Several months ago, I heard about this trend “Bulletproof coffee” and I’m not going to lie, I was a little terrified. Butter AND oil in my coffee? That sounds like a really bad way to start your day.
The idea behind Bulletproof coffee traces back to ancient Tibetan Butter Tea. The idea is that the oil and butter will energize and sustain your hunger longer than your average cup of coffee.
I am one of those coffee drinkers that likes her coffee black or very sweet. There’s no in between for me, but I also understand that sweetener’s, syrups, and milk can cause my skin to flare up. Which is NOT what I’m after, so on my quest to drink less coffee, feel more energized, and keep my acne at bay — I discovered that the hype behind Bulletproof Coffee is very much real.
The joy of Bulletproof coffee is the way in which it leaves you energized for hours while burning fat, and it curbs your mid-afternoon crash and hunger pains.
-2 tablespoons of grass feed unsalted butter
-1 (to 2) tablespoons of MCT Oil or Coconut Oil (I prefer Coconut oil)
-2 cups of coffee
1) Brew your coffee as you generally would. I prefer a pour over or a french press if I’m sharing.
2) Get your blender ready. Any blender will work and in fact, if you have a french press, you can use it to froth your coffee with the plunger.
3) Pour coffee into your blender, add the oil, and the butter. Hit blend. Wait for the oil and butter to form a frothy (latte-like) film over the the top of the coffee and you’re all set. You can’t exactly over blend, but you can definitely under blend. It’s a balancing act of your preferences.
4) This is optional, but if you like a really sweet coffee here’s where you’d add in your stevia or pure paleo dark chocolate. I, personally add this while it’s blending to create the perfect flavor.
Notes on the recipe:
The first time you try this recipe, you might want to scale down on the oil/butter until you know how your body will react to it. I worked my way up to this level of butter and oil.
The quality of the beans and brew do matter. The higher the quality of coffee, the better your body will feel. Low-grade coffees are processed differently and do not have the same benefits as the higher end coffees.
Lastly, enjoy! This recipe is widely used (and not created by me) online. There are hundreds of adaptations and that’s because this style of coffee is easily catered to the individual coffee drinker. You can customize until your heart is content.
Jessica is a personal style blogger based out of Akron, Ohio. She’s a creative writing student at the University of Akron and when she’s not writing or blogging, she can be found hiking, attempting yoga, or sippin’ on a hand-poured specialty coffee.
Guest blogger Anne Dudley shares a few of her favorite, Cavegirl-friendly summer dinner ideas.
When it’s too hot to cook, quick and simple salads save me from splurging on to-go meals, or eating shakes and smoothies for dinner every night. Having a few different fresh veggies in the fridge each week means I can get in and out of the kitchen fast and never make the same meal twice! This summer, I’ve been able to source most of my produce from our local farmer’s markets, which really makes a difference in the freshness and flavor of the veggies.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Throw on some pickles
I don’t normally do this… but my homemade pickles are so good, I threw them on my salad and was pleasantly surprised. I followed a recipe similar to The Preppy Paleo’s, but there are plenty of recipes online, and with plenty of fresh veggies in season, it’s the perfect time to pickle!
Like many primal eaters, I try to keep salad dressing simple, so the vinegar based pickles add a little flavor that pairs well with the vinegar and oil dressings I make myself.
So. Much. Squash.
In the summer, squash is plentiful, affordable and filling. Between the market and friends and family’s gardens, there just always seems to be so much of it to use. This week I bit off a bit more than I could chew at the farmer’s market and ended up with too much squash.
For a quick salad, if you start by cutting up the squash and putting it in a pan with your favorite oil (coconut oil for me – which I usually find on the cheap at Target), you can have the rest of the salad chopped and ready by the time it’s done.
I chose two varieties of lettuce at the market, small cucumbers, and a beautiful mix of yellow, orange, and red grape tomatoes to liven it up this week.
Rice on a Salad?
It doesn’t just happen at Chipotle! Paleo folks go back and forth on rice, but I think Mark’s Daily Apple does a great job explaining the benefits and drawbacks of eating rice occasionally.
Every now and then, I add rice to a salad, especially when I am having a highly active week and feel like I’ve earned it. It feels like a treat and you can set and forget (and portion control) in the rice cooker. And while you’re having fun in the summer sun, don’t forget Primal Life Organics’ sun protection products — Sun-Up and Sun-Down!
For this salad, I fried bacon and leftover baked beets, sliced and cooked in the fat. I tossed the lot with a little balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and added it to a romaine salad.
Leave the table refreshed
As a born lover of dessert, I’ve baby stepped my way and tricked myself into opting for healthy and semi-sweet, and Paleo friendly options. To beat the heat, I sliced fresh strawberries into chilled seltzer water and put them in a fancy glass. It’s just enough sweet crispness after a long day!
Keep your skin healthy and safe this summer with great Paleo tips and recipes from CavegirlSkinCare.com and our newest additions – Sun-Up and Sun-Down. Learn more about primal skincare PrimalLifeOrganics.com.
