Like hide my face, refuse to go to school, and smother my skin in 100 different products horrible acne.
It made me feel incredibly self conscious and every time someone looked at me, I thought they were just looking at my skin and thinking about how bad it was. I hated it.
Of course I tried to fix it with cleansers and creams and miracle whatever, but nothing worked. It wasn't until I started paying close attention to what I ate and how it affected my skin that my acne started to clear up.
Here's a quick list of diet related tips to keep your skin acne free:
1. Avoid dairy, alcohol, and sugar. So like, definitely no Bailey's milkshakes lol. But seriously, all 3 of these are incredibly inflammatory to the body and acne is, essentially, just inflammation. So if you want to reduce acne, the best way to do it is to reduce inflammation in your body. And one of the best ways to do THAT is to cut out these 3 things.
2. Eat 8-10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. I know this sounds like a lot, but you can easily fit ~6 servings in to a single smoothie!! Fruits and veggies contain antioxidants and phytonutrients and micronutrients and so many other incredible things that are good for your skin! The more the merrier!
3. Take an Omega 3 supplement (preferably vegan). Why? Because omega 3s reduce inflammation in the body!!! I take a vegan omega 3 supplement sourced from algae and it has reduced the redness in my skin dramatically. I noticed a difference only within a month too!
4. Try collagen. Collagen is honestly so good for you. I know it comes from animals so my vegan friends will want to avoid this. But taking collagen everyday has made, hands down, the most dramatic difference in my skin. Collagen smooths your skin making it plumper, softer, and more even. It can also help heal the lining in your gut and a happy gut is a happy life! Just make sure to order collagen from an ethical company that sources it from grass fed pasture raised bovine. And if you don't want to take collagen...
5. Eat lots of Vitamin C. Vitamin C works to protect the skin, as well as stimulate the production of collagen in the body!!
6. Put fresh turmeric root in your smoothie. Turmeric is one of the most powerful anti inflammatories on the planet. I drink a little bit of fresh turmeric root (along with black pepper to increase the bioavailability of the active ingredient, curcumin) every day to shrink existing pimples, as well as to decrease the redness in my face. This stuff is awesome and a little bit goes a long way!
7. Eat fermented foods or take a probiotic supplement. Your gut is responsible for nearly every aspect of your health, so when your gut is happy and healthy, your skin will be too. And not only do they help with your skin, they can also regulate your digestive sustem, treat mental illnesses, decrease bloating, and help you lose weight! I like to eat lots of kimchi, sauerkraut, and of course kombucha to get a daily dose of probiotics.
Wow ok that was a lot more thorough than I intended lol but I hope this was helpful! Feel free to ask me any questions, I would love to explain any of these further. Xoxo
A delicious, three ingredient brownie recipe using NO boxed mix- Made with no butter, flour, sugar, grains or dairy and suitable for those following a vegan, dairy free, paleo, gluten free and sugar free lifestyle❗️❗️❗️
1 cup pumpkin puree*
½ cup drippy almond butter (can sub for peanut, cashew or nut alternative spread)
¼- 2/3 cup cocoa powder (more cocoa yields a richer taste)
Frosting of choice (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat a small 4 x 6 or 6 x 6 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside- A smaller pan yields thicker brownies.
2. Add all your ingredients into a high speed blender, food processor or large bowl and mix until fully immersed and a thick batter is formed.
3. Transfer brownie batter to loaf pan and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out just clean. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan completely before either frosting to slicing into bars.
Ways of measuring your fitness progress that have nothing to do with weight
Because I've gained 8 pounds since I started working out, but I look and feel better than ever
Waist to hip ratio
Body mass index (BMI)
Are you lifting more weight
Can you do more reps
Are you doing new exercises that you couldn't do before
Is your work out getting easier
Are you moving around better
Is your skin glowing
Do you feel happier
Are you more confident
How are your clothes fitting
Do you feel more comfortable in your own skin
Are you sleeping better
Scales are good for telling you how much you weigh. If your goal is literally to make the number on the scale go down, then weighing yourself is a good way to measure that. If you're trying to lose fat, gain muscle, sleep better, feel happier etc., then a scale is not going to tell you that. Nor will it tell you your worth as a person. Xoxo
I think one of the things that turns people off to the vegan community is this all or nothing mentality, like if you're not 100% vegan then you're not doing your part.
