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*`*~ABG Fairy~*`*

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#3453088 Oil of Olay Regenerist

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 22 September 2014 - 08:18 PM

It's frustrating to try different things and not get results--I remember!  Salicylic acid is great stuff!  With diet, it sounds like you're doing great by just gradually switching over to healthier items, like adding in the whole grains. 

 

Leafy greens are the most important skin food to get in.  Even if you don't change your diet much, if you can just add in one green smoothie a day (link in my signature below explains), you might start to notice changes, because this will add major nutrition to your diet. And hang in there, sometimes it can actually take months before diet has an effect.  I believe it often takes years for the body to get to a state of imbalance, so we can't always get the overnight fix we want with healthful changes, as it takes time to undue all the years of bad food, toxins, etc. 

 

Definitely avoid hydrogenated oils when you can (often in processed foods, which should be limited also).  High-fructose corn syrup is another to avoid when it's under your control.  I agree that you still have to live your life, and you can't avoid these things 100% of the time.

 

Also, you might want to try a product called Cataplex E by Standard Process.  One of my chiropractors says this usually works on all of his acne prone patients.  This is his top recommendation, and he knows his stuff better than just about any holistic doctor I've ever been too. 

 

Regardless, it's looking like you're on your way to healthier skin!  And a good side-effect is that this is making you more aware of living a healthful lifestyle, which will definitely help you down the road!  :)




#3453057 Oil of Olay Regenerist

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 22 September 2014 - 12:38 PM

That is a remarkable difference!  You are so sweet to share these.  I am really glad this product is helping you so much!  I think it's a really well formulated product, and the niacinamide in it is a key factor I think.  I just read your post above this one.  Have you tried much in the way of diet?  It's such a huge factor!  You might check out my signature for some of the basics in skincare and diet for treating acne.  I hope you continue to improve! :)




#3445860 Does vitamin e oil really work or just BS?

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 06 August 2014 - 12:39 PM

This is an old thread, but it's the only one I found on Vitamin E. I wanted to add something about taking vitamin E internally.  I learned today from my very smart chiropractor that food based vitamin E, like Cataplex E by Standard Process, can clear up acne if it's "hormone" based...wanted to throw this out there.  :)   




#3399299 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 06 December 2013 - 03:45 PM

Zavvi,

Sorry for this very late reply!  I mostly do blending rather than juicing (though I should do more juicing!). I haven't seen any scars just disappear on myself but in regards to the video, I have heard stories of people who have had scars disappear after changing their diets.  I think there is a lot to the alkalinity argument.




#3333171 Dessert Recipes and Ideas

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 13 March 2013 - 05:34 PM

This recipe is incredibly delicious!!!  Plus, it'll keep in the fridge for a while.  You could even freeze some if you wanted to.  I recommend visiting the webpage, because there are helpful pictures showing the process of these being made (plus another recipe for a dark chocolate version).  Also, you do not have to use the full cup of sugar.  I used the full cup of honey but only a 1/3 cup of sugar (you could also use coconut crystals, which are low-glycemic, rather than rapadura), and it still came out amazing!!  I bought the cocoa butter on Amazon.  This is pricey to make, but it's also very rich and should last quite a while.  Enjoy!!!  smile.png

 

 

Cashew-Almond Raw “Milk Chocolate” Bars

by Angela Leed from The Live Green Smoothie Diet

http://www.live-gree...chocolate-bars/

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  • 1 cup melted raw cacao butter
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup rapadura (unprocessed granulated cane sugar)
  • 1 cup raw almonds, loosely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon quality natural salt
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons organic almond extract

 

Melt the cacao butter on the stove. Remove as soon as melted. (I approximate the measurement of the cacao butter while it is cold by placing cut up chunks in a measuring container, then I do the final measurement when melted. If you need to melt some more, it’s no problem — it melts quickly but doesn’t solidify quickly.)

 

Blend the cashews and the honey in a food processor or blender (I do it in my Blendtec blender) until smooth.

Measure remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add the cashew-honey mixture and mix loosely, then pour in the melted cacao butter and combine well.

 

Press into 13X9X2 pan or dish and place in refrigerator or freezer til firm. Slice into small pieces (it’s rich… obviously) and remove into sealed container. Keep in cool place, such as fridge.




