Paleo Beef and Broccoli

This Paleo Beef and Broccoli is so easy to make because it is all done in the slow cooker! Paleo Beef and Broccoli is bursting with flavour and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. Add this Paleo Beef and Broccoli to your weekly meal plan and you will not be disappointed. 

This Paleo Beef and Broccoli is so easy to make because it is all done in the slow cooker! Paleo Beef and Broccoli is bursting with flavour and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. Add this Paleo Beef and Broccoli to your weekly meal plan and you will not be disappointed. 

Happy Monday! Did you miss me last week? Sorry for the lack of post. Life just got in the way. We were busy with Thanksgiving celebrations, weddings and even funerals. Yes it has been a bit of a roller coaster around here the last couple weeks. But things are back to normal again and so I am celebrating with this delicious Paleo Beef and Broccoli recipe. Trust me, you guys are going to like this one. 

This Paleo Beef and Broccoli is so easy to make because it is all done in the slow cooker! Paleo Beef and Broccoli is bursting with flavour and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. Add this Paleo Beef and Broccoli to your weekly meal plan and you will not be disappointed. 
This Paleo Beef and Broccoli is so easy to make because it is all done in the slow cooker! Paleo Beef and Broccoli is bursting with flavour and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. Add this Paleo Beef and Broccoli to your weekly meal plan and you will not be disappointed. 

I feel like there are some weird things going on in the universe right now. Between the shooting in Las Vegas, all the horrible natural disasters and weather related tragedies, and people around me dying unexpectedly, and at young ages, I don't really know what to think. There are so many people who are going through horrific things right now. Some days it's hard to just carry on with normal life. I have been donating to various charities and trying to support my friends and family who are going through tough times as best I can, but it just never really feels like enough. I almost feel like I am due to have something horrific happen to me. Does that sound terrible? I don't want to jinx it by saying anything out loud but I do realize, that, for the most part, my life has been pretty tragedy free. I have watched some of my best friends lose their parents or loved ones unexpectedly in the last few years or survive horrible medical diagnoses or accidents that it really does make me grateful for the life that I do have. 

This Paleo Beef and Broccoli is so easy to make because it is all done in the slow cooker! Paleo Beef and Broccoli is bursting with flavour and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. Add this Paleo Beef and Broccoli to your weekly meal plan and you will not be disappointed. 
This Paleo Beef and Broccoli is so easy to make because it is all done in the slow cooker! Paleo Beef and Broccoli is bursting with flavour and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. Add this Paleo Beef and Broccoli to your weekly meal plan and you will not be disappointed. 

It's no secret that I love my slow cooker. I use that thing all the time. It helps me make recipes like Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Ribs, Slow Cooker Blueberry Pork Roast, Texas Slow Cooker Beef Chili and Tropical Slow Cooker Pork Roast. Slow cookers are the perfect tool to make easy, delicious dinners. You basically just throw in the ingredients and let that little gadget work its magic. Honestly I don't know what I would do without mine. I'd be spending a lot more time in the kitchen that's for sure. And let's face it, I have way better things to do with my time than slave away in the kitchen (and I know you do too). So I just had to create another slow cooker recipe for you guys. This time it's Paleo Beef and Broccoli. And it is pretty darn delicious if you ask me. 

Before I switched to the paleo diet I used to order beef and broccoli at Chinese food restaurants all the time. It was one of my favourite dishes. After six years on the paleo diet I finally decided it was time to make a healthier version of the dish I used to know and love. And this Paleo Beef and Broccoli is the result of that mission. Think tender beef and bursting with flavour broccoli. This healthy Paleo Beef and Broccoli has officially become a new favourite in our house and I hope it will become one of yours as well. It pairs really well with cauliflower rice (or white rice if you aren't following the paleo diet). 

This Paleo Beef and Broccoli is so easy to make because it is all done in the slow cooker! Paleo Beef and Broccoli is bursting with flavour and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. Add this Paleo Beef and Broccoli to your weekly meal plan and you will not be disappointed. 

Slow Cooker Paleo Beef and Broccoli Recipe

 

Ingredients

2 cups bone broth (make your own or buy it here

1/3 cup Coconut Aminos (buy here) 

1/4 cup Red Boat Fish Sauce (get it here

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup sesame oil (buy here

3 TBSP coconut flour (I use this brand

1 tsp ground ginger (I use this brand

1 cup chopped green onions

 

2 lbs grassfed sirloin steak, chopped (buy here) 

 

2 heads of broccoli, chopped

 

Directions

1. Add all the sauce ingredients into your slow cooker (this is the one I use and love) and whisk to combine

2. Add the beef and mix well

3. Turn the slow cooker onto low heat and cook for 4 hours 

4. Add the brocolli and cook for an additional 1-2 hours (depending on how soft you like your broccoli) 

5. Serve and enjoy! 

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This Paleo Beef and Broccoli is so easy to make because it is all done in the slow cooker! Paleo Beef and Broccoli is bursting with flavour and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. Add this Paleo Beef and Broccoli to your weekly meal plan and you will not be disappointed. 
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Supplements for Acne (Natural Acne Remedies)

If you are looking for supplements for acne these are what have helped me heal mine. Everyone is different when it comes to the causes of acne, but proper nutrition and vitamin support is key in helping heal your skin. That is why I recommend a few different supplements for acne. Keep reading to learn about the acne supplements that may help you heal your skin as well. 

If you are looking for supplements for acne these are what have helped me heal mine. Everyone is different when it comes to the causes of acne, but proper nutrition and vitamin support is key in helping heal your skin. That is why I recommend a few different supplements for acne. Keep reading to learn about the acne supplements that may help you heal your skin as well. 

Ever since I published my post, How I Healed My Acne Naturally, and mentioned that there were some supplements that helped me heal my skin, I have gotten a lot of questions from readers asking what supplements I have used to help heal my acne. So here it is my friends, the post that many of you have been waiting for. The supplements for acne that I personally use and recommend. 

If you suffer from acne you know how awful it can be. It may sound vain but having bad skin can impact your entire life. Your self esteem, relationships, work and even fitness. When my skin was at its worst I wouldn't leave the house without layers of foundation to try and cover up my acne. I was just so embarrassed by my skin. So, a little over a year ago I made a deal with myself: if I couldn't heal my acne naturally, I was going to go on Accutane. For many, this decision wouldn't be a big deal, but, you see, using safe and non-toxic skincare products and medication is extremely important to me. I know there are many acne products out there that are extremely effective, but if they aren't safe, I am just not going to use them. Because the simple facts are that many skincare products contain carcinogens, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors and other health harming ingredients and I am just not willing to compromise, or potentially compromise, my overall health to heal my acne. To me it's not worth it. So I was no longer willing to use the products that my dermatologist recommended and wanted to find safe, yet effective, skincare products to use instead. And the same goes for Accutane. It just really wasn't for me. I know it works extremely well for acne, but the potential side effects and toxicity are not risks that I wanted to take. So I was determined to take a more natural approach to healing my skin. And by switching to safe skincare products and adding certain supplements to my diet I have been able to make a big difference in how my skin looks and greatly reduce my acne. 

If you are looking for supplements for acne these are what have helped me heal mine. Everyone is different when it comes to the causes of acne, but proper nutrition and vitamin support is key in helping heal your skin. That is why I recommend a few different supplements for acne. Keep reading to learn about the acne supplements that may help you heal your skin as well. 

You can see from my Before and After photos just how much my skin has improved over the last year. My skin still isn't perfect but I am extremely happy with how much my acne has lessened. It took a lot of trial and error on my part to find a skincare regimen that works for me but I am so glad I have gotten to the point where I am finally comfortable in my skin again. I outlined the products I have been using in my previous post, How I Healed My Acne Naturally if you are curious to know what I have used. 

Now, when it comes to acne there are many different causes. The main ones that should be considered include:

  • Hormone imbalances
  • Food reactions and sensitivities 
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiences
  • Leaky gut and SIBO
  • Liver detoxification problems
  • Stress 
  • Skin picking
  • Improper skincare products 

For most people, there are multiple factors contributing to their acne. However, for pretty much everyone, vitamin and mineral deficiencies are playing a role. This is because the standard North American diet is very nutritionally poor. Not only are the meats, fruits and vegetables that most people are eating lacking in vitamins and minerals due to poor growing and raising practices, but increased processing and chemical additives also decreases the vitamins and minerals in these products even more, and further, most people have difficulty extracting the remaining nutrients from their food (due to numerous reasons which are beyond the scope of this post).

I never considered that nutrient deficiencies might be playing a role in my acne until I got iron injections to fix my iron deficiency anemia. My skin suddenly started to improve. With that, a little light went off for me. You see, I had been iron deficient for almost 10 years, basically ever since my chronic diarrhea started and I started malabsorbing the nutrients in my food.  I was having a lot of troubles increasing my iron levels naturally (once your levels get below a certain cut off it is almost impossible to correct through diet and supplements alone) so I finally decided to get iron injections through a naturopath. And I am so glad I did. Once I realized that my iron deficiency was contributing to my acne I realized how crucial it was for me to further optimize my vitamin and mineral supplementation and digestive support. So I came up with this collection of supplements for acne which have been really helpful in helping me heal my acne naturally. I am confident that almost everyone could benefit from this collection of vitamins and minerals, but like everything, always check with your doctor and other health professionals before starting any new vitamins or supplements. 

 

If you are looking for supplements for acne these are what have helped me heal mine. Everyone is different when it comes to the causes of acne, but proper nutrition and vitamin support is key in helping heal your skin. That is why I recommend a few different supplements for acne. Keep reading to learn about the acne supplements that may help you heal your skin as well. 

1. Trace Minerals

Before I started taking Trace Minerals I had heard from other bloggers that it had helped heal their acne as well so I know I am not the only one recommending these drops. I add these Trace Minerals to my water first thing in the morning so that I don't forget. Some people notice a slight taste to these drops, so if it bothers you I simply suggest adding some fresh lemon juice to your water (which is also great for your skin by the way).

2. Collagen Peptides

If you follow me on Instagram you will see me rave about collagen peptides all the time! I put this stuff in everything. Coffee, water, tea, smoothies... even dishes like my Paleo Raspberry Coconut Oatmeal. Collagen and gelatin are extremely important for gut health, skin health and nail health. You need to make sure you are getting properly sourced collagen though. It NEEDS to come from grassfed animals. That is why I only trust Vital Proteins and Perfect Supplements brands of collagen peptides. As well, Perfect Supplements has been kind enough to offer all of you 10% off of your order. All you have to do is enter the code "SIMPLE10" at checkout. How great is that? 

3. Vitamin D 

Most people have no idea that they are vitamin D deficient but the fact is that most people in North America are deficient in this essential fat soluble vitamin. All of the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) are extremely important for skin health but vitamin D is really difficult to get from any other source besides supplements in most parts of the world. I personally take 5000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. However, one word of caution is to make sure you are getting your vitamin D level checked because it is possible to take too much vitamin D, which can be very dangerous to your health. 

4. Beef Liver Capsules

Liver is an extremely nutritious food and is packed with vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, actually eating and preparing liver can be a pain. The taste isn't appealing to many people and taking the time to prepare it into dips and recipes that taste good can be frustrating. Trust me I hear you. That is why I simply take it in capsule form. I personally love the Vital Proteins Liver Capsules the best (I have tried other brands and the capsules tasted horrible!). I take 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening with my meals. Simple as that! 

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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Whole30 Curry Butternut Squash Soup (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, Dairy Free)

This Whole30 Curry Butternut Squash Soup is so simple to make and bursting with flavour. This paleo butternut squash soup recipe is the perfect fall side dish that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. This Whole30 Curry Butternut Squash Soup is going to become a go-to easy paleo butternut squash soup recipe for those busy week nights when you don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen. 

This Whole30 Curry Squash Soup is so simple to make and bursting with flavour. This paleo squash soup recipe is the perfect fall side dish that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. This Whole30 squash soup is going to become a go-to easy paleo soup recipe for those busy week nights when you don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen. 

Are you guys ready for the perfect Whole30 Curry Butternut Squash Soup recipe? I hope so! This has become my new favourite easy paleo curry squash soup. It is seriously so addicting! I am totally craving warm comfort foods right now and this Whole30 Curry Butternut Squash Soup totally fits the bill. 

