CASTOR OIL HEALTHY, SHINY, FULLER HAIR

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CASTOR OIL HEALTHY, SHINY, FULLER HAIR

Want to grow your hair faster, thicker, shiner, and healthier looking without chemicals or huge price tags--use CASTOR OIL!!!!

It's chemical free. It's cheap. And most importantly; IT WORKS!

Now, there are countless benefits and uses for Castor Oil that I. I wanted to share specifically about its benefits in terms of hair, today. I know this is an issue for a lot of people and companies charge hundred of dollars on products that are full of chemicals. Not to mention a lot of them don't work. Obvi, a good multi vitamin will help and this will not replace your need to get the nutrients necessary for a healthy funcitoning body. It will, however, be a great addition. I did start to see results before my body was nutriently correct in all honesty.

So, I fell upon this randomly as I was researching castor oil. See, several doctors and friends had continuously advised that I try doing Caster oil packs over my liver to help me sleep at night. I was a little weary since I had tried everyyyy thing. Okay full transparency, I wasn't as much weary as I was not wanting to try it cause I had heard that they were messy and that it gets everywhere and stains and is super sticky.

Since, I trusted these doctors so much I decided to try, after months of avoiding it ofcourse #stubborn. It worked! It worked so well for me that I began to research and to try to understand more. And P.S. it wasn't sticky or messy at all in a castor oil pack context.

Once I started researching, I found that so many girls were raving and swearing about its usage for thicker, fuller, healthier hair. I've been losing a nice amount of hair this year every time I wash it and was a little self conscious about it, as you can image. Plus, my hair kept breaking off on the ends so much so that both sides would be different lengths. Not to mention, split ends! Sooo many split ends. I mean, lets talk about sexy here. Lol.

So, I decided to try it to see if it worked. Now I wash my hair every couple days so I decided to do it for a week with every wash and see if I saw a difference. Most users swore they saw a difference after one time.

So, I put some pure castor oil (I got mine at whole foods) on my finger tips and massaged it into my scalp. I did about 4 applications to fully cover my scalp. Then I took a flat brush and brushed my scalp and then through my hair; to make sure to thoroughly cover my scalp. Lastly, I put it on the ends of my hair, too. I put my hair up in a bun on top of my head and left it in over night. Then, washed it in the morning. I was actually super surprised to see a difference after just one time. So, I kept going.

I went to the hair dresser a couple weeks later and wanted to see if my hair dresser said anything about my hair before I told her. She told me that my hair looked better and to keep doing whatever I was doing. Of course, I shared with her what I was doing after thatttt! I've continued to do it with every wash for a month; as a lot of the other girls I had seen advised. Now, I just do it once a week to upkeep.

This was such a great find for me that I just had to share it with you guys.

Until the next post...

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STORING BONE BROTH

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STORING BONE BROTH

Since beginning my whole Bone Broth love affair I have been searching for the best way to store extra broth. Now, unless I am having bone broth, and only bone broth all day every day, there is aboslutely no way I am going to go through a pot in 3-4 days.

First off, I hate wasting food. Second of all, even with a pressure cooker it still takes 3-5 hours to make a perfect broth. How many people actually have extra time to waste? Not me. That's for chessy.

So, since I like to not only drink broth straight-- I also use it in soups and marinades-- I became determined to find the most efficient and safest way to store unused broth. This way I could always have some handy.

I didn't want to use plastic bags. There isnt really a safe way, that I know of at least, to defrost the frozen broth while in plastic bags without releasing chemicals into the broth or leaking broth all over the place. So, I thought of maybe using an ice cube tray. But, all of a sudden I could almost imagine myself sitting on the kitchen floor banging the trays trying to get my broth cubes out of the cube tray. I'd be kicked out of apartment with no home and no broth. So that was out. Then, I thought maybe mason jars could be an option. But, all of a sudden I remembered my mom telling me not to freeze glass when I was younger because it could explode. Cleaning up shards of glass, all over the kitchen and freezer, is not my idea of a good time. So, that was out. Then all of sudden, I remembered the silicone baking trays that I had bought to make mini brownie bites. If I could freeze the broth into silicone tray, with one serving per cube, and then put them in plastic bags... the cubes wouldn't freeze together and I would have pre separated serving batches. I felt like I was winning at life that day. I hit up amazon. With my prime shipping, I was experimenting that night!

