Our Top Picks for Paleo Gifts

Our Top Picks for Paleo Gifts

Are you a paleo fanatic looking to share the joy this holiday season?

Are you married to a paleo fanatic and have no idea what to get them?

Are you looking to get started on the right foot with your diet/lifestyle choices post-Christmas?

Well, look no further!

Below are our 2016 top picks for paleo gifts: great stocking stuffers and special presents that will show you care about your friends and family’s happiness AND their health!

Gift the Gift of Grass-Fed Meat

ButcherBox is our choice for antibiotic-free, grass fed and finished beef, chicken, and pork.  They’re subscription style service would make an AMAZING gift for a loved one who just can’t swing the expense of grass fed meat or for yourself!

They’ve recently committed to a few great changes including totally recyclable/biodegradable packaging and an extra pound of meat per box!

They even have chicken/pork only boxes if that’s your thang.

Find out more here

Give Snacks That Don’t Talk Back

And by talk back I mean make your stomach talk back.

I mean, what’s more embarrassing than the “I’m intolerant to this” stomach gurgle??

Avoid those moments of horror with paleo snacks that contain only the good stuff.

Stack the deck in your favor with some of these great stocking stuffers:

All My Favorite Snacks

Top Snacks for the Movies

The BEST Jerky and Fruit

Give Skin Care That Will Make You Glow (Naturally)

No weird chemical glows here.

Your skin responds just as much to diet as what products you let soak into it. 

Treat it well from the inside out and the outside in with these paleo beauty products. 

From deodorant (we all need it!) to face wash, toner, toothpaste and moisturizer, these beauty gifts will make your friends SWOON.

Beauty Products Roundup

Tips for Shiny, Beautiful Hair

Give the Gift of Self-Love

True beauty is more than skin deep and starts with full and total acceptance and love for ourselves!

In a hurting world what better gift to give than the gift of self love this holiday season?

My Favorite Self-Love Resources

Let it Out!

Starting the Path to Recovery and Discovery

An Introvert Night In

Sexy By Nature

Give a Great New Cookbook

What’s better for a paleo friend or someone new to paleo than the gift of a cookbook (and an accompanying dish to get them excited)?

The recipes and their cookbooks below are some of the best to come out this year!

Bacon Beef Liver Pate with Rosemary and Thyme (AIP)

Paleo Spicy Shrimp and Chorizo Soup

Paleo Carrot Cake Bars Recipe

Well Fed Weeknights

Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

Give the Gift of A New Start

Know someone battling PCOS who doesn’t know where to begin with nutrition advice?

Why not buy them PCOS Unlocked.  It contains everything they need to get started on their new journey.  Find it here. 

Know someone who wants to lose some weight for their health but struggles with typical weight loss programs?

 Weight Loss Unlocked is my unique program to help you lose weight and feel better while still loving yourself right where you are.  

It promotes a mindful eating approach that does away with the guilt and shame of typical weight loss programs.  Find it here. 

Want more great ideas?  Check out last year’s post on Gifts for Paleo Enthusiasts Here

What paleo gifts are you giving this Christmas?

 

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So, just as a heads up - some links above may be my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you click on it and make a purchase. Doing so is no additional cost to you, but helps me tremendously. Your support is SO greatly appreciated, so thank you in advance if you choose to do so. Check out my entire disclosure to know exactly how things work.

Paleo Women Podcast #095: Body Image and Acceptance, Fasting, & B12 and Veganism

Paleo Women Podcast #095: Body Image and Acceptance, Fasting, & B12 and Veganism

Hey ladies,

Welcome to episode 95, the year my most recent  squeeze was born.

(Is she kidding!? You’ll never know.)

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

To leave a review for the podcast (OR JOIN IN ON THE APPLE WARS!!) go to: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/review. I would appreciate hearing from you more than I could possibly say!

This week, Noelle and I discuss body image and acceptance, fasting, and veganism and vitamin B12.

Got a question you’d like us to answer? Email us at paleowomenpodcast@gmail.com.

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS

Listen right now here:

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10% of the funds we receive from our sponsors is donated directly to our partner charity, Thistle Farms, a place where women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution receive help and support through residential programs, therapy, education, and employment opportunities. Because we get paid per download, you are actively supporting Thistle Farms by downloading our podcast each week.

Topics

[15:45] Body Image and Acceptance
[42:20] Fasting
[54:40] B12 and Veganism

Links!

Noelle’s website: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com

Stefani’s website: http://paleoforwomen.com

http://sunbasket.com/paleowomen

Shattering the Myth of Fasting for Women: A Review of Female-Specific Responses to Fasting in the Literature

What Everyone (Especially Vegetarians) Should Know About B12 Deficiency

Nutritional Therapy Association

NTa logoIf you’re interested in helping people find resolution with nutrition and lifestyle changes, the Nutritional Therapy Association can help you pursue your passion.

