75 Paleo Holiday Treats

75 Paleo Holiday Treats. Yes 75! Because let's face it, you are going to be indulging in treats during the holidays. We all are. But that doesn't mean you need to let your paleo diet slip during this busy time of year. To help you continue your paleo diet during the holidays I have collected the best 75 Paleo Holiday Treats that I could find. I bet if you served any of these recipes to your non-paleo eating friends they wouldn't even be able to tell that it was paleo. They are all that good! 

75 Paleo Holiday Treats. Yes 75! Because let's face it, you are going to be indulging in treats during the holidays. We all are. But that doesn't mean you need to let your paleo diet slip during this busy time of year. To help you continue your paleo diet during the holidays I have collected the best 75 Paleo Holiday Treats that I could find. I bet if you served any of these recipes to your non-paleo eating friends they wouldn't even be able to tell that it was paleo. They are all that good! #paleo #glutenfree #treats

I can't believe how many amazing paleo holiday treat recipes there are out there. I collected 75 of them here and I am sure I could have included hundreds more. It just goes to show how popular the paleo diet is becoming. And that sure does make my heart happy. In this collection of paleo holiday treats you will find cookies (so many cookies), bars, cakes, pies, truffles, cupcakes, drinks, fudge, brownies, fruit and scones. In other words, there is something here for everyone! Which recipe will you try first? 

75 Paleo Holiday Treats

75 Paleo Holiday Treats. Yes 75! Because let's face it, you are going to be indulging in treats during the holidays. We all are. But that doesn't mean you need to let your paleo diet slip during this busy time of year. To help you continue your paleo diet during the holidays I have collected the best 75 Paleo Holiday Treats that I could find. I bet if you served any of these recipes to your non-paleo eating friends they wouldn't even be able to tell that it was paleo. They are all that good! #paleo #glutenfree #treats

Cookies

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Paleo Cinnamon Slowflake Cookies from Raising Generation Nourished

Paleo Cranberry Grapefruit Cookies from Grass Fed Salsa

Paleo Molasses Cookies with Maple Cream Filling from Thriving on Paleo

Almond Crescent Cookies from Whole New Mom

Paleo Sweet Beet Chocolate Crinkles from Recipes to Nourish 

AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies from What Great Grandma Ate

Thumbprint Jam Cookies from The Curious Coconut

Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Zen Belly

Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies from Delicious Obsessions

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies from Against All Grain

Paleo Ginger Cookies from Paleo Flourish

Frozen Inspired Paleo Spritz Cookies from My Natural Family

Paleo Cookie Bites with Maple Butter Frosting from Pure and Simple Nourishment

Maple Glazed Snickerdoodles from The Curious Coconut

Paleo Gluten Free Crinkle Cookies from 40 Aprons

Paleo White Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies from Today in Dietzville

Grain Free Ginger Molasses Cookies from Recipes to Nourish

Tripe Ginger Cookies from Delicious Obsessions

Paleo Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies from What Great Grandma Ate

Allergy Friendly White Chocolate Peppermint Snowballs from Traditional Cooking School

Tahini Molasses Cookies from And Here We Are

Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms from Real Food with Dana

Paleo Peppermint Oreos from 40 Aprons

The Best Ever Paleo Gingerbread Cookies from My Natural Family

Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Pure and Simple Nourishment

Double Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies from Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

Bars and Truffles

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Cakes and Cupcakes

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Paleo Chocolate Orange Fudge
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75 Paleo Holiday Treats. Yes 75! Because let's face it, you are going to be indulging in treats during the holidays. We all are. But that doesn't mean you need to let your paleo diet slip during this busy time of year. To help you continue your paleo diet during the holidays I have collected the best 75 Paleo Holiday Treats that I could find. I bet if you served any of these recipes to your non-paleo eating friends they wouldn't even be able to tell that it was paleo. They are all that good! #paleo #glutenfree #treats
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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 Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are so good they will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. 

Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree

Today we are snacking on Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. I am officially obsessed with this recipe. Erik and I have been inhaling these. I've made two batches in the last 2 weeks. Yes obsessed! These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies aren't super sweet, but are nice and dense and cocoa-y. Yes I am making up words to describe things now. Don't judge me. 

Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree
Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree

Okay, how is it December already? I mean seriously? Where did November go? Christmas is going to be here in no time. Have you started your shopping yet? I am actually almost done mine I think. I still need to get something for my Dad and a couple more items for Erik but otherwise I think I am done. Which never happens! It was all those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. I am just a sucker for deals. Especially when I can take advantage of them from the comfort of my own home. In my pyjamas, sipping coffee and snacking on treats like Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. I will actually never understand why people go and brave the malls on those days. Honestly those crowds do not look appealing at all. Like at all. I personally don't think that any deal is worth all that stress and grief. None. 

Besides gift giving for my friends and family I am also making a conscious effort to give back this season. This year I have chosen to donate to The Love For Lewiston Foundation. 

Every once in a while you come across a story that touches your heart in such a way that you can't help but want to help. This year for me that story has been the story of an incredible woman named Jessica Janzen and her family. Jessica used to teach spin at the studio I attend, and last year she had a beautiful baby boy named Lewiston. Tragically, when Lewiston was just 3 months old he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called SMA and given less than a year to live.

Jessica's energy throughout his entire illness was incredible. Even up to his last few days they would regularly hold dance parties in his hospital room, and their favourite song to dance to was Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling." Jessica has shared every step of her story along the way on her Instagram page and her incredible attitude and outlook inspires me everyday. Tragically, Lewiston passed away when he was only 6 months old. As you can imagine, Jessica and her family were devastated. But, sometimes our biggest tragedies become our biggest success stories, and shortly after Lewiston's death, Jessica and her family created The Love For Lewiston Foundation and their goal is to help find a cure for SMA. They set a goal of raising $100,000 by the end of the year and they are now only $12,000 away.