Guest Cave Girl blogger Heather Seikel shares a few of her new favorite kitchen tool and a Paleo recipe for almond milk!
Looking for something cool and refreshing to make this summer? Why not try your hand at almond milk? First things first, following the K.I.S.S. Paleo recipe practice, I made Vanilla Almond Milk following Michelle Tam’s recipe.
Extensive online research and hands-on comparisons led us to Ninja’s Ultima Kitchen System – which recently found it’s way into our heart and home. With the ability to blend, food process, and make portable smoothies — what’s not to love!
After a few failed attempts at making almond milk before, using ye-olde blender and ye-olde food processor, the “you get what you pay for” saying really is true! The professional performance of the Ninja Ultima Kitchen System blender made for better then anticipated rich, creamy, and smooth vanilla almond milk that was “dare I say it” better then store bought almond milk.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed and not make time for healthy foods. For breakfast this week I fell in love with On The Go Paleo’s Original Unsweetened Hot Cereal with Steve’s PaleoGoods PaleoKrunch Cereal Maple Bacon sprinkled on top. The texture and flavor combo was serendipitous and I can’t wait to try the hot cereal using my homemade vanilla almond milk.
What you’re up against: We all know how difficult it can be to find products that match a Paleo lifestyle. Some products, we just decide to live without. But who really wants to go without sunscreen? Here’s what you need to know to make a game plan for summer fun.
Sun-Up Before Sun Protector is NOW available for Pre-Sale and can be found here.
Disclosure: The secret behind my Sun-Protector is the ingredients. Red raspberry seed oil is the number one ingredient in my Sun-Up Before Sun Protector- and you will not find it in any commercial sunscreen, or any sunscreen product available to buy. Why? Red raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF of 28-50 AND, because it is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids, it not only protects your skin from harmful rays, but it actually nourishes, fights aging and heals the skin. However, it is extremely expensive and therefore, an effective ingredient that Big Cosmo avoids.
Well, NOT ME! Those that know me and my skin-food, know that I am willing to take the risk. I will only provide the BEST options for the skin and the body. You may gasp at the price tag associated with this risk, however, please note that not only will you only find 100% natural ingredients; you will NOT find any water in my products. Full strength, Sun-Up Balms are designed to stay on the skin and repel water, all while protecting your skin and your internal body. Sun-Up has been tested and has remained on the skin for hours after application and water activity. A VERY little bit goes a VERY long way.
Sun-Up Before Sun Protector
I openly oppose commercial skincare because of all of the added, unnecessary chemicals and toxins that penetrate through your skin and pollute your entire body- ultimately altering how your organs function.
Sun-care is no different- in fact, commercial sunscreens may actually be more harmful to your organs than the damage inflicted by the sun itself. I have always felt it was safer to minimize the time in the sun, use shade to its full potential and dress in sun protectant clothing (sun shirts worn over swim suits and hats). Having three young children that adore the sun more than I do has brought this topic to the forefront. I do not want my children to have to sit out of sun-time activities, yet I want to protect them from the harmful rays. I also cherish their health more than anything and need a sunscreen that will not only be effective, but not contaminate their delicate organs, tissues and cells. Children, especially very young children, are more susceptible to damage from chemicals and toxins (just as the elderly are more susceptible).
Children are still developing mature neurologic and immune systems, and chemicals and toxins can cause more potent damage much more rapidly to them than to adults. Secondly, young children have a higher body fat percentage- meaning they can store these fat-loving, absorbed chemicals much faster and longer than adults. Chemicals stored in the tissue can be responsible for long-term health conditions because they are slowly released into the bloodstream. More discerning is the fact that these chemicals that are absorbed through the skin DO NOT pass through the liver first. Unlike foods that are ingested and first pass through the liver and are metabolized into water soluble form to be excreted in the urine, feces, via the skin and respiratory system, fat-soluble chemicals that are absorbed by the skin enter the blood as it travels to the organs, before it goes to the liver for detoxification. These chemicals travel to the organs, pass through the blood brain barrier and cross the placenta in full strength. THIS IS WHY CHEMICAL FREE SKINCARE IS SO IMPORTANT!
When these chemicals are absorbed through the skin, they are delivered in full strength to all of your organs- including the brain. They love fatty tissue and migrate into fatty tissue very easily. Unnecessary evils (chemicals) are fat soluble, and our cell membranes are permeable to fat soluble substances; they can easily pass into the cells and cause DNA mutation and damage. This is true for all skincare products- not just sunscreens. Our body contains fat tissue as a protective mechanism in two forms: adipose fat lies under our skin, visceral fat is found surrounding our organs. Both are storage places for fat-soluble chemicals such as those toxins found in commercial skincare. Once stored in the fat, they can feed nearby structures and organs. The brain is made up of fatty tissue as well. Chemicals absorbed through the skin pass through the brain via the bloodstream on the way to the liver and can be absorbed and stored in the fatty tissue of the brain. In fact, recent research has found a link between the aluminum in commercial deodorant with neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s because of the levels of aluminum found in the brain tissue.