#3328075 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 19 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

I want to share a recipe that I don't think I've shared yet!  It's low-glycemin, which we all know is best for acne sufferers!!  It might sound odd, but I promise, it's really good.  :)

 

1 big handful of spinach

1/4 large avocado

1/4 cup frozen berries

2-3 spoonfulls cocoa powder

1 squirt of honey

1 1/2 cups water

 

Enjoy!!  :)




#3319674 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 18 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

^ That is a good question, but juicing gives an even higher concentration of veggies/fruits, and it's very healing for many people.  Our soils are so deplete in nutrients these days that I think it's good to get all we can get! :)


#3245456 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 16 May 2012 - 11:58 PM

Prettywords,
Great question!  It's because the cell walls are so thoroughly broken down when blended (much more so than with chewing alone), and therefore, more nutrition is released.  It's estimated at about 4 times as much nutrition.  Yay!  Posted Image

Edit:  Here is more info!!

Blended Salads or Green Smoothies
Eating raw greens and fruits blended together to make a smooth, creamy treat is quick and convenient. The greatest benefit of blending is the increased absorption of important nutrients. All plants cells are surrounded by a cell wall that must be broken open to release the nutrients inside. As a result, most of the valuable nutrients contained within these cells never enter our bloodstream. Blending raw, leafy greens guarantees a higher percentage of nutrients absorbed into your bloodstream. By just chewing your food you absorb about 15 - 25% of the nutrients, but blending makes your body able to absorb up to 95%!

To learn more about the amazing benefits of blending, read Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times Newsletter Issue No. 8.

Source: http://www.drfuhrman...Newsletter.html




#3244694 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 14 May 2012 - 06:52 PM

Prettywords,
I think you'll find that with time you can do more and more greens and will not mind the taste.  Remember too that you're getting about 4 times the amount of nutrition since it's all blended!  Yay! :)


#3242887 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 09 May 2012 - 03:22 PM

Prettywords,
Yay!!!  Glad you're going to give them a try!!!  I hope they work out for you!  :)


#3220880 Examples Of Just How Incredibly Bad The Average Diet Is These Days.

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 28 February 2012 - 07:06 PM

Alternativista,
I hate hearing that your mother eats poorly--that must be frustrating for you.  Posted Image  She has the best person to learn from!  My mom and I have been into nutrition for years, but my dad didn't get excited about it until a few years ago when he dropped over 30 lbs.  When I got into Dr. Fuhrman's plant-based diet and starting making foods for my parents, before we knew it, they had both slimmed way down. My mom had already starting making green smoothies for she and my dad about a year prior and were eating relatively healthful and mostly non-processed foods, but they were still doing too many animal products and dining out.  When I was working on my certificate in plant-based nutrition, I was sharing a lot of what I was learning with my parents, which made an impact on my dad.  What then really sealed it for my dad was when he decided to read Dr. Fuhrman's book, "Eat for Health."  He's a science/logic type of guy, and the book really made sense to him.  When he slimmed down even more and started exercising, he loved how he felt so much that he has stayed motivated to eat well.  He just loved it when he got into a pair of jeans he wore over 20 years ago!  ha!  He was definitely a work in progress though--it did take a while.  

My brother, on the other hand, seems to be a bit of a lost cause for now.  I drop little seeds here and there though, and he jokingly pokes fun at my diet.  He seems to think his body can take whatever he throws at it, and he loves to cook, which means lots of meat, butter and whatever else he thinks will taste great.  What's even sadder is seeing the way he and his wife feed my precious nephew.  :(  He has definitely seen the change in my dad though, and I'm sure that has made an impact on him in some way....at least I hope.  But anyhow, I do know what it's like to have family members that just won't listen.... Posted Image


#3217500 Doctors And Others Admitting The Diet And Acne Connection

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 18 February 2012 - 06:10 PM

Wow - the above article by Dr. Mark Hymen is the best article on acne by an M.D. I have ever read.  Not only does he mention avoiding dairy and eating a low-glycemic diet, but he mentions other key factors as well.  Below is a summary taken from his article of the main key points -- just in case this link or article ever gets moved one day -- too great a summary to not have.  I disagree with the Vitamin A suggestion though - I would suggest lots of blended greens instead, which contain beta-carotene that the body will then safely convert into the amount of Vitamin A needed.

