Solidteknics Pans Review

If, like me, you are very careful about what food you put in your body, you should be equally careful about what pan you put your food in!
Years ago I ditched all teflon non-stick pans and migrated to stainless and cast iron. Once I discovered Solidteknics pans they became my favorite go to every day pans! They actually live on my stovetop. I don’t even put them away because they get used that much.
Here is why I love them.

  • These pans are made out of a single piece of 1/8-inch solid wrought iron. They season like cast iron, but they are significantly lighter! See pics below for my experiment with pan weight. I have weak wrists so a lighter pan is a big PLUS. These are similar sized pans but you can see the Solidteknics pan is almost 2 pounds lighter than it’s cast iron equivalent.
  • One-piece rivet-free construction: This is AMAZING. I have all clad pans that are always grimy around the rivets. There is just NO way to get them clean. I LOVE this brilliant signature feature of these pans. The handles are nice and long and have cut outs to reduce heat transfer.
  • Right from the stovetop to the oven. I do a lot of pan roasting…starting stove top for a nice sear and then transferring to the oven to finish cooking through. These skillets are perfect for this method.
  • With seasoning the surface is workable non-stick. And with regular seasoning the non-stick properties improve over time. I have gotten in to the habit of doing a quick stove-top seasoning with their Iron Love bars (they share the recipe here) and the more consistent I am with care the more I reap the benefits of better non-stick seasoning.
  • USA made: These pans are made in Chicago; Crafted from 100% clean, heavy-metal-free USA sheet iron.
  • Speaking of heavy metal free, Lead Free Mama conducted her own independent testing on the composition of these pans and found no heavy metals. Read about it on her post here. The pans were 99.54% iron in her testing.

I own 4 iron pans and hope to continue to expand my collection over time. Have not yet tried their stainless line….someday!

My first pan was an Australian made Aus-ion 18 cm they gifted to me. It came raw but seasoned up nicely. I have refinished it a few times. Even though this pan is small it is super useful.

Next up was a US-ion 10 inch quenched skillet that I bought during a 2019 Kickstarter campaign. The quenched pan came pre-seasoned with a satin finish. This pan is a workhorse I use EVERY day! I love that pan so much I needed a second one. I often have veggie rice going in one and a protein dish in the other.

Then I pledged for a 7.5 inch US-ion quenched skillet through another kickstarter campaign which was just too good a deal to pass on. That pan is great for single serve proteins or mini sides.


Clean up is easy. I use a cast iron scrub brush and water and then wipe dry or heat briefly to evaporate any remaining liquid. No soap.
I stovetop season regularly using the Iron Love bars and do a deeper seasoning from time to time if they start looking dry.

AUS-ion and US-ion handles.

Superfoods to Feed My Microbiome

In 2013 I discovered the autoimmune protocol and started a long journey of tremendous gut healing. It was all about REMOVING/EXCLUDING inflammatory foods and allowing my body to repair and restore my gut lining. I benefited a great deal from following that protocol for a number of years, perhaps lingering longer than I needed to, but eventually working in a fair number of reintroductions. There are still foods I avoid like nightshades and lectins.
But currently I am moving in to a phase where I am intentionally INCLUDING new superfoods to feed my microbiome and keep them healthy so they will keep me healthy by producing their many postbiotics.
In those strictly AIP years I ate plenty of fiber and tons of greens, but my template was still fairly limited. Now I am expanding to include a variety of polyphenol rich nutrients. One easy way I have found to expand my polyphenol intake is to incorporate them in to my protein shakes, rotating them in different combinations.
Here is what I am doing.

I have a basket (left) I keep in a cabinet with jars of some of the superfoods.
I keep a bin (right) in the pantry with a bunch of others.
The collection keeps growing!
The blends look like sand art!
Some of my recent combinations. I try to mix it up for variety.
Middle right are my filled shake jars for the week, labeled on the top.