The cold, hard truth is this: chemicals that are fat-soluble easily pass thru the blood-brain barrier and do cross the placenta into the developing fetus. Since most of these chemicals are neurotoxic, limiting exposure greatly reduces your and your children’s risk of neurological damage- including ADHD, mental confusion, sluggishness and anxiety.
Let’s Explore the Common Ingredients in Commercial Skincare
Zinc oxide, what you might remember seeing on your lifeguard’s nose, was the original sunscreen. Made in the 1940s, it sort of sat on the top of your skin to protect it from sun and worked similarly to wearing a white shirt (about SPF 15).
Modern day sunscreens can have chemicals that sink into your skin and blood stream to avoid having this residue – but at what cost? Some of the generic sunscreens on the market have parabens, oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate– each of which have been linked to harmful effects. These added and unnecessary chemicals are endocrine disruptors, cause DNA damage, are mutagens, can interfere with reproductive organs and may affect fertility, can cause developmental defects, cause neurological damage, are suspected carcinogens, promote aging, damage the immune system, inhibit cell growth and can cause skin irritations such as contact dermatitis, rashes, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea. The list goes on- that is just a brief synopsis of some of the internal damage these chemicals can cause.
Titanium dioxide actually absorbs the sunlight (about 70%), which can produce free radicals in the skin (specifically the hydroxl radical, which we don’t want). Zinc oxide deflects and scatters sunlight and does not produce free radicals. According to the Environmental Working Group, the FDA doesn’t currently regulate at the nanoparticle level; they consider both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (which the International Agency for Research on Carcinogens called a ‘possible carcinogen) are safe for use in sunscreens. Despite some concerns, EWG considers zinc oxide and titanium dioxide safer than other products on the market – specifically for lotion sunscreens and not necessarily for sprays. Several other skin care companies reference non-nano as better because it doesn’t enter the blood stream, as nanoparticles will. The gist? Non-nano may be better for you than nanoparticles, which can enter the blood stream.
Plenty of Paleo sources recommend diet as another natural sunscreen. Mark Sisson, of Mark’s Daily Apple, cites research and shares several alternative methods to boost sun protection, such as eating foods high in lycopene (found in tomatoes), supplementing vitamin D, eating saturated fats, drinking antioxidant-rich teas and more. But what if you need a little extra help? Every person’s skin and situation for sun exposure is unique.
What you need to know: A commonly cited study from 2000 found that red raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF of 25-50, which is equal to the titanium dioxide used in many sunscreens, and it blocks against the broad spectrum of both UV-A and UV-B rays (UV-B penetrate just the surface of the skin, and can cause aging or wrinkling; while UV-A can harm the dermis, or second layer of the skin and cause mutations that might lead to cancer).
Raspberry seed oil has the essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, healing oils and antioxidants that are great for your skin. It’s anti-inflammatory characteristics make it useful in treating eczema and psoriasis.
Relatively new labeling from the FDA requires manufacturers to test sunscreens based on their effectiveness and label them with more recommendations, including whether the product is “Broad Spectrum,” or able to protect you against UV-A and UV-B rays; as well as the amount of time consumers can expect it to work. For raspberry seed oil to be tested by the FDA and proven to be an active ingredient or sun repellant, a manufacturer would have to financially back the process, and then produce enough of the seed oil sunscreen to regain profits. There may not be enough supply of raspberry seeds internationally to do this, which wouldn’t justify the cost.
My Solution for Responsible, Body-Safe and Protective Sun Care
I am a minimalist when it comes to ingredients- I am also a perfectionist when it comes to a recipe. As usual, I look to nature to provide the ingredients I need. Thankfully, many plants have developed their own UVR protection and can provide us with the same natural protection. Not only are they safe for the environment, but they protect us as well.
I used to use red raspberry seed oil exclusively as a sun protectant. It has a SPF of 25-50 and contains vitamins, nutrients and antioxidant protection. Antioxidants protect against free radical damage. Free radicals in the body can cause a plethora of health issues- including cancer, immune suppression and signs of aging. Commercial skincare contains chemicals that promote free radical damage- add that to sun exposure, which also causes free radical damage- and the sun becomes your foe- not your friend!
Make friends with the sun! The sun not only feels great and creates a healthy glow- the sun is great for our mental health too! It also aids in vitamin D synthesis in the body.
“Activated vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth,” says Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD, who heads the Vitamin D, Skin, and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine. “It also stimulates your pancreas to make insulin. It regulates your immune system.”
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D1, D2, and D3. and can affect as many as 2,000 genes in the body. Vitamin D also regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and supports a normal functioning immune system. Adequate Vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
My simple solution of red raspberry seed oil works great- but I knew it needed some help to be more effective- after all, most things in life are better when they are not standing alone but used in conjunction with other beneficial ingredients. The only problem I noticed with using straight Red Raspberry Seed oil was that it absorbed too quickly, thereby reducing the effectiveness of providing UV protection- so I created a solution.
