Although I am continuing to eat a low-fat diet this fall, I am becoming more mindful of my own inner callings for comfort and security during this seasonal shift. Our increased cravings for fats are one way that our body stimulates us to create balance within dryer, cooler seasons.
Without many fats in my diet at the moment, I am feeling drawn to incorporate more self-care measures that involve oils, which will absorb from the surface of our skin into deeper layers of tissues. Using oil in this way nourishes the entire body as it creates a layer of warmth and protection from the dominating elements.
The concept of using specific oils during seasonal shifts stems from ancient Auryvedic practices. 🍂 For the fall season + transition, sesame oil is preferred to balance the excess element of Vata (air)
I am also bringing in my favorite essential oil from doTerra that is created with warm tones of cinnamon, clove, thyme, and rosemary.
For dry, tight facial skin my very favorite remedy is the Medical Medium recommended Lagoon Essentials Pomegranate Seed Oil (if you have acne, go slow with the oils to experiment if they work ok for you!)
— and of course a moisturizing, trusty lip balm is always key :) I picked this one up at my local farmers market from one of the beekeepers ♡
How are you nurturing your body through this seasonal shift?
My body handles stress much better when I am calling on daily selfcare practices that are calming to my nervous system, rather than trying to only implement them during times of high stress. preventative medicine is the best medicine.
What I love:
Going to sleep early. Did you know the body regenerates most between the hours of 10pm-2am and again from 10am-2pm? Sleeping during this window of time is key to boosting your immunity and restoring your spirit.
Turning my cell phone off at 9pm. The lights from our phones are so stimulating-- not to mention the endless content we are consuming. It helps me so much to take some time to disconnect from the outside world and connect within myself before going to sleep.
Taking magnesium supplements (or eating lots of mango). My favorites are Ionic Magnesuim sprays, Magnesium Glycinate and NueroMag. They all have different functions to a degree so I rotate my use of them throughout the week.
Entraining my brainwaves with meditation + sound healing. Linked here is my very favorite binaural audio entrainment, which has always helped me through times of high stress and anxiety,
Giving my face a massage. I began learning about the benefits of this from my esthetic mentors. Massaging our faces is actually a deeply self soothing mechanism that releases tension and helps us to unwind.
Stepping outside before bed + breathing fresh air. This simple but powerful intention and action gives me time to reflect on the bigger picture of life around me, and on nature’s ability to transform and let things go.
Journaling. Never underestimate the power of taking some time to write what is hard-- if it doesn't make any sense right now.
A Beautiful Glow Blog:
Have you tried everything to heal your acne, yet chronic breakouts persist? Sometimes the best way to figure out if there is a dietary connection to your skin irritation is to do an elimination diet to see if you can pin point any triggers.
While reading The Clear Skin Diet by Randa + Nina Nelson, I discovered that so much of their journey mirrors my own experience while healing acne. A big thank you my friends, Eden Rose and Aida Qui, for bringing this book to my attention. Honestly, I am just so impressed with how they translated their experience and how similar my own experience with healing acne was.
My biggest take away from this book, is Randa + Nina’s exploration and concept of utilizing an elimination diet, a concept I also utilized extensively during my healing process— and ultimately what inspired me to write this post.
If you are struggling with acne despite consistent efforts, let’s talk about this concept of an elimination diet and how you can use it to your advantage.
First of all, Randa + Nina start everyone out with some really basic rules based on Dr. McDougall’s findings which are summed up simply: Eat only plant based, whole foods only. Avoid all oils and high fat plant foods. Eat unrefined starches for the bulk of your diet. Don’t worry so much about variety to start, just eat as simply as possible. They are very clear that you must be 100% committed to this lifestyle to get results. If you have been following these guidelines and are still struggling, they suggest exploring an elimination diet as your next step.
“Before you institute the elimination diet, please be sure you have already ruled out other possible triggers discussed in this book, such as vitamin B12, skin care and makeup products, laundry detergents. If you’ve eliminated those as possible influences and been 100 percent compliant on the Clear Skin Diet for at least three months—and are still experiencing new breakouts—you’re a candidate for the elimination diet.” +
In other words, an elimination diet is for someone who has already been following a very low fat diet, rich in whole food carbohydrates for at least 3 months and not seeing any change. If you haven’t gone through these steps, try starting there before exploring more restrictive measures.
When you are dealing with chronic acne that persists despite major efforts, the first step is to become aware of common trigger foods that cause inflammation and irriation in the body. It is important to have a journal dedicated to tracking what positive and negative reactions occur during this time.
