10 Primal Choices You Can Make Right Now

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Starting a diet, trying to lose weight or going primal doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be daunting to do this at first but really changing your lifestyle begins with little choices we make here and there. That’s why I put together this list of 10 primal choices you can make right now so that you can understand that going primal, or getting healthy, doesn’t need to consist of making your own broccoli sprouts or locating a local farmer that sells grass fed and finished beef or walking into a gym and using every piece of equipment. Primal is more than food choices, it effects choices we make all day long. So read below and check out how you can start and finish your day by making just a few primal choices.

1. Go to bed earlier

This is a must for anyone seeking to live a healthier life. Sleep is so important and many studies are coming out now showing just how important sleep is. You should be getting 7–9 hours of sleep each night. This will help set your circadian rhythm and get things back on track. Sleep should be our number one priority.

2. Drink black coffee

As your day goes on feel free to start with some coffee, but hold the sugar, cream, butter blah blah. Just drink black coffee. Coffee already has a ton of health benefits and we don’t need to start out our day with a huge blood sugar spike. If all you drink is black coffee in the morning this will help curb hunger and allow you to extend the fast from your sleep the night before.

3. Skip breakfast

For years we’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day or that we need to eat a bunch of small meals throughout the day. That’s just simply not true. Many studies are coming out now indicating that a compressed eating window is better for us. Eating a couple large meals in a span of 8–10 hours. So if you get in the routine of skipping breakfast, or just eating breakfast type foods, later in the day – that would be a great choice for you.

4. Eat simple meals

Going primal and getting healthy does not need to be complicated. Eat real whole food and avoid packaged stuff. It’s better for you and probably cheaper that way. Think eggs, butter and bacon – or salad, olive oil and tuna – or steak and roasted broccoli. All of those can be cooked up or put together so quick and requires very little thought. Keep things simple and buy whole foods and ditch recipes if you have to.

5. Get in the sun

This is another one that the world tells you to avoid. They say stay out of the sun or use sunscreen at all costs. This is ridiculous because we need sun, we need vitamin d. The Vitamin D Council suggests that we have a Vitamin D level of 40–80 ng/ml or higher. If you haven’t had your Vitamin D levels checked you should because Vitamin D is important for so many things and we can supplement it but the sun is free and you get a nice tan doing it. If you’re concerned about getting burned, just go inside or cover up with an SPF shirt like this.

6. Eat a handful of nuts

If you’re getting hungry but don’t feel like a full meal, just grab a handful of nuts. It’s the natural “fat bomb”. I typically prefer macadamia nuts or brazil nuts, but the choice is up to you. Just try not to eat the whole bag. Eat a handful or two – drink some water – wait a few minutes and see if you’re still hungry. Handful after handful of nuts are still a ton of calories so be careful not to go overboard.

7. Cook big chunks of meat

Lets face it – chicken breasts suck. They’re dry, lean and really boring. Stick with eating the best quality meat you can afford, but prioritize big chunks of meat that have fat and cartilage and bones. Big chunks of meat will fill you up and provide you with plenty of food for leftovers or for when you need a snack. I prefer pork shoulder and cooking it in my instant pot. I can get a good 3–4 days of meals out of that.

8. Trash seed oils and use butter and olive oil

A simple way to get healthier and primal is to throw out all you’re fake fats in your pantry. Canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, etc… and use butter or extra virgin olive oil instead. Industrial seed oils are terrible for your health and we would all be better off not consuming any of them. We have been told that saturated fat is bad but recent studies have shown that to be false once again. Seed oils are polyunsaturated fats which have more of a propensity for oxidation unlike saturated fats. Read more about it here, but tl;dr saturated fat good – polyunsaturated fat bad.

9. Turn on night shift

All that blue light from your phone and computer screen is messing up your circadian rhythm. You need to turn on night shift on your phone if you have it, or some equivalent feature that adds more yellow light back in your display as the night goes on. If you don’t do this and you let the blue light keep hitting your face and eyes from your phone and computer you’re telling your body it’s high noon and day time.

10. Use essential oils

Cutting out toxins is always a good thing. And better immunity is always a major plus! No one likes being sick. We use essential oils a lot in our home, not just any essential oils but specifically doTERRA! Because of their purity and potency they can actually be used for health benefits. We turn to OnGuard + soft gels at the first sign of germs. We turn to our oils for pain, energy, gut health and cleaning too. We diffuse lavender and serenity in the evening to calm down and help us reach those early bedtime goals also. If you take the natural lifestyle leap, a starter set is the best value – here are the doTERRA starter sets


That’s it folks. I hope these 10 ideas can help you progress throughout your day and make little choices to becoming more healthy and more primal. Let me know if you have any more ideas in the comments below. Take care!

Gluten Free Turmeric Sugar Cookies

Turmeric Cookie

These are not so primal.

Ok glad that’s out of the way. But for real these cookies are not paleo or primal but they are delicious and gluten free! I came across this recipe on this blog and thought the idea was crazy – turmeric in cookies? Now I don’t really cook with turmeric a ton but I’ve used it to make golden milk when I feel like I’m getting sick and when we happen to have milk on hand, which is rare.

Turmeric Cookie Bite

So I decided to try to make the above recipe but by swapping out a few things. I didn’t want to make it complicated by trying to substitute a paleo flour for the regular flour as it would be hard to replicate without making too many tweaks. So I kept it simple and used this Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour. Along with the flour change I used brown sugar instead of white sugar. Why? Because I wanted to. You can also use coconut palm sugar if you are concerned about the glycemic index and insulin response of brown sugar as coconut sugar has a lower GI and insulin response. At the end of the day though a carb is a carb and brown sugar and coconut sugar is still sugar. So take that as it is (not to mention brown sugar is a lot cheaper).

doTerra Turmeric Essential Oil

The turmeric in the cookies was added with ground turmeric to get the flavor and yellow color but to really enhance the flavor I used some doTerra turmeric essential oil drops. I don’t suggest you use just any turmeric essential oil in the recipe as doTerra is certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Other essential oils specifically say on the bottle to not consume internally, doTerra on the other hand can be taken internally. We are working to eliminate toxins in our home, so cooking with essential oils isn’t the main use. We are using them for so many things in our home as natural solutions to replace toxins. My wife sells CPTG doTerra oils here if you want to buy some for yourself.

The whole family loves these cookies so much that when I came home from work the next day there was only three left for me… so I ate them of course. I don’t always eat cookies or sweets but once in awhile it’s good to indulge and one or two cookies won’t throw you off your health goals.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Turmeric Sugar Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 pound (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
  2. 1 2/3 cups (333 grams) dark brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 2 drops doTerra turmeric essential oil
  8. 2 1/3 cups (299 grams) Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 375.

  2. Add the butter and brown sugar to a bowl and beat until mixed and light and fluffy.

  3. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix together thoroughly until fluffy again.

  4. Add the ground turmeric, baking powder and the drops of doTerra turmeric essential oil and mix on low again until all is thoroughly combined.

  5. Add the flour and mix on low again until everything is completely combined

  6. After everything is mixed well enough place the bowl in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

  7. After the dough is chilled, roll the dough into balls and place onto cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick sheets (whichever you prefer). I fit about 6 balls on each sheet. Do not smash these down, they will fall naturally.

  8. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until slightly brown around the edges and slightly cracking on top. If they look puffy that’s ok, they will fall when you take them out.

  9. Let them cool on the tray for a bit then transfer to a cooling rack.

  10. Enjoy!
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