Paleo Hair Care at its Best:  The 5 Elements Series

Paleo Hair Care at its Best: The 5 Elements Series

Taking care of my beautiful hair is one of the great pleasures of my life.

But I’ll be honest, conventional shampoo has been my crutch for a long time.  

Dang it, I don’t like oily hair and I’ve never been able to go the requisite 4-8 weeks with it in order to “adjust”. 

So when paleo haircare companies offer to let me try their healthy new shampoos and conditioners, I always hesitate.

Do I want to subject myself to another 5 weeks of oily hair and scalp buildup?

But each time I’m intrigued.  Maybe someone has finally got it right.  Maybe I should give it a go.

Chemicals, toxins, carcinogens, parabins, allergens and whatever else in our typical shampoos and conditioners make me absolutely cringe. 

So when I was approached by Morocco Method to give their hair care products a try, I decided to do it.

Their whole line is so intriguing.  They pride themselves on truly gentle, non-toxic, non-allergenic and safe for everyone hair and body products—children included. Totally natural and holistic for maximum hair and scalp health.

They use ingredients common to Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Chinese Herbology in their 5 elements series (find it here), which is one of the things I tried.  Everything is plant, mineral, and herb based and works to put your scalp into optimal health.  

Here’s how it works:  you order all shampoos from the 5 elements series and begin using them as you would typically use your shampoo.  You wash the scalp once with the shampoo, rinse, and then wash again.  The first time is to remove scalp buildup, the second time is to help the holistic healing properties really absorb into the scalp.

Morrocco Method recommends rotating the shampoos- at minimum rotating at least 2 shampoos at all times to prevent scalp resistance.  However, it’s best to try all the shampoos first so you can see which work better for your particular scalp.

I tried the earth essence first which provides a rich mixture of essential oils, French clays and botanical proteins and promotes fuller, thicker hair.  Because, who doesn’t want some va-va VOOM??

What I liked about this one was that it gave my hair some texture and had a really great earthy scent, which I’m totally into.  My only criticism was that I didn’t feel like my hair was really CLEAN, but again, I’m transitioning from scalp stripping shampoo so…

Next I tried the fire essence, an apple cider vinegar based shampoo which increases blood flow to the scalp and flushes out debris, oil buildup and unhealthy bacteria.

I’m a HUGE fan of apple cider vinegar on the scalp and I knew I’d love this one.  I was right.  If my hair didn’t feel super clean before, it definitely felt clean after this one.  I felt like I was adjusting much better to the “no-poo” thing than I ever had before.

I subsequently rotated through the following shampoos.  I tried air, which has pine shale in it to gently nourish the scalp, remove dandruff and itchiness and counteract thinning and hair loss.  Then I tried sea essense, which contains all kinds of lovely sea things like algae, spirulina, kelp and marine proteins to nourish hair and scalp and correct dryness.  AND OMG LOVE. 

Ether had natural botanicals, herbs and marine proteins to dynamically energize hair and scalp.  Plus is has a super awesome name.  I loved the smell of this one also.

Then, of course, there were the conditioners:  Pearl Essence, Chi Instant, and Diamond Crystal Mist.  Really liked them, but my favorite was the Pearl Essence.

After several days of rotating the shampoos, my hair was still adjusting to the non-strippage of my scalp but I was REALLY impressed.  I’ll be continuing to try this for the forseeable future and feel absolutely comfortable recommending this to my no-poo friends as a wonderful alternative to your typical water/applecider vinegar routine. 

I hope you give this a try!  MY recommendation would be to get the travel size kit first so you can test all the different elements and see which rotation works best for you.

Find all of Morrocco Method’s amazing products and more of their mission, goals, and vision on their website here.  

How do you do the no shampoo thing?  Have you tried it?  Do you hate it?  Love it?  I want to hear from you!

One Genious Way to Eat More Vegetables

One Genious Way to Eat More Vegetables

Vegetables are, quite literally, life.

Without enough of the vital nutrients and vitamins in these incredibly important plants, survival for humans in the modern world is very hard.  Thriving is even harder.

Yet the vast majority of the those in the developed world, and especially the United States, continue to eat less than the recommended daily amount. 

Not only that, but over the centuries, the varieties of fruits and vegetables we eat in the United States have become sanitized, reduced, and sometimes genetically modified.  

We grow far fewer varieties of vegetables and fruits than ever before in our history, and the fruits and veggies we have access to are often limited compared to other countries.

Additionally, the vegetables and fruits we eat are limited by our taste buds.

Americans tend to have a set variety of vegetables they like to eat and many don’t like or know how to try new things. But this limits us so much!

Smoothies are great and juicing has its benefits.  But what if there was a way to get highly concentrated vegetables in everything you eat- from salads to smoothies to baked goods?

What if we could eat our recommended 5 servings of veggies and fruit a day AND add additional veggies without having to actually force another whole vegetable down our throats?

And what if we could supplement our diets to have an incredible variety not possible in typical American diets, even healthy ones?

