Want A Kindle HD 6?

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Kindle HD 6 GiveawayBased on the incredible success of The Ultimate Paleo Kitchen Giveaway — congrats to the winner, Angie Degory — I’m very excited to announce the details for our next giveaway!

The Prizes

  1. An Amazon Kindle HD 6
  2. 5 Paleo Kindle E-Books of Your Choosing (Up to $50)

Total Value = Up To $150

The Details

  1. The giveaway starts at 8pm on October 14, 2014.
  2. I will email people on our mailing list the moment the giveaway starts, so make sure you’re already on our list.  (You can sign up at the bottom of this post.)

Important Note

Once you enter, you will be given a special link that is unique to you.  MAKE SURE YOU SHARE THIS LINK.  Whenever any of your friends or family sign up using your unique link, you will be given three additional chances at winning.

For example: when you sign up and then have just 10 people sign up using your link that you shared in an email and on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest (or any other social media), you will effectively have 31 chances at winning!  Not bad for just sharing a link!

I hope you’re as excited about this as I am.  Keep a look out for an email from me on October 14!

Avocado & Raspberry Smoothie

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For the better part of the last three years, I’ve started off my mornings with a delicious and healthy smoothie.  (This is why my NutriBullet is the second best Paleo investment I’ve made, and only behind my Crock Pot.)

To my dismay, when I opened the refrigerator this morning I realized that I had forgotten to go to the grocery store so I was going to have to make due with just a few ingredients.

In this case, less was definitely more!

Avocado and Raspberry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a large Avocado
  • 1 cup of Frozen Berries (I used Raspberries, but Blueberries or Strawberries would work just as well)
  • A few florets of Broccoli
  • 2 tbsp. of Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup of water (can use more or less depending on the consistency you prefer)

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a NutriBullet cup (or blender cup, whatever you use)
  2. Blend for 30 seconds
  3. Enjoy

Do you have smoothies in the mornings?  What ingredients do you usually use?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

Unburden Yourself Each Day This Month

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SunflowerLate last month, a buddy and I were talking about some simple ways we could unburden ourselves.  We’re both “career aggressive” guys with growing families, and just so happen to live in one of the highest cost of living areas in the United States.

And it’s really starting to get to us.  I’m sure many of you can relate.

(On a side note, the two of us will soon be launching a website that chronicles our attempts to simplify our lives.  Stay tuned!)

He ended up telling me about how he and his wife are doing a “minimalist challenge” this month, where each day you’re “required” to throw out, give away, donate, or sell the number of items corresponding to that particular day’s date.  For example, on October 10, you would be required to purge 10 items from your home.

When it’s all said and done, you will have removed nearly 500 items from your house.  496 to be exact.

While this might seem a bit daunting, particularly toward the latter part of the month, I think it’s worth the challenge.

Think about how good you feel when you do a really good spring cleaning around your house.  You walk in and the kitchen counters are clutter free.  You go upstairs to your bedroom and don’t need a map to find a particular article of clothing.  You are actually able to get a car in your garage.

It’s like a huge weight has been lifted off of your shoulders and as if you’re beginning to escape the modern day problem of “what we own ends up owning us.”

In any event, I would like to invite you to take this minimalist challenge with me.

If you’re like me, I think this will be an eye opening experience to finding just how much (for lack of a better term) useless stuff you have around your home.  Maybe you can donate a bunch of stuff to help the less fortunate.  Maybe you can sell some stuff and pad your bank account.  Hopefully it’s a combination of the two.

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you’re interested in taking the challenge.  What will be the first item you get rid of?  Think you can get rid of 496 items from your home?

(If you want some additional help on living a more minimalist lifestyle, check out our December 2012 issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine, where I interview Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist.)

 

Your Coffee Pot Is Moldy. Here’s How to Clean It Out

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Is your coffee pot making you sick?
Is your coffee pot making you sick?

Many of us in the Paleo community enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, often the Bulletproof variety (with butter and coconut oil) made popular by my buddy Dave Asprey.

While many studies have been done on the health benefits of coffee, is it possible that our coffee makers are undoing many of these health benefits and are actually making us sick?

Your coffee maker is probably pretty gross

A 2011 study done by NSF International found that a large percentage of traditional coffee makers have yeast and mold growing in them.  In fact, if you have a traditional coffee maker, its reservoir is likely has a higher germ count than your bathroom doorknobs and your light switches.

