2019 Holiday Gift Guides
We want to help you get your Holiday Shopping done seamlessly this year… So we have put together a few 2019 Holiday Gift Guides to help you decide on the perfect gifts for the perfect price!
We want to help you get your Holiday Shopping done seamlessly this year… So we have put together a few 2019 Holiday Gift Guides to help you decide on the perfect gifts for the perfect price!
Pho soup 🍜 the OG of bone broth (for Vietnamese people 😂). It’s super easy and puts a little variety into your bone broth rotation.
This Vietnamese pho broth recipe is my new age spin on my Mamas traditional soup. It’s MSG free, low carb, and also Keto Friendly!
What You’ll Need:
– Cinnamon sticks
– Star anise
– Whole black pepper
(If you cant find these we can special order them for you!)
Heat your spices in a dry pan until you have the wafting aroma in your kitchen. Transfer the spices into a spice ball (I just use a tea ball 🍵 but don’t say I didn’t tell you, it will never be the same again) cut your ginger in half length wise and sear it in your dry pan. Drop the seared ginger, cinnamon sticks and tea ball full of spices into your broth and simmer for a few hours. When you’re ready to serve your pho drop thinly sliced meat into the broth until cooked (or left over meat).
What you need for the base & flavouring:
While your broth is simmering prepare the rest. To keep this low carb I went for the Thai cut better than noodles but you can use rice noodles or Raman noodles (whatever your heart desires).
If you’re using better than noodles, rinse those with water then pop them in your bowl and pour your hot broth and meat over them.
To flavour your soup whisk a tablespoon of miso with water in a small bowl, once mixed stir this and the sriracha into your soup.
Squeeze lime or lemon 🍋 over the broth and garnish with bean sprouts (or sun flower sprouts) and mint. Now enjoy!
I know if seems like alot of steps but I promise once you’ve done it once you’ll find it a breeze. Lots of times I just add whatever left over meat I had from last night or skip the noodles and garnishes and just sip it like a hot cuppa joe.
Happy souping. Let us know if you tried making this Vietnamese pho broth recipe and what you think!
If you’re at all familiar with the world of natural health or weight loss, chances are you’ve come across the words: ketogenic, ketosis, ketone, or keto diet. Though you may have heard these words, or perhaps adopted some of the main principles surrounding them, we think it’s important to know what they mean and to fully understand what this method of eating really entails.
Things can sometimes get tricky when it comes to the world of “diets”. Often, we’re thrown a million and one suggestions as to what we are supposed to be eating daily, or even hourly. What can help to make it easier, is to really understand what is going on in the body when we consume certain foods.
Fats and carbohydrates are typically thought of as the two main fuel sources for the body. Carbohydrates provide very short term and quick supplies of energy, while fats are a long term, and far slower supply. Carbohydrates are actually the cell’s “preferred” choice of energy… because they are absorbed extremely quickly to produce energy. Fats are used as energy sources only in an absence of carbohydrates.
When we first wake up in the morning, our bodies are “fasting”. This means that we haven’t eaten in 8-12 hours and in this state we have begun to use our fat stores for energy. Thus, our body is burning ketones. When we eat a “breakfast” meal that is full of carbohydrates, our body quickly comes out of this fasting state and uses glucose (sugar that makes up carbs) as a fuel source. This is all fine and well if we are expending energy and burning off what we’ve just consumed. In many cases, however, we’re consuming more energy than we actually need to use immediately, and the glucose is converted to fat and stored in the body.
Ketogenic diets are very high in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates. They are designed to put the body into a ketogenic state, or ketosis. The ratios of fats to protein to carbohydrates varies a bit for everyone, but the graph above is based on an average carbohydrate tolerance. Due to the body’s preference to use glucose for fuel, it’s important to keep the carbohydrate intake to a minimum*. This will help your body stay in ketosis and burn fat for fuel.
There are a few common methods of testing to see whether your body has entered ketosis.
Some people who eat a strict ketogenic diet will stick to this method of eating everyday with no “cheat” days. Others will do a carbohydrate re-feed day once a week. This is sometimes termed as cyclic ketosis. Where you’re forcing the body into ketosis most days, and then leaving a state of ketosis for one day.