Each 16 oz wide mouth mason jar starts with:
1 scoop of Ultimate Paleo Protein. I have chocolate and vanilla so they serve as a base that I alternate. This protein powder contains probiotics, collagen and also L glutamine for gut healing. Both flavors are delicious. It is a beef based protein so egg, dairy and soy free. There is not even a hint of beef. Very well flavored.
1 scoop of Mikuna chocho plain plant based protein. It is lectin free.
1 T psyllium husk powder
1 tsp acacia fiber (I like Sari foods brand)
1 tsp Sovereign labs colostrum
This is where the fun begins. MIX AND MATCH!
I will add different superfoods to each jar and will vary the combinations.

I currently have the following powders to work with…and the collection keeps growing! I have added these over time as they each last a long time since you are using small amounts.

Açaí (deep purple, fruity)
Acerola cherry Vitamin C
Amla (Indian gooseberry)
Baobab (fiber source
Cacao Powder and Nibs
Camu Camu
Carob Powder (I always add to any chocolate shake)
Cranberry Powder
Elderberry Powder
Maqui (deep purple, so delish. My current favorite!)
Mesquite (fiber source and naturally sweet)
Pitaya or dragonfruit (BRIGHT PINK!)
Pomegranate Powder
Spirulina (Just a touch…very dark green)

I tend to use the fruity flavors like maqui, açaí, pomegranate with the vanilla protein powder, but they are also pretty delicious with chocolate.

When I am ready a to make a shake to break a fast, I will add 8 oz of almond milk to my blendtec jar. I add in 2 cubes of frozen brewed sip herbals and Chagacinno (more superfoods!) and sometimes a few frozen berries…usually raspberries or blackberries. I dump in the powders and blend for 2 smoothie cycles in my blendtec blender. If I am drinking it right away I will often add 1/4 tsp of zen basil seeds which makes the shake a little thicker. I will not add if I am packing it to travel as it tends to get a little TOO thick over time. I often use the mason jar as a drinking glass to reduce clean up.

I also like to drink a few ready made superfood blends like:
Organifi Red Juice ( I mix 1 scoop in 6 cups of water in a 64 ounce mason jar, add 1 scoop Sunfiber and the juice of 1 lime). This blend contains Cordyceps mushroom as well as some red superfoods.

Gundry MD Vital Reds
Gundry MD Power Blues
(my FAVORITE)
With these I put 1 scoop in 32 ounce mason jar and add the juice of 1 lemon, a scoop of Sunfiber and then fill with water. I make them ahead and let them chill overnight. I use a flip top lid for drinking right from the jar. I use a mason jar compatible juicer to squeeze the citrus right in to the jar! Handy!

I like the mason jar juicer accessory for squeezing citrus right in to the jar. Handy!

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Breville Sous Chef 12 Food Processor Review

The Breville Sous Chef 12

I have had the Breville Sous Chef 12 for about a month now and I am really happy with it. Just about everything I didn’t like about the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 it replaced is solved by this Breville model. Here is why I love it.

STURDY:
Out of the box my first impression was, wow this thing is sturdy. No more wiggling and dancing across the countertop with this baby. It stands still and does it’s job.
It has a sleeker locking mechanism without the small interlocking parts of the cuisinart which were the most common fatigue points for plastic failure. This just snaps closed with a sleeker locking design and helpful front facing markers to align for closure.

POWERFUL:
Next I was instantly pleased with it’s power. I use my food processor most often to rice veggies (you can read all about that here), and with just a few pulses celeriac, purple sweet potato and parsnip were riced to a perfect “grain” size. Boom!
It is also powerful enough to make my hummus recipe nice and creamy.

CLEVER DESIGN:
My favorite feature is the bowl design. Unlike other food processors there is no center hole so when you are ready to clean it you can actually fill it up with soapy water. LOVE that!

The center of the work bowl has a permanent central stem so you can fill the bowl for easier washing.


I also really like the clever and space saving design of the accessories.
All of the accessories use the same removable stem which slips over the permanent central stem in the center of the work bowl.
The S-blade comes with it’s own safety storage cover so you don’t risk injury when grabbing for it from storage.
It comes with just 2 blades, but they multi-task!
There is one slicing blade that closes completely for storage and has 8 adjustable slicing positions all controlled by one center dial.
The grating blade is reversible with the smaller grating blade on one side and the larger on the other so you flip to the side you need. Clever!
The pusher has 3 interlocking chutes:
5” large feed
2 ¾” mid feed
1 ½” mini feed chute which prevents items like carrots from tipping over and bonus it also serves as a small liquid measure.

The clever design of the adjustable slicing blade has 8 slicing positions
and a safety storage position.

They offer a larger model 16 cup model which I purchased first, but it was just way too big for my counter and my cooking needs. It does offer a nice peel and dice feature, so check that out if you have the space.
12 cups is more than enough space for my processing needs and I am very happy with the size and the style of this model.
I bought mine on amazon and it arrived in 2 days with Prime. I will link it here in case you are ready to “add to cart”. 😉

In choosing my new food processor I also purchased and tested out the Magimix 12 cup food processor, but the design was very similar to the Cuisinart and it felt much less sturdy so it was returned. It seemed like it might be prone to the same plastic failure issues as the Cuisinart. On that note I will mention that I plan to only hand wash the bowl.
Here is what they recommend: Processing bowl and lid should be hand washed in hot, soapy water using a mild detergent. Do not use a scouring sponge or pad or abrasive cleaners as they will scratch the plastic surface. The plastic parts may occasionally be washed in the dishwasher (top shelf only). It is not recommended on a regular basis, as prolonged exposure to hot water temperatures and harsh detergents will damage and shorten the life of the plastic.
I have found this to be very true with other appliances.


I opted to move away from buying another Cuisinart as we experienced repeated plastic failure with multiple parts breaking on my machine as well as the one I bought for my son who was away in college. Both of those machines got very light use, mainly for shredding cabbage for slaw, processing hummus or cauliflower mash and ricing veggies, so they should not have failed so quickly. Despite warranty coverage we had to beg for replacement parts from not so helpful Cuisinart customer service. It is a shame as my first food processor was a Cuisinart 35 years ago and it lasted for over 20 years and was a workhouse, but in my personal experience the quality of their newer machines sadly doesn’t live up to their former reputation.

WARNING:
My husband has cut himself twice now lifting the slicing blade out of the machine. There is a center stem for lifting, but you need to make sure you fingers are NOWHERE near the blade! He has started wearing these cut resistant gloves when he handles the blade, just in case.

Evolvh Haircare Review

Evolvh Healthy Hair Trio

I cleaned up all of my home, hair and body care products a few years ago to reduce my overall toxin load and I am so happy to report that I continue to find products I like BETTER than the ones I used to use. Last year after receiving a peleton bike I found that I was washing my hair almost daily, which I know is not great for your hair, but what is the alternative?!! If you saw me after my peleton ride and the 20 min sauna that follows I am sure you would agree a good shower is in order! My hair was feeling a bit drier with my old haircare routine and I decided to try something new. Lisa of This Organic Girl is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to clean beauty brands and she was raving about Evolvh so I gave it a try and WOW. I love it too. Their discovery kits are a great way to try out their products. I use the Smooth product line. A few years back as part of the “dump all the toxins” clean up I stopped coloring and let my natural salt and pepper shine through. Well those streaks of grey sure are thirstier than the rest, so a little extra hydration has really helped my hair feel much smoother and silkier.

The SMOOTH line by Evolvh


ULTRASHINE shampoo smells like grapefruit. YUM. It foams up nicely from just a tiny squirt so this bottle lasts me a while!

ULTRASHINE conditioner works a little differently than traditional conditioners. Your hair will absorb most of it and when you rinse it may not feel like there much rinsing out. That is because it actually penetrates your hair and is working its magic from the inside out. This experience can be quite a bit different from regular conditioners that are coating your hair. I really like not having to do so much rinsing.

SMARTSTART leave in conditioner is a great heat protectant before a blow out and has UV protection for your hair and adds smooth shine.

SUPERFINISH is awesome for preventing pesky flyaways. It is silicone free so it doesn’t weight down your hair.

AND speaking about taming flyaways! I adore their ULTRAFLEX hairspray. It is light and totally flexible. No crunchy sticky mess. It holds all day but then washes out easily for a fresh clean start. You can use it in wet or dry hair.

My hair USED to be totally straight but in the last few years it has decided it wants to be wavy, verging at times on curly. I am playing around with their Wonder Balm Magic for Curls, which can also be used for silky smooth straight hair. It is a silicone free serum that can be used to define curls, or can be used with heat tools for silky smooth straightening. I sometimes use it on the pesky baby hairs I have up near my part line to make them behave. Works WONDERS 😉.
That or a spritz of the ULTRAFLEX hairspray when it is wet.

Evolvh WONDERBALM

Evolvh recently shared their InstaVolume mousse with me and I am having fun playing around with it. Haven’t had a haircut in a year during COVID so my now longer tresses can use a little extra volume. I am eager to have somewhere to GO to blow it out and show it off!!

Ready to give Evolvh a try? Click here and use the code Paleogirl99 to save 15%.
FYI their platform allows you only 1 code or promotional so if you are getting a free gift with purchase product during one of their campaigns that will count as your one code.

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Sauna Space Near Infrared Sauna Review

Hello Sunshine indeed! My Sauna Space Near Infrared Incandescent Sauna.

WOW. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to write about my beloved Sauna Space near infrared sauna! I bought it on Black Friday in 2019 and it has become part of my “can’t live without” routine. As someone with several SNPs that limit my detoxification pathways, my body needs a little nudge to release toxins. Infrared sauna is a gentle but effective way to aid your detox pathways. Initially I was reluctant to give it a try as I have been historically very heat intolerant related to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, but the Sauna Space has 4 near infrared incandescent bulbs and you can turn them on individually which allows you to work your way up. Because near infrared penetrates deeply into the tissues it heats you up from the inside and I can sweat in there even under 100 degrees. These days I use all 4 bulbs. I usually preheat while I ride the peleton or use my vibration plate so the sauna is typically between 104 and 118 degrees by the time I use it. It did not take long to work my way up from 1 to all 4 bulbs. I am in there almost every day of the week for 20 minutes and I am dripping with sweat by the end of my session. I like to use the app “Repeat Timer” so it chimes every 2 minutes for me to rotate a 1/4 turn. That way no part of my body gets short changed during the session! I shower immediately after my sauna and give my skin a good scrub to remove any toxins I have purged so they don’t get reabsorbed.

We recently converted an unused bedroom in to a home gym and the sauna fits perfectly in that space along with my Peleton and my vibration plate.

Things I love about my Sauna Space…and there are so many!

  • Sauna Space uses incandescent red near infrared light, NOT LED. That means no flickering blue light which can be stressful on the body. Sauna is all about relaxing and releasing toxins and stress.
  • You get the benefits of near infrared, plus full spectrum infrared sauna AND red light therapy. When I was first shopping I was torn between sauna and red light panel options, but this is both. Win win!
  • ZERO EMF stress. Faraday cages and an organic bamboo grounding mat eliminate any EMF emission from the device itself. They even offer a fully 5 G shielded “Faraday” enclosure….GOALS! It’s on my wishlist! I currently have the “Luminati” version.
  • The organic cotton enclosure cover is commercial laundromat machine washable, and we have washed it several times. As someone who is super careful about mold I was happy to not have a permanent wood cabinet enclosure which could get damp and musty over time.
  • The enclosure is easy to assemble and take apart to store or relocate. My Sauna Space lived temporarily in my garage, living room and dining room before finding its permanent home in my older college graduate son’s room which is now our home gym. I didn’t really have room for the sauna when I bought it, but we made it work because I felt sauna therapy was just that important. It certainly was a conversation starter when it lived in my dining room!
  • Organic toxin free materials with no off-gassing. Organic cotton fabric. Organic bamboo mat. Zero VOC untreated basswood frame and stool. Untreated stainless steel faraday guards for the bulbs. All the good stuff and none of the bad.
  • No tools or skills needed to set it up. My husband has put this up and taken it apart several times. It is well designed and well made. My husband says now that he knows how it goes together he could put it up in about 15 minutes, with the most time required for draping the organic cotton over the basswood frame.
  • 100 day free trial with free shipping both ways! This was HUGE for me when I was initially ordering as this makes trying this out totally risk free. If you don’t love it, it goes back with zero cost to you, but trust me…you WILL love it! I honestly can’t imagine not having it! It is such a part of my fitness and health routine.
  • 10 year warranty. That is legit. It is a hand crafted product made in America with high quality sustainable and durable materials. Our experience with customer service has been excellent.
  • Use my code Paleogirl99 to save 5%. Coupon codes stack on sale prices so you can save even more. Click here to check it out.
What it looks like out of the box when it arrives. Organic cotton enclosure materials. The long box contains the basswood frame. Ingenious design.
A peek inside with all 4 incandescent bulbs turned on. I always hydrate well when I am in there!
At one point when it didn’t have a permanent home we had to take it down temporarily. It’s compact design allows for easy storage.