I have been so touched and inspired by their story and want to help any way that I can. So for the next 2 weeks (until December 14, 2017) I will be donating all of my Beautycounter earnings to The Love For Lewiston Foundation

If you want to help you can shop for Beautycounter products here: www.beautycounter.com/erincarter

And if you aren't interested in Beautycounter but still want to help The Love For Lewiston Foundation is also selling some really cute clothing items to help raise money as well (I personally bought the scoop neck grey heart sweatshirt). You can shop the clothing line here. 
 

Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree
Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree

But let's get back to business shall we? The business of these amazing Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Now I should warn you that these are pretty dense. They are not like a wheat filled brownie if that is what you are used to. Why? Well because these are made without any flours and are loaded with healthy fats from avocados and eggs. But they still taste amazing if you ask me (and Erik agrees). 

Food Is Medicine Tip: Avocados are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats (which are great for your heart and your brain), carotenoids, vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, trace minerals like potassium, folate and fibre. They really are a nutritional superfood.
— Erin Carter, MD, BSc, FRCPC

These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies make a great treat, snack and perhaps even breakfast in a pinch? Chocolate for breakfast? Don't judge me, but on occasional I don't think there is anything wrong with that. Remember, the paleo diet is all about balance and focusing on nourishing ingredients, and these Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies have plenty of those. In fact I love this recipe so much that I am only making it available to my newsletter subscribers. Simply leave your email address below and you will be sent a copy of the Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies Recipe. 

And If you are looking for other paleo chocolate recipes you might also like my Paleo Double Chocolate Ice Cream, Paleo Nut Butter and Chocolate Crunch Bars, or my Paleo Dark Chocolate Orange Fudge (my personal favourite). 

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Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Yes you read that right. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are made without any flours at all yet still taste amazing. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies are also really simple to make because they are made in your food processor or blender. Simple and Delicious? Yes it's possible. These Paleo Double Chocolate Avocado Brownies will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds. #paleo #brownies #chocolate #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree
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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!

2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide

It's that time of year again. It's almost Christmas time! And while I know that most of us don't really need anything, it is always nice to find gifts for people that you know they are really going to love and actually use. And if you have someone on your list who is in to healthy living and you are looking for ideas of things they may like I wanted to make your job easy. Really, really easy. So I put together my 2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide to make your gift giving effortless this year. Because everyone deserves to have a merry, stress free Christmas. 

It's that time of year again. It's almost Christmas time! And while I know that most of us don't really need anything, it is always nice to find gifts for people that you know they are really going to love and actually use. And if you have someone on your list who is in to healthy living and you are looking for ideas of things they may like I wanted to make your job easy. Really, really easy. So I put together my 2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide to make your gift giving effortless this year. Because everyone deserves to have a merry, stress free Christmas. #paleo #christmas #whole30

2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide

Cookbooks

I love cookbooks. My collection is ridiculous. But not all of them are created equal. These are my absolute favourite paleo cookbooks. If you or someone you love is looking to eat healthier in 2018 I would highly recommend any of these books. 

Practical Paleo

Against all Grain Celebrations

Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Ditch the Wheat 

Against All Grain Meals Made Simple

The Paleo Kids Cookbook

All American Paleo Table

Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

Against All Grain Cookbook

My Paleo Patisserie 

The New Yiddish Kitchen

 

Beauty and Skincare

If you've been reading my blog for a while you know how passionate I am about choosing skincare and beauty products that are made with safe, non-toxic ingredients. If the idea of safe skincare is new to you, I highly suggest reading my posts 15 Scary Skincare Facts, Endocrine Disruptors, 8 Toxic Skincare Ingredients to Avoid, How I Healed My Acne Naturally, and How I Healed My Keratosis Pilaris Naturally. However, not all safe skincare and beauty products are created equally. I tried a lot of products that were safe, but worked terribly, before finding my favourites. If you have a lady in your life, I know they would love receiving any of these as gifts this holiday season. 

Beautycounter Multi-Masker Set: This set contains my two favourite masks. The Charcoal Mask and the Brightening Mask. The charcoal one has been KEY in helping me heal my acne. I use it twice a week as a full face mask and nightly on any acne lesions. I also use the brightening and plumping masks once to twice per week. This set even comes with a brush to help with even application of these masks. 

Beautycounter Clean Slate Charcoal Duo: Two of my favourite things in one great package. I already mentioned how much I love the Charcoal Mask, and another item that I cannot live without is the Charcoal Bar. It has been another key in healing my acne. I was my face with this one twice per day. I also use it on my back and chest to help with any acne spots that crop up there as well. This is also perfect for the men in your life. Yes you read that right. Erik uses these products just as much as I do and his skin has never looked better! 

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm: Another item that I CANNOT live without. I use this as my makeup remover and as my overnight cream. It is also great for any kind of skin rashes or irritation. It has been another crucial item in healing my acne. If I stop using this one I notice a huge difference in my skin in a short period of time. And don't let the price scare you. This jar is huge and will last anywhere between 6-12 months. 

Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum: This product is a new one for me, and I just started using it two weeks ago. However, in those two weeks I have seen such a huge difference in my skin texture. It is so much smoother than it used to be! The amazing thing about this particular line is that it adapts to your skin type, so it's good for almost everyone. 

