Three months ago I started a journey that was supposed to last for only one month but, it turned out to be an experience that I never wanted to let go…
It originally started as a challenge…a challenge to see if my skin would change for the better by eating a plant based diet. I have eczema, a inflammatory skin condition which I have been suffering with since childhood. I have my ups and downs with eczema, most of the time I have complete control over my skin but lately I have noticed my skin darken in the crease of my arm. I’ve tried everything from brightening serum (expensive ones too!), lotions, medication to help with the itching. The only thing that seemed to help my skin was my off brand body wash soap and Aveeno eczema relief lotion. My skin was getting better, it became smooth again and the rash disappeared but I wanted it to be consistent. What did I do next? I remember doing a plant based diet a year ago just for health benefits and to lose weight. I remember noticing my skin clear up and gain its color back. I loved feeling clean on the inside and looking good on the outside. So, I made a self decision to go on a plant based diet for one month….that’s how it started but it hasn’t ended yet.
I fell in love with VEGGIES! I fell in love with the way vegetables were reflecting on my SKIN, I fell in love with way vegetables made me feel. I went from brittle and rashed to smooth and lighter. Not only did I do it for my skin, which was the main concern but I also wanted to make sure my health remained in controlled as well. So I did my research… I always wanted to know the difference between Vegetarian and Vegan. I remembered thinking that vegans ate dirt and strange, tasteless meals. That’s what I thought until I did my research. I’m sure some of us have seen ” What the health?” or “Vegucated” and a few others (Netflix is my friend) They opened my eyes so much, explaining the differences between being a vegetarian versus being a vegan(Watch those movies). Coming from a family of diabetics and having a mother who lost her battle against breast cancer, I didn’t need the cycle to continue. I’m so glad those movies gave me facts and help me understand the differences . Of course I had started my challenge of eating a plant based diet for a month but, I couldn’t give up this fun filled fest! lol The more I ate right, the more I saw results ( weight loss, clear skin, clear mind and peaceful soul) So here I am three months in and I am so happy to have become a vegetarian but dabbling in a little vegan experiences as well. Here’s a little advice for those who are looking to change their diet for either improvement of skin, body, health, etc. 1. Do it for yourself,2. Watch those documentaries to understand more 3. Do it your own way…
Ill be sharing some skin bits and health/food tips
Love your Veggie Girl,
Doing it for My Skin!
Lately, I have been seeing a huge difference in my skin. I have used many lotions such as eucerine, aveeno:eczema therapy, and Dove sensitive skin body wash. Although my skin has smoothed out, my rash and darkness continues to come back too often. When I ate high saturated meat, i would itch uncontrobly and rashes would pop out in many places. I guess as I’m getting older my body and eczema reacts differently.So I had an epiphany; what if I changed my eating habits?
I tried a vegetarian life a year ago for one month and that was strictly for fasting and praying. I ate meatless chicken, veggie burgers, black bean burgers, and of course vegetables, (DUH!) The Whole time I was going through the process I found my self feeling full and satisfied, not full and heavy. I want that feeling back; only this time my main focus will be MY SKIN.
So now I want to try a 30 day oath to being a vegetarian taking it one step at a time. Meaning, if I eat meat during this process it will be very low moderation. Im not really a big meat eater anyway; if I do it is mostly fish. I will also cut out sugars and sweets, keep it in low moderation as well. This Summer will be a life changer for skin and body. I’ll keep you posted on new regimens and new veggie finds. Stay tuned through my journey. Starting Now….. I went to Zoes Kitchen and fell in love with the:
Salmon kabobs (zucchini and salmon) and Orzo “Tabouli” Salad
Beauty and The BEAST
Beauty and the beast is one of my favorite animated movies. To me, it represents unexpected love that is described as ugly and frightening. Now, I’m sure we all know the story about Belle and The Beast, how at first sight there was fear and misfortune but as they started to spend time with each other and learn about one another, all the fear and anger slowly drifted away. She saw the soft side of the beast. She saw how he didn’t like the way people sought him out. He didn’t want to be a bad person, he was just bitter and tired of being judged. But there was beauty in the ugly situations. I feel that beauty and the beast tells a story that all of us can relate to.
As I stated in my letter “Dear Skin I’m in” I reflected on my imperfect skin and I came to find love in my on natural skin. First, I will say that having eczema is not something I gloat about but Its apart of me and has been since I was a child. I would have these major flare ups that would make me itch to the point of me bleeding. Yes, that’s how serious it was. Over the years, I learned how to control my eczema so that I could be comfortable and not embarrassed but also still have my identity. I was picked on because I had dark spots on my arms, legs, and neck. I just shunned them away by just covering my skin up so that no one would see it. As the years went on I started to find myself in my eczema filled skin. I began to like my skin. I accepted it, eczema had become my beast, my beauty inside of the beast.
So, hear me when I say, don’t hate your flaw. Embrace your flaw. I believe that GOD gave us an imperfection so that we could see the beauty in simple wreckage. Find your soft side from whatever breaks you from feeling beautiful. What’s your Beast?
If you suffer from eczema as well, here’s a few items I found that help me improve my skin daily:
Beauty is Everything. Everyday. All-day
Hello Beauties! It’s Friday and am I excited or what! I get up every morning around 5:30/6:00 to get ready to start my day. I’m a educator at a middle school, Yes, MIDDLE SCHOOL (Help Me!) so I have to come in ready to hit the hallways with a purpose. I don’t have a lot of time to take a s much time as I want to in the morning to make myself pretty but I would like to at least make my self look presentable. So I have 4 go-to’s. for my everyday look.
Ulta Beauty Lip oil with Green Tea+ Avocado | Body
This is the best lip oil I have tried.. Period. Its actually an oil not a gloss. Its not too glossy and has more of a moisturizing texture to it. I know when people hear oil they might think it is messy but “this right here” is worth trying. On top of that it smells great! You cant beat the tranquility of green tea with the smoothness of avocado. I love it ! Other Scents: Sweet rose, Black raspberry, Pomegrante, plus many more.
Try it you wont be disappointed. Find it at Ulta Beauty.
Shea Moisture | Natural
Now this is more of three in one LOL. I only use the Co-wash, Masque, and Finishing elixir. When I tell you that my hair has forever been changed………My hair is extra coily, natural, and thick so I need something thick to help me. This also smells amazing. After using this my hair shows its curls like never before.