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Lentils instead of meat – a skin-healthy meat substitute

lentils instead of meatIf you participated in the #healyourfacewithfood challenge recently – winners coming soon! – we ended the challenge with a few “meatless weeks”.

I could go on and on about the negative effect that meat might be having on your skin, but every body is different.

If you think that the meat you’re eating might be negatively impacting your acne healing journey, I wanted to share 3 ways you can start to substitute lentils for all and any meat products (beef, pork, lamb, chicken, etc.).

First things first, lentils are legumes that are harvested from small plants called Lens ensculenta.

Historically, Central Asia is believed to be their place of origin – they’re one of the first foods to be cultivated! Today, you can grab dozens of varieties of lentils available in different colors even, like green, brown, red, yellow, black.

If you are trying to get off meat for a little – to test and see if it helps your skin – lentils can serve as an excellent substitute for all of your meaty desires (tee heee heeeee “meaty desires” (ok, get yer mind out of the gutter Jill) ).

They take the same exact amount of time to cook as beef, and possess a similar protein, folate and iron content. Lentils are also 10X cheaper to eat and much more environmentally-friendly, requiring almost 100 times less the amount of water to produce as compared to beef.

Here are 3 ways you can substitute lentils, for meat, below:

Meat-free soups and stews

For broth-based soups and stews, golden or ivory lentils are a perfect substitute for meat and retain their shape even when they’re cooked for long periods of time. They can also be used to supplement the meat in bean soups and minestrone. Here is a lentil chill recipe that I just ADORE.

Meat-free lentil burgers

For using lentils as a burger base, cook lentils with spices like oregano, cumin, salt and pepper, and toss the mixture in olive oil.

Make a thick puree of these in a food processor (very important step, haha!) and garnish with onions and walnuts.

Refrigerate for 20 minutes, form patties and cook in a pan with olive oil till a golden brown color appears. #YUM

Meat-free burrito fillings

To create a meatless taco and burrito filling, boil lentils in water for about 20-25 minutes. Add spices like paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper for the extra flavor.

Add 1 tbsp. tomato paste and garlic. Make a puree using a processor and your meat-less burrito filling is ready!

But before you start cooking, here are a few tips for maximum yumminess-lentil-making:

  • ¾ cup lentils equals one pound of ground beef.
  • Since lentils are more moist, compared to meat, add water slowly to your recipe until you reach the precise amount. You can always add water in, it’s MUCH harder to remove it:)
  • For best results, cook the lentils in salt-free water as it helps them soften:).
  • Add vegetable broth, salt, and extra spices to punch up the flavor while using lentils in lieu of meat.

 Including lentils can really support your skin healing journey:

  • Lentils are a good source of protein, which plays a significant role in collagen and elastin production, which promotes an oh-so-radiant-and-supple-skin-texture.
  • It also supplements the body with the mineral zinc which functions to speed up the overall process of skin renewal. (Zinc levels contribute to activities in your sebaceous oil glands; messed up levels of zinc might actually be causing your acne.) (Read more about whether or not zinc helps acne, here.)

DIY ALERT!!!

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who doesn’t love a good DIY mask, huh?

Not only are lentils great for inside acne healing, they can also be useful for outside acne healing.

I’m a huge fan of at home DIY treatments, I think they can be a great way to figure out exactly what types of treatments work on your specific skin, without spending hundreds of dollars of products.

I’m sharing 2 DIY face masks below; they’re completely herbal/homemade and might help you see some changes, specifically in the scar relief arena, and also if you have large pore problems (join the club:(!):

Lentil skin brightening face mask:

How to prepare: 

  • Soak lentils in water for 4-5 hours.
  • Make a thick paste by grinding and adding almond oil and 1/3 cup raw milk. (Note: Use rose water instead of almond oil if you have extra oily skin)
  • Apply to your face and leave it on for 25 minutes.
  • Rinse it off slowly with light scrubbing action using fingers.

Lentil acne treatment face mask:

How to prepare: 

  • Soak 1/2 cup lentils overnight.
  • Prepare a paste of lentils with 1 tbsp. glycerine, 2 tbsp. almond oil, and 2tbsp. rose water.
  • Apply it to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Wash face with cold water and pat dry.
  • Use 2-3X a week for maximum effects.

 If you’re worried that the meat you’re eating might be causing your breakouts, don’t worry, I’m with you (it might!) so try a few of the recipes above as well as the DIY items and let me know how it goes!

