3 Reasons to Try Apple Cider Vinegar

3 Reasons to Try Apple Cider Vinegar

If you’ve been around the health world for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about apple cider vinegar.

Once the darling of the pop-science community everywhere, it still has a strong and valuable allure for those following whole foods, paleo diets.

Apple cider vinegar may seem like a fad.  But hey, there’s a reason it’s so popular!

While it is certainly no cure-all and shouldn’t be used as, say, a spot remover on teeth (hello, enamel!), apple cider vinegar does contain important properties that can play a role in detoxification, weight loss, insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, and more!

Read on to find a few of my favorite reasons to drink it, how I like to drink it, and the best kind to get the most benefits.  

#1 ACV may improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance

Several small studies have tried the use of Apple Cider Vinegar for those with insulin-based conditions like type II diabetes and those who suffer from insulin resistance and pre-diabetes.

What they found is that vinegar (any kind, including apple cider vinegar) added to a starchy meal reduced the load of the starch on the bloodstream, preventing drastic insulin spikes often seen after this kind of meal.  

The ACV did not improve insulin response to protein or fat based meals, but instead was seen to be most effective in meals containing starch.

So if pre-diabetes is an issue for you, it might be worthwhile to try to incorporate some vinegars with starchy meals.  While it doesn’t have to be apple cider vinegar, the health properties of this vinegar compared to others make it a better choice. 

#2 Apple Cider Vinegar May Boost Weight Loss

Weight loss is not the main goal of most of my readers.  We are all about that body positivity and HEALTH, not someone else’s idea of what is attractive.

BUT, many of the women I work with are attempting to lose weight for health reasons and apple cider vinegar is a great way to add a small boost. Plus, ACV may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

The process of weight loss can be so frustrating, so anything that can boost results is awesome.  If you’re on that journey now, you might want to take a look at my delightfully helpful Weight Loss Unlocked program (find it here) along with the apple cider vinegar.  

#3 Beautiful Skin and Hair

Apple Cider Vinegar is a great blemish treatment and helps dry out excess acne.  Cut it with water first, and don’t use it raw or you could burn your skin.

I also like to use apple cider vinegar as a rinse on my hair.  It’s great for dandruff, helps slough off old skin, and has anti-fungal properties that make it great for places like the scalp that can develop issues quickly from scratching.

Many people find this an important part of a no-poo routine.  Vinegar won’t remove natural oils from the scalp (oil and vinegar don’t mix) but it will help keep the scalp clean and clear of debris and dead skin which can sometimes build up without clarifying shampoos.  

The Way to Drink It

ACV can be used in so many ways.  It makes a great dressing for salads along with olive oil, is a nice tangy way to brine meats and other dishes, and makes a tasty drink.

I like to pour a tablespoon of ACV into sparkling mineral water and add a squeeze of lemon.  For me it’s like a no-sugar lemonade! It’s got a strong vinegar taste, so cut down to a tsp. if its too much for you at first! 

Other women I know like to add a few drops of essential oils (like these), usually orange oil in a glass with apple cider vinegar and water and even salt the rim so it feels like a cocktail! 

Bragg, which sells the brand of apple cider vinegar I prefer, also has a recipe for a great ACV drink.  They take 8 oz. of water, add 1 to 2 tsps. of ACV and 1 to 2 tsps. of honey, maple syrup, or liquid stevia (find it here).  Sounds pretty good!

Bragg’s apple cider vinegar is one of the highest quality out there.  It’s raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized, made from organic apples.  I highly recommend it.  Find Bragg’s apple cider vinegar here!

How do you like to use apple cider vinegar?  I’d love to hear your stories and recipes below!

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Hi loves!

It’s episode 122!

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

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This week, Noelle and I discuss problems lowering carbs, blood sugar and insulin management, and prolonged bathroom trips.

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Topics

[17:38] Problems Lowering Carbs
[35:35] Blood Sugar and Insulin Management
[50:34] Prolonged Bathroom Trips

Links!

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As a special offer for our community, Palleovalley is offering 20% off their Grass Fed Organ Complex supplement. To take advantage of this special deal, go http://paleovalley.com/paleowomen.

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Paleo Indian Spicy Grilled Fish

Paleo Indian Spicy Grilled Fish

I’m a huge fan of Indian food.  I love the spice and bold flavors, and so much of authentic Indian food is paleo friendly making it easy to fit into my weekly routine.

We’ve already shared this post for Chicken Tikka here

And check out our other recipe for Beef Buffad here. 

You guys REALLY LOVED the recipe for Raan as well (find it here).

This week we bring you another traditional favorite: Spicy Grilled Fish.  

