How to Get Thicker Hair

  Get­ting thick­er hair has been an obses­sion of mine for years. Every­one in my imme­di­ate fam­i­ly has fine hair – no one has a glo­ri­ous­ly thick mane (booo). For the past few months, my hair has been the thick­est it’s every been and every­one around me has noticed and asked what I’ve been doing. So I want­ed to share with you what I’ve been doing to thick­en my fine, nat­u­ral­ly curly hair. It has tak­en about 3–4 months to see a huge dif­fer­ence, but my hair has been very grad­u­al­ly thick­en­ing up for the past two years since I stopped being veg­an. 1. SHAMPOO. My hair is fine and nat­u­ral­ly curly, which is a dou­ble wham­my to devel­op­ing length and thick­ness to the hair. When hair is curly the cuti­cle does not lay flat and is prone to dry­ness and break­age. I have found the best sham­poos for me are Acure Organ­ics Sham­poo Pure Mint + Echi­nacea and Ama­zon Beau­ty Rahua Sham­poo. They leave my hair feel­ing thick­er and mois­tur­ized with­out weigh­ing it down. When I sham­poo, I also take the time to mas­sage my head. I will do a quick sham­poo, rin­se, and then sham­poo again where I mas­sage my head for a good 3–5 min­utes. Not only does it feel awe­some, but it’s also push­ing blood to your scalp and free­ing up any sebum (oil) that may be block­ing new hairs from com­ing through your scalp. 2. CONDITIONER. I use Cton­ics Elixir Blos­som Con­di­tion­er and Ama­zon Beau­ty Rahua Con­di­tion­er. I use the Cton­ics con­di­tion­er 1 or 2 times per week since it pro­vides a seri­ous thick­ness and vol­ume boost...

Clear Skin Chocolate Mini Cakes

Hey every­one! I’ve been bak­ing up a storm late­ly, mak­ing deli­cious grain-free treats that I’ve been test­ing on my unsus­pect­ing friends and fam­i­ly. The choco­late chip cook­ies and choco­late cup­cakes have been their absolute favorites. So today I have a spe­cial treat… I want­ed to share with you my recipe for their #1 favorite — choco­late mini cakes. They are a skin-friend­ly dessert, mean­ing they fol­low the EBG “rules” for clear skin – they con­tain no grains and noth­ing high-glycemic that would spike your insulin and con­tribute to break­outs. Clear Skin Chocolate Mini Cakes {DRY INGREDIENTS} 2 cups almond flour (packed down to mea­sure) 1/2 cup unsweet­ened cocoa pow­der 2 tsp. alu­minum-free bak­ing soda 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. cin­na­mon pow­der 1 cup coconut sug­ar (or brown sug­ar if you’re in a pinch) .….…… {WET INGREDIENTS} 1/2 cup coconut oil (or unsalt­ed grass-fed but­ter, soft­ened) 1 large omega-3 egg (prefer­ably soy-free, if you can get it) 1 tsp. vanil­la extract 1 can full-fat coconut milk** Paper or parch­ment bak­ing cups **Do not use the whole can of coconut milk. You want to refrig­er­ate the can for at least 4 hours or overnight, and scoop out the thick white cream that has sep­a­rat­ed from the water. Try not to scoop out the clear liquid/water with it – you just want to use the sep­a­rat­ed white cream. {HOW TO} Pre­heat oven to 350 degrees Fahren­heit (or 170–175 Cel­sius). Mix dry and wet ingre­di­ents in sep­a­rate bowls. Then mix both bowls of ingre­di­ents togeth­er. Blend well with a hand or stand mix­er. You should end up with a thick bat­ter, not run­ny. Put a dol­lop of bat­ter in each paper...

Coconut for Acne, Weight Management, Meals, & More

Hey every­one! I have been obsessed with all things coconut for about two months now, and it’s show­ing no signs of abat­ing. Coconut oil, coconut cream, coconut milk…I love it, my skin loves it, and I don’t suf­fer from acne or gain any weight from it (though I also do Lean­Gains IF and eat an EBG-style paleo diet). Here are some high­lights: Coconut oil is a potent infec­tion fight­er, and will kill bac­te­ria, virus­es, and fungi. Coconut oil is a fan­tas­ti­cal­ly healthy fat, help­ing to con­trol weight and bal­ance thy­roid func­tion and hor­mones. Coconut oil is an excel­lent mois­tur­iz­er for most skin and hair types. Coconut water is a deli­cious way to get hydrat­ed and get a good dose of cramp-pre­vent­ing potas­si­um post-work­out. How to Use Coconut Oil It’s impor­tant to get a high qual­i­ty coconut oil, oth­er­wise you may not expe­ri­ence any or most of the ben­e­fits, or you could end up with a ran­cid or nutri­ent-devoid batch. Go for a min­i­mal­ly-processed oil that comes in a glass con­tain­er. When you open it, it should smell like coconut. This is the coconut oil I use from Trop­i­cal Tra­di­tions. While coconut oil is a fat like any oth­er oil, it hap­pens to be an “anti-fat” fat, mean­ing it helps your body burn fat. Peo­ple with dis­eases and dis­or­ders that incor­po­rate coconut oil into their treat­ment can con­sume about 5 Tbsp. (or more!) per day, but most peo­ple con­sume 1–2 Tbsp. total per day in their drinks and cook­ing. I per­son­al­ly use about 1 Tbsp. per day on aver­age. Here are some ideas for coconut oil… …use a tsp. of oil in...

My Diet & Exercise Routine — June 2011

Hey every­one! This has been such a long time com­ing and I have received plen­ty of emails ask­ing for an update on what I eat and what I do for exer­cise, and all kinds of details. So here it is! IMPORTANT! This is what I do for my body, and what I do may not nec­es­sar­i­ly be what is right for your body. Exper­i­ment, be smart, be con­sis­tent, and see what works best for you. Check with your doc­tor before try­ing any new diet or exer­cise rou­ti­nes, espe­cial­ly if you have a pre­ex­ist­ing med­ical con­di­tion. {MY DIET} Some things have changed since the last time I post­ed about my diet, and I go into those details in the next sec­tion. I used to be vegetarian…then vegan…then raw veg­an, all for about 5 years. For the first 6 months being raw veg­an, I felt amaz­ing. How­ev­er, this dietary lifestyle did not work for me in the long-run and I became lethar­gic, gained weight, my hair got thin, my skin was act­ing up, my blood tests showed that my cho­les­terol was too low (which is not good, espe­cial­ly since we need cho­les­terol to reg­u­late our body sys­tems, includ­ing hor­mones), and I was defi­cient in iron and B vit­a­mins. My diet was total­ly “cor­rect” accord­ing to a few veg­an “gurus” and con­sist­ed of fruits, lots of veggies/leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and sea veg­gies. So I had to bite the bul­let and re-eval­u­ate my diet com­plete­ly. I learned the hard way that not all dietary lifestyles work for all peo­ple. Here’s an inter­est­ing fact: indige­nous cul­tures have zero inci­dents of acne and my goal...