DIY Less is More Toothpaste (great for Sjogren’s or anyone else who needs a clean toothpaste)

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Many people who suffer from Sjogren’s Syndrome have debilitating dry mouth. I am one of those people! You begin to question and rethink anything that goes in your mouth. Even natural toothpaste has questionable ingredients. I’m a big fan of less is more! The ingredients for this toothpaste are few and they are all things people with Sjogren’s probably already love. Coconut oil is everyone’s friend these days. Probably more so for those of with Sjogren’s who crave moisture! Many people with Sjogren’s have low sodium bicarbonate because of the amount of water we drink. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, so you may already be sprinkling this in your water from time to time (if not, please try it!). I use mint, because we have grown accustomed to having a minty ┬ámouth. The amount of mint that I use is subtle. If you like more of a mint punch, please experiment with more.

INGREDIENTS:

2 TB Coconut Oil, melted

1 sprig of mint

1 & 1/2 TB Baking Soda

 

METHOD:

Put coconut oil in small glass Tupperware. Muddle your mint, trying to keep it together as much as possible. Mix the mint into your coconut oil and allow to sit overnight. The next day, pull the mint out of the coconut oil (this step is optional). Mix in baking soda and enjoy. I keep the glass Tupperware on my bathroom counter.

 

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Nightshade Free Shrimp Boil

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On an Autoimmune Paleo diet you can’t have nightshade or seed based spices. Traditional Shrimp boil is filled with these. As any other Floridian would do, I made up my own shrimp boil to cook shrimpI feel like the most important step is getting your water salty enough. Other seasoning adds a pleasant flavor to the shrimp without the choking amounts of peppers in most boil mixes.

For up to 3 pounds of shrimp

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 TB kosher salt

2 bay leaves

1 TB dried thyme

1 tsp dried marjoram or oregano

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns, (optional)

METHOD:

Add all ingredients to pot of water and bring to a boil. Add shrimp, give them a stir and turn off heat. Shrimp will be done in a couple minutes. When they look done and are starting to float, try one and see. Drain in a colander.