Day 7: No Coffee Video Blog

Hello out there!

Here are the things I have noticed since quitting coffee: Less bloating, a comfortable stomach, a little more energy, legs hurt [a bit] less, no crashes, able to get moving and feeling awake faster in the morning.

I’m starting to think all of those studies that say coffee drinkers live longer are a crock…how can you live longer if your adrenals are suffering? Just Sayin’!

This post is linked to Butter Believer’s Sunday School.


How to Make Julia Child’s Hollandaise Sauce


Sometimes I just have a hankering for the fattiest thing I can get my hands on. The thing that satisfies me the most? Hollandaise sauce. The perfect combination of fat, fat and more fat. It’s one of those things that when you eat it, you know¬†it’s exactly what you needed.

My recommendation: If you are finding you are craving fat…EAT IT. Your body clearly needs it and is begging you for it. Good saturated fat is important for properly functioning brain and hormones. Since incorporating fat into my diet my mental stability and depression/anxiety tendencies have decreased.

Thank you Julia Child for your simple hollandaise sauce recipe…so easy, even I can do it! And it’s a great arm workout too ūüôā

Here’s what you’ll need:

A whisk

A sauce pan

3 eggs (and two more if you are putting it atop poached eggs)~(I’ve been using duck eggs for this and they work GREAT. Try to get your hands on some organic pasture raised duck or chicken eggs)

a tablespoon or two of lemon juice

a tablespoon or two of water

6- 8 oz of soft unsalted organic butter

1 teaspoon sea salt

pinch of cayenne

pinch of paprika

1/2 tablespoon of pepper

fresh parsley chopped (optional)


1. In sauce pan, add 3 egg YOLKS only, water, and lemon juice.

2. Whisk constantly over low hear until mixture is quite thick, you will know when it reaches this point. You may take the sauce pan off the heat occasionally while whisking so yolks dont harden.

3. When you’ve reached the desired thick consistency turn off stove.

4. Add butter by the spoonful and whisk in until totally melted.

5. Add salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne.

6. Add more lemon juice or water to taste.

7. Serve over poached eggs as eggs benedict or atop anything your heart desires. It’s great over roasted asparagus as well!

This post is part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday¬†& Gnowfglins Simple Lives Thursday & Butter Believer’s Sunday School

‚ÄúYou don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.‚Ä̬† ‚Äē¬†Julia Child


Day 1: No Coffee Video Blog

Are you exhausted all the time?

I know I am!

After years of stress, poor coping skills, caffeine, malnutrition, and even diet pills I got me some adrenal fatigue! I hope this can help other people too and maybe take the mystery out of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Both of those may very well be symptoms of adrenal fatigue. And there is a way to reverse it! Watch my little diddy then read below some other things I am going to do to heal my adrenals.

Here’s what I am going to do to slowly heal this God forsaken exhausting thing.

1. Get to bed early. On days that my alarm goes off at 5 am I want to be in bed before 9 pm! On days that I can sleep more I want to be in bed by 10 pm!

2. No coffee. I am going to transition with yerba mate which I really like. It contains theobromine rather than caffeine as the stimulant. Theobromine is less taxing on adrenals.

3. Decrease stress.

4. A well rounded traditional foods diet of saturated fats, protein, vegetables and healthy carbs.

Stay tuned for updates!

‚̧ Olivia

Satisfying Alternative to Coffee–A superfood too!

early morning coffee

photo credit: from flickr by Like a bird on a wire. Who looks this awake when drinking coffee in the morning ?!

I created this concoction a while back during¬†this phase I went through¬†of drinking roasted dandelion tea like it was going out of style. I just remembered it today and I got really excited to make it again so I thought I’d share!

I’ve been really struggling in my goal of quitting coffee. I¬†need to do this SO BAD for my adrenals.¬†With other dietary changes I have always had so much willpower and ease in eating and not eating what I should. Coffee is not one of these things. I will talk myself into all the great reasons why I am not going to drink coffee any more and then promptly the next morning I think to myself “Who am I kidding?? Coffee is AMAZING!!! GIVE ME COFFEE!!!” and then I feel bad, and then I drink more coffe, and then I convince myself to stop drinking it, and then I drink it again. It’s a vicious cycle.

This coffee substitute contains absolutely no caffeine and is a nutritional powerhouse. I am hoping to get on the no-coffee-wagon with this concoction.

Dandelion is great for digestion as it helps your body produce bile which assists in fat digestion. Maca is perfect for those trying to balance hormones and increase sex drive. If you are having menstrual issues, or are trying to conceive, Maca can really help your hormones to do what you want them to do.

Here’s what it contains:

Roasted dandelion root tea (You can use loose roasted dandelion root—buy here¬†or tea bags traditional medicinal makes good ones!)

Maca Powder (order good quality maca here)

Raw Honey (try to get local)

Raw Cream (try to get raw, or atleast not ultra pasteurized. Preferably from grass-fed cows)

Benefits of roasted dandelion root: helps increase bile production for improved digestion of food. Also great for liver detox. recommended frequently for skin problems like acne due to an over-worked liver.

Benefits of Maca: adaptogen, nourishing for tired adrenals, hormone balancer. libido increaser (nature’s viagra! ūüėČ


Maca root helps balance our hormones and due to an over abundance of environmental estrogens, most people’s hormones are a bit out of whack. Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the “master glands” of the body. These glands actually regulate the other glands, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.”

Benefits of raw honey: Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, full of enzymes, if honey is local, it can help seasonal allergies.

Benefits of raw cream: perhaps the most treasured of food item in my fridge when I get my hands on it…raw cream is delicious and stock full of probiotics, enzymes, vitamins, and GOOD fat (SATURATED fat). When still in it’s raw state, cream is wonderful for your daily dose of fat soluble vitamins, conjugated linoleic acid, and immune boosting properties.

