Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Eczema, Autoimmunity, and a New Book from Sarah, the Paleo Mom!

Thank you to those of you who have been following this blog here, on Pinterest, Twitter, and on Facebook!  You've been so supportive, with sharing the recipes, and reporting your amazing results of living greener, and incorporating a Paleo lifestyle.  Over the past year and a half, I've seen first-hand how a shift to a whole-foods diet, without grains, has healed my family, and put us back on the path of good health, lots of energy, and much more freedom from chronic pain and allergies.

Recently, I had the honor of sharing some of my story with a guest post on the wonderful blog of Sarah, aka The Paleo Mom.  Please click here to visit Sarah's blog, and read about Healing the Skin From Within - Paleo, Gut Health, and Eczema.  Like many eczema sufferers, I sought relief over the years by trying out cream after cream, lotion after lotion, balm after balm, to no end.  As you'll read in my guest post, battling eczema goes much further than just trying to heal the skin.  It has to start from within.

Sarah herself also knows first-hand what it's like to suffer from an autoimmune condition.  This savvy PhD is my number-one source for all things autoimmune-related.  I've regularly sent friends to her site, to read up on Sarah's explanations of leaky gut, and how to customize a Paleo approach to healing, using the Autoimmune Protocol.  Sarah is a gifted writer and scientist, and as a fellow busy mom, I love that she presents solutions in a practical way.  She makes it totally do-able for all of us, to incorporate healthy, autoimmune-friendly foods in our diets, decipher our own individual food sensitivities and tailor to our needs, and still enjoy awesome-tasting, family-friendly dishes; everything from main courses to desserts.

On that note, I am so excited that Sarah has announced her next project.  Be sure to pre-order Sarah's new book, "The Paleo Approach", due out later this year!  From the science behind autoimmunity, to planning AIP meals on a budget, this book is going to be a cornerstone for all of us.

Don't forget to check out Sarah's official announcement on her blog, which includes a very special giveaway with five special prizes, including an advance copy of this book!

Thank you, Sarah, for your wonderful contributions in helping us all heal and manage our autoimmunity.  We are all excited, and can't wait to get our hands on your new book :)


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Instant 2-Ingredient Paleo Pancakes

It's inevitable: tucked away in the corner of the kitchen, the overripe bananas, wasting away, that nobody wants to eat.  Like me, you buy them firm and bright yellow, with such good intentions, as a super easy, grab-and-go healthy snack for your family.  Yet before you know it, one day you pass through the kitchen, and spot the browning, neglected mass, that's now way too sweet to eat.  What's a parent to do?

First, I have to thank Pinterest for a great tip: wrap the top of the banana stems with plastic wrap or foil.  Somehow, that slows the ripening process.  What I do is peel off the "ORGANIC BANANAS" tape that comes wrapped around my bunches of bananas, and wrap that around the top of the bunch, once I get them home.  Great way to repurpose that tape, that would otherwise go in the trash, and it buys the bananas a little more time.  Win-win ;)

My Pinterest followers know I love my smoothies, too!  One of my favorite tricks for saving those overripe bananas is to peel them and break them up into chunks, and then store them in the freezer in a zip-top bag.  I then grab a few frozen pieces and toss them in the blender, along with my other smoothie ingredients.  Very convenient for adding a little natural sweetness, thickening the smoothie, and helping chill it, too, without watering it down with ice.

Today, we have to thank Just Eat Real Food for sharing The Domestic Man's super simple recipe for another easy and delicious way to use up those overripe bananas: Two-Ingredient Pancakes.   What a great departure from our usual bacon/sausage/scrambled eggs, with this healthy breakfast addition.  This dish is on the table in no time flat!  No sweeteners needed, either.  My daughter gobbled up the pancakes, faster than I could fry them up!  We'll definitely be making these again.  Got bananas?  Got eggs?  That's all you need for this very easy recipe.  Here's how we made ours.

