Functional Food Friday: Making Biltong

Since this is functional food Friday and we’re going to be talking about meat, we should probably address whether meat can be considered a functional food. At Functional Patterns and Authentic Human we absolutely believe it is. You have probably seen the regular news items claiming that eating red meat with kill you by causing heart disease or cancer and most likely know a few Continue Reading →

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Functional Food Friday: Cookware Essentials

This week we are going to take some time to provide an overview of the essential cookware that will make your cooking easier and more enjoyable. Choosing the right cookware for the job will ensure successful cooking, roasting, stir frying, sautéing or sauce making.

Since you will ideally be using your cookware on a daily basis for most or all of your meals it is also important to choose wisely to avoid potential health issues that ...

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Functional Food Friday: Paleo Chunky Chili

It seems like Memorial Day is a day when there are many Chili cook offs around the nation so we thought today would be a good day to share our favorite Chili. Chili comes in many styles and flavors influenced by various regions and with specific differences that identify it as Mexican Chili Con Carne, Texas Chili or some other variant. rhe core starting point is always slowly braised hunks of meat. With some quality ingredients and a ...

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Functional Food Friday: Banana Almond ‘Ice-Cream’

Today on Functional Food Friday we’re going to have a little fun! We’re sharing a quick and delicious ‘treat’ that is sugar-free and dairy-free and fits a Paleo or Primal eating plan.

When you clean up your diet in order to lose weight, improve performance or heal from a condition it is best to eliminate the typical go-to sweet treats or desserts all of which will be sugar-laden or high in refined carbohydrates. These are bad news and will derail your ...

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Functional Food Friday: Durban Curry

This week Friday’s Food is definitely functional. The folks from Authentic Human, Gavin and Candice are bringing us Durban Curry. Gavin is going to show us how to make Durban Curry and Candice tells us why curry is a super-functional food.

Gavin grew up in Durban, which is a city on the East coast of South Africa. The area has a large Indian population which has influenced the local culinary tastes so that fragrant and flavorful spices feature heavily in the ...

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The Three Rules of Real, Healthy Food

So, in a nutshell – eat real, healthy food! It’s really that simple. Eating real, healthy food with help you achieve health, happiness and longevity.

While it really is that simple, maybe you are not entirely certain what is considered real food or what would be considered healthy food.

First Rule of Real, Healthy Food: Nutrient Density

Think of every meal or snack you eat as an opportunity to provide raw materials for your body. Choose foods that are rich in nutrients from ...

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Homemade Mayo In 10 Minutes Or Less

If you are like us and are following a paleo-ish or primal way of eating then you are probably trying to avoid eating vegetable oils like sunflower oil,  soybean oil and the ubiquitous canola oil.  It is almost impossible to find a mayo or salad dressing that does not have one or more … or all of these oils.  Even the mayonnaise that is advertised as being Olive Oil Mayonnaise usually has canola or soybean oil as the first ingredient.  You can ...

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Functional Food Friday: Country Style Omelet [Video]

Our latest edition of Functional Food Friday over at Functional Patterns is all about eggs. Gavin shows you how to make an easy and versatile country style omelet and Candice gives us the scoop on why we should be eating more eggs – and especially the yolks!

If you’re eating egg white omelets please stop immediately! The best ...

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#1 Weight Loss Secret – Gluten and Grains

That’s it folks. The #1 tip for losing weight is to eliminate grains and gluten from your repertoire of food choices. If you are at all versed in the growing paleo or primal philosophies then you will already know that this is not negotiable. The grains and gluten have got to go! Fortunately, gluten free seems to be the new marketing buzz these days. The number of gluten free products is proliferating and it is ...

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Weight Loss – It’s Not A Numbers Game

Weight loss has always been a numbers game, the number on the scale going up or down, calories in vs calories out, your BMI, your body fat percentage – all numbers. Even the term weight loss directly implies changing the number on the scale from a higher one to a lower one. We need to change the paradigm – we need to stop talking about weight loss and come up with another way of thinking about changing our ...

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