Hey there! I am not much of a blogger but it has been on my mind for quite some time that I should get into it more! I am always looking for more ways to connect with my audience and also for more ways to reach out and help people. My health journey has been a long one and some might think that it just happened over night for me.
When I was in 10th grade, so I was about 16, I started to become more interested in my health. I have ALWAYS suffered from acne, seriously for as long as I can remember. I recall back in middle school having acne that was so embarrassing and always comparing myself to my friends who weren't going through the same thing, wondering why it was happening to me? I always felt like people were staring at me. I remember people making fun of me. I would beg my mom to let me skip out of school when it was really bad.
For those who have suffered with skin issues (which has got to be like 90 percent of the population), you know how hard it is to go outside and be social when you aren't happy with your skin. So anyhow, this acne continued for a very long time. I took countless medicines throughout my teens and 20's, including the terrible drug Accutane FIVE times. Yes, five times. It is so so toxic and I still can't believe it was even legal for me to take that as many times as I did. Well, it never worked. Nothing did. I eventually started to get more into natural remedies and holistic health, which made the biggest difference of all. I slowly started experimenting with a vegetarian diet when I was about 16, and it ventured from there. I became more and more aware of the terrible meat industry and practices that were going on behind closed doors. I also realized how much better I felt without having meat or dairy in my diet.
Let me just say that I was not a healthy eater at first. I was what you would call a "junk food vegan". For the first five years I lived off Amy's frozen burritos and anything else that was frozen or easy to eat. I was in college full time and had 2 internships plus five shifts at a coffee shop near school. I had no clue what was nutritious and what it was doing to my body. My skin was still suffering but it had improved. When I was about 18 I decided to chose a bachelors of science in nutrition as my major. This was where it all began!
I loved going to school and learning about how to fuel my body correctly. I quickly learned that I wasn't eating enough fruits and vegetables and I was relying way to heavily on processed foods. I eventually ended up changing my major in the last few semesters (terrible choice!) because I was overwhelmed with the science courses and internship (which was only available out of state). I finished college with a bachelors of art in fashion merchandising. I quickly realized after college that fashion was not my passion...duh. So, I enrolled into a holistic health school in Encinitas and completed my degree as a certified holistic nutrition consultant. Throughout those years of learning about the connection between what we are putting in our bodies and how it affects our skin, weight, happiness, moods, EVERYTHING.. I became more aware and I transitioned into what I am today. I have managed to stay off all medications for my skin, even birth control (which I was on for 15 years- that is a whole other post!). I have never felt better and I really hope I can help others feel their best as well!
I know there are so many people out there suffering with skin, weight, body image, happiness, you name it.. and I really want to help you! I have been wanting to do a post for a long time on my top five tips to heal naturally because I know there is a ton of information out there and it can be very intimidating. So, below you will find my top five daily remedies to feel good and make a positive transition!
1.) GREEN JUICE or GREEN SMOOTHIES - This is so important! We NEED our greens! I get a lot of questions about what type of juicer I use or what goes in my smoothies etc. Don't overthink it. What is most important is that you have a basic juicer or blender that works efficiently and isn't too hard to clean. Incorporating green juice or smoothies to my morning routine has done wonders for my mood and skin. I feel like I can finally see that "glow" that everyone talks about. I also feel super motivated and energized after having my morning juice or smoothie. Celery juice alone is incredibly healing as well- just ask the Medical Medium (which is also a whole other post). For now, try to start with a juice of maybe one fruit and a ton of veggies every morning- I love turmeric, ginger, celery, cucumber, lemon and sometimes a little green apple added. For green smoothies, add 1/2 frozen banana, some frozen pineapple, spinach, kale, cucumber, coconut water and ice to a blender and blend! I will post more about this later- but this is a great start.
2.) DESTRESS- this is essential. Everyone is always on the go and trying to keep up with life- looking your best, being your best, having the best stuff- you name it. What we don't realize is that we are putting an insane amount of stress on our bodies and our adrenal glands are suffering. Take a deep breath. Go for a walk. Turn off your phone. Turn off the TV! Start loving yourself and realizing how incredible you are. Light a candle and read a book. Just do it for you!
3.) ADAPTOGENS- I know some people think that all "supplements" are created equal. This is so not true! There are a ton of crappy supplements out there that will do more damage then good. You just have to do your research! Or let me do it for you! Here are my favorite adaptogens- also known as natural substances that help your body adapt to stress!
Ashwagandha- this one is great for anxiety. Whats amazing about adaptogens is they actually adapt to your bodies needs- so if you need energy- you might get it from ashwagandha- but if you need to relax- it can do that too. When I take it I usually add it to my bedtime tea (another post), and it puts me RIGHT to sleep. I seriously sleep so deep and wake up feeling amazing.
Holy Basil or Tulsi- this one is also great for anxiety and stress. I usually add it to my morning smoothies if I am feeling a little overwhelmed that day. It puts my mind at ease and helps my heartbeat to relax. Try it for yourself.
Mucuna Pruriens- this is a recent one that I have gotten into thanks to my friend Bri! It has been used for years throughout China and India. It comes from a bean which people call "the happy bean". It is a great source of L-Dopa, a precursor to Dopamine. When I add this to my morning coffee or smoothie I feel super positive and energized. For those of you suffering with depression or severe anxiety- this is worth a try.
4.) SLEEP!- you are probably thinking.. duh Sarah, I know we need to get our sleep. But really, sleep is so important to overall health. If you are going to bed late and waking up at the butt crack of dawn to go to the gym or work, your body is never resting and it is in "flight mode" all the time which is way worse for you than anything else! Stop pushing yourself so hard. Sleep in on the weekends if you can and try to go to bed earlier. Your skin and body will thank you later!
5.) MUSHROOM POWDERS!- this really needs to be a whole other post! But, I am obsessed with the power of mushrooms! They have been used for centuries all over the world to heal naturally. Reishi mushroom has actually cured cancer patients in China. How we are not more aware of this blows my mind! And I am just starting to learn more about them also. But, my favorite ones are:
Lions Mane- add this to your smoothie or coffee for an insane brain boost! Seriously, when I take this I feel like a cloud has been taken away from my brain and I can think clearly again. It also gives me a lot of energy!
Turkey Tail- this one is great for your immunity! If you are feeling sick or around sick people often you need this! It does wonders.
Reishi- this is the cancer fighter, among many other things. It insanely boosts your immunity and also helps fight off fatigue and depression! I will post more about this soon!
I hope I helped someone out there with my story and recommendations! I am not a doctor and you should always consult with your doctor first before changing anything, but I am here to help you along your personal health journey.