This Whole30 Curry Squash Soup is so simple to make and bursting with flavour. This paleo squash soup recipe is the perfect fall side dish that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. This Whole30 squash soup is going to become a go-to easy paleo soup recipe for those busy week nights when you don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen. 
This Whole30 Curry Squash Soup is so simple to make and bursting with flavour. This paleo squash soup recipe is the perfect fall side dish that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. This Whole30 squash soup is going to become a go-to easy paleo soup recipe for those busy week nights when you don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen. 

I did something this week that I never thought I would do. Hired a cleaning lady. Honestly it was the best decision I ever made. 4 hours of cleaning for $100. Best $100 I have ever spent! Seriously. My bathrooms are all spotless and my floors are mopped and shiny clean. And all this happened while I got to work on editing the photos for this recipe and make dinner on Friday night.

I don't know why I was so reluctant to hire someone to help with cleaning for so long. For some reason it felt frivolous? I don't know. Maybe because I grew up in a house where my parents did all the cleaning so it somehow felt unnecessary or like a failure to admit that I needed help? I think that as women we often feel pressured to be able to do it all. And somehow admitting that we can't makes us feel like failures? But I just got to the point where stressing about a messy house wasn't worth it. Cleaning related issues are pretty much the only thing that Erik and I tend to fight about and so if I could easily remove that stressor why not do it? Because let's be honest, I am busy! I have three different jobs (doctoring, blogging and Beautycounter) and am also trying to maintain some balance in my life. And I know many of you can relate. So I found an amazing women who actually makes all of her own cleaning products so they are totally non-toxic. Because if you have followed my blog for a while you know that I am passionate about environmental health and non-toxic living. It's the same reason that I joined Beautycounter to help advocate for safer skincare and makeup solutions. Because eliminating unnecessary toxic exposures is so, so important for your health. If you weren't aware, the majority of cancers are actually due to to toxic environmental exposures, many of which we still can't control, but we can control what we use in our homes and what we put on our bodies. So when it comes to cleaning supplies, make sure you are reading those labels carefully and only using products with safe ingredients. I personally love and use Seventh Generation products (and no I am not affiliated with them but just love them). Part of the reason I love Seventh Generation so much is that, like Beautycounter, they are a B corporation which is extremely important to me. If you are looking for an easy way to tell if you are using safe products I highly recommend using the EWG Guide for Healthy Cleaning

This Whole30 Curry Squash Soup is so simple to make and bursting with flavour. This paleo squash soup recipe is the perfect fall side dish that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. This Whole30 squash soup is going to become a go-to easy paleo soup recipe for those busy week nights when you don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen. 
This Whole30 Curry Squash Soup is so simple to make and bursting with flavour. This paleo squash soup recipe is the perfect fall side dish that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. This Whole30 squash soup is going to become a go-to easy paleo soup recipe for those busy week nights when you don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen. 
This Whole30 Curry Squash Soup is so simple to make and bursting with flavour. This paleo squash soup recipe is the perfect fall side dish that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. This Whole30 squash soup is going to become a go-to easy paleo soup recipe for those busy week nights when you don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen. 

When you think of fall food what do you think of? I dream about soups, stews, curries, pies and banana bread. Fall foods are some of my favourites. All those root vegetables and apples that are filling the farmer's markets and grocery stores are just so tempting for the taste buds. So I combined a few of my favourite fall ingredients including squash and apples, to create this mouth watering Whole30 Curry Butternut Squash Soup. This Whole30 Curry Butternut Squash Soup is also paleo, vegan and GAPS friendly. If you are looking for an easy paleo squash soup recipe this one is perfect! I know that you have better things to do than to spend hours in the kitchen so easy recipes are key to have on hand. Especially for those crazy weeknights. Don't worry I've got your back friends. This soup is also filled with nourishing ingredients like bone broth (this brand is my favourite and is Whole30 approved) and coconut milk. I hope you love it as much as I do! 

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This Whole30 Curry Squash Soup is so simple to make and bursting with flavour. This paleo squash soup recipe is the perfect fall side dish that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. This Whole30 squash soup is going to become a go-to easy paleo soup recipe for those busy week nights when you don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen.

Whole30 Sweet Curry Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Ingredients

~1kg fresh or frozen squash (I used 4 bags of organic cubed butternut squash)

2 red apples, chopped (I personally love Pink Lady or Gala apples)

1 cup chopped green onion or one small white onion, chopped

3 cups bone broth or water (buy your Whole30 approved bone broth here

3 cups full fat coconut milk (I love this brand because it doesn't have any guar or xanthan gum and is BPA free)

3 TBSP grassfed ghee or butter (or substitute coconut oil) (buy here

1 TBSP vanilla extract (omit for Whole30) (this is the brand I use

2 TBSP curry spice (I use the Curry Spice from Primal Palate Spices which is Whole30 approved - buy it here)

1 TBSP ground cinnamon (I use this brand of cinnamon)

2 tsp sea salt (I use this brand of sea salt)

 

Directions

1. Place a large pot on the stove on medium heat

2. Add all the ingredients to the pot

3. Bring to a boil

4. Turn down the heat and allow the ingredients to simmer for ~30 minutes (until soft)

5. Let cool for 15-20 minutes and then use your immersion blender to blend well, until smooth (this is the immersion blender I use and love)

6. Serve and enjoy! 

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This Whole30 Curry Squash Soup is so simple to make and bursting with flavour. This paleo squash soup recipe is the perfect fall side dish that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. This Whole30 squash soup is going to become a go-to easy paleo soup recipe for those busy week nights when you don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen. 
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Whole 30 Mango Chicken Curry (Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

This Whole30 Chicken Curry with Mango is soon to become a Whole30 dinner favourite. Bursting with flavour and loaded with vegetables this paleo chicken curry dinner is not only so easy to make but tastes amazing. If you are looking for a quick Whole30 dinner recipe, this Whole 30 Chicken Curry with Mango must be on your next dinner menu. 

This Whole30 Chicken Curry with Mango is soon to become a Whole30 dinner favourite. Bursting with flavour and loaded with vegetables this paleo chicken curry dinner is not only so easy to make but tastes amazing. If you are looking for a quick Whole30 dinner recipe, this Whole 30 Chicken Curry with Mango must be on your next dinner menu

It's that time of year. Fall. Which means it's time for delicious foods like stews, curries, soups, pies and crisps. And as much as I hate the weather getting cooler I absolutely love fall food. I am way more motivated to cook when it is cooler outside, and first up this fall was a brand new curry dish. Whole 30 Mango Chicken Curry to be exact. We literally inhaled this dish. I really should have made a double batch because it was gone in no time. This Whole 30 Mango Chicken Curry is such a great paleo dinner recipe. It has such an amazing flavour and is loaded with healthy vegetables! 

This Whole30 Chicken Curry with Mango is soon to become a Whole30 dinner favourite. Bursting with flavour and loaded with vegetables this paleo chicken curry dinner is not only so easy to make but tastes amazing. If you are looking for a quick Whole30 dinner recipe, this Whole 30 Chicken Curry with Mango must be on your next dinner menu. 
This Whole30 Chicken Curry with Mango is soon to become a Whole30 dinner favourite. Bursting with flavour and loaded with vegetables this paleo chicken curry dinner is not only so easy to make but tastes amazing. If you are looking for a quick Whole30 dinner recipe, this Whole 30 Chicken Curry with Mango must be on your next dinner menu. 

This Whole30 Chicken Curry with Mango is soon to become a Whole30 dinner favourite. Bursting with flavour and loaded with vegetables this paleo chicken curry dinner is not only so easy to make but tastes amazing. If you are looking for a quick Whole30 dinner recipe, this Whole 30 Chicken Curry with Mango must be on your next dinner menu. 

I am currently writing this post snuggled under a nice fuzzy blanket with the fireplace on, in my pyjamas and slippers, drinking a nice hot mug of chai tea. There is frost on the rooftops and all I want to do is hibernate inside today. But you guys all know me well enough to know that I will not be lazing on the couch all day. There is just too much stuff to do! I have a spin class later this morning and then I will be spending the afternoon and evening with my family. We are going to be doing a tree planting ceremony for my grandma who passed away last year and then going out for dinner. I honestly can't believe it's already been a year since she passed away. This year has gone by way too fast. I remember I was deep in the midst of studying for my rheumatology exams when she died. She had been battling breast cancer for a couple years so her death didn't come as a surprise, and in some ways that makes it easier, but in others it just makes it harder. Watching someone you love suffer with a terminal illness is never a fun experience. Luckily for her, her cancer was very slow growing so for most of that time she actually did really well and was fairly asymptomatic.

I remember visiting her at the hospice just a couple days before she died and the woman who was lying before me was just not the grandma I knew and loved. End stage cancer (and most other end-stage diseases) does that to a person. I visited her a few times at the hospice in her last week of life (she was only there for about a week which was a blessing) and I even got to bring Luna with me a couple times. We decided Finnegan was a little too rambunctious to go to the hospice then, but our little Luna who loves to cuddle was perfect. She snuggled right in with grandma on her bed and we all watched the football game together. You see my grandparents are actually the longest holding season ticket holders for the Stampeders Football team here in Calgary. I can't remember exactly how long they have had tickets (over 60 years I believe) and so a couple years ago my grandfather was brought onto the field and presented with a jersey to honour their dedication to the organization. And my grandpa still has those season tickets. Yes, my 93 year old grandfather will never miss a Stamps game. Never. So today I will be spending time with my loved ones, thinking about my grandma, and reflecting on what an amazing and long life she had. 

This Whole30 Chicken Curry with Mango is soon to become a Whole30 dinner favourite. Bursting with flavour and loaded with vegetables this paleo chicken curry dinner is not only so easy to make but tastes amazing. If you are looking for a quick Whole30 dinner recipe, this Whole 30 Chicken Curry with Mango must be on your next dinner menu. 
This Whole30 Chicken Curry with Mango is soon to become a Whole30 dinner favourite. Bursting with flavour and loaded with vegetables this paleo chicken curry dinner is not only so easy to make but tastes amazing. If you are looking for a quick Whole30 dinner recipe, this Whole 30 Chicken Curry with Mango must be on your next dinner menu. 

Are there certain foods that bring you joy? Foods that bring back good memories? Or just make you feel good when you eat them? Warm comfort foods like saucy curry dishes are one of those foods for me. Along with fresh baked cookies, a warm mug of tea, a good piece of chocolate or a delicious fruit pie. Man my mouth is watering just thinking about all of those amazing foods. And since I know many of you are doing a September Whole 30 challenge, I figured a Whole 30 Mango Chicken Curry recipe was exactly what we all needed. I am currently not doing a Whole 30 myself, but I have done it plenty of times in the past and I know that finding tasty, yet compliant recipes can be a challenge for some. But trust me, as soon as you take a bite of this Whole 30 Mango Chicken Curry you won't be missing your pre-Whole 30 foods at all. Trust me. I may even suggest that you make a double batch of this so that you have even more leftovers for lunches. I wish I had made a double batch that's for sure! You could pair this curry dish with cauliflower rice or even some sweet or white potatoes. All would be delicious if you ask me. I also suggest topping it with raw cashews, avocado and cilantro if you want even more flavour variations. This Whole 30 Mango Chicken Curry is also pale, SCD and GAPS safe and as always is gluten free, grain free and dairy free. And most importantly, delicious! 

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This Whole30 Chicken Curry with Mango is soon to become a Whole30 dinner favourite. Bursting with flavour and loaded with vegetables this paleo chicken curry dinner is not only so easy to make but tastes amazing. If you are looking for a quick Whole30 dinner recipe, this Whole 30 Chicken Curry with Mango must be on your next dinner menu. 

