"Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food" - Hippocrates

Friday, March 28, 2014

Peanut Butter Dough Recipe

So I had an ingenious idea today.

I've been needing ways to incorporate more healthy foods and calories into my diet, and so far, I've figured out that I should eat a good portion of my calories from fruits and vegetables. Next in line comes legumes.

I have it planned down to eating about 500 calories in fruits and veggies. Another 500 in smoothies. Another 500 in home cooked meals. So where would I get another 500 calories from?

Well lately I've been needing some type of food to take to work. I'm really picky about what I eat there. We do have a microwave, but sometimes certain foods just don't appeal to me. I know, I'm weird.

But I had a brilliant idea while sitting at work. What if I could take peanut butter and mix it with some type of flour? Wouldn't that make a dough, per say?

Well, I tried it, and it's brilliant!

If you mix your favorite peanut butter, and whatever preferable flour you choose. I personally chose oat flour because I'm trying to steer clear of wheat as much as possible.

And voila! You got yourself a peanut butter dough! Kind of like cookie dough, but obviously not cookie dough.

You can add whatever you want to this dough. Protein powder. Chocolate chips. Whatever floats your boat. And you can make the dough as stiff or as light as you'd like. That's the beauty of this recipe! Any recipe that's easily changeable is my kinda recipe.

And you know what else? It's easily fixable in under 5 minutes! Bonus points there.

Plus, you can make as little or as much as possible without doing crazy measurements and scratching your head! Just add flour until it makes a doughy consistency. Beautiful, ain't it?

Now I just need to add some pictures.

Anyone else have simple recipes like this? Preferably snack ones. Sharing is caring!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Acne & Rosacea: Make-up Tips

For someone who has long dealt with rosacea, I thought I should give my own tips for those of you who are struggling to find balance with such red skin.

My very first tip to give you is to ditch your commercial make-up. No, seriously, do it. First of all, you have no clue what's in that stuff. So many toxins that are aggravating your rosacea even worse. If you don't believe me, I am directing you to my post on scary ingredient in face wash. You need a kick start in opening your eyes to the world: http://kaistclaire.blogspot.com/2013/07/scary-ingredients-in-face-wash-acne.html

If you can handle it, I highly highly suggest to go without make-up for quite a while. This may be easy for some of you if you're in high school and have summer coming soon. But if you have a job, it might not be an option for you. But don't worry, you don't have to ditch make-up altogether to heal your rosacea.

Now that you understand how important it is for you to ditch your crappy make-up, it's time for you to find new make-up. I advise you to go on etsy.com and search on there. Lots of lovely ladies on there have developed some all-natural vegan cosmetics. I've used the brands The All Natural Face as well as Willow Tree Minerals. I highly recommend both.

Why vegan make-up? Do yourself a favor and not harm the animals. Not only are you harming them by buying L'Oreal, who tests on poor animals and makes them suffer, but you could be allergic to those animal products that may be in the make-up. You never know.

So now that you've gone all-natural, I have a few tips.
This one is super important. Do NOT use concealer to cover your rosacea. Just don't do it. It's an awful idea. Not only does it make your face heavy, but it makes it super oily. That was my first mistake with trying to cover my red skin. So what do you do instead? Just cover it with foundation. No, seriously, it works. Try it.

Second of all, use an oil to clean off your make-up. It works wonders. I discuss this here: http://kaistclaire.blogspot.com/2013/09/rosacea-acne-coconut-oil.html

Okay so maybe I lied, I didn't really discuss it there, but I did cover the topic of moisturizing your skin.

And I believe that's all I have to say about make-up for right now. Hopefully you find this useful.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Happiness: A How To Post

So you've found this blog. There's only one reason you found it: You're unhappy. Or maybe you're trying to cure your rosacea, but that's beside the point.

It sucks to be stuck in that inbetween space. The space where you feel like nobody gives two craps about you and you also don't give two craps as well. You count all the unlucky shit that happens to you. You expect the worst and receive the worst.

I know. I've been there.

So how do you get out of this space?

Maybe you're unhappy because you haven't reached your dreams, hate your job, feel unloved. You basically feel so paralyzed that you don't know what to do.

Well there's only one thing you can do. Stop comparing. Yes, I mean it. I know you do this. I did this way too often. I compared my unlucky streak to the brats around me who got everything in return for giving nothing. Why can't I be that lucky?

To be honest, I bet those people who are so-called lucky aren't so happy either. They just don't express it, and I guess, neither do we. They're a different type of unhappy. A selfish unhappy where they refuse to see how good they have it. Maybe they're tortured by how they got to this point. I don't know. We'll never know.

But all you can do for yourself is get up. Stop laying in bed. Don't think about other people's luck. Just don't. In your head, think about the one thing that makes you happy. It could be anything. A person. A hobby. A pet. You know there's a reason for your existence even if it's not that clear.

Weeks ago I was in your position. Feeling totally worthless and purposeless. Then I had a very scary moment of my life and almost had all my opportunities wiped out from underneath me. I thought about all the stuff I wouldn't have been able to do with my life. All the things I would miss. Most importantly my chance to become an author.