I found sicilone trays that were big enough that each sqaure would be a little over one lapel spoon, which is one serving.

It worked! After the cubes were frozen, I could easily pop them out, and put in zip lock bags! So now, when I want to some bone broth I just take a cube out of the zip lock bag, and heat it up in pot over the stove!

Here is the link if you want to use the same tray for your bone broth.

http://www.amazon.com/Large-Silicone-Kitch-Giant-ooled/dp/B013KZE0YI?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

Each order comes with two trays. So, when you order two you get four trays. Four trays in the perfect amount for a full pot of bone broth. I laid each tray down flat on a freezer shelf for about six hours. All four of these trays took up one shelf in my freezer. You can lay them flat on a cookie tray, if it fits in your freezer, as well. Once the cubes were fully frozen and this is an important step so that your cubes do not stick together once they are combined into a zip lock. I used one large zip lock bag for each tray of cubes. So, I have 6 servings per bag.

Bone broth freezers, coming to a house near you!

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COCONUT AMINO ACIDS

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COCONUT AMINO ACIDS

Coconut Amino Acids have quickly become the peanut butter to my jelly. Well, minus the peanut butter and the jelly and the bread... the proverbial Paleo friendly peanut butter and jelly.

I am always on the hunt for new, good quality, health improving products. If something tastes good on top of it, that’s just the paleo icing on the cake. In all honesty, I can find ways to make pretty much anything taste good; If I know that it can help my health and wellbeing. But, I did have not had to rack my brain one bit with these coconut amino acids. Coconut Amino's taste good on virtually EVERYTHING.

I can not possibly say enough good about this new yumminess of a sauce. Coconut Amino Acids, have made a lot of success recently as a replacement for soy sauce. But in full disclosure, it tastes NOTHING like soy. I would say that it’s closer in taste to a Hawaiian Poké sauce. I'm not even sure why the two are even compared. It is slightly sweet while also being savory, with a low glycemic index and 0 sugar. I have been using it in my meat/fish marinades, on my baked chips, salads, and even on my sushi. It is soooo good with sushi.

Aside from, being Gluten Free and Soy Free, these coconut amino acids are full of minerals, and vitamins such as B and C. It is said to be virtually neutral in PH. Coconut Amino Acids also boast 14 times MORE amino acids than soy; Containing a total of 17 different types of amino acids.

Amino Acids are, “building blocks of protein,” and henceforth are essential to optional health and nutrition. They can help to restore and rebuild muscle tissue, enhance brain and nervous system functionality, and can even boost the immune system as well as increasing energy levels. I have even read that Coconut Amino Acids are 14 times more abundant than soy in natural occurring Glutamic Acid.

Simplified, Coconut Amino Acids are the sap of a coconut tree, or juice from coconut blossoms. The amino acids, are dried in the sun to evaporate, and/or can be fermented.

Thrive Market offers an extra 15 percent off to new customers, when you order from their site. So you pay $4.45 for a bottle of Coconut Amino Acids. That’s 35% off the regular price.

https://thrivemarket.com/coconut-secret-organic-raw-coconut-aminos

P.S. Thrive market is a GREAT one stop shop for healthy food shopping, delivered straight to your door. I highly recommend that you check it out.

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Extract My Avocado

Did you know that Avocado Oil has less than 1/3 of the fat and calories of other cooking oils? One teaspoon of Avocado Oil has merely 45 calories and contains 4.5 grams of fat. What got me hooked, though, are the health benefits! We are all well aware, at this point, that I am kind of a health immunity boosting "whore" of sorts. If it can improve my health... I'm eating it! If it takes gross, I'm seasoning it.

