Paleo Beauty Secrets: Coconut Oil

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Hey there, citizens of PrimalGirl! Tara’s assistant Donyel here. I’m going to talk to you all a little bit about how coconut oil can make your outside look just as great as it makes your insides feel. To be honest, when I first heard about using coconut oil on your hair and skin, I was more than just a little bit apprehensive. It just didn’t make sense to me. Although I used coconut oil in my smoothies, coffee, and stirfrys all the time, I couldn’t bring myself to slather it on my skin, let alone my hair? Could something that I was ingesting on a regular basis be used topically too? The more I kept hearing my friends gush about the numerous cosmetic benefits, the less apprehensive I became. I finally mustered up the guts to try it on my skin. I rubbed the oil so that it melted between the warmth of my fingers and then rubbed it into my face before going to sleep. When I woke up in the morning, my skin was soft, supple, and totally moisturized (Note: This causes acne and breakouts for some people depending on your skin type, so my results may not … Continue reading

Cooking With Coconut Oil: A Review

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Maybe I’m strange, but my favorite books to read have always been cookbooks. Even as a small child, I would spend rainy Saturday afternoons curled up on the couch with a stack of my mother’s cookbooks in front of me. I would devour them, page by page, using little strips of torn notebook paper to bookmark the ones that I wanted to make. Few of them rarely made it to the actual kitchen, but I loved reading the recipe descriptions and soaking up the pictures of the finished products. I’ve carried my love of reading cookbooks into adulthood, except now, almost all of them make it into the production stage. So, it was no surprise when I sat down one day last week with Elizabeth Nyland’s (of Guilty Kitchen fame) new cookbook, Cooking With Coconut Oil: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes For Good Living. As I thumbed through the pages of the book, it became apparent that I had a growing problem on my hands. It wasn’t which recipe that I wanted to try that was causing my dilemma, but which recipe I didn’t want to try. From baked salmon with blueberry sauce, dark chocolate cherry muffins, and salt-roasted beet salad with … Continue reading

Homemade Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream and Coconut Butter

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Coconut is amazing. You can turn it into flour, milk, oil or butter. You can drink the water. You can simply eat the coconut. You can buy it shredded or in cans. Most of us don’t think about how simple it is to make things ourselves and so we pay $14 for a jar of coconut butter or $2.50 for a can of coconut milk and resign ourselves to shelling out for it because it’s awesome. My kids have to take milk to school to fulfill some bullshit calcium requirement and since they’re dairy free, we’ve been sending them off with coconut milk. I’ve tried watering down canned coconut milk but it tastes…canned. I had started buying coconut milk “drink” in tetra paks, but at $2 each, it was getting expensive. Plus, one look at the “vitamins” on the side revealed that all the additives were artificial – even in the Trader Joe’s brand. I read a post on The Primal Parent about the damage that those artificial vitamins can do and how to make your own almond milk (which I did, and it was amazing but I can’t send the kids off to school with any type of nut … Continue reading