- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. If you haven’t measured out your coconut oil and water and then placed them in the refrigerator to cool, do it now.
- Place the apple slices in a large bowl. Fill a large pot with enough water to soak all of the apple slices, and bring it to a boil. When it is hot, pour the water into the bowl with the apples until they are just covered. Let them sit in the hot water for 8 minutes, and then place in a colander to drain and set aside while you make the crust.
- To make the crust, combine the arrowroot, coconut flour, palm sugar, and sea salt in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Using a pastry cutter, butterknives, or your fingers, cut in the cold coconut oil until you have pea-sized lumps. Add the cold water, and mix gently. The mixture will be crumbly and not like regular dough–don’t over mix!
- Place the mixture into a 9-inch pie dish. Using your fingers, spread it evenly across the bottoms and up the sides. Prick some holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork. Again, the dough will not behave like regular pie dough, and the less you handle it the more flaky it will come out. Bake for 15 minutes and then set aside while you make the filling.
- Lay out a clean kitchen towel and pour the apple slices on it, blotting them dry. Combine the coconut palm sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl, and then add the dry apple slices and mix gently. Pour the mixture into the crust, arranging the slices as needed.Sprinkle the pie with lemon juice and place in the oven to cook for 30-35 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes and then serve.
By Rachel Song
Foot health obtains varying levels of priority in American society. Like our attitude towards other matters of health, most of us only start to worry about our feet when we start to experience problems. Statistics show that foot health issues are highly likely to occur with 88% of women wearing shoes too small and 55% developing the associated foot conditions such as bunions, which is 9 times more common in women than in men.
There are several different ways you can develop this condition but the biggest culprit is ill-fitting shoes that pinch the toes and compress the foot.
Here are a few examples of footwear that can cause and worsen bunions & other foot conditions:
- The pointed-toe shoe
Shoes that are too narrow are bad for your feet because they compress your foot causing a protective barrier around the nerves within to break down. As fluid builds up, you may experience inflammation and discomfort that eventually translate into foot deformities. The pointed toe can even force your toes to squeeze on top of one another which can lead up to a permanent deformity called crossover toe. Also common are calluses that form between the toes as they chafe together.
- Small shoes
Shoes that are short in length relative to your feet can also cause a wide range of foot issues. Hammertoe is a common consequence of wearing shoes too small. Although this tip may seem obvious, many women don’t wear shoes that are the correct length. There should be at least an inch of space between the tip of your big toe and the tip of your shoe to accommodate the shifting of your foot within the shoe as you walk in them. To get your feet properly measured, visit a local footwear retailer or try the insert removal test to check shoes for the proper length featured in the video (1:48) below.
- High heels
High heels put an abnormal amount of pressure on your forefoot and strain the tendons and ligaments along your foot. Yet we all know that heels are hard to resist especially on special occasions. For those days, try opting for a lower heel to reduce the strain on your foot and make sure to do some foot stretches at the end of the day!
While the search for fashionable yet healthy shoes may seem daunting, the rise of comfort footwear brands makes it a lot simpler than you’d think! Brands such as Aetrex cater specifically to health-conscious people who value comfort and wellbeing using innovative technologies such as Lynco orthotics for better support, balance, & alignment, slow-recovery memory foam, and PU midsoles for shock absorption & resilience. They also create wider toe boxes to accommodate the natural shape of the human foot! This couldn’t be a better time to reevaluate your shoe collection to prevent or alleviate painful foot conditions.
I love looking glamorous for the holidays as much as the next girl, but I am not willing to sacrifice my health for beauty. So what’s a girl to do?
One of my favorite ways to jazz up my look during the holidays is with a professional manicure! I was so excited when I first found toxin-free nail polish. I love using a safer, non-toxic alternative to the typical nail polishes that you buy in the drug store, and there are many brands that you can choose from. Did you know that most traditional nail polishes contain formaldehyde? Knowing that everything we put on our bodies gets directly absorbed into our blood stream, I am not comfortable using a nail polish that is laden with chemicals. A few of my favorite natural brands include Zoya, Poofy Organics and Piggy Paint (for the kiddos).