COMMON ACNE TRIGGER FOODS
Gluten (wheat, corn, oats)
Soy (tempeh, tofu)
Plant based Fats (avocado, nuts, seeds)
High glycemic fruits (peaches, bananas, apples)
Citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits)
These foods are based off foods that are listed in The Clear Skin Diet. They have made these suggestions based on the work on Dr McDougall’s Elimination Diet Guidelines. I would like to point out that trigger foods by no means indicate foods that are “bad” foods or anything to fear! It’s just simply that these foods may be either detoxifying your system too quickly, in turn exaggerating breakouts, or these foods may be triggering inflammation, due to a variety of reasons. It doesn’t mean you need to swear off these foods forever, but just means that your body may require a break from them in order to get into balance. You will find that many of these foods can be added back into the diet without negative side effects as time goes on. Especially fruits, which are incredibly healing for the body.
Healing is definitely a building process and as the body heals you will notice that different building blocks will be required. What you are eating over the course of a few years will change quite a bit. For example, you may be wrong predominately starches right now with very little raw food tolerance. Bit soon you will find your body tolerates raw food better and better. As you watch your body’s signals you will witness that it will call you into deeper levels of healing when it’s ready. So please don’t get frustrated if your diet feels very simple at first. It’s okay. Consistency is the key. An elimination diet is simply a starting point that gives you a clean slate to discover any irritants in your diet.
Also keep in mind that not everyone will have adverse effects to all the trigger foods listed above. Acne is complex because there are so many factors at play and everyone who experiences it will have different sensitivities. This is why some people can go raw with great success and others will have success by focusing on cooked foods. It is why some people can take lots of supplements that help and for others it makes acne worse. It’s not about comparing. This process is all about discovering your own unique balance.
So, what would creating a baseline in an elimination diet look like? Let’s talk about it.
Creating a baseline means that you are eliminating the complexities of your diet and creating simplicity so that you can experiment.
The most important part of creating a baseline is having at least 2 or 3 basic carbohydrates that you know you do well on. For myself— sweet potatoes, potatoes and bananas were pretty steady carbs that my body did well with. Don’t get me wrong, I still had acne while eating very simply however I noticed that it got a bit better. As many of you know from reading my guidebook, from my baseline diet I would experiment by adding in some other foods in and I could tell within a few days if my skin was irritated by that food.
The Clear Skin Diet emphasizes brown rice and oats as a main staple. I personally didn’t do well on grains for quite some time, however others seem to tolerate it well. Being willing to experiment and discovering what works for you is really what this “diet” is all about.
I really love the focus foods that Randa + Nina give to their readers to focus on. They recommend starting with carb-rich cooked foods in order to create a baseline for yourself.
The Clear Skin Diet recommends focusing on: “Rice (brown rice is preferred) Cooked green vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, swiss chard, lettuce, collards, string beans, asparagus, spinach. Cooked yellow and orange vegetables, such as carrots or sweet potatoes, beets, beet greens, chard, artichokes, celery, summer squash.” +
Sweet potatoes and squash have been such a blessing for me at certain times in my life, especially when healing from acne. I love they have recommended these gentle carbs as staples for a skin healing diet.
From my experience, foods that created minimal detox were definitely best. For many that will mean focusing on whole, cooked foods to start with. For others they may be able to focus on mostly raw foods. You will likely have an intuitive sense about where this balance is for you — or you may need to experiment some. It’s okay if you do, just be patient and willing to try.
In general, raw foods will stir up a lot of detox which can exasperate symptoms in the body which is why they are not always ideal for an elimination diet. This may not be true for everyone, some see their skin improve greatly just from going raw. However if you have been trying this for months without improvements, considering experimenting with cooked foods may be helpful.
The Clear Skin Diet guidelines are also strict against not consuming fats — plant or animal sources. In my personal experience, going low-fat helped me substantially. However I have never been completely fat-free for longer than a day, because it makes me feel really off kilter. But when I upped my fats from none to just a 1/8 teaspoon of hemp seed a day, I felt really good. The addition of that very small amount really did it for me. You may find that it’s way too hard to eliminate all fats at once, so you can gradually decrease them over a period of 6 months and feel so much better this way. It is perfectly okay to take your time. I highly encourage you to listen to your body and experiment with where you feel most balanced, and make changes in a gentle way that do not overwhelm your body.
I love that the twins recommend cooking your fruit— although I have never actually tried cooking my fruit! Although so more easily consume fruit now, I struggled with fruit as a trigger while healing my skin. Instead of avoiding fruit, The Clear Skin Diet recommends baking or steaming “apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, papaya, plums, and prunes.” + This makes perfect sense as a way to receive nutrients but soften the fruits harsh detox effect.
