Thursday, September 29, 2011

Salmon Salad!!!

So, today I thought I blog about a delicious dish I made yesterday. As you can see by the title, it's salmon salad (like tuna salad only 1000x BETTER). On Tuesday, at Whole Paycheck Whole Foods, I found this canned Wild Alaskan Salmon. It looks like this...


Here is my recipe:

1 can of Wild Alaskan Salmon
1 small red apple
1 small green apple
3 stalks of celery
1/4 Cup sliced onion
1 handful of raisins
1/4 t Cayenne pepper
4-5 T of mayonnaise
dash of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

I pretty much just used everything I had at my house but HOLY geez balls was it GOOOOOD. 

This is what it looked like...

nom nom nom

I ate a TON of it and it was Cave Mama approved as well. Give it a try if you love salmon. If you don't, sorry... (you must not be human). 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

a wee bit greener...

Chelle here!
Just as a disclaimer, for the next week, Yelle is going to be out of town (jealous) and I will be in total crunch mode trying to finish up at fire academy. I am going to try to post every day but I can pretty much guarantee that the posts will be short and sweet and quite possibly pointless :) Like today's for instance:

I have this overwhelming urge to tell you about how my house just got a little greener. WAIT FOR IT!!!!!....

WAIT FOR IT.......

We starting composting! 

YAY! But, For what? I have know idea. We live in a condo and have NO backyard! I guess I will have to keep you updated with just what we will do with all of our greenness. 

This is what we did!

We ordered a kitchen top composter online. It looks like this...
on the left... duh

and we fill it like this...


AND THEN... (when it's full) we empty it in this...

We got this BIGGER composter in the garden center at Lowes for $39! 

Here, it looks like I lied and that maybe we do have a backyard but it's all an illusion. Seriously, we have like 5 square feet of grass.

ANNNDDDDD... that's ALL I got for you today. But, I am having calamari steaks tonight and I CANNOT wait to tell you if I throw up  they're great. Also, check the facebook page for the dinner I made LAST night. SOOO EEFFFIINNNG good!  

Time to hit the gym before academy. LATER LOVAS!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Partner PARK WOD!

Chelle here!
Today, Cave Mama and I were able to sync our days off (YAY! for mother-daughter bonding). Every bit of my inspiration to be fabulous comes from my mama (yes... i call her mama...hate if you wanna) She has been super active and healthy all her life, she has a smokin' hot bod and she cooks like a pro (ALL paleo I might add). So obvi I think she's super RAD!

This is us.
Aren't we darling?? (thank God I remembered to shave my armpits!)

We decided to go to the park for a fun partner workout. And all we used was are hot bods and this ball.

Mama with her ball...

This was the workout: 
1 mile run with the medicine ball (we periodically passed it back and forth when are arms felt like they were going to fall off)
20 partner sit ups with the ball (we faced each other and passed it back and forth; 20, 40)
20 slam ball/squats (I completed 20 slam balls while mama squatted ... then we switched)
*repeat the sit up, slam ball, squat sequence 3 times
1 mile run WITHOUT the medicine ball


Medicine ball run (figuring out how to hold it is the best part).

Sit ups (imagine me facing her... we forgot to bring a photog)

Slam ball!!!


Today is off to a great start. I get to check a couple things of my fav list including: eggs, bacon, coconut milk, coconut oil, fruit, fish oil, sun, grass, sweat, vibrams, clean air, RED LEAF TEA (which I'm currently drinking).

AND my day has only just begun!

Happy, healthy.... and now hungry. LATER LOVES. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Chelle: A day in the Life

Yesterday was gloomy. I woke up achy. The weather was YUK! The TV was hogged. I had NO FOOD in the house. The house was a mess. Yelle was ignoring me really busy. I was completely unmotivated and 100% pathetic.
All that = one grumpy cave girl alone in her sad, dark cave.
Finally, after pitying myself MOST of the day, I reluctantly forced myself into my spandex shorts and finger shoes and made my way to the park for a run-as-fast-as-you-can-until-you-cant, lunge, pushup punishment x2. I instantly felt better, every person I passed at the park was happy. I must have exchanged a dozen smiles. I sweat a ton and got some much need 02 to my poor deprived brain cells. Suddenly, motivated and still high off a shot of vitamin D and endorphins, I cleaned my car (that I'm certain had things living in it) and did a load of dishes, went to the grocery AND  forced Yelle to hang out with me. We went to beach to watch the sunset. :)

Good story, huh?

