June 20, 2016

Slow Cooker Blueberry Coconut Pork Roast (Whole 30, Paleo, AIP, Low FODMAP)



You guys guess what?!?!

Only 10 more days left of residency! If you can't tell already, I'm pretty excited about that! I think there are going to be a lot of extra exclamation points in today's post. Sorry I just can't help it!

I start my last week of call as a resident today.

Last week of call.

Let that sink in for a second...

Ahh that sounds amazing! For those of you in medicine you can understand just how exciting that is. For those of you not in medicine just be happy you don't know what being on call means. It's brutal. Just brutal.

So what am I going to do with myself once residency is over? Unfortunately, nothing too exciting. I still have to write my rheumatology exams in the fall so for the next few months I am going to be studying like a mad woman. I am also going to work 1-2 days a week in what's called a locum position (similar idea to a substitute teacher) to make some money during that time. What's insane is that I will be making more money working 1-2 days a week than I was making working more than full time as a resident. Such a crazy system. We kill ourselves for 10 years of medical school and residency and then finally start seeing the rewards after all that time.

I am also planning to escape to British Columbia for a couple weeks right after I finish my training to enjoy some much needed lake and pool time. Studying by the pool is much more enjoyable than studying anywhere else. That natural vitamin D is just good for the soul.


Besides finishing residency very shortly here I am also pretty excited about today's recipe: Slowcooker Blueberry Coconut Pork Roast. Are you curious? Sounds like an interesting flavour combination doesn't it? Well trust me it's delicious. And because it's made in the slow cooker, it's also extremely easy to make! My slow cooker has been such a saviour. I use that thing ALL THE TIME. Nothing makes preparing meals easier than a slow cooker if you ask me. You just throw the ingredients in, set the time and temperature and you're good! It's as easy as that. For anyone looking to make meal preparation easier I highly suggest investing in a slow cooker. They are inexpensive and tend to last forever (at least mine has so far). In fact, my slow cooker is so old they don't even make it any more! I tried to find it to link it for you guys and it just doesn't exist. This one looks very similar though. 

I realized it had been a while since I posted any kind of meat recipe. Sorry for that friends. I was busy sharing things like my free ebook, "8 Ways To Save Money On The Paleo Diet", and some other amazing recipes like Slightly Sweet Grain Free Granola and Roasted Honey Dijon Pecans. But even though I haven't been posting any meat recipes doesn't mean I haven't been busy concocting up new meat dishes behind the scenes. So stay tuned for more coming soon! 


So how did I come up with this recipe? To be honest I'm not really sure. I have always loved the flavour combination of blueberries and pork and I had a pork roast that needed to be cooked. So I threw a few things into the slow cooker, said a little prayer, headed to work, and came home to pork and blueberry deliciousness. I love it when things work out like that (trust me it doesn't always happen). And besides being super tasty and easy to make, this Slow Cooker Blueberry Coconut Pork Roast is also compatible with the Whole 30 diet, the AIP and paleo diets, as well as the Low FODMAP diet. It's like I always say, eating healthy doesn't have to be boring! Plus it's almost blueberry season so soon you can make this dish with fresh, local blueberries! Oh yum, I can't wait for blueberry season. It's one of my favourites that's for sure. I am just imagining dishes like blueberry cobblers, blueberry crips, and blueberry pies. Some more recipe ideas perhaps?

Okay, while I keep dreaming of all the blueberry recipes I want to create for you guys, you should enjoy this Slow Cooker Blueberry Coconut Pork Roast Recipe. I would love to hear what you think of this one!

So until next time, happy eating friends!

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Slow Cooker Blueberry Coconut Pork Roast Recipe




Ingredients

1 ethically raised pork shoulder roast (3-4 lbs) (buy here
1 3/4 cups full fat coconut milk (I use this brand
12 oz fresh blueberries (approximately 2 cups) 
1/3 cup chopped green onion (or one small white onion, diced) (use the green onion for FODMAPS)
2 TBSP organic balsamic vinegar (buy here) 
1/2-1 tsp sea salt, to taste



Directions

1. Turn your slow cooker onto low heat 
2. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and cook for 7 hours, stirring every couple hours if possible
3. If time allows, break the meat apart and turn your slow cooker to "keep warm" and let sit for 1 hour to increase the tenderness of the meat
4. Serve and enjoy!

This recipe pairs well with cooked broccoli, green beans, zucchini or Brussels sprouts.

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June 06, 2016

8 Ways to Save Money on the Paleo Diet



Hi friends! How was your weekend? I hope amazing!

I have something special to share with you today. I made my first ebook: 8 Ways To Save Money On The Paleo Diet.  I think I can call myself a real blogger now.




One of the biggest complaints I get from people when I talk to them about the paleo, or real foods diet, is how expensive it is. Trust me, I thought the same thing when I first changed my diet. But eating this way can definitely be affordable. So I decided to put together a resource to help you save money and start healing through food. Because it’s like I always say: real food really is medicine! 

This guide is a compilation of all the things I have learned after almost six years of eating a paleo style diet (has it really been that long?!?!). I don't want you to have to struggle like I did initially so I really hope this guide can help you avoid some of the mistakes that I made when I transitioned to this way of eating. These recommendations apply for all types of real food diets whether it be SCD, GAPS, AIP, Paleo, Whole 30, or others. 


Now, this guide is only available to those who have signed up for my newsletter. So if you are interested, please sign up below and you will be sent a FREE copy of this resource. Once you are signed up I will also keep you informed about new recipes, health information, giveaways and whatever else is happening on the blog. And no spam ever I promise! And you can unsubscribe at any time. No hurt feelings. 

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Until next time, happy eating! 



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