee is usually blended.

Nutritional therapist Lisa Fossey says “This gives you a slower ‘high’, which will last for longer, and won’t give you the usual surge of energy that can lead to a crash. The caffeine dilates the blood vessels, allowing the good fats and oil to pass more easily into the brain, where it is thought to give increased mental awareness and concentration. MCT is metabolized to produce ketone bodies that provide energy to the body and the brain.”

I had yet to make this super coffee for myself, so trying Pure Indian Foods’ Coffee++ was my perfect chance.

Coffee++ is a new product, and it combines ghee (clarified butter) with MCT oil, so that you don’t have to do it yourself.

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144 of the Best Paleo Crock Pot Recipes

144 of the Best Paleo Crock Pot Recipes

A crock pot (a.k.a. slow cooker) is one of those things that, if you don’t have one, make you question why you would need yet another home kitchen appliance. Then once you have it, you can’t remember how you ever lived without it!

We all know that simmering is a key trick to achieving the maximum flavor absorption and perfect texture of whatever meat you happen to be cooking. With a crock pot, it doesn’t matter the cut– everything seems to come out soft and tender to perfection. Not to mention the ease of filling it up, turning it on and going about your day without worrying about food burning or a pot boiling over!

But enough about the benefits… whether you’ve been thinking of getting a crock pot for a while or are already a devout convert to slow cooking, here are 144 of the best Paleo crock pot recipes to keep your crock pot busy and your stomach satisfied!

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Paleo Crock Pot Oxtail Recipe with Mustard Gravy

Paleo Crock Pot Oxtail Recipe with mustard gravy

I really love oxtail (it’s so tender and flavorful), and I’ve been lucky that it’s so plentiful in the UK! I see it at the butcher’s all the time, whereas I had to special order it in New York from my local butchers there.

I’ve been playing around with different ways to enjoy oxtail. Jeremy loved the tomato and garlic oxtail recipe I made initially – the recipe is here – and he didn’t want me to keep experimenting since he couldn’t imagine it better. Of course, when he tried this recipe with the mustard gravy, he completely agreed that it was even better!

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Paleo Chia Almond Muffins Recipe – Guest Post from Orgali.ca

Paleo chia almond muffins recipe 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 is a healthy breakfast or snack recipe – easy to make and highly portable! The nutritional benefits of these muffins are numerous; they’re chock full of vitamins and minerals! Alina experimented with several different berry mixes and you can too, depending on what is in season or readily available.

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Nutritional Grail – Book Review

Nutritional Grail by Christopher James Clark

Book Title:

Nutritional Grail
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Book Author:

Christopher James Clark

Overview of Book:

In this book, the author explores healthy eating by looking at past wisdom and applying the latest scientific research to validate that nutritional and ancestral wisdom. He looks at foods that are the healthiest and those that are the most problematic, examines the issue of deteriorating food quality and explores the opportunities for detoxifying our bodies and reducing degenerative diseases through the foods we choose. Not only is this a ‘what and why’ of healthy eating, but a ‘how’ – offering solid explanation, proof and a path to healthier eating.
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GIVEAWAY! Win Almond Flour from Nuts.com

Giveaway - Win Almond Flour from Nuts.com

In 2010, I tried being a vegetarian for 6 months. It was an interesting experience (although I never gave up fish so perhaps you could say I only dabbled in pescaterianism). The biggest issue for me was the lack of that ‘fullness’ feeling after a meal.

Sure, I was still eating carbs, which would mean a fleeting feeling of satiety at least. But to make that the satiety last longer, I had to depend on other sources of protein. My favorite one? NUTS! Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, you name it. Even better if they were roasted and slightly salty and all mixed together in a tasty bag o’ trail mix.

Whether you’ve gone vegetarian, slow-carb, no-carb or Paleo, nuts are an important contributor to your protein intake. And for Paleo people, they are a crucial tool in substituting some less healthy ingredients in otherwise gluten-heavy recipes.

Almond flour (aka almond meal) works great as a substitute for wheat flour (as you’ve probably seen, almond flour is used in a lot of Paleo bread, dessert, and snack recipes). Louise and Jeremy always have some stocked in their kitchen – so stock up here!

Win Nuts.com Almond Flour

Now we’re teaming up with Nuts.com to give a one pound bag of almond flour to one lucky winner! They have an amazingly diverse stock of nuts and seeds, as well as a really cool blog with snack and recipe ideas. Check out their selection at their website and don’t forget to enter to win below:

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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.

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Cholesterol Clarity – Book Review

cholesterol clarity by jimmy moore book review

Book Title:

Cholesterol Clarity
Click here to purchase this book.

Book Authors:

Jimmy Moore with Eric C. Westman, MD

Overview of Book:

This book is like a ‘Dummy’s Guide’ to cholesterol. It covers everything from basic information about cholesterol and why you need it, to opinions from different interest groups about cholesterol. The book gets into test results, treatments, myths about cholesterol, health markers and misconceptions about cholesterol and health.
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Paleo Breakfast Enchilada Recipe – Guest Post from Barefoot Thunder

Paleo Breakfast Enchilada Recipe

This healthy Poblano Breakfast Enchilada recipe is a guest post from Rebecca Lewis. Rebecca is a young blogger from Texas who came up with this recipe during a Whole30 challenge. One of her great passions is barefoot running, hence her site name, Barefoot Thunder. This is her first recipe and we are looking forward to seeing what else she creates! You can find out more about her and read her musings on life at her blog.

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Paleo Salad Dressings from Nature’s Palate – Paleo Product Review

paleo salad dressings from natures palate product review

I met Darren, one of the co-founders of Nature’s Palate, a few months ago in Toronto at an entrepreneur conference. It was a really small conference (100 people), so I was shocked to find someone else running a Paleo business. Apparently Paleo is really popular these days!

Nature’s Palate is a food company focusing on quality ingredients and amazing tastes while making eating healthy easier, and so I was really excited when Darren shipped me some of their salad dressing all the way from Canada.

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