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Acne Regimen

I developed adult acne 3 years ago at the same time I developed full-blown IBS.  Coincidence…i don’t think so.  I think both were a new development as a result of my very poor diet.

After giving up the sugar and carbs, I was brave enough to forgo my acne meds to see if my diet was causing my breakouts.  I quickly discovered my old diet of sugar and carbs WHERE feeding all the bad bacteria in my body.  The daily breakouts went away and I only break out during my cycle now!

Every morning I use the Dead Sea Facial Peel on my dry face to rub off as much dead skin as I can.  I keep reapplying and rubbing until I’m satisfied with the amount of skin that came off.  I focus on my cheeks and forehad the most as that’s where I get the worst pimples.

Immediately following, I jump in the shower and rinse off the product.  I then use Dial Antibacterial liquid soap (the non-moisturizing kind) to wash my face well.   Sometimes I will wash my face twice.

I do apply a gel product after my shower called Cell Food for the face.  It is designed to put oxygen in the pores.  Bacteria cannot live in an oxygen environment.  I have no idea if it works, but I bought it so I’m trying it out.  When it runs out, I won’t use it for a while and see if I break out.  I figure it is a supplement for a moisturizer as it does good things for the skin too.

That’s it!  I’m too lazy to wash my face at night…

I get the Dead Sea Facial Peel off the internet for a great price and the Dial is so freakin’ cheap!  My dermatologist told me to use the Dial.  The Cell Food is a bit pricey at around $32 a jar, but the jar lasts a while.   The local health food and product store sells it.

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Water Your Body!

If you want to lose weight, you HAVE to drink LOTS of water!  The more water you drink, the more your body pees out any excess and has the most optimal metabolism it can to lose weight.

Female Body Water Chart

Body Fat % Body Water %
4-20% 58-70%
21-29% 52-58%
30-32% 49-52%
33%+ 37-49%

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The 10 pound weight loss revealed!

Ever wonder why you can drop 10 pounds so fast and put it back on so quickly?

The reason: glycogen and water!  Your body stores around 2 pounds of glycogen (fuel for the brain) in the muscles and liver among other places.  Along with every pound of glycogen, it stores around 4 pounds of water.  Thus, 10 pounds! 

Why this 10 pounds is so significant?  Your body burns sugar and carbs for fuel first.  When it doesn’t have enough incoming carbs/sugar for fuel, it turns to stored energy.  When you first cut carbs or start eating healthy (most of the time eating healthy means you’ve cut carbs in some form), your body will turn to the next fuel source: stored glycogen.  This only happens when you FIRST change your diet.  So, your body will quickly burn up the stored 2 pounds of glycogen.  And when it goes away, so does the water weight it was using.  WOW! 10 pounds gone!

You haven’t really lost any true weight from fat.  All you’ve lost is that water weight you hear so much about.  Here’s the kicker…if you go back to your old eating habits that weight will be back so fast and probably a few more pounds will be added. 

If you stick to the new way of eating healthy, your body will realize that its no longer getting carbs/sugar as a primary source of energy and will start to replenish the glycogen stores and water weight…sorry, your brain needs to function.  The good thing is that what YOU will experience is your metabolism has woken up.  BUT, you will most likely find that your weight is plateauing for a while.  Your body needs to readjust to the new food you are feeding it and reboot itself to find a reliable source of energy, your fat. 

Now, here’s another kicker: when exercising, during the first 20 minutes, your body will burn glycogen and water first.  After 20 minutes, your body wakes up and realizes “hey!  i need that stuff…i’ll burn the body fat instead!”.  So, to make your workouts worth it, kick up the time to more than 20 minutes.

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The Mighty Flaxseed

It may be tiny, but it’s mighty: The flax seed carries one of the biggest nutrient payloads on the planet. And while it’s not technically a grain, it has a similar vitamin and mineral profile to grains, while the amount of fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids in flax leaves grains in the dust. Additionally, flax seed is very low in carbohydrates, making it ideal for people who limit their intake of starches and sugars. And its combination of healthy fat and high fiber content make it a great food for weight loss and maintenance — many dieters have found that flax seed has been a key to keeping them feeling satisfied.

Flaxseed can go rancid, so be sure to refrigerate it.  It don’t last forever either.

And DRINK LOTS OF WATER when eating flaxseed!

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