Most of us are aware that avocado's have long been praised for their nutritional benefits. I try to eat at least 1/4 of one a day. So, it comes as no surprise to find out that Avocado Oil is packed with the same nutritional kung-fu punch. I was particularly impressed with it's clean, light, taste. More and more people are getting on the avocado oil train now-a-days. You can find it everywhere; even your potato chips are starting throw themselves into the "cool" pool.

See, Avocado Oil originally began as an extract for cosmetic use, largely due to it's regenerative and moisturizing properties as well as quick absorption, and has now quickly made its way into kitchens across the world. Yes ladies, you can use it on your face, too! 

It has an usually high smoke point, at 480 F (when unrefined), which makes it great for healthier frying and/or cooking. 

Plus, avocado oil can also boost absorption of carotenoids when consumed with carotene rich foods, according to a study published in the March 2005 issue of "Journal of Nutrition". In this study, avocado oil enhanced the absorption of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein from eating a salad by as much as 15 times compared to that of eating a salad without avocado oil. Furthermore, avocado's are also said to be a good source of vitamin E, Vitamin A, B-Complex, Iron, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. P.S. One avocado can have as much potassium as TWO banana! So, you can put down that sugar packed banana that you are eating everyyy day under the guise of extra potassium and join the paleo diet train; and eat an avocado instead. 

If that doesn't already have you opening another internet tab and Prime Amazon shipping yourself a bottle of Avocado Oil, on same day delivery, how about this---the consumption of avocados have ALSO been associated with better cardiovascular health and the aiding of cancer prevention.

So.... Let's recap. We have a super food like nutritional value, improved nutrient absorption, low fat, high fiber, high smoke point AND it tastes good? This one is a no brainer. Avocado oil chips for everyone! Well at least for today; cause Coconut Oil chips have been the jam to my gluten free toast, for a while now! But, more on that one later. 

COMING UP LATER ON THE ACCIDENTAL PARISIAN COOK BLOG...

BLOOD TYPE: COCONUT OIL-- WHY COCONUT OIL IS AN EVERYDAY STAPLE IN MY DIET.

 

REFERENCES:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15735074

http://draxe.com/avocado-benefits/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado_oil

 

DISCLAIMER:

I am not a Doctor. This website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, and/or prevent any disease. The opinions expressed here, within this website, are derived only from my own personal experience and/or research. Please consult your doctor before making changes to your diet.

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Pass the Pepper, please...

PASS THE PEPPER

Black pepper is a not just a seasoning staple. It is also contains, PIPERINE, a nutrient absorbing powerhouse.  I had no idea, that there was actual scientifically backed, nutritional benefits, behind the salt and pepper shakers so commonly seen at every table. Color me naive, because I thought it was merely about taste preference.  

After waking up one morning to discover that my tongue was cracking open, straight down the middle, I found out that I was nutrient and vitamin deficient. I was not absorbing enough of the nutrients, at the cellular level, that I was eating. I am sure my, "leaky gut" was largely contributing to the decline of nutrient absorption in my body. But, I was not okay with the, "I'm not too concerned about it," verdict that I received from my doctor. My body was obviously trying to tell me that something was off, and I was not going to just ignore it, until it became a full blown, "concern." I believe, that being proactive in regards to your health, saves you a lot of time, trouble, and money, as well as overall wellbeing; in the long run. 

After tirelessly doing research, I found that black pepper has been shown to DRASTICALLY improve the absorption of important nutrients. Such nutrients, such as beta-carotenes, selenium, and b vitamins can be better absorbed when used in conjunction with black pepper.