Whole 30 Mango Curry Chicken Recipe (Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts (from pasture raised chicken)

4 TBSP coconut oil (or other cooking fat of choice) (this is my favourite brand)

1 cup chopped green onion (or substitute one small white onion)

2 TBSP curry powder (this is the brand I use and love)

1 tsp ground cumin (this is the brand I use)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 small head of broccoli, chopped

2 sweet bell peppers, chopped (I used a yellow and a red)

1 can full fat coconut milk (I love this brand)

1 1/2 cups pureed mango (simply use fresh or frozen mango and puree it in your Vitamix blender - this is the one I use and love)

 

Directions

1. Chop your chicken breasts into bite sized pieces

2. Place a large pan on the stove on medium heat

3. Add the coconut oil to the pan and allow to melt

4. Add the chopped chicken breasts and cook until browned on all sides, turning every couple minutes to ensure they get evenly cooked

5. Add the chopped green onion and cook for ~2 minutes

6. Add the spices and stir well to combine

7. Add the chopped broccoli and bell peppers and cook for another 5 minutes

8. Add the coconut milk and mango puree and stir well to combine

9. Simmer for another 30 minutes (until the vegetables are the texture you desire), stirring every few minutes 

10. Remove from the heat

11. Serve and enjoy! 

TOPPING IDEAS: raw cashews, cilantro, avocado

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Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Vegan)

Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)

Well friends how was your week? Great I hope! Mine was good. It was my first full week back from vacation which is always tough. I need to plan another trip ASAP so that I have something to look forward to. But at least I have a nice tasty recipe to share with you today. I have been craving a lot of snack foods lately and this Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip makes a great snack! Pair it with raw veggies or my favourite Simple Mills Crackers and you are all set! Or you can even eat it by the spoonful which I may have a tendency to do... 

Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)
Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)

Is anyone else super sad that summer is over? Summer is by far my favourite season. My happiness is definitely gauged by the ability to wear sandals and Im sad to say that those days are quickly coming to an end. Winter and I are just not friends. Which is a shame considering I live in Calgary and winter is by far our longest season. Sigh. 

Although it could be much worse. I could be in the middle of a hurricane right now. The hurricanes this year have just been horrendous! I can't even imagine what it must be like for those people who have lost everything. My heart goes out to everyone who has been impacted by the hurricanes this year. I know that no words can make it better but I do want you to know that I am thinking about you. My families condo in Florida was just hit by Hurricane Irma but thankfully no one in my family was there at the moment so everyone is safe. We still don't know the extent of the damage but it's right across from the beach so it could be really bad. Fingers crossed that by some miracle it's  

Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)
Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)

Can we talk about TV shows for a second please? I'm curious to know what you guys have been watching lately? I feel like there are so many bad shows on right now. And some that are really popular, I just don't understand it. Like the Big Bang Theory. I honestly cannot stand that show! Do any of you watch it? If so, how??? I find it so, so annoying! To think that the actors on that show are the highest paid in television right now. Seriously? Apparently I just have different taste than the majority of people out there. But I have found a couple good shows lately on Netflix. I really liked the first season of Atypical. Has anyone else watched it? If not you need to! It's so funny! And clever funny. Not dumb funny like the Big Bang Theory (sorry for those of you that like that show). A few other Netflix shows that I have loved recently include Grace and Frankie, Suits, Narcos and Shameless. Although now that all my vacations are over I don't know how much TV watching I will actually be doing but hopefully at least some! Because sometimes losing yourself in a television show for 30-45 minutes is all the self care you need. And yes I do consider some television watching to be healthy. I would never advocate for daily TV show indulgences but I have heard other health experts advocate for strict TV avoidance which I think is crazy. In my books it's all about balance. And if watching a little TV now and then brings you joy then by all means go for it!

Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, SCD, GAPS)
Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)
Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)

I need your advice on something friends. You see, I am working on a Paleo Breads and Baked Goods Cookbook and I want to know what you would like to see in there? Any recipes you are missing since you went paleo? If so let me know and I will make sure I will get them included! So far there are going to be three basic paleo bread recipes along with some crackers, biscuits and then some other amazing baked goods like cookies, scones, pies, cakes etc. It's still in the early stages so if you have any ideas now is the time to let me know. 

Okay but on to this Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip. One of the biggest complaints I get from people when they change to the paleo diet or Whole 30 is not knowing what to eat for snacks. Well friends, dips make a great snack addition. Pair this one with raw veggies and you are good to go! You can also add it to meat or fish dishes or to cooked vegetables for a little bit more flavour. Because eating healthier should not be boring. At least not on my watch. This recipe comes together in just minutes and is not only safe for the Whole 30 diet and paleo diet, but is also vegan, GAPS and SCD compliant. So go ahead and dig in! 

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Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD)

Whole 30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD) 

 

Ingredients

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1 cup packed, chopped cilantro

1 cup chopped cucumber

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup chopped green onion

1/2 cup packed spinach (feel free to add more if you like as it won't impact the taste)

1/2 cup olive oil or avocado oil 

1/2 tsp sea salt

 

Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients into your food processor (this is the one I use and love)

2. Process until smooth

3. Serve and enjoy!

Prep time: 5 minutes

NOTE: This will stay fresh in the fridge for at least one week 

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Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)

Well friends I hate to say it but summer is almost over. It makes me so, so sad. I just got back from my last vacation of the summer and it's back to work as usual for me tomorrow. So I am cheering myself up with these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Because a little chocolate always makes me feel better. Especially when it comes in the form of a paleo chocolate chip cookie. 

Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

As I mentioned I just got back from vacation. I know, again! This summer has been pretty great for me. I chose to take quite a bit of time off. This is the first time in over 10 years that I haven't had to spend my summer studying or working. You might recall that last summer I was madly cramming for my rheumatology exams and the summer before that was spent studying for my internal medicine exams. Needless to say it was about time that I actually got to enjoy some time off during the summer. And while I will make very little money for taking all that time off, I don't even care (remember that as doctors we don't get any paid time off). The rest and relaxation was totally worth it. 

I again escaped to my parents place in the Okanagon by the lake. And as always it was amazing. Except for the few days when the smoke from the neighbouring fires was so great that I could barely even go outside. It was pretty crazy. Think walking into a haze that smells like campfire and immediately makes your eyes water and irritates your throat so much that you start to cough. Ya it was lovely. But luckily it was only a couple days that were that bad. The rest of the time the weather was amazing and I spent a lot of time (as usual) laying by the pool, reading and relaxing. I read 4 books on this trip but a couple weren't that great so I won't even mention them. But two that I really liked included:

The Lightkeeper's Daughters

The Invention of Wings

If you are looking for a good read I would highly recommend both of those books. Of the two, The Invention of Wings was definitely my favourite but The Lightkeeper's Daughters took place in Thunder Bay where I used to have a cabin so there are some nostalgic memories associated with that one for me. 

Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

I've also been busy watching the US Open all weekend. Man those athletes are just incredible. Tennis is one of those sports that I wish I had played more of when I was younger. I took lessons when I was about 12 or 13 but other than that didn't get a lot of exposure to the sport. I was too busy swimming and playing basketball, but now it is one of those sports that I do love to watch and play. It might be time to take some lessons again and try to find some people in Calgary to play with. I used to play infrequently with my father, but now that he is retired and off travelling around the world half the time he is just no longer a reliable opponent. Some days (ok many days) I wish I could be retired right about now. How amazing would it be to spend your time travelling the world and not worrying about work obligations? So amazing right? Retired at 31 years old. Sounds good to me. Yes, a girl can only dream. 

Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

But these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies! Shall we talk about them for a moment? Don't they look amazing? Not to toot my own horn or anything but these did not last long in our house. At all. We brought them as road trip snacks on our drive out to BC for vacation and inhaled almost all of them during that drive. Because nothing makes me hungrier than long road trips. Anyone else? I think it's the boredom of driving. I am just not one of those people that loves road trips. I can think of almost nothing worse than spending hours upon hours in the car. Gross. 

These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chips Cookies not only taste amazing but they are also super easy to make. Throw everything into your food processor (this is the one I use and love) and let it do the work for you. They come together in just minutes and will satisfy any chocolate cravings that you might have. Plus there is only a quarter cup of sweetener in these. Amazing right? I think so anyways. And of course these are grain free, gluten free and dairy free as always. I am pretty sure you are going to like these. Like 99.9% sure. 

Until next time, happy eating friends! 

Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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Whole 30 Beef and Blueberry Burrito Bowls (Paleo, GAPS, SCD, AIP)

Whole 30 Beef and Blueberry Burrito Bowls (Paleo, AIP, SCD, GAPS)

Whole 30 Beef and Blueberry Burrito Bowls. That's what's on the menu this week. The farmer's markets are still overflowing with blueberries so I have been putting them in everything! Yes, even in beef dishes. Trust me you won't regret adding blueberries to your beef. And if it is still as hot where you are you will appreciate how quickly this recipe comes together. The last thing you want to be doing right now is slaving away in the kitchen over a hot stove. Trust me, I get it. 

Whole 30 Blueberry Beef Burrito Bowls (Paleo, AIP, SCD, GAPS)
Whole 30 Blueberry Beef Burrito Bowls (Paleo, AIP, SCD, GAPS)

I don't have a ton of things to tell you since my last post. I have been busy relaxing on vacation. It's a tough job let me tell you. Think long walks with the dogs, farmers market trips, pool swims, lake time, outdoor workouts, book reading and sun bathing. Of course I am practicing safe sun bathing, and am slathering myself in my favourite safe sunscreen and always wearing a hat with a large brim. Because skin cancer is no joke friends. 

This trip has been much nicer than my last one. There is way less smoke around the lake than there was two weeks ago when I was last here. It's quite the relief. Constantly smelling like camp fire is just not pleasant. At least I don't think it is. 

Whole 30 Beef and Blueberry Burrito Bowls (Paleo, AIP, SCD, GAPS)
Whole 30 Beef and Blueberry Burrito Bowls (Paleo, AIP, SCD, GAPS)

Now I know I am late to the game here but we just went and saw the new Spiderman movie a few days ago. I have to say I was extremely impressed! Erik is a big comic movie fan and so I end up seeing almost all of them and this one my just be my favourite. So if you haven't yet seen it I highly recommend checking it out. 

In other entertainment news, have any of you heard Taylor Swift's new song? Now, as I have mentioned in the past I am a huge Taylor fan. However, I am going to be brutally honest and just say it. That song is terrible. Like so terrible! To me it sounds like a song that a new teenie bopper would put out in the hopes of launching their pop career. Not a song from a seasoned artist. Sorry Taylor but I am not impressed. I am hoping the rest of the album is more impressive. Really, really hoping. 

Whole 30 Beef and Blueberry Burrito Bowls (Paleo, AIP, SCD, GAPS)
Whole 30 Blueberry Beef Burrito Bowls (Paleo, AIP, SCD, GAPS)

These Whole 30 Beef and Blueberry Burrito Bowls may be my new favourite dinner recipe. Why? Because they are so flavourful and so easy to make! Plus you can really add whatever you want to them so they taste different every time. In the photos I added lettuce (fresh from the garden I might add), tomatoes and my Plantain Crisps. In other versions I have added cilantro, Whole 30 Mango Salsa and black olives. Other great additions include avocado or guacamole, cauliflower rice or pork rinds (don't judge it until you try it). Really the possibilities are endless! What will you add to yours? This dish comes together in just a few minutes and it is Whole 30, paleo, AIP, SCD, and GAPS safe. I know that you have better things to do with your time than slave away in the kitchen right now so I wanted to give you an easy dish this week. If you are like me you are still enjoying the last of summer, but I also know that some of you have kids who have gone back to school so easy is the name of the game right now. And I'm pretty sure that your kids will appreciate some blue ground beef. Because making dinner time fun always makes it easier right? Right! 

Enjoy friends! Until next time, happy eating! 

Oh and don't forget about my FREE Beautycounter Mascara deal that is going on until the end of August. You can get all the details about that here

Whole 30 Beef and Blueberry Burrito Bowls (Paleo, AIP, SCD, GAPS)

Whole 30 Beef and Blueberry Burrito Bowls Recipe

 

Blueberry Beef Ingredients

2 TBSP coconut oil (this is my favourite brand)

1 bunch green onion, chopped (approximately 3/4 cup) - you could also substitute a small white onion

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

2 lbs ground grassfed beef

2 TBSP dried basil (buy here)

1 tsp sea salt (I use this brand)

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Juice from 2 limes 

 

Directions

1. Place a large pan on the stove on medium heat

2. Add the coconut oil and green onion

3. Cook for 1-2 minutes

4. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the beef is cooked through, stirring frequently to break the beef apart

5. Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner

6. Assemble your burrito bowls using ingredients of your choice

7. Serve and enjoy! 

Optional Burrito Bowl Ingredients: lettuce, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, Whole 30 Mango Salsa, Plantain Crisps

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Lavender Mint Lemonade (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, AIP)

Lavender Mint Lemonade (Paleo, SCD, GAPS, Vegan, AIP)

Lavender Mint Lemonade. That is what we are sipping on this week friends. If you ask me this is the perfect summer drink. I cannot get enough of this one! It is just so darn refreshing and perfect for those hot summer days. And it is so easy to make! No fancy equipment or ingredients needed for this recipe. I really should start making double batches of this stuff because I go through it so quickly! 

