Hello! My name is Kara Sandelin and I am a teacher, avid foodie/recipe creator, Beautycounter consultant, and outdoor adventurer. On this blog you will find a variety of recipes some strictly paleo, some gluten free, and all dairy free and refined sugar free. I started Northwest Paleo Girl about 2 weeks after my mom gave me the Nom Nom Paleo cookbook for Christmas and I started my paleo journey. This account originally started as an Instagram account for finding recipes. Now its my recipes that I am posting and sharing.
I decided to try going Paleo in the fall of 2015 after continued digestive and skin problems. I was already completely dairy free and have been since I graduated college in 2010 (I should have stopped in 2005 but try telling a teenager she can’t eat pizza). Cutting out gluten and refined sugar was really difficult for me. I love baking and had really mastered the dairy free cakes, cupcakes, pies, etc. It killed me that I wouldn’t be able to bake those things anymore. I did my first Whole 30 in June of 2016 which really helped kicked me into gluten free gear. Processed Wheat gives me horrible heart burn, stomach bloating, and indigestion. For a long time I would take a couple anti-acids and call it good, but in the Fall of 2016 my dad was diagnosed with Esophageal cancer. There are many factors that could have led to my dads cancer. The one that stood out to me though was his chronic aggressive heart burn. My whole life I watched my dad take all sorts heart burn medication and pop Tums like they were candy (I actually thought they were candy as a kid and would try and steal them). My dads diagnosis and then death made me very aware of my own health and what I was putting into my body.
Fast forward to 2020. I now know what works for my body and doesn’t. I am no longer strictly Paleo because I know that organic rice and oats don’t bother me. Certain Gluten Free baking mixes have helped me reclaim my love for baking. I do know that dairy, gluten, and refined sugars are not my friends and you won’t ever see them on this blog. I strive to live a healthy and happy life so that I can live to a ripe old age with my handsome husband. I will listen to my body and trust myself when things don’t feel right instead of covering them up with medication. Ultimately the best gift my father gave me was life, and I plan on honoring him by living it to my best ability.