The only goal I have in writing this blog is that at some point someone is inspired. Life ain’t easy. It’s tough and busy and full of “WTH just happened RIGHT NOW”! But, it’s also YOUR life and YOUR responsibility to not settle for anything less than FAB. My bestest friend (you may know her… her name's like mine only LOUDER). Constantly reminds me to embrace everything that I love about myself and try everyday to be little better than the last. Figure out what makes you happy. What defines you?? Here is my list. This is what I will forever choose to surround myself with.

Things I refuse to live without.

Food I Love.
  • Bacon
  • Apples
  • Almond butter
  • Coconut milk
  • Blueberry almond pancakes
  • Berries
  • Brussel sprouts 
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • DARK chocolate!!!!
  • "Tommy Tips" from The Garden

Good-for-me extras

  • Fish oil
  • Vitamen C
  • LOVE
  • Rest
  • Bubble baths

Reasons to move
  • Kettle bells
  • Olympic weightlifting
  • Vibrams
  • Sun
  • SWEAT!
  • Grass
  • Clean air

My silly traits I'm learning to Love
  • Passion
  • Sometimes funny
  • Broad shoulders
  • Pleaser
  • Lover 
  • Pointy noise
  • Fighter
  • Small boobs (lol)
  • Underdog
  • Inconsistent handwriting
  • Strong willed
  • In-your-face-if-I-don't-like-you
  • Extremely gullible

Other things I choose to define my life
  • Yelle
  • Sunsets
  • Sisters
  • Live music
  • DOGS
  • True Love
  • Faith
  • Brotherhood
  • Fire Fighting
  • Palm trees
  • Good hair days
  • Laughter
  • Silent listeners 
  • Singing
  • Dancing/dance music 
  • Tiny Bikinis
  • Swimming
  • Cleaning
  • Lounge clothes
  • Chick flicks
  • Hot men
  • Cuddling 
  • Small kisses
  • Big hearts
What do you want to surround yourself with. Share with me your favorite things. I don't care if its greasy fried chicken and beer (there's always a time and place for that). I want to know what inspires you. What helps you keep moving forward regardless of the rain cloud that chases you on a dreary day. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The 411

Ok hi, yelle here. I know I’ve been scarce lately and poor chelle has been carrying this blog so I figured I’d chime in.  I’ve had a lot of people asking “what the heck is paleo and why do you do it?”. When I explained it, they would be like “how come” and “why don’t you eat that?”.. mostly inquisitive but some more judgmental than not.. and my personal favorite “.. but doesn’t your body need _______?”. To them, I pose “why does my body need that?” that’s where the conversation starts to end.  A lot of this I’ve had to research lately, because frankly, I went paleo as a 30 day challenge by Chelle, and my reasoning for (mostly) maintaining the lifestyle is because I FEEL BETTER. I've lost 30 pounds in 4 months that I've kept off in a healthy way and I've more than tripled my athletic performance. 

This is going to be rather brief, because I don’t want to bore anyone to tears with too much of the logistics of the lifestyle. It’s probably easier to list what we DO eat for our nutrients, than what we don’t eat. The Paleolithic Solution (paleo for short) consists of this:

EAT THIS YALL: eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar”

-Meat (LOTS and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of meat)

-Eggs (yum yum yum. Eat these.)

-Veggies (Eat as many in quantity as you want! For the most part, I’d say if nature made it, it’s fine.. but there are some veggies that paleo frowns on that I will briefly list later, so if you refuse to give them up, try limiting them.)