I created Sun-Up Before Sun Protector using a base of Red Raspberry Seed oil and added additional oils and essential oils that offer additional UV protection, skin healing and cell regenerating properties. When combined with red raspberry seed oil , they make an effective sun protectant that not only blocks damaging UV rays, but provides a blend of nutrients for the skin in case even a small amount of damage occurs. Secondly, these added ingredients resist water and sweat offering longer lasting protections during water and other activities.
Red Raspberry Seed oil is the primary oil in Sun-Up because of it offers the skin “broad spectrum” protection from damaging UV-A and UV-B rays and has an SPF of 25-50. It also is a highly moisturizing and emollient oil. It naturally contains an exceptionally high proportion of alpha and gamma tocopherols (Vitamin E), polyphenols and other antioxidants. It is also rich in Vitamin A and contains up to 83% omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Red Raspberry Seed oil also has pronounced anti-inflammatory properties. Red Raspberry Seed Oil also has high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants like vitamin C and E are nature’s own sunscreen, designed to protect living organisms like plants from sun damage, oxidation and disease. The high presence of these vitamins may explain the SPF factor of vegetable oils like red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed, and olive oil.
What protection does Sun-Up Before Sun Protector provide? Sun-Up contains the following oils, and listed are the SPF for each oil. Combined, this offers great UV protection as well as a plethora of nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Not only will you protect your skin, but you will actually provide nutrition for the cells of you body.
|Sun-Up Before Sun Protector
|Red Raspberry Seed Oil
||Organic Red Raspberry Seed Oil is highly moisturizing and emollient. It possesses an exceptionally high proportion of alpha and gamma tocopherols (Vitamin E), polyphenols and other antioxidants. It is also rich in Vitamin A and contains up to 83% omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Organic Red Raspberry Seed Oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and offers the skin broad-spectrum protection from damaging UV-A and UV-B rays.
||Makes Sun-Up water resistant and allows better protection during water sports and while sweating.
||Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, B, D and E, fatty acids and lecithin. Avocado oil has quick-acting capacity to be absorbed by the skin tissue and provides the skin with emollients that can hydrate, nourish and regenerate the epidermis or the outer skin layer.
|Zinc Oxide (non-nano sized)
||A non-toxic, and typically non-irritating, effective broad-spectrum sunblock. The particles sit on the outermost layer of your skin, scattering and absorbing UVA and UVB rays, protecting the skin below.
|Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
||Olive oil works to repair damaged skin and protect against skin cancer.
|Virgin Coconut Oil*
||Coconut oil has an amazing ability to heal the skin and block the damaging effects of UV radiation from the sun. One of the reasons why it is so effective in protecting the skin is its antioxidant properties, which helps prevent burning and oxidative damage that promotes skin cancer.
||Is readily absorbed by the epidermis layer of the skin, and can heal damage caused by ultraviolet radiation. It can also provide protection to the skin from sun damage. Vitamin E also prevents water loss from the skin, and helps it to retain its natural moisture.
|Carrot Seed Essential Oil*
||Has antiseptic properties which helps prevent and heal infection. Carrot Seed EO also helps with skin irritation, is rich in antioxidants and helps to rejuvenate the skin.
|Lavender Essential Oil*
||Has natural anti-inflammatory and sun blocking properties; also great for soothing and repairing skin.
|Myrrh Essential Oil*
||Has natural anti-inflammatory and sun blocking properties and is a powerful antioxidant.
|Sandalwood Essential Oil*
||Helps soften skin by increasing and restoring its ability to retain moisture.
My Take on Zinc Oxide
Let’s talk zinc oxide for a moment. Nano-sized zinc oxide (in most commercial sunscreens) means that the particle size is small enough to potentially pass through the skin/cells and enter the body. Most times, they hitch a ride on the oil or chemicals that are contained within the sunscreen. A nano-particle is a particle smaller than 100 nanometers, or 100 billionths of a meter.
Non-nano sized zinc oxide means the zinc oxide particles are larger, and should be unable to penetrate the protective mechanism of the skin- even if they try to hitch a ride on carrier oil. In essence, they just sit on the skin and deflect the sun.
I personally have a love-hate relationship with non-nano zinc oxide (NNZO). While I don’t feel 100% safe using it all of the time- because I am not exactly sure that a small amount is not absorbed as it soaks in the oil medium- I do feel that it does have it’s place in the sun. I feel that I am very well protected during everyday sun with my blend of oils and essential oils in Sun-Up; but there are times I feel the need for extra protection. For example, the first few days of sun season, a sun vacation in the middle of winter, or any vacation nearing the equator! I also feel children are more sensitive to the sun and it’s damaging effects- so if I feel it will be a long day in the sun, I reach for Sun-Up Ultra with NNZO.
