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Healing the Skin With Food to Prevent Acne

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. 
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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!  Read her article HERE

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


The Importance of Quality Proteins

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.

 


Paleo Recipes: Sweet Potato Fries, Paleo Pizza and Easy Hard-Boiled Eggs

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.
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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

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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.
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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!
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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! 
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“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!
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Paleo f(x) Review and Exciting News from the CaveGirl!

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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!

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New Ingredients You’ll Love

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.