-Fruits (If you’re trying to lose weight, or training for an upcoming athletic event, strictly limit these.)

-Nuts (a peanut is NOT a nut.  Try to limit these as well for the same as above, because nuts are super duper fatty, which is VERY good for you, but in VERY small doses. The amount should fit in the palm of your hand)

-Seeds/Herbs/Spices (knock yourselves out, yall)

DON’T EAT THIS YALL: “Modern diets are ILL suited for our genetic composition. Evolution has not kept pace with advances in agriculture and food processing resulting in a plague of health problems for modern man...”

(If you must, think of them as TREATS to keep you on track. The majority of your meal wouldn’t consist of a cupcake, it shouldn’t consist of any of these. Sorry Olive Garden fans):

-GRAINS [wheat, barley, rice] *NOTE: This is tough for a LOT of people to swallow. Bakers, don’t fret! You can use almond meal/flour and coconut flour in place for your baking needs. Muffins, breads, etc. can be made with almond and coconut replacements.

-DAIRY [cow milk is good FOR COWS.]  NOTE* I’m an ice cream FREAK. It is the only dairy I treat myself to [occassionally]. SO DELICIOUS makes Coconut Milk Ice Cream. I have this in my freezer.  I thought I’d DIE after 25 years of cheese at every meal, but you know what, I DIDN’T. My tastebuds and tummy thank me for it.

-WHITE POTATOES (think about cutting out basically all starches). *NOTE: Depending on who you talk to, sweet potatoes fall in this category. I don’t know any paleo’s personally who don’t eat sweet potatoes. Post workout, they maximize the refueling of your body, and they are high in fiber. I fully endorse sweet potatoes.

-LEGUMES [beans and peanuts] *NOTE: As you saw, I’m still a green bean girl.. It’s the only bean I currently eat. To give you an idea of why, half of a green bean’s carbohydrate content is fiber where as a something like a kidney or black bean has a LOT more starch.  When compared, a cup of green beans contain only about 34 calories while black beans contain roughly 227. I’m absolutely NOT a calorie counter but some people prefer numbers, which I understand. PLUS, Robb Wolf says they’re ok, so they’re ok.

-SUGARS [like what they LOADED in the oreo cheesecake I had yesterday. I know I know, you’re so disappointed in me..]  *NOTE: Bakers and sweet teeth alike, use: stevia, syrup, honey or another natural alternative.  GOOD NEWS: CHOCOLATE IS OKAY AS A TREAT! It is recommended that it be cocoa powder or at least 70% cocoa.

It seems daunting, right?  It’s NOT.  It’s pretty simple too, even if it’s a long list. You want to eat things that you have to do as little as possible to prepare. Commit to it, try it for 30 days, if you feel better and look better, (which you WILL) then stick to it. Eat all the time, so you aren’t starving yourself, and that box of doughnuts the office manager brings in won’t be nearly as tempting.  If it sucks, tell us. We can take it.  If it’s just too much all at once, try cutting one group at a time, so you don’t feel deprived. Most importantly, as Chelle said, CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK. It’s not ever about falling off the horse, it’s about getting back on.  I fall off the horse [hellllo, cheesecake], I put my butt right back in the saddle. Make healthy choices regularly so that you don’t beat yourself up when you make less than healthy choices occassionally. There’s no test to take to prove you’ve done it, you don’t have to publicly display your affection for our stolen brilliance (although we’d sure love that). You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. My work guys give me a hard time if I grab sushi for lunch, “YOU CAN’T EAT THAT!”… Actually, I’m an adult, I can do whatever I want. Don’t beat yourself up. Think of it as a lifestyle change and not a diet.

Sorry for yelling so much and for being bossy, and so much for being “short”.  I am just really enthusiastic about it, because it works.  If you’re concerned with not getting enough nutrients [calcium, fiber, potassium, blah blah blah] research it yourself (those links up there ^) or ask us questions. WE LOVE TO TALK. ESPECIALLY ABOUT THIS. IF YOU DIDN’T NOTICE.

