Paleo gave me high cholesterol

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Good evening my Paleo warriors!

To my absolute shock, I recently found out that I have high cholesterol. I went in to get a blood test during a regular screening and was floored when the Dr. told me that I needed to change my eating habits immediately to lower my bad LCL (which are the bad fats in your system).

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I researched extensively to find that many of the foods that combat poor cholesterol are non-paleo foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, kidney beans, and fiber-filled foods. So, because I am way too young to be taking daily pills and the doctor indicated the condition was purely food-related, I have sadly decided to end my Paleo journey.

I have high hopes that this change will help because during my research I learned that other Pale-eaters ended up with high cholesterol as well and after going off Paleo, they were back to their normal healthy selves.

I am sad to leave this blog, but am doing so with no regrets as it has truly helped me become more health-conscious and nutrition focused. Lastly, since our overall well-being and health is top priority I leave you with a warning to really monitor how you are doing on Paleo. Every person is different so no matter what your eating habits are now or in the future, please take the time to watch out for number one. Until my next blog…

Cheers,

Paleo Princessa

2 Ways to use Coconut Oil in your Beauty Routine

Health and Beauty, Paleo

Hello again. As promised, my guest blogger Annie is back to talk about 2 Ways to Use Coconut Oil in your Beauty Routine. You’ll find she’s a total beauty guru and coconut oil expert so – hope you enjoy her advice as much as I did!


 

As a lotion:

I have neutral skin (neither extremely dry nor super oily), and coconut oil works perfectly for me as a lotion. It’s even gentle enough to use as a face lotion.

Directions: Take a little of the coconut oil in your hands. It doesn’t matter if it is in solid form or liquid form. The natural heat of your body will melt it. Rub it on your hands, and then use as a lotion anywhere on your body.

Tip: I love using it after shaving because it leaves your skin soft, glowing, and smelling delicious.

As a deep conditioner:

Coconut oil has natural fats that seep deep into the shaft of your hair, making it softer, stronger, smoother, and shinier. Its high saturated fat content enables your hair to grow faster, restores dry skin on your scalp (goodbye, dandruff!), and boosts the protein content of your hair which makes your hair look prettier. Coconut oil can even get rid of lice!! Ok, ok, enough singing its praises, let’s talk about how to do this coconut oil deep conditioner thing. Coconut oil becomes a liquid at 78 degrees F, so if it’s solid, run the closed jar under warm water or put a tablespoon (or a little more depending on your hair length) in a bowl to microwave. Using your hands, run it through your hair until saturated.

Frequency: Every 1-2 weeks, apply the coconut oil and let it sit 30-45 minutes on your scalp and hair. Follow with a thorough shampoo and conditioning of your whole head. I tend to do it just once a month. I just like to keep up with it so my hair keeps growing longer and stronger.

Directions: Start with dry hair. Comb your hair so you’re not fighting tangles as you bring the coconut oil through your hair. Begin at your scalp. Dip your fingers into the oil (it’s like finger painting on your head, so get your fingers good and soaked), and apply the coconut oil into your scalp and roots. The key to remember here is, “a little goes a long way”. As your roots become wet, work the oil from the roots towards the middle of the hair shaft. Keep getting more oil on your fingers as you work your way down to the ends so that your hair is evenly covered with the oil. Take special care with extra dry or damaged sections of your hair, but don’t over-soak them. It will be difficult to wash it out later. I like this tutorial even though I use my fingers instead of a brush.


Once your hair is covered in the oil, blow dry it for 3-5 minutes until your hair is warm all over. This opens the hair shaft allowing the coconut oil to sink in and do its job most effectively. After that, I let my hair soak up all that coconutty goodness for 30-45 minutes. While I’m waiting, I throw my hair up in a bun and work out or cook or watch a show.

Washing: Just shower as regular. Use your regular shampoo and conditioner when you wash the coconut oil from your hair. Be sure you’re thorough and wash all of your head and hair (even to the ends). If you don’t wash it all the way out, your hair gets a little funky and you have to go take another shower.

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Enjoy your happy hair!

XOXO,

Annie

6 Tips for buying Coconut Oil

Health and Beauty, Paleo

Hello everyone! My amazing guest blogger, Annie, is back and she has lots to talk about in the beauty department. Here’s what she has to say about coconut oil.


 

I think it’s time to tell you guys about one of the most wonderful things in the entire world: Coconut Oil.

Coconut oil has a million and one uses. It’s great for pretty much everything from cooking to beautifying. And, it’s Paleo since it comes from meat of the coconut. My two favorite ways to use it are as lotion and as a deep conditioner for my hair. I think it’s pretty fair to assume that most of us don’t have coconut trees in our back yards, so the first step is buying our coconut oil. Here are some 6 things to remember when…

Buying your first jar of Coconut Oil

  1. Just in case you need a little push in the direction of being obsessed with coconut oil like me, have a look at this site.
  2. You can find virgin coconut oil at a grocery store or online. The one I’m using right now, I got at Trader Joe’s for a 16 oz jar for $7. One jar lasts a long time because a little goes a long way. (For reference: I bought a jar in late June, and it’s only about half gone.)
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  3. I advise against getting refined coconut oil. The refining process takes out some of those delicious fats and natural properties of coconut oil that your hair loves to soak up.
  4. Extra virgin coconut oil and virgin coconut oil are the same thing. Check out this website that explains the difference/lack thereof.
  5. You probably don’t need to get organic since there’s no GMO version of coconuts, and they aren’t sprayed since coconuts grow so high up in the air. If any pesticides were used, it’s through the tree itself or the ground, so you won’t be able to get away from them. I got an organic jar the last time I bought some just to try it out, and it works just fine, so it isn’t that big of a deal if you do get organic.
  6. Store it anywhere! Coconut oil has a melting point of 78 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you use air conditioning, don’t be alarmed that your coconut oil is solid. It is still perfectly fine. On that same note, if it becomes a liquid after you buy it and store it, no worries. It’s still good then too!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post featuring 2 Ways to use Coconut Oil in your Beauty Routine.