Dairy-Free, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Paleo, Recipes

Paleo Mayo

Recipe courtesy of Everyday Paleo


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard (if eating Gluten Free, always look for USDA certified Gluten Free if a pre-packaged food to ensure that there was no possibility of cross-contamination)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups olive oil


  1. Mix egg yolks, vinegar, mustard, salt and cayenne in a medium bowl.
  2. Using a hand held beater, slowly drizzle in olive oil.  You can add faster, but only a bit faster, once mayo starts to emulsify/cream up.
  3. Continue mixing until mayo is at desired consistency.


  • For a zesty varitaion on this recipe, try adding ginger! This lends itself nicely to a more Asian-inspired dish, or just puts a fresh spin on an old fave.
Dairy-Free, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Paleo, Recipes

Bring back my mayo!

Mayo Have Some More, Please?

An unfairly shunned old friend gets welcomed back into the circle…

For a long time this country was coaxed into fearing fats.  This is one of the many changes that led to the weight and health issues that many of us and our loved ones are experiencing today. This was also a devastating recommendation because a dose of healthy fats provides satiety and greatly enhances flavor and mouth-feel of our foods.

Did you fear and/or miss mayo? What other fats did you avoid that you’ve started to reincorporate?

Dive into these recipes for DIY mayo!

Leaves of Life Staff


My husband and I reside in Powell with our 2 dogs.  Between us we share four children, ages 29-33, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. Prior to coming to LOL, I worked in retail management and recruiting, and we owned a weight loss business that I managed.  I have always been interested in health and wellness, so Leaves of Life is an excellent fit.  I now take daily supplements, have done a few detoxes, exercise daily and have completely changed my diet.  My new healthier lifestyle has helped me shed extra weight, and I feel great!

Barbara is a front desk receptionist at Leaves of Life.

Leaves of Life Staff



I am coming up on 5 years working here at Leaves of Life as a front desk receptionist.  Every day I learn something new and helpful. For example, the array of nutrients needed by our bodies for good health, food sources of those same nutrients, and how testing can help to pinpoint causes of dis-ease in our bodies.   I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 40 years. We enjoy one son together and a wonderful daughter-in-law.  I enjoy rescuing senior dogs and I’m a grandmother to 4 awesome kiddos.  Busy,  happy, healthy life!

Leaves of Life Practitioners, Patty Shipley, RN, Naturopath

Patty Shipley

I discovered natural health as I worked to recover from my own health challenges, which included migraines, clinical depression, severe asthma, and a chronic skin condition called perioral dermatitis.

I’ve been practicing in the Columbus, Ohio area since 1999 with a naturopathic degree from Trinity College of Natural Health, and an RN degree from Columbus State Community College.  I have also completed additional coursework in nutrition.   In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, gardening, beekeeping, biking and making jewelry.  I have three brothers and three sisters and like to spend time with my nieces and nephews.

Francie Silverman, Master of Science in Nutrition, Leaves of Life Practitioners

Francie Silverman

The moment I knew that food was medicine was about 10 years ago when I dramatically changed my diet to attempt a life free of migraines. And it worked! Almost immediately. I thought, “Wow. I need to learn how to help others feel as amazing as I do. And I want to learn more!” Thus began my career in the nutrition field.

I am a certified lifestyle educator and have been a wellness coach since 2005 in New York City and Columbus. I earned a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. I am certified through Metagenics in First-Line Therapy, a plan designed for those with concerns about obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and other conditions related to aging, inflammation or degeneration. Lifestyle choices play an important role in these common issues and many others.

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Dairy-Free, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Paleo, Recipes

Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce (Served with Mashed Cauliflower)

paleo pork
Recipe courtesy of Everyday Paleo.  Photo courtesy of Leaves of Life.


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1½ pounds pork tenderloin
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried cherries
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 large head of cauliflower


  1. Season pork with salt and pepper and brown in a skillet w/coconut oil on all sides until browned, about 3 minutes per side.
  2. Add chicken broth, vinegar, dried cherries and rosemary and cook covered for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally.
  3. Steam the head of cauliflower and mash with a potato masher, seasoning to taste.
  4. Transfer cooked pork to a bowl and cover for 5-10 minutes while stirring and simmering the sauce to reduce it by half.
  5. Discard rosemary.
  6. Serve over mashed cauliflower, topped with cherry sauce.
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The Butterfly Knows

Worth the wait!

It took nearly an hour of patient waiting for a snapshot of this flying beauty who completely shunned all the hybridized Echinacea, proof that we are breeding out nectar and pollen traits that are important for our pollinators.  I strongly believe this is a big factor in the decline of the honey bee.  

Be sure to seek out and include in your landscape plenty of native flowers that can provide a variety of food for our pollinators all throughout the growing season.

My favorite place to find these is Scioto Gardens Nursery, located in Delaware on Route 37.  Owned by a husband and wife team, it’s a beautiful outdoor nursery surrounded by lots of native flowers and other plantings.  It’s a must-see!

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Posted by Patty Shipley.

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duck nest
Time to rebuild!

Every year, in the cold of early spring, we dutifully rebuild our floating duck nests in time for mallard mating and nesting season. It took several years of tweaking and observing before we devised a nest that could withstand both storms and jealous goose attacks.

 Although we always have at least one successful hatching, this year we had two, and were able to observe as the second nest of 10 baby mallards fledged from one of our “prototype” floating nests and followed Mama Duck into the grass surrounding the pond. Within moments of their fledging, a third mallard couple claimed the nest site. 

Because our pond does not provide sufficient cover, we’ve only ever seen baby mallards briefly after fledging, just before Mama Duck hustles them into the grass on shore, and on into the woods.  Every year, we wish we could watch as “our” babies grow up.

A baker’s dozen!

Last week we were a release site for a baker’s dozen of teenage mallards from the wildlife clinic on Billingsley Road in Columbus.

In the 20+ years since I moved to the Columbus area, I’ve brought numerous rescues to the wildlife clinic: baby squirrels knocked from a tree during a storm, a turtle hit by a car, a baby screech owl that was the nearly dead runt of a nest of four, and a juvenile red tail hawk that had been hit in traffic.

The clinic is equipped to raise and/or provide medical care for, and then release wild animals, and volunteers will send a postcard upon request to let you know how the story ended.

The teenage mallards were part of a collection of 50+ baby ducks that were brought to the clinic for various reasons – commonly the mother is hit in traffic, babies get washed down storm sewers, or are simply found fending for themselves for reasons unknown.

They’re raised on a farm owned by a clinic volunteer until old enough for release, and then it is the job of volunteers at the clinic to find sites that are suitable, chase, catch, and transport them.

They arrived in pet carriers just over one week ago.

The day after “our” teenagers arrived, Mama Duck #3 took an incubation break to see what all the duck commotion was about. Immediately, all 13 teenage ducks of varying sizes made a beeline for her.  It was sadly sweet to see how they yearned for a mama, but equally comical to know immediately by her reaction what she was thinking: “Oh, no! I have a few more days of peace before this starts!”

She communicated this to the horde of would-be adoptees in just a few short quacks, and they seemed to immediately understand and backed up, watching her in a way that can only be described as wistful as she swam away back to her nest.

A few days passed and the teenagers have stuck closely together and seem be mothering each other as they dabble around in the pond for food, and compete for their daily feedings of floating duck food left by the volunteers.

Today the floating nest is empty and Mama Duck #3 and her newly hatched babies have joined the melee on the pond, and the teenagers seem more than happy to help with the mothering.

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Posted by Patty Shipley.

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