Apr 26, 2013

I don't remember having a problem with acne prior to my early twenties. Since then I can not remember my face being completely clear (except maybe when I went vegan for a few short months). I have tried every face wash possible. I've even used the proactiv treatment. My doctor has also prescribed differin gel. I always notice a little difference when I first begin using a new product but then a nasty cyst will appear again. I've done research over the last few months and I finally come to the realization that I may be having problems with acne because of what I am feeding myself. My acne may never go away with just medication or creams. I was going to have to take it a step further.

Nearly three weeks ago I cut dairy out of my diet completely. I am happy to say that since then I have not had any cyst like pimples. I have had tiny whiteheads here and there but they are nothing in comparison to what was on my face before.

I wanted to remove dairy from my diet as an experiment. I had no intentions of being dairy free long term but the results are slowly altering my thoughts. I definitely feel a void without cheese but I would rather have clear skin than eat pizza and quesadillas. Hopefully the cravings won't last much longer. And thankfully there are so many dairy substitutes now. I can still enjoy almond and coconut milk in my cereal and coffee, almond ice cream (so amazing, by the way!), vegan chocolate chips and Tofutti sour cream and cream cheese.

I am really hoping I have found my own natural cure.

Here are some before and after photos. The ones on the left were taken in February. (My problem area is/was definitely my chin.) The ones on the right were taken this week. I see a huge difference. 

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Apr 14, 2013

I miss writing which is the main reason why I have decided to start another (this is not my first) blog. I'm working on getting to my goal weight and I know if I write about my journey, I will stay on track. I am also a creative soul who has creative thoughts running through her mind all day long. I need an outlet where I can release those creative thoughts. I'm hoping to use my blog as that necessary outlet. 

I am twenty six years old. I owe everything I have to Jesus. I have wonderful parents who raised me right. I am from Southern California and I currently reside there. I did, however, live in Nashville, TN for three years. I am a country girl at heart. I love the south. I love country music. I love big hair, belt buckles and cowboy boots. I have a brother and soon to be sister-in-law. I have an amazing boyfriend who treats me like a princess. I have a hand full of best friends spread all over the country. I have a baby (malti-poo) named Nash. I sing. I write. I dream. I enjoy reading. I started running last year after thinking I could never be a runner. I am a firm believer in what I believe in. I can be quite shy. Coffee, concerts and jewelry are my addictions.

I guess I've always been on a weight loss journey but something clicked in the fall of 2010. I saw a number on the scale that I had never seen in my entire life. It scared me and I made the decision (on my own) to work hard to lower that number. The day before my twenty fifth birthday in 2012 I stepped on the scale to a number that I was incredibly happy about. I had lost seventy two pounds. Now, a little over a year later and I've gained about twenty five pounds back. It's a constant battle but I haven't given up and I don't intend to. I really have no goal weight in mind. I think I will just know in my heart when I have reached my ideal weight. 

I work out but I would like to focus on working out more. And I eat really well. A heck of a lot better than I was eating at my heaviest. I try to eat clean most of the time. I try to avoid most packaged and preserved foods. Every day is a new challenge and I've learned to take it one meal at a time. I tend to make myself feel guilty when I slip up and I am working on that as well. I can't be perfect. All I can do is try my hardest. 

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