Author: Sue at Backcountry Paleo

Dehydrated mashed sweet potatoes {coconut free, AIP, Paleo}

It’s been a couple years since I posted my Sweet Potato Mashers recipe. Over time I’ve decided I like it better without the coconut milk; I still like the coconut aminos and coconut oil in the mashers, but I’ve made those optional in this recipe because some people need to be coconut free. This recipe has coconut options, but if you leave all the coconut out, it comes out great. I’m eating some as I write this… yum! Below is some information I share in my original mashers post; I think it’s interesting enough to warrant putting it here...

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Glissading: hard lessons and good judgment

If you’re a hiker or mountaineer, you might love glissading. For those of you new to it; glissading is a controlled, sliding descent down a snow slope on the feet or butt, typically using an ice axe to help you control your speed or stop. Here in the Pacific Northwest, there’s a specific slope that’s becoming renowned for killing people, and it’s happening while they glissade. Recently another death has happened in this same spot, and although there are reasons this is happening, there are no good reasons for it. I decided to write this post because so many...

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Collagen Veggie Blend: AIP and Paleo compliant protein powder!

I’m SO excited to share this with you! Anyone on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) knows it’s hard to find a protein powder that’s compliant with the dietary restrictions. Oh, right: nearly impossible! Meanwhile, all your non-AIP friends have countless choices, and even your Paleo friends have good options. FINALLY, Sarah Ballantyne of The Paleo Mom fame took the time and effort to create a high-quality, organic protein powder made especially for people on the Autoimmune Protocol! I’m all about whole, home-made foods, but let’s face it – some days, the convenience of a protein powder is a WIN. Introducing Vital Proteins...

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Cassava Pasta {Paleo}

I can’t even express how excited I am to have cassava flour pasta in my backcountry food repertoire! Pasta is such a great staple in the backcountry; high in energy-supplying carbs, and super easy to make. And you can make it in whatever shape you like – linguine, fettuccine, pappardelle, farfalle… go wild! And, well… PASTA! Cassava is a tuber (root) that is gluten free. It’s a strong source of vitamin C and carbohydrates, with a whopping 38g carbs per 100g flour (¼ cup). For reference, it has double the calories and carbs as sweet potato (yikes!). For those of you...

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Shingles update 1: One year later

I’m happy to report that I’m doing really well in the “I don’t have shingles” department! Here’s an update. In this post I write about what led to my shingles case, and then cover what I’ve been doing since then to keep it at bay. About a year ago, I got a really bad case of shingles while on a climbing trip. I embarked on a 2-month illness that saw me literally laying in bed jacked up on painkillers and antivirals for the first 5 weeks, then slowly regaining my vitality over the summer. I lost 10 pounds over...

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Indian Creek: Spring rock climbing in Utah: Part 1

Where do you start in telling about a trip that was so awesome, surprising, challenging and impactful that you are still not entirely ‘back’ ten days after returning home? I suppose I’ll start at the beginning. I love rock climbing more than just about anything (except dogs. dogs I love more than anything). My entire life since 17, climbing has been at my core: it’s my love; my way of clearing my head; my way to challenge myself; and my passion. There have been years I hardly climbed, or not at all. Yet I always return to it. And...

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AIP 101 page revamped

Hi all you backcountry lovers! A short news blast here – I’ve rewritten my Autoimmune Protocol 101 page. It now includes: A more complete list of the approved and excluded foods on the autoimmune protocol (AIP) More information about the science behind the AIP A primer on key concepts concerning autoimmunity (it’s why I’m on the AIP). I hope you find it useful! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions. SPRING IS COMING!...

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Easy Orange Cherry Tigernut Granola {AIP, Paleo}

Easy Orange Cherry Tigernut Granola. That’s a mouthful! Actually, it is – when I make this recipe, it’s hard to not eat the entire batch raw even before I’ve baked it! Frankly, it would make a fantastically good, sticky sort of muesli… but no. Granola. Before I move on: Tigernuts! Tigernuts are not nuts. They’re actually a tuber, and totally Autoimmune Protocol-compliant. High in fiber, tigernuts are a good source of healthy fats and prebiotic resistant starch. The flakes make a great substitute for rolled oats, and the ground flour is a great sub for grainy-textured flours like graham and whole...

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All About Tigernuts

Tigernuts! Wait, nuts? Nope, they aren’t nuts. A great sub for oats, gruel type cereals, and true nuts, tigernuts are high on my list for recipe development this spring. The starchy tuber of the Cyperus esculentus plant, tigernuts are also called chufa, earth almonds, nut grass, yellow nutsedge, earth nut, ground nut (…here I must digress… ever seen the movie “Best in Show? Highly recommended. Keep your ears peeled for the part about mixed nuts). Native to tropical and Mediterranean regions, Tigernuts have been in the human diet for thousands of years, and were a valued food in ancient Egypt and Kenya (juicy...

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Exercise and Autoimmune Disease: Check Out My Interview on Phoenix Helix!

I’m stoked and honored to share that Eileen Laird over at Phoenix Helix website invited me to participate in her podcast interview series! “Episode 63: Exercise and Autoimmune Disease” posted today. In this podcast she shares how exercise and autoimmunity have intersected on her own healing journey, and talks to three others about their unique experiences with it. I love that she includes a variety of perspectives – in this podcast, we hear from someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Eileen), Multiple Sclerosis (Alissa Frazier), Crohn’s disease (Zach Friedman), and Hashimoto’s disease (me). Phoenix Helix is one of my favorite resources about...

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Hi, I'm Sue! I'm a climber, hiker, dog lover, trail runner, writer, code wrangler, yogini, and adventurer. Here on BCP I share my inspiration about recipes, training and enjoying the backcountry life while living with an autoimmune condition. Here's more of my story.


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