And finally, we don’t “knock” any dietary plans. Every BODY is different, and we understand that.  We do, however, think our dietary plan is SUPERIOR. And furthermore, it is because we said so. :P

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Hey there! Chelle here... again!
I hope some of ya'll tried the workout yesterday. I heard through the grapevine (aka YELLE...the only person I talk to) that a couple of you did and I'm totally stoked about it! I hope you sweat your little cave butts off! I wanted to take the opportunity today to give you a couple of tips in order to keep you on track; whatever your goal may be. Just because I'm writing this blog doesn't mean that I've eaten this way forever or that the transition I made was super easy but, I have made it successfully and I can help you do the same.

Rule #1 EAT- don't deprive yourself. If you're hungry, eat something. Just make a healthy choice!
Rule #2 RELAX- cut yourself some slack. Try to make a conscious effort to make healthy choices but, if you slip up, brush it off and keep going.
Rule #3 REMEMBER- You are in control. You are beautiful. YOU can do whatever you want.

On the subject of EATING. This is usually where I see people struggle the most. They are hungry and have a hard time finding something that's healthy OR they think that starving themselves will help them lose weight (WRONG). I struggled with this in the beginning but it's all about finding out what works for you, your body and your schedule. If you can get by with 3 substantial meals a day than that's all you need. But, if you're anything like me, you're hungry every hour on the hour ALL FREAKIN DAY LONG. So, I made myself a schedule so I'm always :)

It looks like this:

8:00- breakfast
10:00- snack
12:00- snack
2:00- lunch
5:00- snack
7:00 dinner

I'm also extremely active so there is a good chance you won't need THIS much food. But I did find it quite helpful to eat a balanced snack (one protein, one carb, one fat... by carb i mean fruit or veggie and by fat i mean good fat). This kept me the most satisfied.

Examples of meals/snack
Breakfast- 3 eggs (protein) with salsa (carbs) cooked in coconut oil (fat) and probably some fruit and bacon because I'm a growing girl :)
Snack #1- All natural Jerky (protein), carrots (carbs), nuts and seeds (fat)
Snack #2- All natural turkey lunch meat (protein), strawberries and blueberries (carbs), avocado (fat)
Lunch- Left overs from the night before... so I don't have to prepare it and I <3 left overs!!!!
Snack- Protein shake (the one I posted below)
Dinner- Something delicious from Everyday Paleo cook book or something like the meal YELLE posted below!


My fav!

I always keep a bunch of hard boiled eggs around

Sounds so childish but I totally do this with almond butter!
Apples and cashew butter. OMG... I DIE!

Hope this helps all my hungry little hunter/gather LOVES! I have a ton more ideas so hit me with your questions, comments and concerns. Tell me I'm CRAZY!!! Let's get the conversation going!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Workout like a CAVE GIRL!

As you know, Yelle and I are primal gals. We like to eat, and live paleo (occasionally we can act like pretty convincing neanderthals too but, that just adds to our charm...we think). However, you can't get a rockin' body like a cave chick by simply eating better. So, why not workout like one too. It might come as a shock to you that healthy cave people back in the day DIDN'T: buy a cute outfit, drive their hummer to an air conditioned, designated workout place and run in place on a moving path... WIERD! Not to knock any of you die hard Lifestyles member (because there is more than one way to exercise) but, the bottom line is you will get used to it, stop improving and most importantly YOU DON'T NEED IT.

For you skeptics out there, I am not just making this stuff up. I am certified as a CrossFit Level 1 instructor (which may or may not mean a sack of nuts to you) and, this is what I believe :)

For anyone who might not have any idea about CrossFit training, I suggest you give it a little research. Then, search for a crossfit gym in your area (CrossFit St Pete!! WHOOP WHOOP).

For all of you interested in just giving it a try at home I have a sample workout for ya!!!

The WOD (workout of the day) is:
5 Pushups
5 Situps
5 Sqauts
AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) in 15 mins

Sounds easy enough???... holla at me when your done!

