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10 weeks on a plant based whole foods diet: Here’s my progress

A few weeks ago I told you all about my struggle with a skin rash on my face (Perioral Dermatitis, “PD”) and how I was in desperate need to heal my body.

I, as you know, decided to do that by:

  • Eating a 100% plant-based, whole foods (PBWF) diet
  • Remove all toxic skin and body care from my life
  • Stress less with no Facebook and less social media time

To give you an idea of what was going on, here is the picture evidence. Not very flattering, I know, and honestly just how bad my PD really was at its worst, can’t be illustrated by a picture. Sad times for a somewhat vain woman like me.

Perioral DermatitisThe PBWF Diet.

I decided to start with my diet since chances were (according to the internet) that my issues were gut related.

I started to eat super clean which meant my body finally got a chance to thrive all while making it possible to pin-point triggers and find out why I (probably) developed PD in the first place – at least based what my body was telling me. (I haven’t been to a doctor since the dermatologist tried to sell me antibiotics and diagnosed this as “rosacea” back in August).

In regards to triggers, unfortunately every bite of (vegan) bread has made my skin worse. It has also made my stomach ache i.e. I believe I have developed gluten sensitivity. I have heard about women developing all sorts of allergies after pregnancy so chances are, I am one of them. I love bread and cookies so this S U C K S for me.

Moving on.

Another trigger for PD may be hormone imbalance, which also makes a PBWF diet the sensible choice. Stop consuming the hormones of other beings so that your own hormones can adjust back to normal. This also applies to anyone struggling with acne. Makes so much sense.

My skin started to clear, finally.

On top of that, with a PBWF diet, I have lost weight! So, yes, I am as smashing as I was before pregnancy (Ha! Almost). My husband has been on the PBWF diet too and he has lost over 10% body weight and experiences less back ache.

And, yes, there’s more. By eating a vegan diet for ten weeks we have saved at least:

  • 60 animals’ lives
  • 2,500 pounds of CO2
  • 3,500 square feet of forest land
  • 6,000 pounds of grain
  • 125,000 gallons of water

Aaaaah, that makes an environmentalist happy.

I will admit a PBWF diet takes time. I will share a post on how I’ve managed to cook and stay clean with a full time job and a 9 month old baby in a separate post! I’ll make sure I share some recipes too, though I normally don’t do that here on the blog :)

Non-toxic skin care.

Second part – topical intervention.

This “no toxic skin care pledge” quite quickly turned into “no make-up at all ever” which has been an eye-opening, time-saving and over all great experience. After YEARS of always doing my make-up almost every day, I am now totally comfortable in my own skin – even on the days my PD is flaring up a little (it does come and go, however there’s enormous progress each week). No one has said anything yet and I actually feel pretty most days. I will admit, I do make sure my hair looks good :)

I have been washing my skin with raw, unfiltered, organic honey each night before bed and used only non-toxic body care like Alba Botanica, pure coconut oil and Meow Meow Tweet deodorant and lip balm.

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Me – without a drop of make-up and almost clear skin

Less social media.

Third part – inner peace.

I am not sure that I’ve stressed way less these past ten weeks… Tesla and I still don’t have any patience for slow drivers, but it’s freaking awesome to not have Facebook! You know a friend told me that FB can listen in on conversations to better select appropriate ads for people! What!? I am out of that business, thank goodness.

Also, I have discovered that not caring about how often I post on Instagram, when I publish a blog, how many likes I get or to maintain an online “persona” is true freedom for me. This is why it’s taken forever to publish this post… (and I’ve been busy too!)

So that’s a bit of my progress in ONLY TEN WEEKS people. Isn’t it amazing? I’ll tell you a secret too: We’ve had a few (erm, several) pints of Ben & Jerry’s vegan ice-cream and we’ve been on a pizza date where I did have a bit of cheese on my gluten free pizza. We’ve also eaten French fries, chocolates, granola bars and pre-made veggie burgers. All that and still amazing progress. (Check back soon for more diet information :))

Oh, and aren’t you impressed?!

I feel like I’m on to something good (a.k.a life without moisturizer)

It’s been six months since I changed up my routine by adding a yummy step did and wrote my initial Simple Sugar Scrubs review on the blog. I’ve used this all natural, facial scrub every night since then, and watched my skin get more and more hydrated from within. I am proud to say I am 100% moisturizer free, or I should say I’ve gone “NO-LO”.

Here’s what my routine consists of:

Step 1. Ole Henriksen on the go cleanser* (vitamin c works for everything). Step 2. Simple Sugars strawberry facial scrub* (since I sometimes break out, I want that salicylic acid!). Step 3. A few drops of SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF (high dollar miracle anti-aging serum).

Done! No toxic moisturizer on my face, evaporating during the night and clogging up pores.

facialI’m not 19 anymore and I do worry about fine lines; I don’t want them. EVER.  I am sure these products (and eating well) are helping me keep them away!!

Did I ever taste the scrub? Yes. Yes, I did. In my defense I had a little at the corner of my mouth, and it happened. And I can confirm – it’s sugar!! Natural and simple; that’s the beauty of it.

* Contains no parabens, sulfates, phthalates and other harsh chemicals

Hey sugar, what’s smoother than smooth? (I am)

Am I obsessed with the scrubs from Simple Sugars? Yes. (Here’s proof that watching Shark Tank is never a waste of time).

Not only is the strawberry facial scrub clearing my skin, with natural salicylic acid and vitamin C, but it smells like I could eat it (and I probably could). And that almond body scrub…. Do I mind that our shower now smells like a marzipan factory? Not at all.

Pittsburgh, PA, where Simple Sugars is based, has (unfortunately) been on the list of Americas most polluted cities a few times. So how wonderful it is that this young entrepreneur is bringing a product to market, exactly there, which is super safe for us and super safe for the environment as it slides, I imagine, very smoothly down the drain.

Gooey goodness and eco friendly – for that reason I am in.

Bonus: the jars are sturdy enough to be washed and reused for storage.

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