Sugar Body Scrub: This stuff smells amazing! And it leaves my skin feeling so, so smooth. This product has been key in helping me heal my keratosis pilaris. 

Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette: If you have a makeup lover on your list they are going to love this! The colours in this eyeshadow palette are incredible. They are so pigmented and last a very long time. Plus their colour cosmetics are tested three times for heavy metal contamination so you know you are getting safe, yet effective makeup. 

Winter Jewels Palette: Another must have for the makeup lover on your list. This is such a great deal because it contains 8 eyeshadows, 1 eyeliner, a blush and a highlighter all in one little set. I have been using this almost daily since I received mine. 

Poppy Lip Duo: This is the perfect shade of red. I am not even a big lipstick girl but this lipgloss and lipstick combination is amazing! Perfect for all those Christmas and New Years celebrations. And they taste and smell like peppermint. 

Volumizing Mascara: This is by far the best non-toxic mascara that I have ever tried. Mascara is pretty much the one makeup item that I always wear and I cannot recommend this one enough. This would make a great stocking stuffer!  

It's that time of year again. It's almost Christmas time! And while I know that most of us don't really need anything, it is always nice to find gifts for people that you know they are really going to love and actually use. And if you have someone on your list who is in to healthy living and you are looking for ideas of things they may like I wanted to make your job easy. Really, really easy. So I put together my 2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide to make your gift giving effortless this year. Because everyone deserves to have a merry, stress free Christmas. #paleo #christmas #whole30

Wellness Related 

Total health is about more than just what you put in and on your body. There are many other things that come into play like proper sleep, exercise and oral health. This gifts are meant to help focus on all of those other things that will increase your overall health even more. 

Blue Light Glasses: Do you spend a lot of time on your computer or phone? Did you know that the blue light that comes from your devices can not only strain your eyes but interfere with your sleep patterns? These Blue Light Glasses block that harmful light so you don't get those negative effects. I especially recommend using them if you will be looking at your screens 1-2 hours before bed. They may not be the most attractive things but they may greatly improve your health and sleep!

BPA Free Essential Oil Diffuser: I love diffusing essential oils in my home. Doing so at night has greatly improved the way I sleep. However, not all diffusers are created equally. You want to make sure you are picking one made without the hormone disrupting BPA used in many plastics. 

Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock: For some reason all of my wellness gifts seem to be sleep related this year. But good sleep is extremely important so I don't feel bad about that. Waking up to natural light is ideal. Unfortunately, during the winter months that isn't always possible. So getting an alarm clock that can simulate natural light for you is key. 

Electric Toothbrush: If you follow me on Instagram you hear my talk about gum and teeth health frequently. One key to healthy teeth and gums is using an electric toothbrush. I actually got one for Christmas a couple years ago and I was so grateful when I did. That was one item I just had no interest in buying myself. But I was more than happy to have someone else buy one for me and put it under the tree! 

Skipping Rope: One of my favourite, simple, fitness tools. I always pack a skipping rope with me when I travel because skipping provides such a fun and effective workout. 

Workout Tights: Pretty workout gear is one of my favourite things. Honestly I swear I workout harder when I am wearing nice workout clothes. For me a high waist and non-slip material is key. And these leggings have both of those! They can also be worn outside the gym because they are just that pretty. 

Alo Yoga Sports Bra: Like the workout tights above, this sports bra is almost too pretty to work out in. Almost. I just discovered Alo Yoga earlier this year and am loving their stuff! It's not only gorgeous but high quality and holds up really well. 

 

Kitchen Tools

Let's be honest. Buying kitchen tools for yourself isn't the most exciting thing. But somehow receiving them as gifts is a totally different story. Here are a few gadgets that I could not live without. They will making eating healthy, real food, so much easier

Immersion Blender: I use mine for so many things! Making soups, home-made mayonnaise, dips and sauces. I honestly don't know what I would do without one. 

Slow Cooker: You guys all know how much I love my slow cooker. I use that thing ALL THE TIME! If you are looking to eat healthier, but don't want to slave away in the kitchen to do so I highly suggest investing in one (or gifting it to someone you love). 

Food Processor: Another essential in my kitchen! I use it to make dips, energy balls, fudge (yes fudge) and so much more. 

Vitamix: This may sound dramatic but this device will change your life. Yes I love mine that much. It is out almost constantly in our house. We make smoothes, soups, sauces, dips and so much more in it. 

Instant Pot: Like a slow cooker but FAST! This device has been all the rage lately, and for good reason. It makes delicious meals in almost no time at all. There is even a Paleo Cooking In Your Instant Pot Cookbook that would be a great addition as a gift. 

Dehydrator: Home made dried fruit, beef jerky, dehydrated nuts. Yes these things are all possible with a dehydrator. I actually got one for Christmas last year and have been using it regularly ever since. 

Waffle Maker: Because what is Saturday morning brunch without waffles? It may sound like a frivolous item to have but trust me you will put this to good use. 

Coffee Grinder: If you aren't grinding your own coffee beans yet you have no idea what you are missing. Freshly ground coffee is just so much better than already ground. If you don't believe me then I dare you to try it. 

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It's that time of year again. It's almost Christmas time! And while I know that most of us don't really need anything, it is always nice to find gifts for people that you know they are really going to love and actually use. And if you have someone on your list who is in to healthy living and you are looking for ideas of things they may like I wanted to make your job easy. Really, really easy. So I put together my 2017 Healthy Living Gift Guide to make your gift giving effortless this year. Because everyone deserves to have a merry, stress free Christmas. #paleo #christmas #whole30
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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 Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast (AIP, Gluten Free)

This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners. 