***This will be a good baseline workout to give you a chance to get your whole body moving, understand your fitness level and establish some goals. Don't be discouraged if this is difficult. Modify everything to your skill level. See Modifications below.


This is a standard pushup. If you can, try to touch your chest to the ground every time. This will ensure that you work your whole muscle and create long, lean (sexy), functional muscle

Modified on your knees

Modified against a wall


Make sure you perform a FULL situp. It works your whole core. Crunches are worthless.

Too easy?? Find something to place under the small of your back and let your knees fall to the outside. Perform a full situp


Squat down just below knee level, maintain your core stability and push your knees out

Don't have a medicine ball? Find something else about the same height and use it as a guide. You want to have a guide to ensure you are getting your full depth on your squat to work the full length of the muscle. Make sure that your knees track over your toes. If you do this correctly, there should be no knee pain. 

This workout is designed to be done as fast as you can for 15 mins. One round is considered 5 pushups, 5 situps and 5 squats. Repeat this cycle over and over until you reach 15 mins. It is helpful to set a timer. This gives you a goal and motivates you to not give up too early. You are capable of more than you think. Record your rounds and document them. 

 That way, when you do it again, you have a goal to beat and you can track your improvement.

Good luck!!! Go get yo SWEAT ON!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Food, Glorious Food

Yelle here, and OMG if you know me, you know that part of the problem I've had my whole life with my struggle with weight is that I am OBSESSED with food (combined with my laziness and love for drinking in the past, it's no wonder I 'struggled'.  P.S. I've lost 25 pounds since June and kept it off thanks to my new life and my rad cave twin who is my motivation). Anyway, it's not one of those healthy obsessions either, it's a full fledged serial killer type obsession complete with photos hanging on my wall like a stalker.

However, this has helped my transition to clean eating, because I've found totally YUM and non-boring alternatives to the ho-hum meat and veggie dinner.  For example:

This is a closeup of last night's dinner that I cooked for my seester.  I have to take a moment to give her MAD props, because although she hasn't taken the paleo challenge, she HAS altered her diet tremendously in support of my lifestyle change, and thus she basically IS paleo.  She doesn't fill our home with tempting foods and she's basically cut ALL of the foods that I've cut. Thanks E for being the raddest in all of the land.   

The menu last night was: apple baked pork tenderloin, smashed cauliflower, sauteed green beans and spicy sweet potato fries.  I eyeball pretty much everything, so my measurements (unless directly from a recipe) pretty much consist of things like: "a glob" "couple spoonfuls" "pinch" "smidgen" and "sprinkling".

First up: Sauteed Green Beans

I had frozen these fresh green beans because they were on sale, so I bought a couple bags and didn't use them all right away.  I don't recommend freezing them normally though, because they get a little too waterlogged for my taste, and there is NOTHING better than sauteed fresh green beans. I like to cook these on a 3 or 4 for a LONG time (about an hour) turning up the heat to a 6 every now and then to brown them a tad because I like them cooked way down, they lock in the flavor that way.  

I like to use coconut spread to coat the pan, I buy this at Nature's Finest which is now called something else, but you can get it at any organic food store by the butter. It looks like this:

I sprinkle garlic salt on them throughout the entire time so that they are packed with flavor.  About a half hour in, I chopped some red onion that I had left over and poured a little bit of sunflower oil in to kind of give them a caramelized flavor and put the lid on. 

The pork tenderloin I totally cheated with because it was on sale and it was already marinated in the apple juice reduction, so I can't tell you a ton about it, but it did have onion powder, bourbon flavoring and some other jazz.  That I just dumped into the casserole on 425 for about 25 minutes, flipping it halfway through. I also threw some red onions in there for good measure. It looked like this when I sliced it (like buttaa):

The cauliflower was publix brand frozen cauliflower. I boiled it until I could stick a fork through it. Then I drained it in a collander and poured it into a bowl.  I dumped in "a few shakes" of dried parsley flakes, a little black pepper, some garlic powder and a dash of salt.  Then I took a fork and hand mashed them to about the consistency of mashed potatoes. Because they retain so much water, you don't need to add any liquid to them, they are PERFECT just the way that they are. 

