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‘Tis the Season: Garden Grown Paleo and Fall Skinfood

Guest Cavegirl blogger Heather Seikel ha been waist deep in her garden this summer harvesting fresh zucchini and kale! She’s got a few recipes that will show you Primals how rewarding growing your own garden really is! 

All that Zucchini 

Baked Zucchini Spears and dip 2“Waste Not, Want Not” is a motto Guest Cave Girl blogger Heather Seikel  grew up hearing and lives by even today, especially when it comes to quality produce from her garden.

If Zoodle making wasn’t fun enough, Zucchini Breakfast Casserole is worth the time and effort! FreZoodlessh zucchini picked from my garden and Brunty Farm fresh eggs made this an instant favorite for my husband and I.

Later on that day, Baked Zucchini Fries with Bloomin Onion Dipping Sauce was yet again another win!

Pizza Kale Chips (1)Pizza Kale Chips  Home-grown Kale

Kale is another successful grower this season and she has mastered
Pizza Kale Chips and Kale Stem Pesto.

All-in-all a VERY successful and rewarding gardening/baking experience.

Even though summer season is fading away, the effects of all that time in the garden may leave your skin in need of extra hydration and nutrients.  Check out our latest paleo skin care product, Fallen Face Serum and Primal Body Butter. They have all the moisture rich oils your skin needs after a long summer in the sun — Available from September to November only!

Learn more about primal skincare PrimalLifeOrganics.com and stick with us at CavegirlSkinCare.com for tips and tricks for your primal lifestyle!


Written by Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO Primal Life Organics — September 07, 2014

Break the Habit… Go Primal. Live Primal. Choose Primal Products.

Hi.  My name is Trina Felber.  I had a bad habit.  I am a nurse, and I poisoned myself daily for 40 years.  It was a bad habit… it was making me sick, and bloated, and tired, and forgetful, and fat and lazy, and my skin was dull and broken out and oily.

I broke my habit seven years ago- and I never looked back. Today, I have energy, normal functioning GI, reproductive, nervous, immune and endocrine systems.  A healthy metabolism and radiant, glowing, beautiful skin.

My habit?  I never read my labels.  I didn’t know I was poisoning myself with chemicals.  I didn’t realize how commercial skincare was harming my body- causing acne and bloating and oily skin.  My immune system was failing.  I was full of inflammation and disease.

Today, I know better.  I read ALL of my labels… and I made my own skincare to be sure I only feed my body real food nutrients.  And what a difference it made!

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Habit

habit (or wont) is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously.[1][2][3] In the American Journal of Psychology (1903) it is defined in this way: “A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.”[4] Habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because a person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Habits are sometimes compulsory.[3][5] The process by which new behaviours become automatic is habit formation. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioural patterns we repeat are imprinted in our neural pathways,[6] but it is possible to form new habits through repetition.[7]

As behaviors are repeated in a consistent context, there is an incremental increase in the link between the context and the action. This increases the automaticity of the behavior in that context.[8] Features of an automatic behavior are all or some of: efficiency, lack of awareness, unintentionality, uncontrollability.[9]  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habit

Your life is filled with habits. I bet we each have at least 100 habits we are unaware of. Habits we live EVERY DAY!

We all have them. We all live them.

Consider this: almost everything you do, use, eat and touch is a habit. The toothpaste you use is a habit. The shampoo you use is a habit. Your face wash, deodorant, hair spray, moisturizer, soap, anti-aging cream, styling agents… all habits. Taste, smell, sound of the bottle opening. Habits. Habitual items we use every day.

Our feet take us right to them. Our arms know exactly which shelf they sit on and what height to rise to. We grab them.  Our hands know exactly what the bottle feels like- the shape, the texture- so familiar and comforting. We don’t even need our eyes to know it is the right bottle. In fact, our eyes have never even looked at the ingredients… EVERY STEP IS A HABIT! Break the habit and LOOK at the ingredients.

Once home, we put them in their place. Our body knows where they are stored. At the proper time, we reach for them, recognize the bottle, smell the toxic fragrance, apply and are so familiar with the lather, smoothness and texture. NEVER DO WE GLANCE AT THE INGREDIETNS. That is not our habit!

BREAK THE HABIT! Don’t walk directly there. Don’t raise your arm. Instead, STOP…make the conscious effort to turn the bottle over and READ THE INGREDIENTS!