A hormone in the body known as leptin is produced by our fat cells to regulate appetite and promote satiety. When we eat too many carbs, our body can become resistant to leptin and we never feel full. Often when people follow a strict low-carb diet for too long their leptin levels fall too low and they feel hungry more often. A carbohydrate re-feed day can reset this balance and ensure that the body stays leptin-sensitive.
*Note: When counting or tracking carbohydrates, be sure that you subtract the fibre from the total, as it will not effect your state of ketosis.
Ketogenic diets are not necessarily suitable for every person or every lifestyle. Everyone is completely different.
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Unveiled: The Secret of Tallow Balm for Skin Care and Its Benefits
Until recently, the modern world was oblivious to what our ancestors knew to be the absolute best substance for skin care. But, in 2009, Andrew Gardner, founder and owner of Vintage Tradition, made the astounding discovery himself during a tour of a farm in Tequila, Mexico. Tequila is, of course, where the famous liquor is produced from the blue agave plant. Even though the workers in this desert where the plants are cultivated did not use gloves, their hands were soft and not dry or calloused. He was informed that they had always used a balm which was a mixture of beef tallow and gel from the blue agave plant.
Armed with this information, Andrew created a formula that he could use and share with others. Made from a simple recipe for traditional nourishing and healing skin care, he made his Tallow Balm. This is available for others on his Vintage Tradition website. Before that time, there were virtually no skin care products available that were made with animal fats. Andrew also wrote a definitive research article on skin care. This appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Wise Traditions, the journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Now the cat was out of the bag. The taboo on the use of animal products in skin care began to be lifted. And now tallow for skin care has become accepted due to his work.
Did that sound like an exaggeration? It’s not! Without getting into all the science covered in Andrew’s article, let’s just say that tallow is extremely similar to our own natural skin oil or “sebum” which lubricates and waterproofs our skin. In fact, “sebum”, a term coined around 1700, means “tallow” in Latin! Sounds like our ancestors knew more we thought!
Traditional wisdom held that this whole-food substance was supremely nourishing to the skin. We who believe in natural health know that we must give the body what it needs to maintain and heal itself, since only the body itself can do that job. Tallow is that perfect food and nourishment for the skin. It can be applied directly to the skin to give amazing results of skin health and healing. This explains why Andrew branded his Tallow Balm as “The Whole Food of Skin Care”.
“I love this cream! My 60+ sensitive skin has been through a lot but it is now well nourished, leaving me amazed and happy that it is never too late for one’s face to respond to what is really good and pure. NEVER BEFORE in my life did I EVER receive compliments about my complexion but I do now!
IMAGINE, AT MY AGE! I am so thrilled I discovered it! It is perfect for my skin. I apply it once a day in the morning. I could not believe the compliments I began getting when I started using it — praising my complexion even as I wore no make-up and USING NOTHING ELSE DAILY BUT THIS — praise from strangers and other women. What freedom and joy to use this INSTEAD of make-up. I go out with confidence knowing this balm is all I need to put my best face forward and age gracefully. I turned to it because I have always had very sensitive skin that reacted to anything.
FINALLY I found the simple wholesome product I have always wanted — with no suspicious and strange-sounding ingredients that have a string of chemicals on the label you can’t even pronounce or have allergens like soy.”
“I’d had a split lip for about a year and a half. I tried everything to heal it—from regular old chapstick to natural oils and shea butter—but nothing worked. I used Tallow Balm for two weeks, my lip healed, and it’s been healed ever since.”
“It exceeded my expectations! It is wonderful and soothing, absorbs quickly so you aren’t left feeling greasy, and my skin loves it. I never knew my skin could feel this soft and hydrated. It’s even making my breakouts vanish, and I was afraid they would look worse or even multiply from using the balm, but they do not. I am even using the balm all over my two-year-old, and she loves it too!”
“A few years ago I developed eczema on most of my body so severe I had to go on oral and topical steroids for six months. Desperate to get off those dangerous drugs I tried aloe, coconut oil, olive oil, manuka honey, raw honey, magnesium oil and the list goes on but nothing worked. Within a few hours of applying this tallow balm the itching and pain began to subside. Within a week or two I had weaned myself completely off the steroids and the eczema cleared in a couple of months.”
