Epic Beauty Meal: Blueberry Coconut Pancakes with Peppered Eggs

Epic Beauty Meal: Blueberry Coconut Pancakes with Peppered Eggs

As my long-time read­ers know by now, I stick to a diet of grass-fed/pastured meats (it’s impor­tant not to sup­port fac­to­ry farm­ing), wild fish, organ­ic veg­gies and fruits, and some dessert when I feel like it (70%+ dark choco­late or paleo cook­ies any­one?). Even though there are no grains or dairy present, you can clear­ly see this is a deli­cious and sat­is­fy­ing way to eat. It is also what I rec­om­mend to read­ers and clients with skin issues like acne and eczema. The beau­ty about eat­ing this way (which I have cham­pi­oned since the incep­tion of this site in ’09), is that the skin responds so quick­ly and so well to it. It’s a beau­ti­fy­ing diet with­out even try­ing.   Blueberry Coconut Pancakes with Peppered Eggs This is an “Epic Beau­ty Guide Approved” beau­ty meal break­fast that will con­tribute to clear, glow­ing skin. It is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and has plen­ty of healthy fat, fiber, and pro­tein – exact­ly what you need to for your first meal of the day. Unlike oat­meal or sug­ary cere­al, this will keep you full for hours (for me, it lasts 4 hours, which is a mir­a­cle). P.S. A note about fat. Every­thing you have been taught about fat by the main­stream media is wrong (espe­cial­ly if you are an Amer­i­can). Fat is good for you. Fat does not make you fat (unless you’re eat­ing a ton of nuts/seeds every day). AND – gasp! – it is best to cook and fry in ani­mal fats like beef tal­low, bacon fat/grease, duck fat, etc. or coconut oil. They are extreme­ly sta­ble at high­er tem­per­a­tures and...
2011 Epic Beauty Awards — First Year Ever!

2011 Epic Beauty Awards — First Year Ever!

This year I decid­ed to take my annu­al “must-have prod­ucts” round-up and punch it up a notch. Thus, I intro­duce to you…dun dun dun… The First-Ever…2011 Epic Beauty Awards. I know there will be some miss­ing cat­e­gories this year (i.e. foun­da­tion primer, lip pen­cils, lip stain, etc.). The only rea­son for this is that there are cer­tain cat­e­gories I did not try, and I did not want to put up any prod­ucts I haven’t per­son­al­ly test­ed. If you have any cat­e­go­ry or pro­duct sug­ges­tions, leave a com­ment so I know what to check out![/notification] FTC Disclaimer This should go with­out say­ing, but I’ll men­tion it any­way – no com­pa­ny can buy their way onto this list. Some prod­ucts may have been given to Epic Beau­ty Guide to review at some point, but this in no way favors the pro­duct to win an Epic Beau­ty Award. All prod­ucts have been orig­i­nal­ly pur­chased or repur­chased by me with my own cash dol­lahs. Some affil­i­ate links are used when they are avail­able, which sup­ports Epic Beau­ty Guide as a free resource for every­one, but in no way effect the win­ner selec­tion. Thank you for your sup­port! WINNERS – MAKEUP Tog­gle the tabs to see all the win­ners. Best Concealer RMS Beau­ty Un-Cov­er Up, $36 Best Under-Eye Concealer Jane Iredale Enlight­en Con­ceal­er, $29 Even though this is dark orange in the pot and I thought it would nev­er work with my fair skin, it turned out to be fan­tas­tic for cov­er­ing under-eye cir­cles (includ­ing the blue/purple type). I learned that a lit­tle goes a long way, and that it looks even more amaz­ing when...
Last-Minute Holiday Gifts 2011

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts 2011

Hey every­one! I’ve been com­plet­ing my hol­i­day shop­ping and I fig­ured I would do a lit­tle last-min­ute hol­i­day gift idea for those of you still stuck on what to get your fam­i­ly and friends. The­se are my favorites, and many hap­pen to be on sale or offer­ing spe­cial dis­counts. Hoorah! Here we go: (FTC: I was not paid or spon­sored by any of the brands or com­pa­nies men­tioned below. Enjoy!) 1. Skin Apotheke Ayurvedic Skin Care. A favorite skin care line of mine, hand­made and expert­ly for­mu­lat­ed. The Reju­ve­nat­ing Eye Cre­me is my all-time favorite eye cream, and I’ve men­tioned it before (it was also on my must-have prod­ucts list in 2010). Right now all prod­ucts in the store are 10% off with coupon code HOLIDAY. 2. 23and­Me DNA & Ances­try Test. One of the coolest, most unusu­al prod­ucts out there. Nor­mal­ly $99 plus $9/month, it’s now on sale for $76. Just order a kit, the kit arrives, you spit in a lit­tle tube, send it back, and wait 2–6 weeks for your results! The test ana­lyzes your DNA for fun things like hair col­or and ear wax, as well as seri­ous things like health traits and dis­ease risks (which you have the option of view­ing or not). The best part for me was the health traits and ances­try test­ing, which shows your full genet­ic her­itage. 3. DoMatcha Green Tea.This dain­ty lit­tle can con­tains matcha, a pow­er­ful pow­der chock full of antiox­i­dants and amino acids. Plus, EGCG, which is respon­si­ble for help­ing with weight loss and can­cer pre­ven­tion, is 137 times more bioavail­able than reg­u­lar green tea. 4. Paleo Com­fort Foods:...

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...

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...