Lavender Mint Lemonade (Paleo, Vegan, SCD, GAPS, AIP)
Lavender Mint Lemonade (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, AIP)

So, lucky me, I am back on vacation again this week. Yep I am back in BC for even more sunshine, relaxation and fun. But this time is going to be even more fun than last time because I got to bring Erik and the puppies with me. The pups have never been to a lake before so I am curious to see how they like it! My prediction is that Luna will like it and Finnegan will be too chicken to go in. He doesn't even like playing with the hose, that's how much that dog doesn't like water. Luna on the other hand is definitely more adventurous than her brother. I actually created this recipe for Lavender Mint Lemonade the last time I was in BC. You see my parents have 4 giant lavender bushes in their yard (is it called a lavender bush? I don't even know) and I wanted to make some recipes with them. And this is just one of the ones I came up with. 

Lavender Mint Lemonade (Paleo, Vegan, SCD, GAPS, AIP)
Lavender Mint Lemonade (Paleo, Vegan, SCD, GAPS, AIP)

Now on a more serious note I cannot just ignore what is going on in the US right now. How, in 2017, a white supremacy movement still exists completely baffles me. It breaks my heart that people are still being judged for the colour of their skin, their religion, race/ ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Breaks. My. Heart. I am having such a hard time these days just trudging forward with life like nothing is happening. I had to at least acknowledge it in todays post. Even though I am in Canada what is happening in the US resonates so deeply with me. Sadly there are Canadians who have joined this movement as well. This is such a sad time for humanity. Now more than ever it is so important that we band together and work on spreading love, peace and joy. For anyone who has been a victim of any kind of hate speech, act or discrimination I am sorry. So, so sorry. You deserve better than that. We all deserve better than that. We have to be better than that. 

Lavender Mint Lemonade (Paleo, Vegan, SCD, GAPS, AIP)
Lavender Mint Lemonade (Paleo, Vegan, SCD, GAPS, AIP)

Okay but let's finally get to this week's recipe. Lavender Mint Lemonade. Otherwise known as my new obsession. When it's super hot outside and all you want is something refreshing to quench your thirst this drink totally hits the spot. I personally love the subtle flavour the lavender adds to this drink. And just look at the pretty pink colour it turns the lemonade? You are basically just drinking pretty pink lemonade. And who doesn't love that? I teased people with a photo of this drink a couple weeks ago on my Instagram page and it is one of the most popular photos I ever posted. Plus this Lavender Mint Lemonade is paleo, vegan, SCD, GAPS and AIP friendly. It's safe for almost anyone to have. Besides tasting amazing it is also really, really easy to make. Honestly I don't think there is any way you can mess this one up friends. I dare you to try. I hope you like it as much as I do!

Until next time, happy eating friends!

Oh and don't forget about my free Beautycounter mascara deal that I am offering until the end of August. If you missed it you can read all about it in last week's post, Is There Mercury In Your Mascara? 

Lavender Mint Lemonade (Paleo, Vegan, SCD, GAPS, AIP)

Lavender Mint Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients

6 cups water

juice from 6 lemons

2-3 TBSP honey or maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want it)

20 mint leaves

enough lavender flowers to fill a tea ball

 

Directions 

1. Place a medium pot on the stove and add the 6 cups of water plus the juice from the lemons

2. Turn on the burner and bring the liquid to a boil

3. Once it has boiled turn off the burner and add the tea ball, mint leaves and honey

4. Let steep for 1-2 hours (until cool or room temperature)

5. Remove the mint leaves and tea ball

6. Serve and enjoy! 

Yields: 6-8 servings

Prep time: 5 minutes 

NOTE: Feel free to add ice cubes or store this in the fridge before serving to make it even cooler

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Is There Mercury In Your Mascara?

Is There Mercury In Your Mascara?

Is there mercury in your mascara? There might be. How scary is that?

It's scary because mercury is extremely bad for our health. Mercury in any form is poisonous, with mercury toxicity most commonly affecting the neurologic, gastrointestinal and renal/kidney systems. Mercury has also been linked to developmental toxicity, respiratory (lung) toxicity, vision loss, numbness and loss of sensation, headaches, fatigue, slurred speech, difficulty walking and skin rashes. 

Babies exposed to mercury in the womb are the most severely affected. They develop low birth weights, seizure disorders, profound developmental delay, vision loss or total blindness, and hearing loss. Severe neurological damage in the form of widespread nerve damage can also occur when babies are exposed in the womb. Long-term studies have shown that prenatal exposure, even at low concentrations can still be dangerous, leading to decreased motor function, language development, and memory issues. Children that are exposed before birth can have long term problems including motor impairment, visual loss, hearing loss, developmental delay, and seizure disorders.

Mercury poisoning can result from mercury inhalation, mercury ingestion, mercury injection, and absorption of mercury through the skin when it is used in cosmetics and skincare products. 

Most people realize that they can be exposed to mercury from eating certain types of fish, but many people have no idea that they can be exposed through their skincare or makeup products as well. You would like to think that using mercury in makeup would be prohibited, but it's not. 

So let's go over how and why. 

In 1974 The FDA banned mercury in most cosmetic products. However, it is not a complete ban. The FDA has said that mercury compounds may be used in cosmetic products in small amounts as a preservative in products that are used around the eyes when no equally safe and effective alternative is available. The main problem with that statement? There are many other safe, alternative ingredients that can be used instead of mercury. So why they have allowed this loophole to exist makes no sense. Remember, even small doses of mercury exposure can be dangerous. 

According to FDA regulations, any cosmetic product that contains more than unavoidable traces of mercury is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and is subject to legal action. However, products used around the eyes are exempt from this rule. The FDA has set a maximum allowable limit for mercury in cosmetic products of no more than 1 part per million (0.0001 percent). Any amount at or above this limit is subject to strict regulatory action, except for products intended for use around the eyes. This exception applies to preservatives in eye-area products such as eyeliners and mascara. It does not apply to creams and lotions. The "logic" behind this exception is that mercury-containing preservatives are exceptionally effective in preventing Pseudomonas bacterial contamination of cosmetics. However, there are many other safer preservatives that can do the same job without the health risks. The FDA regulations allow mercury to be used as a presevative up to a maximum level of 65 parts per million (0.0065 percent) of mercury. The good thing is that most companies have gone away from using mercury as a preservative, but this is most, not all.

Even as recently as 2013, the UN, During the Diplomatic Conference for the Minamata Convention on Mercury excluded mascara and eye makeup from the ban on mercury in cosmetics and soaps. The other terrifying thing is that if a company is using mercury as a preservative in their eye makeup, they don't have to disclose this ingredient on the label because the FDA does not require ingredients that comprise less than 1% of a cosmetic product to be shown on the label. So even if you want to make a conscious decision to avoid mercury in your mascara or other eye makeup, you will not be able to find this ingredient listed on the label, which makes it extremely difficult for you to find out if it is in the product or not. 

So how do you keep you and your family safe? I recommend only using mascara and eye makeup from brands that are committed to transparency and safety. If you have been to my blog before you know that I use and trust Beautycounter makeup and skincare products because they disclose all of their ingredients on their labels, refrain from using toxic ingredients in their products and check all of their makeup three times for heavy metal contamination and other potential contaminants. There are other brands out there that also use safe ingredients, but I have just never found any other brand to perform as well as Beautycounter does. Every other safe mascara I tried in the past left me with really lovely racoon eyes by the end of the day. It wasn't pretty. 

My personal favourite safe mascara is Beautycounter's Voluming Mascara. I have pretty thin eyelashes so I love the extra volume, but some of my other friends prefer the Lengthening Version. Everyone is different. If I really want some drama, I will actually apply the volumizing first, and then put a coat of the lengthening on top. 

In fact, I love this mascara so much that I want to give you one for FREE! Yes you read that right. FREE! So, how do you get your own FREE Beautycounter mascara? 

Here are the details:

From now until the end of the month (August 2017) if you spend $125 or more (excluding shipping, memberships and taxes) when you shop through my Beautycounter link I will give you your choice of either Beautycounter's Voluming or Lengthening Mascara for FREE. Simply email me at erin.carter.md@gmail.com with your order number and to let me know what mascara you would like to receive. That's it, that's all. It's that easy! (Note: Limit one per person). 

You can shop through my Beautycounter link by clicking here

I hope you found this helpful! Just remember, that what you put on your body is just as important as what goes in your body so make sure you are making smart choices when it comes to your skincare and beauty products. If you have any questions about picking safe products please let me know. I also have a Skin Care Quiz which you can complete and I will get back to you. 

Until next time, happy eating friends! 

References:

1. Scientific American article

2. Eco Watch Article

3. Consumer Reports Article

4. FDA Warning

5. FDA Regulations

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Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream (GAPS, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream (GAPS, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free

Chocolate ice cream. That is one thing I thought I had given up forever when I switched to the paleo diet. Giving up dairy was definitely not easy, but the health benefits I have seen from doing so have been totally worth it. However, I still miss ice cream from time to time. Especially during the summer when it is so hot outside. So after some trial and error I am pleased to say that I have managed to create a Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream recipe that I am pretty darn happy about. 

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream (GAPS, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)

So you may or may have not noticed that I missed posting last week. I do my best to post something new on the blog every week. But, I was on vacation last week, and I made the conscious decision not to post. You see, I have been burning the candle at both ends for a while now. So I decided it was time I start listening to my own advice and take a little time for myself, to relax and simply enjoy my vacation. In other words, to take a little time for my own self care. Because it's like I always say, self care isn't selfish, it's necessary. 

My vacation was pretty darn wonderful. Think warm weather, outdoor workouts, lots of books, farmer's market trips, pool time and time with my family. The only downside was all the smoke. There are so many forest fires in BC right now it's crazy. My first week was really nice and smoke free, but for the second week it was pretty bad. And the worst part? Most of the forest fires that are burning are actually human caused. From people throwing their cigarette buts out the window. How disgusting is that? It's one thing to be smoking in the first place, but to be so inconsiderate that you can't even properly dispose of your cigarettes? Honestly I will never understand how selfish and disrespectful some people can be. I heard that it costs about 8 million dollars a day to fight those fires. Money that could be spent on so many other, better things if only people weren't so darn inconsiderate. Grr! It really does make my blood boil. 

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream (GAPS, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)

I mentioned that I read a lot of books on my vacation. That's one of my favourite things about vacation time: getting the chance to lose myself in so many good books. On this trip I read:

Beartown - This is probably one of the best and well written books I have ever read. It made me cry, laugh and I could barely put it down. I have just ordered three more books by the same author and can't wait for them to arrive

The Lost Child - This true story was another amazing read. I had actually read it about 10 years ago but had forgotten most of it so read it again. I think it was even better now that I am older and understand a bit more. 

The Colour of Our Sky - This one was good, but definitely not as good as the two I previously mentioned. 

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream (GAPS, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)

Okay, recipe time! It's a good one this week too. Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream. Not only does this taste amazing but it is super easy to make. Just throw everything into your Vitamix, blend, and then put it in the freezer for a couple hours. That's it, that's all! It also contains one of my favourite super foods. Grassfed gelatin. Grassfed gelatin is great for so many things including improving the health of your gut, nails, hair and skin. I personally only use and recommend the Vital Proteins brand because of its superior sourcing of ingredients. You really want to make sure you are avoiding the typical gelatin you would find in the grocery store. That gelatin comes from animals that are fed all sorts of toxins and nasty ingredients. Meaning that the gelatin is not only nutritionally poor, but could actually be quite dangerous for you. 

I personally love chocolate ice cream. Before I went paleo I used to eat it all the time. Seriously all the time. But in order to improve my health I was willing to give it up. And I did for 6 years. Yes 6 years. But no longer my friends. This recipe has changed all of that. I don't know why it took me so long to try and make a Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream recipe but it did. I sure hope you like this one as much as I do. Not only is it paleo but it's also safe for the GAPS diet and doesn't contain any refined sugars. Enjoy! 