Words about SPF- don’t EVER let it give you a false sense of security!! ALL SUNSCREEN FAILS – primarily because it is either sweat off, removed while swimming, or fully absorbed. Any product with an SPF higher than 25 is appealing to your sense of “more is best”.
ALL commercial sunscreen should be reapplied at least every 2 hours to remain effective- no matter the SPF. Most contain water and are either removed with sweat or water, or absorb quickly into the body.
In testing our Sun-Up Balm, we have found that it does stay on the skin and offer protection for at least 2 hours (and up to 4 hours), even while swimming. I still recommend applying a “touch up” every 2 hours.
As mentioned earlier, following a diet rich in fresh vegetables, nuts, fruits and meats will help arm your body with the antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids to help prevent free-radical damage caused by sun exposure. However, diet alone will not prevent sunburn. With the proper nutrition, you can help prevent the damage caused by the sun. Arm yourself with a Paleo diet AND Sun-Up Before Sun Protector, and you can enjoy the sun from the outside.
To protect yourself from UV and free radical damage, eat plenty of:
Green and black tea
Grapes Yellow, red or green peppers
Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO). FCLO is a natural anti-inflammatory rich in omega-3 acids. These are the fatty acids that your skin needs to protect itself from the sun. FCLO is also an excellent source of vitamin D itself
For more information about Sun-Up, please what this informational video. We discuss the cost, ingredients, comparison to commercial sunscreen, and benefits of Sun-Up Before Sun Protector.
Primal Life Organics cannot make claims about SPF for this product, as it has not been tested. We do not call this sunscreen and do not claim it to be sunscreen. We can, however, provide you with the information about each ingredient (from legitimate sources that have tested these ingredients) and allow you to make an informed decision as to whether this product is right for you. If we provide the education, you take control of your own destiny- instead of relying on Big Cosmo to make these decisions for you.
Sun-Up is a “protector” because the research indicates each ingredient does provide some sort of skin protection.
Primal Life Organics cannot, and does not make claims that this is a sunscreen. We simply compile the ingredient information in one place and ask you to form your own, informed decision of whether this is the correct product for you. In order to make claims of this product being a sunscreen with a specific SPF, we would need to have this product tested, which would be very costly and drive the price up. Also, it would provide little additional information that you can already conclude given the facts I provide you with. Remember, an SPF ABOVE 25 is not needed- as most sunscreens to be reapplied frequently to remain effective. Buying a high SPF product because of the number is appealing to your sense of “more is better” and provides you with a false sense of security- not sun protection.
We invite you to use this product alone, or in conjunction with a sunscreen you trust- just be informed and make your decision based on the facts.
Please understand, the information we provide you about each ingredient is documented from legitimate Internet sources. Please be responsible and know that you can verify all this information by performing a Google search for each ingredient and then make your own educated decision if this product is right for you.
The more you educate yourself about natural alternatives to commercial products and the more you experiment with plant based products, the more you trust what nature has to give you. Un-tampered nature. Pure nature. Only nature based.
Feel free to contact us at support@PrimalLifeOrganics.com with any questions or comments.
For those looking to heal their skin with real food sources- from the outside, you may want to read Katie’s story from The Eighty Twenty. Using Primal Life Organics, her acne prone skin is healing- and she has taken some great photos to show her progress.
Katie is using the Banished products, which target acne prone skin. The Banished and Beyond Package contains the Beyond Serum and Beyond Moisturizer which contain oils and essential oils that help heal the skin and help to fade scars. They both facilitate cell renewal as well as rejuvenation.
I started my nursing career in the Burn Center- where I witnessed numerous and extensive injuries to the skin. What I learned from this experience was priceless. I know the the skin can heal itself- but it must be fed the proper nutrition. Chemicals, preservatives, fragrances and toxins mutate the way the skin, and all of your bodily organs function. I equate chemical skincare with the flu. Your organs are congested, poorly oxygenated and nutritionally depleted. In this weakened state, all of your organs are subject to malfunction and disease. Diseased organs and systems cannot function adequately which further stresses the body, organs and cells. It is a path of destruction that leads to further distress. Acne can be a sign of this distress.
However, because our cells regenerate and heal, so does our organs- and the skin is our largest organ. Encouraging and facilitating cell regeneration will speed recovery- if proper cellular nutrition, hydration and oxygenation is available. All of my products from Primal Life Organics provide the proper cellular nutrition to allow your organs to heal and function properly. I make food for your skin, which also feeds all of your cells and organs. Keep your cells happy and you will see and feel the difference!
Enjoy Katie’s testimonial and her photo journal!
Trina Felber RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO Primal Life Organics
We all know you can buy a McChicken for a dollar, but is the consequence really worth the extra couple bucks you may have saved? The chicken breasts in the freezer section of your discount grocery store full of fillers and mystery juices may only be $1.99/lbs., but ask yourself why. Stacy of the Paleo Parents made a really good point a few weeks back about how some of us blow $5 on a fancy Starbucks drink without second thought but think spending the same amount on a dozen quality farm-fresh eggs is out of the question. A dozen eggs is enough protein for at least 6 meals, if not more.
