Second Trimester Update: Weeks 14 - Weeks 16

Okay not gonna lie, this was going to be a 14 week only post at first but then I didn't finish it before 15 weeks rolled around and now here I am today already at 16weeks and well... The rest is history! My bad ya'll!

Also random PSA: the picture for this post is a random photo. That is not my belly. I just felt like I needed to clarify that. Okay moving on...

SO despite my delay this is how I was feeling at the beginning of 14 weeks:

I can't even believe this day is FINALLY HERE!!! I made it through the first trimester YAAASSSS! I swear it has been the longest few months of my life. The crazy thing of course is that I still have so long to go... 26 weeks to be exact.

Despite the fact that I'm technically in the second trimester now my body doesn't seem to have a magical clock that says "hey, it's the second trimester, you're supposed to feel ahhhmaazziiinngggg now!" I mean the amount of times that I've heard about this whole second trimester bliss thing is incredible.... And now I just WAIT.

To be fair though, I feel pretty good today! I did have some caffeine this morning (SHH don't tell) and it helped with my productivity level big time. I wasn't a caffeine addict prior to getting pregnant but the whole fatigue thing in pregnancy is NO JOKE. 

NOW today I'm sitting here having survived both week 14 & 15 and I'm moving on to week 16! It's honestly so friggin exciting! Every Wednesday I'm pretty happy though because it's another weekly milestone! I dunno why, but seriously every week that I continue to grow this baby feels like a really big deal. Like I never thought I'd make it to 14w and now I'm like YEAH part of me never thought I'd make it to 16w!

That's not to say that I'm sitting around sad and defeated because I don't think I can grow this baby - it's just the part of me that's still SO in disbelief about this whole pregnancy thing! I mean it's just bonkers!

Overall I have to say these past few weeks in my second trimester have been better. I still get nauseous at least once a day, usually every single friggin evening around 8pm. I also threw up again last week which was SO not fun. But since then I also got this cool thing called a Reliefband!

I wish I had it earlier in my pregnancy when I was a zombie with 24/7 nausea.

The way it works: it sits on a pressure point and sends little pulses to help you feel less nauseous. I gotta tell you it's surprisingly worked really well! That doesn't mean you'll suddenly not have heart burn or fatigue or anything else.... But it DOES help with making you not barf as much. Yippiee!!

Another advancement these few weeks has been my weight gain. I mean WOAH. I went from having lost in my first trimester to ultimately ending it at my pre pregnancy weight (so no weight gain overall) and since in the past three weeks I've packed on 6 freaking pounds!!!!!! I hear it all evens out or whatever but that's been freaky!

I did start really working out again outside of just teaching PiYo & ballet so that might have contributed to the gain? I mean my muscles have been really sore and that can make the number on the scale rise because of both water retention & the fact that your muscles weight more... If you're curious what workout I'm doing, I'm doing a mixture but I hope to commit to one program next week, I'm just having trouble deciding which one. Right now I'm obsessed with the active maternity workouts on BOD (Beachbody On Demand). I have a year of unlimited streaming of every Beachbody workout ever so it's kinda the greatest thing because I can do ANY program!

Also in case you didn't know, I'm not really an active coach anymore, haven't been in months in order to focus on my own program development etc. but I still 100% love & standby both the workouts and the products! Anyway SO not the point here.....

My belly has really popped more now, since like mid 15w and I'm finding it a little harder to hide than I was before. But I still just kinda feel as though I look bigger and not necessarily pregnant unless you knew my prior to pregnancy - then you know that this is NOT how I usually gain weight! Regardless I am feeling bigger but I know it's all part of the process. It just freaks me out a little!

I typically gain weight in my legs, thighs, butt area and a bit here and there on top. But man having a belly - even this small of one is strange to me I'm not gonna lie! I still haven't felt baby yet but I cannot WAIT until I do! That'll make this all seem more real. Or at least I think it will!

Also for those of you wondering the type of prenatal I'm taking, it's the Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal. I like it for 3 reasons:

1. You take 1 three times a day so the intensity is spread out. The first brand I took (Innate) made me feel super sick every time I took them. 

2. It's food based. When you real the ingredients they're all foods you'll probably recognize, which I think is awesome!

3. It has FOLATE and not folic acid. Folate is the real food version our bodies can use whereas folic acid is a synthetic version of folate.

I'm not going to lie though, I'm almost out of this prenatal and I'm thinking of switching again BECAUSE it does have tomato in to which is a nightshade I try to avoid, and it does give e some solid acid reflux. But then again so does everything else. I'll let you know how I feel about the next brand I order, I already have it picked out I just need to order it later today!

I've been so busy guys! SO any moving pieces in our lives right now and so many things possibly in the works. My job is busy AF at the moment with 3 new locations opening up in two weeks, I'm coming to the end of the semester for teaching ballet & PiYo at the dance studio so everyone is a bit on edge for final performances etc. AND I'm also trying to find some side work that offers benefits so that I can get insurance.

OH OH BUT SUPER EXCITING!

I found an affordable place to do a gender ultrasound scan without insurance! Ernest's bday is on Friday and we're going first thing Saturday morning to find out the sex of this baby!!! We're planning to do a gender reveal in early June so keeping this secret is going to be near impossible, but I think it's a pretty great gift for my hubs! WE'RE SO EXCITED!

I haven't seen my baby since we confirmed the pregnancy at 6 weeks at the free clinic! So crazy... But with my husband being unemployed since January it just wasn't feasible. On that note we're also thinking about selling our house and possibly moving into a rental for a year or so. Which is yet another thing up in the air and on my plate currently. I mean holy wow guys We've got like 5 months to get our shit together before this baby gets here! So much to do and what feels like so little time!

Good thing is that as I mentioned my teaching schedule will be virtually nonexistent in a month and by then I'll hopefully have that other side job for both income & insurance purposes. But we'll see!

OH OH anddddd I started drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea!!! It helps to tone your uterus to make labor easier! It literally gives your uterus a workout inside your body making it stronger for delivery! Many women have seen a difference in their labor with it and I LOVED this blog post all about it by Mama Natural! I mean who doesn't want a strong ass uterus so you'll have an easier labor? Sign me up please!

So you're supposed to drink one cup a day starting in your second trimester, then up the dosage later in your third trimester. It's been hot outside and I've been obsessed with COLD drinks so I make my tea hot with not too much water and raw honey (to brew & melt the honey) and let it sit for 20min - 1hr. Then add a ton of ice cubes and stir it up for a DELICIOUS and refreshing daily drink! Speaking of Mama Natural I also signed up for her weekly pregnancy text updates which are awesome AND I bought her brand new book and it's AMAZING!!

Seriously if you're expecting then you need to get this ASAP! Every week has awesome natural tidbits along with so much more! And it's not JUST for the crazy crunchy like me, she's very inclusive while still providing the reader with nonconventional wisdom about pregnancy an childbirth. Def so worth it!! 

Okay, now that I've rambled to no end let me show yah some pictures of my pregnancy so far!

6 Weeks 

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14 Weeks

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16 Weeks

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Holy belly pop at 16w today!!! Also you can kinda see the crazy breakouts on my upper arms here... It's really intense but I'm doing my best to clear it up! Oh and can you believe that when I found out I was preggers I was like damn I alreay have dis crazy bloated belly going on!! BAHAHA 

And of course below you can find the Spark Notes version!!

How far along?  16 Weeks! Feels like a big milestone somehow!
Maternity clothes? Kinda not really! I can still wear my normal clothes but I'm sprinkling in some maternity shirts here and there and wearing my bigger normal stuff that I held onto for when I got pregnant. Plus I had to get new bigger bras & some cotton undies.
Stretch marks? Nope nope nope! I bought some magical 100% Raw Shea Butter & I'm obsessed so hopefully it'll help!
Symptoms: Evening nausea still, heart burn like woah, increased hunger, crazy breakouts on my arms & upper shoulder, and dry skin!
Best moment this week: Feeling so much better plus scheduling that gender ultrasound!
Miss Anything? UHM I miss my normal tastebuds & foodie tendencies. It' still not the same.
Movement: I hope to feel it soon!!!
Food cravings:  Been on a month long lemonade kick! Still going strong! I'm also obsessed with this cold Raspberry Leaf Tea I've been making! (Only drink this tea in the second trimester & beyond!)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing specific although I'm def more sensitive to trippy things on TV. I just have to look away haha
Gender: FINDING OUT ON SATURDAY!!!!!!
Labor Signs: Nope nope!
Belly Button in or out? Innnnn
Mood: Currently it's really good! I still get down and kind of depressed here and there because of these crazy hormones, but honestly so much better ya'll!
Wedding Rings on or off: On!
Looking forward to: So many things this week! Hubby's bday & his party, seeing this baby & finding out the gender, my sister in law being DUE to have her baby any minute now, my other friend Lauren having her baby, and gosh just so much!!! 
Days till next appointment: UHM LIKE 4! If you count this "elective ultrasound" that's not with a doctor as an appointment anyway... They don't check or look at anything else so I still REALLY need to get insurance and actual monitoring!
Days left until due date: 168!!!! YEYYYY!!!! It's getting closer!
Weight Gain: 6lbs and counting!

OKAY I'M DONE! Wow turns out when you have to cover 3 weeks in one post it's kind of a lot! Sorry about that guys! But hey, I'm doing what I can with all the insanity over here so bear with me!

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Oh heyyyyy there! I'm BACK and I Have HUGE NEWS!

I'm baaaaaaaaccccckkkkk

Are you wondering where I've been? Well I'll get to that. But I do want to first say that I'm so sorry for disappearing on ya'll - it was not my intention! Had I been capable of more I promise I would've done more. Let me explain:

This is one of those posts that I've thought about writing a million times over the course of the past 4 years, but I've gotta say it's weird to actually be here writing it. Many of you have followed my journey through the PCOS, the acne, the threat of infertility, and all the way through the healthiest and best part of my life where I competed in a bikini competition, started my professional ballet career back up, and of course deciding to build a business & use my experience & knowledge to help you find natural healing for acne & PCOS!