If you desire raw fruits in your diet, try focusing on just low glycemic raw fruits like wild blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and kiwis. If you tolerate these well, you can begin adding in other raw fruits and see how you do.
Randa + Nina also recommend to drink only plain water during this time, avoiding all other beverages, including coffee and teas. These beverages can be so stimulating to the adrenals which can trigger hormone imbalances.
“Salt is the only condiment allowed—this means no salad dressings, lemon juice, mustard, vinegar, sugar, or other condiments. We want to prevent any allergic response and make the diet completely simple and basic.” +
I love the way Randa + Nina break this all down. The goal is to simply your diet so that you can begin to see what is working and what is not at this time.
When you get to a place where you feel a bit more balanced and would like to begin testing out different foods, add one food in at a time.
“In order to test a given new food, eat that new food three times a day, at every meal and in large amounts. Do this for three days, eating large amounts of the test food at each meal. If by the end of three days you are not noticing any breakout or other skin problems, you can conclude that this food is not a trigger food for your acne. You can then keep that new food in your diet going forward. Anything that causes acne through this testing should be eliminated. Once you are ready, move on to the next food in question.” +
For myself, I added foods in pretty slowly over the course of a few days. I was super sensitive though, where I could tell with just a small amount. So for example, I would eat a cherry — and then if I did well on it, I would eat a few more the next day. Then, give it a day or so to observe any reactions.
The girls also bring up an important point that if you are a woman you are more likely to be more sensitive to triggers on your period. Therefore, it may work to your advantage to simplify your diet a bit more during this time.
To a a larger extent, breakouts may be unavoidable as your body heals, but it will get better with time. It is so important to understand that having breakouts in this process do not mean you are doing something wrong, but are a natural occurrence as your body is healing. A bad breakout doesn’t always mean that you need to reassess every little that you are doing. A lot of times it is just part of the process.
I love that Randa + Nina do not emphasize the use of supplements and herbs in the first stages of healing your skin. I remember taking so many out of desperation without fully understanding how any of these herbs were really helping me. For a while, supplements and herbs were too much for my body but as I healed with food, I was able to tolerate more of them.
As many of you know I did use digestive enzymes with great success while Inwas healing my skin. I have learned so much about the value of supplementation since this time and how different we all are when it comes to this— so it’s important to feel this one out for yourself. If you aren’t sure, you can eliminate supplements in the same ways you do food and then reintroduce them to see how you feel.
The twins do highlight zinc briefly, with Dr. Leila Masson explaining the importance of the mineral and the benefits she had witnessed of supplementing it for her acne patients. This information resonates with what I have studied from Anthony William, Medical Medium’s work. Zinc is highly supportive to the immune system so it may be worth keeping this one in your daily routine— or at least experimenting with it.
The Clear Skin Diet promotes a fully plant based diet, so the question of supplementing B-12 naturally comes up. They address this by stating:
“We encourage people to follow Dr. McDougall’s guidelines and begin taking a vitamin B12 supplement. We recommend you wait to start that B12 until after your acne has cleared, or up to two years. Research suggests a small percentage of people may be susceptible to acne outbreaks triggered by high doses of B12, like the dose levels found in commercial B12 supplements. This is why you should not begin B12 supplementation right away.” +
The truth about healing chronic acne is that no matter what diet you are following, it can take time. In The Clear Skin Diet, Randa + Nina do also seem to agree as they confirm that if you discover your triggers and find healing within 1-year, you are moving at a great pace.
Some will discover triggers right away and for others it’s just a matter of having some deeper healing to do. It’s really important to understand that it’s not JUST about the foods you eat, it’s about allowing your body time to recover and giving yourself time to let these healing foods work deeply for you.
For example, it took me about 2 years of eating a low fat, high carb plant based diet, exercising regularly, going to bed early and moderating my stress through mindfulness practices to begin seeing improvements in my skin. There wasn’t a quick fix exactly, although there were crutches I found that worked to assist my recovery from breakouts along the way.
If you are interested in learning about the deep causes of acne, I recommend checking it Anthony William’s podcast on Soundcloud. His insights explore the missing link as to why some diets work right away for some and not others. This will also help you understand why some people will need more time to heal than others. His work has helped me understand that acne wasn’t just about my skin, but my immune system as a whole.
Having these deeper understandings can allow us be realistic about our expectations and to cultivate patience in this process. Hands down, anxiety is the most common co-factor of acne. Feeling desperate for a solution is very real. I hope everyone who is reading this finds their missing piece and peace, whether it be through discovering potential triggers or just from letting time pass while consuming a low-fat diet.