The NTA offers foundational holistic nutrition education through two distance learning program, the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program, and the Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program. Each program allows you to have the flexibility of self-paced study, while still providing in-person support with instructor-led workshops. When you sign up for one of the programs, write the name “Paleo Women” in the referral section on the application, and you’ll receive $100 check back in the mail to put towards supplies.

To learn about how you can become a NTP or NTC, check out the course catalogs and program information at http://nutritionaltherapy.com.

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So, just as a heads up - some links above may be my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you click on it and make a purchase. Doing so is no additional cost to you, but helps me tremendously. Your support is SO greatly appreciated, so thank you in advance if you choose to do so. Check out my entire disclosure to know exactly how things work.

The Perfect Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

The Perfect Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

The holidays are coming and I’m all about stocking stuffers!

And all of you, my natural health loves, are totally into giving paleo-fied gifts, I know.

We’re always looking for new suggestions for great things to get the other health conscious people in our lives so today I have a great suggestion!

Zak’s deodorant!

I know I’ve written about several other great deodorants, and there are many out there, just check out this post!

But what I love about Zak’s is they have a really great UNSCENTED deodorant!

Many of you, including myself, have super sensitive skin and are very sensitive to fragrance as well. 

Some can’t even tolerate certain essential oils, which are often used in natural deodorants.

The oils and scents can cause headaches, skin rashes, and other issues in those with high levels of sensitivity. 

But this unscented deodorant is truly unscented and pure.

I tried it for a couple weeks and it doesn’t bother my nose or my skin at all!

Zak’s unscented uses a coconut oil base and organic, plant-based ingredients and contains no aluminum, parabens, or propylene glycol.  

If you are concerned about excessive heavy metals, parabens, or any of the other range of chemicals, additives, and preservatives found in drugstore deodorants, this is a great option.

Re-application is one of the necessary evils with natural health deodorants since they often just don’t have the stay power that the commercial products have.

Which is one of the reasons why many don’t bother switching to more natural options at all.

But Zak’s deodorant lasts a really long time for a natural deodorant.  

I personally tried this myself for a week and I didn’t feel like I needed to reapply too often, most days I just wore it through the day.

Granted, it is a bit cooler out, so in summer you might have to re-apply, but I felt like the stay-power of this stuff was pretty great.

And right now, for a limited time, Zak’s is offering 20% off their product on their website.  Just use code: ZAKPFW at checkout at the Zak Body store here

You can also buy it on Amazon here, if you’d like to use your Prime membership and get it super quick!

If you aren’t sensitive to fragrances, they’ve got some lovely smelling stuff as well.  I highly encourage you to check out their website or search them on Amazon!

Soon I’ll be publishing my picks for 2016’s best Paleo Christmas gifts and I’d love to hear from you about what you’d like to see on the list!

What do you plan to put in stockings this year?

 

 

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So, just as a heads up - some links above may be my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you click on it and make a purchase. Doing so is no additional cost to you, but helps me tremendously. Your support is SO greatly appreciated, so thank you in advance if you choose to do so. Check out my entire disclosure to know exactly how things work.

Why you can’t live without hugs

Why you can’t live without hugs

A few weeks ago I put up a post about the benefits of touching (Read here: 4 reasons people who hug are healthier and happier). (And read this sweet little book on the hug – The Art of Hugging.)

This left a lot of our community wondering why.

Why is it so important for us to be touched?

Is touch paleo?

ABSOLUTELY touch is paleo!

Here’s 3 reasons why:

1. Touch is the first sense humans develop

Whether you know it or not, touch was the first of your senses to develop, and remains one of the most important for successfully navigating the world. In short, the body cares about touch. A lot.

Touch is the first of the body’s senses to develop inside the womb; it develops 6-9 weeks after conception, which is two months before the next sense, hearing. It is also one of the most important senses (if not the most important) while a newborn baby.  Research strongly suggests that human beings are born with a need for physical contact. Without it we suffer severe psychological, cognitive, and physiological dysfunction.

2. Primates (us included) spend a significant portion of their lives grooming

Primates spend up to half of their time grooming one another. (Grooming is what we see when monkeys sit around picking bugs and debris out of each other’s hair and skin. It is important in part because of the cleaning – but actually much more so because of the physical touch.)

Grooming builds trust, solidifies social order, and facilitates sexual activity. It has been shown, not surprisingly, that male macaques which groom females get more sex than those which don’t. Giving affection to primates–whether monkeys or humans–makes them feel safe, comfortable, and loved.

(Read more about the history and evolution of grooming in this amazing book.)

Interestingly, primates also groom when they are feeling bored. This means that it is not just a survival strategy but something they actively enjoy. When everything is hunky dory for a clan, primates will often nod off while being groomed.