I have SO missed this blog and all of you over the past month and a half, I missed giving and helping & providing for you. But this was a break I really needed to take. If I'm being honest, I just had nothing to give you guys. I WANTED to, I really did. But I was 100% depleted and in survival mode.

I wasn't depleted because of anything other than this new job my body took on called PREGNANCY.

Yep that's right ya'll.... I'M PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!! 12 weeks and 5 days to be exact! WWWHHHHHHAAAAATTTTTTTTTT!? GAHHHHHH IT'S SO EXCITING! I'm so happy to finally have the energy to share this with you! I wanted to earlier, but I legitimately couldn't bring myself to because blogging takes a lot out of me. And again, I had nothing extra of myself to give.

Even just typing out that I'm pregnant makes me smile. I genuinely didn't think it would be possible for us to conceive a baby, let alone 100% naturally without any help or medical intervention. I mean... Do you understand what a huge deal this is for us!? I was told by doctors that I would need medical intervention. I was told PCOS had no cure. I was told this wasn't part of my destiny... But they were wrong. NATURAL HEALING WORKS YA'LL! This is further proof that the work I've been doing to help women heal their skin & hormones WORKS. What a HUGE BLESSING! I can't tell you how happy that fact alone makes me.

Because it means that it's possible for not just me - but for others too!

I have to be honest though, despite the happiness that getting pregnant has brought into our lives, pregnancy has not been fun or easy for me. In fact, I went from a super happy, productive, healthy woman to a zombie like shell version of myself.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I want to back up a little and tell you all about how this little miracle baby came to be... Well sort of. I'll tell you how I found out I was preggers and how I shared that with my husband and all that jazz!

So for those of us with PCOS you'll know it's not abnormal to miss a cycle here and there. For me a lack of cycle was actually no indication that I was pregnant because it was already kinda irregular and never precise. Plus I ovulated at a random ass time in January (I know this based of cervical fluid changes- TMI I know) and not at all when my calendar predicted but I saw the signs, we gave it yet another try, and this one stuck! I'm not gonna lie, I was kinda over it. I was even starting to prep for another bikini competition because I didn't want to put my life on hold for something that I felt may never happen. I was discouraged and sick of taking my temperature every morning and logging everything into my app. Just goes to show that we need to learn to pay attention & trust our bodies more so than any other data points.

If you're on a journey to do this yourself def READ THIS BOOK: Taking Charge of Your Fertility 

Back to how I found out...

I was having some major PMS symptoms, sore boobs for a full week (still wasn't alarmed, that's pretty normal for me) but then there were the week long nonstop cramps accompanied by my still sore boobs. I knew THAT was not normal. At least not for me. I barely cramp at all let alone for a whole week.

I was on a business trip at the time where I was just waiting for aunt flow to show up... But she didn't. So then I was just waiting to get home so I could take a pregnancy test. Keep in mind I had/have a huge stockpile of pregnancy tests at home because well, when you have an irregular cycle and you've been off the pill since 2013 plus trying to have a baby - you take a lot of tests. I have only EVER seen negatives. I can't tell you the many many many times I thought and hoped I was pregnant just to see yet another negative test. Which is what I expected this time also.

Until I saw that second line clear as day and finally - a positive pregnancy test!

I woke up at 5am as usual for my morning routine, and I knew I had to use my first pee of the day for the most accurate results. So I did. Then I watched the stick as the dye moved the way it always does and before I knew it....

TWO DISTINCT LINES. HOLY SH*T!

I immediately started crying big fat tears of joy. I was in the bathroom laughing and crying and also in disbelief all at the same time. I was shaking I was SO HAPPY. Thinking about that moment still gives me chills and makes me teary. I was pregnant. I am pregnant. I didn't think it was possible, but miracles do happen and turns out my body wasn't as broken as I thought!

I then walked into the bedroom all sniffly which woke up my husband (he is NOT an early riser so he usually doesn't even stir when I walk around in the early morning) and he asked me "is everything okay!? What's wrong?" he was so dazed and confused but I guess he noticed I was crying which is what woke him up.... All I said was "nothing's wrong.... But I got a positive pregnancy test." then I started crying and laughing again and he sat up in bed like WAIT WHAT!?

I showed him the test and he was just silently trying to wrap is mind around it all. He may have been a little overwhelmed... Good morning babe! HAHAH then he said "Is it right? Could it be a false positive?" to which I responded that while technically yes it's possible, it's very unlikely. False negatives happen much more often than false positives But regardless I tested again with different tests from different brands on different batches of pee that same day just to be sure.

We sat in bed next to each other silently for 2 hours, just soaking in our new reality. I have never felt closer to my husband than finding out that we had created a new life together. I cherish the memories when it was all so fresh and new. Before the pregnancy symptoms set in, and before we even knew how far along I was.

So of course I took a mirror selfie! I also gotta cherish the abs while I still got em!

This all took place back in early February believe it or not! Then the endless worry and terror set in. The OMG I have an 80% miscarriage rate because of PCOS and there are so many things that could go wrong! But wait don't stress because that's bad for the baby too!

Just so many emotions....

I don't have insurance due my husbands unemployment status since the end of 2016 and so came our next challenge - finding a free clinic. We found one and about two weeks or so later we got an ultrasound and saw our little squish's heartbeat! I was 6weeks 0days at the ultrasound meaning I found out right around 3-4 weeks! Due date is October 18th 2017!

And now I knew it was all really real! Symptoms had started but there was still so far to go.

This post is getting long though so let's do a spark notes version of what I've been going through so far... Details will just have to come in another post. I have always looked forward to pregnancy. Like really looked forward to it. I also hoped I would be one of those women who was good at pregnancy and felt awesome the whole time. 

Turns out that shit ain't me.

I'm not going to sugar coat this... After those first few weeks until about midway through my 5th week I was in BLISS. Then dizziness, food aversions, 24/7 nausea, debilitating fatigue and just about everything else set in. I officially didn't feel like myself anymore.

Again, I'll go into detail on my whole first trimester in another post.... But let's simplify with a quick little checklist based on where I'm at right NOW on this crazy ride called pregnancy!! (thanks for the list of questions Dorsa!)

How far along?  12 weeks 5 days (almost 13 weeks!)
Maternity clothes? Meh not really. But my normal clothes are tight. They are just about all size small, extra small, or size 0-2... Sooo..... Yeah they won't last long. PLUS my sister in law is giving me hand-me-down maternity clothes so I have worn some for the comfort level!
Stretch marks? NOT YET.... Fingers crossed!
Symptoms: Evening nausea & puking... Plus energy is still low. Frequent migraines... And acid reflux plus burps. BLEH. But it's improvement over being in survival mode... So I'll take it!
Best moment this week: Finally sharing our news with the world!
Miss Anything? I miss NOT having acid reflux. And I miss feeling awesome everyday... I miss that a lot.
Movement: Not that I can feel but I'm sure baby is tumbling around in there!
Food cravings:  None really. Been eating a lot of amazing salads though and it's been awesome! So I guess salads! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Eating is still kinda meh in general. But at least I can eat real food now without wanting to DIE!
Gender: Don't know yet!
Labor Signs: Nahhh
Belly Button in or out? It's IN!
Mood: Overall SO MUCH BETTER because my symptoms are better. Not 100% at all but better!
Wedding Rings on or off: On!
Looking forward to: Visiting my friend Stacy & her baby in MD tomorrow with my sister in law Johanna who is 35 weeks pregnant! OH and it's spring break from teaching PLUS I hit 13 weeks on Wednesday YAY!
Days till next appointment: Like a million.... Not really but honestly I have no clue. We're going with midwives and I haven't figured out the whole payment thing yet, so I have no future appointments scheduled at the moment... No insurance remember? SIGH.
Days left until due date: 191 days! Holy eff!

OKAY so that was fun! I plan to do weekly updates for ya'll on Wednesdays so you can look forward to those! Annnnndddd I'll be doing another post to share the rest of the adorable announcement pictures we took! It was really hard to choose... My bestie Anya took the pics and my amazing photographer friend Laurene edited them for us!

It feels good to be back! I hope to have both the energy & the ability to create more acne friendly recipes for you soon along with new content so you can live your best life with naturally clear skin! I have some new programs & projects in the pipeline as well so you have all of that coming your way soon!!

The whole 'all food is grossing me out' plus heightened sense of smell thing made cooking & recipe development impossible which is why you haven't seen anything new from me on that end recently... Here's to hoping this baby will allow me to be human-ish again soon!

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Trust me, don't take your health for granted! You never know when you might cease to have full control over it!

Until next time my loves!!

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8 Ways Nuts Are Making Your Acne Worse

I can distinctly remember multiple instances in my life when people told me to eat nuts and almonds to have healthy glowing skin. Keep in mind that I also had acne for what felt like my entire life and people were prone to giving me unsolicited advice. Seems everyone had SOME miracle cure to clear my skin - it just never worked for me.

I can't tell you the amount of time I spent thinking that I was somehow more so unlucky than others or that I was just 'different' because these things that worked to clear EVERYONE else's skin never worked for me.

What I didn't know at the time of course was that almost no one knew what they were talking about when it came to healing acne. 

The amount of random topical creams and systems I have used in an attempt to clear my skin is actually insane. But I always just believed the problem was me. Not the product of course!

Nuts are a prime example of this.

At one point I was told to eat exactly 8 almonds a day and my acne would clear up. I did this diligently until I realized that it wasn't making any difference and I gave up. Plus usually once I started eating some almonds I wanted to eat ALL the almonds. Not to mention that at the time I didn't even read ingredients so who even knows what kind of gross oils those almonds were roasted in.  

It's a common myth that nuts are somehow amazing for acne. Especially tree nuts like almonds are actually one of the MOST COMMON food sensitivities in the world. Knowing that, it makes you question if they're actually good for your skin at all. Personally my answer typically is: NO. 

Let's talk about why nuts might be making your acne worse so that you can decide for yourself if it might be time to say goodbye to that gorgeous jar of almond butter you're currently dipping your apple in. I know it's hard. I'm a recovered nut butter addict myself. But trust me, your health and clear skin are totally worth it!


