Bologna Cooking School!!

Cooking with Gabriela.

As you know from my last post, my family and I are traveling through Italy and we are currently staying in beautiful Bologna! The land of pasta, Bolognese sauce, beautiful towers, architecture, outdoor markets; and of course, Big Carlo – owner and operator of the Bologna Cooking School.  On the morning of October 18th, I stepped off the train into Bologna Central Station and was swept into the crowds.  Being the tourist that I am, I followed the GPS walking directions on my phone.  I navigated the 4 blocks to Carlo’s home that doubles as a busy Bed & Breakfast and a successful cooking school.

The school caters to tourists curious to learn the culture and tradition from a Bolognese chef, as well as take advantage of the opportunity to drink his regional wine and roll out handmade pasta dough.  As I approached my destination, which was a looming apartment building, 13 “students” of the school stumbled and spilled out to the street speckled with flour, eyes gleaming with joy that the wine in Italy is always eager to bestow upon it’s consumers.  Feeling not so sure what I was getting myself into, I rang for Carlo.

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Don’t Cheat

*Note from Sarah: Here’s another post from Lisa.  You can catch up on her story by clicking here. You can also find Lisa on Facebook!

As many of you probably know, I first approached Sarah a few months ago for help because I was struggling with several autoimmune issues and after hearing about paleo, I sincerely hoped that finally I had found the answer I was looking for.  The title of this post is “Don’t Cheat” and any of you who have read either Everyday Paleo or The Paleo Solution know that Sarah and Robb both recommend NOT cheating for at least the first 30 days and then reassessing from there.  Sarah recommends to never cheat with anything that contains gluten and to cheat mindfully and to realize that cheating equals a setback for most folks; especially if recovering from an illness or if fat loss is their goal. With autoimmune; cheating takes on a whole other meaning, and here’s my story about how I learned the hard way.

Don’t cheat

Even I can screw things up, please learn from me……

A while back, my family and I went on a little get away for spring break. This was really my first big travel since going Paleo except for a day trip here or there.

I knew the area we were visiting well, including of course all of my old favorite dinning holes, pre-Paleo…..Amongst my favorite noshing pits lies in my opinion; the best gluten free pizza in the world.

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Get Out and PLAY!!

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Play is extremely important and play is NOT just for children.  Even without kids of your own, playing is something we all need to make time for.  What does play do?  Play is a natural part of our existence and playing reminds us that life should be enjoyed and having our noses constantly to the grindstone does not produce the quality of life that we all are striving for.

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Meat n’ Veggies

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I have an on going nightly discussion with my 15 year old that goes something like this. “Hey mom, what’s for dinner?”  Me, “I don’t know, probably meat and veggies?”  My 15 year old, “Duh, I’m not sure why I even ask?”  And then we both laugh.

Eating paleo is just that, meat and veggies, not too complex when it comes right down to it, and the good news is – boring is not a part of this lifestyle. [Read more…]

Holy Cow – People are Listening!!

I am feeling optimistic, I feel as if People Are Listening!!  I can go into Raley’s, Trader Joe’s, and now Costco and find various offerings of grass fed beef, free range bison, and free range organic chicken!  I no longer feel like an underground cult member, looking and longing for my next fix of beef that won’t kill me.  We, Us, the Consumer, have spoken and we are being heard, so keep it up folks!!! [Read more…]