Days 2–4: CLEAN Cleanse Program

Days 2–4: CLEAN Cleanse Program

This cleanse has been amaz­ing. No headaches, no crav­ings, no fatigue. In fact, no neg­a­tive symp­toms at all. I attrib­ute that to the fact that there’s noth­ing my body is lack­ing (except sushi). I’m mak­ing sure to eat enough pro­tein and get enough micronu­tri­ents. I find it help­ful that the CLEANSE shake pack­et is for­mu­lat­ed with vit­a­mins for extra insur­ance. The oth­er day I men­tioned that the CLEANSE shake pow­der was a bit too chalky for my taste. Well, I tried mak­ing a shake with my Sun War­rior blend on Day 2 and the whole shake turned into this super thick pud­ding tex­ture, which I attrib­ute to the kon­jac they put in the mix. I couldn’t fin­ish that shake, so the next morn­ing I went back to the CLEANSE pow­der and it’s been grow­ing on me. It’s not the best thing in the mul­ti­verse, but it’s way bet­ter than a giant cup of hard-to-eat pud­ding. Results so far I have been wak­ing up more refreshed and get­ting tired ear­lier, which is exact­ly what I was hop­ing would hap­pen. My skin has been incred­i­ble as well. The weath­er has been a wonky, dry­ing mess the­se last two months, and everyone’s skin has been suf­fer­ing for it. But since I start­ed the CLEAN cleanse, my skin has been super soft and smooth, and more glow­ing than ever. It’s only been 4 days, so I’m pret­ty impressed. This morn­ing (Day 4), I woke up with zero under-eye cir­cles. Since I’m so white and the skin under the eyes is thin any­way, I get a love­ly pur­ple-ish cast there from the veins that trav­el...
How I Keep My Skin Clear Part II — Food

How I Keep My Skin Clear Part II — Food

This is Part 2 from How I Keep My Skin Clear. If you haven’t seen the overview, check it out here. Click here to read Part 1. I Eat Well. Really, Really Well. Study­ing nutri­tion, biol­o­gy, bio­chem­istry, phys­i­ol­o­gy, and neu­ro­science is a major pas­sion of mine. My idea of enter­tain­ment is read­ing med­ical jour­nals and attend­ing my uni­ver­si­ty labs. (I know, nerd alert.) I have been apply­ing what I know to my own body for over 7 years now, and not only have I amassed a wealth of knowl­edge from the lit­er­a­ture, but also on an anec­do­tal lev­el, both from myself and from my beau­ti­ful, inquis­i­tive read­ers (you). You can step into the Epic Beau­ty Guide time machine and read past posts that men­tion my for­ays into veg­e­tar­i­an­ism, veg­an­ism, raw food, Tim Ferriss’s slow carb, and every­where in between. I love exper­i­ment­ing and I nev­er do any­thing half-ass. Raw food you say? 100%. Right now. Let’s do it. I dis­cov­er a lot along the way, and the process always leads me back to cen­ter, back where the san­i­ty and prac­ti­cal­i­ty hang out. What I have learned in the­se 7+ years of research and per­son­al exper­i­men­ta­tion, is that there are a set of food guide­li­nes that I MUST fol­low in order to be and look my best. This is not to say that I am fixed in a speci­fic “diet” (read: not “diet” in the weight loss sense of the word). I make adjust­ments and play with vari­ables as part of an ongo­ing process called life, and it has become sec­ond nature. Most impor­tant­ly, I unwa­ver­ing­ly hold true this one belief: a...
How I Keep My Skin Clear Part I — Low Stress