How To Prevent and Treat Acne
Eight simple steps will help most overcome their acne problems.
1. Stay away from milk. It is nature's perfect food--but only if you are a calf.
2. Eat a low glycemic load, low sugar diet. Sugar, liquid calories, and flour products all drive up insulin and cause pimples.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. People who eat more veggies (containing more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds) have less acne. Make sure you get your 5-9 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day.
4. Get more healthy anti-inflammatory fats. Make sure to get omega-3 fats (fish oil) and anti-inflammatory omega-6 fats (evening primrose oil). You will need supplements to get adequate amounts (more on that in a moment).
5. Include foods that correct acne problems. Certain foods have been linked to improvements in many of the underlying causes of acne and can help correct it. These include fish oil, turmeric, ginger, green tea, nuts, dark purple and red foods such as berries, green foods like dark green leafy vegetables, and omega 3-eggs.
6. Take acne-fighting supplements. Some supplements are critical for skin health. Antioxidant levels have been shown to be low in acne sufferers. And healthy fats can make a big difference. Here are the supplements I recommend:
  • Evening primrose oil: Take 1000 to 1500mg twice a day.
  • Zinc citrate: Take 30 mg a day.
  • Vitamin A: Take 25000 IU a day. Only do this for three months. Do not do this if you are pregnant.
  • Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols, not alpha tocopherol): Take 400 IU a day.
7. Try probiotics. Probiotics also help reduce inflammation in the gut that may be linked to acne. Taking probiotics (lactobacillus, etc.) can improve acne.
8. Avoid foods you are sensitive to. Delayed food allergies are among the most common causes of acne--foods like gluten, dairy, yeast, and eggs are common culprits and can be a problem if you have a leaky gut.

Following these simple tips will help you eliminate acne and have that glowing skin you have always dreamed of. And it's much cheaper (and safer) than expensive medications and dermatologist visits. Improve your diet and take acne-fighting supplements and you will watch your pimples disappear.


#3194325 Does Anyone Have Any Advice For Me?

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 19 December 2011 - 09:40 PM

Well, I would blend up whatever greens you can find.  They are major super foods for your skin.  My skin didn't clear until I started blended greens.  If you for some reason don't have greens, you might consider the supplement DIM (which is naturally contained in cruciferous vegetables), which can absorb excess estrogen.  There is a thread all about it here.  It's "great" that you're juicing.  Try to make each drink at least half leafy greens.  You should see improvement soon if you really focus on the greens.

Does vit. E not clog your skin?

Have you supplemented with acidophilus?  It's really important, especially after taking antibiotics which kills it (good bacteria).


#3194288 Does Anyone Have Any Advice For Me?

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 19 December 2011 - 08:45 PM

Acne around your chin can definitely be correlated to hormones.  How is your diet?  If you're not getting in blended greens everyday, especially the cruciferous ones like kale, collards, etc. that's the first thing I'd recommend you do.  That will help greatly with normalizing your hormones.  Your acne doesn't sound severe, so I'm guessing within 4-6 weeks you could see a real change if this is what you're needing.

How is your digestion?  It's important to get enough fiber in your diet.  Green smoothies can help with this.  Check out my signature for some tips, and my green smoothie post has additional tips as well.

Hang in there... you're on the right path!  :)


#3021911 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by *`*~ABG Fairy~*`* on 21 January 2011 - 10:13 PM

SMT12483,
I'm glad you want to try a green smoothie!  The main thing when starting is to have a greater ratio of fruit to greens so that the fruit masks the taste of the greens.  I always recommend starting with spinach, as it's mildest in flavor.  

A super easy recipe would be one (or two) banana, a small handful of spinach (can do more greens as you get used to them), enough water to blend (about 1 1/2 cups) and some honey to sweeten.  This has a milkshake flavor - one of my favorite green smoothie recipes!  You could blend in some frozen mango or berries as well.

Below are some more easy recipes - you do not have to follow these exact - you can substitute different greens, fruits, or leave out an ingredient (except for greens of course!  hehe).  

I hope this helps.  If you have any questions or get discouraged, please post again!  smile.gif

Examples of other fruit-based smoothies:

Peach-Pear Delight
 1 pear
 1 cup frozen peaches
 1 handful baby spinach
 2-3 cups water
 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pineapple-Raspberry Paradise
 1 apple
 ¾ cup frozen pineapple
 ½ cup frozen raspberries
 3-4 flat kale leaves (de-stemmed)
 2-3 cups water
 ¼ tsp cinnamon

Heavenly Chocolate Smoothie:
 1 banana
 1 cup frozen mango
 ½ cup frozen raspberries
 1 handful spring mix
 2-3 cups water
 2 tbs cocoa powder

Fresher than Fresh Green Smoothie:
 1 bunch parsley
 ½ cucumber
 2 pears
 1 lemon (Peel away skin and remove large seeds before adding)
 3 cups of water