Make THAT your new Primal habit!

Awareness is the only way to stop a habit. Awareness that almost everything we do in a day is a habit brings new meaning to living.

If you have chosen a Paleo or Primal Lifestyle, break free from your skincare habit and read what you are putting on your largest organ. An organ that is supposed to protect you. Serve you. Feed you. Heal you.

Feeding your largest organ a cocktail of multiple chemicals (fragrance, petroleum, phalates, parabens, sodium larueth sulfate, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, triclosan, mica, etc) numerous times a day will lead to disease. After all, these lab-made chemicals have no place in a Paleo or Primal Life. They disrupt your hormones, reproductive system, cause damage DNA, impair your neurological system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, immune system. They cause inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and more.

Don’t set yourself up for failure… set yourself up for success… and health.

If you have chosen to go Primal in your diet, choose to go Primal in your skin-food! Living a Paleo or Primal Lifestyle is not complete until certain habits are broken.

Live Primal

Love Primal

Be Primal

Think Primal

Choose Primal

Go Primal

Buy Primal products from Primal Life Organics and break a habit of disease!

I made all of my skincare for myself and my family.  I created Primal Life Organics so I can share my real-food skincare with you.

Primal Life Organics feeds the body real nutrients from plant sources. Vitamins, minerals, omegas and antioxidants that feed the cells the nutrients they need to reproduce, metabolize, and function the way they were intended. Health is not just about what you feed your body. It is multifaceted.

We face a world of pollution. It is in the air we breathe. The soil we eat from. The water we bathe in and drink from. Eliminate the toxins in your skincare and improve your health. Feel better. Improve your immune system. Decrease your chance for Alzheimer’s, coronary artery disease, diabetes, arthritis, reproductive and fertility problems.

Healthy choices… over 100 Paleo and Primal products to compliment your life choice and your health!

Primal Life Organics…. The only Primal Skincare Company that makes more than 100 products to fit your needs. Order today and receive $25 off your order of $75 or more with coupon code “go primal”…make this your first step to break your habit!  To read more about me, please click here!  

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Written by Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO Primal Life Organics — September 02, 2014

Open Your Eyes to the Dangers of Commercial Cosmetics

“I wear make-up almost every day.  I did not know that my favorite products were polluting my body with chemicals that can make me sick.  I did not know the colors came from mica…a chemical  known to cause cancer!  I refuse to put chemicals on my face to make me beautiful that also could cause cancer, clog my pores, and essentially destroy the very thing that I was trying to beautify!

So I did something unusual — I created a line of Colors made from real food and plant sources.  Now I feed my skin antioxidants that actually help fight cancer by destroying free radicals!”  -Trina Felber RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO of Primal Life Organics

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We women put it on our faces every single day. But how often do we really stop to think about what is in the products that we routinely put on our face? My honest answer was never.

Once I began my research, however, I was less than impressed with the quality of the products that I was using on a regular basis. A quick Internet search revealed that it was impossible to find an ingredient list for the commercial foundation I had been using for a long time. So, I had to peel off the label on my bottle because the ingredients are listed on the inside of the label – the sticky side that you can’t see unless removed.

Out of the 25 listed ingredients, 23 of them were completely unrecognizable to me, and 11 of them were almost impossible to pronounce! The only two that were familiar were water and synthetic wax. Less than half (11) of those ingredients are scored as a zero by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), meaning that they have not been found to be toxic or hazardous. Six of them are scored in the moderate hazard category, and there is even one scored in the high hazard category.

The purpose of the EWG is to “serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get straight facts, unfiltered and unspun, so they can make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment. We use the power of information to create cutting-edge research and advocacy that transform government policies and the marketplace in order to conserve land and water, produce and use energy responsibly and ensure that food and consumer products are free of harmful chemicals” — Environmental Working Group. Their website harbors a plethora of little known research on the harmful chemicals that we encounter every day through the products that we consume.

So looking deeper into my ex-foundation, I found that the moderately hazardous ingredients included propylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane (CPS), PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, titanium dioxide, talc, and mica. Do you know what any of those are or how they can harm you? Let me enlighten you.

