310 tea

  Tried it, loving it. First time I’ve ever wanted to drink tea without honey, agave, or stevia.

It claims to be a slimming detox, by supporting weight loss, promoting digestion, and appetite control. I love that they are pyramid mesh bags and no metal. Plus you can see the loose leaves. It smells amazing. 

We’ll see if it helps me in my quest for healthy improvment and weight loss.

Healing my cold

I am currently sick and tired… Sick because I have caught a cold and tired because I am in the midst of hell week for a play that I am preforming in my local dinner theater.

So I’m desperately trying to rest at home now in between getting up for the kids or puppy, or to make myself a little healing broth.  This is why I’ve been a little absent from writing.

Recipe here:

4-6 cups water

three lemons squeezed and one lemon rind

6-10 garlic cloves crushed or cut in half

1/4 cup ginger paste

Raw honey to taste

Cayenne pepper

boil and then reduce heat to low wait until both looks caramel colored and then strain through cheese cloth into mug.  Add 1 tbsp raw honey and two shakes of cayenne pepper. Drink all day…

This drink is courtesy of a recipe I found online, and I’ve altered it a little, but the main ingredients are the same.  I find it does help me feel more energized and I’m really hoping the garlic will act as my natural antibiotic to kill this virus.

 

Skin Care Products #2

New items

Reviews & Routine

I have over the course of this blog documented my skin care products and as they’ve changed and I’ve tried new things. I will give you a new update of my current products and how and why I use them.As you know from my last review, I no longer use the Obagi skin care products because of the chemicals they use.  They are very expensive and unless its going to do miracles I don’t see the point in investing that kind of money in a product. I do not always polish in the morning only if I forgot to the night before. I use the addition of SPF after moisture in the day and then this is the normal night routine.

{Still going strong}

Polish(Exfoliate):

I polish and remove unwanted  topical products and dead skin everyday, Although I have finished off the bottle of cleanser that came with the Mia so I’ve moved on to using a few others I’ve been testing out during this step.

  • (Mechanical exfoliation) Clarisonic Mia 2  with Dr Weil for Origins Mega bright for the time being.  {I love Dr Weil’s mega mushroom cleanser products and figured I’d try this one of his as well.}
  • (Manual exfoliation) Origins Modern Friction, or I am trying out St. Ive’s Green Tea scrub  when I am in the mood to do it myself.

Cleanse:

I cleanse in the morning or when I finally find a moment, to remove the skin and loosened material after the polishing.

  • I am still using Dr.Weil for origins Mega Mushroom cleanser
  • If I feel my skin needs a bit of balance I still use the Kiehl’s Cucumber toner, but I find its not as necessary everyday, unless my skin has had an especially hard day.

Nourish:

I’m still using serums before moisturizer however I’ve added one and replaced my moisturizer with 100% oil.  Finding more natural and/or inexpensive products is something I am working on as I learn what ingredients are best for my skin from Dr Lancer’s book.

  • Lancôme Genefique (although I love this serum, I’m considering going back to ANR for more hydration in this dry climate)
  • Estee Lauder Clear Improvement serum to help with break outs and calm redness during visits from my lady friend.
    • I am still using the samples of Dr. Dennis Gross’s Ferulic Acid + Retinol and anytime I use it, it does wonders for my skin. I may consider buying it later.
  • (AM add on)Lancôme bienfait multi-vital eye SPF 28
  • (PM) Origins Plantscription eye cream
    • As you may notice now I am no longer using the ANR I may get it again, but for now, these two do enough for hydration and prevention.
  • 100%Jojoba oil by NOW(used in place of lotion, which I explain below)
  • (AM add on) Olay Complete all-day moisturizer with SPF
    • Note: After wanting to try it for a while and using up my moisturizers,  I’ve begun using jojoba oil as my moisturizer.  I’ve learned that this is a natural and inexpensive way to moisturize; and also because it is so closely similar in compound to the skins natural sebum, it tricks your pores into producing less so in turn your skin is less likely to break-out or have clogged pores.

