A Cookie recipe you will either love me or hate me for


Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

I could marry chocolate.  Like seriously. We’d be happy together for life.  In fact, anything sweet, I could basically have a love affair with.  I’m not proud of this assertion, but at least I’m honest.  My relationship with sweets is most definitely my most unhealthy relationship (and that’s saying a lot!)  If you asked me years ago if I had an issue with sweets, I’d say, no way, I’m a savory girl.  Potato chips fo life yo.  But once I gave up all sugar—yes you read that right,  no sugar—the sweet things became an addiction.  I’m talking raisins, bananas, grapes, honey, maple syrup, fruit juice—I can’t get enough.  Ok, literally just writing those words has me thinking about my next fix.  Son of a bitch…

Anyway, the point is, I have issues.  Clearly.  I had to find a solution that would allow me a treat every once and a while but not over-indulge.  Thus I created “mini desserts.”  They are, basically as they sound; Desserts that are small in both caloric intake as well as quantity.  So, I can make, and subsequently eat, the entire batch if I want. It’s very freeing.

Here’s my most favoritist cookie ever.  You could make these for non-health nut friends and I promise you they will be begging for more.  These cookies are paleo, vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free but not taste free!  YAY!

Disclaimer:  if you do double or triple this recipe, it’s like crack and I can’t be responsible for your behavior.

Cinnamin Raisin Cookies Ingredients

“Mini” Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

½ cup of almond flour (I highly recommend you using this awesome ingredient sparingly.  Check out this great article that fully explains why we need to be careful with almond flour)

1 ½ teaspoons melted coconut oil (or grass-fed butter)

1 teaspoon maple syrup

½ a handful of raisins (amount depends on your sweet tooth)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash of vanilla extract

Dash of baking soda

Dash of healthy salt (Himalayan, real salt, Celtic etc)

Set oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (you could skip this and just add to a non-stick cookie sheet but why do the extra cleaning?) Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Mix thoroughly.  The consistency of the dough should be very sticky.  If you feel that it is too dry, add a bit of water.


It should look something like this

It should look something like this




Then, take about a teaspoon of dough at a time and roll in your hand to make a dough ball.  Place each ball on the cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.   Remove from oven and let cookies cool for a bit.  I usually can’t help myself and eat half the batch before they fully cool and burn the shit out of my mouth in the process.  Should you have more self-control than me, you’ll find the cooled batch is entirely more delightful.   They also stay together better. There’s no eggs in them, so they can be crumbly when hot.

Aim for this golden brown on the underside of the cookie

Aim for this golden brown on the underside of the cookie

Entire batch makes about 6 cookies. The calorie count is somewhere between 225-300 if you eat the whole batch.  Which, for a delish dessert is pretty decent. I usually share these with my father-in-law.  I only let him have two.  Because I made them.

Hubby hates cinnamon.  If you are also weird like him, (perhaps you hate babies and dolphins too?) then, you can substitute the raisins and cinnamon for chocolate.  I like to go with a 72% cocoa chopped and folded into the dough.

Enjoy these with a cup of tea.  Or eat them over your stove and burn the shit out of your mouth.  Either way.  Either way.

Mmmm.  Eating. At the stove.  Burned my mouth.  Again.

Mmmm. Eating. At the stove. Burned my mouth. Again.

The Art of Oil Pulling

This morning I woke up late and my father-in-law was already in the kitchen.  I then proceeded to open up the cupboard and scoop out a chunk of coconut oil and eat it. His face was priceless.  He was horrified.  It’s pretty disgusting so I don’t blame him, but I didn’t actually swallow it.  (yes, this is a perfect spot for an inappropriate joke but I didn’t go there.  You’re welcome…or not) I am practicing the ancient art of oil pulling.  Ok, it’s not an art but it sounded way more sophisticated so I went with it.

Selfies with coconut oil!

Selfies with coconut oil!

So what is oil pulling you ask? According to Wikipedia; Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional folk remedy where oil is swished or held in the mouth. Ayurvedic literature states oil pulling is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including a benefit in conditions such as headaches, migraines, diabetes mellitus, asthma,[1] and acne, as well as whitening teeth.[2] The mouth is rinsed with approximately one tablespoon of oil for 10–20 minutes then spat out.[2][3] Sesame oil, coconut oil and ghee are traditionally used,[2] but newer oils such as sunflower oil are also used.[2]The oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid. Lipids in the oils begin to pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white.**

**The article had a bunch of “citations needed” but I deleted those because I’m not an ethical journalist (ha!).  And plus, it was making my blog post longer.

Yeah so based on that and a bunch of literature (and infographics on Facebook!) I read on the interwebs, I now swish oil in my mouth every morning.

...and it's awesome

…and it’s awesome

It really works IMO. Not only do I feel more energetic after I do it but my teeth are whiter and my mouth less disgusting in the morning.  I am only a few days in.  I did try this last year and felt great and my teeth looked awesome but then I was over it.  I am trying to get back on the wagon because I have seen the benefits.   It’s super hard to stick with for a variety of reasons.  Firstly, my four-year old feels the need to ask me every single question under the sun while I am trying to oil pull.  “Mommy, why do we have butts?”  It’s also not easy for me to stay quiet for 20 minutes even when no one is talking to me.  So, there’s that.  Also, it’s greasy and feels weird in your mouth.  And I’m also constantly freaking out that I am going to swallow it, along with all the gross toxins I am trying to rid my body of.  With those obstacles in the way, it was easy to quit.  But now I’m back on the wagon.  My brother** recently started doing it and has been calling me with all sorts of updates on why oil pulling is amazing.  So I’m all like, “I knew about that shit before you so I’m doing it and it’s going to be ahmazing.”  Nothing like good ol’ competitive spirit to get you back on track.