CPS may be associated with environmental toxicity, organ system toxicity, ecotoxicity, endocrine disruption, and neurotoxicity (so it can negatively affect your environment and ecosystem, as well as your organs, your brain, and your hormones).  Propylene glycol has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, as well as being associated with contact dermatitis and contact urticarial (rashes). PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. Talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Mica may be linked to endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, cancer, ecotoxicology and neurotoxicity.

But the two most alarming ingredients found in commercial make up – propylparaben and methylparaben – are considered great health hazards because of the overwhelming evidence to back up the risk factors associated with them. These mimic estrogen and can act as potential endocrine (hormone) system disruptors. There is also strong evidence that they are an immune toxicant or allergen. These are considered highly hazardous according to the EWG, to the point where their concentration is restricted in cosmetics. But if the risk is so real that their quantities have to be limited, then why are they being used at all?

I know I’ve only scratched the surface of the potential toxins in one specific commercial make up product, so I want to encourage anyone and everyone to go to the EWG website and look up your preferred cosmetics, as well as the ingredients in them. What are the risks associated with some of the ingredients? I realize you only use a tiny amount of make up with each application, but do you wear it every day? If we are reading our food labels to ensure that we are not putting toxins IN our bodies, shouldn’t we be reading personal care labels to see what we are really putting ON our bodies?

tumblr_inline_mt1jdzmxN61qz4rgpPrimal Life Organics was created to offer the option of Paleo Skincare (skin-food as we refer to it).  Paleo denotes earth-given nutrition for both our insides and our outsides.  Using Paleo skin-food provides the skin with healing, nurturing and moisturizing elements in the form of oils, essential oils, food and plant sources as well as the dirt itself (clay).  Primal Life Organics introduces Primal Colors- Paleo makeup sourced from the earth.  Toxins, chemicals, preservatives and fragrances NEVER find their way into ANY of our products.  Primal Colors is made FRESH when ordered- ensuring the most nutrient dense ingredients.  Our color palate is created by mixing food and plant sources, such as cranberry, beet root, hibiscus flowers, cocoa and spirulina with dirt.  No additives, fillers or chemicals.

We invite you to try Primal Colors.  Please view our Primal Colors instructional videos.  These video thoroughly explain how to obtain the perfect look without harming your skin with chemical make-up. We always welcome questions and our Primal Colors Specialist, Carrie, can be contacted via carrie@primallifeorganics.com.

Paleo embraces Nature.  Nature embraces Primal Life Organics.  Primal Life Organics embraces Primal Colors.  The Re-Generation of Makeup.

Paleo makeup is now available to compliment your lifestyle and your complexion!

For those interested in additional information, click here for an article from EWG on the topic of chemicals in cosmetics

Written by Carrie Perkins
Primal Colors Specialist
carrie@PrimalLifeOrganics.com


Don't Poison Your Gums! Poor Dental Health Is How Inflammation Begins!

                    

“Most toothpaste contains a number of slow moving poisons that accumulate in the highly sensitive and permeable mucous membranes in the mouth and lead to toxic overload. Over time, these toxins can cause serious health risks.” (1)

Poisons.  A harsh word, I know.  But lets call it what it is.  I refuse to pretend a toxin is safe even in small doses!  After all, how do you measure how much is absorbed anyway?  Obviously, for a child, even a small amount is toxic.  

What about how these toxins enter our bodies?  Our mouth and gums are VERY vascular.  Some medications, like sublingual nitroglycerin, are prescribed to be administered under the tongue.  Ever give much thought as to why???  Let me enlighten you!

The first-pass effect (also known as first-pass metabolism or presystemic metabolism) is a phenomenon of drug metabolism whereby the concentration of a drug is greatly reduced before it reaches the systemic circulation. It is the fraction of lost drug during the process of absorption which is generally related to the liver and gut wall. After a drug is swallowed, it is absorbed by the digestive system and enters the hepatic portal system. It is carried through the portal vein into the liver before it reaches the rest of the body. The liver metabolizes many drugs, sometimes to such an extent that only a small amount of active drug emerges from the liver to the rest of the circulatory system. This first pass through the liver thus greatly reduces the bioavailability of the drug. Alternative routes of administration, like sublingual, avoid the first-pass effect because they allow drugs to be absorbed directly into the systemic circulation. (2)

One of the main functions of the liver is to cleanse the blood of drugs and other poisonous substances and toxins.  When we brush our teeth, some of the toothpaste is absorbed sublingually and some is swallowed.  Sublingual absorption is direct, and much faster.  It ensures that the substance will risk degradation only by salivary enzymes before entering the bloodstream directly and travels full strength throughout the body.  This is excellent for cardiovascular drugs that you want to work quickly without being broken down.  This is NOT what you want when it comes to poisons and toxins that are in commercial toothpaste.  Toothpaste that is swallowed will pass through the gut and some will be broken down and detoxified by the liver.  Toxins and chemicals that do not pass thru the liver are more potent as they travel to other organs such as the brain, lungs, heart and all tissues.  Fat is a great place to store toxic build up. 