Until next time, happy eating friends! 

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream (GAPS, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe (GAPS, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)

 

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk (I love this brand because it has no emulsifiers or other added yuckies

1/2 cup coconut manna (buy here)

1/4 cup honey (always buy local and non pasteurized to get the maximum health benefits) 

1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (buy here)

1/3 cup organic cacao powder (I use this kind)

2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

pinch sea salt

 

Directions

1. Place all the ingredients in your Vitamix blender (this is the one I have and love) or food processor (this is the one I use)

2. Blend until smooth

3. Pour into a freezer safe dish (I used a bread pan)

4. Place the dish in the freezer for 1.5 - 2 hours (depending on how soft you like your ice cream)

5. Serve and enjoy! 


Prep Time: 5 minutes 

Note: You can store this in the fridge or freezer. I actually prefer the texture when it is stored in the fridge but you may prefer it in the freezer.

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Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing (Paleo, AIP, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Dairy Free)

Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, GAPS, SCD, Dairy Free)

Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing. That is what we are making this week. Let me just say one thing about this dressing: yum! Seriously yum! And so, so easy to make. Honestly this is ready in seconds. There is almost no preparation required. Because it's summer, and let's be honest, no one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen right now. Nobody. It's just too dang hot for that. Which is okay with me, because I love the heat. Nothing makes this girl happier than some sunshine, a good book and some water. Whether it's a lake or an ocean, I'm really not picky. 

Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing (Paleo, Vegan, SCD, GAPS, Dairy Free, Gluten Free)
Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Dairy Free, Gluten Free)

I am especially happy right now. Want to know why? If you follow me on Instagram you would already know, but I am on vacation! I ran away to my parents place on the lake for a couple weeks of rest and relaxation. I have been burning the candle at both ends lately, between doctoring, running the blog and building my Beautycounter business, let's just say I have been a little busy. Sadly Erik couldn't join me this time because he is about to start a new job, but we will actually be coming back again in August so it's all good. And we are going to bring the puppies next time! They have never been to the lake before. I am curious if they are going to like the water or not. I think Luna will, but Fin will be too scared. That's my prediction. That boy won't even play with the hose. Little chicken. But our cute little chicken. 

Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Dairy Free, Gluten Free)
Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

So what am I going to be doing on vacation? Honestly I have nothing set in stone besides a lot of sunshine, good books and fresh air. Initially a couple of my girlfriends were going to join me, but those plans fell through so it's now going to be a couple weeks of solo time. Which probably isn't a bad thing. I think it's important for everyone to be able to enjoy time alone. It's easy to rely on our friends and significant others to make us happy, and while that is important, being able to make yourself happy is just as, if not more, important if you ask me. I plan on working on my tan, reading a lot of books, visiting the local farmer's market, going for some runs and bike rides, taking some photographs and playing in the lake. Sounds pretty nice doesn't it? It does to me anyways. 

Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

I have been getting more and more requests for simple and easy recipes lately. This Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing definitely fits that bill. This only has 6 ingredients and is ready in less than 5 minutes. Dressings are such a great way to add flavour to recipes that would otherwise be totally boring. Add this to salads, fish dishes, chicken dishes or simply use it as a dip for chopped vegetables. Just keep a batch in your fridge and it is ready whenever you are. 

This Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing is not only Whole 30 compliant, but it is also safe for those following a paleo diet, AIP diet, vegan diet, GAPS diet or SCD diet. Yep, this one is pretty much safe for everyone! It's like I always say, eating healthy can still be delicious. This dressing was inspired by the Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice recipe that I posted recently. Erik and I loved the flavours so much that I decided to create a dressing with similar flavour notes. And I am pretty darn happy with how it turned out (not to toot my own horn or anything). I hope you like it too! 

Until next time, happy eating friends! 

Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing (Paleo, Vegan, AIP, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe (Paleo, AIP, Vegan, GAPS, SCD) 

 

Ingredients

1 bunch of cilantro

zest from 1 lime

juice from 1 lime

1/4 - 1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)

1/2 cup avocado oil (I use this brand

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (this brand is BPA and additive free

 

Directions

1. Place all the ingredients into your food processor (this is the one I have) or your high speed blender and blend until smooth

2. Serve and enjoy! 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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How I Healed My Acne Naturally

This post, How I Healed My Acne Naturally took a long time to write. I was scared to put my "before" photos out into the world. But if How I Healed My Acne Naturally can help any of you heal your own skin then I know putting it out there is worth it. Read on to find out exactly How I Healed My Acne Naturally. 

How I Healed My Adult Acne Naturally

This post has taken me a long time to write. Mainly because I didn't have the courage for a long time to share my "before" photos with you. As a health and wellness blogger, and physician, it was embarrassing for me to admit just how bad my acne was for a while. I spent so much time and money trying to fix it and cover it up, and for years nothing seemed to be working. So finally, about one year ago I made a deal with myself: if I couldn't heal my acne within the next year I would go on Accutane. 

Now, I know many people who have used Accutane with great results and no ill side effects. But, I personally don't love using medications to mask problems, and really wanted to determine what was driving my acne and heal it naturally. As someone who believes on taking a natural and non-toxic approach to skincare, I wasn't willing to use many of the products that my dermatologist recommend for my acne. Besides Accutane, products like antibiotics or other dangerous topical agents. Those things just weren't for me. So I did a lot of work and tried a lot of products to help heal my skin. I tried many products that were just plain terrible, making my acne so much worse and costing me a fortune. I don't want you to have waste your time and money like I did. The products that I am currently using have done wonders for my skin and have really helped me heal my acne.

If you aren't already aware about the importance of choosing safe skincare products, and why it is so important to avoid products with toxic ingredients, I have written a few posts about the topic already including:

Endocrine Disruptors: What They Are, Their Dangers And How To Avoid Them

8 Toxic Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

15 Scary Skincare Facts

My acne journey has been an interesting one. There have been ups and downs and I have done a TON of research over the last year and tried A LOT of different things to try and heal my skin. 

I am finally at the point, almost exactly one year later that I feel comfortable sharing my acne story with you. Because I know there are so many of you dealing with this issue out there, and I want to let you know that you are not alone and that you too can heal your skin. I am confident about that. It may take some time, but don't give up!

Now, my skin is not perfect, but it is so, so much better than it was a year ago and I am finally at the point where I feel comfortable (most of the time) in my own skin. Your skin is the first thing that people see. And if you aren't happy with your skin it can impact every other aspect of your life including your self esteem, confidence and your interactions with others. I know some people who were so embarrassed of their skin that they hated leaving the house. Stories like that break my heart. But trust me you can heal. For a long time I wouldn't leave the house without makeup. I was just too embarrassed about the appearance of my skin. Now I realize that may sound vain, but I don't care. Acne can be embarrassing. Any of you who have suffered with it know that. 

Now, there is no way I could tell you all the things I have done to heal my acne within just one post. It would take you all day to read it. So I am going to break this series into a collection of posts, starting with today's, the first one in the series where I discuss the products I have been using to heal my acne. In later posts I will be discussing the nutritional factors, supplements as well as self care and wellness strategies that have been crucial in my healing journey. I am not sure when those posts will be going live, but to ensure you don't miss them when you do, make sure you are signed up to my newsletter and you will be the first to be notified when those posts are released. 

Here are my "before" and "after photos. They were taken almost exactly 1 year apart. In both photos I am not wearing any makeup. The photos have not been re-touched, except that I increased the exposure because they were a little dark (they were taken with my iPhone). I really wanted to be honest with you about what my skin looks like, in its natural state. 

How I Healed My Adult Acne Naturally

I don't know how well it comes across in the second photo, but I still have a few acne lesions, but I also have some scarring and hyper-pigmention that I am still working on. As I said, healing your skin is a journey and mine isn't over yet. 

I hope you find this helpful. And please feel free to reach out to me if you want specific product recommendations, because everyone's skin is different. If you are interested in hearing me talk in more detail about my skincare routine I created a video outlining exactly what I use and do. You can watch it here:

How I Healed My Acne Naturally (with Beautycounter)

HOW I HEALED MY ACNE NATURALLY

My Morning Routine:

First thing in the morning I wash my face with Beautycounter's Charcoal Cleansing Bar. I then splash my face with cold water and use LifeFlo Salicylic Acid Spray as my toner. I also add a few drops of lavender, frankincense and tea tree oil to that product to give it even more skin healing properties. Then I use a few drops of Om Organic's Pure Infusions Face Elixir for Oily Skin as my serum. Next I use two pumps of Beautycounter's Rejuvinating Day Cream as my moisturizer. If I am going into the sun I will then add Beautycounter's Dew Skin (shade number 2) as my sunscreen. That stuff makes my face feel so, so soft! It doesn't have a ton of coverage though so if I do want a bit more coverage that day I then add Beautycounter's Tint Skin Foundation in Linen

My Evening Routine

I wash my face with Beautycounter's Cleansing Balm. This stuff is my absolute favourite Beautycounter product. It works so, so well as both a makeup remover and a face wash. I then splash my face with cold water and spray it again with my LifeFlo Salicylic Acid Spray. Again, I use a few drops of Om Organic's Pure Infusions Face Elixir for Oily Skin as my serum. During the summer I use Beautycounter's Rejuvinating Night Cream as my overnight moisturizer on most nights. A few nights a week I use Beautycounter's Cleansing Balm as an extra-hydrating night cream, and during the winter I use that as my nightly moisturizer because it gets so dry where I live. If I have any acne lesions I spot treat them with Beautycounter's Charcoal Mask (I simply sleep with this mask on my acne spots). 

 

My Other Rituals

There are a few other things I do to help keep my skin clear:

After I work out I make sure I wash my face right away with Beautycounter's Charcoal Cleansing Bar and then spray it with the LifeFlo Salicylic Acid toner. 

Three days per week I do a full face mask with Beautycounter's Charcoal Mask. I absolutely love that product. It has completely transformed my skin. The other mask that I also use intermittently and love is Alitura's Clay Mask. I add a few drops of lavender, tea tree and frankincense essential oils to it, in addition to water, to give it even more healing properties.  

That's it friends! I hope that How I Healed My Acne Naturally was helpful to you. Please reach out to me if you have specific questions or want specific skincare recommendations. You can also take my Skincare Quiz here, which will help me pick products for your needs and skin type. 

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Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles (Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Dairy Free)

Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles (Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)

After I posted my Paleo Popsicle Round Up last week I decided it would be a good idea to continue that trend and post a new popsicle recipe this week. Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles to be exact. Not only are these so pretty (at least I think so), but they taste amazing. Vanilla and strawberry flavours were just made for each other if you ask me. It has been so hot in Calgary recently that I have been craving cold, refreshing foods, and these popsicles definitely fit the bill. 

Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles (Vegan, Dairy Free, GAPS, SCD, No Refined Sugar)
Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles (GAPS, Dairy Free, Vegan, SCD, No Refined Sugar)

Did you have a great weekend? I hope so! If you follow me on Instagram you would know that on Friday I got a long overdue haircut, just in time for a wedding that we had on Saturday. That was actually the only wedding that we have this summer which is unusual. I feel like we have had at least 2-3 every summer for the last few years. Although we are at the point now where pretty much all of our friends are now married so we shouldnt have that many weddings left to attend. That's kind of a sad thought isn't it? I actually love weddings. Well going to them anyways... I am still undecided about having my own wedding. The thought of standing in front of all of those people and saying such personal things to the person I love just doesn't really appeal to me. However, I do love wedding photos, and I do love pretty dresses, yummy food, time with friends, and jewelry, so I might be convinced to have a wedding one day. Maybe. I know my mother would be thrilled if I did. Although she would be even more thrilled if I decided to have kids. Another area I am still undecided on... 

The wedding itself was gorgeous. It was held at The Lake House in Calgary and the day was perfect. The ceremony was nice and short (which I prefer), the flowers were beautiful, the bride and groom looked amazing, the food was delicious and the dancing was fun. Everything you could ask for in a wedding if you ask me. They had a live band from Ottawa (whose name I can't remember unfortunately) that were really good too! I only took a handful of photos but I will share a few of them here with you. Since it's not that often that I show you guys my face around here. 