I am also a huge fan of using argan oil for my skin! I actually use it all over my face in the colder months, as I tend to get dry skin in the winter. It really moisturizes me without that greasy feeling. I always used to get dry blotches over my face in the past, which hasn’t happened since I started using argan oil.
Our family is also big on natural toothpaste. You have to really be careful as many “all natural” brands still contain ingredients that are anything but natural. Some favorites in our family are Thieves toothpaste by Young Living, Earthpaste and Poofy Organics Toothpaste. My daughter particularly loves the Poofy Toddler toothpaste. It’s a great, organic option that can be safely swallowed by children. It works really well for my daughter and I love that I know it doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals or additives.
I am also a big fan of natural deodorants. Aluminum in traditional drug store deodorants has been linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s. Instead of option for an anti-perspirant, I choose a more natural product that helps eliminate odors without aluminum and without completely blocking the pores. Two if my favorites are Primal Pit Paste and Poofy Organics. If you are not a big sweater, rubbing a lemon slice on your armpits is also a great way to naturally eliminate odors.
It’s important to remember that we can look good, feel good AND be healthy at the same time. Remember to read labels, educate yourself and make your health a priority.
- 1- 10 to 15 pound fresh turkey
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp Himalayan or unrefined sea salt
- 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- ½ tsp chai spice (see this post for the mix)
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 3-4 large red apples, cut into quarters (I used Fuji)
- 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 cups all natural, unsweetened apple juice
- 2 whole star anise
- 2 whole cinnamon stick
- The previous day, combine the ingredients for the wet rub in a small mixing bowl. Stir with a spoon until well combined.
- Pat the bird dry and carefully loosen the skin from the breast by delicately sliding your fingers under it from the neck end until you reach the end of the breasts. Be careful not to break the skin. Rub half of the spice mixture between the flesh and skin. Rub the other half all over the bird’s skin, including breasts, thighs and wings.
- Cover the turkey with plastic film and set it in the fridge to rest until the next day.
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Remove turkey from the fridge and place it on a rack in a roasting pan.
- Stuff quartered apples as well as a few sprigs of fresh rosemary in the cavity. Tie legs neatly together.
- Add maple syrup, apple juice, star anise and cinnamon stick to the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle bird generously with salt and pepper. Tent loosely with foil and roast in a 325F oven for about 20 minutes per pound or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thighs registers 180F
- Remove the foil for the last hour of roasting.
- When turkey is done, take it out of the oven, place tent back over the bird and let it rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.
- Oh, and by all means, do not chuck those baked apples; eat them. They are absolutely spectacular!
I confess, I am a nut lover! Cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts…I would eat them all day if I could. Sadly, they are high in fat (albeit healthy fat) so I must restrain myself from going overboard. I find my cravings for healthy fats start to increase as the weather starts to get cooler. It’s my body’s way of attempting to “bulk up” on fat for the winter. I often get asked what the best choices are when eating nuts or nut butters, so I thought it would be a great topic to discuss.
My number one choice for nuts from a health perspective is almonds. Cashews comes in as a close second. I love both of these because they have good fatty acid profiles and provide some important nutrients. Walnuts are great because they are a healthy, vegan source of omega-3’s.
While I personally find peanuts and peanut butter to be the most delicious “nuts,” they are not actually nuts! They are technically legumes. One of the reasons why I enjoy peanuts as a rare treat is because they have been shown to be somewhat high in aflatoxins. What on Earth are aflatoxins, you may ask? Aflatoxins are a known carcinogen that are produced by molds found on peanuts stored in warm, humid silos. While I still think enjoying peanuts in moderation is OK, I prefer not to overdo it, just to be on the safe side.
When you’re shopping, look for raw, unsalted nuts for the best health benefits. If you are buying nut butters, looks for brands that contain only nuts or nuts & salt as their ingredients. Steer clear of anything that contains hydrogenated oils, sugar or other additives. Just because a nut butter says it is “All Natural” doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain some of these less than desirable ingredients. ALWAYS read the ingredients for yourself.