How I Keep My Skin Clear Part I — Low Stress

This is Part 1 from How I Keep My Skin Clear. If you haven’t seen the overview, check it out here. It will give you a taste of what’s to come. I Keep My Stress Low This. Is. Key. It can­not be empha­sized enough. I used to think diet was #1, but you know what? You could have your diet total­ly nailed, but if you are con­stant­ly sub­ject­ing your body to stress (i.e. always run­ning late, to do list pil­ing up, too much exer­cise, too lit­tle sleep, prob­lem­at­ic envi­ron­ment, etc.) then you will not reap the ben­e­fits of that good diet and you will be in a self-per­pet­u­at­ing bad skin cycle. Thus, keep­ing stress low is #1. I am not going to go into the mech­a­nisms by which stress com­plete­ly screws up your body because the goal of this post is not to stress you out. If you’re any­thing like me, think­ing about the con­se­quences of stress can add to stress, which cer­tain­ly does not help in the slight­est. Here are a few ways I take care of stress so that I can enjoy clear skin. (There are more stress solu­tions in “The Book”…and here, my friends, is where I walk the line of dump­ing all sorts of infor­ma­tion on you for free, while also pre­vent­ing every­one who bought the book from feel­ing fleeced). Read on! Quick Note: the­se tips will be espe­cial­ly use­ful if you are prone to hor­mon­al acne (the blem­ish­es and cysts that tend to pop up on the jaw­line and chin). 1. I triv­i­al­ize. I have heard some peo­ple give stress a nick­name: “mon­key mind.” That sounds play­ful...
How I Keep My Skin Clear – Basic Overview

How I Keep My Skin Clear – Basic Overview

This might be pret­ty obvi­ous from the cap­tion of this post, but I’m going to let you in on all my per­son­al secrets for hav­ing clear, healthy skin. (It’s not like I haven’t been telling you my “secrets” for the past 3 years or so any­way…) I have been receiv­ing more and more requests for all the nit­ty grit­ty details: my per­son­al diet, an updat­ed skin care rou­tine, what I take for sup­ple­ments, yad­da yad­da. While my per­son­al diet and skin care may not suit you, I will still share it because it may be help­ful. Just remem­ber to try things your­self and go with what works best for you. So with­out fur­ther ado, I give you my entire rou­tine. (This is an arti­cle series, and this is just the overview.) 1. I Keep Stress Lowww. Stress is gnarly. Pret­ty plain and sim­ple. I won’t go into the details, because if you’re any­thing like me, you will start to stress out about stress. I have recent­ly real­ized that for my body, keep­ing my stress super low is even more impor­tant than what I eat. I could be eat­ing my usu­al awe­some diet but let my stress get out of con­trol and I will get a break­out. I total­ly sound like a 4-year-old here, but I get crazy excit­ed about ran­dom crap, and my body mis­reads this as stress and acts accord­ing­ly. It’s ridicu­lous, but it has taught me how to avoid infor­ma­tion over­load and know­ing when enough is enough. More details in Part I here. 2. I Eat Well. I eat a lot of good, qual­i­ty fats to keep my skin...
Resources for Organic & Local Produce (and Avoid “Organic” Sourced in China)

Resources for Organic & Local Produce (and Avoid “Organic” Sourced in China)

There are many rea­sons to buy organ­i­cal­ly-grown, local pro­duce. One is that the food is fresh­er and often picked at its prop­er har­vest time (i.e. ripe instead of being picked weeks ear­ly and ripened off the vine or with chem­i­cal means), it’s often cheap­er, and it’s always a good idea to sup­port inde­pen­dent farms that are often small or fam­i­ly-run. Anoth­er great rea­son is that many farm­ers have switched over to organ­ic meth­ods, and you’ll find farm­ers that have always done things this way. USDA organ­ic reg­u­la­tions still allow for cer­tain chem­i­cal pes­ti­cides and so on, but a farmer who fol­lows a “beyond organ­ic” approach with­out any cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is fan­tas­tic and often cheap­er than the health store. Any­way, this post is a short one because I just want to share with you some good food resources AND an inves­ti­gate news report on Whole Foods being exposed for its sub-par sourcing of so-called “organ­ic” food. Check out the news video here. All the more rea­son to buy local. On a side­note, my grand­par­ents used to enjoy bust­ing my imag­i­nary balls about how they nev­er bought organ­ic and they turned out fine blah blah blah. Sound famil­iar? I told them, quite point­ed­ly, that they grew up with­out the option of organ­ic ver­sus con­ven­tion­al. All they had was organ­ic! It just wasn’t labelled that way because no one did it any dif­fer­ent­ly. (DDT and oth­er crap pes­ti­cides didn’t get put into use until about 1940.) Besides, there are just too many ben­e­fits to con­sum­ing foods grown with­out pes­ti­cides to even have an argu­ment about it. You can pre­tend all you want that those...