“To say I am stunned is an understatement. My family has tried everything you can possibly think of to help my two and a half year old daughter’s eczema. If it is out there, we have tried it. The recovery of her skin in less than two days is nothing short of a miracle! If only I had taken pictures of it two days ago, everyone would be shocked! At that time, it looked horrible. She had scratched her spots throughout her sleep, so much so that it was too sensitive for clothes to lay against her skin. Words can’t describe how you feel as a parent when your child is in pain and nothing you do seems to help. Our sweet girl would cry because she was in so much pain. It was heart-breaking.
But with just a few random applications of your balm over a couple days, our daughter’s skin is so much better! Not one spot is bleeding! My whole family is shocked!”
“Due to an undiagnosed skin issue, my face will often break out in boils, then a severe rash that dries to the point of cracking and bleeding. It is horrible! Dermatologists and doctors have given me steroid creams and lotions to no avail. I’ve tried applying coconut oil, olive oil, yogurt, raw cow’s milk—every idea I could find on the internet to relieve the burning and heal the dryness and cracking that results. Even water would cause my face to yield these burning red patches. My sister found Vintage Tradition and I immediately ordered Pretty Girly Tallow Balm based on the reviews. I just ordered my second jar as it is the ONLY thing that has ever helped and is continuing to heal my condition. It is wonderful and immediately gives me relief and calms the inflammation. I am so thankful to have found this product!”
“My natural conditioner recently changed its formula without notice, and I developed a massive allergic reaction with a rash and itching all over my face and neck. The only thing that stopped the itching and soothed the inflammation was the Tallow Balm I had on hand.”
“I don’t use the term ‘life-changing’ loosely, but I’d like to pull out the trump card here and say that Tallow Balm literally changed my life (or at least my skin). Last winter, I had a terrible case of dry, chapped skin. Thanks to the dry, cold weather, it started getting so bad that my shoulders and upper arms were completely covered in patches of dry skin. No matter what form of over-the-counter lotion I bought, it just would not disappear. But then I found Tallow Balm. Within 5 days of applying it, the patches of dry skin were gone. GONE. Not reduced, not better. Gone.”
We’re at the start of a new month, March. So why not start a new mindfulness practice?
I don’t know about you guys but for me, my phone is a huge distraction.
Have you ever had those days when you get home, sit down, check your phone and a kazillion hours later you’ve found yourself down a rabbit hole scrolling social media feeds or caught up in more work? This is definitely me.
So, my new mindfulness practice for this month is, to not do this.
To help me make this happen I have created an adorable little home for my much-appreciated phone. Every day when I get home, my phone goes into its happy new home.
When the time comes that I need to use my phone, (or choose to). The plan is, that I have to stay in the area of this one spot while I use my phone.
It’s kind of a throwback to the days where everything wasn’t wireless.
Remember those times when phone cords were attached to the wall? Okay, so I’m dating myself. Long story short, if you wanted to talk to a friend for hours at a time (yes hours) you would have to sit in that one spot where your corded phone lived (which was usually in the middle of your family room- where everyone was hanging out)
So that’s the idea. I’m starting this practice in hopes that confining me to one spot will help make my phone use thought out and mindful.
This is the beginning of my new mindfulness practice.
Are you doing any mindfulness practices? Inspire others by sharing what you’re doing.
These keto cookies are a piece of cake to make. I take the easy route and mix all ingredients together (minus the chocolate chips) and blend. Once everything is mixed stir in your choclate chips, spoon into balls and bake.
Include the collagen if you’re looking for a higher protein option and elimitimate the sour cream if you prefer a dairy-free cookie. The sour cream makes these super soft. If you’re going for the dairy, the cookies don’t brown and may not seem ready but they are!
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºC.
2. Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in one bowl using an electric mixer.
3. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Spoon onto a cookie sheet and roll into balls, gently press down into the baking sheet to flatten.