For anyone who has read this far, I know your struggle is real and you have tried so much. Only you understand what it’s like, people who haven’t gone through it absolutely do not. Because of that, others can be quick to label any restrictive habits with food as a disorder, without understanding that the fear is caused by physiological effects not psychological ones. Even well meaning professionals can impose this harmful view on their patients, making them believe that their food fixations are all in their heads.
The reality is, a lot of people are very sensitive to foods they eat and chemicals they are exposed to. When you start to understand that certain food makes you feel ill and causes symptoms, you can’t help but become more mindful of what you consume. There is a learning curve involved just like any other new idea you have just been introduced to, it can take time to let your new way of eating feel natural to you.
An important part of my own healing has been acknowledging how my relationship to food, emotionally and socially, has been effected. Acknowledging this has helped me to be more mindful around how I can re-create positive associations and ways of connecting to the foods I did feel safe eating.
Even though food does effect us, it does not have to distresses us forever. Remember that food itself is not to blame for your acne. No food is “bad”, even the ones you discover that trigger you. In fact, there’s a good chance you will more easily enjoy a variety of foods again soon!
It’s important to take steps to cultivate a more positive association by enjoying meals with friends, even if they aren’t eating the same thing! Or invite your curious friends and family over to try your favorite new recipes. We eat with our eyes too, so remember that it can be fun to take the time to make your meals visually appealing. Most importantly, keep the faith that your relationship with food will heal with time, as you do.
If you need extra support, please reach out. It is always better to have a support system, a health coach, or someone you trust helping you get a clear plan together. This eliminates stress and helps you stay focused.
I highly recommend checking out The Clear Skin Diet to absorb all the wonderful information that Randa + Nina provide outside of just the diet itself— tips on skincare, lifestyle habits and even emotional support.
If you have tried the Clear Skin Diet or are doing an elimination diet to heal your skin, I would love to hear from you. Let us all know what IS working for you, in the comments below!
Thank you for reading!
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Do you ever put fruit on your FACE?
I asked you guys this question on Instagram the other day and the responses were nothing short of awesome.
I mean, fruit is healing to consume so why wouldn’t it be healing to use it topically? I am thrilled to share a few fruity skincare remedies that are close to my heart today, along with some of the insightful tips YOU all offered!
If you haven’t tried face food yet— it’s time to experiment.
the gentle refresher
Every morning when I wake up, I squeeze one lemon into 32 ounces of water and guzzle it down. Every once in a while will take what is left over on my hands from squeezing the lemon and rub it into my skin. I do not wash my face in the morning, so I will rinse it off with water after 15 minutes and apply a moisturizer.
I call lemon the gentle refresher, as it is a mild exfoliant, hydrating toner, and even an oil busting cleanser— all in one. Some will be sensitive to lemon (you don’t want it to burn!) so be sure to test a small area of the skin first or combine the juice with water. You can also mix the juice to create a mask with honey, your favorite oil, or a facial clay.
Whenever I see lemon juice, lemon peel powder, or lemon essential oil in a cleanser or acne product, I trust it will be a pretty effective one.
Caution: Be sure to rinse before going into the sun.
the queen of vitamin C
Kiwi is the leading source of Vitamin C in the fruit world and it is vitamin C that the beauty world rages on for keeping skin vibrant.
Vitamin C is abundant in citrus fruits, peppers and cruciferous vegetables. It is required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body and affects collagen formation, wound healing and skin pigmentation.
While vitamin C is abundant as a powerful antioxidant in hundreds of expensive skin creams, it tends to oxidize over time making its efficiency impaired. Instead, why not opt for the freshness of a kiwi?
What makes kiwi’s bioavailable Vitamin C extra special for the skin is it’s combination with high amounts of Vitamin E. Vitamin E improves the effaciacy of Vitamin E by driving it into deeper layers of the skin.
After you eat your kiwi, save some of the fuzzy skin and rub the extra fruit juice on your skin. It’s best to use it fresh so that the vitamins have not oxidized.
I like to do a few times a week before bed. I will let it dry for a while on my skin as I go about my other bedtime rituals. Then, I rinse it off with water, followed by using my cleanser.
Caution: Be sure to rinse before going in the sun.
the powerhouse exfoliator
Papaya! My love. Is there anything you don’t do?
Rich in proteolytic enzymes, papaya is a powerhouse exfoliator that helps to remove dry skin as well as cellular build up. This is an important step to take in order to ensure the effectiveness of your moisturizer.