8 Ways Nuts Are Making Your Acne Worse

1. Acne Can Be Autoimmune in Nature

Have you heard of this nifty little thing called the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol or AIP? Well you see acne on it's own is not an autoimmune condition however, it does have some autoimmune tendencies just like PCOS does. This is a big part of why doing a Paleo Autoimmune Protocol can be so helpful if you have PCOS and or regular old acne. It really all come back to inflammation and....

2. Nuts Are Hard On the Gut

If you read my post about the connection between your skin and your gut you know all too well how important it is to keep your gut happy in order to clear your skin. The fiber in nuts are not only hard to digest, but they're also very harsh on that gut lining that you're working to hard to heal. It goes without saying that for this reason alone nuts are not the best choice for you as a person who's trying to heal naturally. Don't work against yourself!

3. Tree Nuts Are a Top Allergen

Even if you're one of those people who's like "I don't have any allergies, I can eat whatever!" **cough cough ME** you can still have food sensitivities and not be aware of it. Just because you don't swell up and float away like Aunt Marge (Harry Potter reference, DUH) after eating nuts doesn't mean your system isn't sensitive to them. I know it's sad because nuts are magical. But cut them out and you might see some major improvements really quickly!

4. Nuts & Nut Butters Are TOO Good

Let's be real here for a second you guys.... Who has even opened a jar of {insert nut butter of choice} and EVER just eaten a teaspoon? I mean I have killed an entire jar of almond butter in less than 24 hours. Don't act surprised, I'm sure you've done similar damage before. Nuts are just a really slippery slope. Whether you're eating them in crunchy bite sized nut form or in nut butter form, it's hard to stop once you start. Many people turn to nuts as a 'healthy' snack but when does it turn from a healthy snack to an unhealthy addiction? Let me tell you - if the thought of cutting out nuts has you saying "but then what will I snack on?" then you might have a problem. Too much of these bad boys is a recipe for acne disaster.

5. They're High in Omega 6 Fatty Acids.

Omega 3's shunned triplet Omega 6 is rearing it's ugly head. Did you know there were Omega 9's also? Anyway that's not the point here. Omega 6's on their own are not bad for you. HOWEVER, the reason we hear so much about Omega 3's is because our diets have a surplus of Omega 6's in them. From conventional meats, to industrial seed oils and nuts and seeds, Omega 6's are in just about every conventional food item you can get your hands on. Omega 3's however are harder to find. They're in in whole food sources like grass fed meats, wild caught seafood, eggs, and many other sources. Our body's goal is to have Omega 3's & Omega 6's BALANCED. This becomes a challenge for the average person because the SAD (Standard American Diet) includes almost no Omega 3 sources but it's rich with Omega 6 sources. Hence the imbalance and problems. Just know this, imbalances of Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratios = Inflammation. Inflammation = Acne. Enough said I think.

6. Nuts Are High in Phytic Acid

I'm not going to get all science-y on you here - but just know that too much Phytic Acid can cause mineral deficiencies in your body. It can also contribute to leaky gut and make your digestion worse by reducing the power of certain digestive enzymes. This doesn't mean you don't want ANY of this acid in your diet, but it does mean that an excess can lead to some pretty big problems when it comes to your skin!

7. You Can Develop Sensitivities

So maybe when you started out on this Paleo journey you felt awesome and you ate nuts all the time. But you also noticed that your acne wasn't exactly getting better and you didn't know WHY. Often times many Paleo recipes use almond flour in place of wheat flour. So you're snacking on nuts in between meals, you're having baked paleo goods, and your also indulging in some nut butters here and there. This adds up to A LOT of friggin nuts! Many times you won't even realize it until you try to cut them out. Over time if you start feeling itchy in your throat after eating a nut, some heat in your cheeks or face, or even just some uneasiness or discomfort - these can ALL be signs of a newly developed sensitivity.

8. They're Often Roasted in Gross Oils

Now if you're already a health nut you can skip this one. But for many of us (this was me too) we don't really bother to read ingredients. This means you could be picking up a bag of nuts that are COVERED in industrial seed oils like canola oil, safflower oil, vegetable oil, and so many more gross ones. These oils alone with wreak HAVOC on your skin BIG TIME! If you're picking up a bag of raw nuts, then this doesn't apply of course - but seriously always read your ingredients of everything you're going to put in your body. Even meats. You'd be surprised what you might find!


I do want to say that nuts are by far NOT the worst thing in the world for you if you have acne. But it is work cutting them out for 30-90 days before you try small reintroductions. For me personally, I ate so many nuts for awhile that I developed a bit of an allergy especially to almonds. Then I did an AIP and continued to strictly cut out nuts for months because I just felt better without them in my diet.

I slowly started experimenting with adding them back in and these days I can let myself have some nuts here and there without experiencing a crazy breakout. But I've gotta say my body still does not love nuts.

And it's probably for the best.

In the end you have to experiment and decide for yourself what works for you. But I want to remind you that attachment to food is not the best thing. If you feel like you would be lost without nut butters it really might be time to reevaluate your relationship with them.

Have a conversation: It's not you, it's me. I'm sorry but we need to take a break for awhile.

Break up with your nut butter! You got this boo! Don't forget if you need help with clearing your skin that my free resource library is available below!

Have an amazing week and tell me below: what's your nut butter of choice and favorite way to eat it?? Mine is Almond Butter and I love eating it with honey!

 


Sources: 
https://www.thepaleomom.com/the-whys-behind-the-autoimmune-protocol-nuts-and-seeds/
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3 Best Supplements for Polycystic Ovaries

Ah yes, those beautiful ovaries lined with strings of pearls aka cysts. Aren't they just the best!? As most of your know I received my PCOS diagnosis back in 2014 although it wasn't until 2015 that I was ready to come clean about it.

One big reason I started getting healthy back in 2013 was because I didn't want to struggle with fertility issues. I wanted to be able to have healthy babies when the time came for hubby and I. Little did I know the giant shit storm I was about to enter into after I got off the pill!

But this blog post isn't just about me and it's not just about my story. I tell you this because I want you to know that you're not alone. Even more then that I want you to know that there are actual natural options out there that can help your body heal.

I still remember getting the call while I was at work "your ovaries look like they're lined with a string of pearls" the doctor said. "your options right now are to get back on the pill so you have regular periods, or you can take a progesterone pill quarterly to induce a period so you're at least having 4 periods a year. Then when you're ready to get pregnant we will treat you accordingly with fertility medication."

I MEAN.... None of those were viable options to me. None of them made me feel any better and I had genuinely never felt like such a failure of a woman. I sat in my cubicle, face full of acne, thinner than I had been in years, the healthiest I had probably ever been, and I just cried as quietly as possible.

I wallowed, I was depressed, I hated thinking of myself as "infertile". 

I was already eating Paleo, I had already been working to heal myself naturally and be as healthy as possible, but there were some pieces missing. I did manage to clear my skin on my own, but my hormones and testosterone levels were another story. After not having a period for over a year I went to my naturopath and did a bunch of blood and DNA testing that was beyond helpful.

You see no two women with PCOS are exactly the same. But with that being said, there are still some universal truths when it comes to PCOS despite there being multiple types.

For instance women with PCOS can be overweight, but they can also be underweight. Women with PCOS can have acne, or they can have clear skin. Some women with PCOS have intense mood swings, with others are chronically depressed. Women with PCOS can have irregular periods, or no periods at all, and the list goes on and on.

But regardless there is a basic functionality that's missing in all women with PCOS - our ovaries aren't releasing eggs normally through ovulation, but instead they're creating cysts. This lead to androgen dominance because those cysts then pump male sec hormones like testosterone through your system. Needless to say, when a woman has dominance of male sec hormones, things start to get complicated.

I must say that despite all of the differentiation within women with PCOS, we can all still understand each other. We all know the struggle of feeling manly because of our excess male hormones, it is not a fun cross to bare as a woman who wants to feel sexy and feminine.

I mean I know I didn't want my boobs to disappear and instead to have terrible acne and more chin hair. Uh yeah, not my personal idea of sexy lady. But we manage and life goes on and we learn to accept our new identities.

The biggest things is the fact that having PCOS tells you something is off in your system. There is so much healing that our bodies are capable of yet all the resources out there make it sound impossible. I was BEYOND frustrated when I went about trying to heal my PCOS naturally on my own and that's why I'm here sharing this knowledge with you now!

The supplements below are not only ones I personally used to get my period back and feel like a woman again, but I have seen them transform my clients lives as well. I truly hope that wherever you are in your PCOS journey wether it be TTC (trying to conceive) trying to get a period back, or just trying to get back some kind of libido, and get a handle on your PCOS that there supplements will help you!

So here is my list of TOP supplements for PCOS! Everyone is different and no two women with PCOS are the same but nonetheless these should be able to help your body start to heal and function properly again!

1. Cenitol

The absolute #1 supplement I recommend for anyone with PCOS is Cenitol. If you're overweight with PCOS & trying to get back a cycle OR if you're UNDER weight and trying to get back a cycle, OR if you're TTC in any capacity this is the supplement you'll want to turn to. I started with 2 scoops per day along with my paleo diet (obvi) for 2 weeks then went down to 1 scoop. I actually gained 5 lbs (which I NEEDED to gain) without any dietary changes, and got my period back after not having it for over a year in those first two weeks of taking this! Now these fast results aren't typical - I was working to heal myself for over a year before I started taking this powder also so please do keep that in mind.

Back in the day myo-inositol was actually the go-to for treating PCOS. Doctors would actually recommend inositol before drugs like metaformin came on the scene. Nowadays doctors work with pharmaceutical companies and don't typically even mention things like inositol or cenitol anymore. It's unfortunate but that's just the world we live in today and doctors can't really be blamed for it.

Back to cenitol... The great thing about it is that depending on what YOUR body need cenitol will conform to it. It's a type of myo-inositol but it's far superior to your typical inositol powder. Seriously I know it's not cheap but your health is 100% worth it!

READ MORE ABOUT INOSITOL & PCOS HERE!

2. HerSynergy

Okay so when you look up this supplement it says "female libido support". I've had so many clients be like uhmm... What's this HerSynergy thing? I'm not looking for a new libido, I just want my PCOS to be good and my hormones. The thing is, for women who have androgen dominance from PCOS it's honestly PRETTY hard to have a great libido.

