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Secreto Kitchen & Bar

For our date night, Kathy and I recently enjoyed dinner at a relatively new restaurant in Alpharetta called Secreto Kitchen & Bar. When it comes to food, we usually stick to what we know is good instead of trying new restaurants. But while browsing OpenTable the night before to pick a restaurant for our date, we decided to try something new, and we did not get disappointed. In fact, the outstanding experience we have made at Secreto, motivated me to make restaurant reviews a new category on my blog.

Location

Secreto is located on Windward Parkway, between a Mexican restaurant, which has the same owner as Secreto, and a CrossFit studio.…

Baby on paleo diet

If you have been following this blog, you probably know that my wife and I use the Paleo diet as the framework of our dietary lifestyle. During a recent visit to the doctor’s office, a nutritionist strongly objected to the Paleo diet because it apparently doesn’t provide the nutrients babies need to grow. So according to the nutritionist, babies should not be on a paleo diet! Continue reading to find out what’s fact vs. opinion!

Paleo in our family

Our older daughter Isabella was already a toddler when we changed our eating habits towards a more Paleo-influenced lifestyle, and neither us nor our pediatrician had any concerns of Isabella to follow suit.…

Salmon is known as a healthy food, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. What you may not have known is that most Atlantic farmed salmon is contaminated with chemicals such as ethoxyquin (EQ), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) that is used to preserve fish food.

What is ethoxyquin?

Ethoxyquin is a synthetic antioxidant that’s added to fish food for preservation. In other words, it prevents the fat in the fish food from becoming rancid. The European Union has outlawed the use of ethoxyquin as a pesticide and has established strict limits for vegetables, fruits, nuts and meat. However, there are no limits for ethoxyquin in fish.…

Superfoods: Eggs and avocados - health benefits and nutritional information

Eggs and avocados are my two favorite superfoods that offer a lot of health benefits. Continue reading to learn why eggs and avocados should regularly be on your plate as well.

Avocados and their health benefits

Avocados are among my favorite fruits. You heard right; avocados aren’t vegetables but fruits! What makes the avocado one of my favorite fruits is their fat content. In comparison, most other fruits have a high carbohydrate content due to fructose (fruit sugar), which I try to consume only in limited quantities.

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  • Danielle Walker – Celebrations Cookbook (Amazon)

In a previous article, I wrote about the benefits of avocado oil, which has a lot of nutrients.…

Urgent care vs emergency room

Our whole family got sick not too long ago with a viral stomach infection. It was a disaster as you can imagine, especially since both our three-year-old toddler and our 10-months-old baby were affected too. Getting treatment turned out to be much more complicated and time-consuming as we would have expected, requiring a total of five trips to urgent care facilities, the emergency room (ER) and the pediatrician.

Patient zero

The fun started with my wife waking up at 2 am because she felt nauseous. Shortly after, she began vomiting, which continued until she went to an urgent care center in the morning.…

Olive oil vs. Avocado oil

Have you ever wondered what the healthier oil was: avocado oil or olive oil? Or what oil to use for cooking? In this article, we will take a deep dive into avocado oil vs. olive oil to find out which one is healthier and better suited for cooking.

Chosen Foods published a blog article the other day promoting the benefits of avocado oil. We use both avocado oil and olive oil a lot at home, and I decided to share with you the findings of my research.

Move over olive oil — avocado oil is the new favorite. It has grown in popularity this past year for so many reasons.

KIND snacks samples

Favorite food brands: KIND snack bars

Last updated on Nov 28, 2016

Eating healthy is not easy considering that most food you can buy at the grocery store is quite the opposite of healthy. Making it yourself is not always an option, so to help you pick healthy foods, I started a new series called “Favorite food brands”. In this article, I would like to introduce KIND snacks.

The need for healthy snacks

We don’t snack a lot but sometimes we have no choice. That happens on those hectic days when there is not enough time for a real meal while traveling or while being out and about with the kids. I can appreciate that not everybody in my family (read: nobody) shares my enthusiasm about the Paleo shake I invented, so we had to find other healthy alternatives.…

Paleo Pizza

Pizza is my guilty pleasure, but it is, unfortunately, not compatible with the paleo diet (lifestyle). Other people are gluten- or lactose-intolerant and can’t have regular pizza either. In this article, I’ll share a recipe for a tasty pizza that’s Paleo-friendly, gluten- and lactose-free. Have I mentioned it tastes excellent?

