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...
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...
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.”...
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...
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...