What are these toxins?

Most commercial toothpastes contain at least three potentially harmful, possibly toxic, and at the very least unnecessary chemicals: Glycerin, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and artificial sweeteners. Fluoride, which many people choose to avoid due to toxicity concerns, is also common to commercial mouth care.  What most don't realize is that these chemicals can actually weaken the enamel and cause the minerals theat strengthen the teeth to leech out of the teeth.  A weakened tooth is very susceptible to the elements- including sugars and chemicals.  Once breakdown occurs, cavities result.

Glycerin is thought to leave a coating on the teeth, possibly contributing to de-mineralization and preventing re-mineralization (the layering of minerals back into the enamel structure). Re-mineralization strengthens the enamel and protects the tooth.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is readily absorbed by the body and is considered a “probable human carcinogen” by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).  According to the EWG, SLS may cause skin irritation, eye irritation, and even hormone imbalances; exposure may also cause denaturing of structural protein – including the membranes in our mouths. A review of the available literature on SLS by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (3) (nicnas.gov.au) indicated eye and skin irritation as clinically observed.

SLS and Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate are the synthetic chemicals used as the foaming agents in toothpaste (1).  SLS is also commonly found in engine degreaser, garage floor cleaners, and car wash soaps (4).  In the scientific community, SLS is commonly acknowledged as a skin irritant and has been linked to mouth ulcers and canker sores (1).

Commercial products often include a variety of artificial sweeteners intended to make them palatable. For instance, saccharin is manufactured from petroleum products, and, like most artificial sweeteners, has been linked to cancer. (EWG) 

Two other commonly used artificial sweeteners include sorbitol, and aspartame. These can cause horrible side effects (this list is SCARY) like headaches, dizziness, mood changes, vomiting or nausea, abdominal pain/cramps, change in vision, diarrhea, seizures/convulsions, memory loss, fatigue, numbness in legs, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus, and various cancers (5). Symptoms many may suffer from, but difficult to link to a cause.

Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure.  Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol.  Did you know that a by-product of aspartame is formaldehyde??   For a great article on the dangers of aspartame, I suggest you read the article Aspartame is, by Far, the Most Dangerous Substance on the Market that is Added To Foods 

Fluoride has actually been categorized as a “toxic drug” by the FDA (1). If you are buying organic food to avoid pesticides but using commercial toothpaste, you might be interested to know that Sodium Fluoride was at one time widely used as an insecticide and a rodenticide (1).

Fluoride toxicity can occur due to the toothpaste that may be ingested with every brushing. Fluoride toxicity, which may occur with chronic fluoride exposure, can have harmful effects on the entire body.  In children, dental fluorosis (enamel discoloration due to damage to the tooth forming cells) can occur.  Studies have shown that fluoride can also cause damage to the brain, possibly causing IQ deficits in children. Fluoride can also adversely affect the pineal gland, thyroid gland, bone, gastrointestinal tract and has been linked to bone and bladder cancers (6).

Now, think of your kids. Do you think that, on occasion, they probably swallow some of the toothpaste you put on their brushes? Maybe even you do sometimes? And even if you’re not swallowing it, you are still putting it into you mouth where it has access to the rest of your body (Sublingual absorption). Is that a risk you are willing to take on yourself and your family?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  We need to start reading labels and paying attention to what we are putting in and on our bodies! We need to be educated to know what to look for on those labels! For all of you gum chewers, diet pop drinkers, diet yogurt eaters, or “diet” and “sugar-free” anything- PAY ATTENTION!   Aspartame is used in almost all “sugar-free” and “diet” substances.  We are conditioned to be blissfully unaware – and ok with that!  NOT ANYMORE!!!

Consider This!   