The gentle exfoliation of papaya may feel as though nothing has happened at all, which is what makes it oh-so-gentle for our delicate facial skin.
I use this remedy a few times a week before bed. I will simply rub papaya fruit on my skin and let it dry. You are going to turn orange, but this washes off.
I notice the results of this mask in the hydration of my skin when I moisturize after. My skin’s ability to absorb the hydration is increased and it just feels so dang good!
You guys really are the best. I learn so much from you! Check out some of the highlights and responses to the question, “Do you use fruit on your skin?”
@jamnardo_ I will wash my face and then massage banana peels on it. Do that for a couple minutes and then apply a honey and spirulina mixture. Great for acne 😊
@mmhealing Aloe and banana peels— for minimizing fine lines.
@carisaloraine I heard once to run the core of a pineapple on your face. I tried it a few times and it feels really good! It’s almost like a super gentle exfoliation. 🍍
@healingwithrose I’ve used banana peels for both teeth and rubbing on face. Orange juice massages into face for vitamin C. Lemon juice mixed with aloe and lemon for hyperpigmentation. Avocado, banana, honey masks for hydration. I used to do it a lot more back in my raw days about 5 years ago... now I really only use water.
@madmaxgladiatorpug I’ve been saving the juice foam from fresh juice that is a mix of oranges, strawberries, and apples. And brushing it on my face with a makeup brush and letting it dry and rinse and then use a moisturizer.
@sarahs.holistic.health I haven’t used much fruit! Sometimes I mix oranges and raw honey or cucumber and aloe blended as. face mask is amazing!
@ashleysmaldino Papaya for sure!! And aloe of course 😉👍🏼I’ve also tried a honey face mask 🍯 banana peels and lemon helps any itchy bites, as does aloe 🙌🏼💗
@muneeza_medical_intuitive Yes, cucumbers and avocados.
So, I will definitely be trying this banana peel thing! Thank you all for sharing your amazing, bright and beautiful spirits.
Share this post with someone you’d like to have a spa night with! I wish I could have one with ALL of you. xo
I am making big claims here today. But I swear by this one key ingredient for transforming all of my smoothies into something totally magical!
The key is: frozen bananas!
You can freeze bananas by choosing ripe ones, peeling them, and storing them in tightly sealed freezer bags. Stick in your freezer and use them as desired! I usually eat mine within the week.
Bonus: Another mouth watering way to upgrade your smoothie game is to replace water with coconut water. If you are already on the frozen banana train, try this for a change!
Extra bonus: Drizzle maple syrup on top and drink it with a straw!
The straw makes all the difference, guys. Here is a recipe for one of my very favorite smoothies combinations:
A BEAUTIFUL GLOW SMOOTHIE ☼
1. Blend 1/2 cup raspberries, 1/2 cup wild blueberries, and 1 cup coconut water together in a high speed blender.
2. Add 2 ripened bananas (brown spots are best!) and 1-1/2 frozen bananas. Blend together on high until smooth.
3. Pour into a glass. Drizzle 1-2 tsp of maple syrup on the top. Insert your favorite straw and enjoy!
For more smoothie and skin-friendly, feed your glow recipes, visit Free Your Glow!
Struggling with breakouts and chronic acne? Check out my newly released guidebook Finally Healing Acne.
Is your blood sugar affecting your skin?
It was for me. It took me a long time to figure out what dietary lifestyle would help me balance this and what wouldn’t.
Even the good guys— like lots of fruits— seemed to work against me.
Over time, I figured out some tricks to balancing my blood sugar while healing, which I’d love to share with you today.
First things first— it’s important to understand the adrenal and blood sugar connection. Healing insulin resistance (the body’s inability to absorb glucose) really is a process of healing the adrenals. This is why we notice that “stress” seems to affect our skin.
When we experience stressors, even just minimal daily ones, adrenaline can pour through our system to give us the alertness we need to manage our lives.
An increased amount of anxiety and panic for no logical reason is often an indicator of an adrenal weakness.
It was no coincidence that I was experiencing panic attacks at the same time I was experiencing upset in my skin. It really is all connected.
I learned a lot from Medical Medium about the connection between the adrenals and blood sugar. This is also why so many of us are sensitive to eating lots of fruit.
Here are a few tips that helped me the most:
♡ Ditching the smoothies
I was a smoothie queen and one day decided to try actually eating the fruit. Chewing our fruit activated enzymes and predigests the sugars before they hit the gut. This little adjustment helped me feel so much more balanced.
♡ Cutting out oils
Oil can really hinder the body’s ability to absorb carbs and sugars correctly. I stopped using coconut oil in my food, along with all the others. It was very helpful for me personally.
