Organic Online Shopping: Thrive and Pete’s Paleo

I love to shop from the couch.  I thought I would share two of my new favorite hangouts.


I forgot how I found Thrive.  My best guess is a Podcast by Chris Kesser.  Thrive

Thrive is new and seems to be developing into an online version of a membership discount club.  It features organic and natural items from food to household cleaners.  You can browse by specific item type (shampoo), or by interest category (paleo, vegan, raw, gluten free, healthy moms).

Today, my favorite – try something new purchase – was exo bars.  The protein in these bars comes from crickets.  The company was presented on the show Shark Tank.

You can enter a free trial period and then decide.  I was actually going to cancel before the trial ended.  However, when I was shopping today, I noticed a few items where priced much lower than at my local shop.  Ex: Dark chocolate covered almonds were $4 less on Thrive.  They seem to be adding new products as they develop.

There are two natural shops near me.  One is larger and sells a wider variety of products, but some products require discretion and research before going in the cart.  They cater to a wider clientele and have a great selection but you cannot go into the store and blindly throw things in your cart.  The second is smaller and reviews ingredient lists and GMO status more closely.  They make adjustments to their inventory as they find better and cleaner sources and their employees will recommend items because they know what is in it.  “I would recommend brand A because brand B has ‘this’ in it and we may stop carrying it.”

Thrive Market is more like the former.  That is fine by me, I just know to read the label to make sure it is what I am looking for.    It is a great find for me, and I plan on continuing with Thrive.

Pete’s Paleo:

I found Pete’s Paleo from a webcast about gut health.  One thing that has been hard with all of this Lyme/Candida diet stuff has been finding convenience foods.  Fatigue and work conspire to derail healthy eating.  If you like to punish yourself, go to your local grocery store and look for a frozen meal that has no gluten, no dairy and is low carb.  If you are really a glutton, limit fish to wild caught, beef to grass fed, and chicken to free range.  Even at my organic haunts, a near impossible task.

Pete’s Paleo is a place that I can order some prepared meals with all the flavor and no gluten, added sweetners or dairy.  The portion sizes are good.  I have to be fairly hungry to finish a full one.  They also sell bone broth as samples for one of their programs.  I usually order 1-2 meals a day/week and then stick them in my freezer and use them on those days when I just do not feel like cooking. So they last a lot longer than a week.  They taste good and are of much better quality than any frozen food entrees that I have had before.

Downsides:  expensive (but for a reason-high quality sources); shipping from California is not only expensive but seems incredibly wasteful (edit: but I bet my previous easy meals were not local either); you can order just the sides, but I am not sure if there are vegan options-but I cannot imagine vegans are a target market for a paleo site

Neutral: higher fat meat cuts- I am used to seeking out and eating lean proteins and many entrees feature less than lean meats.

Overall, I am happy to have found a site that I can order convenient meals from and not have to worry about gluten, dairy and sugar.

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 Do you have any favorite shops?  Have you tried these?

Season change, holidays and health

Cold puppy

Time change, temperature change, humidity change, allergies, diet change, flu season, stress-both good and bad, busy schedules, travel, cold season, visitors, drivers in a hurry, caring for others who are ill, food left out too long at parties, icy sidewalks, shoveling snow

It can be hard for any of us to get through these months without some sort of illness or injury. For those walking the line with health issues, they can just get pushed over the edge.

Bad Dance Partners

Respiratory issues + cold/flu
Congestive Heart Failure + ham
Diabetes + cookies
Kidney damage + dehydration
Arthritis + cold weather
Liver issues + champagne
Autoimmune disease + stress
Bad driver + impatient traffic
Colitis + potluck dinner
Osteoporosis + freezing rain
Dental work + caramel and nuts

It’s a rough world. Stay safe my friends.
Wow, sorry so doom and gloom.
Happy New Year!!!


Guilt can be a very useful and helpful tool in guiding you to be the best version of yourself that you can be at any given moment. I will feel guilty if…. I do not workout, if I eat something (or 3 portions of something) I should not, if I cut in line, if I don’t put something tasty in the trash for the bear.
It can become an unnecessary burden that we place on ourselves. I am easy to guilt. Some Facebook posts drive me batty because I feel guilty even though I know that it is ridiculous.

If you love your mom you will share.
If you care about people suffering you will share.
If you hate animal abuse, share.
If you believe in God, you must share.

I apologize to my mom, hungry children, animals, and God. I will not share and pass the guilt on to others. If God needs me to prove myself by sharing FB posts, then my faith has been misinformed.

I think that I will go call my mom now.

Putting My Head in the Sand – hiding from lyme

My Last doctor’s appointment was a couple of months ago.  My cortisol was low.  My pregnenalone was non existent.  My brain was in meltdown mode.  I began using pregnenolone supplements.   The benefit was being able to finish sentences.  The anti-benefit was that the left side of my brain seemed to lose contact with the right side.  However amusing and adventurous it is to think “change radio station” then reach for the garage door opener, I knew the fun would have to come to an end.  When I forgot to turn my car off when filling up with gas, it became apparent that maybe I should stop the supplement.  What amazes me is that there are healthy people taking it just for a little memory boost.

I am back to talking like a fairly intelligent being and have stopped all supplements except Vitamin D and Lymphomyosot.  My vitamin D level was 37 while taking 10.000 IU daily.  I am trying different brands but still no joy.  At least it is up from 15.  The lymphomyosot keeps the lymph moving.  I am still dairy free and low sugar and gluten.

My blood pressure and cholesterol are up. (105/70 and 163) I think that is good. It just sounds so counter culture to declare that a positive. I do not get dizzy nearly as often and I have been able to stop adding salt to everything. I am pretty sure that it is more because of the weight that I have gained in the past 6 months rather than any miracle cure.  Whatever…

So, I decided to just ignore everything until next year.  The story I tell myself is that I just need time to recover and rebalance after all of the antibiotics.  The truth is more likely that I am just sick of going to doctors and taking pills.  Either way, it will be a nice little vacation.

I did get a cool new toy that seems to have gotten rid of neuropathy symptoms in my feet!!

“The Richway Amethyst BioMat Professional 7000MX is an amazing healing tool that has changed thousands of lives for the better.   It’s most important function is to produce far infrared rays of light that penetrate deeply into the body, warming all the cells and tissues evenly throughout.  These rays are produced by rows of amethyst crystals that cover the entire surface of the Bio Mat.”

 I found a used one with a full warranty from a licensed dealer and made the plunge.  It is a FDA approved medical device but like most things for sale, the hype around it is a bit much.  It did help me, so, I guess I will add to it.  Some people sleep on it, but I find far less than comfortable. You are laying on crystals, why would it be comfortable?  I have taken naps on it.  If nothing else, the BioMat is a giant hot pack that happens to have negative ions and and infrared rays.