11.15.2014

3 Favorite Products for a Glowing Complexion

3 Favorite Products for a Glowing Complexion

There was a time when it would have been laughable for me to advise anyone about how to achieve a glowing complexion. I began to battle breakouts when I was a teenager and no matter what products, medications or routines I tried and tested, nothing seemed to work. Although I thought I'd someday outgrow it, those complexion challenges followed me mercilessly into adulthood, and I thought for sure I was a hopeless case.

It turns out that changing my eating habits was just what I needed to turn things around, and since I've done so, my skin has come a long way. Top it off by drinking lots of water and following a daily routine of using natural and nourishing skincare products, and I feel like the days of uncontrollable breakouts are far behind me.

That being said, there are always days when my skin could use a little extra help. The following products are perfect compliments to give my complexion just the boost it needs to achieve that highly desired “glow.”

11.07.2014

Sautéed Broccolini

Sautéed Broccolini, Broccoli Rabe
Sautéed Broccolini, Broccoli Rabe
Sautéed Broccolini, Broccoli Rabe

Chances are that many of us are going to be surrounded with many rich, indulgent dishes this Thanksgiving. If we’re blessed enough to have an abundance of food, there will most likely be no shortage of stuffing (or dressing), mashed potatoes and thick gravy to top it all. Green vegetables, however, are often altogether another story.

Although we usually refer to those starchy sides as “comfort foods,” to me, it’s far more comfortable to know I have some healthy options from which to choose. When I was a kid, eating my vegetables sometimes seemed like a punishment; but today, I find that eating my veggies — especially when prepared in a tasty way — is more like a treat. So having a simple, healthy green veggie to add to the Thanksgiving selection is a huge plus…not just for me, but for everyone at the table. (And as good as that traditional green bean casserole might taste, it doesn’t exactly count as a healthy dish.)

Enter: this easy-to-make sautéed broccolini (also known as broccoli rabe). It’s one of my go-to recipes for a quick and delicious veggie side on any night of the week and at any time of the year, but it also can serve as a perfect healthy addition to your Thanksgiving feast. I promise: it’s so tasty, you won’t feel like you’re being forced to “eat your veggies.” This is one side you're sure to enjoy.

The measurements below are approximate, so feel free to wing it and make it according to your own preferences:

10.31.2014

Really Easy Paleo Chili

Really Easy Paleo Chili
Really Easy Paleo Chili
Really Easy Paleo Chili

This recipe for Paleo chili is so quick and easy to make. It’s perfect for a night when you want something warm and comforting but don’t want to fuss with with a fancy or time-consuming recipe. What could be easier than throwing everything into one pot and stirring? Yeah, it’s pretty much that simple.

It’s not only a hit for us Paleo folk but also for those that are non-Paleo (Jeremy has given it his special stamp of approval). And it’s so tasty, you won’t even miss those beans that go into traditional chili (your tummy will thank you, too).

You’ll notice that in addition to using the usual spices found in traditional chili, I include a bit of turmeric. Why? I think the better question is: why not?! Not only does turmeric have powerful anti-inflammatory and healing properties, but it has spicy kick to it, which makes it a winner in my book. Just go easy on it because a little will go a long way.

Although you can substitute organic ground turkey in this recipe, I personally choose to use grass-fed ground beef because it is nutrient dense and high in omega-3's and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA is an anti-inflammatory and has been found to be helpful in treating Crohn’s and other inflammatory conditions. CLA has also been found to lower LDL cholesterol and fight against various cancers and even bone loss (which is especially important for anyone who's had to endure prednisone use, like me). CLA is found most plentifully in grass-fed meat and dairy (and please remember that grass-fed sources are very different from conventional grain-fed beef and dairy...please don't confuse the two!). Of course, if you prefer not to use grass-fed beef, this dish is just as delicious with organic ground turkey.

This recipe makes about 4-6 servings, so feel free to double it if you’re feeding a larger group (or want leftovers):

10.24.2014

3 Fun Fall Projects

3 Fun Fall Projects, No-Carve Painted Pumpkins

If you’re anything like me, you could spend all day browsing on Pinterest, finding hundreds of ideas for imaginative crafts, decor, recipes and more (I know you know what I'm talking about!). There are so many inventive ideas out there in cyberspace, it's impossible to ever be short on creative inspiration. So this week, I can’t help but share with you three fun fall projects that are inspiring me right now:

10.16.2014

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow

No-Bake, Raw Paleo Granola Bars
No-Bake, Raw Paleo Granola Bars
No-Bake, Raw Paleo Granola Bars

So as you know, I’m a huge fan of mineral makeup: less harsh chemicals, more nourishing ingredients. I’m still in love with my Youngblood Mineral Foundation and Larenim’s pressed powder, blush and mascara, but I recently realized that it was time to start updating the rest of my eye makeup.

When I came across the Jane Iredale display at my local beauty supply, I couldn’t help but ogle all the eye shadow shade options laid out before me. I was looking to replace some of the colors from the-popular-department-store-brand I’d previously used for many years (which shall remain nameless), so I decided to give Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadows a try.

10.10.2014

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Nut-Free
Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Nut-Free
Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Nut-Free

’Tis the season for all-things-pumpkin! When creating my Paleo pumpkin bread, I realized that I needed a fun way to use the leftover pureed pumpkin and not let it go to waste. These Paleo pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a great way to do that.

These cookies are grain-free, nut-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, plus they’re easy to make and delicious! They are sure to be a festive treat for everyone in the family anytime during the holiday season.

10.02.2014

Why Coconut?

Why Coconut?

If you haven’t figured it out already, I love using coconut ingredients every chance I get. Finding a healthy, versatile and tasty food that I can tolerate is like hitting the jackpot, and coconut has proven to be just that.

Coconut has been consumed for centuries in many cultures and for good reason: the list of coconut oil’s believed health benefits are endless. With anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, coconut has been used for healing and medicinal purposes for generations. It's rich in fiber and many nutrients, and its unique composition of medium-chain triglycerides has been shown to help support healthy weight management and protect against cardiovascular disease. Some studies show it can also help support liver, kidney, bladder, thyroid, brain, digestive and immune health (just to name a few), but even more striking is the evidence of countries who consume vast amounts of coconut in their diets and have significantly lower rates of cardiovascular disease as opposed to more developed countries who have replaced the consumption of saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats and have alarmingly higher rates of heart disease.

Aside from its healing properties, coconut also turns out to be quite versatile. One of the most difficult parts of changing my diet was giving up a lot of my favorite guilty pleasure foods which were often made from conventional ingredients like wheat flour, dairy and refined sugar. But now, I never have to feel deprived because coconut can effectively (and deliciously!) replace each one of these. So if you’re wondering about how you can incorporate this versatile ingredient into your own cooking and baking, here is a breakdown of the coconut ingredients I use often and why I love them so much: