The Power of Cold Therapy

 

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Last week my fiancé challenged me to an ice bath. Hesitant, I accepted his challenge. You can conclude that whenever my boo puts me up to a challenge, I accept….No I’m not a competitive person by any means (the opposite in fact) but he always pushes my limits and I admire him for that…so when the opportunity to push my limits arose, I said YES. The dreaded ice bath day came, and don’t get me wrong…I procrastinated the heck out of it. I made tea, I worked out extra….sat in the sauna longer…I was afraid of the pain!!! But. Alas it was time to make the plunge into the 30 pounds of ice. Yes it was horrible. I cried probably 10 times. But when the 15 minutes passed and I felt that stream of glorious hot water on my back, all of the agony was worth it.  I was never aware of all the benefits cold therapy has to offer. Exposure to cold can improve thyroid function, cause fat loss and increase overall resilience. Doctors use cold exposure with patients to increase leptin sensitivity, boost strength, and speed wound healing. (bulletproofexec.com). I must admit, I  immediately felt the positive effects. I slept better, and I swear I felt lighter and smaller the next morning when I woke up. I am now on my 4th ice bath and I am loving the benefits. It is always nice to challenge your limits and push yourself to do bigger and greater things. I encourage all of you fellow paleo pals out there to try this amazing mental test….go to your nearest grocery store and purchase 2 20 pound  bags of ice and dump them in a tub full of cold water. Submerse yourself up to your neck for 20 minutes and I guarantee you will reap positive benefits. TRY IT!!! Push yourself. You’re not truly living life until you push yourself to do the unthinkable!

That is all!!! If you complete this task…reward yourself with a paleo margarita that can be found in the recipe section of this blog. Xoxoxoxo -Chelsea

 

Paleo Bread!

We have been CRAVING a deli sandwich lately. Growing up in Napa Valley, we were surrounded by amazing delis and loved to go there for lunch or grabbing our picnic supplies. SO I decided to make paleo bread! I was inspired by this recipe by Health Extremist, but I modified it a bit based on my preferences, sensitivities (coconut flour rips up my stomach), and the number of eggs I had on hand (hehe).  FYI – it makes a mini loaf, so double the recipe if you want larges pieces.

  • 1 1/4 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Ground Chia Seeds
  • 3 Eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Mix all ingredients. Pour into a small loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes (stick a toothpick or knife in the center and remove from oven if it comes out clean – it is better to pull out sooner rather than later so it doesn’t get too dry).

Today I made a primal deli sandwich

  • 2 slices of Paleo Bread
  • salami
  • Kerry Gold cheese
  • mustard
  • pickle
  • tomato

It was SO yummy and I felt like a kid again with my potato chips & juice (GT’s Kombucha)! I hope you enjoy!!

 

WE’RE BAAACK

Hey Paleo Pals!!

WOW!! What a summer we have had. Between moving, starting jobs, pursuing entrepreneurial ventures, taking care of loved ones and training a new pup pup, Instagram has been our best way of communication. We are also up and running on our newly updated blog site! We hope you like it 🙂 You will see all of our previous posts below – ENJOY!

With our new website, you will continue to get new recipes, health and wellness tips, paleo lifestyle hacks and workout routines, but we will also provide you with shopping lists, our trial and error (now DIEHARD) lifestyles we have come to swear by! We are excited to live, learn and grow together as summer comes to an end and we fall into autumn…and then the dreaded/loved holiday season!! Don’t worry, we will be here to support you through it all!

Sending lots of love and appreciation from the Sonoma Wine Country and San Diego beaches.

Love,

Audrey and Chelsea