Body:

Within in the last few years I’ve seen the signs of my age starting to creep up on me, and so I’ve begun regular polish of my body as well.  Starting with a Bore hair brush I polish my body in the shower.  If I happen to be lucky enough to have a bath, I use a homemade sugar and coconut oil scrub to really get it done right.  I also occasionally like to add some raw or fermented milk to my bath along with essential oils like peppermint, and tea tree.  Normally I do not wash my skin with soap, but I do use a dove bar for my sweaty areas that may have bacteria.

Additional situational/issue based Products:

  • Clean and Clear acne spot treatment (for one large blemish)
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel (when I have them)
  • Origins Clear improvement active charcoal mask (if I have too many clogged pores)
  • Estee Lauder Idealist, skin tone correction (occasionally when my tone is uneven)
  • {New}Origins Calm to your senses mask (when my skin is red or inflamed)
  • {New}Now 100% Grape Seed oil (makeup removal and brush cleaning mixed w/ shampoo)
  • {New}Hydrafacial by my Esthetician (about once a month)
  • {New}Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan dry oil (for dry body after shower)

As I’ve learned through previous research and reading books such as,  “Younger” by Dr. Lancer the skins natural healing and turnover is a process that we can activate via controlled injury.  The polishing step in cleansing is so crucial in both activating new cell growth and collagen production so I use it everyday.  Some days even twice. Moving to a very dry climate as I’ve mentioned has created an additional battle I must fight in my routine to keep hydrated.  So switching to the jojoba oil has remedied the dry skin peeling issue I was having. So I am trying to avoid any kind of product that drys out my skin either in cleansers and makeup.

Again I hope these reviews and information are helpful to you if you are looking at products for these purposes.

Bye bye beauties

 

 

Supplements for Skin and Body

Spirulina

~Update (3/5/16) Due to the recent thyroid issues I am removing the DHEA from my regimen because it will increase hormone production and until I can get my thyroid’s hormone production to regulate and higher level I’ve been advised to hold off.  However I have started adding a new antioxidant to my diet with Spirulina Powder….~

I mentioned before that I was taking some herbal supplements for cleansing, detoxing and clearing my skin.  Since regulating my hormones with bio identical Testosterone, Progesterone, and Estrogen pellets, I am thankfully closer to being in full health again.  Since then I have begun taking some of the herbal supplements and vitamins again in order to naturally help my body along in its healing and repair.  Starting with the list:

DHEA 50g (for better brain function and hormone regulation by:GNC)

DIM-plus (Estrogen Metabolism for acne by Nature’s Way)

Milk Thistle (Liver support by Nature’s Way)

I’ve begun these again, in order to prepare for a detox that I will be undertaking soon once I’ve read through “The Plan” and learned what to do to prepare and make ahead for the three days of cleansing.  I will be taking the 20day plan to test foods that I eat to find out what causes physical ailments and weight gain.  I am also clearing up some systemic yeast in my system as well before I begin the cleanse.  I will be updating how these supplements have helped.

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Ciao for Now

Under active Thyroid

I’ve recently gone to my doctor because many of the symptoms I’ve been having in the past are remerging. I suspected after doing more research, and reading a book about foods and inflammation called the Plan, that I may have had an issue with my thyroid. A good friend of mine had a similar problem and based on my symptoms she said maybe I should talk to my doc about my thyroid. I was right, and so was she. So I’ve been given a thyroid medicine to try and get it under control.

I was alway feeling a bit frustrated knowing that we had been treating my symptoms and we could not find the root cause for all of them because they seemed connected.

-unexplained weight gain

-hormone imbalance

-skin problems

-lack of energy

…among many symptoms… So now I’m tackling that so that I can move forward with the Plan.  I am also cutting out and avoiding goitrogenic foods in the course of medicine, since Lyn-Genet explains that these are not going to help my thyroid while I am treating the problem.  Go figure I was eating many of these foods daily if not multiple times per week.  I’m sure that was not helping my body to work and heal my thyroid under activity. Goitrogenic foods interfere with the bodies ability to intake iodine, and effects the thyroid healthy function. As I find more info about these foods, I learn and cut them out as well.  Even though I’m on the medicine I was not given a list by my doc to avoid since its probably not part of his medicine practice to give natural healing advise.  So I had to take that aspect into my own hands.

Goitrogenic Food examples (obtained from wikipedia)