Staying fit and healthy makes marriage more exciting and fun…


We women have often heard that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

But what about the quickest way to keep his heart — and the rest of him — healthy?

I’ve long been an advocate of clean green eating ever since I was a teenager. Through the years I’ve learned a lot and experienced first hand how what we eat affects our bodies for good or bad. I even avoided a second surgery years ago by further tweaking my diet, using supplements and reducing stress in my life.

But after experiencing gastric distress symptoms I discovered I carry the genes for Celiac disease.

I started following a Paleo/Specific Carbohydrate Diet protocol including 10 weeks on a Candida Cleanse beginning in March of this year. Since eliminating grains, dairy and all sugars except raw honey I feel great with no symptoms, have more energy, increased mental clarity and sleep better than ever. Added bonus: I lost 13 pounds without trying! And healing my gut by eating right has allowed me to add back some foods — in moderation — that before caused issues.

Through it all my Michael has pretty much come along for the ride because I’m the one who does the grocery shopping.

And all the cooking.


But we wives know how it can be hard to convince our men to eat well. Especially when they love comfort foods like mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken pot pie or tuna noodle casserole.

Or when Five Guys Burgers and Fries beckons a husbands’ taste buds.

Yet healthy recipes are delicious and my Michael has been amazed at some of the really tasty dinners he’s enjoyed that are minus carbs and refined sugar and heavy on the veggies.

Just the other day I overheard him talking with his brother about the virtues of Paleo! And Michael’s experienced the same types of health benefits that I have.

And when you and your man feel and look better you have more confidence and energy and that absolutely can add to the joys you share behind closed doors!

So I thought that in your quest to keep you and hubby healthy, fit and strong you might enjoy some dinner inspiration.

Today’s recipe is for a Thai Veggie Slaw. And it’s husband approved.

I served it with marinated grilled chicken thighs and steamed zucchini. And for dessert some walnuts and a little organic chocolate. Our favorite 85% dark bar is fair traded with no soy lecithin!

Let me know if your man enjoys dinner as much as mine did.CAVE CHOC

THAI Veggie Slaw

Thai Veggie Slaw {Use organic ingredients as you can afford}

3 cups chopped purple cabbage

3 cups chopped white cabbage

3 cups chopped cauliflower-ettes

3/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 medium Vidalia onion, chopped

3 green onions, snipped (just the green tops)

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Mix all of the above in a large bowl.


1/2 cup warm water

2 tablespoons honey

1/4 cup unsalted, slow roasted almond butter (I love this brand’s fantastic flavor!)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 lime juiced

1-2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1 clove garlic, minced

cayenne pepper to taste

toasted sesame seeds (be careful, they burn easily)

Dissolve the honey and almond butter in warm water. Mix well. Add remaining ingredients except the sesame seeds and mix. Pour over veggies and toss to coat. Finally sprinkle with the toasted seeds and serve.

This tastes exceptionally good about an hour after it’s made once the flavors have melded, but it’s also great as soon as it’s done! Refrigerate leftovers for up to three days. But if you’re like me it probably won’t last that long!

Please share this post and feel free to add a link to your favorite Paleo/SCD recipes in the comments. I’m always looking for new dinner ideas!

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3 thoughts on “Staying fit and healthy makes marriage more exciting and fun…

  1. My husband does not have Celiacs but he does feel better with a GF diet. It is a struggle to stay on a healthy diet with comfort foods that aren’t healthy call even though the end result is prolonged gut pain. Thank you for writing about your dietary changes and whole that helping you.
    When my husband eats at home, I do try to combine yummy with healthy. The recipe looks yummy.

  2. I love this Sheila! I actually struggled my first year of marriage because my husband didn’t want casseroles and such and not being in the kitchen mixing up all kinds of Southern goodies made me feel like a failure as a wife — crazy right!? We have recently gone to a much more plant based diet in order to clean up our diet and are both already feeling the benefits 🙂 Let’s here it for health!!! #RaRaLinkup

  3. Sheila, that slaw looks amazing. We try to eat foods that are healthy and I need to find more recipes. I’m sure some of us need to eat some gut-healing foods, and I’m going to look into finding more recipes to help with that. My daughter requested a book that I got for her and think I need to get on myself. You might also like it. It’s called Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans.