If you've been following my blog since the beginning, you may know that I struggled with acne about a year ago. It wasn't a severe case, but my confidence levels were definitely still affected, and it was always on my mind. I was constantly upset and frustrated at my skin, as anyone with acne would be. During this period of my life, I was completely convinced that handling things the natural way would cure me. However, my idea of a natural cure involved products like witch hazel, tea tree oil, coconut oil, and paraben - free makeup.
Although these topical solutions are AWESOME (I still use some of them!), I was missing the whole point. I made no effort to change my diet, as I believed I ate a fairly healthy diet already. I considered myself a pescetarian, which meant that I did not eat meat but I did eat fish. So I continued to slather on coconut oil and feel sorry for myself.
Eventually, I was so fed up with the lack of improvement that I went to see my doctor. I was prescribed some antibiotics and a topical cream, which did work. For awhile.
You see, back then, stupid me didn't realize that you can't just stop taking your antibiotics whenever you start feeling better. But that's what I did.
Everything was fine for awhile; I was happy, my skin was mostly clear, and I was no longer constantly worried about my skin.
But then it came back. And WORSE.
This time around, painful cysts formed deep under the skin, and several at a time. They may not have been too noticeable to the people around me, but I could feel them, and they HURT. Once again I was back to scrubbing my face relentlessly, in hopes that one day I would wake up and see a clear face in the mirror.
At this point, I was constantly researching website posts and YouTube videos on the vegan diet. Eliminating dairy and eggs from my diet made sense to me; it would not only be better for me, but also for the planet and the animals. I was genuinely interested in the lifestyle for quite awhile (see my last post: http://littlemisshealthy.weebly.com/blog/im-vegan for more info), but I was still apprehensive to fully commit.
Until now. Nina and Randa, two vegan youtubers, have been my biggest inspirations to fully immerse myself in this lifestyle. They were raised vegans, but at age 20, they broke out in horrible acne. It was completely unexpected, since they had been eating a plant-based, mostly whole foods diet their whole lives. The problem, it turned out, was fat; even the good kind like avocados and nuts. The excess fats in combination with hormones were what was triggering their acne. I've included their video on it below for those of you who are interested in their story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qdwn2itsgg
Suddenly I realized that the natural cure that I sought after didn't lie solely in creams, cleansers, and toners; it had to begin with what I was putting into my body. Everything they said made complete sense to me.
So is my acne cured yet? Currently, the answer is no. I have only been eating a high carb, low fat vegan diet for 11 days now, so I do not expect my skin to be perfect at this point! However, I have noticed changes in not only my skin, but how I feel since I began eating this way. I feel fantastic and I don't crave any junk food whatsoever. Carbs are your friend!
But that's besides the point. By cleaning up my diet and switching up my skincare routine (post coming soon), I am positive that I will achieve clear skin in the near future. In addition, I have booked an appointment with a naturopath to determine if fats are the exact cause of my acne. Whatever the case may be, I believe that it's completely possible to heal yourself from within with the food that you eat. And that is exactly what I intend to do.
Remember to eat your veggies and have a lovely day xx
Smoothie bowls are a wonderful and energizing way to start the day! If you love smoothies or you love frozen yogurt, you'll love this fun way to get your fruits and greens in.
Smoothie bowls are basically a smoothie in a bowl with your choice of healthy toppings. It's fun to get creative! You can use any smoothie recipe as the base, and any fruits, seeds, powders or granolas as your toppings. What I recommend is using less liquids so that your smoothie comes out with more of a frozen yogurt consistency. Here's a combination I've been enjoying lately:
For the base, blend together:
2% milk < almond or coconut milk (I tried hemp milk..I'm definitely not a fan)
Salad dressing < olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Mayonnaise < seedy mustard and avocado ( My FAVE spreads for veggie sandwiches!)
Ice berg lettuce < romaine, spinach or kale (the darker the better!)
French fries < homemade potato, yam, taro root, or kale chips (baked/roasted, not fried obviously!)
Ice cream < nice cream (my favourite is blending frozen bananas, 1 fresh banana, and frozen mangoes with a little bit of water!)
Candy < fruit!! (Grapes, blueberries, mangoes...mmmm)
Fruit juice < coconut water for smoothies, or better yet, whole fruit!