Ingredients

For the crust I am borrowing a recipe from Danielle Walker’s excellent book: Against All Grain, but I have modified it a bit. Instead of coconut flour, which I’m sensitive to, I’m using super fine almond flour. The amounts below are enough for two medium-sized pizzas.

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups arrowroot powder
  • 3/4 cup super fine almond flour
  • 1/2 cup melted ghee
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (not baking powder)

Topping

Feel free to top your pizza with anything you like.…

Secret to sleep

For many people, sleep is a necessary evil. Something that takes time away from other things they could be doing. In this article, I will share with you how you can use sleep to your advantage and what the secret to sleeping well is.

The importance of sleep

Sleep is a crucial factor for your mental and physical well-being. If you don’t sleep enough, you accumulate what scientists call “sleep debt”. It is like with an overdrawn bank account. At some point, the bank will want its money back, and your body will want its sleep back.
From that perspective, cutting back on sleep because you have other important things to do, such as work, doesn’t make much sense.…

What the most successful people do before breakfast

A year ago, my sister-in-law Silvia introduced me to a concept that would literally change my life overnight. She told me to read a book by the title “What the most successful people do before breakfast“.

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Not a Morning Person

I never considered myself a morning person. In fact, for most of my life, I had a hard time getting up in the morning. On very few occasions, I woke up in the morning feeling completely rested and ready to roll. All I knew about sleep was that I should get “enough” every night. However, it seemed like, regardless how many hours I slept, I never felt rested in the morning.…

Chosen Foods Sample

Favorite food brands: Chosen Foods

Last updated on Mar 5, 2017

Eating healthy is not easy considering that most food you can buy at the grocery store is quite the opposite of healthy. Making it yourself is not always an option, so to help you pick healthy foods, I started a new series called “Favorite food brands”.

Chosen Foods Mayonnaise

We discovered Chosen Foods when I grew sick of making paleo mayonnaise myself, and we were looking for healthy alternatives. You would think that finding a mayo that doesn’t contain any sugar, artificial ingredients but is made with healthy oils is easy. It turned out that there are only a handful of brands that fit that bill.…

Workout and Activity App

With the release of the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple has reconfirmed its focus on Fitness. Not surprisingly, watchOS 3.0 and (to a lesser extent) iOS 10 feature improved Workout and Activity apps. But there is still a lot of room for improvement, and in this article, I present you my wish list for Apple’s Workout and Activity apps.

A note up front: I’m aware that there are third-party apps that have all the features listed below. Runtastic, Map My Run, and others come to mind. Before Apple released watchOS 3.0, third-party apps could not access certain features of the Apple Watch, such as the heart rate sensor.…

Paleo breakfast

Staying true to your dietary choices while traveling can be difficult. In this post I’ll share a Paleo breakfast alternative that can safe your day in a pinch.

I usually keep breakfast simple: 4–5 eggs sunny-side up with a side of bacon, avocado or other fruit, depending on availability. At home, I also like scrambled eggs or omelets but in restaurants I stay away from them because they are often made with butter. My stomach is sensitive to dairy, otherwise I wouldn’t mind butter. If you’re sensitive to dairy as well, it’s always worth asking if a meal has any. During my last business trip to Las Vegas, I was surprised to find out that the Grand Luxe Cafe at The Venetian uses a butter/canola oil combination (yikes) for regular eggs.…

Inspired by my workout buddy, I decided to buy a running stroller, when our daughter turned six months. I have used it a lot since then, and in this post, I’d like to share my review of and experience with the BOB Ironman Running Stroller.

For some people having kids is an excuse to work out less or not at all. I saw the arrival of our daughter as an opportunity to work out even more. I chose running as my workout routine because I could take her with me and give my wife a break. Besides, what baby doesn’t like to be pushed around in a stroller while getting some fresh air?…

Paleo Mayonnaise

How to Make Paleo Mayonnaise

Last updated on May 17, 2016

Mayonnaise was a food my parents taught me to consume in moderation. After all, it contains a ton of fat. Thanks to science, we now know that there are plenty of  healthy sources of fat. Unfortunately, most commercial mayonnaise is made from potentially unhealthy sources of fat, such as Canola oil. So I set out to make my own paleo mayonnaise.

Paleo Mayonnaise Recipe

The recipe I use is based on the one found in Danielle Walker’s wonderful cookbook Against All Grain.

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup of oil (macadamia, olive or avocado oil)

Required Utensils

The most important piece of equipment for making mayonnaise is a hand blender, like the KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender.…