Open for Business

It’s been a while since I said Hi.  I’m sure you all understand.  Work, home, commitments all conspire against us to do all the other things in life we do when we aren’t paying bills and keeping our families fed.  It’s been a good time though because it’s given me the chance to look back and look forward and understand some things that I didn’t before.  Things I may have sensed but not really had the time to contemplate or appreciate.  It’s funny how things are revealed to us.  Sometimes we sit in a quiet room for days trying to fathom some mystery of the universe and the answer comes to us in the midst of the busiest day we can imagine.

It just goes to show that one of the greatest skills in life we should try to cultivate is simply being open to what life presents us.  You never know when that still, small voice is going to whisper the answer or a truth in your ear.  We can prepare ourselves as much as we can through prayer, meditation, and introspection but the word will come when it comes; not before and not after.  We simply need the patience, perseverance, and preparedness to wait for it to happen.

Take a moment before you start the day and stop.  Ask yourself, “Am I open to the possibilities the universe has to offer me today?”  If you are, you will be surprised what is out there, waiting to enlighten your day.

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The Real Food Mama Recipe of the Week – Breakfast Hamburgers

I don’t know about your house, but when I’m really stuck for a supper idea my go-to meal is breakfast for supper.  I always have bacon and eggs and there isn’t a person in the house that doesn’t enjoy it.  It’s the perfect selection when I’m completely devoid of ideas.

Enter this week’s recipe from The Real Food Mama.  These Breakfast Hamburgers take all of the goodness and fun of breakfast for supper and combines it in a way that would be appropriate for any meal!  And this will be a special treat for Paleo and Primal folks who are trying to avoid white bread and gluten because it’s bunless.  Doesn’t it just look too yummy!?  And the best part is that prep is relatively simple and the results delicious!

I hope you enjoy this recipe suggestion. After you’ve read through the details on The Real Food Mama, check out Joanne’s Breakfast, Main Dish, Sides & Salads, and Dessert sections. You can also find Joanne on Facebook here.

Happy Eating!

The Real Food Mama Recipe of the Week – Steak Salad with Goat Cheese & Toasted Walnuts

It’s my absolute pleasure to introduce a new weekly feature on The Paleo Campfire. If you already know Joanne from The Real Food Mama then you know how much of an absolutely wonderful resource her site is for Paleo and Primal living. If this is your first encounter with The Real Food Mama, you’re in for a treat. Every week I’ll feature one of Joanne’s incredible recipes with a link back to her site where you can get all the details.

This week our Real Food Mama recipe is Steak Salad with Goat Cheese & Toasted Walnuts. This mouthwatering combination of steak, goat cheese, and walnuts hits all of the nutritional highlights we aspire to at every meal in an appealing package even your picky little cavekids will enjoy. I was looking for a new lunchtime salad combination but I think I’ve found it! I’m definitely working this into my meal rotation sooner rather than later.

I hope you enjoy this recipe suggestion. After you’ve read through the details on The Real Food Mama, check out Joanne’s Breakfast, Main Dish, Sides & Salads, and Dessert sections.  You can also find Joanne on Facebook here.

Happy Eating!

A Paleo Mind

I’ve tried a couple of times already to write about something that’s been on my mind.  The idea of having a new information lifestyle to suit my new dietary lifestyle has intrigued me in the last while.  I have implemented some things in my life that have dramatically changed the way I interact with the constant background noise we live with every day.

FrustratedIt all started when I read Tim FerrissFour Hour Work Week.  One of the core principles in the book is eliminating the unnecessary from your life and one of the things he views as unnecessary is much of the information we take in on a daily basis.  If the information is not directly actionable or does not have a direct effect on your life, he argues, what is the good of it?  When you sit back and think about it, the idea is both simple yet revolutionary.  We constantly expose ourselves to a ever increasing deluge of information in the name of being well informed citizens but in the end there is really nothing directly actionable for our lives in the 24/7 news cycle of CNN or ESPN.  Sure, okay, watch the morning headlines or catch a 20 minute run on SportsCenter but then move on with your day.  Do you really think things are going to change that much in an hour that you constantly need to check the headlines?

It has become increasingly clear to me that much of the media we consume in a day is like the sugary, trans-fat laden, pre-packaged snacks we have sworn to leave behind.  Instead of doing damage to our body though, it is doing damage to our mind; weighing us down with the unnecessary disguised as the direly important, the optional disguised as the necessary.  I used to check the news constantly in abject fear that I might miss something.  How completely irrational is that?  You know what though, I bet you feel the same way.  And if it isn’t about the news it’s about the market, or your favorite sports team, or about Android, or Apple, or whether the new iPad 3 is called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD.  It can drive you crazy.

What I would propose then is a radical concept.  Approach your media consumption with the same principles, practices, and determination you have applied to adopting a Paleo life.  I believe there is an undeniable link between our physical and mental well being. Having a well body leads to having a well mind and having a well mind leads to having a well body. True, full wellness springs from the combination of the two.  Identify what is truly necessary in your life and eliminate what isn’t.  Does your life really require that you consult with CNN on an hourly basis?  Does AppleInsider really hold the keys to your happiness?  Does that article, one in a million, that breaks down the differences between Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread really have to distract you from the work at hand?

You see, I have come to believe in two very certain things in my life during the last year of my Paleo journey:

  1. Multitasking is a fools errand.  You do one thing to completion (or as completed as it can be at the time) and then move on to another.  Trying to do several things at once will just slowly drive you crazy.
  2. The majority of the information we have come to believe, or are lead to believe, is necessary in are lives is more directed at selling us something than informing us.  That something might be a product but it could be any number of other things that you probably don’t need, want, or can afford at the time.

If you’re willing to agree with these two statements, it’s time to change.  Turn off the TV, close those permanently open browser tabs, don’t watch that keynote address that’s actually just a 45 minute commercial.  Go do something productive, go do something for yourself, go play with your kids.  We often complain about not having any time any more in our modern society but it’s often because we fill it up and take it away from ourselves.  I think if we were more willing to approach how we fill our minds the way we approach filling our bodies, a lot of that time would magically reappear.

So take the time today to really assess how you use your mind and how you fill it up.  A healthy mind contributes to a healthy body.  Perhaps it’s time for us to invent a Paleo diet for our mind to go with the Paleo diet for our body.

A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.
– John Locke

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