How I got into Healthy Living [Part 2]

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Skin Condition: Spots / Acne

Another condition I have suffered from recently which turned out to be food related is spots / acne

I never had spots in my teens, however I started getting spots when I was around 22 years old. The more I took care of my face, the worse they seem to get. I had big red inflamed spots all over my cheeks that hurt every time I smile or yawn. I was making sure I clean my face well, not touch it with my hands, tried loads of different products for different kinds of skin conditions but nothing helped. I didn’t want to take any pills for my skin condition, it was bad enough that I took loads of pills when I was younger and shots for my eczema, so I researched loads of books and websites on alternative medicines but nothing really helped.

Causes of my Condition

Then I started looking for foods that might cause spots and I cut out almost everything, every processed food except for one food group but still with no success. The only thing left to try out was to cut dairy products. I was very reluctant about this as I used to love dairy, I used to have dairy products with every meal and cheese was my addiction, I could add it to anything! I started to reduce my intake until I cut out all dairy products and within a couple of weeks I’ve seen great improvements. I did not encounter any new breakouts and the once I had, started to reduce swelling. Within a month or so, I just had scarring, and I could smile and yawn without feeling any pain for the first time in about 3 years.

I’ve stayed off dairy most of the time but when eating out I sometimes had desserts which contained cream or ice cream and when I ate a whole portion of such dessert a spot or 2 will appear the next day. These spots were not always on my face, sometimes they were in the back of my thighs which would hurt every time I sit down. This was by body’s way of reminding me to stay off dairy products.

I have since stopped eating dairy (intentionally) altogether and I have seen such great improvements in both my skin and overall well being. I have since read books such as the China Study and Crazy Sexy Diet amongst others which have proved my point as to why dairy was causing me such issues. It is loaded with hormones and antibiotics both of which cause havoc to the human body.

Related Posts:

My Story: How I got into Healthy Living [Intro]

How I got into Healthy Living [Part 1 of 3]

How I got into Healthy Living [Part 2 of 3]

How I got into Healthy Living [Part 3 of 3]

 

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How I got into Healthy Living [Part 1]

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Ever since I can remember I have always suffered from allergies, eczema, asthma and I used to get sick really frequently as a child. 

 

Skin Condition: Eczema

I used to suffer from sever eczema to a point where I had to take shots to calm my body down and I used to get covered in red patches (look like burn marks ) from my head to my waist.

This have always made me very self conscious and my condition got worse in hot weather which meant that I could not go out much in summer due to the heat making my condition worse and feeling self conscious having my body covered in red patches that itch like crazy.

Going to a beach was almost impossible because although the salty water is supposedly good for my skin and so is Vitamin D from the sun, the sand / dust will aggravate my condition to a degree where I used to itch my skin till it bleeds

Using a pool with chlorine water will result in having to go to a dermatologist after to get a shot to calm down my condition.

I have suffered from eczema since I was about 4 years old and I used to get it on / off according to seasons. I used to be prescribed  pills and steroid creams to calm my condition and it used to sooth it down.

The worst I got was around 3 years ago. I used to get eczema mostly around my chin, all over my arms and sometimes behind my knees, but this time I got eczema all over my face, eye area, neck and chest. I was told that I should not use any of my creams around my face but I got so desperate that I was putting on my steroid creams all over my upper body including my eye area.

I knew that it was a bad thing and it will damage my skin but I could not go to work or out of the house looking and feeling the way I did so I used that as a fast solution. I also went to a dermatologist and he instantly gave me a shot followed by more shots weekly for a couple of weeks.

I knew I had to do something, living this way was not an option any more and the medical costs were astronomical.

 

What Helped My Condition

I started researching and discovered that some food will make my condition worse so I tried to live without eating certain fruits and processed foods especially ones containing MSG. This has helped, but I wanted to get to the root of my problem. I read books, researched online, followed blogs and I discovered that this condition is also known as an auto immune disorder. Basically this means that the body is attacking itself!

 

The Plan I Followed

I read the book Clean by Dr Alejandro Junger and soon after I followed the 21 Day Cleanse. I have seen amazing improvements and it has helped me a lot. My eczema healed and it did not come back all year after following that plan. 