This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners. #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef

Can you believe that November is almost over already? Where did the time go? Christmas will be here before we know it. One thing I do love about this time of year is the cranberries that are everywhere! I have been putting them in everything. Including this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast. Doesn't that sound amazing? I promise you it is. And because it's made in the slow cooker it is also super simple. Dare I even say fool proof simple? 

This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners. #paleo #slowcooker #cranberry

So it's back to the grind this week for me. I was away in San Diego for a conference and then on a stay-cation last week which was pretty nice. Although it went by way too quick I must say. I had a lot more I was hoping to accomplish but somehow it just didn't happen. I did get a couple more recipes made for the Paleo Baked Goods Ebook I am working on though. It's coming along nicely but I have no idea when it will be finished. I keep thinking of more and more things I want to include is the problem. So far there is going to be a breads chapter, muffins and scones chapter, cookies and squares chapter, cakes and pies chapter and then a snacks chapter with recipes like crackers. I am almost done the muffins and breads recipes but I still have a lot more paleo baking to do. I am hoping over the Christmas holidays I can make more of a dent in it as well. My goal is to have it done in 6 months. I wish I could say sooner but I am trying to be realistic. So far there are recipes like Paleo Double Berry Muffins, Paleo Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Paleo Apple Muffins with Caramel Drizzle, Paleo Sandwich bread, Paleo Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and Paleo Rosemary Olive Biscuits that are already done. If you are interested in seeing previews of these recipes, I have been sharing them over on my Pure and Simple Nourishment Instagram page almost daily. I also tend to share giveaways and other things exclusively to my Instagram followers so make sure you are following me on there as well. I have included a direct link below where you can head to my Instagram page and sign up. 

This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners. #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef
This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners. #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef

So I started watching this amazing show called Alias Grace on Netflix while I was in San Diego. Have any of you watched it? Well, I went to continue watching it when I got home and figured out that I can't! It's not available on Canadian Netflix. What the hell? Sorry but Netflix why do you do that?? Is it really that difficult to provide the same content across different countries?? Grr. It's like television discrimination or something. Maybe one of you who understands technology better than me can fill me in on why it's like this. Because this girl clearly doesn't understand. And yes, I realize there are much bigger issues going on in the world than me not being able to watch a certain TV show. Trust me I know. But sometimes it's nice to take a little break from all the horrific things happening around us and watch a little mindless television. Right? 

This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners. #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef

Do you guys love you slow cooker? I LOVE mine. Really, really love it. I use it almost every week. Between making bone broth and cooking meals it is almost always on our countertop. I use it so much because it makes meal prep so easy, and the meat always turns out so tender when you use it. Some of my favourite recipes using the slow cooker are my Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Ribs, Texas Slow Cooker Beef Chili, Tropical Slow Cooker Pork Roast and now this recipe, Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast. I have been waiting to share this recipe for weeks. I initially made it during Canadian Thanksgiving which was back in October. And since then I've made it twice more. It's just that good. And not only is this recipe paleo, it is also AIP safe and gluten and dairy free. It also uses grass fed beef making it an extremely healthy dish. Did you know that grass fed beef is one of the healthiest foods you can eat? It is loaded with vitamins and minerals and is very high in omega 3 (the anti-inflammatory fatty acid), which most people are lacking these days. I also realize that getting grass fed beef may not be the easiest thing to do. I personally get mine from a local farm that delivers to Calgary about once a month, but I realize not everyone has the time to do this. That's why I am thrilled to tell you that Butcher Box will actually deliver grass fed beef to your doorstep. How amazing is that? If you are interested in this option, simply head to Butcher Box by clicking here, or click on the box below. 

I hope you love this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast as much as I do. I try and make this on Sunday so that we have leftovers to get us through the week. Because let's face it. None of us have time to be cooking meals every day. At least I sure don't. So leftovers are key for us to continue eating healthy, even when we are busy. 

Until next time, happy eating everyone!

This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast is going to become a new favourite recipe in your home. Bursting with flavour, and so easy to make this Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast turns out so tender because it is made in the slow cooker. This Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast doesn't require any fancy ingredients or cooking skills which makes it a great choice for those busy weeknight dinners. #paleo #AIP #slowcooker #beef

Paleo Slow Cooker Cranberry Maple Beef Roast Recipe (AIP, Gluten Free)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups bone broth (make your own or buy here

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (buy here

1/4 cup maple syrup (I recommend grade C) 

227 grams of fresh cranberries

1 medium white onion, chopped

2 TBSP dried rosemary (I use this brand

1 TBSP Herbes de Provence spice (I use this brand)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

10 bay leaves

1 grass fed cross rib beef roast 

 

Directions:

1. Place all the ingredients, except for the roast, into your slow cooker and stir well to combine (this is the slow cooker I use and love)

2. Add the roast

3. Turn the slow cooker onto low heat and cook for 8 hours, turning the roast occasionally

4. Serve and enjoy! 

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The Health Benefits of Gelatin

Did you know that there are so many health benefits of gelatin? I recommend that everyone include gelatin in their diet. Everyone. The health benefits of gelatin include improved gut health, skin health, nail health and so much more. But the quality of the gelatin you use is extremely important. Keep reading to learn what kind of gelatin you should be eating daily and more about the health benefits of gelatin. 

Did you know that there are so many health benefits of gelatin? I recommend that everyone include gelatin in their diet. Everyone. The health benefits of gelatin include improved gut health, skin health, nail health and so much more. But the quality of the gelatin you use is extremely important. Keep reading to learn what kind of gelatin you should be eating daily and more about the health benefits of gelatin. 

