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...
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...

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...

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...