Mini-Post: Quick Tips for Not Getting Sick This Winter

Mini-Post: Quick Tips for Not Getting Sick This Winter

Hey every­one! I want­ed to get this post up in the hopes that it will help you dodge a cold or flu this sea­son. I’ve been using the­se quick tips for a looooong time and have not been sick with a cold or flu for 4 years (knock on wood har har). Here we go: 1. Nix the sug­ar. Sug­ar comes from sev­er­al sources, includ­ing refined white or brown sug­ar, raw sug­ar, grains, breads, pas­tries, and sug­ary fruit. Sug­ar is inflam­ma­to­ry and feeds path­o­gen­ic bac­te­ria and yeast, which also dis­rupts your healthy gut flo­ra that con­tributes heav­i­ly to the health of your immune sys­tem, there­by mak­ing your immune sys­tem weak­er and more sus­cep­ti­ble to sick­ness. Focus on eat­ing more healthy pro­teins and more healthy fats this sea­son, and you will find that you’ll nat­u­ral­ly eat less sug­ar when your plate is filled with a nice fish filet or grass-fed steak, and veg­gies. Now is a great time to eat an Epic Beau­ty Guide-style diet of grass-fed meats, wild-caught fish, veg­gies, and some low-sug­ar fruits like berries and green apples (no grains, little/no dairy). Your skin will also reward you with a pim­ple-free, glow­ing com­plex­ion. 2. Keep calm and car­ry on. Stress is an immune sys­tem neme­sis, but don’t stress about being stressed. Just take a moment to breathe, relax, read or watch inspi­ra­tional and stress-reduc­ing books or quotes or videos. What helped me change from a stressed out wor­ry­wart to a more calm, take-it-in-stride per­son? Yoga, books by Byron Katie and Eck­hart Tolle, and (inter­est­ing­ly enough) Steve Job’s Stan­ford com­mence­ment speech. Now I just do what needs to get done...

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 lat­te...

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 Vio­let­ti. I...

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. of black­strap molasses. You...