Mix everything up together in your mug and enjoy!

Mexican Street Snack: Cucumbers with Lime and Chili Powder


If you’ve ever been to Mexico, or Downtown LA, you know what I’m talking about! These spicy-tangy snacks are so refreshing and absolutely picture perfect on a hot day!
In Mexico street vendors sell these cucumber snacks. They also make similar treats with corn, mango, and papaya. They sell them to you in plastic beer cups!
They are so simple to make which is great for when you have a one-track mind focused on getting outside. Cucumbers are hydrating and the sea salt and lime will replenish your mineral needs after sweating.

Here’s what you need:
2 large cucumbers
1 tablespoon of New Mexico chili powder blend (the one to use for this recipe is a brighter orange color. Mountain Rose Herbs makes a great blend you can buy it here)
1 teaspoon of course sea salt (buy it here)
1/4 cup lime juice

Don’t forget to buy organic!

Here’s what you do:

1. Chop the ends of the cucumber off

2. Slice in half long ways. Then slice in quarters. Then slice the quarters in half long ways

3. Pour lime juice over the cuc slices. Toss.

4. Sprinkle with salt and chili powder.

Sip with your favorite beverage outside and you have yourself a mini Mexican staycation!

This post is linked to Gnowfglins Simple Lives Thursday #96, Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday, and¬†the¬†Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter.
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Camping at Mt. St. Helens, Swift Lake & other adventures


Majestic Mount St. Helens. Photo by Jeremiah Scott.

I’m baaaaack!

I must apologize for being MIA for the past couple weeks. There are a couple of reasons for my departure from blog land:

1. My momma came to visit us!

2. Jeremiah’s momma is in town!

2. The sun came out in Oregon.

3. We went camping.

While I LOVE blogging and writing about things that I’m obsessed with it is always good to take a break. And I really can’t justify being indoors on the comp while the sun is showing it’s pretty little face. I need me some Vitamin D! (And a tan…)

While my mom was here, I went as her plus one to her 35 year high school reunion. We also visited a family friend’s farm in Washington where my mom lived for a while when she was in high school and in her twenties.


My mom with family friend, Melvin


Cutie pie happy grass fed cows at the farm!


My mom, bottom right, way back when as a high school Junior rockin’ the style of ’77! And also featured above with arms crossed. Teenage angst!


Photo by Jeremiah Scott.


Swift Lake. Photo by Jeremiah Scott.

The following weekend Jeremiah and I went camping overnight at the most beautiful place ever! We camped at Swift Lake, a resevoir near Mt. St. Helens. The first day we were there it was in the low nineties. I was in heaven. Jeremiah, not so much. His Finn skin doesn’t like the beating hot sun…

We visited the Ape Caves with Jeremiah’s friend Steve. The boys got quite a workout on the more intense cave trail while I soaked up some rays above ground. I’m pretty sure Jeremiah’s baby cows are still mooing. AKA his calves are SO SORE!


The entrance to the lower cave trail. This one is 3/4 mi. long. Photo by Jeremiah Scott.


Jeremiah and Steve. Flashlights are necessary, you will only get a few feet before you’re SOL.


the other end of the more intense trail. This cave was 1.5 mi. long. Photo by Jeremiah Scott.


Dark. Photo by Jeremiah Scott.

If you have never seen or heard of the Ape Caves, I really recommend them. They are “mind bottling!”, as Will Ferrel would say.

How these caves were formed:

“About 2,000 years ago lava poured down the southern flank of Mount St. Helens in streams.¬† As the lava flowed the outer edges of the lava stream cooled forming a hardened crust which insulated the molten lava beneath.¬† This allowed the lava to remain hot and fluid encased in this ‚Äúlava tube‚ÄĚ and continued flowing months during the eruption.¬† The end result was the creation of this spectacular 13,042 long lava tube. “ (from

I am really glad we got away even if it was just for a short time. For me, a dramatic change in scenery is really vital in making the most of weekends.


Me! Trying to find a warm spot to sun tan. Photo by Jeremiah Scott.

WBGW: Eat for pleasure!


This week I decided to talk rather than write about a weird belief of mine. It’s my first¬†video and I am pretty much a huge dork in it so don’t judge me!!! I was so nervous…I had a glass of wine to calm my nerves. Also, when people tell me I have a Californian accent I know what they mean now. Albeit, I hope you guys take me seriously because I’m seriously serious.

I drink wine moderately, yes. I am not an alcoholic so don’t ya’ll get on your high horses telling me alcohol shouldn’t be used like that. It’s biblical.

Anyway, my topic for this wednesday (or thursday, rather) is that I don’t believe in diets. I don’t believe in veganism, the raw food diet, the paleo diet (although this one is better than most), atkins, zone, the cookie diet, weight watchers, jenny craig, none of this crap. I believe in eating what you want when you want it. AS LONG AS IT”S REAL AND WAS MADE IN YOUR KITCHEN.¬†And if it¬†wasn’t made in your kitchen make sure all of the ingredients could have been.

I believe in meat, fat, and carbs, OH MY!

I am reading “Why French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano and although I am Italian, I sometimes sort of think I was born to be French. I love the language, the art, the food, the architecture, the shopping, the cities, the country, the wine, and of course, Carla Bruni. French women LOVE food. You know that “joie de vivre” people always talk about? It comes from pleasure and not deprivation. Noone who starves themself in hopes of happiness has any joie de vivre. I love that Mireille says “Learning to eat right is like learning a language–nothing works like immersion.” So here’s why I think you should be like a french woman…

Ok, here’s the video:

And here’s a great song by Carla Bruni: