Mention digestion issues to anyone even remotely familiar with Ayurvedic medicine and the words “Kitchari Cleanse” are bound to come flying out of their mouth. I can’t even remember when I first had a crack at the kitchari protocol, I think it was in my extreme-nutritional-abundance-seeking phase of life so probably about 5 or 6 years ago. After dipping in and out of juice fasts - this reset just felt right, because, FOOD.
WHAT WAS CELERY JUICE DOING TO ME? I’m not sharing this story to freak anyone out but rather to circle back to one of my fundamental beliefs of nutritional medicine: What works for one person, does not work for every person. I do question if had I have persisted for the three months I set out to trial, would my skin and eye and body be a ray of gold light? Or is it that the juice just aint for me? I guess we’ll never know because as of this moment - my celery juice boots are hanging out to dry and I don’t even like them anyway. I want a new pair.
In review of 2018, I realized I spent an offensive amount of cash on matcha lattes every week (correction: Everyday). So it felt right to have a blow out on ingredients instead so that I can maintain this delightful habit but this time - from the comfort of my tiny, dark NYC apartment. This way I can infuse my favorite morning ritual with more goodies like superfood mushrooms + good fats. I took the liberty to write down the method + ingredients so that if you feel so called, you too may enjoy a nutritious boost + a fuller wallet, all from the comfort of your own abode.
One of the most universal symbols of love is the rose + it just so happens this delicate flower hosts a range of healing properties especially specific to skin. In the spirit of love + all things valentine's day, I've listed 5 of the rose infused products I use on a regular basis to support skin cell rejuvenation + to replenish skin tissue.
Good things generally take time and the same theory applies to our health and wellbeing. If you are suffering from adult acne or similar skin issues – there simply is no overnight acne treatment that can heal your skin woes, but with discipline, persistence and an open mind – the journey can be one that can teach you a lot not just about your skin but about yourself.
So lately I've been head down in Dr Grossbart's book 'Skin Deep' and resonating with so much of his wisdom. He talks about how our skin is the only organ that is not protected by the walls of the body and as our largest organ and more vulnerable part of our body it is often a direct display of our internal conflicts and emotions. He talks about healing our skin by knowing ourselves at the most deepest level.
When digestion is out of whack, it is almost impossible to treat acne. I used to eat a small meal and look 7 months pregnant, I still feel bloated after some meals but I am a lot more aware of triggers and how to quickly bring myself back to normal. Knowing how to support a healthy digestive system has been key to healing my skin. Below are five simple tips you can safely implement straight away in order to support your digestion and achieve skin radiance.
I’m all about abundance when it comes to food, tell me I can’t have something and I go crazy trying to avoid it. It never ends well!
When it comes to refining your diet to support the healing of your acne, I like to talk about what it is you CAN eat as opposed to what you need to hide from. It’s dubbed (by me) as ‘The crowding out method’ and it involves eating all the goods first so that there is barely any room left for the bads.
Stress is totally necessary, a little goes a long way and propels us further in life and gives us that little kick up the butt to keep moving forward. Too much stress? That's a whole nother ball game and a bad, preliminary-type basketball one at that. You see, too much stress is far too common in our over-stimulated, over-worked, rather competitive world. With controversial presidential wins, economy inflation and a very stimulated social media influence, it can be challenging to know when and how to disconnect from the busy and connect to the internal sanctuary of the self. The secret? That this temporary disconnection is actually super important for our nervous systems, our mental health and our overall wellbeing.
The way I see it now, if it wasn’t for acne- I simply would not be where I am today! Seeing countless practitioners of every variety: Doctors, beauticians, dermatologists, naturopaths, acupuncturists and nutritionists and having numerous treatments including colonics, juice fasts, micro dermabrasion and countless facials, I decided to study nutrition to learn in detail how to heal acne for myself…I decided to be my own guinea pig and if one of the talented practitioners I had seen had healed me, I doubt I would have walked down this path and changed my life (for the better) completely.
Excess insulin can trigger androgen hormones, which are strongly correlated with acne. It can cause weight gain and eventually obesity and it also impacts the production of sebum, which is the oil that is produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Excess sebum can block pores, create inflammation and cause acne. If insulin levels are up and down, it is almost impossible to be acne-free.