The sweet potato fries are Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries that you can find in the frozen food section of any local grocery store. They look like this in the bag:

 I dumped them onto a cookie sheet with a "dash" of sunflower oil and I also put a "smidge" of ground cinnamon and a "sprinkle" of cajun seasoning for good measure. I add to everything because then I feel like it's way more home made than just dumping it on the pan, plus I'm obsessed with flavor.  I tossed them around and threw them in the oven. Not a literal throw (much to the dismay of my little doggie Lincoln who was patiently awaiting one to drop), because they'd have made a MESS of my kitchen. The went into the 425 but only for about 12 minutes, and I took them out around 6 and forked them around. I usually do them on 350 for about 20 minutes, but the oven was already at 425 for the pork. Just make sure if you multitask that you don't forget, like I do ALL the time.  They looked like this: 

Final product looked like THIS [note: because of the dinner making/talk my face off to my sister after being gone all weekend, we didn't take the fall decorations down from the attic, so there are no rad fall placemats on the table YET.. this will change asap.]: 

A special thanks to my sister for not complaining about all the dishes I used so I could take pretty pictures, as she was on dish duty. :) Thanks Seester.

It was YUM to the TUM.  Hope this helps yall on your journey to cleaner living.  You don't have to go totally crazy all at once, you can try incorporating these kinds of meals into your life and slowly phase out the less than good-for-you things.. and remember, every BODY is different, do what works for YOU. Cheers to your happiness and your healthiness. 


Monday, September 19, 2011

SO Delicious!

Chelle HERE!
I've got a busy day today but I thought I'd share a quick post with you. Today I am taking my CPAT (physical agility test I have to take before I can get hired on at a fire deparment). I thought I'd share with you my morning fuel; a yummy-to-my-tummy smoothie. I have to say this smoothie is WAY better as a recovery drink (because of the banana) but I need to go shopping and I have NOTHING else to eat. I am a huge fan of peanut butter banana smoothies but, as you know peanut are legumes and legumes are BAD NEWS BEARS!!! So, here is the recipe:
1 cup coconut milk (either canned or so delicious brand)
1 scoop eggwhite protien
1 banana
1 LARGE :) spoonful almond butter (I buy fresh ground from Rollin' Oats)
2 T of coconut oil for good measure

 I've doubled it here to make enough for cave mama


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Yelle here, just signing in for a quick update.  Wanted to congratulate CHELLE on passing her fire school test! State exam in 3 weeks and then our girl will be fighting fires, cave girl style. I could not be more proud of my cave twin! LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

Now, back to my regularly scheduled argument with A (P.S. A is my absolutely FABULOUS boyfriend) about where to go to watch the football games.. He's a (gag me) Packers fan and I'm a (yay!) Saints fan.. so I'm still quite sore after last week's loss, which he reminds me of hourly.

..I should have had some of Chelle's red leaf tea.. fml!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Grumpy Cave Girl + Red leaf Tea = :)

(In the dialog below, names will be changed... only because the tail wipe im talking about would become exponentially cooler simply from his cameo on our blog... he doesn't deserve that)

John: (Walks over all puppy dog like... the only time in my life I've had the urge to punch a puppy dog)  "Do you not like me?"
Chelle: (Rolls eyes) "...."
John:  (Much more emphatically) "Do YOU not like me?"
Chelle: We're being honest?
John: Yes...

Chelle: Well... you see.... I want to like you but, in my heart of hearts I know you're a huge tool bag. So, no. I don't like you. But I can say that, right?"
John: "...)#(*$)#*..."

Yeah. I know I eat all primal but, it was probably totally uncalled for to go angry cave women on "John".