 

After the Plan

My intention was to follow the rules  of the 21 day plan for at least a couple of times per week, but I did not manage to do that. As time went by, I fell off the wagon and I started eating processed foods again. I have been into healthy eating since I was around 14 years old, however when treats are readily available, I tend to fall for them really easy especially if I’m hungry!

Whenever I feel stressed I tend to eat a lot and most of the time I don’t make healthy choices. Stress + Processed food = very bad combination for my health. Whenever this happens I tend to see some eczema patches usually around my face | neck | arms. This is usually my kick in the butt to identify what I am eating and go back to eating healthily. Eating healthy on and off is not a good thing but it is better than eating poorly all year round.

 

Related Posts:

My Story: How I got into Healthy Living [Intro]

How I got into Healthy Living [Part 1 of 3]

How I got into Healthy Living [Part 2 of 3]

How I got into Healthy Living [Part 3 of 3]

 

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My Story: How I got into Healthy Eating [Intro]

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I have been into healthy living  since I was around 14 years old, I got into Aromatherapy and Natural Remedies and have read loads of information on such topics.

I’ve always been interested in such subjects but I never linked that the way of eating on a regular basis can be used as a cure for such diseases. It was only in the last couple of years that I’ve been looking into healthy eating and nutrition and the impacts on our overall health.

Having said so, I am in no way perfect and I don’t eat super healthy 100% of the time. There are times when I eat super unhealthy or eat loads of bread, but I try to balance and eat healthily 80-90% of the time and indulge 10-15% of the time.

I have realised that the way I eat impacts my life a lot, from energy levels, certain health conditions, anxiety and panic attacks, fear and overall wellbeing.

I have decided to post about my story and how eating healthily has improved and helped my conditions. I don’t enjoy super lengthy posts, so I decided to split this topic into 3 posts (in addition to this one) cos I feel this would be easier to read and evaluate.

In the mean time, if you have any questions feel free to ask away. I am in no way qualified in the matter, but I have tried out a lot of things to try and heal my condition and if I can help someone to recover from the same conditions it would be a bonus! 🙂

 

Related Posts:

My Story: How I got into Healthy Living [Intro]

How I got into Healthy Living [Part 1 of 3]

How I got into Healthy Living [Part 2 of 3]

How I got into Healthy Living [Part 3 of 3]

 

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April’s Beauty Favourites

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The month of April went by so fast, I barely realised but here are my top 5 products I have been loving this month.

I have recently been trying out and using mostly natural and clean products, having said so, I still use some of my previously bought products within reason. So here are my five most loved products for the month of April.

 

Pai – Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask

My love for Pai products is no secret, and if you’ve been following my blog for quite some time you’ve seen a lot of Pai products in both my favourites posts and review posts. This mask is no exception, its great on sensitive skin but does the job really well. It cleans my pores (especially T-Zone area) without leaving my face tight or dry. Amazing!

Dr Bronner – Organic Orange Lavender Lotion

I’ve never used any Dr Bronners products except for their castille soap which I use to clean my makeup brushes, but  I wanted to try some other products especially since they are both vegan and organic. I gave this hand and body lotion a go and I have been loving it ever since. It is a very light consistency and I fell in love with the smell! (I love anything lavender). It is great for daily use and I apply it to my hands continuously throughout the day. I sometimes apply it to my hands and inhale for an instant calming effect!

Terre Verdi – Franchoulipom Facial Serum

Have been using this facial oil for quite some time now and it is amazing, especially when suffering with dry skin. I apply it in the evenings after my cleanse and tone routine all over my face and leave it over night. I do not follow it up with any moisturiser. It also has a calming scent which is great for the evening. I just use for drops to apply to my whole face so a little goes a long way!

Salt of the Earth –  Natural Deodorant 

I have been trying out loads of natural deodorants. Since I discovered the bad effects deodorants containing aluminium, amongst other products, can have on our bodies, I have been purchasing loads of different natural deodorants. Unfortunately most of them do not work on me, especially since I live in a very hot climate, but I came across this one which I thought was a strange one. I am more used to the roll on type, but this one is a solid crystal salt. The only drawback is that you have to wet it with water to apply, but it does the job so good! I will be making a Natural Deodorant post in the near future.