This bad boy is going to not only make you feel like a sexy woman again, but really in the process it's going to help you with producing those lady hormones you want like progesterone & estrogen while reducing the effects of PCOS by helping to lower the male hormones. More lady hormones means a better balance in your body and an overall happier endocrine system and improved mood for yourself too. Sounds pretty good right?

Plus.... Just a little extra libido support never hurt anyone let's be honest! Many women with PCOS struggle with having a sex drive simply because our hormones are all out of wack plus we often feel unattractive because of the physical changes PCOS causes... Especially if you're TTC (Trying To Conceive) I know you'll take libido support any day! HerSynergy can help you there!*winky face*

READ MORE ABOUT HERSYNERGY'S KEY INGREDIENT & PCOS HERE!

3. N-Acetyl Cystine (NAC)

This bad boy right here is LEGIT for PCOS.

Not only does NAC help lower your androgen levels (aka those pesky male hormones) but it also is going to improve menstural regularity, & ovulation rate. UHM hello that's essentially everything you could ever want and need from a supplement when it comes to PCOS. Considering the fact that NAC is an amino acid and very safe, you'll want to take about 3 600mg tablets each day.

It's also going to help with insulin sensitivity and pretty much in all these ways it aids in reducing pretty much every single PCOS symptom. How exciting is that!? If you want to find out more about how NAC affects PCOS you can hit the link below to read some supporting studies & articles!

READ MORE ABOUT NAC & PCOS HERE.


In my opinion, wether you want a baby right now or not, if you have PCOS it is never too early to work towards getting everything with the hormones in your body under control. It's honestly just going to help you feel more complete. Sometimes we forget how POWERFUL our hormones are. But really they define almost everything about us from the way we look to our mood & personality.

Don't let your hormones run your life and get the best of you. The matter of the fact is that even when you have your hormones under control conception can still be a struggle with PCOS. And if you're not on the baby train then even having 28 day cycles can be something you only ever dream about.

But please keep in mind that SOME cycle is better than NONE. Always.

50 day cycles, 45 day cycles, 38 day cycles, they're all a part of daily life with PCOS so take whatever you can get. But keep the cycles going. Don't let things go dormant or turn to perscriptions that have a ton of terrible side effects.

The awesome thing is that you don't HAVE to artificially manipulate your hormones with drugs & you can manage this naturally!! I honestly think that's awesome! Not all things hormonal can be managed this way! It takes time but it's doable and that's what you need to remember.

If you pair the three supplements up there with a Paleo lifestyle & a well balanced exercise routine you're going to be set! It will take time as these natural measures do, but you will get there. Remember that your body WANTS to heal, you just have to provide what it needs and show it the right path so it stops getting lost.

I'm super curious -

How many of you with PCOS are on the pill right now and would love to get off of it and manage your hormones & acne naturally? Comment below, I want to hear from you! AND I want you to see that you are not alone! Don't be shy I promise I don't bite!

Ya'll are amazing, so don't forget it! And as always you can enter your email address below if you want access to my exclusive resources for naturally healing acne & PCOS for good!

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How to Choose the Best Makeup for Acne Prone Skin

Oh makeup, why do I have such a love hate relationship with you!? I mean for what feels like my entire life my one goal was to be ABLE to go makeup free.

You see, not coving my acne was never an option obviously. I mean it actually was. But I legit never ever saw it that way because if people saw my acne I would be unlovable obviously.

I never cared about the consequences of wearing makeup all the time. My priority was covering up my skin so I could show my face in public without being embarrassed. And I tell you what, even with the makeup I STILL felt everyone staring at my skin all the time.

I have literally always seen not wearing makeup and still being (really FEELING) pretty as the ultimate goal and privilege. That's why the second my skin got clear enough I stopped wearing foundation everyday. I did also have a pretty sweet tan at the time that helped reduce the redness because the scars are real.

Even these days the texture of my skin is far from perfect. There are some deep scars in the tissue of my skin, but I'm working on some PRETTY exciting stuff for you guy on that so we will talk more about scarring later. At least these days hyper-pigmentation is a thing of the past! I can't tell you how FREEING it is to stop wearing foundation as a choice.

Your skin is never going to look like a porcelain doll. It's never going to be 100% perfect because human skin just isn't that perfect and that's okay. You're human! You can still do the best for your skin and have clear, healthy, GLOWING skin from the inside out that makes you feel like you could conquer the world! The rest is all an illusion.

The good news is that you can still have beautiful skin that makes you feel confident and flawless with or without makeup!

This blog post isn't about you clearing your skin though - it's about makeup and especially makeup for acne prone skin!

Needless to say I have worn A LOT OF MAKEUP from Maybelline to Bare Minerals, to Clinique. And specifically I'm referring to foundation, concealer, mineral powders etc etc. I'll tell ya'll some of my favorite brands for your skin below but first let's talk about how you can go forward educated and be able to pick out safer makeup from a lineup in a pinch. 

Hint: it's NOT easy!

The regulations in the makeup industry are practically non existInt especially here in the US. Did you know that there are only 11 ingredients banned for cosmetic use in America versus over 1,400 in the European Union. 

HOW INSANE IS THAT!?

On top of the fact that the cosmetics industry is  barely regulated, there are a ton of sneaky sneaky things that the industry does to trick you into thinking that you're buying a "healthier" alternative when it's actually still packed with hormone disrupting, pore clogging, toxic ingredients.

Did you know that your makeup can actually contribute to hormonal imbalance?

Well it can, and I think it's really freaking scary. The fact is, our skin is our largest organ and it's often faster access to your bloodstream even compared to taking supplements. Just think about the fact that a PATCH on your skin can prevent pregnancy, or help you quit smoking... Pretty crazy ya'll I mean seriously! 

Let's just talk really quickly about the list of ingredients you should avoid at all costs. I got this list from the Beautycounter Website, they're leaders and pioneers in the world of trying to make cosmetics safer here in the US. They even went to DC in order to talk to some senators about getting new laws passed. They're doing big and important things in the world of cosmetics and safer skincare which is just part of why I trust them!

Ingredients to AVOID at all costs AKA The Never List:

  • Benzalkonium chloride: a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers
     
  • BHA and BHT: synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.
     
  • Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients: a byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. Found in: hair dye, shampoo.
     
  • Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): a chelating (binding) agent added to cosmetics to improve stability. May be toxic to organs. Found in: hair color, moisturizers.
     
  • Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): surfactants and pH adjuster linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Found in: hair dyes, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, dry cleaning solvents, paint, pharmaceuticals.
     
  • Formaldehyde: used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
     
  • Hydroquinone: a skin-lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melanin and is linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and skin irritation. Found in: skin-lightening creams.
     
  • Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone: chemical preservatives that are among the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies. Found in: shampoo, conditioner, body wash.
     
  • Oxybenzone: sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies, and possible hormone disruption. Found in: sunscreen, moisturizer.
     
  • Parabens  (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.
     
  • Phthalates  (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): a class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. Found in: synthetic fragrance, nail polish, hairspray, and plastic materials.
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds): PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. Found in: creams, sunscreen, shampoo.
     
  • Retinyl palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A): a nutrient that may damage DNA and speed the growth of skin tumors when used topically. Found in: moisturizer, anti-aging skincare.
     
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES): SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
     
  • Synthetic flavor or fragrance: an engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed. Found in: all types of cosmetics.
     
  • Toluene: a volatile petrochemical solvent that is toxic to the immune system and can cause birth defects. Found in: nail polish.
     
  • Triclosan and Triclocarban: antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; may also impact human reproductive systems. Found in: liquid soap, soap bars, toothpaste.

    Sources: National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, CosIng, Health Canada, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

OKAY - now that you've hopefully at least glanced through that list here's a PDF of it:

The Makeup 'Never' List
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Have you ever wondered what ingredients you should avoid when buying your cosmetics? Here's the perfect printable list from you straight from Beautycounter!

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I'm going to ask you to print it and carry it with you in your purse. You'll see why you need it shortly. Let's get onto the bulk of this post that I know you've all been waiting for:


How to Choose the Best Makeup for Acne Prone Skin

Read the Ingredients

Incase you couldn't tell from that whole montage above, there are a ton of shitty ingredients in our cosmetics. This is beyond important because theres no need for you to be harming with your body & breaking yourself out more with your makeup when there are fantastic alternative out there that will keep your skin clear. But I also know how it goes, sometimes you run out and you're in a pinch and you just need some makeup.

This is why you've gotta learn what to look for when you're reading said ingredients. That's why I wanted you to carry that list above around with you! Plus remember the whole 'only 11 ingredients banned' thing. You HAVE to start reading the ingredients of what you're putting on your body ya'll! Just like you read food labels - read your cosmetics labels.

Companies change their "formulas" all the time so be wary and guard yourself against it!

Find a Reputable Brand

SO this is important because once you've found a brand you know and trust it makes the whole process of buying non scary makeup so much easier. There are literally only a handful of brands I'm willing to order from and I have different brands that I like for different cosmetic things. As I mentioned above companies change the ingredients of their cosmetics all the time.

But if you're buying from a brand that you TRUST and know the standards of, you don't have to worry about any changes because you know their company standard. That is HUGE when it comes to buying your stuff. You need to be able to trust the company & know they have your best interest in mind, not just a bigger paycheck for using cheaper filler ingredients.

Trust is everything when it comes to this stuff since the laws & regulations are the poop.

If it Works, Stick With it.

Let's talk about Sally. Sally has had acne her whole life and wears foundation everyday. Sally always wears the same makeup because it gives her that redness coverage she desperately needs on a daily basis. Then Sally learns about how scary most makeup is and switches to a better brand that doesn't break her out as much.

Now her skin is clearer and shes wearing this healthier foundation. But then she sees a shiny NEW foundation from another brand that looks cool, and she tries it! Then she breaks out like crazy but thinks it's from that cupcake and slice of pizza she had last night and keeps using her shiny new foundation that everyone says is the best!

Moral of this story? The same products aren't going to work the same way for everyone. If you've already switched to a natural or healthier brand that doesn't break you out - don't keep searching for something better. Stick with what works for your skin and call it a day!

