Playing in the Pastures

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This past Saturday I ended up playing in the pastures! I had the wonderful opportunity to hang out with friends-old and new, eat an incredible meal, smell some amazing products, and meet some animals that may one day become my meat. Kiersten and I had made plans to meet up with Bethany from Primally Pure at a place called E.A.T. Marketplace in Temecula.  E.A.T. is an adorable family owned place with kombucha on tap. That basically makes it my favorite place!  It serves a variety of options for people following a vegetarian, vegan, Paleo or gluten-free diet.   We started by sampling some of their gluten-free doughnuts because all meals should start that way!  Maple Bacon and Mocha Chocolate doughnuts to be exact.  They were insanely good but I was thankful I just had a bite of each.  Too much of a good thing, as they say.

The doughnuts were followed up by some crispy taro chips.  I used my wit to score a plate full of them while we decided what to try next.  We opted to share a few dishes to get the full experience.  Dish number one-Roasted Sustainable Pork Belly with fontina cheese and shredded farm slaw, topped with an over easy egg served on Paleo bread. Dish number two-The Wild Ahi Salad with organic farm greens, with med-rare tuna, avocado, shredded carrots, zucchini, pickled onions, more crispy taro chips (I think I love them), and a ginger carrot vinaigrette. We also took a few treats home with us because who knows when I will drive a whole hour north to eat at this place again. Every weekend, that is when I will do it. Each and every weekend! (insert sarcasm, sort of!)

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Leaving E.A.T. filled to the brim with deliciousness we headed over to check out the new Primally Pure headquarters.  Bethany started making amazing, toxin-free skin care products in her home and began selling them on the family farm’s website.  What started as a health pursuit to rid herself of  toxic mainstream products has quickly become an incredible business offering some of the most exceptional products. Her goal is to offer products that promote health and are nourishing to your skin.  Every friend, client, co-worker and even some random strangers have had the privilege of hearing me ramble on about how much I love Bethany’s products.  Her deodorant is the only natural product that I have used that actually works. What I mean by that is I don’t smell like a dirty hippie by the end of the day and I don’t break out in a rash from the baking soda, like some other products I have used in the past.

Here are some of my favorite Primally Pure products:

Deodorant-I always order lavender, but I LOVE all the scents after smelling them this weekend. So order one of each!

Everything Spray-the name says it all.  This spray is great for EVERYTHING. As a pit refresher on a hot day, a sunburn soother, a razor bump eliminator.  Spray it on everything!

Lip Balm-I basic have one of these in every bag, drawer and glove box that I come into contact with. All the flavors, all the time!

Cleansing Oil-I love the way this cleansing oil makes my face feel! Like a baby’s butt!

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After smelling all of Bethany’s amazing products we headed over to the family farm.  Primal Pastures was created with the goal of providing healthy, pasture-raised poultry, grass-fed beef and lamb and pastured pork, turkey and duck. These animals are raised locally and sustainably.  All of their animals are treated humanely and allowed to graze on the pasture everyday, munching till their hearts and stomachs content. They are also guarded from predators by the sweetest group of dogs I have ever met, besides my own of course.  Do not tell Max and Rambo I said that!

The animals and their foraging areas are rotated so that the land has time to replenish its grasses. The animals reap the benefits of the earth, while the earth reaps the benefits of the animals being raised there.  This mutually beneficial relationship keeps the animals healthy and happy and pooping.  That poop is what keeps the grasses growing.  Those growing grasses keep the animals fed. The pastures feed the animals, the animals feed the earth and then eventually feed us. Being witness to this beautiful cycle was so inspiring.  If you are in the Southern California area go check out Primal Pastures and purchase some of their delicious meats! Or head over for a visit with the cutest pigs.  I am convinced they are a distant relative of the Ewok!

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To a nourished life,

Natalie

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