Monthly Archives: February 2016

Inositol (Vitamin B8)

Very interesting article for anti-depressant and anti Alzheimer’s!

‘Inositol is sometimes called "Vitamin B8."’

I’m on a B complex, I’m guessing for a long time to come. And if I decide to slack on it for awhile, I’ll be sure to go on it as soon as I get hives, hay fever, allergies, or stress or poor mood symptoms including food cravings (not taken care of by a proper modified Paleo diet)!

I’m taking Jarrow "B-Right" and so far as I go about my reading and checking it’s looking like a good formula. I’m taking extra B12 sublingually with it and making sure to get some folate with the b12. And, while I have an outbreak of hives, I’m taking it in the morning and at night. (I am re-developing my hives approach now in case it ever happens again.)

BTW, a multi vitamin is a broad brush – kind of generalized but the main advantage of it is the B’s that it contains. However, a B complex contains more of the B’s. And, the other things that are in a multi-vitamin can be gotten in other ways better for, say, the Vitamin A–it’s best gotten from Cod Liver Oil or eating liver. So, for the money, I buy the B Complex but not the multivitamin.

Travel with Coconut

IMG_20160218_120439625This product would be great on a road trip or plane ride!

Melts in warm liquids.  (Such as a hot cup of Dandy Blend, which is also a great travel food for the Primalist.)


9 Essential Amino Acids

Inspiration: book called The Mood Cure by Julie Ross.

I just verified all 9 essential aminos are in whey protein!

I’m so happy, and Meredith will be happy I’m not taking away this product from her, even though it’s chocolate.

Why?  I am weaning us off of certain foods that are depriving us of good moods.  I am upping our Paleo foods, getting rid of more and more sugar and junk.

This time I think it’s for good. We are going to still eat out, but home is getting a pantry cleanse.

RECIPE: Creamy Cold Chips (easy)

IMG_20160211_123936614_HDRThis treat is minty without chocolate.

For persons getting used to a Paleo or Primal diet, this can be a nice after dinner treat. Or a way to get doses of coconut oil down in a pleasant way.


1 cup coconut oil

1 15 oz. jar of coconut butter (e.g. Nutiva coconut manna)

Essential Peppermint Oil drops to taste (or an alternative flavoring method from below)

KAL brand Pure Stevia Extract

1/4 tsp. salt


1. Prepare the flat chilling pan. You want your mixture to spread out to about 1/4 inch deep when you’re done. You may need a large roasting pan, a jelly roll pan. I usually use an 11×14″ pyrex baking dish.

Decide if you are halving the recipe. You may want to try 2 different flavor profiles.

2. Level the chilling spot. Put the pan in your fridge or freezer or your Minnesota enclosed porch and see if you have a level spot where you can chill this thing. Otherwise you’ll have some thick chips and some too-thin ones.

3. Prep the additions. If you are putting in chunky things (nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips), spread them out evenly all over the chilling pan.

4. Lightly toast the coconut butter. Put the “manna” in a sauce pan on the stove on low medium heat and gently cook til bottom starts to turn brown. Take it off so it doesn’t burn. This is coconut, so it’s going to easily burn. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. YOU PAID LIKE $11 FOR THE JAR OF COCONUT. PAY ATTENTION. BURNING WILL FIRST OCCUR ON THE BOTTOM.

IMG_20160211_125115462_HDRRescue Remedy:  If you cook it too long and it’s quite brown,  seconds count. STIR and pour into a room temperature bowl to arrest the cooking from the hot pan. You need to cool it down quickly!  Adding in the coconut oil and stirring will help to cool it down. At this point, don’t make it minty.  Go for a nuttier taste maybe with chocolate chips.  See the alternative flavoring methods below.

5. Mix in 1 cup of coconut oil. Add peppermint essential oil, stevia and salt.

6. Pour into flat vessel and chill.  I always freeze it. Use a (dull-ish) knife to break it up.

Tip: Chip pieces off the edges instead of going for the center.

7. Keep the bark in fridge or freezer. I prefer freezer. The container MUST be air tight so that it won’t get off flavors, which seems to happen more in a freezer.

Alternative flavoring methods:

Tip: You can always re-melt the stuff and add more to it. You cannot take things away, unless you use a strainer to take out the nuts or dried fruit. You cannot take out essential oil, of course, so you can go easy on it and re-melt and add more flavorings.

  • add vanilla to the mint
  • try vanilla with grated orange zest and orange essential oil. Maybe add dried cranberries.
  • make it nutty (no mint) with pre-toasted and chopped pecans
  • with nuts (no mint) You can add chopped dried fruit, choco bits whatever.
  • add chopped gluten free pretzels with or without dried fruit and nuts and chocolate.
  • other flavors of Stevia liquid drops
  • other baking chips like butterscotch (but look at those additives!)

Hi, my name is Rachel. I’m a chocoholic.

And I’m hiding the chocolate from myself.

Seriously. I asked Erik to help put it in a place I don’t know about. I mean, if he can wrest it from my cold dead hands.

This stuff is expensive. I’m not getting rid of it. But I can’t have it every day, anymore. So, off to some hidden reaches of the basement? it goes.

I was up late last night. I started reading online about PMDD. And found (via Mood Cure by Julie Ross (bought it). Woke up and took all my supplements and healing foods, and some Braggs Aminos. And some bacon.

Today I have my first swimming lesson.

I’m weapy, but determined and hopeful.