Top 5 reasons to spend your money on quality products:
1. Beef and other ruminants that eat all grass as opposed to grain have a much better omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. We want our omegas to balance out, but most Americans are much higher in 6′s. Beef that is grain-fed or finished might have pretty marbling, but it’s that fat that is obtained that contains a high amount of omega 6′s. An unbalance of omegas has been linked to heart disease and cancer.
2. Commercially raised animals (which includes most of the meat found in large grocery store chains and discount stores) are pumped full of antibiotics. When animals live in unhealthy, crammed conditions, disease can spread like wildfire. Hence comes in the use of antibiotics as a preventative measure. These constant remnants of antibiotics that also transfer to our systems.
3. Chickens are not natural vegetarians. Many companies boast this and print it out on their label. Chickens thrive on insects in the grass which is what makes both the meat and the eggs much higher in nutrients and those awesome omega 3′s (and they taste better).
4. As a Paleo or primal eater, you probably consume a lot of animal fat and maybe some organ meats. Fat is where an animal will store toxins. The more an animal lives in its natural environment, the less toxins build up in its system. The same goes for the organ meats. Would you really want to eat liver that has been filtering antibiotics and GMOs?
6. When it comes to seafood, wild-caught is the way to go. Wild salmon can be more expensive than farm-raised but you don’t have to worry about it being fed antibiotics, grains (who decided fish should eat grains anyway?), or artificial coloring.
5. The animals themselves have a much better life when they are from family farms and fully pastured. I’ve seen chickens happily pecking in the grass out in the sun from the farm where I purchase my eggs instead of trapped in cages, literally going insane and pecking each other to death. The pigs are wallowing in mud in the field rather than their own waste while living their whole lives on wire grates. The environmental impact is also a lot less when the waste is put back into the farm instead of piling up creating loads of methane gas. Keep in mind you will also be supporting small farmers, hopefully some in your own town.
Tips for making this whole expensive meat thing affordable:
*Sometimes you might just have to settle for less. If money is really tight, choose smaller portions of the meat and fill up on veggies and healthy starches.
*Use all of the animal. Save the bones from everything. Yes, I will save the chicken wing bones after everyone eats off them. It’s totally normal, right? Save that turkey or duck carcass for stock. Use your leftover braising liquid to make a hearty stew or soup. I have made an awesome gumbo soup from leftover crawfish heads.
*There are plenty of inexpensive cuts of meat and organs. Choose turkey and chicken leg pieces over the breast. Chicken and beef livers are super cheap and create a nutrient dense meal. Ask your butcher for leftover animal fat to make lard and tallow.
*Keep an eye out for coupons and sales at your health food store and stock up. Most meat freezes well for months.
*Consider sharing a quarter or half a cow or hog with someone if you have the freezer space.
*Try buying direct from the farm. The eggs I buy are 50 cents more if I were to pick them up from the local health food store. It may not seem like a lot, but that’s $52 a year on just one item if I buy two dozen eggs a week.
*Cut out other expenses. When my less than healthy friends ask how I afford to buy the groceries I do, I remind them that I do not spend money on cigarettes or very much alcohol. Remember when you cut out all the packaged foods, you may be saving a lot more than you realize by buying fresh proteins and vegetables and cooking them yourself.
*Consider maintaining a healthy diet part of your health insurance. Medical bills are ridiculous. The more time and energy you spend on your health right now can save you thousands upon thousands of dollars spent on healthcare in the future. Diabetes and cancer (although for some inescapable) aren’t cheap.
I hope this has influenced some of you to go out and explore the world of local farms and markets. There are options out there even if it seems tiring at first. There are many great sources online if you can’t find one in your area. Remember, the healthier the animal you consume, the healthier it makes you!
CaveGirlSkinCare.com is simply thrilled to welcome our second guest blogger, Jen Williams. We’ve loved following Jen’s blog and look forward to learning more about her and her journey with Paleo living! You can also read more about her here.
We’re excited to welcome our first guest blogger to CaveGirlSkinCare.com! Heather Seikel is a Registered Nurse (RN), a fitness enthusiast and thrives on a Paleo lifestyle. Heather has kindly shared a few tasty-looking, Paleo friendly recipes with us!
My husband is the inspiration behind the recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Fries. He is not a sweet potato fan, so finding the perfect seasoning to accentuate not only the color of the sweet potato but also it’s mild flavor was a task he knowingly knew I could handle. To make the flavor experience complete, we both agreed that pairing the fries with Steve’s PaleoGoods Ketchup would make for a perfect mouth full of flavor.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Set Oven to 350 F
1. Cut a large sweet potato into halves lengthwise, and then into thick fries. Keep in mind that the thicker the fries are cut, the longer it will take to bake to get your desired texture.