The Lake House Calgary

I really love the dress I was wearing at that wedding. A maxi dress with flowers and pockets. How perfect is that? The dress is from The Limited, which unfortunately no longer exists. I was so sad when I heard that store was closing. A good chunk of my wardrobe came from there. Every year when I go to Florida that was always one of the places I was most excited to go shopping at. Sadly no more. So if you have any suggestions for replacement stores please let me know. 

Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles (Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)
Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles (Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)

But these Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles. Do they not look amazing? So pretty! And so, so tasty! They are also really easy to make because you just blend things together in your food processor or blender and then pour the ingredients into popsicle molds. That's it. There is hardly any prep involved in these making these popsicles. Which also means hardly any dishes to do. Yes, you are welcome. 

Now I should say that I used this Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker to make these Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles. I had tried at least 2 other popsicle molds before finding and loving this one. It is by far the best popsicle mold I have tried. Why? Well, first it makes 10 popsicles which is so great, and second, it has this special lid with holes that you insert the popsicle sticks into so they stay perfectly straight. They look so much prettier than the popsicles made with plastic handles. Don't you think? 

Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles (Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)
Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles (Vegan, Dairy Free, SCD, GAPS, No Refined Sugar)

What else is great about these Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles? Besides tasting great they are also safe for almost every special diet. They are vegan, GAPS, paleo and SCD safe. They are also dairy free and refined sugar free. They also have a lot of healthy ingredients like coconut milk, fresh strawberries and raw honey. Yummy and healthy! I hope you like them as much as I do. 

Until next time, happy eating everyone! 

Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles (Vegan, SCD, GAPS, Dairy Free, No Refined Sugar)

 

Paleo Strawberry Vanilla Popsicles Recipe

 

Strawberry Layer Ingredients

15 strawberries, chopped

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (I recommend this brand because it has no guar gum or other additives)

1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (I use this brand)

1 TBSP honey (use raw and unpasteurized) - substitute with maple syrup for vegan 

 

Strawberry Layer Directions

1. Place all the ingredients into your food processor (this is the one I have) or Vitamix blender

2. Blend until smooth

3. Pour into your popsicle moulds (just over half full) - This is the popsicle mold that I use and highly recommend 

4. Place in the freezer and freeze for 10-15 minutes

 

Vanilla Layer Ingredients

1 cup full fat coconut milk (I love this brand)

1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (buy here)

3 TBSP honey (use raw and unpasteurized) - substitute with maple syrup for vegan 

 

Vanilla Layer Directions

1. While the strawberry layer is freezing, clean and dry your food processor or blender

2. Add all the ingredients to your food processor (buy here) or blender and blend well until smooth

3. Remove the popsicle moulds from the freezer (after 10-15 minutes)

4. Pour the vanilla layer on top of the strawberry layer

5.  Poke each popsicle a few times with the popsicle stick to create a swirl

6. Place the lid on the mold and put the popsicle sticks into each popsicle (use the slots on the top of the lid of your popsicle mold)

7. Place the molds back in the freezer and freezer for 3 hours, or until fully frozen

8. Serve and enjoy!  

Yield: 10 popsicles 

TIP: Run the popsicle molds under hot water for a few seconds when you remove them from the freezer to make the popsicles easier to remove from the mold

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Paleo Popsicle Round-Up

Paleo Popsicle Round-Up

It has been a long, long time since I posted a recipe round up. A really long time. So I figured it was time I remedy that. And what better time to post a Paleo Popsicle Round-Up than a holiday long weekend? I have collected the best paleo popsicle recipes from around the web and listed them all here for you. There are 47 paleo popsicle recipes here for you to choose from. I already have a couple bookmarked that I can't wait to make myself.

I hope you are all having an amazing long weekend filled with family, friends, sunshine and amazing food! If you are looking for a few other paleo recipe wrap ups I suggest checking out my Paleo Mint Recipe Wrap-Up  or my 100+ Paleo Berry Recipe Round-Up or 75 Paleo Apple Recipes

Until next time, happy eating everyone! 

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Whole 30 Simple Mango Salsa (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)

Whole 30 Simple Mango Salsa (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)

I have been getting more and more requests for easy recipes lately, so here is one that fits the bill. Simple Whole 30 Mango Salsa. Like always this one is also paleo friendly and it's also safe for the SCD and GAPS diets and a vegan diet. Plus it's made with only 6 ingredients! Yep you asked for simple, and I am giving you simple. 

Simple Mango Salsa (Whole 30, Vegan, Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)
Simple Mango Salsa (Paleo, Vegan, Whole 30, SCD, GAPS, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)

How was your week? Good I hope! Mine was interesting. Filled with some ups and some downs. On the positive note, I saw a Chinese medicine practitioner on Friday which I am super excited about. I am still having a few residual gut symptoms that I would like to try and settle down once and for all. I think I have done as much as I can on my own at this point, so have started to collect a team of practitioners that I am hoping can help me fully heal. This is one thing that I cannot emphasize enough and that I tell my patients all the time. You need a team to help get you better. Each practitioner will bring something new to the table and I firmly believe that taking an integrative approach to healing is the best method possible. My team includes a naturopath, Chinese medicine practitioner, osteopath, massage therapist and chiropractor. Your team may look a little different but as long as it is working for you that is all that matters. 

Before Friday, I had only ever had acupuncture once before, for a back injury so this time was a little different. Man that is powerful stuff. It's amazing how just a few, precisely placed needles can have such a huge impact. For a few hours afterwards I had headaches, some nausea and then even a couple episodes of diarrhea (sorry if that's too much for you but I tend to bare all on here so that you guys can understand that you are not alone with your health struggles). I am curious to see if I have the same reaction next time. I am also taking an herbal remedy now that is supposed to help heal my intestines even more. I am only on day 3 at the moment so it's a little early for me to know if it is helping as I am slowly increasing the dose up, but I will keep you guys posted on how it goes. 

Simple Mango Salsa (Whole 30, Vegan, Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free)

Something really frustrating happened to me this weekend. I always go to spin class at One Cycle Spin Studio on Sunday mornings. I have been doing this for years now. This past Sunday, I got there nice and early, signed up for a bike and then went and got ready for class. When class opened up I went and set up my bike and then someone came and told me I had their bike. We checked the list, and sure enough his name was now on my bike number, and my name had been completely erased from the bike list. And instead of finding me a new bike, they just kicked me out of class. Now, the class was full, but that means they have to have let someone in off of the wait list. Now, doesn't it make more sense to kick that person out (who never should have gotten in in the first place), rather than someone who got there early and whose name had been erased from the list? Man was I pissed. Not only did I waste over an hour of my time going down to the spin studio and then back home again, but I didn't even get to spin, and the staff at the studio just completely dismissed me. Oh well not completely, they did credit my account for that class. Yes, how nice of them. Man talk about poor customer service. 

Now I realize there are many worse things that could be going on in my life right now. But I was really just shocked with the lack of understanding and action but the staff. They actually told me that they cannot be responsible for watching the list to ensure that names don't get erased. Um pardon me? Are you implying that your clients should be expected to stand around and make sure their names don't get erased. I don't think so. I am waiting to see if anything else happens now. They said they would talk to management about the incident so if anything else comes of this I will update you guys. 

Simple Mango Salsa (Whole 30, Vegan, Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)
Simple Mango Salsa (Whole 30, Vegan, Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)

Ok I feel better now. It's amazing just how well a little rant can be at making you feel better. Right?

Now let's get back to business shall we. I know you are really here for the food. This week I am sharing a recipe for Simple Mango Salsa. This ons is so easy to make and only contains 6 ingredients. There aren't any tricky steps or equipment needed and this recipe is safe for so many different diets including: Whole 30, paleo, vegan, GAPS, SCD, gluten free, grain free and dairy free. Yes friends, no matter what your dietary needs, I have you covered! I highly recommend pairing this salsa with some Siete Tortilla Chips. Have you tried them yet? If not you NEED to! They are so good. Like so, so good. And no this post is not sponsored by them or endorsed by them, I just honestly love their products so much. Tortilla chips were one of the things I missed the most when i transitioned to the paleo diet, and I am so glad Siete has found a solution. My personal favourite is their lime flavoured chips but the sea salt are also amazing. I haven't tried the nacho flavour yet, but I have heard great things about that one too. The only problem with those chips? I can't resist eating the entire bag in just one sitting. Yep they are that addicting. 

This salsa also pairs really well with fish and chicken dishes. You can also add it to salads as an easy, flavourful dressing. And of course if you are making tacos or burritos this salsa would be a great addition to your dish. Or you could just eat it by the spoonful straight from the fridge. I have been known to do that from time to time... 

Enjoy friends! Until next time, happy eating!

Simple Mango Salsa (Whole 30, Vegan, Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)

Simple Mango Salsa Recipe (Whole 30, Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

 

Ingredients

6 medium sized tomatoes, chopped

1 ripe mango, chopped

1 cup chopped green onion

1 cup chopped cilantro

1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste) (I use this brand of sea salt)

1/4 tsp ground black pepper (or more to taste)

 

Directions

1. Chop all the ingredients and add them to a bowl

2. Stir well to combine

3. Transfer to a large sieve to allow the excess liquid to drain off for about 1 hour

4. Serve and enjoy!

TIP: Make this the night before and chill it in the fridge. This allows the flavours to blend even more and it becomes even more delicious. 

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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!

Paleo Bread (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

Have you missed bread since changing to the paleo diet? Trust me, I know it can be difficult giving up your favourite foods. But I am here to tell you don't have to! This Paleo Bread recipe is not only so easy to make but tastes so, so good! This paleo bread makes the perfect snack, breakfast or sandwich. This paleo bread recipe is not only grain free but is also gluten free and dairy free as well. Just because you aren't eating grains doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods now that you have this paleo bread recipe. 

Have you missed bread since changing to the paleo diet? Trust me, I know it can be difficult giving up your favourite foods. But I am here to tell you don't have to! This Paleo Bread recipe is not only so easy to make but tastes so, so good! This paleo bread makes the perfect snack, breakfast or sandwich. This paleo bread recipe is not only grain free but is also gluten free and dairy free as well. Just because you aren't eating grains doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods now that you have this paleo bread recipe. 

Happy Monday! It's a good day friends. Why is that? Because just look at that paleo bread recipe I am sharing with you today. It looks like real bread. Real, grain and dairy containing bread. But guess what? That Paleo Bread right there is grain free, dairy free and even nut free. Yes friends. I am that good to you. 

Have you missed bread since changing to the paleo diet? Trust me, I know it can be difficult giving up your favourite foods. But I am here to tell you don't have to! This Paleo Bread recipe is not only so easy to make but tastes so, so good! This paleo bread makes the perfect snack, breakfast or sandwich. This paleo bread recipe is not only grain free but is also gluten free and dairy free as well. Just because you aren't eating grains doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods now that you have this paleo bread recipe. 
Have you missed bread since changing to the paleo diet? Trust me, I know it can be difficult giving up your favourite foods. But I am here to tell you don't have to! This Paleo Bread recipe is not only so easy to make but tastes so, so good! This paleo bread makes the perfect snack, breakfast or sandwich. This paleo bread recipe is not only grain free but is also gluten free and dairy free as well. Just because you aren't eating grains doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods now that you have this paleo bread recipe. 

Does anyone else feel like the news lately has been especially sad? Between that horrendous apartment fire in London to Bill Crosby's mistrial I feel like its just one disaster after another. I was personally really sad to hear about the Crosby mistrial. I am sorry, but when 60 women have come forward and accused you of sexual assault there is no way that you are an innocent man. I realize that with the way the justice system works that proving guilt can be very difficult, especially in sexual assault cases, but still. My heart aches for all of those women. 

Another awful thing happened in my life last week. Well not my life. My best friend's life. But it made me realize, once again, just how precious life is. Last weekend one of my best friends was in a bad accident on her road bike. She ended up with a lot of injuries, but luckily will be okay. But it was a close call. A really close call. And she will be recovering for a long time to come. 

I am so, so thankful she will be alright, but this was just another reminder for me that you really just never know how long you get on this earth. Not all of us are going to get long, healthy lives. A sad truth. And I know that not everyday can be a good day, but this just reinforces to me the importance of telling your loved ones how much they mean to you, and to focus on doing the things that you love. It is so easy to get caught up in the negatives and tasks of everyday life: cleaning the house, going to work, paying the bills etc etc. And while these things are necessary, they aren't everything. You aren't going to look back on your life and remember all that great housework you did (well at least I sure am not), but you will remember your accomplishments, your travels and adventures, memories with friends and family and the other things that bring you joy. So try and carve out a little time each day, even if it is just a few minutes, to do something that makes you happy. 

