<div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/5463078_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> <div id="697824502660141049-gallery" class="imageGallery" style="line-height: 0px; padding: 0; margin: 0"> <span style="display: block; clear: both; height: 0px; overflow: hidden;"></span> </div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> </div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:center;"> <font size="4">Many of you may already know my story, but from 2008-2012 I suffered from a parasitic infection I picked up in Uganda, Africa. My stomach refused to process any gluten and many other foods during that period. <br><br>Fast forward to 2016. <br><br>I still have issues digesting foods, gluten being one of them. I can eat gluten, but not in a whole-wheat form. Meaning, I buy unbleached, organic white flour to make all of my baked goods, because that's what I have to eat in order to not feel like my stomach is going to implode for a week. <br><br>However, sometimes I can get carried away with how much gluten I eat and my past issues start flaring up again, and they're not fun.  So, this week, our family is cutting the gluten and focusing on more nourishing foods. It's easy for our diets to slip into a place of going-through-the motions and we forget how much it's affecting how we feel. <br><br>When our family keeps gluten to a minimum, our energy levels go up, skin is clearer, stomach bloat disappears, and digestion improves greatly. I also have more stamina for my workouts and trapezing  through the mountains with my two boys. <br><br>As I was preparing my recipes for the week, I knew that my typical crockpot "carnitas" recipe would still be delicious without the tortillas. The meat is so tender and full of flavor. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!<br><br><u><strong>Crockpot Carnitas (pulled pork)</strong></u><br>1 (4-ish)lb pork shoulder<br>1/2 onion, diced<br>1 T oregano, 2 1/2 tsp salt, <span>2 tsp cumin,</span> 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp paprika (mixed together)<br>1 cup of orange juice<br>3 jalapenos, sliced (optional)<br><br>Place pork shoulder, fatty side up, in a large crockpot. Rub down with seasoning mixture. Then, add remaining ingredients. Cook for 7-8 on low. The meat should be falling apart and taste like heaven when it's done. <br><br>Serve with a side salad, avocado, baked fries, shredded cheese, etc. Whatever makes your belly happy. The meat is SO tasty so we love to eat it by itself or pour a touch of BBQ over the top. </font><br><br><br><br> </div>

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