 

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Gluten and acne – is there a link between bread and acne?

gluten and acneIs there a link between gluten and acne?

This is a question I get QUITE often, so I wanted to share some information with you and help you determine if, in fact, gluten is contributing to your acne (it very well might be!)

My mom is gluten free – she has celiac disease. I remember when she first became gluten free, (probably 15 years ago now) a lot of the items available were NOT that great, let me tell you.

The food industry hadn’t quite caught on yet, so, there were far less options than there are now – i.e. entire food aisles dedicated to gluten free items.

I distinctly remember this bread she had one time. She went to toast it, and was all excited about it, because this bread was the “good kind”…. the SMELL of that bread man – WOOOO WEEEE it was bad.

I ran around screaming that entire house smelled like dog food. It was awful. (It did, in fact, smell like dog food, but maybe I should have been a bit more sensitive. woof.)

The food industry has come a long way in terms of providing options without gluten – but, nutritionists and doctors are still have quite a ways to go in terms of determining how gluten affects your skin.

Does gluten cause acne? Is that bagel killing your skin? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Here is what I do know about gluten and acne: it may negatively affect hormone levels, your stomach’s ability to absorb nutrients (we’ll chat more about that later;), your blood sugar, AND all of these items, as a result, may contribute to breakouts.

That being said, based on a study conducted by the University of Chicago, only one in 133 people suffer from actual Celiac’s disease (which means your body can’t process gluten).

But, you still may have a significant allergy and/or immune response to it, so, keep reading.

First things first, if you’re new here, lets go over the basics. What actually is gluten?

gluten and acne

Gluten is a protein commonly found in wheat and several varieties of grain. Comercially, it’s used to maintain the stickiness of bread’s dough. Because of this “stickiness”, it can also be found in personal care products like shampoos and toothpastes, where it acts as a binding agent. Some general sources of gluten are:

  • Barley
  • Wheat
  • Imitation meats
  • Rye
  • Triticale
  • Wheat derivatives like spelt, farina, durum etc.
  • Malt in the form of malted milkshakes, malt extracts and syrups, malt flavoring etc.
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Common foods typically have gluten, foods like: pastas, noodles, cereals, granola, pancakes, waffles, traditional soy sauce,
  • Some lipsticks, communion wafers, play-dough for children
  • Easily contaminated foods like oats, French fries, non-certified baked goods
  • Some drugs and over-the-counter medications.

What actually causes gluten sensitivity if and when you do have a problem?

Your stomach lining can become incredibly irritated, leading to leaky gut syndrome (more on this soon), which can lead to a very negative and serious autoimmune response. (There are a few other ways that gluten can cause problems for your skin, but this is the main way:)

This may result in inflammation, headaches and cystic acne.

Some common symptoms of gluten sensitivity are:

  • Skin conditions
  • Digestive issues
  • Headaches and fatigue
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bloating and abdominal pain

The most important takeaway is this: if your body has a problem with gluten, it is most likely causing full body inflammation, which is most likely leading to full body SKIN-flammation.

How can you know if your acne is “gluten induced”?

gluten and acne

If you’ve tried eliminating a bunch of other things, it’s time to do a little research and dig in deeper to know whether your acne is triggered by gluten or not.

My biggest recommendation to you, if you think your acne is related to your gluten intake, is to make a plan to go off it for one month, and keep a food journal.

Make a note of how your skin looks over the 30 day period; glowing, breakouts, irritated, grumpy, etc.

If you get to the end of 30 days without gluten and your skin looks the same as it did in the month before, you’re probably not dealing with a gluten allergy.

IF, however, your skin clears dramatically – you might be onto something.

What can you do if you discover you DO have a gluten allergy and you can’t eat all of the amazing-breaded-items-ever-again?

gluten and acne

If you are diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity, here are a few steps that you can take that will help ease the no-doughtnuts-ever-again-pain:

  • This is key: Keep a list of gluten-free dishes handy, so that you don’t waste a lot of time just deciding about what to order when you’re out with friends, and/or avoiding all of the amazing and yummy foods that you really want. Be. Prepared.
  • Stay away from any potential source of starch, sugar, and fructose. Sometimes they have hidden gluten.
  • Cook your meals in olive or coconut oil, avoiding soy sauce.
  • Make sure to keep your body hydrated by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. Staying hydrated will help you avoid cravings. Green tea is also a great help here.
  • Stress and anxiety significantly impact your hormonal imbalance. Make sure that you’re on a nice sleep schedule to help your hormones out as best you can.
  • Adding in naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles, natto, kefir, probiotic drinks, yogurt and miso to your diet will increase the population of healthy gut flora which will really help with your skin, overall.