2. Season raw fry sections, making sure to thoroughly cover, with:
2 tablespoons of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
2 teaspoons coconut sugar or date sugar
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay fries in flat, even rows to provide for ease of flipping halfway through baking. Place in oven and set timer for 25 minutes.
After 25 minutes take fries out of oven, using a spatula-turner, carefully flip in small sections until all of the fries have been flipped over.
Return the fries to the oven and set the timer for an additional 25 minutes or more, depending on thickness of fries and personal preference.
4. Once removed from the oven and cooled to desired temperature, enjoy fries dipped in your favorite sauce. Ours happens to be Steve’s PaleoGoods Ketchup
The Domestic Man’s Cast Iron Skillet Grain and Gluten Free Pizza Crust is hands down my husband’s favorite homemade pizza crust and my favorite to make thus far. Pizza is one of our favorite “go-to” meals because of the sauce and topping versatility. Red sauce, chicken, Brussels sprout leaves, bacon, and feta were on-hand in our fridge, so on the pizza they went!
“Hard-boiled” baked eggs
These were invented for individuals like myself who suffer from the malady of not being able to hard-boil eggs the conventional way so that the shell peels off easily. The texture and taste are the same as if the eggs were boiled, and peeling off the shell is as quick and easy as advertised! These eggs are easy to peel and great for a super easy and on the go protein this week!
We are finally settled back in after a very exciting trip to Austin for Paleo f(x). Now that we are back home, we wanted to share some highlights of our trip!
The week leading up to Paleo f(x) had the Primal Life Organics team in overdrive. Despite the fact that we were making large batches of our products to take with us on the trip, designing our display, packing everything, and still making sure all of our orders were made fresh and shipped out, we somehow managed to create three new hair products!
We were very excited to take these new products to Paleo f(x), where we gave them to a few Paleo celebrities! So far, we have gotten good feedback and can’t wait to get these new hair products (100% Paleo of course!) to your doors too! Keep an eye out for the official release of our Primal Sea Salt Spray, Hair Spray, and Hair Serum within the next couple of weeks.
Okay, okay! I know, you want to hear all of the good stuff like who we met, what we loved, and what we learned.
On Thursday Night- I kicked off the event by attending the Pecha Kucha soiree that featured some tasty (and 100% Paleo) Hors d’oerves from Caveman Cafeteria. Favorites were the Rock Shrimp Ceviche Coconut-Lime Marinade, Candied Bacon House Made with Organic Honey and Stuffed Artichoke Hearts Bruschetta! Drinks for the evening were from Live Soda Kombucha and my new favorite brew, O mission- gluten free and totally worth it! The Pale Ale is this Cave Girl’s favorite! I’m definitely going to enjoy a few of these this summer!!
I was lucky enough to sit next to Elizabeth and Cameron, with EPIC Bars- do not hesitate to try the new Lamb bars! I thought the Bison and Turkey were great- the Lamb is even better! I also got to meet Amy Kubal, a Registered “Paleo” Dietitian and the ring leader of Robb Wolfe’s RD consulting team. Amy has an amazing story to tell about her relationship with food, which you can read here. It was a “don’t miss” event that I recommend if you get the opportunity to attend Paleo f(x) next year.
The PLO booth kept us very busy, but we were lucky to have some friends stop by and say hello. Now it’s time for what we loved! There were so many amazing vendors there. Not only were the actual vendors great, but their products were also equally great. We were right across from Vital Proteins. You seriously have to check their pasture-raised bovine collagen & gelatin out, I’ve been adding it to my water for a week now and I love it!
The best part was that the majority of the vendors were food related. We gorged ourselves and everything was delicious but we’d like to share our top three. Kosmic Kombucha, this delicious drink is only available in Texas for now, but we can’t wait to have their unique flavors in our city. If you happen to be in Austin, be sure to pick up a few bottles next time you are at Wholefoods. Epic Bar, their grass-fed protein bars were so tasty and they even had a new flavor: Lamb! We couldn’t get enough of these bars. Now that I’m stocked up on them, I’ve enjoyed them in omelets, as an afternoon snack and my kids love them too! We met David from Paleo on the Go, these prepared-for-you meals are Paleo, delivered to your door and can be stored frozen until needed.
The event was a huge success for Primal Life Organics. We were able to come face-to-face with many Primal Lifers and heard first hand how much PLO is LOVED- always so great to hear!! We also reached hundreds that did not know we existed. We made new friends, and new customers! We met so many web-lebrities that support and love Primal Life Organics: Mark Sisson (just love him more in person!), Sarah Ballantyne (the Paleo Mom), Liz Wolfe (the Skintervention Guide, RealFoodLiz), Cain and Tammy Credicott (Paleo Magazine), Hayley and Bill (Primal Palate), Stacy and Matt (Paleo Parents), Arsey Vartanian (Rubies and Radishes), Tonja and Clare (Flame to Fork) and Summer and Sara (Whole9 Canada- check them out if you have any problems with acne or breakouts!) and so many more!! We learned that Primal Colors Makeup is a HUGE hit and many women fell in love with our philosophy, ingredients and colors as we performed demonstration after demonstration. It was such an emotionally moving event and I am so impressed with how incredibly powerful this movement is!
