Meet Up with Fellow Eczema Warrior Abby!

 

A few weekends ago, I finally got the chance to meet Abby, of Prime Physique Nutrition in person! ☺️ We’ve “known” each other for a few years now ever since we connected online and I did a podcast interview on her YouTube channel sharing my eczema healing journey. We’ve kept in contact ever since and have collaborated many times on projects together and have always been there to encourage one another. (Funny enough we share the same birthday: 8.27 ☺️). She’s such a wonderful soul, a true eczema warrior and she does such great work helping eczema sufferers in their healing process. It was wonderful chatting over some delicious vegan Caribbean food and playing with her super adorable baby Cooper. How about this random wall behind us draped in hanging bras though?? 😜 LOL! Keep up the awesome work you do Abby, we need more people like you in this world 🙏💜

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Hannah’s Healing Testimony!

June 2017 – Look at how beautiful Hannah’s skin looks!

I would like to share with you all a new series I will be doing on this website. It’s going to be featuring testimonials of eczema warriors who have battled through the healing process and are doing so great with their skin and overall health! This series is a celebration of their hard work and dedication to their healing journey. Each testimonial will share photos, their detailed healing experience, info about their vegan journey and encouragement for those out there still suffering. With each journey, I want to empasize how important nutrition is in this process. If you aren’t a stranger to my blog, you will know that it is something I’m super passionate about stressing as a huge component to healing. I hope you guys enjoy all of the testimonials to come! Starting off the series is a friend that I met through the facebook topical steroid withdrawal support group. Her name is Hannah, and she is an amazing, kind soul. I was so inspired by her story of strength and faith in God to get her through this process, I just had to ask her to share her story on my site! I hope you all can find encouragement through her struggle and be inspired by the way that she has taken control of her health! 

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Preventabledoc.com Interview!

Hey guys!

I just wanted to share with you all this interview that I did for http://www.preventabledoc.comBriana Banos is a fellow TSW warrior and the creator of this website which promotes a documentary that she is working on that is meant to bring awareness to topical steroids, topical steroid addiction and withdrawal and how we need reform with these meds. Make sure to check out the other Red Skin Renegades that she has interviewed to understand their journey through this process. She needs all of the support that she can get to fund this documentary, please take a look at that ways that you can help, every dollar counts and is a step closer to her goal! 🙂

Here is my interview HERE

Make sure to follow her endeavors on….

  • Instagram: Preventable_doc
  • Twitter: @Preventable_doc
  • Facebook: facebook.com/preventabledoc
  • How to support the documentary: Donate
  • Write to Ellen and get Briana on her show! Just send her the YouTube link below, some info about yourself and how you’ve been effected by topical steroids. Click HERE to write to Ellen.

Don’t be so Hard on Yourself -PREVENTABLE Music Video!

Health through Nutrition

Hey guys!

Check out this super informative lecture my health coach Donia did called Health through Nutrition. She’s a pretty amazing woman, and she’s the one who inspired me to take control of my health and heal my eczema naturally once and for all. Just her sharing her healing story on her site, gave me the courage to begin this blog many years ago and document my journey for you all to see. I’ve learned a lot from her, and because of it, I can share my info with all of you across the world! If you are interested in the products that she is talking about in the lecture, feel free to shoot me an email at eczema.holistic.healing@gmail.com and I can provide you with more info as well as my store site 🙂

Take care & God bless!

Jen ❤

The Great Protein Fiasco

  
Yessss! Once again Dr.Greger is droppin gems! We cannot be protein deficient, in fact most people eat an excess of protein everyday! An over excess of protein does more harm than good to our bodies, especially if we’re getting it from animal sources. 

To figure out how many grams you should be getting, take your weight x 4 and divide it by 10. So for me 130 x 4 / 10 gives me = 52 grams, and I can even get away with ten grams less than that amount or even less than that! I eat a vegan diet and I hit that amount and sometimes more on a daily basis! I like to keep my macro levels to where I’m hitting 80% of calories coming from carbs, 10% of calories from protein & 10% from fat. I’ve found eating high carb low fat vegan to be the healthiest and most balanced way to live. My digestion is top notch, my skin benefits greatly (less itchy & dry, more hydrated from the inside out, less red, less inflammation, wounds heal faster & better rest at night!) and I feel lighter and more energetic throughout the day (*note to self, need to make a blog post on this soon! 😜). Eating lots of fruits gives me all the carbs and energy I need (remember our bodies run on sugar 😉 the sugar in fruits are not the enemy!)

  • Check out Dr.Greger’s article by clicking the link: The Great Protein Fiasco and make sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel nutritionfacts.org
  • More info on protein HERE
  • Simple Steps to Going on a Plant Based Diet 
  • Here’s an example of my meals in the link below. This is an older post, and as I mentioned my diet has changed more to an 80/10/10 style (and currently I’m eating raw vegan). In this post I got waaaaay too much protein, and with my macro breakdown you can see exactly the sources I got it from…What I Eat in a Day – Vegan

Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions or need advice on transitioning to a plant based diet, or if you need advice in general on naturally healing eczema! eczema.holistic.healing@gmail.com

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Recipe! – Watermelon Juice

🍉🍉🍉Try out this super hydrating, refreshing drink!🍉🍉🍉

Fill up your blender with…

  • fresh watermelon
  • add a handful of fresh mint (Great herb for the digestion)
  • the juice from 1 lime (balances the ph in the body with its high alkaline ash residue)
  • and about a 2×2″ or 3×3″ square of fresh aloe (soaking it in water for like 20 min or so takes down the bitterness)***
  • add a few cubes of ice…

Blend and enjoy! 😋😋😋

***Aloe is great for the skin, it helps support the immune system and helps to regulate your digestion! It also has antioxidant and antibacterial properties!