If the fact that you might be gluten intolerant fills you with deep despair, do NOT worry, my dear.

Take a month off, like I mentioned above, to see how you feel. If and when it seems like you might really have a problem, start to adjust your gluten intake slowly after that, making sure that you find and eat gluten free items that you *actually like*  (no dog food toast pleaseandthankyou).

Once you remove something that really doesn’t benefit your body in the first place, you’ll most likely feel so great, that you won’t even miss gluten that much:)

Do you think you’re struggling with a gluten intolerance? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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Green Tea and Acne: Is drinking green tea good for acne?

green tea and acneI talked about coffee and acne here a few weeks ago – because I know exactly what it’s like to have a slight java obsession.

Today, I wanted to talk about Green Tea and Acne – because I know that might be your next question.

“If I quit coffee (because I think it might be causing my acne) what do I drink instead?”

Quick review: coffee MIGHT be making your skin worse for a few reasons:

  • It may double the stress response in your body and may cause hyperadrenalism. 
  • Milk and sugar – the usual add ons – can make your acne 10X worse.
  • Coffee may mess up your sleep cycle by manipulating your cortisol levels. 
  • It’s a natural diuretic, ergo, it can cause dehydration. 

But, as I mentioned above, what are you supposed to drink instead?

That’s where green tea comes in.

Let’s shed some more light on the myriad of benefits green tea has to offer and what makes it so magical for your skin:

green tea and acne
tea fields <3 <3 <3

Green tea is derived from Camellia sinensis leaves, just like black tea and white tea. Green tea leaves are unique based on the level of fermentation or oxidization each one undergoes.

I don’t think it’ll surprise you too much to know that there’s even been a book written about tea, called, haha, the Book of Tea, written by Zen priest Eisai. He certainly believes in its magical powers; he describes how drinking green tea can have a significant effect on five vital organs of the human body. Um, amazing, ok, yes please, sign me up. (Sounds a bit like a guy who might like some Ayurveda, no?)

So, is drinking green tea good for your acne?

Green tea might be good for your acne because….

It has a ton of antioxidants.

green tea and acne

Green tea has a ton of antioxidants. Like most fruits and berries, green tea is also rich in polyphenols, which are a storehouse of powerful antioxidants.

According to research, green tea has a potent amount of catechin, (–)-epigallocatechin -3-gallate (EGCG).

ECEG is found to be 25 to 100 times more effective than most vitamins like Vitamins C and E when it comes to comparing individual antioxidant potentials.

Another study has demonstrated that 100 ml of green tea has almost the same antioxidant power as 1 kg of fresh fruit. Ergo, regular green tea consumption can help keep inflammation at bay.

It helps to maintain blood sugar levels.

green tea and acne

As we discussed last week in our sugar and acne post, if your blood sugar and insulin levels are unstable, it’s bad-news-bears for your skin. Full Stop. (Read more on the link between acne and sugar here.)

Consistent consumption of green tea has been shown to help moderate glucose control.

Here’s how:

Green tea targets the pancreas and works towards repairing the beta cells that are responsible for insulin secretion; it helps to stop any excess glucose production. All of this can lead to more balanced and stable blood sugar, on the whole.

It helps manage your hormone levels.

Green tea has been shown to help balance sex hormone levels in the body. These hormonal levels, if consistently in flux, can create mayhem for your skin.

EGCG (a compound in green tea) works to prevent the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is one of the most detrimental hormones behind acne breakouts.

It has been shown to stop candida infections.

Candida infections can lead to systemic inflammation and acne. EGCG upsets the yeast’s metabolism and destroys the overpopulation.

If you think Candida has become resistant to medications in your body, teaming the antifungals up with green tea is a good idea.

Also, make sure you grab a big ol’ batch of probiotics to start to balance your belly bacteria, that will help:)

How can you use green tea to help with your acne?

Grab a nice cup of green tea instead of coffee in the morning. I know. I know, believe me, I KNOW, it’s very difficult to go cold turkey on coffee (we discuss it here) but if you put your mind to it, you CAN start to change your habits around coffee.