Butter/margarine < olive oil or coconut oil (in baking)
White bread < whole grain, or better yet, sprouted grain bread ( my favourite brands are Silver Hills and Dave's Killer Bread)
Sugar on oatmeal < cinnamon and nutmeg
Salt < spices
Table syrup < Maple syrup
Chip dip < hummus or salsa
These are just a few that I strive to swap as a part of my daily diet. If you have more that I didn't mention, comment so I can try them out :)
Have a lovely day,
This smoothie is filled with yummy nutrients to start your day off feeling energized. By blending up the greens (in this case, kale) you're helping your body absorb more of the good stuff because you've already broken it down. My recipe makes a blenderful, so about 4 glasses. Enjoy! :)
Creamy Green Smoothie
Let me know if you try this out :)
Tomorrow is the last day of classes, which calls for a celebration! If you're in my PE class, you'll get a taste of these muffins. :) This year has been one filled with reflections, friendship, and new adventures; and now it's on to the next one. Hopefully I'll be blogging more soon, I realize I've been neglecting Little Miss Healthy. :( Life has been so crazy. Ahh.. I say that too much. Blogging to me is a form of self-care; I shouldn't be too busy for it, but lately I've felt that way. Taking the time to write slows life down for me, so I should do it more often.
Anyways, on to the recipe!
(I adapted this recipe from http://ohsheglows.com/2011/03/24/mini-whole-wheat-blueberry-breakfast-muffins )
Hope you have a lovely summer break :) Enjoy it, be adventurous, and have fun. You deserve it.
Hi everyone! :)
Once again, it's been awhile since I've posted, and I apologize! Things have been crazy lately and I haven't been feeling my healthiest. Lent was going so well until recently, and then I crashed hard. I'm getting back on track though; I definitely realized the power of moderation. I'm the kind of person who thinks going cold turkey is the best option, but maybe not so much anymore... I tested my willpower and honestly, I failed. But, I might as well fail gracefully, so I'm having chocolate in moderation instead of cutting it out completely. It's my weakness and I'm not proud of it. So these cookies do have chocolate in them, but that and the brown sugar are the only "bad" ingredients, in my opinion. :)
"Katty" requested a healthy cookie recipe when I first started this blog, so sorry Katty for taking so long to get to it! Hopefully you still read my blog haha. I attempted to come up with a recipe a couple months ago and I wasn't happy with the result, so tonight I decided to try again. Experimenting in the kitchen is fun, but it can be discouraging if it doesn't turn out right. My new, improved recipe turned out much better than my last try, so I'm happy to share it with you guys. :)
(Makes about 2 dozen)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix flax meal with water and refrigerate for 15 minutes to create 2 flax "eggs."
3. Mix all of the ingredients together. Professionals would probably say to mix certain ingredients separately first, but I found this was fine. After all, you'll have one less bowl to wash! :)
4. Lightly grease cookie sheets with coconut oil or another vegetable oil to prevent the cookies from sticking.
5. Drop mounds of dough (about 1 tbsp) onto the sheets.
6. Bake cookies for 11-15 minutes.
7. Eat your cookies, happily and guilt-free! :)
Remember, life is beautiful even when it seems like everything is turning ugly. Don't forget to be happy :)
I realize these don't look the most appetizing, but I promise they are so good! Keep reading to find out how to make them :))
Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend it up. You'll have to stop it and stir it around often to prevent the blender from over-heating. I also added a little bit of water to help it run more smoothly.
I didn't measure my ingredients, I just threw handfuls of walnuts and dates, a couple spoonfuls of cocoa powder and one spoonful of peanut butter. Once the mixture is smooth, roll into balls and enjoy!
Fill blender with frozen strawberries, one banana (preferably frozen) and almond milk. It's not pictured but I added honey after to add some sweetness. I'd also recommend putting in coconut cream, but I don't have any at the moment. It still turned out, coconut cream would just make it smoother. Then, blend! If there's an ice cream setting on your blender, then use that. If not, that's ok, just blend like you normally would! Just be careful not to over-heat your blender. It's subtly sweet, but tasty. And healthy! :) Just a quick Thursday morning post, hope you enjoyed.
Good morning! :) Today I have a recipe for Shameless Vegan Chocolate Mousse. It's quick, simple, healthy, and delicious! If you're craving chocolate but want to stick to good-for-you ingredients, then this recipe is perfect for you. Creds to my sister Airlie for making this for me awhile back, I tried to re-create it today! My recipe is probably not the best one out there, but these are the measurements I used when making this.
Ingredients: (makes 1 serving)
Now, to make it! Simply cut up your ingredients, throw them in a food processor, and wait for it to be all mixed up! The result is heaven in a bowl, and the natural ingredients won't make you feel like you're in a food coma. Hope you try it out! :)