As I work with more clients and hear more about their run-ins with different diets, I have realized something. People see trying a diet like a game of tag. Once they are touched by the diet they immediately become the diet.
I suggested to a client of mine that if she wants to find an alternative, healthy version of something to just type Paleo or keto infront of it. It was shocking to see how hesitant she was to even consider the idea. If she searches keto on google and makes a keto recipe, then she'd have to be keto.
No you don't.
You are literally just cooking a keto recipe.
For anyone familiar with coding, you have to give the computer a specific direction in order to get the result you want. This is kind of like searching for a keto or paleo recipe.
Instead of simply searching "healthy taco recipe" you search "keto tacos" so you know there won't be any added sugars, the recipe will promote organic produce and meat, and there won't be any bready or starchy carbs.
I have said for a long time that we all need to come up with the "me" diet - the one that works for ME. This could mean you take some influences from keto, Paleo, vegetarian, and maybe even juicing to create a repertoire of meals and foods that help you feel happy and healthy, and that work with your lifestyle.
So no - just because you make a keto/Paleo/vegan recipe it doesn't mean you have now been tagged as any of those diets. You are just using their guidelines to help you find foods that fit the "me" diet.
Do something good for your body today and explore all of the diets! They all have something to teach us about how food can fuel our bodies.
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A few days ago I shared on my instagram story that I was getting facials with Caryl Baker Visage at the Rideau Center. I am very fortunate that I actually train my aesthetician and so I have a wonderful relationship with him and trust him with my face.
In the past I had only ever had teen facials and used face-masks at home to try and pamper my skin, but these never really did anything. I also assumed that when my skin would sting, that this was a bad thing. As my skin got progressively worse due to my post-birth control syndrome, stress, and a bad diet, I was looking for something - ANYTHING - to save my skin.
So when Conrad told me that he wanted to make it his mission to clear up my skin, I put my trust in him and went for my first facial. What was immediately comforting was that he not only told me what facials we were going to do, but he also explained how each one would benefit my skin, how it would feel, and that I am free to tell him when it is stinging too much.
My first facial introduced me to natural acid peels. This is a pretty sting-y facial, one where if I hadn't been told that the stinging is a good thing, would have freaked me out.
According to their website...
This treatment helps peel away the dead surface skin cells and reveals the youthful skin underneath.
Then I experienced the magic of a photo rejuvenating facial. This requires very minimal touch. In essence this is a series of lights, where each one helps with things like scarring, breakouts, texture, redness, and lymphatic drainage. From what I remember I started with blue, because this light kills the bacteria that causes acne. Then I had yellow and green. I am not sure which one does what, but I know that they help with redness, scarring, and texture.
It is a very relaxing experience and the fact that it gives my face a break from masks and peels etc. is nice.
Afterwards (for my first session), I was treated with a charcoal mask. These masks are everywhere, and are very popular for at-home spa days, but at CBV I feel like the quality of all of their products is so high-end that I was getting a truly effective facial.
After my first facial, I saw Conrad every two weeks. I am currently still seeing Conrad every two weeks for facials until he believes that my skin is happy and recovered. Each facial is a little bit different depending on the needs of my skin at that point. Right now I start with microdermabrasion, then the natural acid peel, then the photo facial, and the final mask is whatever Conrad thinks I need.
It is a tough thing to have to deal with adult-breakouts. I'm sure you can tell from these first few images just how uncomfortable and sore my skin was.
It is also really important for me to point out that I also started back up on the pill again in December of 2018 (about a month and a bit before my first treatment). Since the end of March/beginning of April I have been very diligent about drinking lots of water and keeping processed sugars at an absolute minimum. I have also started taking a good quality fish-oil supplement with vitamin D, collagen protein, and Four Sigmatic's lion's mane elixir and cordyceps hot cocoa for inflammation and stress. Lastly, I have been seeing a psychologist to help me deal with my emotional and mental stresses.
I have taken just about everything I know how to do to support healthy, glowing skin, but I truly believe that my skin would not be where it is today without the help of Conrad and CBV.
I have said it before, but your body is a reflection of how you feed it and how you treat it. I was neglecting my nutrition, my exercise, and my mental wellbeing. Not to mention, I was wrestling with post-birth control syndrome, which not enough women and doctors are talking about.
If anything, this experience has taught me a lot about the importance of skin care, and the importance of taking the best care for your body possible.
I am now much happier with my skin and don't feel so lost and out of control.
Spring is here and we are all finally starting to come out of our winter burrows. I know this winter was certainly a tough one for me. It was dark, cold, and I faced new challenges at work and in my personal life.
I also really worked on coming to terms with some of my negative personality quirks. In times of stress I would buy random things from Amazon and too much food to try and fill a void. My last Amazon order was in January and since then I have been spending my money on things that will fill the void permanently.
Lately it has been therapy. I was feeling very angry and cynical of the world. As someone who grew up with the nickname “Smiley Riley” this was a very difficult, identity crisis type of time. But I was recommended an amazing woman and we have made great headway and I am feeling much more like myself.
I also have been doing research into the female brain and female hormones, specifically how to nourish and move my body so I can support my brain and support my hormones.
One of the greatest and most influential changes has been the real kick-in-the pants about sugar. Sugar, although it gives your brain a quick serotonin boost, once that boost runs out the effects are scary.
For one, sugar increases estrogen. Too much estrogen in the body can lead to estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is a major risk factor in ovarian and breast cancer. With multiple women in my family who have been diagnosed with estrogen-dependent breast cancer, I need to take this consequence more seriously.
Estrogen dominance also means an imbalance in other hormones. These imbalances can lead to things like major mood swings, acne, nail weakness and low energy.
Not to mention high sugar diets put your body into a constant state of inflammation. Inflammation is just another precursor to cancer so I definitely don't want that.
Lastly, many women and men report that high sugar diets leave them feeling depressed. Especially if you consume a lot of sugar at night. There was a time when I would pick up sweets on my way home from work and have them before bed. The fact that I was constantly waking up feeling so down in the dumps, unmotivated, and anxious makes perfect sense.
So as of recently I have had more to think about before I decide to “treat myself” to a sweet.
Although… it really doesn't feel like a treat when there's so many negative effects to follow.
So here I am, coming out of my own cave with less inflammation, a clearer mind and sense of self, and so much to look forward to this spring.
It feels good to be back
Riri's Discoveries blog documents Riri's most recent research, her travel adventures, and her personal fitness journey.