Green Tea DIY Recipes:

green tea and acne
dry tea leaves <3

Green tea toner:

Brew a batch of green tea, let it steep for 10 minutes and apply it over the affected area using a cotton ball. Once it dries completely, rinse thoroughly and pat dry. You can also apply the used green tea bags on the acne breakout for 5-10 minutes.

Green tea mask: 

  • Pestle the contents of a used green tea bag and grind them to a fine powder.
  • Add 3 drops of tea tree oil and enough amount of grapeseed oil to the powder and obtain a paste.
  • Massage this paste on the affected areas.
  • Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with mildly warm water and gently pat dry.
  • Repeat at least twice a week for best results.

What can you do if you want to add more green tea for acne healing into your life?

I’d recommend going out and grabbing a bunch of different green tea varieties and trying them out over the next few weeks to see how you like them.

Will you start adding more green tea into your daily routine? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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Acne and Sugar – does eating sugar cause acne?

acne and sugarAcne and sugar.

This is a tough one, my love.

I’ve got quite the long standing relationship with sugar myself – and to be completely honest with you – it hasn’t always been easy.

I’ve been known to struggle with an oreo addiction and/or have one too many sour patch kids on a bad day.

And I know you might struggle with the same thing – and I can’t blame you!

The abundance of sugar in our daily life; sodas, fruit juices, ice cream, cake, cookies, bread, ketchup, the list goes on… makes it really hard to remove all together.

However, I know you might suspect that it’s really impacting your skin, so I wanted to share a few tips that I’ve learned about how to slowly remove it from your diet, and also, what happens, exactly, when you eat sugar.

But first, because a dear reader (thank you Yelena!) asked me to clarify a bit for you, I wanted to go over what I mean when I say “sugar”, below.

I do NOT mean naturally occurring sugars that you’d find in fruit. I mean artificial sugar – the white sugar found in all of our processed foods, white breads, pastas, cookies, cakes, chips, etc.

The bad type:)

NOW. While I’m giving you the following overview of what exactly happens when your body ingests sugar – do NOT, by any wild stretch of the imagination – think that I am “sugar shaming” you if you happen to have a doughnut today.

That is SO not the goal here. Making big food changes like removing sugar is HARD and it takes TIME and oh, you just happen to be a human, in the meantime, so, immediate change is usually quite impossible and quite unrealistic.

One day at a time:)

(If you’re on the #healyourfacewithfood challenge you are “technically” off sugar for the next 30 days, but again, you’re human, I get it, buh-LIEVE me.)

SO. Without further ado, let’s discuss Acne and Sugar – and what exactly happens when sugar enters your blood stream:

  • The second you take a big bite out of a doughnut – aka glucose – your body sends a signal to your pancreas that it will need to be on “insulin duty”. Meaning, very soon, your blood sugar is going to rise (a little or a lot, depending on how big that doughnut was) and your pancreas will need to secrete insulin to manage your rising blood sugar levels.
  • Once insulin has successfully performed its job, your blood sugar levels will slowly lower and stabilize. Now. This process is all well and good – and kinda beautiful if you think about it – but where we can get into trouble is if and when we ingest TOO much sugar, too quickly – too often.
  • If and when you continue to eat a ton of sugar over a long period of time (think: decades, not, months) you can start to develop “insulin resistance”. This means that your cells may not be able to use insulin correctly anymore and as a result – your blood sugar rises – a lot, and dangerously. As insulin struggles to be absorbed by your blood, your pancreas naturally gets tempted to produce more insulin (because its getting signals that its not being used properly and knows there is a problem…) and the circle goes around and around until you get into some serious trouble.

Have you ever had a big plate of pasta/bread/cookies, etc. and felt exhausted afterwards? That’s your blood sugar/insulin at work.

  • This cycle of spiking your blood sugar (by eating a ton of sugar) and then drastically dropping your blood sugar (your pancreas releasing insulin), is what creates that feeling of exhaustion and depletion.
  • Your liver also plays a role in regulating your blood sugar levels. It stores excess glucose from the bloodstream to be used later (let’s say you go on a long run tonight, you’ll need some “reserves”). But, like any other organ, the liver also has a limited storage capacity.
  • Having excess sugar in your blood is an overall-bad-thing; it even affect tiny blood vessels in many of your body’s organs like your heart, brain, kidneys and eyes.