Bad assumption... I'm sure cave women were SUPER polite...
 ....even if sometimes I wish he fell down a flight of stairs

Any who, life happens, right? Well, the past couple weeks have been rather stressful for me and on top of that I decided to go off "the pill" in attempt to be even more Paleo. BAD TIMING! NOT all of my ideas are the brightest but baby I OWN it. Because of this, my hormones have been so far off balance I can't even walk straight (that could be the tequila though... Whatever). So, the other day, Cave mama (my FAB matriarch in the household) told me about this new paleo sports drink (will post recipe soon) that contains red leaf tea; which is good for hormone balance and  "you really should try it, chelle"... thanks MOM! So, as always, I took mama's advice and LET ME TELL YOU every one's happier. I even did this totally sound scientific experiment and listened to my fav new Kelly Clarkson song and I didn't even cry. MAJOR IMPROVEMENT! Now, that's what I call proof in the pudding...errrr not pudding... pistachio? Whatever, insert some paleo food that starts with a "P".

Also I no longer have random people yelling "You're a crazy Bi***, hormones!!! Not you, HORMONES!!!"
Fav movie. So, if you didn't get that quote, please spare me the embarrassment and pretend like you did
I must say red leaf tea has improved my quality of life. I'm just like a really awesome person now. I even started this blog and 16 people like it... Yeah, 16 whole people. The moral of this story is: Drink red leaf tea and be instantly nice and super popular 
...or maybe it's "Listen to your mama" or something like that. Regardless it's REALLY important. 
FO REAL THO- If you're interested in trying red leaf tea, I suggest buying it locally at Hooker Tea Company on Beach Dr. THE END <3

OMG YAY. 40 DAY CHALLENGE! Are YOU up for it?

Hi all, Yelle here. So as you know, Chelle posted the last 2 blogs, and I haven't posted since Day 1. Well, I totally forgot how to sign in, so thank GOD I have a partner in this to steer me back on track, or the blog would have ended with an Edward Scissorhands picture, and day 1 would have also been the final day. How tragic! Thank goodness for Chelle, crisis averted.

SINCE we've pretty much overhauled our bodies, (or are in the process of overhauling our bodies), we decided, what the heck, let's go ahead and shock our ENTIRE system and do something else completely ridiculous and overhaul our homes too.  This challenge isn't quite as challenging though, and we thought we'd share it with you as well, in case you want to do something different and improve your quality of life. I take NO credit for this, I found it on [my OBSESSION] and THEY found it on who found it from someone else who probably found it from someone else..  It's intended purpose seems to have been for Lent during Easter, but we just found it now, so why wait? We're starting it on SUNDAY! 

Chelle and I don't live together, so we're obvi going to have different things to organize, and you will too! (She clearly won't need to organize her bathroom.)We hope you enjoy this, and have a cleaner and more organized living space!

I like the thought of having to only do ONE thing a day, because I'm lazy. It reminds me of this saying:

 which is exactly how I feel about cleaning. LUCKILY, my poor sister/roomie (E, who is FABULOUS and you'll hear a TON more about) will be STOKED that I am doing something productive in our home besides making a mess, leaving dishes in the sink, leaving the mail on the floor, leaving my "projects" on the dining room table, using the guest towels to clean my eye makeup off and getting our 3 dogs and 2 cats really, REALLY rowdy for no reason except the sheer entertainment of it (usually right before bed). Cheers to me doing something non destructive in our home for a change!

Feel free to comment on your progress if you decide to join us in this challenge. Remember, this is a really good time to rid your pantry and kitchen of things that are not good for your body. THIS is a good start to "keepin it real" as Chelle calls it.  Take care of you body like you would your favorite [fill in your favorite thing here]! 

