Paleo Talk & Caveman Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Wednesday, beautiful people. I hope your day is filled of sprinkles and glitter. 😉

So, as some of my close friends know, I am currently following a paleo/primal style way of eating.
No, not a diet (that word makes me gag)..just a way of eating. Meaning, I am eating mostly veggies, fruits, meat, eggs, nuts, oils & some dairy. I am eating A LOT more fat than I was previously, mostly in the form of egg yolks, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts, butter & animal fat..it makes me feel gooooooood 🙂 Basically getting a good mix of protein, fats & carbs at all meals. Focusing on eating real, whole foods. Probably eating close to 80-90% paleo, with a little wiggle room for occasional treats & non-paleo noms!

Notable changes from switching to paleo/primal:

  • Less bloating (hallejuler)
  • More stable energy throughout the day
  • Cravings for sugar have significantly went down
  • My taste buds are a lot more sensitive to sugary foods now, sugary foods I used to eat taste almost TOO sugary for me now
  • My digestive system is working quite well, if you catch my drift 😉 #Imreallymature

My first 2 weeks were kind of rough during the “detox” stage. I really found you just have to push through it though. Apparently detoxing your body doesn’t feel too great. You will feel lethargic, cranky & just plain crumby. My advice: Get support from loved ones, put your big girl panties on & EAT ENOUGH CALORIES.

One mistake I think many people make when switching to paleo is simply not eating enough. Think about it: you cut out the grains and up your veggies, naturally there will be a drastic drop in caloric intake. So make sure you either just transition to paleo-friendly carbs or up your fats a good amount to make up for the calories. Your body will thank you.

Here’s a nifty little info graphic I used to figure out where to start & what my meals should look like

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There is a booty load of information on paleo & primal online, just make sure it is from a credible source! There are tons of paleo chat boards, and I am not trying to say they are all wrong, but proceed with caution when listening to advice found on there.

Here are some sources & blogs I personally found helpful for my transition:
Chris Kresser

Robb Wolff

PurelyTwins

Meg the RHN

Nerd Fitness’s Paleo Guide

There are many others, but these really helped open my eyes!


And now, without further ado, I give you..

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Caveman Chocolate Chip Cookies [paleo/gluten free]

Yields 30 cookies

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 3 T coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 T organic evaporated cane sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chip (I used half dark chocolate, half semi sweet; can sub for dairy-free chocolate for a true paleo treat)

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Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the eggs & then the melted coconut oil. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Scoop onto cookie trays using a tablespoon, my cookies were about a heaping tablespoon each.

Cook at 325 F for 12-15 minutes, or until golden. DO NOT overcook, they will turn out very dry!

Get this: only 9 grams of carbs per cookie 😮

Enjoy this nice paleo treat with a big glass of almond or coconut milk.

Dunk, chew, repeat.

😉

Much love,

Dolce

You are ____ enough.

Even if we don’t consciously realize it, we can get caught in the trap of not feeling ENOUGH.

Beautiful enough.
Skinny enough.
Smart enough.
Fit enough.
Healthy enough.
Successful enough.
Rich enough.
Godly enough.
Social enough.
Funny enough.
GOOD enough.

Oh the list can go on of poison darts of thoughts that the devil aim at our vulnerable souls.

Being completely open here, I struggle with feeling ENOUGH on a daily basis.
My type A, perfectionist personality comes as an disadvantage to me at times.

Plot twist: Those thoughts AREN’T TRUE.

God looks at you with Love, He sees a beautifully perfect creation of His very own hands.

I want you each to feel at peace with yourself. At peace with the beautiful (or handsome!) human being God has crafted you into. You are a masterpiece, darnit!
I want you to freely love yourself. Your quirks and all. I wish I could give a big hug to each of you, but instead I will leave you with scripture that warms my heart & reminds me in times of doubt that God made me & I am enough.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. (‭Psalms‬ ‭139‬:‭13-16‬ NLT)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭9‬ NIV)

“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. (‭Luke‬ ‭12‬:‭6-7‬ NLT)

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭28-30‬ NLT)

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭49‬:‭16‬ NIV)

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬ NLT)

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Today is not my day.

Have you ever said that when your day seems to unravel event after event?
…Your alarm failed to go off so you’re rushing at the speed on light, throwing your hair up in a messy bun. [Side note, ladies: Let’s be honest, a messy bun takes a stupid silly amount of perfecting.]
…You are already running late to school/work and you realize your car is on E
…You and your friend or significant other are butting heads all day
…You totally forget about your important exam and totally bomb it
…Anddd to top it off, your fish died

Let’s face it, we’ve all had these types of days. No matter how “small” or big a problem may be that you face in your day, it can make us feel totally out of control and useless. We have all been there.

“It is just not my day,”

Here’s the thing, that statement could not be any more TRUE. No day is “your day”. Why? Because every single day, month, year, decade, and beyond is The Lord’s.

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it,” Psalm 118:24 NLT

God has perfectly planned out the itinerary for today, tomorrow, and all the rest of the days of eternity. Let us celebrate His grace no matter what our day may throw at us. DEPEND on Him; day in and day out.

One of my biggest faults is trying to take control from God. Basically what it boils down to is trying to BE God. That makes me cringe just thinking about it, who would ever try to fill in almighty shoes of our one and only Lord? But in reality, that’s what it is when we try to be the captain of our own lives, recklessly sailing through life after what’s “best” for ourselves.

Then the boat crashes. And we feel like a failure. “Why did God let this happen?” “Doesn’t He want what’s best for me?” “Does He even love me?”

We can pursue genuinely good things every day–admission to a good school, the job we have been praying for for months and years, the person we think is potentially our future spouse, etc.–but if that certain thing doesn’t align with God’s ultimate will, that door will be shut. Sometimes it is slammed in our face and we bang our pinky toe on the way out.

But that isn’t the end of your story. God has a beautifully arranged plot to your life, all you have to do is surrender and trust each day. It will be a battle. Great things you desire may not happen, but know that God has something even more miraculous planned.

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“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them,” Romans 8:28 NLT

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope,” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Seek God’s higher purpose in the middle of the chaos. He is performing miracles 24/7. Soak up His presence. Hand over the steering wheel to Him.

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XOXO, Dolce