Two-Ingredient Paleo Pancakes

Makes three servings


4 organic eggs
2 overripe bananas
  1. Preheat skillet on medium-low.
  2. Combine eggs and banana in a blender on low speed (or mash and blend thoroughly with a fork).
  3. Grease skillet with bacon grease (substitute with coconut oil/butter/ghee).
  4. Fry each pancake until golden brown (about two minutes per side).
These pancakes have a really nice light texture; a nice departure from the denser versions made with coconut and/or almond flour.  Just pure, simple, straightforward goodness :)


Monday, January 21, 2013

Organic Skin Care Sale! Free $21 Moisturizer with $30 order!

NYR Organic Orange Flower Daily Moisturizer

Hi Everyone!  Hope you're having a great MLK weekend.

It's been a fantastic month for me, as a new consultant for NYR Organic skin care and cosmetics.  I am loving my new job!  Who doesn't love trying on and sharing beauty products; especially ones that are all-natural, paraben-free, and made with organic ingredients?  ;)

I'm truly in love with this incredible line from Neal's Yard Remedies.  Based in the UK, this carbon-neutral, eco-conscious, family-owned company has been in the business of organic skin care and natural remedies for over 30 years.  It's so great to find a company with such solid core values, behind these unmatched products.

Today, I'm here to introduce to you their Nourishing Orange Flower Daily Moisture.  This lovely neroli-scented lotion is now my go-to daily moisturizer for my face.  While it's made to nourish dry skin, I find it's been just right for my combination skin, and absorbs right in, with no greasy film.  Unlike other brands of moisturizers I've tried over the years, I've had no issues with any of the Neal's Yard Remedies moisturizers under my makeup.  In fact, I find they absorb even faster than other brands, and I don't even have to wait, before starting my makeup application.  I love, too, that like all Neal's Yard Remedies products, this is free of artificial fragrances, has no petroleum products, it's phthalate-free, and not tested on animals.  All of their products are carefully hand-crafted in the UK, and are full of high-quality, concentrated, natural ingredients.  Just a little goes a long way, to provide just the perfect amount of moisture, that lasts all day.

To welcome in the New Year, all $30+ orders placed before 1-31-13 will include a free tube of this Orange Flower Daily Moisture; a $21 value!  My friends and family have been loving this moisturizer, along with their other NYR Organic goodies.

Don't forget to check out the other specials this month, with many favorites from 15-20% off, including our Organic Essential Oils Trio collection.

Organic Essential Oils Trio

Please check out the incredible deals, and hope you'll take advantage of this fantastic sale!  Please contact me with any questions about these products, for special shipping deals, and to learn how to become an NYR Organic consultant yourself!

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This is a review of personal purchases.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Simple & Delicious: Oven-Roasted Cabbage

Happy New Year, everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

Christmas is always a special time for our family, but after all the holiday treats (and food cheats) it's always a relief to get back to our normal routine afterwards.  Last night, we enjoyed some comfort food: oven-roasted chicken, and a very simple, yet delicious side of roasted cabbage.  This was so easy to put together, very budget-friendly, at less than a dollar for a whole head of cabbage, and an excellent way to get some more cruciferous vegetables in our diet, too.   You can easily add and roast extra heads; enough to feed a larger crowd.  It's also a convenient dish, that can roast right alongside with your main course that's already in the oven; a real time-saver.

Simple & Delicious Oven-Roasted Cabbage

Makes 6 servings


1 head cabbage, outer leaves removed
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
1/2 tsp sea salt
fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Halve cabbage head, and cut out stem.
  3. Cut halves into thirds.
  4. Arrange cabbage wedges in a parchment paper-lined baking dish.
  5. Drizzle cabbage with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
  6. Roast uncovered for about 25 minutes.
The cabbage came out really tender, juicy, and mild.  A great accompaniment to our chicken, and many more dishes to come!

Enjoy :)