I'll post my edited one when I finish it, but this is the original! Have fun and happy cleaning. :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Recipes for Success

Ready to be all naturally clean and fab. READ ON!
Just as a disclaimer, I am not clever or creative enough to come up with these things on my own. I am a total klepto and steal EVERYTHING (except for my paralysing good looks and dirty sense of humor) Most of this is coming right from cave girl eats blog which is linked at the top. I'm all about getting the word out there.
Your skin is the largest and most important organ you have. It is extremely porous and absorbs anything and everything you put on it. So, why would you put anything on your body you wouldn't put in your mouth? These points are way more important than you think. Skin cancer is so often blamed solely on the sun (something we were created to bask in) and no one thinks about all the damage skin care products do to your skin.
Anyways, lets talk getting clean.
Cleanse- 2 T baking soda to 1 cup of water (works best if you premix and let dissolve)
Condition- 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of water (I also premix)

These two concoctions are the ones in my pretty glass bottles!

Transitioning to a "no poo" (sorry Yelle) regimen is different for everyone. Be prepared to rock a pony tail until your hair figures out how to regulate it's oil production by itself.

Clease- Dr. Bonner's Magic soap (read the directions on the bottle so you don't get too dried out)
Moisturize- Cold pressed coconut oil (Found at health food store)

Clease- Oil Cleansing Method (1 part Castor oil 3 parts oil-of-your-choice)
I suggest looking this up and reading about it in google. I'm getting a little winded over here

Fo Da Stank
First, I rub coconut oil on my pits and then a dash of baking soda. 100% stank FREE.

If you want to add some safe smell-goods to your new homemade beauty care products, try adding some essential oils. Yelle and I will soon be covering a local (TB area) shop that sells tons of smell good and teaches you how to make your own cleaning products. Or you could just dump BS on EVERYTHING like I do.

Well there you have it. Comment if you try any of this or if you have any other great idea!!

PS (I know, this is getting ridiculous): I suggest reading The Coconut Oil Miracle (or just skipping to the beauty part because that's ALL I care about). It's VERY informative and explains some of this madness WAY better than I do!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Decrudding the Bathroom

Hi all! Chelle here! (the less cool of the elle cave twins) (the one that makes Yelle do wierd things like stop shampooing her hair MAINLY because she is the only person who listens to me)

So, just so y'all can kind of pretend to know what were blabbing about on this blog, I'll give you a little background. Me and Yelle follow the paleaolithic diet (ie. cave man diet). After a very successful transition decrudding our bodies from the inside-out, we are now attempting to do the same from the outside-in (which btdub is MUCH harder than the first if you are as vain as I am). That being said, ditching the smell goodies has proven less painful than previously suspected so I thought I'd share with you my switch from crud-full to crud-free. (AKA I'm a total hippie and im crying right now admitting it)

OKAY OKAY. So, I don't even know you and I'm already going to let you in on my deepest and darkest... I'm a hot mess...
Exhitbit A
Exhibit B

There's more but you get the idea. I spend way too much time in the bathroom and way too much of my hard earnings on beauty products. 

Mission #1 Get rid of the crud
I spent close to 45 minutes cleaning out EVERYTHING that wasn't 100% natural
It's hard to really see here how much crap I have but, just for a visual... this box is big enough to ship a small child ranging from approx age 4 to age 8 (not recommended)

Mission #2 Clean the bathroom
So I used "all natural" products to clean the bathroom. Some were store bought (not so proud of) and, some were homemade (me dumping a bunch of baking soda in the toilet because I'm out of toilet boil cleaner... also not so proud of). Cut me some slack... BABY STEPS!

Mission #3 Restock my bathroom with more kind-to-my-body products

Ahhh the simplicity


Very happy to learn that the mineral makeup I already use is Gluten free!!!


Please note that there is a razor in the shower. This cave girl SHAVES... Poser?? I just like to think i'm well evolved

Well there you have it. Interesting huh? I'm sure that watching the progess of someone clean their bathroom was on your to do list today
 Along with...
-Watch the grass grow 
- Read the dicitonary 
- Scatch your own eyes out for the shear fun of it

The GOOD news is there's more to come! Ya, I know! So, If you're one of those people who spends time cutting the grass by hands with sissors, stay tuned for an even LESS interesting post on what I keep in my lovely new glass bottles that I am totally obsessed with!!! :)