♡ Focusing on low glycemic fruits
Low glycemic fruits include berries, kiwi, and even watermelon. Watermelon actually has less sugar than an entire apple (thanks for that wisdom Medical Medium!)
You are likely to find that in a short time you will be able to tolerate more variety of fruits and MORE of them. Listen to your body to know what is best.
♡ Pairing your fruit with sodium-rich foods
This is everything! If you are sugar sensitive, be sure to pair all your carbohydrates with foods like celery, spinach, cucumber or dulse. This simple combining act will balance the sugars and help your adrenals big time.
Thisbis when paying attention to Medical Medium’s advice on eating Adrenal Snacks will come in handy for you!
♡ Sprinkle cinnamon on your carbohydrates
Cinnamon is truly amazing for helping to balance blood sugar! Sprinkle a little on your meals for some extra assistance.
♡ Don’t be afraid to experiment
If you are coming from a paleo lifestlye, sticking to eating a bit higher fats for a while may be helpful for you, as you transition into eating more carbs. Sometimes, it is lowering your fats dramatically that will make a difference (see my blog on Transitioning To A High Carb Lifestyle for more info)
It all depends where you are at in your healing and where your body is. Experiment to find your balance. But remember, slow and steady is the key. “Transition” is the key word.
For most of my healing journey it was optimal to have low fats, but I also recall a time earlier in my journey when I couldn’t tolerate a lot of fruit sugar.
At this time I was eating a LOT of sweet potatoes to compensate. My body digested small amounts of animal proteins and fats (chicken was what I mostly ate) better than plant based fats. So this is what I worked with.
After some time, I let go of eating animal proteins and was able to eat a bit more fruit.
Please don’t fear experimenting a bit to find what works for you. We all have well meaning advice, but only you can know when something is right for your body. Document what is working and what is not, and in time you will begin to find your balance.
Again— digestive enzymes can really help you out while you are finding what works best for you. There is a video on my IGTV all about them and how I used them!
I also go into more depth on enzymes and how they helped with my healing process in my guidebook Finally Healing Acne.
Thank you for reading! I truly wish you all the best on your journey to healthy skin!!
WHEN YOU ARE HEALING your skin from acne, sometimes it is best to not eat tons of fruit.
Especially if you are coming from a high fat diet, like I was, it’s important to take it slow when you are reintroducing these healing foods.
I say this only from my own experience, as I remember a time when I could could barely eat any fruit without my skin reacting.
This response was likely due to an insulin resistance of sorts. I had been eating so many fats (which block glucose) and the sugars couldn’t absorb properly.
My goal was to be eating a high carb diet, low in fats.
However, it took me some time to get there and to lower the fat that was in my bloodstream and to feel really good eating the way I do now.
So my journey began, looking something like this:
♡ Start my day with lemon water
♡ Eat a banana with some strawberries and celery for breakfast
♡ 1/2 papaya and dates for a snack
♡ Then for the rest of the day I focused on sweet potatoes (I ate sooo many!!)
♡ Eventually I added in lots of potatoes, too!
This kind of simplicity worked for me. I know it sounds limited but it was how I created a baseline for myself.
Over time when I added in more variety I could easily tell what was affecting my skin and what wasn’t.
Fruit is a TRUE miracle— and as time went on I was able to tolerate more and more. But for a while it was so important for me to give my body time to adjust to the changes.
If you are reading this, I know you are probably willing to try anything to help your skin, and you’ve likely been trying to do everything “perfectly” with your chosen lifestyle plan.
Trust me, I know that mindset so very well! T one where I am trying to do everything by the book (take all the supplements, herbs, all the foods, do it ALL) thinking if I do it perfectly, I will heal faster.
But for me it was never this way. I have had to learn take it slow and listen to my body. I have introduced powerful supplements and foods little by little.
For so many of us, we can not rush this process but we can TRUST our process.
What works for you may look completely different than what worked for me when it comes to how much fruit and what fruits I was consuming.
Don’t fear experimenting to find what works for you.
As many of you know from my Finally Healing Acne guidebook, digestive enzymes can be a powerful way to support your body while you do experiment to find what foods work best for you.
Some general, helpful transition tips when you are coming from a high fat diet:
♡ Focus on keeping your fats very low— this is what will allow you to bring in more and more carbs (like all the fruits!)
♡ If you are in a place of transition, especially coming from a high fat diet, focus on simple fruit meals, and low-glycemic fruits like berries and kiwi and see if that helps you.
♡ Chew your fruits instead of blending them in a smoothie.
