Monday, February 28, 2011

I Smell Like A Frat Party

Beer, coconut oil & leftover perfume from last night.

Sounds like I had a wild weekend, right? Actually, I spent the entire thing indoors doing taxes & helping Mr. Rainbow recover from a tough work week.
Mr. R's Brew of Choice
The reason for my hair smelling so delicious? A beer rinse this morning, a little perfume from trying to cover up the fact that I'd spent all weekend in PJ's when we went running on an errand last night, coconut oil from drenching the ends of my hair in it to condition it before sleeping.

This morning I decided to use the beer Mr. Rainbow didn't finish from Friday to try out a beer rinse! I'm on a journey to grow my hair out long in a nice, healthy way, and since it's curly it needs some tender, loving care. I just massaged my scalp and hair with the warm, flat beer & rinsed it out. Hopefully the slight beer tang will leave before I get to work! I'll update later with how it works out.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Coconut Explosion


In the exciting journey of self-experimentation and learning about health, I've found quite a few fantastic cookbooks. In an effort to actually go through and try out some of the recipes, I'm going to be posting general book reviews and recipe reviews from some of my favorites.

The first one up is by Sally Fallon, who is an author and co-founder of the Weston A. Price foundation and Dr. Mary Enig, called Eat Fat, Lose Fat. When first landing upon the idea of the primal lifestyle and reintroducing healthy fats into my diet, I had a ridiculously tough time getting enough fat into my daily intake. I used to believe 100% that any fat = not fitting into my favorite pair of bright green pants.

This book has helped tremendously. The first part is informational and tackles the ins & outs of healthy, traditional foods versus today's standard (American) diet. Then you get into the good stuff: menu plans, ideas for fermented drinks and RECIPES!!

Favorite part of the book so far? The huge use of anything & everything coconut related.

If you're looking for a book that has easy to digest information about traditional eating and real food plus a ton of great recipe ideas, I'd  pick this one up. It runs around $16, however I got it at Powells used for $8.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to try the Coconut Mashed Potatoes (probably going to use sweet potatoes though). Nom!

Monday, February 21, 2011

A New Love

When I was a child, I wasn't what you would call an "adventurous eater". Plain white bread with a slice of bologna, McDonald's hamburger with just patty + bun, you catch the drift. Luckily for me, a lot has changed since those days.

Today I decided to finally try a food that has struck fear in me since those plain white bread days.

Cow stomach? Chicken feet? My partner's cooking?

Nope. Sardines.

I've had this can of sardines sitting in my cupboard, staring at me, challenging me, for the past 6 months. Kept hearing it was good for me & an easy way to get some good ol' seafood in my diet. I also heard they smelt funny, were salty, were entire fish in a know, things that sound appetizing.

Well, tonight I can proudly say that I have battled the sardines and am now in love. With sardines.

Going to go back to the store tomorrow and load up on all the different tasty brands I can buy (for cheap). Here's the one I found on sale about 6 months ago at the local grocery:

Wild Planet Sardines

P.S. I have tried all of the other foods above and with the exception of Mr. Rainbow's cooking, they're pretty tasty.