But the thing is, any shift towards a more sustainable diet is an accomplishment that we should be celebrating!! Whether that's acknowledging meatless Mondays, or eating local and organic, or simply eating one plant based meal, all of these things are steps in the right direction that we should be encouraging.
Diets are incredibly personal and they're influenced by a lot of varying life factors. Yes vegans should educate and inform and spread their passion, but I don't feel it's fair to make others feel bad for not eating a certain way.
Remember, there was probably a time where you ate differently than you do now, and we should respect where everyone is on their diet journey.
And we should also respect any and all efforts to eat more plant based because it is the culmination of small efforts that bring about big change.
Let me start by saying, I recognize my privelege in being able to afford fresh fruits and vegetables and I'm incredibly grateful for that.
But all the time I hear people say, "oh I could never be vegan because it's too expensive" and that's just not true!!!
Sure, if you're buying smoothies everyday and loading up on every supplement the internet has to offer (guilty) then yes, it can be pricey. But it certainly doesn't have to be.
Here are some tips for how to eat a plant based diet when you're a financially strained college student like me:
1. Don't eat out. Sorry, I know this is super lame but seriously, a lot of vegan restaraunts are ridiculously overpriced. I've spent $16 on a bowl of raw zucchini noodles with some tomato sauce on top and I hated myself for it. Skip the juice bar and make yourself a smoothie at home, you'll be a lot better off.
2. Shop seasonal. A lot of the time, whatever fruits and veggies that are in season will be on sale at the grocery store, so they'll be cheaper. Buy apples in the fall, strawberries in the summer, etc etc. And better yet...
3. Shop the farmers market. Sometimes farmers markets can be more expensive, but a lot of the time they're much cheaper!! Farmers will usually have an over abundance of certain produce during certain times of the year, so it'll be hella cheap. Like I can go and get 4 cucumbers for a dollar during the summer time and it's literally the best thing ever.
4. Eat rice and beans. Rice and beans are incredibly inexpensive. They also make for the perfect meal because they're complimentary proteins, meaning when eaten together, they provide you with all 9 essential amino acids!! Rice and beans also happen to be the perfect combination of protein, carbohydrate, and fat so make these two your go to cheap plant based meal.
5. Buy in bulk. Costco has really stepped up their organic food game these past few years and I'm super proud of them. You can get chia, hemp seeds, hummus, Mary's crackers, whole wheat bread, and tons of organic produce a lot cheaper than at the grocery store. Costco trips are literally the highlight of my weekend I love it.
6. Try frozen fruit and veggies. Did you know frozen produce is just as, if not, more nutritious than fresh produce?? Frozen produce is picked when it's ripe, meaning when it has the highest number of nutrients. It is then immediately frozen in a way that preserves these nutrients...as oppose to most produce at the grocery store which is picked before it's ripe so that it doesn't spoil by the time it gets to the store.
7. Shop on amazon. Ok let me just say, you do not need spirulina and maca and cacao and matcha to be healthy. They are a great addition to a healthy diet, but consuming superfoods and supplements is not necessary to be healthy on a plant based diet. With that being said, it's fun to explore functional foods like chlorella and chaga, and the best place to buy them is definitely on amazon!! Actually, nearly everything is cheaper online than in a store, so if you're looking for something shelf stable or kind of obscure, I would definitely say go to the internet first.
If anyone else has any tips on eating plant based on a budget, please share!! I think the best thing to remember is stick to the classics like grains, beans, oatmeal, and bananas and don't worry so much about goji berries and dragon fruit and such. You can still be perfectly healthy on a plant based diet without superfoods galore :)