If a full sauna is not in your budget…yet, check out their single light Photon. Affordable and portable. We have one as well and it is great for spot treatment My dog is intrigued by it. Guess he knows what is good for him!

The single bulb Photon.
My dog getting his red light therapy on!

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I appreciate when you use affiliate links, which help support this blog. Most things I share about here I purchase myself, but I do occasionally receive sample items from vendors to be able to test out new things. I also have affiliate accounts with a few brands that I truly believe in. Rest assured I will not share about anything I don’t use myself and totally love!

COUPON Codes and Affiliate Links for My Favorite Things

Do you love to save as much as I do?!!!

I get DMs on instagram asking me for my coupon codes and affiliate links so I thought I would just park them all here in a blog post and keep it up to date with whatever new comes along. If you find one is not working please email or DM me on instagram and I will try to fix it. Deal? Here goes! All of the blue hyperlinks take you right to the websites. Most have coupon codes or other savings.
All of the links are active, so click on the blue linked titles.

Bedjet
Use my link above for 10% off.
Rapid cooling or heating system for your bed. Blows air between baffles in a special sheet…yes, get the cloud sheet. Significantly improved my deep sleep numbers.
They have frequent special deals.

Berkey
Water purification system for countertop use. I have the Big Berkey and fill it once a day. I also bought the berkey go for travel.

Bread srsly
$10 off your first purchase.
Gluten free sourdough bread done right.

Butcher Box
Use my link to get $30 off your first box.
Great home delivery grass fed and pastured meats. Try the lamb chops and the rib eye. Great beef burgers!

Chagaccino by Renude
This powdered chaga mushroom is mixed with cinnamon and a little monkfruit and it is DELISH added in to a little Sip Herbals coffee substitute, or regular coffee if you are friends with it…me not so much.
I use 1 tsp of this mix in a mini teapot of sip herbals, which makes a few servings. I don’t like things very sweet, so this works for me. It is meant to be used full test in your coffee. My sister turned me on to it. YUM
Use code PALEOGIRL99 to save 10%.

Circle C Farms
5% off your first order.
Pastured meats and lectin light feed for poultry that is Plant Paradox friendly. I buy all of my chicken from them. The beef is not aged so it is lower in histamine for those of us that are histamine intolerant.

Cleure
Following my link saves you $5.
Salicylate free toothpaste for burning mouth syndrome, or just for a cleaner option. I love the original. Try code DISCOUNT20

Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R Cookie Mixes
Code PALEOGIRL99 saves you 10%.
Allergen free, grain free, AIP friendly cookie mixes. SOOO good! Carob is my favorite.

Evolvh
Code Paleogirl99 saves you 15%.
Clean haircare you can feel good about. Love their Smooth line and the flexible hairspray. Try a discovery kit!

Fast Bar
Code PALEOGIRL9910 saves you 10%.
Fast mimicking bar with clean ingredients. I love these for travel.

Force of nature
A code should pop up through the link.
If it does not, then DM me as codes change frequently.
This is an amazing cleaning system that turns salt, water and vinegar into an FDA registered disinfecting cleaner that is totally safe.

Grove collaborative
Use my link to get a free gift with sign up. Their blood orange hand sanitizer is amazing!

Hamama
Code Paleogirl99 saves you 15%.
One of my ALL time favorite products. Microgreen growing kit that is FOOL proof! I love the white ceramic growing tray if you can splurge for it. This makes an amazing gift. Have given it a bunch of times and each time it gets rave reviews.

Hotlogic
Paleogirl99 saves you 20%.
The plug in lunch bag for heating food on the go. Game changer for travel. Great for work so you can ditch the microwave.

Just Thrive
The spore based probiotic I use. Creates a healthy environment so that your microbiome can flourish and diversify.

Keto Mojo
15% off kits via my link.
Blood glucose AND ketone meter in one machine.

Keyto
Code PALEOGIRL99 is 10% off.
Breath acetone meter for testing for ketones.
Also a wonderful app that teaches you all about ketosis with a template for a “clean” keto template. Shopping lists, food lists, tips and tricks. You earn “coins” for completing lesions and for testing regularly and you get a $10 amazon gift card when you get to 2000 Keyto coins. FUN. I love freebies.

La Vanilla Deodorant
15% off coupon via link.
I think I have tried almost every “clean” deodorant and this is my favorite. Smells amazing and glides on smooth, not sticky or tacky. I like the Pure Vanilla.

Lovebird Cereal
Code Paleogirl99 saves you 10%.
Super clean O-s cereal option that is grain free and AIP friendly.

Puracy
Link saves you $10.
I have tried them ALL and this is the BEST clean and green dish soap around.

Sauna Space
Code PALEOGIRL99 is 5% off. Coupons stack so you can use in on top of sales.
GAME changer home sauna. Machine washable fabric cover. Breaks down for easy storage or moving it around if needed…I have several times. Gets plenty hot in there. I drip with sweat for a great detox.

Sip Herbals
Code Paleogirl99 saves you 10%.
Legit coffees substitute from 3 healthy ingredients!

Sizzlefish
You get 10% off first order.
Frozen on the boat fish for maximal freshness and reduced histamine! And did I mention it is delicious! My favorites are salmon and cod.

Souper Cubes
Amazing silicone trays with lids for building your freezer stash! Do it!

Swipies
Paleogirl99 is 10% off an order of $25 or more and free shipping over $50.
Swipies are amazing reusable “paper” you wipe clean with a wet cloth. We are obsessed with them in our household. A great go green option!

Vital Choice
You get $10 off your first order.
Another frozen on the boat option for fish and seafood. Try the deluxe salmon burgers.

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I appreciate when you use affiliate links, which help support this blog. Most things I share about here I purchase myself, but I do occasionally receive sample items from vendors to be able to test out new things. I also have affiliate accounts with a few brands that I truly believe in. Rest assured I will not share about anything I don’t use myself and totally love!

Sip Herbals Coffee Substitute Review

Sip Herbals Coffee Substitute

It has been quite a LONG time since I had coffee. I went on the autoimmune protocol (AIP) in 2013 and coffee went away along with nightshades and a bunch of other things. Although I am not strictly autoimmune protocol any longer, nor even strictly paleo for that matter having done several successful reintroductions, I have not yet attempted to reintroduce coffee and not sure I really want to. Much of the world’s supply of coffee is contaminated with Continue reading

Double Duty Prep: Hummus & Aquafaba Mayo

Mint fennel slaw with aquafaba mayo and a big dollop of hummus make this salmon bowl extra creamy and yummy.

Since reintroducing soaked and pressure cooked beans in the last year prepping hummus has become part of my weekly food prep routine.
I use the liquid from the canned garbanzos called aquafaba for both the hummus and for making aquafaba mayo.
Here is how I make both. Continue reading

Mint Pear and Caramelized Shallot “Salsa”

Mint Pear and Caramelized Shallot “Salsa”

I haven’t had mahi mahi in a while but I am always trying to work in a few more varieties of wild caught fish. In my mind mahi demands a nice fruit based “salsa” on top, so I got to work trying to figure out what I had on hand to whip up with something yummy. It turned out so well I need to write it down here so I can recreate it soon!
Here is what I did. Continue reading