One of the people most responsible for guiding me down the path of becoming so interested in nutrition is my dad. Although, it wasn’t really my dad himself, but losing my dad that led me here. You see, two years ago today, Dad passed away 24 days after being diagnosed with cancer. He was only 58 years old. In the months that followed, Craig and I started to realize we needed to do so much more than we had been to take care of ourselves for our three children. That’s when we found the Paleo lifestyle. Being Paleo isn’t just about nutrition, but about several factors involved in health and well-being. Sleep, stress management, physical activity, personal growth, and spirituality, among other things, all work together in a Paleo lifestyle to increase health– not just physical, but mental and emotional, also.
So, wanting to be true to our new-found lifestyle, last year, we decided to do something positive to remember Dad on two difficult, back-to-back days. His birthday was September 11th. He died September 12th. So, instead of dwelling on the day we lost him, we decided to really celebrate his birthday on the 11th. We did that by doing 58 random acts of kindness to celebrate his 58 years here. Then, on the 12th, we were able to relax, and feel really happy about what we had done in memory of him. This year, we repeated our random acts of kindness yesterday, and then today, we just remembered and shared about Dad. Dad loved to cook out, so what better way to remember him than a hot dog roast?
Dad also loved Emeril Lagasse, and several years ago, he saw him on Good Morning America sharing the recipe for Flo’s Potato Salad, and it became a staple around our house. So, this potato salad was added to the menu, but with Paleo modifications. Our kids devour this salad, and request it all summer. Even better, when made with homemade mayo and sugar-free, pastured bacon, it is also Whole 30 approved.
Flo’s Potato Salad
3 lbs. new potatoes
1 cup Paleo mayonnaise (There are approved brands for sale, but I make my own. Or, if you aren’t aiming for Paleo, you could use any mayo of your choosing)
1/4 cup Creole or whole grain mustard (for Whole 30, make sure there isn’t any sugar added)
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup finely diced red onion
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
6 large hard-boiled eggs, diced
1/2 lb pastured bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped
1/4 cup green onion, chopped, green part only
1. Quarter the potatoes and cook in boiling water until tender. Drain.
2. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, lemon juice, red onion and garlic in a bowl. Season to taste with the hot sauce (1-2 teaspoons).
3. Add the potatoes and stir gently to coat. Add the eggs, bacon and green onions and fold them into the potatoes.