Quick Update

 

I have taken a new step in the direction of my dreams and recently launched my Youtube channel. My plan is to post most of my hair and beauty related content on there and transition my blog into a platform where I discuss social and personal issues as well as hopefully fashion.

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Skin Update: No More Birth Control to Control My Acne

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Hi everyone and welcome to Marsha’s Journey! I have been so inconsistent lately, but sometimes life happens and blogging for me is a hobby that ends up on the back burner when life happens.

I previously did a post(How I Got Rid of Chronic Cystic Acne) detailing how I manage to get and keep my acne under control. In that post I discussed two strategies that had worked for me, but life decided to throw a wrench in my plans and here I am once again with a face full of zits, fresh out of the dermatologist’s office trying to work my way back to clear skin once again.

To pick up where I left off- I was relying on birth control pills to keep my acne under control. I remember thinking to myself more than once, that ingesting artificial hormones for years on end cannot be good for my body, but I was at a point where I enjoyed the benefits of clear skin and was willing to take the risk. My body though had very different ideas and decided to let me know that it wasn’t happy with what i was putting into it.

Not long after I wrote that post, I started feeling a niggling breast pain. nothing intense, but it would disappear and come back from time to time. Understandably I was frightened! I started assuming the worst. Any how I went to the doctor got it checked out and was diagnosed with Fibrocystic Breasts.- possibly brought on and or aggravated by the birth control. I immediately stopped taking them and almost immediately felt the pain dissipate. I am still learning about this condition and finding ways to control and reduce its effects. I will be doing more posts on it in the future.

So as you can imagine I am back at square one with this acne thing. I was reluctant to go back t o the dermatologist because I am trying to live a more holistic lifestyle with as little artificial medicine as possible. I looked at my diet and tried to implement changes based on research that would improve my skin’s health, but I was having no luck.  My skin just started getting worse each week and I gave in. I am now back on the Deriva regimen and my skin is slowly improving.

Fast forward from August 3rd, (when the above was written) to now. My skin is clearing very well. I had stopped using the Deriva for a few weeks in September and lost all the progress I have made. At the beginning of October I decided to give it one last try and so far I am seeing slow improvement. Lets see how it turns out. Have a look at how my skin currently looks below. I’m am going back to the derm next week for a follow up and I will be requesting something for the dark spots left behind by the break outs.

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Right Side

Ignore the tattered head scarf please.

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Left Side
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Forehead

 

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Five Healthy Habits That Your Body Will Thank You For

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I am not a doctor, but ever since I had my daughter I have had this overwhelming urge to take better care of myself. If it is not even for my own selfish benefits but to make sure that I can be a healthy mother to my daughter. There are so many things that are eroding our good health everyday that we have no control over (Heey JUTC buses letting out that black smoke and the list goes on).  The last thing you want to do is make that list longer.

Yes, I know we all have to die one day but there are little things that can make our lives much more comfortable and less painful while we are alive.

Habit number 1: Do Not Skip Breakfast (or any other meal for that matter)

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I skipped breakfast for most of my school years partly because of choice  and partly because it was really too early to eat, especially during my high school years. I have certainly dropped this habit. It took horrible stomach pain and digestive issues for me to realise that my habist of eating haphazardly and going crazy hours without eating were not good. My stomach was sending me a message. Now you only get one stomach and I have never heard of stomach transplants so take care of it.

Besides breakfast is the most essential meal of the day. After fasting all night your body needs food to function properly. Check out this Quick, Easy to Make ,Healthy Breakfast or Pre- workout Smoothie for days when you do not have the time to make a traditional breakfast.

Habit 2: Make Water Your Main Drink

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Your body is made up of 60-64% water. That has to be the most known fact in the world yet most of us do not drink as much water as our bodies need. If you are like me and you do not always feel like drinking water with your meals try drinking a glass of water before each meal, first thing in the morning and last thing at night. You can always drink juice or tea with your meals. I must say this habit was hard for me to start and keep going. Water used to be the most disgusting tasting liquid on earth! Not to mention the fact that I believed that woefully misinformed myth that water contributes to weight gain (rolls eyes 1 million times). That could not be further from the truth, but do not take my word for it swap juice and soda for water and see what happens to your waistline.

I love adding lime juice to my water in the morning to make it a bit more bearable. You can add fruit, vegetables and herbs to make your own flavoured water. That should definitely make it more palatable.

Habit 3: Make your own Juices

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Drinking bottled juices is one of the most popular and unnoticed unhealthy habits. Just because it is presumed to be made from real fruit juice does not make it good for you. Most fruit juices are packed full of harmful sugar, preservatives and other additives. In addition they lack the fibre from the fruit, which is what makes fruits good for you.

Fibre is needed to keep our digestive and excretory systems and our entire body healthy. When you eat fruit of drink blended fruit you body has to gradually break down the fibre which cause the sugars in the fruit to release slowly (the way it was meant to be).  The opposite happens when you drink manufactured fruit juice. There is nothing in the juice for your stomach to break down so instead of a slow release there is a rush of sugar and your body goes into insulin producing mode to control the sugar spike. This eventually leads to diabetes if you keep it up for long enough! Check out the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” for a much more in-depth explanation.T o prevent this issue I keep fibre in my juices whenever I make them. I do not strain my juices, I blend as finely as possible and drink everything.