If You Avoid it in Food, Avoid it in Makeup

Yes, gluten free makeup is a thing, and yes you should be getting it. Soy free also and dairy free. The dairy one isn't a thing - but I think you get the point here!


My Favorite Brands:

Okie I cannot tell you how many times I day I am asked what kind of foundation I use, what my favorite safe makeup is, or what makeup I recommend to my clients. So I'm going to talk about it here a little bit and I want to be totally transparent.

There are really only a few brands that I can comfortably recommend and really only ONE that I can say with confidence does NOT break me out ever & my clients have had awesome success with across the board. Now I did become a 'consultant' for said company ONLY because I was legit so impressed with their products - and that company is Beautycounter.

Their products work more like conventional makeup products rather than a lot of the natural alternative that just don't really do much in the ways of coverage. I don't wear foundation often so when I do I want to look FLAWLESS!

Now I don't want you to suddenly think I'm just trying to sell you something or promote Beautycounter to just make some money because it's not about that. This blog is my business but at the end of the day my goal is to provide you with quality information that helps you feel empowered to clear your skin naturally. And I believe that this makeup can help you in doing so.

I not only wholeheartedly believe in what this company is all about, but I personally use their makeup and a few other products and I like them. And my clients like them. And that's that. That's why I became a consultant. If for some reason that makes you uncomfortable & you don't want to order with me as your 'consultant' and you'd rather a random person benefits from your purchase then that's okay too. You do you boo!

SO let's talk about these brands! I'm going to start with the most NATURAL option first!

Primal Life Organics

This brand is legit you guys. Everything is beyond crunchy natural and amazing just how I like it! It's at a decent price point and I def trust this brand. However, I do have to say that personally I've never felt the desire to go THIS level of natural clean and crunchy with my makeup - because ACNE & SCARS. Plus the price point was just a bit too far out of my range back when I was looking for a great natural makeup option so I have personally not used this makeup before. Again I'm being as transparent here as possible guys!

I wouldn't hesitate to try this brand though if you're curious about it! They have a ton of adorable eyeshadow shades, blushes, & mineral foundations!

CarenMinerals

I used CarenMinerals for along ass time ya'll. Like seriously this was THE brand I recommended to people almost exclusively for years until I found something better! I still have some of their BB cream - but again I'm going to be honest with you. The coverage is not the best. And whenever I use it now (again randomly) it makes my skin a tad itchy. Keep in mind that when you use something daily you often don't notice the effects it has on you as easily. I did go through bouts of clear skin while using this makeup, but it did irritate my skin at least a little bit. Still I would say a great and fair option! I used the mineral foundations and the BB cream. The BB cream breaks me out so I use it as infrequently as possible.

Beautycounter

I know I've already talked about them a lot at this point but I do want to mention that they aren't 100% natural. They follow strict guidelines and triple test every single product to make sure it's as pure as they say. I used their skin tint foundation for the first time when I competed in that bikini competition in Nashville and I was instantly hooked. The quality works just like conventional cosmetics and gave me insane coverage without breaking me out or using harsh chemicals. That literally like the best combination ever in my book. Because like I said before, if I'm wearing makeup, I want the coverage to be flawless and I don't want to breakout after the fact! I can't rave enough about the skin tint foundation & they have a ton of other amazing things like compressed powder, bronzers, blush, lipstick, eyeshadow,  lipgloss, the list goes on and on!


Okay this became very long so that is it for me today ya'll. Tell me in the comments: what's the most important thing for you when it comes to your makeup? For me it's always been coverage! I've had many a day of CAKEY ass makeup but hey - you couldn't see any redness! #prioroties

I'd love to hear what matters to you most when you're looking at makeup!

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5 Necessities to Heal Your Gut & Clear Your Skin

Since you've made it here to my blog I'm going to just assume that you've at least heard about the connection between your gut and your skin.

Now I don't want you to think that just because you possibly haven't heard of this that you're out of the loop. I mean I went almost my entire life not knowing a single thing about this so you are not alone! Before finding the information & research on my own in 2014 I had heard of leaky gut in relation to other things but none of it applied to me so I didn't pay much attention. #sorrynotsorry.

Had I paid attention sooner things would probably be different. But I'm just glad that through my experience with insane break outs and severe leaky gut I am now able to help you avoid the same mistakes I made and have an actual solution!

On that note, let's talk about this thing called leaky gut, and why you SHOULD care about it if you're someone who is currently riding the struggle bus with acne, occasional break outs, or really any sort of skin disorder. 

What is Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut is a popular term for Intestinal Permeability. Essentially it means that your gut lining (as in your stomach) has little gaps in the wall of cells that lines it. This cellular lining separates food in your tummy from everything outside of your tummy like your blood stream where food should not be. What this ultimately means is that when you eat food it's not all staying in your stomach because small particles are slipping through those cracks and escaping into your body where they SHOUD NOT BE.

Yikes.

It's like if Gandalf got drunk every time you ate and didn't show up to yell "YOU SHALL NOT PASS" and therefore the food particles that should've been stopped by him are instead leaving your gut and wreaking havoc.

Why should this matter to you?

None of that sounds like much fun right? Well it's not. Leaky Gut can trigger a whole catalyst of issues in your body including but def not limited to:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Autoimmunity
  • Inflammation
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Infertility
  • Nutrient Depletion
  • Inability to Lose Weight
  • Inability to Gain Weight
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance
  • PCOS
  • IBS & IBD
  • Food Allergies
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Mood Issues
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Cancer (some believe)

And there's more of course. But that's just a basic list.

I will tell you right now that no matter what you believe is causing your acne, or making it worse, wether it be hormonal issues, topical issues, dietary issues, whatever, the following is true no matter what:

IF YOU HAVE ACNE THEN YOU HAVE A LEAKY GUT.

Even if your gut isn't severely leaky, as in Gandalf is still showing up occasionally but takes long breaks where he gets drunk (obvi), it can still have a huge effect on your body.

Remember the whole catalyst thing? Even if your breakouts are in fact hormonal, that doesn't mean that the root source of that whole hormonal imbalance going on isn't at least partially a leaky gut. At the very least it doesn't hurt to make your gut happy by working to heal it!

Okay so now that you understand WHAT leaky gut is and WHY is matters to you, let's move onto talking a little about HOW this leaky gut thing happens.

How do you get Leaky Gut?

To put it very simply, leaky gut is caused by gut damaging foods like anything processed, gluten, grains, dairy, sugar, soy, alcohol, legumes, corn, industrial seed oils, and pretty much everything else in between that's excluded on a Paleo diet. Another thing that causes leaky gut is prescription medications and especially oral antibiotics that wipe out all the good and bad bacteria in your system. Many of us are actually born with leaky guts because of our mothers diets, plus their antibiotic usage which can cause all sorts of issues starting from a young age. Paleo however, can reverse that damage and restore your body to health!

This is part of the reason why I honestly believe that natural healthcare and a generally Paleo lifestyle are the best. It's the reason that I trusted it to heal myself and the reason I use it for my clients daily.

On top of the, once you've put in enough time to really work on healing your gut, you will start to see it in your skin! In the process you'll also be reducing inflammation, reversing all the damage, and making your insides happy and non toxic again!  Then in time you can even slowly either reintroduce certain foods you couldn't tolerate before, or at least be able to eat some on occasion without adverse side effects.

I mean isn't that exciting! We can do something about this!

These days I eat white right moderately often because I love it and my body does well with it. It's still gluten free and it doesn't break me out. That's the main indicator I pay attention to. If I eat something "different" or "off plan" I always pay REALLY close attention to how my tummy and skin respond to it.

Everyones body is different so it's important to learn how to listen to yours.

I also eat a ton of Goats Milk Yogurt which I talked more about in my Best Dip Ever post because it's loaded with probiotics and I can handle goats milk in pretty much any form (aka goats milk kefir, or cheese) without any adverse reactions. I've even seen huge benefits from adding the yogurt in!

It's a process my friends, but I've been on this healthy healing journey for years and I'm really happy to have made the progress I have, so that I can help you do it too! And YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Finally let's talk about what you came here for: the things you need to start doing right now to start healing your gut & clearing your skin from the INSIDE OUT once and for all! YAYYYY!

As they say: what you see on the outside is a reflection of what's happening on the inside. SO let's do this thing!


5 Necessities to Heal Your Gut & Clear Your Skin

1. Probiotics

Probiotics are all the rage these days, in the world of digestion, but it's often taken for granted just how important they are for healing your skin. Eat as many probiotic rich, fermented foods as possible. Some great options are: Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Kimchi, Pickles and a ton more. check out my pinterest Fermented Foods Board for some fermenting inspo! 

If you can tolerate it, also get in some goats milk kefir, goats milk yogurt, or any other kind of kefir like water kefir, coconut kefir etc! I buy mine at Whole Foods or Trader Joes.

Probiotics are the GOOD bacteria that we need in order to digest food & absorb nutrients. They help to replenish your poor leaky gut who is suffering from a bad bacterial toxic environment. I think of it as a toxic waste land and I need to help it out! Probiotics are a huge must for this! I prefer getting mine from food but if you want a supplement THIS with THIS are great options!

2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Okay. I want to say that I know ACV is all the rage in weight loss and this and that and whatever else right now. Okay, like I really do get that. But I want to tell you why it's essential for those of us with acne to get it into our bodies on a regular basis.

Remember that toxic wasteland I talked about? Well it needs a lot of help. Not only is ACV going to provide some stomach acid to make the whole digestive process easier on you, but it has a ton of amazing enzymes.

One thing these enzymes do is HELP out those probiotics you're consuming! It helps them not just pass through our system but actually FLOURISH in our guts so that we get the maximum benefits. I think of ACV as the exterminator friend that comes in and blasts all the toxic things out of our gut while supporting us AKA the good guys.

What a nice friend!! Click Here to read how I take my ACV shot every morning under the "Morning Tonic" section! And here's the best brand of ACV out there!

3. L-Glutamine

Now we're doing all these great things to support out toxic gut with probiotics and getting that daily dose of ACV, and things are getting SO much better! YAY! But that's not all folks! There's still more to be done here, but this is an easy one!

