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Before & After Skin Photos

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As you all SHOULD know, I’m running a giveaway right now for Liz Wolfe’s awesome e-book, Skintervention. Check it out to enter! Anyways…this is a bit of a follow up to my review.

I wasn’t planning on doing this, for a variety of reasons, but a reader requested I post before and after photos of my face so here we go. I wasn’t going to, because I am A) a bit embarrassed by them, and B) I still consider myself to be very much a work in progress. I’ve suffered with bad skin for half of my life, since I was 11 years old. It’s just like what they say about weight loss- it takes a long time to get to this point, and it’s going to take a long time to get back from it.

So yeah, I’m still hoping for my skin to continue improving but there have been some major changes too (in my opinion). Also I would like to note that I do think my skins improvement is due not ONLY to the methods I have adopted, but my diet as well. Skin health comes from the inside and the outside. That being said, I know that replacing the chemicals in my skin care with natural products that don’t irritate my skin anymore has made a HUGE difference.

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As you can see, I have a problem area. My cheeks are where I get the majority of my blemishes. The cheeks tend to be big and red, with active acne and scarring as well. I also used to get zits right on the edges of my lips, which have not recurred since switching to paleo (4 months).

My cheeks have definitely seen a great improvement. One of the things that may be doing it is that I no longer use shampoo, so any chemicals that I may have been reacting to are no longer rubbing up against my face all day. You can see that a LOT of the redness and broken out parts are gone now. I still have a lot of scars to fade though, huh? I need to go read back what she suggests for that one.

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Pre paleo, this is what I was living with everyday. and I considered this ‘good’, much better than when i was a teenager.

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changing my diet allowed me to get a bit of clearance as you can see here, but it was still not great by any means.

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Now, I’m still dealing with breakouts but the quality of my skin is WAY better, and you can see that a lot of that irritated redness is gone.

I just want to thank the commenter who asked for these photos. Thanks Meg. I have realised from doing this just how far I have come! Amazing!!!! I’m so happy :) I can’t wait to see how I look six months from now!

So, after seeing those pictures I bet you are wondering:

What did I do? What do I do now?

BEFORE: I used to use ‘natural’ shampoo, NON natural conditioner, and a ‘vegan’ 3 step face wash. Random moisturizers for the body and normal toothpaste.

AFTER: I wash with coconut oil, moisturize with coconut oil again or tamanu oil. I wash my hair with baking soda, condition with Apple cider vinegar and sweet orange essential oils. Moisturize my body with coconut oil. And I just switched to coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste yesterday! Don’t worry, I took before photos of my teeth guys. I’ll post those when I have an ‘after’.

If you are curious, fellow blogger heyheyhoneybee has also posted her results. Check them out, they are pretty awesome! I WISH my skin looked like hers.

So, has this convinced you to enter the giveaway?

Everything I know I’ve learned from Skintervention, Liz’s website, and The Love Vitamin (check her out!). Thank you ladies for improving my life.

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A day in the life–21Day Sugar Detox: day 3

I decided to do something sort of fun for day 3 and take you through my entire day. What i did, what I ate, how I felt, what I craved etc! I took pictures on my ipod for you as well :) Overall it was  good day. I ate no fruit whatsoever! I had a lot of temptations but I made it through, and I am oh so happy I did!

6:45 am: wake up dreaming of ice cream! No joke.
7:00 am: ½ c coffee with coconut milk and cinnamon, FCLO BO blend
7:50 am: start work!
9 am : can’t wait for my 10:15 am breakfast break, ate a pepperoni stick to stave off hunger
9:42 am: smelling my coworkers blueberry buckwheat pancakes…OMG they smell so good L mouth is watering!
10:15 am: breakfast! 3 Hardboiled eggs with mustard, 4 carrots and 2 mini cucumbers dipped in an avocado mushed up. Continue reading

1 Month!

Wow. It’s been one whole month since I made the decision to eat paleo! I can’t believe it! It’s been 1 great month. I started this blog, found a community, I’ve been working out with eplifefit.com, and I’ve eaten a lot of really great food.

I am so grateful that I have come to this style of eating and now know what to do to feed myself in the most healthful way for me. I’m nowhere near perfect, but I am making a lot of progress. There have been many ‘perfect paleo’ days in the past month, and I am proud of that.

I’ve been keeping a food journal in a day planner and it helps a lot! i can calculate a day up if I am worried I am not getting enough food, too much, or anything really. I can also write my feelings around certain foods I chose to, or not to, eat. I would recommend this to anyone starting out! I don’t count calories, and I’ve only added up about 1 day online so far. It’s more about just being accountable to yourself, so you can see the progress you make!

Anyways enough about that, I thought I would just share some photos of delicious food I’ve been eating since November 20!

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My first paleo breakfast. eggs, bacon, coconut milk berry smoothie.

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