One of the first things I tell people when they ask for dietary advice is to stop counting calories. Yes you read that right. Proper nutrition involves so much more than the calorie content of food. The most important thing is the quality of the food you are eating. Basically this comes down to using real ingredients, from reliable, natural, sources. Meats from pasture raised animals, produce free from pesticides and genetically modified seeds, natural, unprocessed sweeteners, un-refined fats and oils... you get the idea. I also believe that including a few, high quality supplements in your diet is key to achieving optimal health. Even if you are focusing on eating real, healthy food, it is still easy to become vitamin and mineral deficient, and it is also very difficult to eat everything that you should be eating for optimal health every single day.  For this reason one supplement that I cannot recommend enough is gelatin. Grass fed gelatin to be exact. This is actually my favourite superfood and I recommend that everyone take it daily. Yes everyone. You may remember that gelatin is one of the supplements that helped me heal my acne and keratosis pilaris

The book Nourishing Traditions outlines the many health benefits of gelatin and I now routinely tell people to incorporate this superfood into their diet daily. In fact, I personally eat 2-3 scoops of powdered grassfed gelatin per day and try to drink at least one cup of bone broth daily. That's how much I love this stuff. 

As I mentioned earlier, there are many health benefits of gelatin including:

  • It provides an easily utilized source of collagen which is important for skin elasticity and texture 

  • It helps support bone and joint function and recovery from injury due to its effects on cartilage  

  • It can help treat osteoarthritis 

  • It aids in digestion and helps support the gut lining (in other words, it improves gut health, which we are learning more and more everyday how crucial this is to your overall health)  

  • The glycine in gelatin can help fight inflammation and improve sleep  

  • It helps promote healthy nails, skin and hair growth due to the keratin content 

  • Is an easily digestible protein source that contains 18 amino acids (and 6 grams of protein per tablespoon) 

I wanted to talk a little more about a few of those health benefits because I think they are so important. 

Improves Gut Health

If you have been following my blog for a while you know how passionate I am about gut health. It's known that gelatin helps prevent intestinal damage and helps improve the quality of the the lining of the digestive tract, helping to decrease intestinal permeability or leaky gut. Leaky gut is being linked to more and more health problems everyday. Everything from autoimmune diseases to obesity to neurological problems. In fact, many medical practitioners, including myself, believe that leaky gut is one of the major causes of most the of health issues that we are facing today. If your gut isn't healthy, you won't be healthy. It's as simple as that. 

In fact, gelatin administration has been shown to help treat colitis in animal models of IBD (reference) and it has been shown to help decrease intestinal permeability in humans as well (referencereference).  

Gelatin can improve your ability to produce gastric acid, which is needed for proper food digestion and nutrient absorption. Glycine from gelatin can also help restore the stomach mucosal lining and help improve the balance of digestive enzymes and stomach acid. If you don’t make the proper amount of digestive enzymes or stomach acid, this can lead to many digestive issues including nutrient deficiencies, acid reflux, bloating, indigestion, as well as anemia. 

Can Help Treat Arthritis

If you guys didn't know I am a rheumatologist. That means I see a ton of patients with arthritis. Now, I mainly see patients with rheumatoid arthritis but I do have some patients with osteoarthritis as well. And while there haven't been a ton of studies looking at the role of gelatin in arthritis, there is evidence that taking it can improve the pain associated with osteoarthritis (reference; reference). It has also been shown to decrease joint pain in athletes (reference). Unfortunately, I couldn't find any studies that had shown gelatin to be beneficial in patients with rheumatoid arthritis but by improving gut function I do believe that gelatin could indirectly help patients with rheumatoid arthritis as well (and a few of my patients who take it swear it has helped their pain). 

Improves Sleep

Now, there isn't a ton of evidence for this one. But I wanted to include this potential health benefit for one main reason: many people have trouble with sleep, and the drugs that are often prescribed to help with sleep can have some pretty negative long term health effects and addictive properties, so anything we can use to help decrease the use of those medications is worth exploring if you ask me. I could only find one study showing benefit of using gelatin before bed as a sleep aid, but it did show promising results (reference).

Improves Skin Health

You guys all know how much I care about skin health. As someone who has suffered from pretty terrible keratosis pilaris (read How I Healed My Keratosis Pilaris Naturally and How to Treat Keratosis Pilaris with Diet) and adult acne (read How I Healed My Acne Naturally) I have done a lot of research over the years on what can be done to improve skin health. And when it comes to skin health the first supplement I tell people to add to their diet is gelatin. Collagen is considered a primary building block for skin and is partially responsible for giving skin a youthful, healthy appearance. Gelatin is important for renewing skin cells and can also help block your skin from UV light damage (in other words, the damage that can lead to wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer). As well age, skin naturally loses some of its collagen content, which is part of the reason why we develop wrinkles. Consuming more gelatin is an easy and natural way to help stimulate new collagen production, not only restoring the skin’s durability, but also helping you maintain strong hair, nails and teeth as well.

How To Add Gelatin To Your Diet

Now that we have reviewed how gelatin can improve your health I wanted to teach you how to actually use it. There are many ways to add more gelatin to your diet. Some of my favourite include:

  • Adding powdered, grass fed gelatin (also known as collagen peptides) to coffee, smoothies or other drinks

  • Adding powdered grass fed gelatin to your recipes including soups, stews, sauces and dips 

Now, not all brands of gelatin are created equal. I suggest NEVER buying the gelatin you see in your regular grocery store. That gelatin comes from animals raised on corn, antibiotics and other nasties and can be extremely harmful to your health. I only recommend using gelatin that comes from pasture raised (grass fed) animals. 