Urban DecayNaked 3

Last but not least is the Naked 3 palette. I have mentioned this in other favourites, then I forgot about it for some time since I was doing project pan, but I rediscovered it again and have been loving the colours especially this time of year. I feel like the pink tones are very appropriate for Spring.

 

What are your current favourite products?

Any recommendations I should try out ? 🙂

 

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Top 5 Apps for a Healthy Lifestyle

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I use and try out a lot of different applications  to try and keep on top of my healthy life style routine. Some apps I use for a couple of weeks and then I forget all about it, but these are the best 5 apps that I keep on using and going back to.

1. HeadSpace 

I have been using Headspace for over a year now and I love it. It is a meditation app and it is the best one I have tried so far. Andy’s voice is so calming yet encouraging that it makes me want to look positively to things and every day in general. I try to use it every day as a part of my morning routine, where I spend the first 10 minutes listening and meditating. I found that starting my day with meditation gives me the perfect start to my day and it helps me keep calm in hectic and stressful situations. I usually tend to forget all about it, if I don’t meditate as soon as I wake up, so I try to find 10 minutes before I get out of bed

2. Sleep Cycle

I use this application in place of my alarm every morning. I set my time before I go to bed and leave my phone in aeroplane mode on my bedside table. The app allows you to input notes before you sleep such as eating late or drink caffeine to better keep track of your night sleep. Whilst you sleep the app monitors noises and movements which will give an idea on the quality of sleep and it can wake you up within 30 minutes of the set alarm according to movements to identify to best wake up time within 30minutes of your ‘deadline’ for waking up. My app is linked to a Heart Rate app, where upon waking up, I check my heart rate and it helped me to better identify when I sleep best according to times I went to bed and food I ate the previous night

3. Think Dirty

This is an awesome app for checking whether the ingredients within a product so you don’t have to memorize all the nasty ingredients. You can simply scan a product barcode or type the brand or name of a product and the app will display the ingredients as well as rate the cleanliness / harmfulness of the product per ingredient. Awesome for helping you choose clean products. If a product does not exist in the database, simply record it and they will update it as soon as they have the information.

4. Dirty Dozen

The EWG have an app actually called Dirty Dozen which contains of a full list of produce rated by the highest to lowest pesticide levels. This makes really easy to check the level of pesticides on the go and whilst shopping. If you can’t afford to buy organic produce, stick to the clean fifteen or check the full list to find an alternative with lower pesticide levels. TIP: If you want to buy organic, try doing so directly from the farmer, it is often cheaper than buying organic from the supermarket!

5. Audible

Ok, so this is not actually a health app, but it has enabled me to read a lot of health books on the go. I sometimes find allocating a couple of hours each day to read informative books quite difficult, but using audible has been incredible. I use it when doing tasks which don’t need loads of concentration, such as cleaning, sorting out my stuff or organizing cupboards. I sometimes also use it instead of my radio in my car, I have found this to be an amazing thing especially when stuck in traffic. Now I get less frustrate in traffic as I don’t feel like I am wasting as much time, at least I’m learning something whilst doing so.

 

 

Do you have any recommendations for apps I should try out? 

 

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My Thoughts on: Crazy Sexy Diet

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Author: Kris Carr

Product: Crazy Sexy Diet

 

Introduction

If you’ve read my previous post you know that I am currently obsessed with Kris Carr’s books. Unlike the two other books mentioned, I have purchased the Crazy Sexy Diet over a year ago. For some reason I forgot all about this book and never got to it. I rectified the situation however as once I started reading it, I could not put it down, so informative and interesting !

I got the kindle version of this book which is great and I could easily take it with me anywhere however for referencing back to information and following recipes / cleanse, I would have preferred the hard copy of the book

 

Basic Information

Where can I start? This book is simply amazing, it is full of great information including scientific information and researches which is explained in a nice flowy and easy to understand terms that although it is not a story, it kept me wanting to flip pages to see what else is there.

