Apple Crisp


5 Organic Apples peeled and sliced (I used royal gala)

2 tbsp. coconut oil or ghee, divided

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (or both)

1/2 cup Almond Meal

2 tsp cinnamon divided

4 tbsp maple syrup divided

Sprinkle of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Preheat a pan on medium-high, melt 2 tbsp coconut oil. Place 1 tbsp melted coconut oil in a bowl to use later. Place the peeled and sliced apples in the heated pan with the remaining coconut oil. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of cinnamon and sautee until soft. Once soft you can pour 2 tbsp maple syrup in with them.

Meanwhile, place chopped nuts, almond meal, 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 tbsp maple syrup in the same bowl you put the melted coconut oil in. Stir to combine.

Once the apples have softened and released some of their juices place them in an oven safe dish and cover with the nut mixture. Sprinkle with pink Himalayan sea salt and bake for 45 minutes. Once again, my oven sucks… so please use your judgment when baking the apple crisp. If it looks like its starting to burn at 35 minutes take it out.




Primal Skin Care- Dealing with Acne

Since I was 16 years old I have been using Proactiv. It’s an acne product made with Benzoyl Peroxide. It’s pretty harsh on your skin in the beginning, I had very dry and sensitive skin but after a while my skin got used to it and it started working quite well. It should be noted that this was around the same time I started taking birth control pills.

I started the paleo diet about a year ago, and a few months later I started thinking about not only what I was putting in my body but the products I was using on my body. I took a big step and stopped taking the birth control pill, and after that my skin started getting bad again. And I continued using proactiv for a few more months but it wasn’t helping much. My acne had changed, it was on the sides of my face, my jaw line and hairline, they are deep and painful, not like they used to be.  I figure it’s hormonal.

I did the 21 Day Sugar Detox by Diane San Filippo hoping that this would help my acne. It didn’t. I also completed the Whole30 and saw improvements after around day 35.  (sometimes you need a Whole60 instead of a Whole30)

I stopped using Proactiv in November 2013 and decided to try Primal Life Organics Paleo Skincare The concept is basically that using natural oils on your skin will not dry out your skin and therefore your skin won’t produce as much sebum, balance out your normal skin pH and therefore less acne. The products are also supposed to reduce inflammation and bacteria.

It was pretty expensive, but I figured it would last me a couple of months and I really wanted to see if it would work. It came with a face wash, toner, serum and moisturizer. I have to admit, they were really stinky. I didn’t even think I could use them again after the first time. But they did feel good on my skin, made my skin feel very soft, and the moisturizer was very effective. After a week I thought I saw a difference in my acne, and after a night of sleep with the serum on my face I thought I could see the acne disappearing before my eyes… unfortunately this did not last.  I continued to use it for a few more weeks but the acne continued and even got worse, the pimples were deep and painful.

Sadly, I returned to Proactiv and even considered going back on birth control.

A few people have suggested that I keep it simple. You know… those people who can wash their face with any soap and never have a pimple in their life (oh, except when they get a tiny little white head that they have to point out for you to see and its the biggest zit in the world*sigh*). But anything is worth a try at this point. I tried the pH balanced “Spectrum” gel with no avail. I also had people tell me about just putting coconut oil on your face… but I was skeptical about that.

I started seeing more and more posts about coconut oil and its benefits, especially for the skin. It’s antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits… I also started looking into the healing benefits of Vitamin E, and how it smooths and protects the skin. I found a recipe on pinterest for whipping together coconut oil and vitamin E to apply to the face and I decided to give it a try.

I have to say I saw some improvements after only 2 days.  I am putting it on morning and night, after washing my face with soap, all over my face and neck. Some of the discoloration on my face from acne scars have started to diminish, my face always feels moisturized, never dry, and I have not had one new zit since started to use it a week ago. I hope the benefits continue! It’s only been a week but I’m going to keep going!