This pic was from day two of “watermelon island”. It’s basically when you do a mono meal of a fruit for an extended amount of days (a fruit fast), I did two days on “watermelon island”…watermelon goodness allll day long! It’s a great way to cleanse the body because fruits are super hydrating, and very easy on the digestion. They clean out the system because of its water content and fiber. You can do a banana (“banana island”) fast, grape fast etc. Fasting with easily digestible fruit like watermelon (digests in like 30 min or less) allows your body to only use a little bit of energy on digesting and the rest on healing the body! Just doing the 2 days alone gave me more hydrated, less itchy and red skin! For even deeper cleansing I could’ve gone 3-5 days or even a week or more! Check out this Dr.Morse video on Fasting with Fruit! Also check out the ebook The Fruit Cure by http://www.DeHappy5.com on healing eczema with a raw food diet!

Tips for Optimal Gut Health!

The accumulation of bacteria. Vector illustration. Isolated on white background

In his article, “Skin Health, Eczema, and Preventative Strategies”, James Barker, N.D. sums up the importance of protecting the GI integrity for eczema patients by saying: “If the eyes and the skin are the portal through which we may observe the body’s internal health, the gut then is the door through which a majority of disease initiates its entrance into the body… It goes without saying that… the first area of treatment then for the patient displaying eczema should be the gastrointestinal lining, without a doubt” (p. 58).

Having an optimally functioning gut is key to healing one’s eczema as well as countless other diseases. We must heal from the inside out, and the integrity of the gut is the first line of defense in repairing the skin of eczema. The gut holds 80% of the body’s immunity! When the detoxification systems aren’t eliminating properly (gut, kidneys, liver) then the toxic waste needs to go somewhere, and the skin is the organ it decides to eliminate on. Putting the focus on healing internally with diet, and probiotic rich foods and supplements will put the body back in balance and add good bacteria into the body. Fermented plant based foods like sauerkraut (not with vinegar, just cabbage, water and sea salt), miso, tempeh, fermented veggies, apple cider vinegar, coconut yogurt, coconut kefir and kimchi are great examples of probiotic rich foods that will help repair the gut.

The best foods to put into the body to repopulate the good gut bacteria are plant based foods. These foods are highly alkaline, fiber rich and come with an array of various vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Check out this very informative video on why its best to fill up on all kinds of plant based foods in order to heal the gut which will in turn heal your skin as well as other health issues.

Seven signs you should be taking a probiotic

  1. Antibiotics – If you’ve taken antibiotics in the past year or even five years and you haven’t re-cultured your good bacteria you should look into taking a probiotic. Birth control and anti-inflammatory drugs like NSAID’s (over the counter pain meds like Tylenol, Ibuprofen etc) will also destroy the gut.
  2. Food Poisoning – This is a shift in the equilibrium of the gut, meaning that you have more bad bacteria than good. When this happens you will definitely want to re-populate the gut with good bacteria.
  3. Digestive Disturbances – Such as bloating, excessive gas, constipation, diarrhea etc. If this is occurring, you will want to look into supplementing with a probiotic.
  4. Skin Conditions – Once you start to fix what’s going on in the inside of the body, the outside will reflect more harmony and balance of your health.
  5. Mood Disorders – If you are having mood issues, such as depression, there’s a good chance that a good probiotic will help bounce up the seratonin levels. 95% of the seratonin is in the body is actually made in the gut and it’s the “happy molecule” in the brain. Once you start fixing your gut, you will notice that your mood will start to enhance!
  6. Weak Immunity – If you’re the type of person that gets sick two to three times a year and you’re wondering why, there’s a good chance that over populated bad bacteria is holding you back and you should look into considering a probiotic.
  7. Yeast Overgrowth – If you’re dealing with any type of yeast infection or yeast overgrowth on the inside, rebalancing the good gut bacteria will definitely help you.

For more info on the whole food based probiotics I use, check out this link HERE and shoot me an email for more information and how to order at eczema.holistic.healing@gmail.com! I also do health coaching with eczema sufferers where I send them a health questionnaire to get to know them better and offer tips, diet advice and natural remedies. ☺️

Here’s my favourite recipe for homemade sauerkraut! I like to add garlic and jalapeños to mine!

This is a great gut repairing juice recipe to try!

*if you don’t have a juicer you can easily make this with a blender and strain it.

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • A handful of cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • 2 knuckles of ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (make sure it’s organic and has the “mother”) in it.

️Simply juice all the ingredients & pour into a glass with the tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Now that’s a happy gut! 😜