5. Bake for 15 minutes to 20 minutes depending on cookie size.
6. Let cool and enjoy!
For more information on the keto diet, check out this article that explains what ketogenic, ketosis, and ketone’s are.
This is my personal account of how a zero-carb, meat-based, full-on-carnivore diet has changed my life. In less than a month.
I’d like to start off by saying that I am by no means a doctor, therefore I am incapable of diagnosing anyone with anything, nor recommending any sort of diet protocol to help fix anyone that’s dealing with… anything. I am merely a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, who knows a thing or two about quality food, and has done years of experimenting with nutrition.
To really get things going, I will list the myriad of symptoms that I have been dealing with over the last five or six years or so. Some intermittent, and some persisting the entire time, or even my entire life.
Basically, I felt as though I was a train wreck. I tried a host of different approaches to solve many of the problems. I followed a strict ketogenic (high fat low carb) diet, a cyclic ketogenic diet, a simply high fat diet, water fasting, bone broth fasting, taking ALL of the supplements, playing around with different shampoos, cutting out random food groups, a strict elimination diet free of all allergens – each trial with very little success to be perfectly honest. (Although, the high saturated fat, which remained a staple throughout the last 4 years brought my period back initially, so I will give credit here where credit is due.)
And then a coworker told me about a podcast they had listened to with a girl who had cured some far more serious chronic health problems by going full carnivore. It sounded crazy enough, thus, I decided to give it a go.
I concluded that my carnivore diet would now consist of: quality, locally sourced meat, cooked in only butter, and Himalayan pink salt. Oh, also herbal tea, and organic coffee.
The following is a chronology of what took place next. It’s not all nice, but it’s all real. 😐
I had been doing a ketogenic diet prior to this for about two months, with less than 30g of carbs, so I suspected the adjustment would be seamless. Let me tell you, it was not.
The first two days, I felt pretty ok other than my still prevalent seasonal allergies. My bowel movements were weird and less “together” than usual but I was feeling alright.
By the third day, I was dragging my butt. My bowel movements were now (*disclaimer* TMI) straight water and bile, needed the bathroom ASAP, and there were multiple per day. #fun On top of this, my entire body felt as though I had the flu – deeply achy muscles, and my lower back/sacral area hurt so bad I could barely walk. My head was foggy and I felt like concentrating on anything was impossible. I was sweating so bad at night that I had to get up and change a couple times. I started napping a lot, which is very unlike me.
These symptoms persisted for a few more days, which sounds like enough to make a person up and quit. However, what also happened by day 4 is that my severe seasonal allergy symptoms mostly cleared up. My back that had been riddled with zits, was clear for the first time in, like, years, my joints felt much more mobile, like they’d been so inflamed for so long I hadn’t known the difference. My mood felt more stable, and I had less anxious thoughts. I also dropped almost 5lbs by day six (likely water retention and inflammation, but still, it felt good). The itchy scalp “psoriasis” had vanished, which might very well be the best part since I’d had that for my whole life.
Once the chronic diarrhea cleared up 😐 , which took another couple of days, I had ZERO bloating. I also now had the flattest stomach I can remember having.
The energy took an additional week or so to come back, but by day 14, I was feeling like a new person entirely.
It has been just shy of thirty days on the carnivore diet, and I am still feeling so much sharper in my thought processes, I have zero bloating, and all of the symptoms that had subsided have stayed away! There have been a total of 3 sporadic days where I fell slightly or completely off the wagon, and I have paid in symptoms the next days, including: itchy scalp, depressed mood, seasonal allergies, and some slight acne.
My hormonal system will probably take some more time to level out, it’s really too soon to know, but I feel hopeful that this might be the key to that, too.
I plan to continue with this “miracle” carnivore diet without cheating for at least two more weeks solid, at which point I will slowly grow my repertoire of foods one item at a time. #startingwithchocolate #justkidding #butimissit
I by no means feel (or know) that this diet could or should be used as a full time, forever protocol. To me it feels like a healing protocol. I will heal whatever gut related issues that I am dealing with by sticking to a meat-based, allergen and all plant-food-free carnivore diet, with the hopes that I’ll repair the potentially leaky gut I have, or whatever else is going on, and eventually be able to eat a “healthy” and balanced again.
