Transformation

Transformation

Not all that long ago I wasn’t conscious of what I consumed, and I didn’t exercise on a regular basis. With that being said, I wasn’t as bad as I could’ve been, however I was no where near where I should’ve, needed, or even wanted to be. In 8 months I turned that around, and took control of my body. With eating a generally clean diet, and regular exercise, I’ve come a long way. Now, there’s no stopping me.

Look out world ūüôā

Aloe Vera Benefits for Skin

Hi there!

It’s been a little bit since I posted about how to make aloe vera juice, and I really want to elaborate about the health benefits of aloe. ¬†

Aloe is a superfood when you consume it; aiding in digestion, immune system, and even weight loss. ¬†In addition to this, it’s amazing for your skin. ¬†Yes, yes, yes – we’ve all bought the crap in the bottle when we are sunburnt to a crisp. ¬†HOWEVER, sunburn is only one of the many ways aloe can be used. ¬†Aloe vera has been used for more than 5,000 years – to the Egyptian times. ¬†Aloe vera has been used to treat burns (not just sunburn!), cuts, eczema, psoriasis, and even acne. Yes, ACNE. ¬†

I’ve always struggled a bit with acne. ¬†I’ve never had very problematic acne, however I’ve never had a very clear face, and though I had to admit it, I get the few random pimples on my back, and chest, and worst of all.. arm pits! ¬†A little over a month ago I started breaking out really bad in my underarms, due to a few different reasons. ¬†With all of the lifting I’ve done over the past 6 months, my body has changed. ¬†A lot of my shirts no longer fit; they’re so tight on my arms that the seam is right in my arm pit — causing an acne-like rash. ¬†My sports bras were not helping this matter either, in fact they were just making it worse. ¬†I became so self conscious of it that I wouldn’t wear a tank top to the gym like I typically would. ¬†In addition to feeling like a hideous creature from this rash, it hurt.. and it hurt bad.

For weeks I had tried everything; various dermalogica (which is what I typically use on my face since I have extremely sensitive skin) products, scrubs, astringent, masks, toothpaste, the list could go on and on. ¬†I tried different variations of all of these products and nothing worked, I wasn’t getting ANY relief.¬†So after no prevail, I decided to use the aloe on my skin as well. ¬†I put it on my face, neck, chest, and underarms twice a day. ¬†

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When I say that after one day I could already tell a difference, I’m not kidding. ¬†I couldn’t believe it. ¬†After a week of using aloe vera the rash in my underarms was gone, and my face was very clear. ¬†My face was not only clear, but very soft as well. ¬†Last week I was told that I have such a good complexion.. I was in shock, I’ve NEVER been told that before. ¬†

After using aloe vera on my skin I feel so much better about myself. ¬†I’ve never been one to wear very much makeup, however I nearly always put at least a little foundation on the “problem spots,” even though the makeup is one of the things that makes me breakout in the first place. Now, I rarely use any foundation (except for maybe for the big, dark spots under my eyes) because my face is that clear! ¬†¬†

We spend so much money on all of these “beauty” products that are full of all kinds of garbage that aren’t good for your body. ¬†We spend all of this money on beauty products that sometimes, and when I say sometimes I mean most of the time, don’t even work. ¬†So then we spend more money buying other products to cover up blemishes, etc.. Where is the logic in this?! Simple answer, there is none.

Food for thought: When you put lotion on, your skin soaks it. ¬†Have you ever thought of where it’s going? It’s absorbed into your skin, and goes into your body; to your blood, organs, etc. ¬†Now, have you ever really taken the time to look at the ingredients in your lotion? I encourage you to take a look at it, and google the ingredients that you aren’t familiar with. ¬†Are they ingredients you would want to eat? No? You wouldn’t want to consume these ingredients? Then why are you putting them on your skin, to be absorbed into your body.. just as if you ate it. Gross, right?

Busy bee

My mom has always called me a busy bee, and I guess it really is true.  I tend to keep myself extremely busy with work, school, gym, cooking, errands, trying to have a bit of life.. You know how it is!

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Fortunately, this fall semester is coming to a close in just about a week now, so I’m going to have a little bit more free time on my hands. ¬†Which means more time to make posts on here! ¬†There are so many recipes that I’m eager to share. ¬† There are also many topics that I want to discuss, such as the benefits of lots of foods, plants, herbs, etc. ¬†I want to address some questions that I’ve had, that some of you may have, such as: what is an omega-3, fatty acid, Do I need them, and if so why, and where can I get it? ¬†Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, K? Iron? Potassium? Is all saturated fat, bad fat?

I think one of the reasons I love health and nutrition so much is I’m constantly learning, and trying new things. ¬†The biggest problem we have as a whole, is we simply don’t know what it is that our bodies need. ¬†Hopefully that’s where I can come in ūüôā