No, this doesn't just automatically happen. It'll take some time. Don't worry. It's okay to be unmotivated and not do things, but don't let this last forever. Give yourself some time to evaluate your life. Think about the things you want to accomplish.

Want out of your corporate job? Then think about your passions. What could you do that could get you out of this corporate job? Aim high in life.

Do you hate living with your parents? One option is college. Not for everyone, but if you have a passion that requires college, then go for it. Or get a job. Something that pays decent enough and room with someone. Do yourself a favor and stop living unhappily.

Maybe your depressed becomes your dreams haven't come true. But there's a reason why we don't accomplish things so fast. If we didn't struggle as much as we do (like authors), then we would have nothing to prove in the end. We would have no hard work to show off to everyone.

I know it seems like the light is so far away, but trust me, it'll come. I once thought I'd never see the light, but I see it heading my way now. It's calling my name, and I'm seeing the opportunities ahead of me.

So here's two quote for you to help your depression:

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
-Lao Tzu

If life was easy, where would all the adventures be?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Failing: An Inspirational Quote

Lately, I've been dealing with a lot of stress and difficulty in being motivated, and for anyone else that's in the same boat, I decided to look up a quote to motivate you.

Things have been getting better lately, so I promise, that light will come for you. It just takes time for the light to hit good people. I'll never know why. Maybe it's because we give that light to other people. Who knows.

So here's a quote for you:

Defeat is not the worst of failures.
Not to have tried is the true failure.
-George E. Woodbury

This is why I will keep striving to become a published author. I do not want to give up on my dreams like all the other kids did at my school. Instead of attempting for their dreams, they accepted the failure and went to college. I refuse to give up. College can only take you so far, but your dreams can take you anywhere. Just as long as you try.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Debunking Rosacea: Food Allergies

I've been researching rosacea for a long time now. About 5 years. I've been successful in not healing per say, but I have reduced the redness that occurs on my cheeks, forehead, and chin. There's a lot of factors to consider on what could cause your rosacea.

My biggest cause would be skin care products in the past. So I'm asking you, do you still use commercial face products? As in, do you buy your products at the store? Or even worse...the evil Proactiv. Which I am totally against for many reasons. I mean seriously, if you own that stuff, I dare you to figure out all the ingredients in it. Do you even realize what you're putting on your face? Things like oil, the very oil you put in your car? Why the hell would you put that on your face?

So why are you using it? Might as well dump gasoline on your face the next time you visit the gas station, am I right?

So your not using any commercial face products, none whatsoever. So what could be causing your rosacea to get worse?

Are you stressed out? To a degree I do believe this will create acne and worsen rosacea, but I don't think its the sole cause. Stress creates bad habits, like eating unhealthy foods and binge drinking on soda.

This then brings me to your diet. Do you eat a lot of processed foods? This could cause your problem. Almost all processed foods contain toxins of all sorts. This could stress your rosacea out so much. So maybe your not eating so bad? Maybe you eat a mostly from scratch diet.

Do you have any food sensitivities? It's more common than you'd think. And not everyone is born with them either. So how do we get these food sensitivities? Well, first of all, take a step back and look at your diet. Do you vary what you eat? Like rice, different grains, beans, nuts, and seeds?

Or do you eat the Standard American Diet?

Which consists of wheat, meat, and dairy at every meal.

And is very bad for many reasons. Too many for me to count.
Not are animals fed shit diets and loaded with antibiotics, which is so not good for your health, but wheat is being genetically modified to the point where its not actually the wheat from 50 years ago. This introduces a new protein that our ancestors never had, and in return creates problems for us because our bodies detect it as foreign. Like my body for example. I recently discovered I'm celiac.

I don't think its caused by the modification altogether, but it's also caused because that's all my family fed me as I grew up. Wheat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Can you blame your body for rejecting this crap? Your overloading yourself on it, for hell's sake! Too much of anything can be a bad thing.

And don't get me started on dairy. Which, I have to admit, I do still eat. So I can't talk too much crap on it, but why are we drinking milk that's created for a baby calf? I mean, seriously. Does this not freak anyone out, just a tad? Not even cows are meant to drink milk forever, so why do we need to drink it our entire lives?

Ahem. I think I got a little off topic there, but I think you understand where I'm going with this. Standard American Diet is way too heavy on these foods, and it's no wonder everyone is developing sensitives to them. Which in return inflames your body and could be the very cause of your rosacea.

I have yet to discover if it's the sole cause of mine, but I suspect it to be part of the cause. Two years ago, when my face started clearing up, I ate very healthy. I drank green smoothies every day and even cut back on wheat and dairy for weeks at a time. That's when I noticed my acne to disappear along with the redness to my rosacea.

In conclusion, I believe the top factors in our rosacea are diet and toxins. I honestly think its our body signaling to us that something has gone awry. Why else would be developing rosacea? It just doesn't pop out of nowhere like doctors want us to believe. Just like diseases. There's a cause and effect to everything in this life.

I hope you take some valuable information from this and slowly begin to heal your rosacea. I know how it feels. It's a long difficult process, but I am determined to kick this rosacea's ass.