If you are interested in oil pulling, check out the benefits here.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do it!

**My brother promises me he’s going to become a contributor on this blog and his experiences will be even more informative I’m sure. Keep a look out for that and other posts from some of my favorite peeps in the future.  Hey, it takes a village.  And I’m lazy.  

Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Hers and his deodorant

Hers and his deodorant

If you told me 5 years ago, I’d be making my own deodorant, I’d tell you that you were most definitely crazy. See, not since the Tom’s of Maine incident of 2006 have I ventured out of my chemical-laden comfort zone.  I tried to go natural for a moment, before my bestie Lindsay in her infinite wisdom told me I smelled like her dad after he mowed the lawn.  Ok, not cute.  Not the look I was going for.

I thought for sure I’d never find anything that worked as well as my trusty “powder fresh” stick.  And I sure wasn’t going back to smelling like a middle aged man who recently sweat profusely in the hot sun. 

All that changed when I met my super fabulous friend Ryanna .  She owns an amazing organization that helps so many, including me get the support, information and tips they need to live a healthier,real food, chemical-free life. She told me she made her own deodorant.  Ok, I thought.  Interesting…but I’m never going to be that–crunchy.

Oh, how times have changed.  Ry pressed me to do some real research into why deodorant/antiperspirant is dangerous.  Surely she was wrong.  Hadn’t she seen the commercials with those beautiful, active, non-smelly women shopping and playing tennis? Nothing dangerous about that!

BTWs- If you really want to see some conspiracy theory stuff on the deodorant industry, check out this fascinating article.  But I digress.

What I found changed my thinking forever.  Smelling like onions wasn’t nearly as horrible a fate as using this toxic stuff! Oh advertising and mainstream media, how you fooled me!  There is a proven connection between deodorant/antiperspirant and breast cancer.  Crap.  Ok, reading on I found out that; conventional versions of deodorant contain toxins such as aluminum. Aluminum, is carcinogenic.    It has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.  They also contain several endocrine disruptors, parabens and chemical perfumes all of which are just terrible for your health.   Studies show that breast cancer cells are often found to have traces of aluminum.  Scary stuff.

After educating myself on the risks of continuing to use deodorant, I gave in and tried Ry’s recipe.  I swear, this stuff is so powerful you can skip a day.  And it’s as non-toxic as you can get. You could eat it.  (Don’t eat it) but you could eat it.  How cool is that?  Considering that everything that goes on your skin gets absorbed into your body, you want something that would be safe to eat.  I go by the rule that if I have to call poison control if I eat it, I don’t use it.

Without further introduction, here’s the fool-proof deodorant recipe (which is all over the web in different variations so I can’t really take credit).  Enjoy!

1/4 cup (non GMO) cornstarch or arrowroot powder

Arrowroot Powder

Arrowroot Powder

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

1/4 cup baking soda (aluminum free)

5 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed expelled coconut oil

10-30 drops of your favorite essential oil (I am partial to lemon or tea tree because they have extra bacterial fighting powers!)

Put cornstarch and baking soda in a bowl, add coconut oil (don’t melt it, just mix it with your hands so it all combines) until it is mixed.  This can get a bit messy but totally worth it. Take mixture and put it aside.  My husband puts his in a jar and applies right after the shower.  I’m a lady (!) so I use an old deodorant stick.  It’s so simple; clean out an old stick and screw the base all the way to the bottom.  Scoop out the mixture into the stick.  Use as you would a regular deodorant stick.  You *may* need to keep this in the fridge if you keep your house above 72 degrees.  If not, it’s totally fine left in your medicine cabinet.

You’re officially on your way to crunchiness

About Clean Eating, Healthy Living

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Hello!  I’m Christina, the blogger behind Clean Eating, Healthy Living.  I started this blog as a way to share information on what has helped me fight debilitating autoimmune diseases, weight issues and a host of other problems.  Back in 2009 when I started my journey towards regaining my health, I was just simply sick and tired of being sick and tired.  Sound familiar?

I have single-handedly tried every fad, scheme, detox out there.  They all work great!  For a hot minute. But soon, I fall right back into the same habits as before.  See, fads, diets, detoxes etc, aren’t sustainable.  But there had to be something out there that is.   Then one day, I did something absolutely unheard of.  I stopped dieting.  I stopped worrying. I looked deep within and realized the answers had always been there.  I started eating REAL FOOD.  The weight fell off.  I was no longer tired all day.  My eczema virtually disappeared. I had boundless energy.

Just to give you a little perspective, this is me in 2009 at the beginning of my health journey:

Christina Before

What started out as me wanting to lose weight and feel better has turned into a passion for health and vitality.  I realized there was so much to learn.  But the answer to any question I had was simple.  Go back to basics.  It’s the key to health and the key to life-long wellness.  

This is me today:

Christina Headshot 3

I am a student of life.  This journey is not over, in fact, it’s only beginning.   I have more pounds to lose, more ailments to cure and more chemicals to get out of my life.  It seems overwhelming but it’s really not.  It’s empowering.  The key to health and wellness is available to us all.  We just need to search for it and implement the wisdom that has really been here all along;  Trust Nature.  Trust Real Food.  Trust Ancient Wisdom. Trust Your Instincts and Your Body.  These are the keys to life.  

That’s why I started this blog.  To share with you what I learned and am learning.  I invite you to join me on this journey.  

Here are some resources that I find absolutely vital to my continued success.  I will update this list as I move forward. But these are the sources that built my foundation of knowledge and my support through it all.

Blogs (all information based on scientific research):

Dr. Sarah Ballantyne

Dr. Terry Wahls

Chris Kresser

Mark’s Daily Apple


Grub (this resource is vital to my success)

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Community

Fit Life Community