NOW. How does this chain reaction of sugar-insulin impact your acne? I talk about it in depth in my Clear Skin, My Way Program (coming soon!) but here are just a few of the ways it impacts your skin:

  • The spike in blood sugar levels leads to skin inflammation and acne breakouts. It increases other hormone levels of insulin – specifically Insulin Growth Factor 1 – that encourage an overgrowth of cells in your body. This is NOT good because having an overgrowth of cells at your pore is usually the first step in a breakout – without too many cells at the pore – you’re less likely to have a zit. MUY importante, mi amor.
  • Excess sugar in your blood stream also depletes the collagen in your skin on the cellular level. Collagen is essential for “aging gracefully” (notice I didn’t say “not aging” because I think you can be stunningly beautiful at any age) and it allows your skin to stay supple, elastic and vibrant.
  • The imbalance in blood sugar levels can make you a bit moody; kinda like when you feel super anxious in the morning and then exhausted in the afternoon? That’s most likely due to imbalanced blood sugar levels and believe me – this up and down moodiness is happening on a cellular level – which deeply impacts your hormones. (For more info on how to treat acne after stopping birth control, head here).
  • Studies have shown that there’s a relationship between high-sugar diets and free radicals in the body. Free radicals are not good as they’re responsible for creating cellular inflammation. To ward these babies off, try to always opt for fruits and/or veggies instead.
  • Too much sugar can also lead to an overgrowth of yeast in your body – which can cause a candida problem – which can cause rashes and redness on the skin.

SO. What can you do if you’re completely-utterly-totally addicted to sugar and really want to stop eating it?

Well, my first advice is to always take things day by day – but after that, I’d recommend starting to substitute fruits in for artificial sugars – as it’s been the most pain-less way for me to remove sugar from my diet.

What do you think – will you remove sugar from your diet completely? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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Manuka Honey and Acne: Does Manuka Honey Help Acne?

manuka honey and acne(Sign up for the 30 day acne healing #healyourfacewithfood challenge here!)

I’ve been hearing about “manuka honey and acne” foreverrrrrrrrr. And to be honest, I was always VERY confused by the whole thing – do I put it on my FACE? Am I supposed to EAT it? I didn’t get it.

So I’ve done some research for you, my dear, and it turns out that manuka honey can be pretty powerful – topically – for acne healing, so I wanted to share what I learned with you.

First things first, #nerdalert – here are the amazing “roots” of Manuka Honey and all of it’s amazingness:

Manuka Honey is a special class of medicinal honey made by the bees that collect the nectar of Manuka trees, found specifically in New Zealand.

Its medicinal use dates back to the 19th century when its antibacterial properties were first discovered. Methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone are the two chemicals other than hydrogen peroxide that are responsible for its antibacterial potency.

The antibacterial properties and quality of the honey are gauged by a parameter called Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), which is a measure of non-peroxide antibacterial potency – which also means that there are strict guidelines for what honey you’ll get the most benefits from! (For best results on the skin, a UMF of more than 16 is preferable, more on this later!)

Manuka honey is a powerhouse of nutrients that can heal scars & acne, and brighten and hydrate the skin.

So, what else can manuka honey do, you ask?

Here are 6 ways manuka honey may help to heal your acne naturally:

manuka honey and acne

1. It helps to promote a brighter skin tone and texture by nourishing, hydrating and moisturizing the skin thoroughly. It also helps in *speedy* healing of pigmentation marks (aka scarring:().

2. It has a germicidal effect – it attacks the bacteria present in the area of acne breakout, and “kills it” completely. (Say WHAT?!)

3. It helps to prevent the possibility of any future breakouts by keeping the skin pores unclogged and preventing the bacteria from getting trapped in your pores.

4. It works as a great anti-irritant for sensitive skin and can be a great break from other cosmetic products that cause skin irritation.

5. The cleansing properties of manuka honey may reduce the appearance of large pores.

6. Manuka honey has also been known to improve eczema by acting as a moisturizing layer and protecting the-already-damaged-derma.

Now that we’re fully “schooled” on all of the amazing aspects of manuka honey, here are 4 topical treatments for you to try out!

manuka honey and acne

Manuka Honey as a Face Mask:

I love a good mask:) This mask recipe is the basically the easiest mask recipe I’ve ever used in my life AND it helps restores cells naturally and promotes anti-aging (um, YAH, yes please, thankyouverymuch). Use UMF 10+ for best results.