Have you missed bread since changing to the paleo diet? Trust me, I know it can be difficult giving up your favourite foods. But I am here to tell you don't have to! This Paleo Bread recipe is not only so easy to make but tastes so, so good! This paleo bread makes the perfect snack, breakfast or sandwich. This paleo bread recipe is not only grain free but is also gluten free and dairy free as well. Just because you aren't eating grains doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods now that you have this paleo bread recipe. 
Have you missed bread since changing to the paleo diet? Trust me, I know it can be difficult giving up your favourite foods. But I am here to tell you don't have to! This Paleo Bread recipe is not only so easy to make but tastes so, so good! This paleo bread makes the perfect snack, breakfast or sandwich. This paleo bread recipe is not only grain free but is also gluten free and dairy free as well. Just because you aren't eating grains doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods now that you have this paleo bread recipe. 

Well I think that is enough sad news and philosophy for one post. On a totally unrelated note, do any of you watch Shameless on Netflix? If not you need to. Like now! It's totally ridiculous yet somehow completely addicting all at the same time. If you watched and liked Californication this is along the same lines. You love yet hate the main character so much, and somehow just can't wait to see what ridiculous thing he does next. I don't want to ruin the show for those of you who haven't seen it but Erik and I have become obsessed with this one lately. And we don't watch much TV so I feel like that's saying a lot. After we finish Shameless, which sadly will be soon, our next mission is to move onto the new season of House of Cards. Talk about another main character that you love and hate all at the same time... what is it with these male leads lately? There seems to be a common theme with them... 

Have you missed bread since changing to the paleo diet? Trust me, I know it can be difficult giving up your favourite foods. But I am here to tell you don't have to! This Paleo Bread recipe is not only so easy to make but tastes so, so good! This paleo bread makes the perfect snack, breakfast or sandwich. This paleo bread recipe is not only grain free but is also gluten free and dairy free as well. Just because you aren't eating grains doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods now that you have this paleo bread recipe. 
Have you missed bread since changing to the paleo diet? Trust me, I know it can be difficult giving up your favourite foods. But I am here to tell you don't have to! This Paleo Bread recipe is not only so easy to make but tastes so, so good! This paleo bread makes the perfect snack, breakfast or sandwich. This paleo bread recipe is not only grain free but is also gluten free and dairy free as well. Just because you aren't eating grains doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods now that you have this paleo bread recipe. 
Have you missed bread since changing to the paleo diet? Trust me, I know it can be difficult giving up your favourite foods. But I am here to tell you don't have to! This Paleo Bread recipe is not only so easy to make but tastes so, so good! This paleo bread makes the perfect snack, breakfast or sandwich. This paleo bread recipe is not only grain free but is also gluten free and dairy free as well. Just because you aren't eating grains doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods now that you have this paleo bread recipe. 

Can we talk about this paleo bread? I mean come on. How good does it look? It's got that nice crust on the outside and fluffy texture on the inside. I have honestly eaten 1-2 pieces of this bread everyday since I first made it. I am addicted! I spread a little honey on it and yum! What's even nicer about this paleo bread is that it doesn't contain any nuts. I know that many of you out there are sensitive to nuts and most other paleo bread recipes out there rely on almond flour. And while I do love almost flour, it's nice to have alternatives sometimes. Instead, this bread is made with Cassava flour. Now, cassava flour is pretty new to me, but so far I have been really impressed with all the recipes I have made with it. I should mention that not all cassava flour is created equal. I have found that there is a significant different between brands. I used Otto's Cassava flour for this particular recipe. If you do use another brand I cannot guarantee that it will turn out the same. And just in case you don't have any cassava flour on hand, but are still looking for a delicious paleo bread recipe, I highly suggest trying my Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Bread instead. You will not be disappointed I promise! 

Until next time, happy eating friends!

Have you missed bread since changing to the paleo diet? Trust me, I know it can be difficult giving up your favourite foods. But I am here to tell you don't have to! This Paleo Bread recipe is not only so easy to make but tastes so, so good! This paleo bread makes the perfect snack, breakfast or sandwich. This paleo bread recipe is not only grain free but is also gluten free and dairy free as well. Just because you aren't eating grains doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods now that you have this paleo bread recipe. 

Paleo Bread Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup Otto's Cassava Flour - Note that all brands of cassava flour are not created equally. I cannot guarantee that this recipe will work out with a different brand of cassava flour. You can buy Otto's Cassava flour here

1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP ground flax seeds (I use this brand

3 TBSP coconut flour (I use this kind)

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

 

6 large eggs (always use pasture raised)

1/3 plus 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk (buy here)

1/4 cup plus 1 TBSP melted coconut oil plus a little more for greasing the pan (this is my favourite kind of coconut oil)

3 TBSP local, raw honey

2 TBSP apple cider vinegar (I recommend this brand)

 

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350F

2. Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well

3. Add the wet ingredients and mix well with a pastry blender or spoon

4. Using your fingers, grease your bread pan with the extra coconut oil

5. Transfer the dough to the bread pan and spread with a spoon until smooth

6. Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes (mine took 43), or until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean

7. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1-2 hours (you want it to be room temperature) 

8. Serve and enjoy! 

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Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake (Vegan, SCD, GAPS, No Refined Sugar)

Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake (Vegan, SCD, GAPS, No Refined Sugar)

I did it again! Another amazing paleo dessert recipe. Today it's Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake. Can you say yummy? And because this recipe was so special, I decided to create a whole e-book around it. A paleo dessert e-book. What I have done is collected the 10 best desserts from the blog and put them together in one free resource for you. Because some of these treats are so old that many of you have never even seen the recipes! And that's a shame. A total shame. So the Pure and Simple Paleo Desserts ebook was born. 

Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake (Vegan, SCD, GAPS, No Refined Sugar)
Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake (Vegan, GAPS, SCD, No Refined Sugar)

How was your week? Amazing I hope? Did you see my post from Friday? Yes I posted twice last week! In case you missed it, I discussed The Biggest Mistake You Can Make On The Paleo Diet. Unfortunately it is something I see my patients and readers doing all the time so I decided it was finally time to discuss it. Because I don't want you to make the same mistake. Not on my watch anyways. 

I took a stay-cation from work last week. It was amazing. I didn't do anything too exciting but I did get some much needed stuff done around the house like order window coverings (yes we have been in our place for 5 months now without window coverings - don't judge me) and chairs for the kitchen island. I still need to find a good dining room table. That is my next mission. And then a desk for my office. Oh and art for our walls! We currently have a lot of blank, white walls in our place. I think I am going to get a flower wall made for my office which I am super excited about. Do you know what I am talking about? If not check out The Flower Wall Company to see what I mean. I would love to do one of the main walls in our house in a flower wall but I don't think Erik would be too pleased with that... So a whole wall in my office sounds good instead. Yes this girl likes flowers. A lot. What can I say, they bring me joy. A lot of joy. And that is priceless if you ask me. I also think I am going to wallpaper one of the walls in our main bathroom in some black and white floral wall paper. Shh, just don't tell Erik... Something like this, or this. How pretty is that? With a great gold mirror? Yes it's going to happen I promise! The girl in me is so excited. 

Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake (Vegan, SCD, GAPS, No Refined Sugar)
Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake (Vegan, SCD, GAPS, No Refined Sugar)

You know what else I am excited about? This Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake! Yes guys it turned out so, so good! I never thought I would be able to enjoy ice cream cake again once I switched to the paleo diet but this cake has inspired me to make even more flavours. Because I don't know about you, but I personally love ice cream cake! Back in the day I would request one for my birthday every year. Usually one with chocolate. The more chocolate the better. I think a chocolate flavoured one is what I need to make next. Would you agree? What's great about this cake is that it is also vegan, SCD and GAPS safe. And like always it contains no refined sugars. Only healthy, real food ingredients here! 

Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake (Vegan, SCD, GAPS, No Refined Sugar)
Paleo Vanilla Mint Ice Cream Cake (Vegan, SCD, GAPS, No Refined Sugar)

This recipe is so special that I decided to include it in a dessert e-book that is available only to my newsletter subscribers. Because you guys are my most valued readers! I know there are a lot of food blogs out there so it means a lot to me that you take the time to visit my little blog and re-create my recipes. I honestly love hearing when you make them! So I collected my favourite 10 dessert recipes from the blog and made the Pure and Simple Paleo Dessert e-book. It's free for all my subscribers and you will be sent a copy as soon as you sign up for my list.

Inside you will find the top 10 paleo dessert recipes from the blog including reader favourites like Paleo Ranger Cookies, Carrot Cake Banana Bread, Dark Chocolate Orange Fudge, Lemon and Vanilla Cheesecake and so much more. Because the paleo diet shouldn't be restrictive. Not at all. I firmly believe that a little treat now and then is good for the soul. Life is too short not to enjoy dessert once in a while. Right? Right!  

Pure and Simple Paleo Desserts

I hope you love the book. Please let me know if you try any of the recipes. 

Until next time, happy eating friends! 

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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make On The Paleo Diet

The Biggest Mistake You Can Make On The Paleo Diet

If you have spent any time on my blog at all you will know that I am passionate about the paleo diet. If you ask me, everyone should follow the paleo diet principles of eating real, unprocessed and nourishing food. However, there is one mistake that I hear my patients and readers making all the time. Seriously, ALL THE TIME! And it breaks my heart to see them trying so hard, and not getting the results they are hoping for because of this one big mistake. 

What is that mistake?

Continuing to buy conventional meat, or meat that you would find at the grocery store.

Yes, I realize it is convenient, but it is also one of the most unhealthy things you could be eating. Meat raised in today's standard fashion is extremely unhealthy for a number of reasons and I will outline each of these below. 


 

1. Highly Inflammatory

When you think about cows you picture them grazing in fields, eating grass and roaming free right? At least that's what I imagine. And that is what should be happening. And that's what used to happen. Unfortunately, the development of factory farms has totally changed the way cows and other animals are raised and fed. Cows are now kept indoors, in close proximity to one another, in unsanitary conditions and fed a diet that is completely unnatural to them. Cows naturally eat grass, however, there is not enough grass to feed cows on a factory farm. Instead, they are given feed that is composed mainly of grains (corn and soy) as well as many other bizarre, and sometimes downright disgusting additives.

In the US, 40 billion pounds a year of slaughterhouse wastes like chicken feces, blood, bone and viscera, as well as the remains of millions of euthanized cats and dogs are rendered annually into livestock feed. It was recently shown that 75% of the cattle in the US are given feed containing slaughterhouse by-products. Disgusting. 

These unhealthy living conditions and feed can lead to some very sick animals. Animals so sensitive to illness that they’re fed a steady diet of antibiotics, and so sensitive that the humans who go near them must wear space suits. No joke. These antibiotics then end up in the meat you eat. As well, many cows are given growth promoting hormones to help them grow much more quickly than is natural to them, so that more meat can be produced at a faster rate. All of this unnatural feed, living conditions and additives leads to meat that is not only nutritionally poor, but harmful to your health. 

Normally, beef from cows raised on grass produces meat that has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 1-4:1. In other words, it is balanced. In contrast, beef from factory raised farms is extremely inflammatory, producing meat with an omega-6 to omega-3  ratio of 20-40:1 (depending on the study you read and the meat tested). This excess omega-6 leads to inflammation in the body, which contributes to many different health problems including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and more. So what is normally a very healthy food has become extremely harmful.

And this goes for all meat and fish that is not being raised properly. For instance, salmon is generally known to be high in omega-3 and a very healthy food. And this is true if it is raised properly, in fresh water, and allowed to eat normally. However, farmed fish is fed corn, soy and other grains making it have a very high omega-6 content and a very low omega-3 content. As well, both Canada and the US have recently approved a GMO salmon that grows to a very large size, in a short amount of time. And so far there has been no regulation requiring that this type of salmon be labelled. So always avoid farmed fish and instead choose fresh or wild fish that has been sustainably raised.