This is definitely pretty gross.  Though, can you really be surprised by this given mold likes to grow in warm, moist environments?  Plus, how often to you really thoroughly clean out your coffee maker?  (More on this in a minute.)

Anecdotally, I looked in my coffee maker this weekend and was absolutely appalled to see what I had let begin to grow in our filter.  It was nasty, crusty, and moldy.

What does this mean for your health?

According to this position paper by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, exposure to mold has been linked to many diseases including asthma, though it has not been directly linked to autoimmune diseases.

In doing a little more digging, I came across an interesting article on Dr. Mercola’s website that goes into great depth about different kinds of molds and their effect on your health.  (Spoiler alert: none of the molds are particularly good and many of them are incredibly damaging to your health.)

Long story short: minimizing your exposure to molds is probably a good thing for your health.

How to properly clean your coffee maker

Since I’m not going to advocate ditching your coffee, I am going to suggest that if you have a traditional coffee maker — or even one of those newfangled ones — you should make sure that you are thoroughly cleaning it very often.  I would say at least every weekend. Considering it’s easy to do, there’s really no excuse not to.  Here’s a simple way to do it:

  1. Fill up your coffee maker’s reservoir with equal parts water and white vinegar, and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
  2. “Brew” the water/vinegar mixture one time through, and then “brew” several pots of just water to flush everything out.
  3. After every use, wash the individual coffee maker parts (pot, brew basket, etc.) with soap and water, and let dry before putting back in the coffee maker.

Seems easy enough, right?  Plus, it’ll keep your coffee maker from being less germy than your bathroom doorknobs!

How often do you clean your coffee pot?  Leave a comment below and let us know.  Don’t forget to share this on social media, too!

The Ultimate Paleo Kitchen Giveaway Has Ended

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All UPKGThe Ultimate Paleo Kitchen Giveaway has officially ended!

Thank you to the 4,714 of you who entered, and an even bigger thanks to those of you who shared your special link (the one designed to help you increase your odds of winning) with your friends and family on social media and email.

I will contact the winner via email later tonight, so, in the meantime, I wish all of you the best of luck!

Given that this was my first attempt at doing a giveaway, it was a little nerve wracking, but a good learning experience for the next time around.  In fact, here are some things I learned that may be helpful if you ever find yourself doing something similar:

  1. Don’t launch anything big on the weekend.  Unfortunately, the giveaway stumbled out of the gate despite seemingly good planning on my part.  I sent out an email to our list, got the giveaway featured in Mark’s Daily Apple’s Weekend Link Love post, and had some other really awesome people send out Tweets to their followers.  The word “seemingly” is in quotes because I failed to take into account that web traffic dies down dramatically on the weekends and it’s not as if people scroll through hundreds of Tweets and Facebook posts to see what other Paleo people might have posted a day or two earlier.
  2. Check, double check, and re-check everything.  Despite the above blunder, here is the single biggest blunder I made: for the first 36 hours of the giveaway, I did not actually have the word “giveaway” on the page’s title.  This may not sound like a big deal since once you got on the page it was pretty apparent what everything was about, but, it was a HUGE deal because whenever someone Tweeted their special link or posted it on Facebook, all anyone else saw was “The Ultimate Paleo Kitchen,” which in no way implies a giveaway.  I mean, if you saw this, you would probably assume that it was just an article on a really Paleo kitchen, right?
  3. Be willing to spend a few bucks to promote the giveaway on social media.  I’ll be the first to admit, I hate handing over my money to Facebook given how badly they’re treating business owners with a Facebook presence.  That being said, a targeted campaign on Facebook is still worth the money.  In order to boost the giveaway during days five through seven, I spent about $50 on Facebook ads which, in turn, got at least 200 additional people to sign up directly with no easy way to tell how many other people signed up indirectly through promoted special links.

Certainly if you have any questions on doing a giveaway, please reach out and I’d be happy to share my experience a little more in-depth.

THE NEXT GIVEAWAY

I’m already getting ready for the next giveaway, which I kind of telegraphed on Facebook via an informal survey.  Here it goes:

The next giveaway will include a 16 gig Kindle Fire HD 6 and five Paleo Kindle books of the winner’s choosing!

I suspect I’ll be doing this giveaway sooner rather than later, so keep an eye out!