How to apply:

  • Wash your face thoroughly.
  • Apply a thick layer of honey to your face.
  • Massage it in a bit, and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  • Gently wash with warm water.

Yes. It’s that easy! Here is another mask recipe with manuka honey in it and a few other masks in general:)

Manuka Honey as a Cleanser:

If you are not a huge fan of the amount of stickiness that the above causes, this is a better option for you – it’s also a great option if your skin gets irritated easily.

How to apply: 

  • Wash your face, thoroughly.
  • Massage a tablespoon of honey, slowly, over your face.
  • Keep it on for 30 seconds.
  • Gently wash with warm water.
  • Pat skin dry and apply moisturizer.

Manuka Honey as an Overnight Treatment:

This overnight “mask” of sorts can really help to soften and brighten your skin, giving you a ***resplendent*** glow when you wake up in the morning. This overnight treatment is also an excellent option for healing scars and highly recommended for dry skin types.

How to apply: 

  • Wash your face, thoroughly.
  • Massage a thin layer of honey on your face.
  • Use a towel to protect your pillow from stickiness.
  • Leave the “mask” on overnight and wash with warm water in the morning.

Manuka Honey as an Antibacterial Face Pack:

You can whip this recipe up very easily at home and it’s very effective in treating conditions like psoriasis, eczema, etc.

Ingredients: 

  • Ground cinnamon, 2 pinches
  • Manuka honey (UMF, 10+), 3 tbsp

How to apply: 

  • Mix both the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Apply the mixture on your face, covering all areas and avoiding your eyes.
  • Leave it on for 25 minutes.
  • Gently wash with warm water

Ok my dear, by now you may be convinced of the powers of manuka honey and might be heading to the supermarket to buy some, so here is a quick checklist for you in case you need some guidance on what type of manuka honey to buy (it’s always good to know the very best type!)

Manuka honey buying checklist:

  • Not all Manuka Honey has antibacterial properties, so buy only those which have UMF (Unique Manuka Factor), MGO (Methylglyoxal) or OMA (Organic Manuka active) written on top of the jars, since these determine the medicinal and acne healing properties of the honey.
  • Buy the brand that says ”Active” on it and has the product manufactured in New Zealand.
  • It has a UMF or OMA rating of 15+ or a MGO rating of 250+.
  • If you are allergic to bees, then there are very high chances that you will also be allergic to Manuka Honey. Do NOT use this.***
  • Keep it out of reach of children less than 1 years of age as it can lead to botulism poisoning.***
  • If you’re experimenting with Manuka Honey for the first time, it’s advisable to get a patch test done to know about any undesirable allergic reactions in advance.***

What do you think? Will you try manuka honey for your acne soon? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

 

 

**** Also, please always keep in mind and read the disclaimer here, I am NOT a doctor and nothing your read here should be taken as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor.***

 

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Coffee and acne: does caffeine cause acne?

(Sign up for the 30 day acne healing #healyourfacewithfood challenge here!) Here are a few questions I get all of the time about coffee and acne: Does coffee cause acne? Does caffeine cause acne? Or just… in general…. What is the link between coffee and acne? Before we go any further though my dear, I’ve got a… Read More

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5 all natural flu remedies – that are also good for your skin!

(To sign up for the 2017 Heal Your Face With Food New Years Challenge, head here😉 I may or may not have found myself sick on my birthday a few weeks ago (#woof), but I was absolutely determined to heal as quickly as humanly possible. That meant, for me, using all of the possible all… Read More

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5 acne clearing food recipes

I LOVE sharing my favorite acne clearing food recipes – because changing how I ate truly and completely transformed my skin. SO, I wanted to share even more acne clearing recipes that I know are good for your skin! Below you’ll find 2 green juices, 1 sandwich, 1 salad and 1 dinner recipe, all with ingredients… Read More

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How to work out, consistently. AKA How to get your butt out of bed in the morning to run 4 miles when your heat is broken, its 5AM, and your room is so cold that the cup froze next to your bed

I think that one of your main issues with working out may be consistency. I know that you want to work out more consistently, because it’s great for your skin, and really healthy for your body and stress management too. But how the #&$^ can you stay consistent when you’re exhausted; working and being a… Read More

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