Green juices are an easy and simple way for me to combine fruits and vegetables to get a lot of nutrients that my diet doesn’t otherwise provide. Check out this  Green Juice Recipe for a tasty, nutrient filled green juice  that I am sure you will enjoy.

Habit 4: Have a Sleep Schedule

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What? That’s not possible. Yes it is. That is if you value your health over whatever you are staying up and doing. No matter what if you are sick you cannot operate at your full potential neither can you enjoy the benefits of you are sacrificing sleep to gain.

Our bodies need sleep to repair damage, recharge and to keep functioning normally. I am an on-again off-again exerciser and the main factor which affects whether I have the energy to exercise or not is how much sleep I got the night before.

I am by no means perfect, and of all the habits I am telling you about this one is the hardest for me to keep up with. Usually I do well during the week but come Friday night I feel like I have to catch up with all the shows I missed all week or I go out and my sleep schedule goes to shambles. And boy is it hard yo get back on track!  I go to bed late Friday night and I end up sleeping in Saturday morning then Saturday night I end up going to bed late again because I am not sleepy enough. Fast forward to Monday and I have to wake up early even though I went to bed late the night before and my whole week is ruined. I am too tired to exercise Monday and everything goes down hill.

That was a long explanation and yet that is just one way in which lack of sleep can affect your health. Lack of enough sleep over time has been linked to lifestyle illnesses like heart disease and high blood pressure. Adults need between 7&9 hours of sleep. So set your bedtime depending on how early you have to wake up to get your day started and how much sleep you require to feel rested .

Habit 5: Exercise as Often as you Can

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Exercise is a given, but even someone as self-aware as me doesn’t do it on a consistent basis. I am not going to launch into the benefits of exercising, because we all know them by now. What I am going to say is just do it. I used to give up if my exercise schedule wasn’t going as planned because I felt like I couldn’t reach my goals with a mediocre schedule, but now I have learned that doing something is better than doing nothing at all. So even if I only get to workout two days out of the five days that I would ideally want to workout for the week I see it as being better than not working out at all.

That is all for today. I hope you enjoy this type of post. let me know in the comments which habit you struggle with the most. Until next time stay healthy!

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Quick, Easy to Make ,Healthy Breakfast or Pre- workout Smoothie

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A breakfast in five minutes that is delicious, and healthy! Not to mention, it keeps me full until lunch time! Sign me up! This smoothie is great as a pre-workout meal, when you do not want something heavy but you want something that is easy to digest and can give you an energy boost.

I am not a morning person, so I definitely do not want to get up and make a complicated breakfast in the morning. At the same time, I do not want to eat any old unhealthy thing for breakfast and worse, end up hungry by 10 o’clock. Allow me to share this delicious smoothie  that has changed my mornings and my health ( bye, bye constipation and mid morning snacks).

I only use four ingredients:

Milk (2 cups)

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I used either dairy milk or flavoured powdered milk but you can use any milk you prefer, almond, coconut, etc. You can also use more or less milk depending on how thick or runny you like your smoothie.

Oats (1 cup)

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Ripe Banana (I use 1 or 2 depending on how I feel)CAM01652

 

Raw/roasted peanuts (A handful or two)

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Once I gather my four ingredients all I have to do is combine them in my blender, and viola!  I have a delicious, healthy smoothie to go.

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Quick tip: You can always switch out ingredients that you might not like or add others for variety. You can also add some ice to give it even more of a smoothie vibe.  If you try this recipe let  me know how it turns out!

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Green Juice Fix

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I know! I am supposed to be posting about hair-care right? I am though, because good nutrition is of fundamental importance if you want to have a healthy head of hair.

I am not a nutritionist so I can’t give an in depth explanation of  how great green juice is for you. If you are like me and you don’t eat as much fruit and veggies as you should then this is a great way to get all those vital nutrients that your diet is missing. Plus if you have kids it’s an easy way to make sure their nutrition is balanced.

I have been drinking green juice for a while but I have been having  a hard time coming up with a combination that doesn’t taste horrid. Not until recently, when the clouds parted and the green juice gods shone a beam of light upon my blender and a winning combination was created.

I use:

  • Two stalks of kale
  • One medium-sized carrot
  • One apple (american)
  • One banana
  • Ginger ( enough to taste)
  • Some ice cubes (optional)
  • One teaspoon of honey (optional)
  • Water (if you use a blender)
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Ready to blend!

Method:

  1. Wash all ingredients.
  2. Peel the skin from the banana, carrot and ginger.
  3. Cut all the ingredients into small pieces
  4. Add the ingredients to the blender or juicer – you might want to blend or juice in batches depending on the power and size of your blender.
  5. Add the honey and water – I add water to cover the ingredients to about three-quarters of the way, you can add as much or as little as you want depending on the consistency you like. I like my green juice not too thick and not too runny
  6. Blend
  7. Enjoy!

 

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Don’t forget to leave a comment and share on your Facebook and other social media. Until next time happy juicing!

 

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