In a study done by, "Critical Reviews of Food Science and Nutrition" in 2007, black pepper was said to significantly increase the bodies ability to absorb nutrients through the intestinal tract. The study concluded that black pepper appeared to alter the permeability of the intestinal wall and stimulate intestinal enzymes. Taken with meals, it can improve absorption of vitamins, minerals, and even phytonutrients.

But, please contact your doctor before using if you are taking medications and/or have any preexisting conditions. Black pepper affects the blood levels of some drugs. Thus, it should not be taken with medication without the supervision and/or approval of a doctor. 

According to, "Eat Drink Live Well," the active ingredients in pepper have also been shown to interact with the metabolism of our brain's neurotransmitters, resulting not only in improved mood and mental state; but also, as the brain absorbs piperine, it shows promise for helping the brain to function properly. 

Black pepper might also help you lose weight; along with other spices, such as ginger, it acts as a thermogenic-- according to a study published in "Physiology and Behavior" in 2006.

The piperine, found in organic black pepper, can also help to regulate blood pressure and also acts as an anti-inflammatory; combating two major contributing factors to heart disease. 

Another study, that was published in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry," in 2012, found that piperine, suppresses genes needed for new fat cell growth. As a result, it fights the development of new fat cells. 

In addition, according to an article by Slyvie Tremblay on LiveStrong, " Adding black pepper to your diet might also stave off cancer. The piperine in black pepper affects your cells proliferation, and fights the proliferation of rectal cancer cells, according to a study published in, "Experimental and Molecular Pathology" in 2013. The study also found that piperine exposes rectal cancer cells to reactive oxygen species-- toxic chemicals that kill the cancer cells. An additional study, from the January 2013 issue of the "Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry," reports that the piperine in black pepper hinders new blood vessel growth within tumors, stunting their growth.

Black pepper can also aid in respiratory conditions; as it is said to have expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties. And is also said to be commonly used to aid in the treatment vision problems.

The list goes on and on...

A pinch of black pepper added to your meals, could go a long way in helping in overall health and well being. Although, It is not advised to use black pepper in high concentrations. Feel free to shake, shake, shake it on. 

Pass the pepper, please!!!...

REFERENCES:

http://www.eatdrinklivewell.com/health-benefits-of-black-pepper/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16580033

http://www.livestrong.com/article/487010-what-are-benefits-of-eating-black-pepper/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-black-pepper.html

DISCLAIMER:

I am not a Doctor. This website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, and/or prevent any disease. The opinions expressed here, within this website, are derived only from my own personal experience and/or research. Please consult your doctor before making changes to your diet. 

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ORGANIC COFFEE VS. CONVENTIAL COFFEE

Did you know that coffee is one the most chemically treated foods in the world?! I had no idea!

Before I delve into some of the health benefits that can occur from a cup of java, in a later post, I wanted to share something that was brought to my attention by my doctor. There is a HUGE difference between conventional coffee and organic coffee. Sure, we all know that generally speaking organic anything is better than non organic. But, I was shocked at how big of a difference there was between the two.

Now, not all non-organic certified coffees are toxic, nor am I in any way implying that. Getting certified organic, cost a lot of money, and unfortunately a lot of smaller local farmers cannot afford it. But, being certified organic is the only way, unfortunately, for consumers like you and I to have a better idea of what we are consuming. I will also talk about fair trade coffee, in a separate post, because I personally believe that it is also very important; not only in terms of the humane treatment of workers but also for the preservation our planet.

According to CS Monitor, conventional coffee farmers apply up to 250 pounds of chemical fertilizers, per acre! Other studies suggest that there are 1,000 chemicals/compounds present in our cup of coffee.

In some scientific studies, pesticides have been linked to a wide range of health problems, including cancers such as prostate, Parkinson’s disease, and even miscarriages in some pregnant women.

Conventional coffee has also been found to contain synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, in addition to already present pesticides. These chemicals allow farmers to produce up to more than double the amount of coffee while simultaneously killing any pests that try to destroy their crops. But, these pesticides are not only toxic to the insects; more and more researchers are finding that these toxins can be harmful to you, as well.