♡ Eat your fruits with celery (or cucumber) to balance your blood sugar most optimally. you may find this helps you tolerate fruit much better!
♡ Try cutting out all oils (even coconut oil!) for a while.
♡ Keep track of foods that seem to be working for you and how you are responding to changes. listen to your body first and foremost! Developing this relationship is truly everything!
I want to talk about something pretty real with you guys today. I want to talk about how healing takes PATIENCE.
I know many of you are frustrated with your skin, dealing with chronic acne, as well as so many other symptoms that have stripped your confidence.
And so you start this healing diet full of fruits and veggies, you have high hopes, and you’ve been working sooo dang hard to stay on track!
And yet, days, weeks, and months pass— & somehow nothing seems to be changing. In fact, your skin is looking even worse than it did before.
This must not be working, right!?? You start to question yourself & this information.
You get frantic and start looking for other answers.
But wait. Please— stop right there!! I know this process. I’ve been there. I get it and want to help you understand what is happening.
Your body is working hard to clear out all the toxins which is why things seem to be worse.
Take the image that Anthony William uses of the dirty fish tank. When you start to clean it, the water gets stirred up and things seem even dirtier!
Or the visual that Whitney DeMaria uses of remodeling a house! And how as you begin this process things get MESSY. You work, room by room, ripping out old appliances and replacing them with new ones. It takes time for this house to feel like home.
Please, don’t give up. I have experienced firsthand how slow this can be— but how over time it dramatically changed my life for the best. Slow things down if you need to. Fruits especially, are very powerful!! Add more steamed veggies in if it’s too much.
Because healing takes time, it’s vital to keep your vision of your future-self strong. She/he is the one who will be thanking you for sticking it through the hard stuff! Hang onto that vision with all you’ve got. The journey may not be easy but you WILL get there.
I am rooting for you all the way!
The following is an excerpt from my guidebook, Finally Healing Acne:
This story begins back in 2004 when I first started experiencing an array of strange symptoms such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, and eventually skin issues and painful menstrual cramps.
But it was my skin that spoke to me the loudest. It is what gave me the biggest challenges, but also the motivation to learn how to heal my body, mind, and soul.
I know what it’s like to deal with an absolutely confidence-shattering, life- altering skin issue. The kind that keeps you from doing things you love, like hanging with your friends, dating, taking family pictures, and the worst part— how it keeps you from loving yourself and living your purpose. I know what it’s like to be searching for answers under every possible promise and money-back guarantee. But best of all, I know what it’s like to HEAL and experience a joyful life.
I know your struggle and I do not take your attention lightly. I have put my heart and soul into this book to help you connect the dots and fill the gaps. What I share comes from years of my own experiementing and following my instincts.
I have been inspired by healers, pioneers, and teachers such as David Wolfe, Natasha St. Michael, Leija Turunen, Freelee the Banana Girl, Dr. Nick Good, Michael Mackintosh, Daniel Vitalis, Anthony William, Dr. Kim Palka, Ram Dass, and Louise Hay.
I strongly believe in what has helped me. With willingness and dedication, I have faith that healing will be a rewarding experience for each and every one of you, too.
So what actually helped me? That’s what I am here to talk about.
Here I will be briefly outlining the top 6 things that have helped me, and then in later chapters I will be diving further in depth to make sure you get all the details of what will help you be most successful in freeing yourself from chronic acne.
We all know that diet is important, but it is confusing figuring out exactly WHAT diet. I figured out what worked for me by eliminating processed sugars first. I then slowly worked my way into eliminating dairy, eggs, and eventually lowered my fat intake substantially.
I experimented with eliminating certain foods a little at a time. As I did this I was documenting what foods seemed to accelerate a reaction. For me, I was able to see the e ects of the food I ate by the next day. The foods that seemed to trigger a negative response I cut out.
This was how I naturally found myself eating what is known as a “high carb low fat vegan diet”, and also what is known as a “raw til dinner diet”.
I followed this diet for about 2 years until I began adding in more of variety of foods again.
Tip: Eat much more simply than usual so you can easily document the reactions your skin is having to specific foods.
Throughout my healing journey there wasn’t an herb or vitamin I did not try— yet it seemed nothing was helping me. I am not suggesting supplements don’t work, but more that they do not always offer the quick fix we are hoping for. After years of seeing my naturopathic doctor, she had a suggestion for a supplement that changed things for the best. I will be sharing more on this with you later.
Tip: Be mindful that herbs are not always quick fixes, they are more for long term support of the body. Experiment with the suggestions in later chapters for supplements that can help curb breakout symptoms.