For now, I am honestly loving the foods I get to eat, and I feel like I rejoice in the lack of decision fatigue on where and what to eat. I have saved a ton of money on food already, despite what you might think since it’s all meat, and I have basically retired my bad snacking habit.
I really try to vary the types of meat that I consume, but so far my preference is for red meat. Also, I regularly consume cod liver (weirdly enough, I love it now), salmon, sardines, and pork/boar sausages. Among some others here and there.
– Coffee blended with 2 tbsp of salted grass-fed butter
– Herbal tea blended with 2 tbsp of salted grass-fed butter
– 2 boar sausages
– 1/2 lb of beef meatballs, doused in butter and salt
– 1 medium sized steak
– 1/2 can of cod liver, 1/2 can of salted salmon mixed together
– another herbal tea or bone broth with 1-2 tbsp of butter
And voila, only about 100-150g of fat, 60-70g of protein, and <1g carbs later.
Again, I am not a doctor, I am simply a short term success story of this awesome diet protocol. If you’d like to read some more amazing testimonies check out meatheals.com. Or, read the story that convinced me, by Mikhaila Peterson, here.
For some legit doctor advice, check out the work of Dr. Shawn Baker, MD. He’s been following the protocol himself for an extended period of time, and he’s acquired some really promising insights. He was on “The Joe Rogan Experience”, which you can check out either on the Podcast app, or online here.
I named this as spontaneous, because that’s how it usually happens for me. I LOVE steak, but I typically stock up on all my meat once a week and freeze it, planning to save the sirloin steaks for days where I’m really treating myself to help keep myself on a budget. This usually results in me wanting a delicious, juicy steak like, right now – spontaneously. So, I have developed this steak cooking protocol, and now I rarely pre-plan because it’s so much better than any other steak cooking recipe I have ever tried.
Plans to have a little fun this Canada Day long weekend? Or, ANY weekend this summer? Check out this all Canadian sourced, and ketogenic diet friendly drink idea!
Are you following a ketogenic diet? Are you trying to keep your diet low-carb? Do you simply appreciate great sugar-free and no-sugar-added food options?! Well, then you’ll LOVE that we have more keto food options in this last month or so!
This awesome Superfood Creamer is simply amazing as an on the go addition to coffee, tea, smoothies or yogurt! It’s packed with nutritional ingredients including flavourful coconut milk powder, saturated-fat rich coconut oil, and Aquamin, derived from a red marine algae for added calcium and 72 other bio-available minerals! This blend was formulated by world-renowned big-wave surfer, Laird Hamilton. He is a fitness guru who has spent years perfecting ways to pack tons of nutrients into his busy, fitness filled days for sustained and focused energy! Each packet contains only 3g of total carbohydrates!
These ridiculously delicious little bars are the perfect snack for long, busy days on the go, or as a treat after a long work day! PLUS, with less than 5g of net carbs per bar, no need to worry about falling out of ketosis. Believe us, you’ll be surprised at how much they taste like a treat. Available in Coconut Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Almond Chocolate.
Wait, you mean I can have BBQ sauce on a keto diet? YES! This one. With less than 1g of carbs, and 0g of sugar, this tasty gluten free barbecue sauce will have your burgers, steaks or chicken breasts tasting mouth-wateringly delicious!!
First BBQ sauce, now ketchup?! Um, yup. This DELICIOUS ketchup is actually a game changer. Who didn’t grow up thinking ketchup was the best sauce around? We sure did. Until we learned the amount of sugar in a serving of conventional ketchup. Let’s just say that this is the best darn thing we’ve seen in a while. Sweetened with stevia, this awesome natural ingredient ketchup has just 1g of naturally occurring sugar per 2 tbsp serving. #yes
And of course, what good BBQ is complete without mustard?! We don’t think there’s any! This extremely clean and organic mustard has 0g of carbohydrates per serving, and it’s SO delicious. Plus, it’s made with all local ingredients from the Northwest, so you can feel great about supporting this awesome company, while also enjoying some of the best mustard we have ever tried!