The book consists of ten main chapters with a number of sub sections each including; Kris’s Story | Bad Genes vs Bad habits (and how we can avoid genetic disease) | the Power of Alkaline diet and PH balance | Information on Sugar Carbs GI values of fruit and veg inflammation link protein and how much do we really need information on carcinogens and how certain diets such as the Atkins are really bad for our healthfactory farming healthy gut and its effect on our health |detoxing your body combining foods for better digestion | benefits of juices and how to choose the best kit for juices for your budget self care meditation and yoga the importance of exercise and healing ready made products and reading labels body brushing |breathing exercises and massage sleep getting started with the crazy sexy diet sorting out the pantry kitchen equipment cutting costs on healthy food dirty dozen and clean fifteen supplements and last but not least this book includes a step by step 21 day Cleanse and the respective recipes.

 

Why I love it?

It is amazing, full of awesome information explained in terms everyone will understand. It is written in Kris’s words and it is a book I really enjoyed reading unlike some boring informative books. Full of information, have learned quite a lot and it is good for referencing at a later stage.

 

Final Verdict:

I would recommend this book to everyone, in particular to people who are looking to learn more on healthy living but do not know where to start. This is a good place to start as it covers a lot of ground! Having said so, it is also amazing for people who are already into healthy living.

 

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How to Live an Organic Life on a Budget {Guest Post}

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When hearing the word “organic”, many people think about cosmetics and some even about food, but living an organic life, even though it includes both food and cosmetics, is much more than that. It means applying smart and positive planning and organization with concern of your own as well as the environment’s well being in all aspects of life. And when everything is carefully planned out, it becomes obvious that organic life is a perfect motto for those who wish to be frugal and responsible.

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Organic cosmetics

Contrary to the popular belief, you do not have to spend great amounts of money on organic skincare. There are many affordable brands you can switch to if you just do a little bit of research and thus avoid putting dangerous chemicals on your skin. Moreover, DIY face masks and scrubs can be made out of the ingredients you have in your kitchen and safely use for consumption which will help you save some additional money while looking fresh and radiant.

Save on food

Food that is labeled organic might be the most expensive thing on your shopping list so why not try to grow some of it on your own? You really do not need a great planting space to start – even a small pot in your apartment can be enough for some herbs and spices. Vertical gardens that can also be incorporated indoors are really useful for some veggies and fruit. And if you are lucky enough to have a yard, there is nothing to stop you from gardening your way through organic life without pesticides on your food. On the other hand, do not be lazy to visit farmer’s markets and nearby farms because organic products there will cost you a lot less than those in your local supermarket.

It is not all about advertisement

Remember that if something is not labeled organic that does not necessarily mean that the product in question is not good for you. Getting certified can sometimes be over the budget for smaller brands and farmers so always make sure to read the ingredient list when you shop products that have one and try to get to know the people who sell food at the markets to get a better idea on how they grow their goods.

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The question of clothing

If it is not already obvious, clothing is a big part of anyone’s lifestyle and living organic has its own ways in this department as well. Basically, buying second-hand clothes will not only save you money but help protect some of the natural resources as well. Even if your part in protection may be small, it is still significant because you will not be the one to take part in toxin production necessary for making new clothes. There are definitely some second-hand stores near you, but if you like shopping on the Internet, check out swap online consignment clothes where you can even sell your own stuff you no longer wear.

Coupon craze

Clip away! Coupons are there for a reason and only someone who really does not care about the money they spend will ignore these opportunities. Even though organic coupons might be a bit harder to come by, try your best to save money and subscribe to newsletters of organic companies that you respect or follow some organic-themed blogs that will definitely have information on discounts, sale codes and coupons. This does not only apply to food but beauty products as well so always pay attention to some online makeup and skincare stores that carry organic brands you like.

Think about your own health and the health of people you love while being aware how your actions affect environment and your wallet. With this in mind, it will be quite easy to shift to an organic lifestyle while keeping the budget in check.

About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advices in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.

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