2. Low in Nutrients

Unfortunately, the story doesn't stop at omega-6's either. Rememebr all that extra crap (yes literally crap), antibiotics, and hormones that go into factory farmed animal feed? It leads to meat that basically contains no linoleic acid, beta carotene, or vitamins A and E. In other words, it is nutritionally poor. For instance, if we take a look at eggs, eggs that come from properly raised birds, in comparison to factory farmed birds, are known to contain:

  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta carotene
  • 4 to 6 times more vitamin D3

And the story is similar for all types of meat that comes from factory farmed animals. They contain very little vitamins, minerals and nutrients. In other words, they are basically empty calories. Empty, toxic calories. 

3. High In Toxins 

All the un-natural ingredients that factory farmed animals are being fed has to end up somewhere. It doesn't just magically disappear when the animals ingest it. In fact, factory farmed meat is known to contain carcinogens, bacteria, and other contaminants that can accumulate in your body and remain there for years. These animals products are loaded with bacteria, antibiotics, hormones, dioxins, and many other toxins that can cause serious health problems in humans.

Because of the unsanitary conditions that factory farmed animals are kept in they often get sick. In fact, 50% of the antibiotcs produced today are given to animals in their feed to try and deal with these infections. And ingesting these antibiotics can lead to a whole host of health problems including changes in your gut bacteria or microbiome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and leaky gut syndrome. As well, roxarsone, an antibiotic commonly used on factory farms, contains significant amounts of the most carcinogenic form of arsenic. Research has shown that “eating 2 ounces of [factory farmed] chicken per day—the equivalent of a third to a half of a boneless chicken breast—exposes a consumer to 3 to 5 micrograms of inorganic arsenic, the element’s most toxic form.” Daily exposure to low doses of arsenic can dramatically increase the risk of cancer, dementia, neurological problems, and other health problems in humans. Additionally, dangerous hormones are also found in meat and milk that comes from factory farmed animals. According to the USDA, by 1999, roughly 99 percent of cows on large feedlots in the U.S. were given synthetic hormonal implants. These hormones, which make cows grow larger and produce more milk than they would naturally, are prohibited for over-the-counter use by humans in the United States. Scientists have clearly shown that these hormones can increase the risk of developmental delays and cancer in humans.

Another major group of toxins in conventionally raised animals are dioxins. Dioxins are chemicals that are released into the environment when substances are burned, and they accumulate in animals’ flesh and milk. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly 95 percent of our dioxin exposure comes in the concentrated form of meat, fish, and dairy products, because when we eat animal products, the dioxin that animals have built up in their bodies is absorbed into our own. Dioxins act as hormone disrupting chemicals that bind to cells and modify their functioning, potentially causing a wide range of health problems, including cancer, a lowered immune response, nervous system disorders, miscarriages, and birth deformities.

Finally, pesticides are also present in large quantities in factory farmed meat and have been linked to a wide range of health problems in humans, including birth defects and cancer. Although humans do ingest some herbicides and pesticides from plant foods, scientists report that animal products are responsible for roughly 80 to 90 percent of dietary pesticide exposure. Pesticides are sprayed on crops that are eventually fed to farmed animals, and like dioxins, pesticides accumulate in their bodies over time. When we eat the flesh, milk, or eggs of animals, the pesticides that they have eaten during their lives are transferred to us.


 

In other words, in order to actually start seeing the health benfits from the paleo diet, you need to ditch meat, fish and eggs that are not raised properly, because it is just plain bad for you, and bad for the animals that the meat is coming from. This is part of the reason why, when studies are done comparing vegetarian or vegan diets to the western diet, people always do better when they eat the vegetarian or vegan diet. They have removed all the health harming meat and eggs from their diets that they were previously eating. However, there are many important nutrients that you cannot obtain if you stick to a vegetarian diet, which is why I don't recommend that way of eating for long term health. For example, there are many fat soluble vitamins that are only available in meat products that humans cannot obtain through eating any other food sources. 

So by now you are probably asking one very important question:

How Do I Find Meat and Eggs That Are Raised Properly?

Well there are a couple different ways. First, you could check out your local Weston A Price Foundation chapter. They will have lists of local food producers in the area and will know where to find properly raised meat, egg and fish sources. However, if you are not interested in driving out to the farm like I do to pick up your meat and eggs (I realize you are busy, trust me), I have an even easier solution for you. 

I recently partnered with a company called Butcher Box that will deliver grass-fed and pastured raised meat right to your doorstep for those of you living in the US! How amazing is that? And for a limited time, if you sign up through my link Butcher Box will give you $10 off of your first order, as well as a FREE package of pasture raised bacon! 

Until next time, happy eating friends! 

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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Whole 30, Vegan, GAPS, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Whole 30, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

After last weeks recipe of Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Icing I decided I better post something other than a dessert recipe this week. Because as much as I love my paleo treats, I realize they can't make up the majority of your diet. Sad but true right? So this week we are diving into Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice. Which trust me, is so, so good! 

Whole 30 Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Vegan, Grain Free)
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Whole 30, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

How was your weekend? Amazing I hope! Mine was busy. But a good busy! On Saturday I held a little Beautycounter social at my place which was a ton of fun! I made some yummy snacks, did a little safe skincare education and then the ladies got to play with all of my Beautycounter goodies! One girl even loved the products and the mission behind the company so much that she decided to become a consultant right there on the spot. It was so fun to watch!

I get asked all the time why I signed up to be a Beautycounter consultant. "Aren't you busy enough Erin? You already run a full time medical practice, a blog, and now you are selling skincare products too?" These are the questions I get asked. But for me the answer is pretty simple. My passion is in health and wellness. And right now most of us are being exposed to so many toxic and dangerous chemicals through the products we are putting on our skin, and most people have no idea this is going on. It's a simple fact that the skincare industries in the US and Canada are basically un-regulated. This means that brands are allowed to use known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, neurological toxins and other harmful ingredients and they don't even have to disclose those ingredients on the labels! It is so maddening!

Everyday I see patients who are so, so, sick without an obvious reason. We are just starting to realize the impact of our environmental exposures on many different health conditions including cancers, autoimmune diseases, neurological diseases and more. And the stuff you are putting on your skin makes up a big piece of this puzzle. Because remember, the majority of what you put on your skin gets absorbed within seconds of application into your bloodstream. Meaning those toxins can then impact every organ in your body. I could rant forever about this topic because it really does make my blood boil, but I will save you from that today. If you are interested in learning more though, please send me a message and I would be so happy to chat! You can also learn more about Beautycounter and their products by going here:

www.beautycounter.com/erincarter

It doesn't take a lot of work to be a Beautycounter consultant, and the financial benefit has been such an added bonus for me as well. If you are at all interested in health and wellness, or are even just looking to earn a little extra money signing up as a consultant may be the perfect fit for you. Again, just message me and we can chat! 

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Whole 30, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free)
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Whole 30, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

But that's enough skincare talk for one day. Let's chat about this Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice shall we? Doesn't it look tasty? That's because it is! Can you believe this is my first cauliflower rice recipe that I have ever posted? I know right? Because what is the paleo diet without some cauliflower rice? The flavours of this dish were inspired by my trip to Bali that Erik and I took back in October (can you believe it was that long ago? I can't!). The food flavours there were just so incredible. I already want to plan my next trip back! 

This Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is paleo, Whole 30, vegan, GAPS, SCD friendly and is of course, gluten, grain and dairy free. It is such a great tasting side dish that pairs well with stir-fry, chicken or pork dishes. I even had some with my grassfed steak last week. Speaking of which, I have had a lot of questions from you guys recently about where to get grass-fed beef. So I have made it so much easier for you! I have partnered with Butcher Box who will deliver grassfed beef and other pasture raised meats straight to your door! So if heading out to the farm to get your meat, like I do, isn't feasible for you, this might be the perfect option. Plus, if you sign up through this link you will get a FREE package of bacon and $10 off of your first order! You can learn more about Butcher Box here

I hope you love the rice! Please let me know if you try it. 

Until next time, happy eating friends! 

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Whole 30, Vegan, GAPS, SCD, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice Recipe 

 

Ingredients

2 TBSP coconut oil

zest from 2 limes

1 cup chopped green onion

1 head of cauliflower

1/4- 1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)

juice from 1 lime

1 cup chopped cilantro

 

Directions

1. Rice your cauliflower by first cutting the cauliflower into florets and then pulsing it in your food processor (you can also use a hand grater if you don't have a food processor)

2. Place a large pan on the stove on medium heat

3. Add the coconut oil, lime zest and green onion to the pan and satay for 1-2 minutes

3. Add the cauliflower rice and stir to combine

4. Add the salt and lime juice

5. Cook for 4-5 minutes

6. Stir in the chopped cilantro and cook for another 1-2 minutes (until it is the consistency you desire)

7. Serve and enjoy! 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

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Paleo Cookies Bites with Maple Butter Frosting (Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting (paleo, gluten free, grain free)

Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting. Is your moth watering yet? If not it should be because these are so, so good! I actually created these last summer and totally forgot about them! What a shame right? Well good thing I was scrolling through food photos the other day and came across these beauties. Better late than never right?


Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting (paleo, gluten free, grain free)
Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting (paleo, gluten free, grain free)
Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting (paleo, gluten free, grain free)

So how was your week? Great I hope! We had a pretty busy week and weekend. On Saturday we had two parties to attend: one BBQ celebration and one engagement party and then Sunday we had another dinner to go to. It was a little tiring. It's amazing to me how you can have a few weekends in a row without anything going on, and then one weekend is just packed with events and activities. Do you find the same thing? Did you have a busy weekend as well?

In other news, I got my car back! Yep my little Jetta hasn't totally kicked the bucket yet. But I am starting to realize it's probably time for me to give in and get a new vehicle. Sad. I have had that baby for 13 years. She got me through undergrad, medical school and residency. We have been through a lot that's for sure. And I know I mentioned this last week, but seriously if any of you could recommend a good vehicle that comes in standard I would really appreciate your suggestions! I am totally not a car person but just want something that is going to be reliable, and get me from point A to point B. I also like a little pep in my car. Yep peppy, reliable and a standard. Those are my three requirements. So all you car experts please chime in! 

And one other, even more exciting thing for me to share: my e-book is almost done! Like so, so close! I have created a 100 page guide called The Pure and Simple Complete Paleo Food Guide. In it you will be able to learn exactly why the North American diet is so bad for your health, why the paleo diet is so healthy, how to change to the paleo diet successfully, and what to expect when you switch your diet. I have included 15 pages of safe and unsafe food lists, a 7 day meal plan and 15 recipes to get you started as well as so many helpful tips and suggestions to help you succeed on the paleo diet. Because I get so many questions from both my readers and my patients about how to successfully switch to the paleo diet. It was about time that I finally put a resource like this together. 

I would like your help though. Below is a photo of the cover I am planning to use for the book. I want to hear your thoughts. Do you like it? Hate it? Think I should change anything? Please let me know! 

Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting (paleo, gluten free, grain free)
Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting (paleo, gluten free, grain free)

But let's talk about these mouth watering Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting. Because I mean, yum! This frosting is my new favourite thing. I have started making a double batch just so that I can have extra around to eat. It's great for dipping in fruit, or just eating right off the spoon. I definitely need to make some more recipes with this icing that's for sure. I am thinking donuts might be up next. Would you be interested in that? I don't have any donut recipes on the blog yet so I guess I am overdue. I am thinking either vanilla donuts with maple icing or chocolate donuts with maple icing. Which sounds more appealing to you? 


These cookies are really, really tasty. They have a nice crunchy middle and then a melt in your mouth outside frosting that just goes really well together. These make a great dessert or even snack. I like to keep them in the fridge so that the frosting stays a bit firm. But if you don't plan on eating them right away you can also store them in the freezer and take them out when you need a little something sweet. Please let me know what you think of them! I am always looking for your feedback! These Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting turned out so good that I decided to make the recipe available to my email subscribers as part of my FREE Paleo Dessert Cookbook. So keep scrolling to download your own copy. 

Until next time, happy eating friends! 

Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting (paleo, gluten free, grain free)

 

The recipe for my Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting is available as part of my FREE Paleo Dessert Cookbook. Simply leave your email address below to be sent your copy. 

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DISCLAIMERS: The statements made on this website have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. You assume full responsibility for how you use this information. Always consult with your physician or other health professionals before making any diet or lifestyle changes. This post may contain affiliate links whereby if you purchase these products I receive a small percentage of the sale price. This allows me to keep the blog running and I thank you for allowing me to do that!