Concerns over toxic or harsh ingredients may seem over-blown, but consider this: if you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, your gums are exposed to the paste you’re using for a full 24 hours each year! In the long run, every second counts; so using a paste that is nontoxic and free of industrially-formulated chemicals is critical. Why take a 24-hour chemical bath every year? 

What about brushing? You’ve probably heard that hand-washing should last at least two minutes for maximum effectiveness. Just like washing your hands, brushing for two minutes is actually as important as the products you use. If you can’t source a good toothpaste, you can simply use water. In fact, the simple act of BRUSHING for two minutes is likely more effective at cleaning your teeth than conventional toothpaste! (2)

The toothpowder from Primal Life Organics (Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder) is made from direct-from-the-earth ingredients, no laboratory required. Our toothpowder provides protection from plaque and cavities, delivers nutrients for healthy gums and teeth, and can be used without fear of the ingestion of toxins. This toothpowder provides essential minerals that can be absorbed through gum tissue and porous teeth. It whitens and cleans with gently abrasive earthen clays, and leaves the delicate oral tissues feeling fresh. Furthermore, since the teeth are living tissue, re-mineralization can occur and your teeth can become stronger with use. The minerals that are contained in Dirty Mouth Toothpower are the minerals your teeth need to maintain integrity, strength and to fight cavities.

The chemicals in commercial toothpaste can actually leech the minerals from the teeth- causing a weak and brittle surface that is more prone to damage and decay.

Many, native cultures with robust dental health practice oral hygiene in ways that may seem unfamiliar to us, but we can certainly learn from them. The practice of “pica” – the ingestion of dirt or clay – is common among tribal communities.  Pica is the body driving us to obtain minerals that are lacking in the diet. I’m not suggesting you eat a bowl of dirt for dinner, but knowing that traditional cultures valued clay for its mineral density, and understanding how critical minerals are to the health of the mouth (they can be considered nutrition for the teeth), using clay for dental health and re-mineralization just makes sense!

 

Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder:

Primal dirt:  Fill your mouth with vital and trace minerals important to maintain dental health the natural, paleo way.  Mildly abrasive, gently polishes, detoxifies and refreshes.

 

    

    Available in Refills too!  

 

Also available as a package with Dirty Mouth Boost Primal Gum Serum for added protection.

 

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References

  1. http://voices.yahoo.com/fluoride-other-hidden-toxins-toothpaste-70307.html?cat=5
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_pass_effect
  3. http://www.nicnas.gov.au/publications/information_sheets/existing_chemical_information_sheets/ecis_sls_pdf.pdf
  4. http://dherbs.com/articles/beware-of-toothpaste-222.html
  5. http://www.medicinenet.com/artificial_sweeteners/page8.htm#aspartamecon
  6. http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/cancer/

    Daily Use Of Makeup- Open Your Eyes To This!

     

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    I wear it almost every day.  I did not know they were polluting my body with chemicals that can make me sick!  I did not know the colors came from mica... a chemical  known to cause cancer!  
    I refuse to put chemicals on my face to make me beautiful- after all, how beautiful will I be when I need chemo and radiation?  No makeup will make me beautiful then!

    So I did something unusual- I created a line of Colors made from real food and plant sources.  Now I feed my skin antioxidants that actually help fight cancer by destroying free radicals!

     

    Make up. We women put it on our faces every single day. But how often do we really stop to think about what is in the products that we routinely put on our face? My honest answer was never.

    Once I began my research, however, I was less than impressed with the quality of the products that I was using on a regular basis. A quick Internet search revealed that it was impossible to find an ingredient list for the commercial foundation I had been using for a long time. So, I had to peel off the label on my bottle because the ingredients are listed on the inside of the label – the sticky side that you can’t see unless removed.

    Out of the 25 listed ingredients, 23 of them were completely unrecognizable to me, and 11 of them were almost impossible to pronounce! The only two that were familiar were water and synthetic wax. Less than half (11) of those ingredients are scored as a zero by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), meaning that they have not been found to be toxic or hazardous. Six of them are scored in the moderate hazard category, and there is even one scored in the high hazard category.

    The purpose of the EWG is to “serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get straight facts, unfiltered and unspun, so they can make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment. We use the power of information to create cutting-edge research and advocacy that transform government policies and the marketplace in order to conserve land and water, produce and use energy responsibly and ensure that food and consumer products are free of harmful chemicals” (http://www.ewg.org/about-us). Their website harbors a plethora of little known research on the harmful chemicals that we encounter every day through the products that we consume.

    So looking deeper into my ex-foundation, I found that the moderately hazardous ingredients included propylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane (CPS), PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, titanium dioxide, talc, and mica. Do you know what any of those are or how they can harm you? Let me enlighten you.

    CPS may be associated with environmental toxicity, organ system toxicity, ecotoxicity, endocrine disruption, and neurotoxicity (so it can negatively affect your environment and ecosystem, as well as your organs, your brain, and your hormones).  Propylene glycol has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, as well as being associated with contact dermatitis and contact urticarial (rashes). PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. Talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Mica may be linked to endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, cancer, ecotoxicology and neurotoxicity (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/).

    But the two most alarming ingredients found in commercial make up – propylparaben and methylparaben – are considered great health hazards because of the overwhelming evidence to back up the risk factors associated with them. These mimic estrogen and can act as potential endocrine (hormone) system disruptors. There is also strong evidence that they are an immune toxicant or allergen. These are considered highly hazardous according to the EWG, to the point where their concentration is restricted in cosmetics. But if the risk is so real that their quantities have to be limited, then why are they being used at all? 

    I know I’ve only scratched the surface of the potential toxins in one specific commercial make up product, so I want to encourage anyone and everyone to go to the EWG website (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) and look up your preferred cosmetics, as well as the ingredients in them. What are the risks associated with some of the ingredients? I realize you only use a tiny amount of make up with each application, but do you wear it every day? If we are reading our food labels to ensure that we are not putting toxins IN our bodies, shouldn’t we be reading personal care labels to see what we are really putting ON our bodies?

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    Primal Life Organics was created to offer the option of Paleo Skincare (skin-food as we refer to it).  Paleo denotes earth-given nutrition for both our insides and our outsides.  Using Paleo skin-food provides the skin with healing, nurturing and moisturizing elements in the form of oils, essential oils, food and plant sources as well as the dirt itself (clay).  Primal Life Organics introduces Primal Colors- Paleo makeup sourced from the earth.  Toxins, chemicals, preservatives and fragrances NEVER find their way into ANY of our products.  Primal Colors is made FRESH when ordered- ensuring the most nutrient dense ingredients.  Our color palate is created by mixing food and plant sources, such as cranberry, beet root, hibiscus flowers, cocoa and spirulina with dirt.  No additives, fillers or chemicals. 

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    We invite you to try Primal Colors.  Please view our Primal Colors instructional videos that can be found on our website.  We always welcome questions and our Primal Colors Specialist, Carrie, can be contacted via carrie@primallifeorganics.com

    Paleo embraces Nature.  Nature embraces Primal Life Organics.  Primal Life Organics embraces Primal Colors.  The Re-Generation of Makeup. 

     Paleo makeup is now available to compliment your lifestyle and your complexion!

     

     

     

    For those interested in additional information, click here for an article from EWG on the topic of chemicals in cosmetics

    Written by Carrie Perkins

    Primal Colors Specialist

    carrie@PrimalLifeOrganics.com

     

    Heal Your Body By Going Against The Social Grain!

    Sometimes we just don't want to hear the truth.  Sometimes, we have to take a leap of faith and jump right in!

    Sometimes, you have to go against the social grain!  

    That's what I did when I learned how harmful the chemicals in commercial skincare can be to the body.  Disrupting my hormonal system was no laughing matter when I decided I wanted to try to conceive.  Considering the fact that most chemicals in commercial skincare are neurotoxins- I found this no laughing matter when it came to my developing baby- so tiny her neurological system just forming.  Inflammation is the root cause of most systemic disease- including heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, irritable bowel, rosacea, acne, dental disease, arthritis and much more.  The toxins that are put in commercial skincare to increase shelf-life, emulsify oil and water, as thickeners and softeners cause inflammation in our body.  They are every part of UNNATURAL!  

    AMAZING things happen whey you feed the body real food- this is true for skincare as well!  Kimberly found this out when she made the switch to Primal Life Organics- a real food skincare company that provides fresh-made products!  Here is her story:

     
    "Hey Everyone my name is Kimberly and my journey with Primal Life Organics began late last May (2013). I had been hearing great things about PLO on the online community, and I had been wanting to try them out for quite some time. I had gone Paleo the September before, and suddenly found myself very conscious of the products I put on my skin, and began to make efforts to go toxic free – but the college student in me couldn’t justify spending extra money on things that I could possibly do from home – so for months and months I attempts to find a toxic free hair shampoo, and failed.