Enter Dr. Cowan’s Vegetable Powders.

These isn’t your typical green powder supplement.

Dr. Cowan carefully formulates several distinct, organic powders to help provide those concerned with eating a healthy diet highly nutritious, interesting, and delicious flavors.  

The powders are formulated not just for maximum nutrients but for taste and can be added to cooked foods and baked goods as well.  

I had the chance this week to sample several of the powders.  I was lucky enough to sample the Leek, winter vegetable, Burdock roots, and savory threefold blend.

In addition to having AMAZING flavor leeks are a rich source of many of the B vitamins, have more polyphenols (chemicals that are thought to prevent human disease) than most other commonly eaten garden vegetables, and are loaded with vitamin K.

Burdock root has many health properties like prevention of acne, reduction of allergies, and can even help with eczema!   The savory threefold blend was really cool!  Most people use only the roots of a certain vegetable or only the leaves.  

The threefold powder uses the whole plant because its recognized that the different parts of the plant have different health properties, and this way we get them all!  

All of the powders were delicious and unique and actually added flavor to my food.

I added them to my breakfast smoothies and even once put them in some gluten free brownies.  Whaaaat.

Dr. Cowan was so nice to share with me, I’m excited that we’re able to share these with you too!

Just use this link and place an order and receive 20% off your first purchase with the code PALEOFORWOMEN.  

20% is a HUGE discount off these organic, nutritional powerhouses.

So if you want to get more nutrition in a smaller package, check out everything they’ve got to offer and don’t forget to use your code ‘PALEOFORWOMEN’ for 20% off.

Find Dr. Cowan’s vegetable powders here!

How to Save Big on Paleo Food

How to Save Big on Paleo Food

It’s been a while since Thrive Market started and they’re still going strong.

In fact, the last couple years has been a time of awesome growth in the world of health foods and they now offer so much more than they could at first!

With paleo becoming more and more popular, tons of great, healthy and fantastic easy-to-eat food items have popped up on the scene. And I’ve always found Thrive to be the best place to buy them!

You see,Thrive is a membership based site, so they function like a warehouse store where you pay a yearly fee and you are able to benefit from the great prices all year round. Shipping is also very inexpensive.

What I love most about Thrive are the prices.  Buying this stuff in person or even Amazon (as much as I love it!) will cost you an arm and a leg sometimes.  

But with Thrive, that membership fee and gives you access to incredible deals on everything from protein powder to mayonnaise.

If you consume a fair amount of paleo products on a yearly basis, the membership will more than pay for itself and you will end up saving in the end.

I discovered Thrive while searching for a way to get some of the snacks and foods I live off of like Primal Mayo, Tanka Bars, and wild honey. Thrive has all of these products and many, many more for prices lower than you’ll ever seen them.

It’s seriously an AWESOME place to shop because they carry all the non-perishables you could possibly want- from oils and condiments, to snacks and bars and the prices are AMAZING.

If you haven’t tried some of these easy paleo foods and products, you are missing out!  They have made my life so much more convenient and helped me to be able to do more of the things I love, which have nothing to do with eating!

Thrive is currently offering a free trial period on their membership, so if you sign up now, you can buy lots of yummy things and try it out to see how it works for you before paying a membership price!

Check it out here!

Have you tried Thrive?  What did you think?  What are your favorite snacks to buy?

3 Fabulous Fitness Products

3 Fabulous Fitness Products

I’ll admit, fitness is not something I’m great at.

Besides dancing, my ideal life includes a lot of laying down and eating mangoes.

BUT.  Fitness is super important.  My friend Noelle is really the expert on all that jazz and if you’re just getting started, I recommend checking her website here

I’ve recently had the chance to try a couple of new fitness products that I really liked.

Super helpful and motivating, these help make working out more convenient and efficient. Check them out!

#1 Go Pockets

Okay, so this is one of the best idea EVER.  

What is the deal with women’s workout attire and not having properly sized pockets??

Like I’m going to take my key off of my full key chain or leave my phone at home as I traipse around the city?

Smart phones and credit cards are real and we need to carry them comfortably, but women’s workout pants usually seem more designed to cling as tightly to one’s butt as possible, no room for pockets.

It’s just not practical.

But now there’s Go Pocket.  They use a strong adhesive to adhere temporarily to your workout clothes, giving you a perfect pocket to place things in. 

They don’t last forever so you aren’t stuck with them, and the adhesive won’t ruin your clothes.  They are also easily removed when you don’t want them anymore or want to try a different color.

They are also washable and lasts through several wash cycles.

They can hold your phone, keys, cards, anything you need for your workout.  

They come in black and all kinds of fun colors and patterns, changed every season!

This is a brand new product so give it some love and try it with free shipping here.

#2 This Fitness Tracker

Okay, so you probably have one of these already.  It seems like everyone does.

But if you don’t, you need to hop on this train!

The Fitbit Alta HR is the best fitness tracker I’ve used.  

