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Can we detox our skin?

Can we detox our skin?

We tend to think of detoxing by doing a week of green juices or cutting out processed food, however detoxing our skin can be just as important as looking at what we eat.  A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin’s absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage.(1)  Other studies found the face to be several times more permeable than broad body surfaces and an absorption rate of 100% for underarms and genitalia.

Chicken Fajita Salad - GAPs & Paleo Friendly, Grain Free.

I adore fajitas and they are one of the things I miss the most.  I am working on a good tortilla recipe, but in the interim I've found that I equally enjoy fajias with either a lettuce wrap or like this as a hot salad.  Despite having lots of parts to it, this recipe is fairly quick and easy to make and my whole family enjoy it. 

Fajita Mix

Serves 4


  • 1tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 - 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh oregano or 1 tsp of dried oragano
  • juice of 1/2 a lime

Chicken Fruity Curry - GAPs Paleo Friendly, Gluten, Grain, Dairy , Egg and Nut Free

I absolutely love this curry.  We are from the North East of England (Geordies) and up there most curry houses serve a Malayan Curry which is similar to a Korma but has banana and pineapple in it.  I have never seen it "down south" the closest is maybe a Kashmiri.  This is a close relative, but without all the sugar and dairy you find in a Take Away.  It is mild and naturally sweet so great for children.  

Fruity Chicken Curry

Serves 4 adults 

  • 4 Chicken breasts chopped into pieces (or 4 handfuls of left over roast chicken)

Dough Balls with Garlic Butter - Paleo, Grain Free and Dary Free

With the lovely sunshine we have been having we were definitely up for a Sunday afternoon BBQ.  I wanted to make something that we could share to stem hungry appetites while the meat was cooking.  These dough balls are actually quite similar to those from Pizza Express - even my husband and non paleo friends agreed!

Paleo Dough Balls with Garlic Butter

Makes approximately 16 balls.


For dough balls:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 egg

Breakfast Patties - GAPs, Paleo friendly, grain, gluten, dairy and egg free.

On a GAPs or Paleo diet I find the hardest meal to replace is breakfast.  Our "normal" breakfast foods like cereals, toast, pastries, muffins etc are so carbohydrate heavy.  Any replacements end up using loads of eggs, and whilst I am a fan of eggs I like some variation.  I am happy with a traditional english breakfast, but don't want this every day, plus finding nitrate free sausages and bacon is hard in the UK.  So I wanted some simple breakfasts I could make in advance and either heat up or put in the oven in the morning as we are getting ready.

Chocolate Key Lime Pie - Paleo/GAPs, Gluten, Grain, Dairy, Egg and refined Sugar free (with nut free variation)

The boys and I are staying with my parents for the Easter Holidays, so I decided to use the opportunity to tryout a new desert recipe on everyone.  The ingredients were classified until after it was eaten.  It actually contains avacados, which are full of omega 3 (for someone who professes to hate avacados Thomas was not shy in wolfing down 2 pieces and asking for a third) and everyone agreed that it was seriously good - especially knowing that it was grain, gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar free.

Paleo Crepes/English Pancakes - Grain, gluten, nut and dairy free.

So a little late with this post but I wanted to make some "proper pankes on shrove Tuesday that actually tasted like the pancakes I remember before I eliminated wheat.  You can ask my mum I think my best effort one pancake day was 10 in a row!  All the recipes I have tried so are that are GAPs/Paleo friendly are really "eggy" and do not have the right texture.  These are child and husband approved and are very moreish.  I had these ones with some cinnamon, lemon juice and maple syrup, which is also Thomas' favourite, but Harry likes peanut butter, honey and banana.

GAPs, Paleo Salmon and Vegetables

This is actually my go to meal if we want something quick.  It only takes minutes to prepare and I can do other jobs while it is cooking.  It only takes 30 mins to cook too so ideal for a weekday night. 

I try to use wild salmon as farmed salmon has less omega 3 in it due to the food the fish are fed on the farms, plus the antibiotics and other chemicals too. 
Super Quick Salmon
1 boneless salmon filet per person
2 - 3 tbsp. oil or butter/ghee
juice of 1 lemon
rock salt

Thai Style Beef Soup - Soya, Gluten, Dairy, Egg and Sugar Free, GAPs, SCD and Paleo Friendly

The weather has been so awful recently I have really wanted something warm for lunch.  Whilst comforting root vegetable stews and soups are nice, this offers a nice variation and uses up some left over roast beef from a Sunday lunch.  It also reminds me of the Thai/Chinese noodle type soups which would obviously contain wheat, and the beansprouts add an interesting texture.  I make this soup with Coconut Aminos but you could easily make it with Tamari for a Gluten Free Soya Sauce option.

Chocolate Brownies - Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Sugar Free, SCD, GAPs and Paleo Friendly

This weekend's treat is a batch of grain free chocolate brownies.  A year on GAPs protocol has meant that we can now tolerate ground almonds (this time last year Thomas and I both got itchy throats when we ate them and Thomas got some eczema) and I have to say whilst I don't mind baking with coconut flour, almond flour does make delicious baked goods and the texture makes a nice change.  These are still a bit cakey rather than that crumbly outside, soft in the middle texture we love with brownies.

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