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Hi, I’m Shari MAC (formerly Darling). A little about my background… As Shari Darling, I specialized in wine, food, and the partnership between them. I have written International award-winning and bestselling cookbooks.  I conducted wine courses and cooking classes; created wine-related learning tools; and worked as a TV host, keynote speaker, newspaper and magazine food and wine editor, and journalist. My work in sensory science (as it pertains to food and wine pairing) and wine-related books and learning tools are still utilized in colleges and universities across Canada, including George Brown College in Toronto for sommelier and chef training.  Suffice it to say; I’m a foodie and wino!

Pursuing a healthier lifestyle to reduce inflammatory pain (from a car accident) became my focus.  The Keto and Paleo diets are said to reduce inflammatory pain.  This is true.

The diets eventually transitioned into a way of life for me  — the Keto and Paleo paths. Some folks refer to these as Lazy Keto and Lazy Paleo diets.

I use the word “path” rather than “lazy” because being committed to a healthy, low-carb lifestyle for one’s whole life is far from a lazy act.  It is a powerful active choice.  I also don’t believe in undertaking strict diets forever. While dieting may provide quick and needed results, it doesn’t mean that the weight will remain gone and it doesn’t mean one is necessarily healthier.  Diet restriction often leads to the yo-yo effect.  Yo-yo dieting can increase one’s body fat percentage – which is at the expense of muscle mass and strength.  Yo-yo dieting can also cause fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. 

Our health is also measured in more than just one way. Being healthy includes the ideas of possessing a healthy body, a healthy brain, a healthy mind, and a healthy spirit.  Life is a marathon, not a sprint!  I’ve discovered this through personal experience.  At different points in my life, I have dieted to be skinny.  My skinny never lasted.  I love food far too much!  And with this skinny body came an obsessive and neurotic mind and self-serving spirit.

I was skinny, but not healthy.

Being strong and healthy is my priority.  My workouts change.  Sometimes I follow the Keto path and incorporate more cardio into my workouts to lean out.  Then I switch up my routine and follow the Paleo path to consume a slightly- higher complex carbs.  Higher complex carbs are necessary for building muscle.  Building muscle is essential at every age in our life, especially over age 50. 

(As an aside, new research shows that weight lifting into our senior years can reduce the risks of early death by 46%, weight gain, osteoporosis, illness, diabetes, fractures and broken bones due to falls.) 

If you are interested in following either a Keto or Paleo path this blog is for you!  I choose to share these recipes because they are comfort foods.  Comfort foods are often the ones we crave, the high-carb dishes that have us stray from our health-related goals.  

Within this blog you can enjoy a plethora of low-carb dishes, all the while remaining on your Keto and Paleo paths for life. 

The recipes are generally low-carb (not necessarily for ketosis), gluten-free, grain-free, whole foods, sugar-free or low glycemic, no added sodium, and healthy processed foods if needed (natural bacon or coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.). The recipes are always “no added sodium.”

The sodium exceptions are condiments like coconut aminos or dairy cheeses, for example. 

Each recipe includes the Keto ingredient (i.e. erythritol or xylitol) and the Paleo ingredient (i.e. raw honey or date paste).  You can choose either path or switch it up.

I hope you enjoy making these recipes as much as I enjoyed developing, preparing, and eating them.