L-Glutamine is an amino acid that our body naturally produces and many people use for muscle recovery. In this case what it actually does is help to seal and heal those gaps in the cell lining of your gut that's making it leaky. Essentially L-Glutamine has gotten Gandalf into rehab and is making sure he becomes a permanent fixture at his station as a new man (scroll up if you don't get the reference here)!

Simply add 1/2tsp to a cup of water and drink it on an empty stomach. Less is more here, if you take too much you'll get constipated. You're welcome. If you're already taking a BCAA (Brand Chain Amino Acid Supplement) then carry on, just check the ingredients! Here are the brands I recommend: Dr. Axe (def the best option)Jarrow, or Scivation.

4. Collagen & Gelatin

Yet another overly saturated supplement out there these day, but for good reason. Not only do these bad boys help seal and heal your leaky gut, but they also boost your natural production of stomach and and aid in digestion and regular eliminations! Plus they're high in protein and help your bones, joints, muscles, & skin keep their elasticity.

Uhm hello sing me up please!

You can get these from making Bone Broth! There are a ton of easy peasy bone broth recipes out there, just hit up Dr. Google. Personally I'm lazy about making bone broth every week so I'm all about adding these guys in supplement form to my teas, smoothies, yogurt, etc every single day. I use and love Vital Proteins brand for both the gelatin (for hot liquids) & the collagen (for cold liquids). I use the collagen far more often because I add em to my daily gut healing smoothie! But THIS is a great alternative if you want an all in one kinda deal!

5. Remove Irritating Foods

I'm sure you saw this one coming as soon as I listed out all the foods that make your gut leaky in the first place. Here's the thing, it can seem daunting to "cut out" a ton of stuff and in time your attachment will subside and those foods will no longer be interesting to you. And hey one day you might be able to eat them again without your skin going crazy or feeling like crap about yourself or really a care in the world. Isn't that exciting!?

But for right now while you work on healing, these steps here are crucial.

You don't want the inside of you tummy to be a toxic wasteland. That's gross, and even worse, what's happening in there is showing up outside your body in the form of ACNE. No one wants acne. Try this switch with your diet strictly for 30-90 days. It can be a fun process! Look through the recipes here on my site, make some meal plans for yourself, plan out the next 30 days and get excited to start healing yourself!!!!


I'm so happy that you've made it this far and I really hope you'll start implementing these tips above like ASAP! Keep in mind that you can get a lot of the items above in store, but for those of you obsessed with Amazon like I am, these are convenient options for you!

I literally cannot wait for you to get started on all this & start seeing some amazing progress in your skin! GAHHHH IT'S SO EXCITING!

If you need more information & support on your journey I'm here for you! I have a whole ebook & online video course to guide you through everything you need to know about healing your skin naturally called Clear Skin Secrets Revealed. I also have tons of free resources, an acne detox protocol, printable guides for your kitchen and purse, worksheets, shopping lists, and so much more in my Resource Library

And one of my personal fav resources for all things Leaky Gut is Dr. Axe! He doesn't specialize in acne or paleo but he is the King of all things Leaky Gut! Def check him out for some more resources on the leaky gut aspect!

Thank you all as usual for being awesome and committed to healing yourself naturally!As I mentioned before you can look forward to even more blog posts like this one coming your way!

In the meantime don't forget to check out my free Resource Library & Clear Skin Secrets Revealed!


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Diet Bet & Current Body Update

Happy New Year Everyone!!

I have another post in the works on my 2016 recap, review, whatever you have it. BUT as of right now I want to talk to you guys about getting healthy and fit in 2017!! Yippieeee!!!

Specifically I want to talk to you guys a little bit about where I'm at currently fitness wise, AAAANNDDDD obviously (based on the title) about this thing called a Diet Bet!

The idea behind a diet bet (it's a legit website and everything) is to put up or "bet" some money that goes into a pot. You sign up for a diet bet usually with someone you know or a group of people. The website takes care of the details on that aspect. By putting up money you're betting to lose a certain amount of pounds (lbs) by a certain date. If you succeed in losing said lbs by said date, you get a cut of the pot and so does everyone else in your group that succeeds!

Kind of a cool idea right?

Except that a number on the scale is NOT an indicator or either health, or fitness.

I mean, if you're already moderately thin and fit and you start working out intending to lose weight, often times you'll lose body fat and inches, but not necessarily any weight! Sometimes you might even gain weight. True story. Fat takes up a lot more space in your body than muscle does. I'm sure you've seen this picture before:

fat v muscle.jpg

Right, so I think it goes without saying that you can lose fat and replace it with muscle and be smaller, but not necessarily WEIGH a much different amount.

Okay anyway.

Let's talk about MEEEE! (face palm)

So I think a lot of you know that I had been going with my husband to the gymmmm and it's been fun! I had kind of gotten off my at home workout game because I wasn't following a program (obviously my own fault) and even more so because I was ITCHING to use some heavier weights, a squat rack, and gym equipment!! I've been thinking about competing in 2017 which means even more that I need to get into the gym with some heavier weights and different ways to challenge my muscles.

So my husband got a gym membership at Planet Fitness (I talked quite a bit about that in my vlog) and I am now able to go with him as his guest fo free as often as I want to! Only problem is that my workout schedule became reliant on him. He was going super consistently though so it wasn't really a problem! Except for random scheduling issues that come up of course. But all in all once I started getting into my own groove at the gym I was feeling good!

Then we both got sick.

I worked out the first week while I was sick but then the second week into my cold Ernest got sick so we took the week off. Then the week after that was like an extension of a recovery week. Then scheduling conflicts AKA traveling & the last December holidays came up and we were not able to get our butts to the gym consistently AT ALL. I mean we still went here and there but as most of you know that doesn't do much in the ways of keeping you super fit.

Also am I the only one who gets embarrassed to workout in front of other people who aren't working out? Like I love working out in my living room or even in the gym because no one has to see me struggle & huff and puff and fail and if they do, then they're typically in the same position as me. For instance while staying in TX I was like man, I feel uncomfortable with being that person working out. And earlier in Summer 2016 while traveling I would go workout on the deck alone before everyone woke up so that people wouldn't see me. There's just SOMETHING awkward about working out while no one else is. I love working out with people, or alone. But I don't even know.... It's uncomfortable and I'm the idiot that sometimes uses that as an excuse (like I did in TX) to not workout at all. Oh well! Anyone else feel me on this?

Long story not so short, I've lightly worked out, taken walks, and done a bit of this and that here and there but dear lord without following a program and calendar I REALLY struggle with working out consistently or trusting myself with planning a workout for myself.. 

I think as most of you know, getting in a workout is really more of a mental game than a physical one and essentially I've been letting my lazy mind win.

On the PLUS side it's been great business wise. I've been feeling creative and putting ALL of my time into creating content for you guys! Exciting right? Except I can only go on without a concrete plan for so long. Which makes me really excited for what I'm starting TODAY.

I'm doing a two program hybrid that's going to allow me to both workout from home, AND get in those heavy pump sessions at the gym. Yippieeee! It's using the program Insanity Max 30 & Body Beast! It's sort f an every other day kinda thing, except I changed the design to include more lifting days than cardio (AKA Max 30) days. Today is day 1 so it's cardio challenge day!

Anyway it feel good to have a plan and calendar to follow again and I'm excited to move forward! If you want in on this madness just shoot me an email and I'll tell you how to get access to the program etc. There's actually an all access pass that Beachbody just came out with and it's AWESOME.

I just started browsing it tonight and I keep thinking that there must be something wrong because this deal is kind of too good. Like seriously.

It works like Netflix, except that it's for workouts. It's been around for a long time but before you only had access to programs you had previously purchased & a select few that were available to everyone. But now every program ever is available which is SO EXCITING!

I never purchased Body Beast or Insanity Max 30. But I can do both of them now because of this which just makes me super happy!

It's access to every Beachbody program that's EVER been released, PLUS access to every single new program that will be coming out this year in 2017 for $99. Like holy eff balls you guys that's insanely cheap and such a good deal. Way cheaper than any gym membership. 1 whole year for $99. I literally just can't even.

Okay sorry that wasn't the point of this post but I'm just excited!

Enough about me and my current fitness level, let me talk a little more about the Diet Bet and more importantly this very similar but IMO much better thing called a Health Bet! Oh and here's my current fitness level photos and will be my "before" photos since today is day 1:

Not my worst, but def not my best! OIE! Got some post holiday softness and I'm also pretty bloated at the moment from eating a little too much tuna salad today **insert eyes covered monkey emoji** for serious ya'll. I didn't gain any weight over the holidays because I ate well, in fact I lost weight thanks to my tea detox, but that bloat life today! Paleo Mayo makes me bloat but I love it and eat it anyway sometime because #treatyoself right? Plus it's healthy. My body just isn't the best with it. ANYWAY I'll probably look a lot less swollen tomorrow, But it's ALL good regardless! For reference I'm 5'7 & I weigh 131lbs.  My shorts are an XS from Under Armor and the sports bra is a S from Victoria Secret. I'll take my measurements once I'm done with this post!

Okay I'm sorry! Back to the Health Bet! The basic concept is the similar to a Diet Bet, you're putting something on the line and betting on the fact that you're going to consistently workout (3x a week), and drink your nutrients at least 5 days a week with Shakeology! I LOVE that it's not about results and specifically NOT about a number on the scale or weight loss. It's about putting in effort and trying to get HEALTHY! I have literally seen people slack off on diet bets then crash diet the last few weeks just to try to make a few bucks. Then they gain the weight back. Not everyone does this, but I think you get the idea. I'd much rather look at other health factors!

With the Health Bet what you're investing by purchasing a workout program and Shakeology that you will use to participate. If you already have a program and shakeology then you're good to go! You're not actually adding any additional money to the pot, you're just buying the products that you're going to use for the next 30 days. There's already a pot of 2 Million Dollars (it can go up to 3 mil - $5 of each purchase goes into the pot) and you can have a piece of it, I'll tell you how!

Oh! How will I know that you're working out and drinking said nutrient dense shakes? Well you have to track them in the Health Bet challenge group on the Challenge Tracker app. It's a free app and private group designed specifically for this purpose!