These primates are both our cousins and our ancestors. We have not lost this need, not by a long shot.

In some ways, of course, it has changed shaped. As humans began to develop larger social groups, to go out on hunting expeditions, to spend time foraging, and to congregate around fires, so the theory goes, people developed more unique ways to get their neurotransmitter fix than simple touch. Simple touch requires lots of leisure time, which humans don’t necessarily have.

Other things which have similar neurochemical effects on humans include singing, physical activity, and dancing, especially when done in sync with another human being.

But the need for touch remains. This is because….

3. light, intimate brushing elicits a unique physiological response.

As great as singing, physical activity, and dancing are for human beings, “grooming” has its own specific physiological response. “Grooming” here for humans means any kind of affection physical touch that involves “light  stroking.”

Other things that humans do, like sing and dance, are great for neurotransmitters, but  touch is uniquely calming and effective. Touch shuts down the stress response and helps produce both oxytocin and serotonin, two very calming neurotransmitters.

(Here’s my favorite book on oxytocin: The Oxytocin Factor)

Oxytocin (with both hormonal characteristics and neurotransmitter type characteristics) is slightly more of a female molecule than male. It is typically associated with child labor and with breastfeeding. It helps women bond with their children, as it creates intense feelings of pleasure, affection, and trust. But it is also potent in all interactions involving human touch, including sex and simple, gentle stroking.

Vasopressin, the “male” counterpart that is still found in females but to a lesser degree, heightens memory, feelings of calm, and feelings of protectiveness.

So in response to touch, vasopressin. oxytocin, serotonin, beta-endorphin and other feel-g0od chemicals swirl together in a potent mixture not found in any other activity. Touch is uniquely powerful for human beings, and therefore uniquely compelling.

 

To that end, touch is incredibly important to us as animal beings. It bonds us together, it facilitates feelings of love, and it helps us be kind to one another. It is a part of the fabric of evolution from the tiniest mouse to the greatest gorilla, and everything in between.

So next time someone offers you a hug, take it. Maybe make it longer. Maybe give some more out. You may be surprised by how naturally peaceful (and maybe addictive) it feels.

And let me know what you think!! 🙂

 

For more on the evolution of hugs and touch see Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Human Behavior or How Many Friends Does One Person Need. For more on the act of hugging itself in a feel good and wonderful way see The Art of Hugging.

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So, just as a heads up - some links above may be my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you click on it and make a purchase. Doing so is no additional cost to you, but helps me tremendously. Your support is SO greatly appreciated, so thank you in advance if you choose to do so. Check out my entire disclosure to know exactly how things work.

Paleo Women Podcast #094: PCOS and Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, Pooping Concerns, & The Copper IUD

Paleo Women Podcast #094: PCOS and Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, Pooping Concerns, & The Copper IUD

Hi hi!

Today is episode number 94, get  pumped. 

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

To leave a review for the podcast (OR JOIN IN ON THE APPLE WARS!!) go to: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/review. I would appreciate hearing from you more than I could possibly say!

This week, Noelle and I discuss PCOS and hypothalamic amenorrhea, pooping concerns (Noelle named this one), & the copper IUD.

Got a question you’d like us to answer? Email us at paleowomenpodcast@gmail.com.

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS

Listen right now here:

Play in new window | Download

10% of the funds we receive from our sponsors is donated directly to our partner charity, Thistle Farms, a place where women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution receive help and support through residential programs, therapy, education, and employment opportunities. Because we get paid per download, you are actively supporting Thistle Farms by downloading our podcast each week.

Topics

[15:37] PCOS and Hypothalamic Amenorrhea
[41:55] Pooping Concerns
[48:32] The Copper IUD

Links!

Noelle’s website: http://coconutsandkettlebells.com

Stefani’s website: http://paleoforwomen.com

PCOS Unlocked: The Paleo Women’s Solution

Nutritional Therapy Association

NTa logoIf you’re interested in helping people find resolution with nutrition and lifestyle changes, the Nutritional Therapy Association can help you pursue your passion.

The NTA offers foundational holistic nutrition education through two distance learning program, the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program, and the Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program. Each program allows you to have the flexibility of self-paced study, while still providing in-person support with instructor-led workshops. When you sign up for one of the programs, write the name “Paleo Women” in the referral section on the application, and you’ll receive $100 check back in the mail to put towards supplies.

To learn about how you can become a NTP or NTC, check out the course catalogs and program information at http://nutritionaltherapy.com.

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So, just as a heads up - some links above may be my affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you click on it and make a purchase. Doing so is no additional cost to you, but helps me tremendously. Your support is SO greatly appreciated, so thank you in advance if you choose to do so. Check out my entire disclosure to know exactly how things work.