If you think that drinking decaf coffee is better, think again.

Decaf coffee by law has to have 97% of the caffeine removed. But, in the caffeine extraction process, non organic decaf coffee, can become chemically and qualitatively altered. Furthermore, most non organic decaf coffee has been found to have even MORE chemicals, added during the process of removing the caffeine, than regular coffee. It is said, that the most common method of decaffeinating coffee uses chemical solvents, which can leave residue on coffee beans. Some coffee brands claim to use a “100% natural water process”. But numerous studies show, these coffees may have been soaked in SEVERAL chemical solvents such as methylene chloride, a base for paint strippers, and ethyl acetate, also known as dry cleaning fluid. These coffees are still allowed to be labeled as “natural” water process on their labeling. So, if you want to continue drinking decaf maybe consider using an Organic one if you would like avoid added chemicals.

In conclusion, although black coffee in moderation, has been found to have benefits for some people. The more information that is exposed, the more it appears as if a lot of non organic coffee, in our day and age, can be down right toxic.

DISCLAIMER:

I am not a Doctor. This website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, and/or prevent any disease. The opinions expressed here, within this website, are derived only from my own personal experience and/or research. Please consult your doctor before making changes to your diet.

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INTRO

More and more people are turning to a Paleo based diet to not only help alleviate pre-existing conditions but also as a preventive measure. As I personally journey into the recovery of a condition called Leaky Gut, also known as, “Intestinal permeability” ... I decided to share some of my personal recipes that are Auto Immune Protocol compliant.

Those on the Auto Immune Protocol diet, an extremely restrictive diet, have already usually been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, cancer, and/or leaky gut. Leaky gut as well, as AI diseases, can cause inflammation in not only in the intestines, but also in the liver, colon, and thyroid as well as the brain. Though research is still being done, some researchers believe that left untreated, "leaky gut", can turn into other auto immunes diseases and even cancer. Since, it is hard to detect alot of people only disccover that they have leaky gut once other auto immune diseases and/or cancer are already previlant.

I have now been on the diet for a little over a month. It is the hardest diet I have ever been on. Emotionally, it definitely rocked me to the core. I would be lying if I said that it didn’t make me cry, on SEVERAL occasions. With no caffeine, no dairy, no eggs, no soy, no grains, no shade vegetables, no beans and/or legumes, no fungi, no sweeteners, no spices, no gluten compounds, no chemicals, no preservatives, and only a short list of low glycemic fruits allowed; it was quite an adjustment for my system. I went into full on withdrawal/detox mode. Any of the foods on the do not eat list make me extremely sick. So, cheating was not really an option. I have always been a very healthy eater to begin with. So, I cannot even imagine what it does to someone that ate junk food, or sweets, bread, and/or a lot of processed foods.

When dealing with autoimmune issues, simple things like getting out of bed and/or staying out of bed for more than a couple hours at a time can be quite challenging. So, to add a super restrictive diet to an already restrictive lifestyle can be daunting and highly frustrating. As I already cooked 99% of my meals myself; I realized that I had a huge advantage and could possibly use my experience to help others through the process.

My solution-geared personality launched me into full research mode. Every waking moment, I read anything and everything I could get my hands on from doctors and science to other peoples own personal experiences. My Auto Immune Protocol compliant recipes are a compellation of my research to find the best foods to help aid this process along and help you absorb as much of the nutrients from your food as possible. All Auto Immune Protocol recipes will be labeled AIP Compliant for your convenience.

I hope that you enjoy the recipes included. Whether you are going through AIP yourself or are just trying to eat healthier; there awill be recipes for everyone.

If I can help make even one person’s life to be a little easier and/or better and/or inspire even one peoples to eat healthier than my own personal pain and suffering will not have been in vain.

We always have choice... We can let the trails we face leave us bitter or make us better.

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