So if you want to participate here are the cliff notes of how you do that:

  1. JOIN: Leave a comment on this blog post with your email address OR email me at thepaleoballerina@gmail.com so I can get your email address & send you an invite to the challenge group (it starts January 9th 2017) and set you up with your program + shake!
  2. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: Use the app to log at least five Shakeology drinks with photos and three workouts during all four qualification weeks. It's super easy to do!
  3. QUALIFY: Log your Shakeology drinks and workouts by 11:59 p.m. PT on the last day of each contest week:

    Week 1: January 9–January 15
    Week 2: January 16–January 22
    Week 3: January 23–January 29
    Week 4: January 30–February 5

  4. CASH IN: Meet all the requirements and you’ll automatically win an equal share of the prize pool! It's as simple as that!

So I hope you'll join me in getting yo booty in gear this 2017! And IF you want to do the crazy hybrid calendar I'm doing also, I can totes share it with you! Yay let's do this thing and make some money in the process! Last time a few people in my group were successful and totally made some $$! I can't wait for that to be YOU this time around!

Until next timeeee my loves!! 

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5 Cold Remedies

As I sit here at my beautiful new laptop (SQUUUEEEEEEEE!!!!!Thanks Hubby!!!!!!) surrounded by tissues, tea mugs, notebooks, and blankets, I can't help but notice the genuine irony of this situation.

But it's this exact situation that inspired me to write this post. Because I don't want you getting sick, but when it happens, which it will inevitably will for everyone #sorrynotsorry I want you to have natural tools at your disposal that you can easily use to feel better. Or maybe not even get very sick in the first place! To be perfectly honest, a cold doesn't hold me back from much of anything. I've had some BAD colds that have knocked me on my ass, but luckily this time it's really not bad at all.

But I digress...

Let's talk about Natural Cold Remedies!!! And NO I'm not talking about taking freaking EMERGEN-C. I mean no offense to them, but there's so much sugar in those little packets!! Sugar is hella inflammatory and the exact OPPOSITE of what you want when you feel a cold coming on or you're in the midst of full blown sickness. Don't get me wrong, I once religiously used it as a "healthy" nutrient boost... Especially when I was sick it was my go to. But it's backwards and twisted logic to take a shot of sugar in order to feel better. The first ingredient is sugar ya'll in the form of fructose. *face palm*

For reference I happen to have a packet here in front of me from a box I bought YEARS ago before I wised up and read the ingredients... Be prepared to have your dreams shattered.

Emergen-c 'Tropical' Ingredients: Fructose, citric acid, natural tropical flavor and other natural flavors, malic acid, tapioca maltodextrin, silica, vegetable juice color, glycine, aspartic acid, tartaric acid, and cysteine hydrochloride.

I'm sorry, that got a little out of hand, but go eat an orange or something. Also there's actually not much evidence that shows Vitamin C being an effective cure or prevention for the common cold. Here's a study showing just that.  I still don't think it hurts to load up on vitamin C... Just be wary of the source ya'll! It's easy enough to get from real whole foods!

I'm sorry this wasn't meant to become a rant about Vitamin C.... Onward to the actual tips to help you out in this matter!


How to Fight a Cold Naturally!

1) Sleep as much as possible

Yes, it's true sleep is SOOOOO essentially when you're starting to feel sick! You know how your mom let you stay home when you were sick but it was an unspoken rule that you had to stay in bed and sleep? Well that was for good reason! While we sleep our body has the chance to recover and recuperate. It's not just about energy restoration here. You've gotta relax and take it easier when you're sick, or you're just going to be sick A LOT longer! Need a natural sleep aid? Try out this natural loose leaf tea: Teami 'Relax' Tea Coupon for 20% off: BALLERINA20 for December 2016 only, after that use code: HARMONY for 10% off - you're welcome

2) Drink teas & bone broth

I don't know what kind of crazy person EVER said it was a good idea to get milkshakes, smoothies, & ice cream cones while you're sick - it's MADNESS. Those things might feel nice but they ultimately make you worse in the long run. Can we say extra congestion and inflammation anyone?

Hydrate as much as possible, and preferably with warm liquids that will help your body heal like teas and bone broth. Bone broth is crazy nutrient rich, again it goes back to when mom told us to eat chicken noodle soup when we were sick. Granted most of the canned stuff these days is nutrient poor but still a better option. Here are some of my fav bone broths:

TEA is the best while you're sick especially when you add LEMON!! I'm actually doing a tea detox right now so I'm drinking a whole crap ton of tea anyway but here are some of my favorite teas specifically for a cold:

  • Gypsy Cold Care by Traditional Medicinals,
  • Throat Coat by Traditional Medicinals, or you can use the same one I mentioned above
  • Teami 'Relax' Tea Coupon for 20% off: BALLERINA20 for December 2016 only, after that use code: HARMONY for 10% off your order - coupon codes just for my followers, yay!! You're welcome.

3) Bundle up & sweat it out

Yep, nothing complicated about this one. Especially if you're running a fever it's really important to SWEAT it out as much as possible. This is also just part of why you must ALSO hydrate as much as possible. You're going to sweat out a lot of water hopefully. It's your body's way of detoxing and regulating internal temperature. So even if you're hot and uncomfortable stay bundled! Wear a hoodie, wear warm fuzzy socks, take your blanket with you everywhere. You get the idea!

4) Support your immune system!

Food IS medicine so let's first look at some food you'll want to eat to support your immune system while you're sick with a cold:

  • Soup using bone broth as a base (see #2 above)
  • Probiotics like Kombucha & different Fermented Foods.
  • Garlic & Onions.
  • Ginger & Turmeric.
  • Fish like Salmon, Sardines, Tuna, & Cod.
  • Dark leafy greens and really all veggies.
  • Fruits like lemon, oranges, kiwis, berries, and cherries. 
  • Liver & egg yolks.

Okay now that we've talked a little about food, let's look at other natural medicine. I know it might be tempting to take nyquil or mucinex when you get a cold but if you catch it and start early enough with the natural remedies you can usually avoid it altogether! On that note, I'll tell you my personal fav cold "medicines".

  • Echinacea or Echinacea with Goldenseal if you have a cough is always my #1 go to.
  • Fermented Cod Liver Oil & Butter Oil Blend (FCLO) either gelatin or capsules. I take double the normal dose when I'm getting sick or already sick. OR this Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil by Rositas! I haven't used it but it's supposed to be even better than FCLO!
  •  Oil of Oregano added to water you drink and also throw some in your humidifier! It's a natural antibiotic & good for immune support.
  • Influenzinum is a homeopathic remedy that's great as flu prevention or once you have any flu like symptoms. This is kind of my 'last resort' if the other methods aren't helping enough.

5) Use the power of steam

One of my favorite ways to promote sweating naturally besides bundling is using STEAM as much as possible. So that means having a humidifier running at all times, taking long hot showers, and especially taking nice hot BATHS. You want to detox and also steam helps promote mucous release which is great because you want to get all those junk out of your body I love a bath with epsom salts, baking soda, and ACV personally but you can also buy some great sweat promoting bath blends like this one Chris Kresser recommends: Mustard Bath!


One last thing I'd like to mention is that if you're really sick please do go to the doctor. I'm insanely stubborn and almost never go to the doctor but that doesn't mean you shouldn't. You have to do what works for you and your body! I'm not a doctor or medical professional and nothing here should should be taken as medical advice or diagnosis. These tips are merely my own personal opinion & experiences based on research.

And on top of that, before you do anything crazy or make any changes please do consult a medical professional. Don't be like "but Harmony's blog said to just drink tea! I followed her advice and I don't know why I have a deadly illness now!" Mmmmkay? K!

That's it for my cold remedies this Friday evening! I now have to run to teach ballet until 9:30pm tonight so I should really get going! Yayyyy Friday. Man my life is exciting!

Have an amazing weekend everyone and stay safe from all the germs out there!!

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Black Friday & Cyber Weekend Deals + Coupon Codes!

Wadddduupppp ya'll!!!

First & foremost HAPPY GILMORE GIRLS DAY! I want you to know that I love ya'll SO much that I paused Gilmore Girls in order to bring you this post.... I mean seriously that is saying a lot. Gilmore Gilrs is life and makes me so happy and I've actually talked a lot about it back in my older blog posts from years ago! I tried to have a big fun viewing party thing along with friendship black Friday shopping but alas my friends were not available and clearly I couldn't wait....

Anyway.... On to the important stuff!

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and I am loving seeing all of your amazing creations over on IG & FB so keep on tagging me so I can share them with others and inspire them to make healthier choices!

I'm sharing some coupon codes available exclusively for my followers!

Some of the coupon codes are standard also, but hey at least I got some good ones for you!

At this point I think all my friends know that I love to shop. But it's more than that. I'm a total bargain shopper and I will almost never buy anything at full price. True story. So sales & sales weekends like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, & Cyber Monday not only excite me, but helping my friends, family, and followers enjoy the same deals, perks, and benefits just makes my day! Also I do want to really encourage you guys to shop small this year! There are a lot of us out there (myself included) who are trying to make a living by following their passions! In order to do that we need to make an income!

But it's not just about me. It's so important that we show the people we love that we support them. And I can't tell you how much even a tiny purchase means to someone who is just starting out or owns a small business. Literally every single tiny purchase means the world, so I encourage you to support the brand you love with your dollar so they can keep bringing you the content you love so much!

Again that's not just about me - I'm referring to all the blogs and brand out there that provide so much free content on a daily basis! They're investing in you and I know your support means the world to each and every one of them! Much more then it'll mean to a big ass corporation!

On that note I have to tell you again that I would never recommend anything to you that I don't fully back and haven't at least tried or used myself. I don't take the position I'm in lightly and I want you to know that no matter how much I "benefit" from something you purchase, I would never recommend something unless I absolutely loved it myself. I'll always give you my honest opinion so that you can make an informed decision that works for your life!

With that being said, I do need to survive & I am still working to build a sustainable business! So your support is genuinely SO appreciated! Honestly guys. It means the friggin world to me. Like about to blubbery cry type of means the world... I just hope that my content can help to make your lives easier and better!