There are two brands of grass fed gelatin that I personally use and love: Vital Proteins and Perfect Supplements. I use their collagen peptides daily. Multiple times a day actually. I add 1-2 scoops to my morning coffee and then another to my afternoon tea. I also it it to my smoothies and other recipes like soups and paleo oatmeal. 

And my friends over at Perfect Supplements have been kind enough to offer my readers a 10% discount on their grass fed gelatin (collagen peptides). All you have to do is use this link to shop, and then enter the code "SIMPLE10" at checkout. Simple as that. Or simply click on the link below and use the same code at checkout. 

Until next time, happy eating! 

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Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts (Paleo, Vegan, AIP)

Do you love Brussels sprouts? I hope so! These Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts are a sweet yet tangy twist on a classic vegetable recipe. This Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe makes the perfect addition to your holiday menu and is a dish that your guests are going to love. What's even better is that this Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe is paleo, vegan and AIP friendly! 

Do you love Brussels sprouts? I hope so! These Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts are a sweet yet tangy twist on a classic vegetable recipe. This Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe makes the perfect addition to your holiday menu and is a dish that your guests are going to love. What's even better is that this Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe is paleo, vegan and AIP friendly! #paleo #vegan #AIP

Happy Monday friends! Today we are making Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts and let me just tell you one thing: they are amazing! This is my new favourite way to make Brussels sprouts. I made these for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them. So I just had to share the recipe with you all. Because I am nice like that. 

Do you love Brussels sprouts? I hope so! These Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts are a sweet yet tangy twist on a classic vegetable recipe. This Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe makes the perfect addition to your holiday menu and is a dish that your guests are going to love. What's even better is that this Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe is paleo, vegan and AIP friendly! #paleo #vegan #AIP
Do you love Brussels sprouts? I hope so! These Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts are a sweet yet tangy twist on a classic vegetable recipe. This Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe makes the perfect addition to your holiday menu and is a dish that your guests are going to love. What's even better is that this Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe is paleo, vegan and AIP friendly! #paleo #vegan #AIP

How was your weekend? Mine was good! I am currently in San Diego for the American Rheumatology Conference. I spent all morning in sessions yesterday cramming my brain with knowledge, but then I took the afternoon off to get some lunch at Cafe Gratitude and go for a run. I had the best vegan chocolate turtle cheesecake at Cafe Gratitude. Seriously the best. It is going to take all of my willpower not to go back for a slice everyday that I am here. You see I pass Cafe Gratitude on my way to and from the convention centre. Danger my friends, danger. I think I need to figure out how to recreate the recipe for myself. It is just so darn good! And there's nothing like a little food challenge to get me excited. I will plan on giving you a full recap of my trip in the next few weeks when I am home. I haven't got everything planned yet but I am definitely going to head to the zoo, the Museum of Man, do a little shopping and likely head to Coronado. And of course eat as much yummy food as possible. There are just so many more paleo friendly options here compared to home. I feel like I need to load up on all the goodies before I have to start my candida diet when I get home. Let me just say I am not looking forward to that. At all. But if it will help my bowels and skin it will be totally worth it. 

I am also pretty darn happy with the weather here. I have been in bare legs and sandals since I arrived. Nothing like the blizzard I left in Calgary that's for sure. I have been able to go running outside which always makes my soul happy. People ask me all the time how I manage to stay fit when travelling and running and walking everywhere is one of my biggest recommendations. I actually wrote an entire post on this topic because I am a firm believer that fitness is not something that has to be abandoned when you travel. You can read my entire post How To Stay Fit While Travelling for all of my travelling fitness tips. Some of them may surprise you! 

Do you love Brussels sprouts? I hope so! These Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts are a sweet yet tangy twist on a classic vegetable recipe. This Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe makes the perfect addition to your holiday menu and is a dish that your guests are going to love. What's even better is that this Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe is paleo, vegan and AIP friendly! #paleo #vegan #AIP

Now, on to more serious matters. Do any of you watch The Handmaid's Tale? Oh man I just started watching it on the plane ride here. It is probably the most disturbing show I have ever watched, but it is so, so good! Like vegan chocolate turtle cheesecake good. I have been binge watching it for the last few days. I'm just about to start episode 5. So don't ruin it for me, but if you haven't watched it yet I am highly recommending it. That and This Is Us if you haven't jumped on that bandwagon yet. I am not usually a big TV watcher but between those two shows I know I am going to be busy for a while. 

I am so excited for this week's recipe. These Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts are my new obsession. A little tangy, a little sweet and a lot delicious. This dish was a big hit when I served it at Thanksgiving this year (I am in Canada so we already had ours). If you are in the US, I highly suggest you add these Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts to your Thanksgiving plans. Your family will thank you I promise. Not only are these Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts paleo, but they are also vegan and AIP safe. You can thank me later. 

I can't believe this is only the second Brussels sprouts recipe that I have put up on the blog. I am obsessed with Brussels sprouts so you would think that I would have a ton of recipes on here. I am definitely going to have to fix that. But my first Brussels sprouts recipe, Sauteed Beef and Brussels Sprouts is a reader favourite because it is super easy and so, so tasty. It was one of the first recipes I ever posted so the photos are less than amazing but don't let them discourage you. I promise you the dish is yummy. Really yummy. 

Now, before you get to the recipe, if you haven't yet, make sure you are signed up for my newsletter! I send my subscribers reader exclusive recipes (recipes like Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies, Paleo Carrot Cake Banana Bread and so much more) as well as special deals and giveaways. Simply leave your email below and you will be added automatically. And no spam ever. Promise. 

