Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.

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12 Natural Strategies to Prevent Breast Cancer – I know a lot of women who could benefit from reading this article. Including myself…even though I know from genetic testing that I don’t carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations.

 Why Social Isolation Leads to Inflammation – Make some friends and hang out with them regularly. I’ve struggled to find my ‘tribe’ in the past. It’s not easy to do if you’re introverted, but I promise it’s worth it.

Conditions Shown to Benefit from a Ketogenic Diet – I love that the keto diet is gaining popularity. Maybe more restaurants will start offering grain-free meal options because of it since those are still so hard to find.

Stress May Counteract Effects of a Healthy Diet – Stress can have negative effects on your metabolism. That’s why it’s so important to find an activity that will de-stress you.

Endurance Training Changes Your Genes’ Activity – It’s so fascinating to me how certain activities can alter gene expression. I’m not a huge fan of endurance training. I’d much rather do burst training exercises, which also have a positive effect on gene expression.

Having a Happy Spouse Could be Good For Your Health – Marry me? Seriously though, I see how this could have a positive impact on ones’ health. As long as both partners are happy and supportive of each other. There are way too many couples who settle and aren’t really happy together. Sad to think that could have been me, but good thing I came to my senses.

9 Ways to Get More Energy That Have Nothing to do with Sleep – Good advice all around. Especially the advice to reduce caffeine consumption. Too many people are overly dependent on it for a quick fix. And there are far better ways to energize.

The Skinny on Fat: A Conversation with Dr. David Ludwig – Separate fat from fiction with two of my favorite nutrition gurus.

Thyroid Autoimmunity and Quality of Life – Avoiding thyroid autoimmune conditions is easy really. All you have to do is put in the effort. In fact, this article suggests that it’s as easy as following a paleo-type diet and making sure that your diet includes plenty of CoQ-10, magnesium and selenium. Sadly, most people aren’t willing to do this on their own. Perhaps that’s where a health coach or functional medicine specialist can come into play.

The Power of B12: How to Tell if You Need More – Chances are you need more because you’re not absorbing B12 properly or you’re not getting enough of it in your diet to begin with.

10 Companies that Control Almost Everything We Eat & Drink – This is nothing new, but if you’ve never seen it before it’s definitely worth checking out. You’ll cringe when you realize who owns your favorite “natural” brands.

Anxiety and Panic Attacks Becoming More Prevalent – What’s to blame for this? Stress and our modern lifestyle, most likely. I’m so glad I decided to take some time off from teaching. It’s made a huge difference in the prevalence of my anxiety and panic attacks. In fact, they’re non-existent.

Happy October, healthy friends! Have a great week.

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What I Ate Wednesday is a food gawking link-up party created by Jenn and hosted by Laura and Arman each Wednesday. Join me as I share some things I ate.

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Greetings, friends! I’m so happy to be back in Boise now. Denver wasn’t bad, but it’s not a city in which I would choose to settle. There is some amazing food in Denver though. I definitely gained a few pounds while eating my way through the city. That’s okay. It was worth it.

I bet you’re wondering about some of the things I ate. So here it goes.

I was really proud of the hotel dinner I put together last Monday night. I went to Target and picked up a bunch of yummy things.

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Unfortunately I found out really quickly that my hotel fridge was actually an ice box no matter what setting I put it on. So I had to go out to eat the rest of the week.

On Tuesday we went to a Rockies game. I had a grass-fed burger with no bun from CHUBurger.

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It was just okay. Nothing special.

I started feeling not too well at the game and thought that I might have been coming down with a stomach bug that was going around in my training group. But I’m not really sure that was the case. I think just 2 margaritas were to blame.

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2 margaritas! That’s all I had. But I rarely ever drink anything that isn’t wine so my tolerance is low. By the way, that’s my coworker Matt. He’s single ladies, and can travel to you for free. Ha! I’m not sure he would appreciate me pimping him out. But whatever.

I woke up Wednesday with quite a bad stomach ache and ended up puking in the office bathroom 3 times. My friend Tiffany bought me applesauce from King Soopers. I ate some and took a nap on my lunch break. Then woke up feeling slightly better. A sneaky green smoothie from Etai’s was all I could stomach that day.

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Tiffany wanted to check out a paleo bakery called Mmmm…Coffee near downtown Denver. I tagged along but had no desire to eat.

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By Thursday I was feeling much better. I went to Panera for soup and salad.

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On Thursday night we rented a car and drove up to Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. It’s easily one of my favorite places in Colorado. We ended up getting dinner at a tea house called The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House. There was a private event going on so we were banned to the patio. The food was good though and I’m planning to go back one day to experience the whole zen thing inside of the tea house. I ordered Korean Bi Bim Bop because saying “bi bim bop” is fun.

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I’m not a fan of rice so I wasn’t head-over-heels in love with this meal. But I like the idea of steak, fermented veggies and eggs for dinner. I could have definitely done without the rice.

We finally headed home on Friday and spent too many hours in the Denver airport thanks to a delayed plane. I decided that I wasn’t leaving the Denver airport until I ate at Root Down, which is highly rated for good reason. I ordered Thai carrot curry soup with a side of sweet potato waffle fries.

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Check this place out in Concourse C at the Denver airport if you ever find yourself there. It’s worth it. We sat at the window and watched all the Southwest planes land and take off. Plus we made friends. Good times.

Let me know if you live in or have ever been to the Denver area. I have to go back for one more week of training between now and the end of the year and I’d like some more restaurant recommendations.

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I love autumn! And what better way to celebrate my favorite season than with a big batch of crockpot bison chili that’s 100% paleo approved? I’ve kind of just been throwing this recipe together over the years. I used to make this all the time when I was strict paleo about 4-5 years ago. My body is telling me to go that route again and I’m happy to oblige. Especially if it means eating bison chili.

Paleo Bison Chili

Paleo Bison Chili

Ingredients

  • 1.25 lb. ground bison meat
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed into small pieces
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 zucchinis, diced
  • 1 28 oz. can whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Brown the bison and the garlic in a skillet.
  2. Remove bison and garlic from skillet and put in crockpot.
  3. Sautee the onions, carrots, sweet potato, pepper and jalapeno until onion pieces become translucent (about 5-7 minutes).
  4. Add zucchini to skillet and sautee veggies for 2 more minutes.
  5. Put veggies into crockpot with the bison.
  6. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper to crockpot and let simmer for at least 4 hours.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
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