It’s been a long time coming… the need for delegation, for help, and for a marketing-minded enthusiastic and dedicated member of, well, I don’t know what to call it. The Team? The Paleo Mom Group? I’ll have to come up with something catchier than that. But, what I’m trying to say is that I long ago hit the point where I just couldn’t keep up with creating good content for the blog, connecting with and helping people through blog comments, e-mails and social media, the podcast, and the books all in my spare time while I do my best to raise a family. So, I am pleased to introduce you to Tamar England, a friend of mine who completely fits the bill: passionate, curious, confident, invested in her own health and in helping others, and ready to launch into her vital role as my assistant (meaning person without whom everything would fall apart). So, without further adieu, here is Tamar!
Hi everyone! I am so excited to be working with Sarah. A friend (hi Paula!) from the gym “set us up” over a year ago. She knew Sarah from yoga and me from synagogue. Since I don’t take yoga and Sarah does not go to synagogue, our paths were not likely to cross. However, Paula knew I was into healthy eating (the book Eat To Live changed my life and I had recently started a private Facebook group to discuss recipes, etc) and she knew Sarah had recently started a blog related to nutrition.
I believe my first communication with Sarah was from my hospital bed. In May of 2012 I was admitted for five days due a bad Crohn’s Disease flare. (Side note: I’ve had CD since 2001, I took Pentasa for ever ten years and am now on Humira. I follow my own version of a combination of nutritarian, SCD, and Paleo diets.) I sent Sarah a message on Facebook telling her the hospital was serving me oatmeal and Diet Coke and could she believe it?! It was during that hospital stay that I discovered the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and realized how similar it was to Paleo. I left the hospital grain-free and have not regretted it since. When Sarah and I met in person for the first time a few weeks later, I was hyped up on Prednisone and spoke extremely quickly.
Sarah and I have similar age kids (my girls are seven and three, I also have a ten year old boy) and it’s been great to have playdates, go to the park and Whole Foods, and do general mommy-friend stuff together. I’m not going to lie, there are perks to being friends with Sarah. I was able to try her Sweet Potato Pie before the recipe was published. Recently I’ve enjoyed Monkey Bars, Chocolate Date Squares, and Clafoutis. The food is both a job perk and job hazard at the same time. Perk to my taste buds, hazard to my waist line.
I look forward to communicating with all of you in the future. You guys are gong to be amazed by what you see from Sarah! Have you ordered your copy of The Paleo Approach yet? The Paleo Approach Cookbook will be available in August, and I know you are all going to love it!
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Check out the post I wrote about Cruising Paleo, this fun video that Sarah and I recorded, and this episode of The Paleo View where I talked about working with Sarah. I also recently reviewed Morrocco Method products for curly hair.
Update March 2014: Recently had a Crohn’s Flare (confirmed by colonoscopy). Back on Prednisone for several weeks, also adding Lialda in addition to Humira. Currently eating a low fiber/low sugar diet (with lots of bone broth) to give my gut time to heal. I highly recommend the guidance of The Paleo Mom Consulting if you need personalized health/diet advice.
Update May 2014: Recently finished Prednisone, and all is well. I am taking VSL3 (probiotic) and eating low FODMAP fruits and vegetables. For most meals, I blend veggies with bone broth, protein (fish, beef, or chicken), water, and spinach or kale in the Vitamix to create a nutrient-rich, easy to digest (no chewing!) meal. I continue to make an effort to not eat too much fruit and chew less gum and eat less candy (my weaknesses!). I continue to take Lialda daily and Humira 2x/month.