Until next time, happy eating friends! 

Do you love Brussels sprouts? I hope so! These Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts are a sweet yet tangy twist on a classic vegetable recipe. This Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe makes the perfect addition to your holiday menu and is a dish that your guests are going to love. What's even better is that this Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts recipe is paleo, vegan and AIP friendly! #paleo #vegan #AIP

Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts Recipe (Paleo, Vegan, AIP)

 

Ingredients

~1 1/2 lbs brussels sprouts

3 TBSP avocado oil (I use this brand

2 TBSP dried rosemary (this is the brand I use and love)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper (omit for AIP) 

227 grams of fresh cranberries (1 small package)

3 TBSP maple syrup (use Grade C) 

 

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 400F

2. Trim the stems off of the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half

3. Add the cut Brussels sprouts to a bowl and add all the ingredients (except the maple syrup) and stir well to combine

4. Spread the Brussel sprouts and cranberry mix onto a baking sheet, in a single layer

5. Bake for 15 minutes

6. Remove from oven and add the maple syrup, and stir well to combine 

7. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes (until as crisp as you like)

8. Remove from the oven

9. Serve and enjoy! 

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Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Do you miss oatmeal on the paleo diet? Trust me I did too! That's why I created this delicious Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal. This Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is like getting to have dessert for breakfast. It is just that tasty! Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is also super simple to make and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds! 

Do you miss oatmeal on the paleo diet? Trust me I did too! That's why I created this delicious Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal. This Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is like getting to have dessert for breakfast. It is just that tasty! Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is also super simple to make and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds! 

Happy Monday! Today we are enjoying this new Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal recipe. It's basically like eating dessert for breakfast. Because there's nothing wrong with that if you ask me. Nothing at all. Especially when it's healthy dessert. I have been getting a few requests lately for paleo breakfast ideas that don't contain eggs. So I decided another paleo oatmeal recipe was in order. And this might just be the best paleo oatmeal I have ever created. It's actually been a long time since I made a new paleo oatmeal recipe (over a year actually), but if you are new here I have a few others including Paleo Raspberry Coconut Oatmeal, Creamy Paleo Oatmeal, and Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal. So if you are stuck in a paleo breakfast rut you may want to try some of those for a bit of a change. A very delicious change. 

Do you miss oatmeal on the paleo diet? Trust me I did too! That's why I created this delicious Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal. This Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is like getting to have dessert for breakfast. It is just that tasty! Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is also super simple to make and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds! 
Do you miss oatmeal on the paleo diet? Trust me I did too! That's why I created this delicious Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal. This Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is like getting to have dessert for breakfast. It is just that tasty! Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is also super simple to make and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds! 

I know I have been a little absent lately around here. I am sorry friends! But I am back I promise. Things were just a little hectic in my real life lately. Sometimes juggling three jobs can be a little challenging. For some reason a lot of my patients have been really sick lately so I have had to spend some extra time in the office and I also had to give my annual rheumatology rounds presentation last week so that was taking up a lot of my time. But it's over now for another year which is a nice relief. My Beautycounter business has also really picked up lately so I have been spending more and more time on that as well. It's nice to see all my hard work starting to pay off! I have had a bunch of amazing women join my team recently and helping them start their businesses has been so fun and rewarding. I am busy working on my three year retirement plan and I am starting to think that it can actually be a reality. The financial freedom that Beautycounter has started to give to me is pretty incredible. I never would have thought when I first joined but I am pretty confident that within the next two years my Beautycounter income will surpass my physician income. How crazy is that? 

Do you miss oatmeal on the paleo diet? Trust me I did too! That's why I created this delicious Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal. This Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is like getting to have dessert for breakfast. It is just that tasty! Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is also super simple to make and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds! 
Do you miss oatmeal on the paleo diet? Trust me I did too! That's why I created this delicious Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal. This Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is like getting to have dessert for breakfast. It is just that tasty! Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is also super simple to make and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds! 

It hasn't been all work and no play around here though. Don't worry I am still making time for the things I love like spin class, watching This Is Us (how amazing is that show by the way?), cooking, reading and working out. On Friday I also did a locked room with my girl friends for the first time. Have any of you done one before? It was super fun! And we managed to get out of the room which of course felt good. Apparently only 5% of groups get out of the room we did so that made us feel clever. I totally want to do another one now! We also went to a restaurant I had never been to called Brasserie which was pretty darn delicious. I only wish that I could have gotten one of their desserts because they looked amazing! And they even had grassfed steak, which of course I had to have. And on Friday I leave for San Diego for a week! I haven't been there in almost 10 years so I am super excited. I am going for the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting to do a little brushing up on my rheumatology knowledge. Because well, since I wrote my exams last year my motivation to read anything rheumatology related has not been that high. My brain was just totally fried after all those years of training and studying. So it's time I do some more learning, and hopefully a lot of exploring and eating while I am there as well. If you have any restaurant suggests for me while I am there please let me know. I rented an apartment like usual so that I will have my own kitchen. That is one of my tips for surviving on the paleo diet when you travel. I actually wrote an entire post about this called How To Travel On The Paleo Diet if you are interested. Because you shouldnt have to miss out on travelling just because you are eating paleo. Not on my watch anyways! 

Do you miss oatmeal on the paleo diet? Trust me I did too! That's why I created this delicious Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal. This Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is like getting to have dessert for breakfast. It is just that tasty! Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is also super simple to make and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds! 
Do you miss oatmeal on the paleo diet? Trust me I did too! That's why I created this delicious Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal. This Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is like getting to have dessert for breakfast. It is just that tasty! Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is also super simple to make and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds! 