It’s creamy, spicy, and totally fantastic.  

There’s something so wonderful about a delicious fish taking center stage on your table.

Side note: when cooking any of these recipes, you’ll need lots of spices.

That’s what Indian food is all about, right??

So you might want to invest in a nice spice rack, like this one, if you don’t have one already. 

For now, enjoy this yummy Chicken Tandoori recipe and look forward to more awesome recipes coming soon!

Paleo Indian Spicy Grilled Fish

Ingredients

  • 2 large plaice (or other whole fish)
  • 150 g coconut yoghurt (or greek yogurt if not dairy-free)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 x 3 finger pinches coriander (find it here)
  • 3 finger pinch chili powder (find it here)
  • 2 x 3 finger pinches garam masala (find it here)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (I like this one)
  • Salt (this is my fav)
  • Small sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley (garnish)
  • 1 lemon (quartered, garnish)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Slash fish on both sides and place in separate baking trays.
  2. Mix all the remaining ingredients together and divide them into two equal portions. One for each fish.
  3. Spoon mixture all over fish and leave for an hour. After the hour, turn fish over and spoon the juice that has made its way to the bottom of the tray over the fish and leave for another hour.
  4. Cook on a pre-heated grill for 4 minutes. Turn and cook on other side for another 4 minutes.
  5. Garnish, serve and enjoy!

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#121: Preconception Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes, Testing for Gestational Diabetes, & Training When Stressed

#121: Preconception Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes, Testing for Gestational Diabetes, & Training When Stressed

Hi loves!

It’s episode 121!

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 fertility nutrition, gestational diabetes, and the relationship between workouts and stress.

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

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Topics

[18:47] Preconception Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes
[39:05] Testing for Gestational Diabetes
[52:45] Training When Stressed

Links!

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

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

Weston A. Price Foundation Preconception Diet

The Baby Code

9 Foods You Should Supplement With While Pregnant

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Contour Next Glucometer

Book: Real Food for Gestational Diabetes: An Effective Alternative to the Conventional Nutrition Approach, written by Lily Nichols

Paleovalley


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The organ meats are 100% grass-fed beef organs which are Non-GMO and never given antibiotics, steroids, hormones or grain. There’s absolutely no fillers or flow agents and the wide array of organ meats ensures greater nutritional value and density.

As a special offer for our community, Palleovalley is offering 20% off their Grass Fed Organ Complex supplement. To take advantage of this special deal, go http://paleovalley.com/paleowomen.

Thanks for your support, and for listening! We absolutely love being a part of your lives.

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Tarragon Pork Blade Steak with Red Peppers and Fennel

Tarragon Pork Blade Steak with Red Peppers and Fennel

Today ButcherBox is sharing a super yummy recipe with us!

They’re also offering us an AMAZING deal this week, so scroll down below to find out more or click here

I’m super familiar with steak.  It’s awesome, of course.  But sometimes its good to branch out and try a different cut.

And these are pork!

Butcher Box is always coming up with great recipes to share with us.  And i love how their boxes will give you favorite cuts but also get you trying new things!

You really have to try this recipe!

Tarragon Pork Blade Steak with Red Peppers and Fennel

This recipe is made using pork blade steak, or pork steak, which comes from the pork shoulder of the pig and contains the blade bone. Similar to roasts, they are rich in marbling, which keeps the cut tender.  These are sometimes included in your Butcher Box!

Servings: 2-4 Prep: 10 min Cook: 35 min

The subtle flavor of tarragon is a great way to add a sweet taste to your savory steak.

This herb, native to Asia, is also a member of the lettuce family, and can be added fresh

to any salad mix as well as to vegetables and sauces as a dry spice.

Ingredients:

– 2 12-oz ButcherBox Pork Blade Steaks

– 1 Tbsp butter

– 4 Tbsp olive oil, split

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– 2 Tbsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped

– 1 c heavy cream

– 1 red pepper, chopped

– 1 fennel bulb, chopped

– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced fennel bulb and

red bell pepper and sauté until tender, about 6 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan heat 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium

heat. Add minced garlic and tarragon and cook for 1 minute.

3. Add 1 Tbsp flour and stir. Then add heavy cream, whisking constantly to remove any

clumps. Stir until thick and then set aside. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

4. Once the pepper and fennel are tender, remove from skillet and set aside.

5. Using the same large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Season

pork blade steaks generously with salt and pepper and cook on medium-high heat until

the internal temperature is 150ºF (about 5-7 minutes per side). Let the steak rest for 5-

10 minutes before serving

6. Bring tarragon sauce back to a light simmer and serve warm over steak and sauteed

vegetables.

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