Tasty Skin-Clearing Green Drink

Hey everyone! I have always been impressed with the benefits of green tea, but could never stand the taste of it plain. I would always order it and then someone would say, “but Steph, remember you don’t like green tea…” Oh yeah. Until I discovered matcha. Matcha green tea is the dried, powdered version of green tea. It is grown in the shade (and/or moved to the shade for a few weeks prior to it being harvested), making for a sweeter taste and more amino acids. Matcha contains a bevy of beneficial substances, including the amino acid l-theanine, which has a calming effect and mitigates the effects of stress and cortisol on our bodies. Further, matcha lowers cholesterol levels and prevents glycation, which is responsible for loss of elasticity (wrinkles, sagging) in our skin and damage to our organs. In 2003, researchers at University of Colorado determined that the “concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) available from drinking matcha is 137 times greater than the amount of EGCG available from China Green Tips green tea, and at least three times higher than the largest literature value for other green teas” (emphasis mine). In case you’re wondering, EGCG is the cancer-inhibiting, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective antioxidant that comprises 60% of matcha. When you purchase matcha, make sure it’s ceremonial grade because you will get the most bang for your buck – the most amino acids, the most EGCG, the best and sweetest flavor, etc. Matcha has a great taste on its own, but my favorite way to consume it is in the form of a delicious latte. Check out my very own EBG green...

Talking Beauty with Sarah Fragoso + Cookbook GIVEAWAY! (Closed)

Hey everyone! Today I have an awesome interview with Sarah Fragoso, author of the super popular Everyday Paleo website and Everyday Paleo cookbook. She is one of my favorite paleo folks – she’s a working, traveling, super busy mum of 3 boys and maintains a fantastic diet and exercise routine for herself and her family. Her cookbook is also an excellent tool for anyone wanting to follow an Epic Beauty Guide-style diet for clear skin, since her recipes are quick and tasty. Annnnd…we’re giving away a copy of her cookbook! Keep reading… 1. Your cookbook is a favorite in my household collection. How long did it take you compile this tome and what was your favorite part of creating it? It took me almost a year to create and compile Everyday Paleo.  My favorite part of creating it was the simple fact that this was a family project.  My husband and my children were all extremely involved, interested, and honest throughout the process and I could not have done it without their loving support. 2. If you could pick one recipe from Everyday Paleo, which one would you say is your favorite? My personal favorite would have to be the Steak Chile Rellenos but my families absolute favorite is hands down the Everyday Meatloaf. 3. You have three adorable sons and are in great shape. Could you tell us how you got fit post-pregnancy? Changing my eating habits was number one in my physical transformation. For fitness I worked out twice a week at Norcal Strength and Conditioning under the guidance of Robb Wolf and his amazing wife Nicki...

Quick Tricks to Ease Common Body Complaints

Hey everyone! I have been compiling truckloads of fast, inexpensive, all-natural skin and body “hacks” for years, and many of them were passed down from my grandparents and older friends. Give these 8 tips for easing body complaints a shot the next time you need a little help. Medical Disclaimer: I assume you are all smart cookies, but have to put a disclaimer in here. I am not a medical doctor (yet) and nothing in this post should be considered medical advice. Consult your physician prior to implementing any of the advice herein. {HEARTBURN} This the cheapest trick in the book, and I use it on my family members when they (rarely) get an indigestion problem. Drink a small glass of water. This will balance the pH of your stomach and ease digestive upset and heartburn. The upset should go away with 1 or 2 minutes. Seems silly, but it works. Not going away after the water and it’s been 5-10 minutes? Put 1 Tbsp. unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar in 8-10 oz. of water. Drink up. That should do it! In the future, prevent the problem by eating slower and chewing each bite completely. You can also take 1 Tbsp. unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar in water prior to eating, to help digestion. Alternatively, use lemon juice on your food or consume some sauerkraut with your meals. {FATIGUE / LOW ENERGY} There are several causes (e.g. low iron, low B vitamins, stress, poor sleep, sleep apnea, insulin imbalance, tannins) and you should see a doctor or naturopath if the problem persists. For a quick pick-me-up, take 2 tsp....

My Skin Care Routine – November 2011

Hey everyone! I did two other posts on my skin care routine back in January and April, and I figured it was about time to do another one since some things have changed. Since sticking to a 100% paleo/primal foods for about 4 months now (instead of half-assing it for the 2+ years), my skin has become even easier to manage. As a result, I don’t do as much to my skin, and my routine is more casual. Good times! (By the way, are you on the Epic Beauty Guide Facebook page yet? I post exclusive tips and info on there…just so you know…nudge nudge.) {SKIN CARE} CLEANSER. Filtered water, $ for the filtration system** A must-have. People with sensitive skin may find that water irritates their skin or makes their face red – however, it is not the water itself, it is the chlorine and all the bits of allowable chemicals (VOCs, THMs, pesticides, etc.) in city tap water. Chlorine dries out the skin, makes hair brittle, and can exacerbate asthma and eczema. So I shower in filtered water, I drink filtered water, and I use filtered water to wash my face.** I soak a soft face cloth in warm water (definitely warm, almost hot) and press it on my face for a minute or so, then gently wipe my face with the same wet towel. I don’t scrub. Not only does it feel good and is super relaxing, it also gently removes any dirt and any excess oil. I have found that water is all I need (note that I don’t wear makeup – if you wear...