Now I know the real reason you are here is for this Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal recipe right? So let's chat about it. Not only is this recipe paleo, meaning it is grain free and dairy free but it is also Whole30 compliant. Yep Whole30 oatmeal! It really is possible. It is also vegan, GAPS and SCD safe. In other words it is safe for almost every special diet out there. Because eating a restricted diet should NOT be boring. 

This Paleo Caramel Apple oatmeal really does taste like you are eating dessert for breakfast. I had to stop myself from eating the entire batch in one sitting. It has become a new staple in our house because it also makes a great snack and is super simple to make. It comes together in just minutes. 

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Do you miss oatmeal on the paleo diet? Trust me I did too! That's why I created this delicious Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal. This Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is like getting to have dessert for breakfast. It is just that tasty! Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is also super simple to make and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds! 

Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups cashew butter (I used this brand)

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

1/3 cup melted coconut oil (I use this kind

1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (omit for Whole30) - buy here 

2 red apples, washed and chopped (I left the skin on) (I used Gala apples but you can use any red apples)

1 1/2 cups shredded coconut - I use this brand

Optional: 2-3 TBSP honey or maple syrup (if you want it to be sweeter) - omit for Whole30

 

Directions

1. Place all the ingredients (except the shredded coconut) into your food processor or Vitamix blender and blend until smooth (this is the food processor that I use and love)

2. Place a medium pot on the stove

3. Transfer the apple mixture from the blender into the pot

4. Turn onto low heat and bring to a boil 

5. Simmer for ~5 minutes, stirring frequently 

6. Turn off the heat and stir in the shredded coconut

7. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes

8. Serve and enjoy! 

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Do you miss oatmeal on the paleo diet? Trust me I did too! That's why I created this delicious Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal. This Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is like getting to have dessert for breakfast. It is just that tasty! Paleo Caramel Apple Oatmeal is also super simple to make and will have you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds! This Whole30 apple oatmeal is going to become your new favourite breakfast. #vegan #paleo #whole30 #gaps #oatmeal
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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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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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Whole30 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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Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip (Paleo, GAPS, SCD, Vegan)

Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish. 

Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish. 

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 Whole30 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... 

Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish. 
Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish. 

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  

Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish. 
Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish. 

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!

Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish. 
Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish. 
Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish. 

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 Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip. One of the biggest complaints I get from people when they change to the paleo diet or Whole30 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 Whole30 diet and paleo diet, but is also vegan, GAPS and SCD compliant. So go ahead and dig in! I have many other dips for you to choose from as well if you are interested, including Roasted Red Pepper and Parsnip Dip, Sweet Potato Nacho Dip, and Citrus Arugula Pesto

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Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish. 

Whole30 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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Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is going to become your new favourite Whole30 dip recipe. This Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip is so easy to make and tastes amazing. Use this Whole30 Citrus, Cucumber and Cilantro Dip as a dip for raw vegetables, or to top your favourite meat or fish dish.  #paleo #whole30 #dip #vegan
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Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new obsession. If you have been looking for a delicious grain and dairy free chocolate chip cookie look no further. These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies will have your mouth watering in no time. You can eat these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies as a dessert, snack, or maybe even for breakfast (I won't tell I promise). 

These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new obsession. If you have been looking for a delicious grain and dairy free chocolate chip cookie look no further. These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies will have your mouth watering in no time. You can eat these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies as a dessert, snack, or maybe even for breakfast (I won't tell I promise). 

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. 

These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new obsession. If you have been looking for a delicious grain and dairy free chocolate chip cookie look no further. These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies will have your mouth watering in no time. You can eat these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies as a dessert, snack, or maybe even for breakfast (I won't tell I promise). 
These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new obsession. If you have been looking for a delicious grain and dairy free chocolate chip cookie look no further. These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies will have your mouth watering in no time. You can eat these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies as a dessert, snack, or maybe even for breakfast (I won't tell I promise). 

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. 

These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new obsession. If you have been looking for a delicious grain and dairy free chocolate chip cookie look no further. These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies will have your mouth watering in no time. You can eat these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies as a dessert, snack, or maybe even for breakfast (I won't tell I promise). 
These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new obsession. If you have been looking for a delicious grain and dairy free chocolate chip cookie look no further. These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies will have your mouth watering in no time. You can eat these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies as a dessert, snack, or maybe even for breakfast (I won't tell I promise). 

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. 

These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new obsession. If you have been looking for a delicious grain and dairy free chocolate chip cookie look no further. These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies will have your mouth watering in no time. You can eat these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies as a dessert, snack, or maybe even for breakfast (I won't tell I promise). 
These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new obsession. If you have been looking for a delicious grain and dairy free chocolate chip cookie look no further. These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies will have your mouth watering in no time. You can eat these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies as a dessert, snack, or maybe even for breakfast (I won't tell I promise). 

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. But these cookies might be my favourite paleo cookie I ever created. I have a few others on the blog including my Paleo Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Cookies, Paleo Orange Blossom Cookies and Paleo Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies but I still think these are my new favourite... 

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! 

These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new obsession. If you have been looking for a delicious grain and dairy free chocolate chip cookie look no further. These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies will have your mouth watering in no time. You can eat these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies as a dessert, snack, or maybe even for breakfast (I won't tell I promise). 

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These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new obsession. If you have been looking for a delicious grain and dairy free chocolate chip cookie look no further. These Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies will have your mouth watering in no time. You can eat these Paleo Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies as a dessert, snack, or maybe even for breakfast (I won't tell I promise). #paleo #chocolate #cookie #glutenfree
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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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