Probably the most important piece of the puzzle for me was understanding what was actually causing acne. I finally received that piece from author and Medical Medium Anthony William when I consulted with him in 2010.
He told me that my skin issues were stemming from a bacterial infection that made it’s way to my lymphatic system. The in ammation was causing stagnation, which in turn was causing my acne breakouts.
At the time Anthony and I didn’t talk about diet, and that’s likely because I was already doing so much with my diet that was working for me— even though I didn’t realize it fully at the time. Instead, we focused on the importance of movement. He told me that I needed to get my lymphatic system MOVING. He helped me gain clarity on a specific plan which I put into action right away.
Tip: Incorporate consistent forms of exercise into your day! It is important to choose forms that do not stress your adrenals out!
I view skin care as a way to nurture the skin, but not to x the problem. As we know now, the real problem is under the skin. But because of the duration of time that it can take to heal a systemic imbalance in the body, it is good to have a consistent skin care routine down that will help you recover from breakouts and prevent scarring.
At di erent points I tried washing my skin with raw Manuka honey, aloe, apple cider vinegar, prayer infused mixtures, Ayurveda pastes, Bentonite clay, and ALL the popular over-the-counter skin care systems.
Then one day, I got lucky I purchased a speci c skin care line that consisted of natural and conventional treatments combined and WOW—did it help! I used the entire system at rst, and eventually switched to just using the cleanser. More details on that, along with my favorite resuce remedy, later!
Tip: Be aware that 100% natural products are wonderful, but not always the best choice chronic acne. Experiment with the products listed here later on in this guide.
Getting excited about your healing, your WHY, and your dreams is important. I will be sharing with you about my experience in cultivating a strong vision that keeps our inner-world aligned with all the work we are putting in externally. This helps us stay motivated and on track.
Tip: Get clear on your vision! Create a vision board using the suggestions outlined in this guidebook in later chapters.
As I started my physical healing journey, I began naturally gravitating to practices like meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and journaling. I believe this is a natural occurrence as the soul and mind desire to come into alignment with the body. Although there are many healing art forms that I adore, there are a few practices that have stuck with me over the years that I’d love to share with you.
Tip: Develop a relaxation practice. The tools outlined in later chapters will help you to develop consistent, daily habits, regardless of your budget.
If you have tried everything and are ready to get clear on how you can heal your skin too, I wrote Finally Healing Acne for you.
I know this season of healing is frustrating and there are a million things you’d rather be doing, but trust me. It’s going to be okay. You are going to figure it out and get through this. I’ve got you!
Posting this picture is pretty hard, despite knowing now that acne was never my fault. But I want you to know what is possible. I have learned that with the right information, truly anything is.
When I was dealing with this confidence-shattering skin issue I was often told that I must just have bad skin, that it’s all just “the luck of the draw.”
But deep down, I knew was more than that. I couldn’t help but notice with these sudden, chronic breakouts I was also having panic attacks, extreme anxiety, fatigue, depression & debilitating menstrual cramps every month. I refused to take acne medications and instead kept looking for ways to connect the dots.
My intuition first led me to diet, where I started eliminating certain foods one at a time. I began cutting out everything that seemed to trigger a reaction.
Over time I was naturally eating what is coined today as a “high carb, low fat diet”. It seemed things were getting a little better but I was still struggling to make sense of it all. I found supplements & products along the way the helped to speed the recovery time of breakouts, but couldn’t figure out WHY they were happening.
It wasn’t until about 2 years later I was fortunate to have an appointment with Anthony William #medicalmedium. He informed told me I was really doing well with my diet but there was a major aspect I was missing.
And that was: MOVEMENT. He told me my lymphatic system was stagnant and I needed to get it moving. That I was dealing with a strep infection in my lymphatic system and I needed to help my body clear it out. He recommended that I purchase a rebounder and start bouncing every day!
So, I did. Incorporating movement into my life changed things for the better almost right away. I was eating a diet that promoted healing and now I was also flushing toxins OUT. Within about 18 months of that call, I was no longer suffering from symptoms of acne.
Understanding the “why” of this condition brought me incredible peace. It wasn’t that I was just unlucky. I now understand from listening to the Medical Medium podcast, Healing Acne, even more about how a vaccine could cause pathogens to begin thriving in places they should not.
This also explains why I was having an array of other symptoms at the same time like fatigue and painful menstrual cramps. I know how hard it is to live with skin conditions like this. But if I can heal, you can heal! I learned that with patience & dedication you can heal your body from so many crazy symptoms.
None of it is your fault! You won’t feel punished forever. You will have the chance again to the life you have dreamed!