Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog! My name is Adriana Harlan and I am one of the lucky people who live in Hawaii. I moved here many years ago from Brazil, where I was born and raised. I love surfing, kitesurfing, diving and the warm weather Hawaii offers year around and this is why I decided to make it my home.
Besides cooking and blogging, I work as an oceanographer and a web designer. I also spend a lot of my time on the beach training for my kitesurfing competitions while my husband documents each day with video and photos. Here’s a link to my professional athlete’s website http://adrianaharlan.com
More About Me, My Health And This Website
After a few years of eating a healthy paleolithic diet, low in carbs, free of grains and sugar there was one thing I really missed and that was chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. These have always been my favorite things to eat.
For months, I kept telling myself that there must be a way to enjoy desserts without guilt and without jeopardizing my health. I was determined to dig deep into the latest scientific research and find healthy alternatives to sugar and chemical-laden ingredients that I could use to make chocolate and other treats. I discovered a whole new world of nutrient-dense ingredients in nuts, seeds, cacao, coconut and natural sweeteners like raw honey and stevia. I began playing around with these ingredients and developed numerous recipes. Some of these recipes turned out so good that I decided to create this website to share them with the world.
My diet today is high in fat, moderate in animal protein, low in carbs and not deprived of chocolate and healthy treats. My weekly meals consist of pasture-raised and grass-fed meats and eggs, lots of organic greens and low carb vegetables. I avoid all processed foods, vegetable oils (canola, peanut, soybean, sunflower corn oil, etc), legumes and cereal grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, brown rice, soy, peanuts, beans, potatoes, etc…). I mostly eat fruits that are low in sugars, such as strawberries and other berries.
The motivation to change my diet began because I was suffering from severe stomach and joint pain. The pain in my stomach was so bad it was hard to breath at times. Doctors could not pinpoint the problem, but I had a feeling it had something to do with the health of my gut. I was also suffering from debilitating knee & shoulder pain, which were both preventing me from performing well as an athlete.
On top of the stomach and joint pain, I had suffered my entire life with poor dental health. I was constantly dealing with cavities and fillings every visit to the dentist. 30% of my teeth currently have fillings.
It has been about four years now of continuous research on the healing powers of nutrition and I can happily report that since I changed my diet and specifically learned what the right foods were for my unique body, I have been free of all stomach pain.
My knee & shoulder also feel great and are no longer inflamed like they were before. I can now be in the water surfing for hours without any pain! I was able to free my body from all the inflammation and today I am healthier and happier than ever before.
My dental health today is exceptional and it feels great to hear my dentist say how healthy my mouth and teeth look and I no longer have to deal with those awful needles to the gums.
My mission is to help inspire and coach you on how to improve your life and achieve your health goals by sharing nutritional information on my blog based on the latest scientific research, and by providing mouth-watering Paleo dessert recipes made with wholesome, micronutrient-rich ingredients.
If you are struggling with uncontrollable sugar cravings and want discover healthy alternatives to sugar-laden, processed desserts I can show you how!
Thanks for all your support so far. If you have any questions or comments or if you would like to share your own personal story please leave your comments below. I would love to meet you and hear from you!