It’s a bit pricier than other brands but it is definitely worth it.  Heart rate monitoring, step counting, food tracking, and lots of fun calculations to see where your fitness is at.

It also tracks sleep (which is just as important as fitness!) and I love that it can help me identify if I’m not sleeping as well.  That way I know to kick back a little if I’m overdoing it.  

Plus, since so many people have it, you can always find friends to motivate and inspire you to hit those step goalz.

And you have to love the fact that you can change the band.  

I mean, looking good is life so… (I love these bands to match it all here

And if you have prime you can have one in 2 days!

So just take the leap and do it!  Find them here

#3 These am-ah-zing glass bottles

After working out, strenuous cardio or weight lifting exercise, recovery is important.  A good carb with a high quality protein is important.

Usually I do this by making myself a protein shake with some fruit, or sometimes I’ll take a branch chain amino acids drink as well. 

I get sick of constantly mixing my shakes in the same bottle, washing it out, and remixing it again.

Instead, I bought this set of 6 glass bottles (no BPA, yay!) and I just make my protein shakes up in advance.

I leave them in the fridge or freezer until I need them and voila!

Find the set here. 

What are your favorite fitness products??

The Best Paleo Makeup for Dry Skin

The Best Paleo Makeup for Dry Skin

Recently, I was offered the chance to try a new skincare and makeup line featuring all-natural, clean ingredients and nothing more.

I get offered these things from time to time and enjoy trying them because I’m always looking for something that can appeal to myself and the women I write for and that won’t make conditions like hormonal acne or dry skin worse.  As I get older I’m also looking at products that can help prevent signs of aging.

I know many of my readers want the same.

I’ve tried lots of products and some of them are really great!  But I hadn’t yet found a whole line that I really felt met all my needs.

Until now!

Annemarie makeup and skincare use organic, truly natural ingredients to make gorgeous mineral makeup, facial oils, moisturizers, and cleansers.

What I love about this skincare and makeup line is the versatility.  Dry skin products are often so oily that skin looks shiny long after application or they don’t quite have the moisture you’re looking for.

With natural makeup, coverage is also an issue.

The coverage of the mineral foundations from Annemarie can be changed based on how much of the powder and oil you use.  Not only that, but a fine dusting of powder and you are shine free, no extra product needed.

The makeup lasted me all day and I’m a face toucher for sure! I was really impressed with how long it lasted and I felt like it beat other natural makeups I’ve tried that tend to wear off or melt down on a hot day.  The ability to customize the thickness and oil content was a huge plus here too.

The anti-aging oils are packed with nutrients for skin and moisturize and protect at once.  They also smell AMAZING.

Like lavender and happiness.  Seriously.

Everything is formulated with health in mind, so those with hormonal acne have nothing to fear.

Remember, with hormonal acne, oil on the skin is not the problem.  The problem is primarily internal and has much more to do with what you are eating than what you are putting on your skin.

Skin dryness is a similar issue, so make sure that in conjunction with great skincare/makeup products like these you are also using enough Omega 3 oils (find them here) and eating a diet that eliminates dairy/gluten and focuses on gut and liver recovery. 

For those of you with sensitive skin, I tried these myself and have what I’d consider sensitive skin and they felt just fine.

The cleansing wash did a good job removing makeup and making me feel fresh, and the toner was a nice touch as well.

All in all, I was genuinely impressed with these products. I think you will be too.

Annmarie Skin Care has put together a trial package where you can try any of 3 special sample kits that include some of their best-selling products. You can choose a sample kit based on your skin type — normal, oily, or dry.

These kits are $10 each AND when you order one (or more) you’ll receive a $10.00 off coupon that you can use for a future purchase. Annmarie Skin Care is also offering FREE SHIPPING for these kits – anywhere in the world.

Also, when you get a sample kit today, you’ll get their newly updated Toxic Free Home Guide. This is an in-depth, beautifully laid out guide that exposes the worst and most common chemicals you can find throughout your house — in cleaning products, toiletries, even your couch — and shows you safe alternatives to use.

Their comprehensive, easy-to-read Toxic Free Home Guide is full of tips for creating a beautifully natural home, with lots of product recommendations and DIY recipes for everything from deodorant to drain cleaning solution.

If you order a sample kit today, you’ll get this guide — free — which is a $24.95 value.

Finally, as an extra added bonus, if you’re one of the first 100 orders, Annmarie Skin Care will send a travel-size Neroli Toning Mist — a $7.95 value — to you for free. If you’re one of the first to buy, this bonus gift will not show up on your online receipt but will be included in your order.

So for $10, you can try this award-winning skin care line AND get your own digital copy of Annmarie Skin Care’s newly updated Toxic Free Home Guide. You’ll also receive their travel-size Neroli Toning Mist as a gift if you’re one of the first 100 to place an order.

Get Your Sample Kit and Bonuses Here

And come back and let us know what you think after you try the products!  I want to hear your feedback ALWAYS 🙂 🙂