    I tried  a bunch of different things with my hair – including the no poo method, along with a couple of other things. To say my hair didn’t like it would be an understatement. Within a few hours of washing my hair with the no poo method my hair would be limp, stuck to my scalp and greasy, only to be brittle and dry the next day – it was a strange combination. For months I told my self “its just the adjustment period, it will get better”, but it didn’t – it only got worse. After about 6 months of wearing a hat nearly every day and trying to convince myself that my hair didn’t look that bad – I broke down and ordered the Dirty Poo Primal Hair Wash, along with Dirty Mouth Toothpowder, Boost Gum Serum and the Carrot Seed Cleanser.


    Let me tell you – the Dirty Poo was a game changer. For the first time in months I didn’t feel embarrassed to go out in public because of the way my hair looked, and the need to was it became less frequent, and my hair would even start to look better a few days after washing it. If that wasn’t enough, my hair began to do what I want when I styled it and for the first time in my life my naturally limp and fine hair began to build up some body! I was ecstatic, and will honestly never go back if I can help it. I was equally impressed with the Toothpowder and Gum Serum.

    I have had gingivitis/teeth/enamel/yellowing problems since I was a kid. The vast majority of my teeth have cavities in them and I was told as a teenager that if I didn’t do something about my teeth soon I'd have denture by the time I was 20.

    Hearing that put me into panic mode, and I began to take extra care of them.  

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    I managed to avoid dentures,but until I switched to the tooth powder/gum serum I still struggled with gingivitis, bleeding, yellowing, plaque build up and sore teeth.  No more! The last time I was at the dentist my dentist could not believe how good my teeth/gums looked, and even asked me if I went somewhere else to bleach them because they were looking so white. When I said no she asked me a lot of questions about the product I was using – to which I happily told her.

    My gums no longer bleed, my I have not had a cavity in ages and don’t think I ever will, and they are stronger and whiter than ever.  

    I have also used the Carrot Seed Cleanser and Primal Colors (make up) Lid Stains (I am still learning the art here!) and have had great experiences with them both! I would love the opportunity to use more of Primal Life Organics, and it is my first recommendation to people when they are looking for non-toxic products. \

     


     

     

     

     I have included a picture of myself here – this was taken 6 days after washing my hair with Dirty Poo and its still looking good, and my teeth are looking whiter and healthier than ever.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thank you for changing my life Primal Life Organics! Your products make me feel beautiful."

     ~Kimberly

    PROTEIN DATE BALLS

    Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO Primal Life Organics:

    LOVE these Date Balls! Very easy, very kid friendly and very addicting! Almost as much as running!

    Originally posted on Paleo Mom on the Run:

    I’m always trying to create foods that I can use in my running and other workouts.  Energy drinks, sports gels and bars that are filled with sugars and other ingredients that I wouldn’t normally consume aren’t what I want to use when fueling my body (although I have).   Hitting “the wall” isn’t a fun place to be but neither is eating things that  I know aren’t optimal for my body.  I also know that fueling smart will help to prevent depleting my body and over stressing it…you know…adrenal fatigue, unbalanced hormones and all the other fun stuff that we hear about with endurance sports.

    That all said, here is my latest pre-workout snack. In my Protein Date Balls, you’ll find the much needed fat, sugar and protein that athletes need…shall we call them power balls?  I love these and have found that they seem to keep me energized while I’m out running.

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    Written by Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO Primal Life Organics — August 24, 2014

    RECIPE: Bulletproof Coffee

    bulletproofSeveral 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.

    The Recipe:

    -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

    photoThe How-to:

    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.

    5) ENJOY.

    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.


     

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    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.


    Favorite Summer Salads, Homemade Pickles and a Refreshing Dessert

     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:  

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    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


    Written by Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO Primal Life Organics — August 04, 2014

    Simple Summer Recipe: Paleo Vanilla Almond Milk

    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!

    Paleo Vanilla Almond MilkAfter 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.

     
     

     

     


    Written by Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO Primal Life Organics — July 17, 2014