This past weekend I had an adventure with my daughter in the Great Smoky Mountains. We went on our first backpacking trip together with a guide from The Blue Ridging Hiking Co. I have not been backpacking since I was about 12 years old, which was a LONG time ago, think 1970’s. Man has the equipment changed, for the BETTER!! The packs are lighter, the bags compress smaller and the food is tastier. I even enjoyed Momma's Mammoth Munch on the trail.
This trip was much needed after spending the last 6 months in some form of COVID isolation. We were able to get away from the craziness of the news cycle, the tension of being in a quarantined city and broke out into the beautiful rainforest of the Smokies. We did 3 days of hiking and 2 nights of camping, by the babbling cool mountain streams, nature’s own sound machine. We woke to rainstorms in the middle of the night. We huddled under shelter enjoying post dinner time conversations about books, movies and life.
We saw deer, hummingbirds, salamanders, millipedes, snails, slugs, just missed seeing a bear and a spectrum of fungi all over the forest floor. We enjoyed discovering natures wonders in the forest. We ended our hike with a view of a spectacular waterfall, sore muscles, smelly, bug bitten bodies. However I know we will do this again.
I highly recommend taking the time to get out in nature. Take a break from the craziness of life to slow down, take in the smell of our big blue beautiful planet. It will not only help your soul but also your body.
This past week I join the Beautycounter Team. It was a natural fit for me. I have always been interested in the natural health and wellness world since I was young. So when I discovered Beautycounter and their clean products, that performed well, it seemed to fit my life and goals. Especially since our skin is our number 1 detoxifying organ. It was a not a big leap for me to make the choice to start using products that are free of over 1,800 chemicals.
The first time I tried Beautycounter products was last summer. It so happened to be at the same time I tried ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD). My skin looked amazing and I felt amazing. I wasn't entirely sure - why my skin looked so amazing. I attributed to fact that I had just been fasting. However fast forward to this winter. I again did the ProLon FMD I felt amazing, however my skin looked good just not as good as when I was using Beautycounter products. So I decided to try the set I tested in August 2019, Countertime Collection. OMG, my skin started looking better and feeling better. Then when I added in another round of ProLon, boom there you have it my skin looked the same as last August. LOL So I am a happy happy girl. I also love that Beautycounter is a certified B Corporation, which means safer products, sustainability, charitable giving, advocacy and transparency. Overall I feel this will be a good fit for me and my business of better living through feeding our bodies real food and paying attention our bodies.
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This month for my daughters birthday, we did a drive by birthday party with a food drive for Out of the Garden Project. This program has been really stretch thin since the virus has hit the US. Previously they were able to go and purchase pallets of canned goods from a warehouse store. But it's just not a reality now. If you are inclined to donate, they can use could use more food donations of canned meats and vegetables. They already have enough beans, plus who wants to eat so many beans. So if you have a little extra food or money you can donate to an organization who is taking care of those who have been hit hardest by this pandemic please consider them. They are serving the children with the greatest need for food during this time. Previously they sent home backpacks of non-perishable food for the weekend when these children were in school.
This weekend I made PESTO again!!! Yes, but this time I made it with kale, basil, walnuts and garlic scapes. We don't use dairy because 2 of my family members are intolerant to dairy. It is too inflammatory for their bodies. We used the pesto last night on a new recipe I saw posted by Dr. Mark Hyman, No Cheese, "Cheesy" Cauliflower Bites with Basil Pesto. OMG!!! We loved it. Actually we did not tell my daughter what the name of the dish was because she has a thing about cheese. blegh However once we got her to taste it with the pesto she was SOLD!!! I highly recommend making it. (We used a different pesto recipe, see below.)
Mary, is the creator and founder of PaleoLove Company, Mom, wife, friend, partner in crime, and entrepreneur. She has been a lover of art, food and traveling since she was very young. She began her paleo journey just out of curiosity, then her oldest daughter developed health problems where she needed to consume a low carb low sugar diet. It is here where she developed her skills in creating and making low sugar low carb treats and eats.