Day in the life, #2

I went for a walk this morning. I ran into my neighbor, Maria, which was good because I wanted to get her egg order for my farm run later today. She asked me, “What are you doing?” (Short pause.) “Are you going for a walk barefoot?” “Yes.” She laughed at me and got into her…

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Day in the life, #1

I am sitting in my backyard on the ground (well on a flat cushion, to help keep my legs down from my hips a bit), with my laptop on a crate in front of me, catching up on some work before my son wakes up and we walk barefoot to the farmers market.

A more diverse diet

I’ve had a possible breakthrough with regards to finding a more ideal way of eating for myself. We all know that a diversity of foods is important. I was thinking that maybe what’s optimal for me is to get a better diversity of foods within every meal. I don’t necessarily mean a “balanced” meal in…

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Thoughts on the “War on Science” National Geographic cover

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Some thoughts only on the content of this National Geographic “War on Science” cover: Being critical of science does not necessarily mean declaring “war” or “ignoring” “facts.” I heard a great quote by Carl Sagan on remaining vigilantly skeptic of science that I haven’t been able to locate. Skepticism and critical thinking are healthy and…

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The primacy of gut biomes

Angelo Coppola’s LatestInPaleo podcast always make me nod and gasp in agreement and epiphany, but episode #119 made me holler. Gut biomes! Who knew they could be so exciting? Consider this. The health of our gut bacteria directly correlates to our own health–not only our digestive health, but our whole body and mind health. It…

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Is paleo bad for the environment?

To those who say paleo (or any particular way of eating) is “bad for the environment” (the supposed latest critique from the mainstream media): I’m finding I’m just too tired to get nit-picky over what are overwhelming highly-generalized and totally-missing-the-point arguments. I find us, in the paleo community, repeating ourselves a lot, and people STILL…

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Rhode Island Grazing Party, 6/14/14 – local and real food, paleo cookout – includes recipes

Patrick of New England Grass Fed on the grill

On Saturday, June 14, I hosted a grazing party and potluck at my home in Cranston, RI. It featured samplings from New England Grass Fed‘s top quality beef and talks with proprietor Patrick Beck about his animals and his methods. Also up for sampling were products from local food producers Rachael Bakes and The Local Catch,…

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San Juan Restaurant Reviews – About.com

Martinis at Oliva Dieta Mediterranea - About.com - They Call Me Oystergirl

Dining Around San Juan During Saborea “Saborea Puerto Rico, is a three-day food festival and celebration of classic and modern Puerto Rican food and drink — a wonderful gastronomic experience that also provided a chance to dine at some of San Juan’s classiest and most classic, trendiest and world-renowned restaurants.” Click here to read the…

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Casa Cortes Chocolate Bar – About.com

Casa Cortes Chocolate Bar - About.com - They Call Me Oystergirl

Cortes ChocoBar: The Sweetest Shop in Old San Juan “Cortés chocolate is a staple for both consumers and retailers in the Caribbean, and this chocolate café, or chocolaterie, is a new venture for the company. The Cortes ChocoBar offers breakfast and lunch, a wine bar, and of course, lots and lots of chocolate, in many…

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Saborea Puerto Rico Food Festival – About.com

Saborea Puerto Rico Food Festival | About.com | They Call Me Oystergirl

Saborea: A Top Culinary Festival in Puerto Rico “Saborea Puerto Rico is the island’s premier annual culinary festival, held each spring in San Juan. Run by the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association, Saborea is held in tents on beautiful Escambron Beach and takes full advantage of its gorgeous setting. It’s an outdoor festival that’s…

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RI WAPF: Vanessa Query, Patrick Beck on bone broth, pastured beef

Vanessa Query of They Call Me Oystergirl | Patrick Beck of New England Grass Fed | Weston A. Price Foundation Providence, RI | bone broth and pastured beef

On Wednesday, March 26, I did a presentation on bone broth—its health benefits, traditional preparations, and uses—at our local Providence, RI Weston A. Price Foundation chapter meeting. I was joined by Patrick Beck of New England Grass Fed, who spoke about rotational grazing strategies, animal health supported by forage-based diets, the nutritional profile of grass-fed beef,…

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Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Recipe (paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Cookies | They Call Me Oystergirl

I’m quite new to this whole baking thing. I feel lucky in that I don’t have the standard knowledge of baking to have to unlearn. I wouldn’t know what to do if you dropped white flour, white sugar, and Crisco in front of me, but give me some almond flour, eggs, and coconut palm sugar,…

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Oysters: A Round-up of Odes and Recipes

Oysters: A Round-up of Odes and Recipes

I bet you never guessed that I like oysters. I really, really like oysters. I like them so much, I named both myself and my blog after them. The reason I named myself and my blog after them is because, to me, oysters represent the fresh, simple, nutrient-rich foods I love and seek. I do…

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Imbibed in January

Imbibed - Link Love (They Call Me Oystergirl)

im•bibe. verb. 1.) to consume, to drink; 2.) to absorb, to soak up; 3.) to take or receive into the mind, as knowledge, ideas, or the like. IMBIBED is monthly link love. It features links to posts by blogging comrades that I dig. It’s categorized based on my own blog’s categories. Recipes Apple Almond Twists~{Paleo,…

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The Meaning of “Critical”

The Meaning of "Critical" | They Call Me Oystergirl

I talk a lot about being critical of the mainstream. I’ve written a lot of critical things, like on the true meaning of the word “natural”, my own definition of paleo, my pregnancy and birthing experience, and on being contrary. But always—always—I see a lot of misunderstanding about what it means to be critical, and a…

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Banana Carob Cake Recipe (paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Banana Carob Cake Recipe| paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free | They Call Me Oystergirl

I’m not much of a baker. I do most of my cooking on the stovetop. But I’ve been getting more and more comfortable with paleo baking recipes. I have a pretty perpetual sweet tooth. But, being prone to low blood sugar and digestive ills, I try to lay off the desserts. And I like them…

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Imbibed in December

Imbibed - Link Love (They Call Me Oystergirl)

im•bibe. verb. 1.) to consume, to drink; 2.) to absorb, to soak up; 3.) to take or receive into the mind, as knowledge, ideas, or the like. IMBIBED is monthly link love. It features links to posts by blogging comrades that I dig. It’s categorized based on my own blog’s categories. It’s been quite a…

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