We came away from this event with one thing we are certain of: The Paleo lifestyle truly does contribute to a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. All of the people we met were proof that this is not just a diet fad.
Once again, a big shout out to all of you that stopped by our booth to check out our products and share your stories with us, this honestly was the very best part of the whole event. All of the planning and hard work was worth the experience and really seeing in person how our products have impacted your lives. You all are awesome and we appreciate you.
We Promised EXCITING News… from the CaveGirl (that’s me, Trina Felber) herself: We are very excited to announce that CaveGirl Skincare (this Blog) will be expanding our horizons- and we will be adding new writers to our staff. No longer will this just be about skincare — it will be CaveGirl Skincare and more! These fresh new faces have a lot to offer, new insight into this Paleo/Primal lifestyle with fun new recipes- possibly even to include your pet, fashion (a CaveGirl wants to be hip too!), workout options (not just crossfit- stay well rounded to keep incredibly healthy), reviews about new Paleo/Primal/Gluten free products and many more fun, creative and explosive topics! Stay tuned and be sure to sign up for our blog to be a part of this exciting change!
What’s the best thing about new Primal products?! All new, better for you ingredients to love! We’ve packed our newest skincare products with exciting skin foods like fruit extracts, Vitamin C, caffeine and garlic!
Wait? PLO has new stuff?! See what you’ve missed this month. Keep on the lookout, we’re always coming up with
Diversifying our Diets In this day and age, it’s incredibly difficult to find wholesome skincare products you can trust. PLO ingredients are so closely recognizable to the foods we eat and clays we see in our gardens, we’re tempted to eat them!
Fruit Extracts and Vitamin C. A double team of two, new exfoliating facial scrubs and skin polishers will keep your skin looking polished, all night long. Dirty Ex @ Midnight and Dirty Ex Sweet Revenge boast antioxidant protection from natural Vitamin C that helps firm the skin and improve collagen. A fruit blend to rival your breakfast smoothie, (extracts of mango, grapefruit, papaya in @ Midnight and pineapple, apple and guava in Sweet Revenge) will fight breakouts, dry skin, premature aging, inflammation, cellulite and skin discoloration — basically, all you need to make that Ex wonder why he ever left you alone on the dance floor.
Caffeine. No, this probably won’t cure your headaches when you’re cutting back on coffee — BUT caffeine crystals in Dirty Ex @ Midnight and Dirty Ex Sweet Revenge will calm puffiness in your skin and temper those fine lines and wrinkles.
Garlic? We know what you’re thinking, “I can get enough garlic just walking in and out of an Italian restaurant!” As healthy as garlic is for you to eat, it has incredible properties that are also great for your skin. The active properties within garlic make it a wonderfully natural antifungal and antibacterial. Vitamins A and B, organic iodine and sulfur, among others, mix with essential oils in Funki, Primal Life Organics’ Primal Foot Repair to help anyone struggling with post-WOD athlete’s foot.
And bad health begins there, too! Almost everything we put in our bodies, for better or worse, has an effect. And it all starts in your mouth!
We all work hard to maintain our overall health – we go to the gym, eat well, listen to our doctors and take steps to manage our stress (or try!). But have you ever thought that a little extra effort to maintain your oral health could affect your overall health? Probably not; but the connection between oral health and overall health is surprisingly strong.
Bacteria: Where it all begins. Bacteria in our mouths can cause infections, which can lead to inflammation and cause our gum tissue to break down. Over time, this can become a chronic problem and lead to gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Then it gets really sticky. Poor oral health has been linked to diabetes and heart disease, strokes, among other serious problems (check out the Mayo Clinic’s list). Why? Because when your gums break down, are infected or inflamed, your body responds (in come the white blood cells). This can trigger arterial inflammation or blockages (heart attack) or arterial plaque, which research has tied to strokes.
On the whole. Take a holistic approach to your health by starting where it all begins – your mouth. Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth Boost Primal Gum Serum can help replenish the natural oils in your mouth – not just for your teeth, but for the health of your gums and mucous membranes, too. The 11 essential oils that make up Dirty Mouth Boost help reduce the culprits (bacteria) in the mouth that lead to chronic inflammation, fungal and viral infections (cold sores), gingivitis and denture stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth).
Anti-what? Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiviral, antiseptic and anti-infection are just a few of the plusses of the oils found in Dirty Mouth Boost. Organic tea tree oil mixes with a stimulating blend of lemon, peppermint, clove, lavender and cinnamon with the anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus ad myrrh. Organic cypress serves as an astringent, antiseptic and a homeostatic to stop bleeding gums.
Seriously, what more can you ask for? Primal Life Organics offers Paleo, organic, and natural solutions for your overall health, all made from ingredients you can trust. If you haven’t heard from Kimberly, read her Dirty Mouth testimony here.