Some of the links and discount codes below will hep me! Def not all by any means, but some of them! You're going to pay that EXACT same price no matter what. But some of the links below are affiliate links meaning that when you purchase from my link instead of a link off of google, I will make a small commission essentially as a "referral". If that makes you uncomfortable then that's okay too. You can type it into google and use to normal site link instead of mine!

With that being said, I want to tell you again just how much I appreciate your support in any and every capacity. Nothing I do would be possible without you - so THANK YOU!

I genuinely think you guys are awesome!

I also wanted to share with you some specific items and sales going on today that I think are super worth checking out! There are a lot out there and I'll update as the days go on and I find more deals! So let's get right to it! 


Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, & Cyber Monday Deals! PLUS The Paleo Ballerina follower exclusive discount codes!

Amazon - Instant Pot!! I know I have talked a lot about this instant pot and for good reason! It makes eating Paleo so much easier and it's honestly just amazing! And this price is just holy wow!

Beautycounter - FREE Lip Sheer! Okay so this one isn't so much that it's dirt cheap BUT you can get a free lip sheer (and possibly body oil) with your qualifying purchase!! This is where I get my non toxic foundation from that actually doesn't break me out, thank God!!! It took me forever to find one I actually like. AND I bought a ton of holiday gifts from here in the forms of charcoal cleansing bars, charcoal masks, & eye shadow palates! Everything is non toxic!

Kasandrinos - Extra Virgin Olive Oil 20% off! CODE: turkey20 I know I talk about this EVOO ALL the time and that's for good reason!!!! This Olive Oil is genuinely amazing, not only in taste but also in quality. Amazing for you, TOTALLY worth it and this sale is awesome!

Teami Teas - BOGO Detox Teas! CODE: PALEOBF okay so BOGO is always good obvi so I don't think I need to explain much there - but as far as these teas go?? They're baller! I have a bigger blog post coming about them soon since I'm starting their 30 day tea detox myself shortly and I want you guys to follow along the experience but in the mean time head on over to the website and take advantage of the DEALS!

Primal Palate - 10% off! CODE: Thanks10 They have some AMAZING organic spice blends and bundles! All non GMO and totally paleo friendly! I especially am a fan of the AIP spice blends since those can be a bit harder to find and create!!

Fatco - 20% off! No code needed on this one! But I can't tell you enough just how much I love their 'oily skin' cleansing oil for OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) and I'm also obsessed with all of their Myrrh products like the face oil, and the body butta! Each item is amazing quality, so good for your skin, AND they last foreverrrrrrrr! This is a great sale so you'll def wanna hop on it! (PS I do not recommend their deodorant... It doesn't work very well IMO)

Dr. Axe - 20% off + free shipping! It's a great time to stock up on some leaky gut supplements and probiotics!! I especially love his leaky gut supplement along with the bone broth protein!!!!

Primal Pit Paste - Deodorant! I honestly love all of their deodorant! And they have a ton of great sales going on all weekend! Seriously they last forever but it's a great time to stock up regardless! Don't put chemicals into your body through your armpits, it's SO not worth it and this stuff actually works really well even through a workout! I pinky promise!

Morocco Method - Cyber Week Deals! They have a bunch of different deals going on so just head on over to their website to find healthy non toxic hair care!!! I wouldn't say they're the BEST deals.... But hey, something is better than nothing right?

Forever 21 - 70% off! Plus already amazing prices you guys. THIS IS AMAZING. Buy all the gifts plus stuff for yourself, andddddd amazing active wear for my workout, fitness friends! YAS!

TOMS - Sale + 10% off! I LOVE TOMS! There I said it!!! They have surprisingly great arch support which is a constant struggle for someone like me who has very high arches, and they're super cute! Okay so as far as the deal goes, what they did here was put a bunch of items at 25% off and then with CODE: TOMS10 you get an additional 10% off of your cart! Buy some amazing shoes AND give back?? Doesn't get much better then that! TOMS are the best! I already bought multiple Christmas gifts!

Farmstead Apothecary - 25% off! CODE: BLACKFRIDAY I wrote a huge blog post all about them not long ago so I'll spare you the details here, but deff check them out! I'm obsessed with their hand soap, & lip balms!

Beachbody - tons of items! There are a ton of different workout accessories on sale today including jump ropes, wrist weights, and some DVDs like Chalene Extreme (by my fav Chalene Johnson) which is a killer program and honestly a ton of other stuff!

AERIE - BOGO on bras, tees, & PJ pants! I am obsessed with comfy PJs. Period!

Victoria Secret - FREE Tote, FREE Slippers & More! I actually really love VS and not only for their baller push up bras! They have great workout gear, AMAZING pajamas (like seriously I'm obsessed) and the free totes are always amazing! For my dancer friends - they make GREAT ballet bags! And for my fitness friends - they make for great gym or workout bags!

Kohls - Towels! They have an amazing deal on towels and a ton of other household staples! It's a perfect time to stock up but it's all time sensitive so hurry ya'll!

Hot Topic - $10 tees! YES if you're especially a fan of things like Harry Potter then you can get some amazing tshirts, also so many great gift options ya'll! Get on it this is time sensitive!

MY PROGRAM DEALS!!! Use code: THANKS15 to get 15% off site wide! YAY! I am even doing 15% off of my Try It My Way program BUT in a limited quantity! You do have to apply for the program, but this sale is going to go all the way through the end of November so we'll have time to hop on a call & get you all ready to go at the best price all year! I'm only doing a limited quantity sale so don't delay!! I also have a giveaway coming to FB soon so keep an eye out for that!


I don't know about you but I'm planning to get ALL of my holiday shoping done this weekend! I try to do this every year and I swear it's the best feeling ever to get it all done and over with before the December shopping mayhem!!!

Now it's time for me to get back to Gilmore Girls & eat some leftover Paleo pie!!!

Happy shopping everyone!!!! <3

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Anxious? 5 Tips to Reduce Anxiety Immediately!

I know that many people have mixed feeling about the outcome of the election, and many people have strong feelings one way or another.

I'm not going to state my political views here, BUT there is no denying that in times like these it's important to remember to take care of ourselves. Forces that are completely outside of our control at this point are not worth sacrificing your health and happiness for.

With that being said, I don't know about you, but my newsfeed and reading about so many distraught friends triggered some huge anxiety for me today. Because of this I wanted to give you some tools for combating anxiety! These are small tips you can do right now or sometime today, regardless of circumstance.

I think all of us have some anxiety here or there, and it's totally normal. When you feel that pang of anxiety, dread, and stress welling in the pit of your stomach or in your chest, try these techniques to help relieve the feeling.

I want to mention that I know debilitating anxiety disorder is very different from the mild anxiety that I'm talking about here. But even if you suffer from extreme anxiety and take medication for it, these techniques surely won't hurt!

1. Find a quiet space to be alone

It can be a stall in your work bathroom, sitting in your car, sitting in your bedroom, or maybe you have the luxury of taking some time to sit on a bench outside. Wherever it is, just find a quiet space where you can be with yourself and collect your thoughts without all of the overwhelming outside influences. If you have essential oils with you like lavender, take a deep inhale of the scent.

2. BREATHE & MEDITATE

If you have headphones I recommend you either put on some music that makes you feel good and makes the rest of the world melt away, or you can pull up a guided meditation either on YouTube, or using a fee app like Head Space. No matter the method you use, start by counting your breaths, making an effort to make them long, & deep breaths. Count up to 10, then start back at 1. Breathing in is 1, breathing out is 2, until you reach 10. Slowing your breath helps to slow your heart rate which sends your brain signals to calm down and that everything will be okay.

3. Move

That's right, this is so important! After you've found a space to be alone and collect your thoughts, listened to something that makes you feel good and chemically helped your body to calm the eff down through breathing, it's time to move a bit to help you feel even better. Depending on where you are, you could do some simple stretches while you're still sitting, really working to expand your range of motion, maybe do a couple jumping jacks, or my favorite is to go for a nice brisk walk, which leads me to my next tip.

4. Get outside

There is nothing more life affirming then going outside and connecting with nature, even if it's just a tree outside your office building. Nature chemically helps our bodies relax. If social connections make you feel good then recruit a friend to come along with you for your nature walk - BUT make sure if you decide to bring someone or talk on the phone with someone, that you still make a point to connect and notice the nature around you while you walk and talk. ALSO it's very important to steer the conversation in a direction that will make you feel good & NOT cause more anxiety. Chose your walking mate wisely! Taking a walk alone is amazing also, no need to go with someone, unless you know it makes you feel better to talk it out.

5. Remove the trigger

Now I know, this can't be done immediately in every case. If your boss is what makes you anxious and you can't quit your job, then you can't easily remove them. However, I would say it's worth evaluating what you CAN change in order to change your circumstances. Maybe start looking for a new job, maybe find a passion project on the side, maybe start earning some side hustle so there's less pressure at work. There are always steps we can take to move towards the outcome we want, even if it can't be attained immediately. For instance, if people on social media are stressing you out, then take a break from social media for a day or two. If it's a specific person or people who are stressing you out, then possibly just unfollow them (don't unfriend, unless you really no longer want a friendship) so you don't have a constant trigger in your newsfeed. It's not worth keeping something so triggering in your everyday life.

More than anything, concentrate on the things in life that make you happy. I know there's a lot of doom and gloom out there, and sure there are A TON of negative things we can concentrate on. But worrying, stressing, and getting anxious over those things doesn't change them, and it doesn't make them any better. Instead do something with what you CAN control: YOURSELF.

The only thing in life we have control over is ourselves. We can try to control everything else around us but it's just not possible and it'll leave you defeated and frustrated. So control you today, and remember that we have SO much to be grateful for in this life.

If you're reading this, you have some sort of access to the internet, you have some sort of computer, tablet, smartphone, or a friend or family member with one of those things. You've had some form of education that allows you to read at all. You probably have a roof over your head, food in your belly, and people in your life who love you. You ARE blessed! So choose to concentrate on the good, and let's choose happiness today! <3

Also just as a side note, this is a guided meditation from YouTube that I used this morning and thought it was pretty good!

Have a beautiful day everyone and make sure to share these tips with someone who you think could benefit from them!! Sharing is caring, and no one should have to feel helpless because of their anxiety - so help someone feel better today!

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