Health Update... It's not just gluten.

I’ve been waiting to write this post for quite some time now, not only is hard for me to write but I want to do it justice in explain the why and how. I am by no means a doctor or RD but I can share my experiences in hopes that it helps someone else going through the same challenges, since alot of times that’s how I found the best relief and home remedies tips.

I’ve written about my Celiac Disease many times, and in no way did I ever want my blog to be a Debby downer mood crusher. At the same time, my blog is a way for me to express what I’m going through. With increasingly health issues over the last year, I finally had the had the chance to a naturopathic doctor for my health issues. This appointment was so eye-opening for me because naturopathic doctors don’t just look at your own symptoms, diagnose it, and move on. They assess all issue as an intertwining and for someone that has celiac that is huge because it affects every. part. of. your. body.

Although I thought I had my celiac disease under control, I was still dealing with fatigue, acne, sore muscles, (when I hadn’t been to the gym in a week). And the most common stomach aches. I never thought, or wanted to think of myself as “sick” I constantly down play having celiac disease because I don’t want to be “that girl” at the restaurant with all the specific instructions. I didn’t want to change my lifestyle and compromise having a normal life. But it turns out I was not being serious enough about the caution I need to have to protect my body. I always thought “Oh I’m not that sensitive” or “Oh it’s not that big of a deal” turns out I was wrong. Cross -contamination is no one’s friend when you have celiac. I had to come to terms that not only my lifestyle would change, but my exercise habits, going out to eat, using my favorite makeup brands ,and even dating change.

I didn’t even know where to start and as I’m finding out more and more, it’s really hard to get what is in our products and food. Everything down to toothpaste, and laundry detergent. Talk about making myself self-reliant.

These stipulations really messed with my mental health, which was already in bad shape thanks to celiac and other life changing factors. I’m currently on a new diet, with more restrictions, and on a timeline to help heal my gut. And so far everything has truly helped me feel so much better. I have energy to work out again, and I am loving finding new foods to eat. I thought I had conquered this thing and I was on the road to recovery… until I started itching about 2 two weeks ago….

We ended up doing a food panel and some blood work to look at 96 different foods that I could be having reactions too. Turns out I’m allergic to alot more than just gluten. Things we knew like dairy, and things I suspected like eggs and soy. Three things that a common to develop allergies to when you have an auto-immune disease. And other random things like banana’s and pineapple. I know, heartbreaking especially for my pineapple pizza loving self. A few days into the diet I went to MOD pizza and straight up ordered a pineapple pizza out of habit, and started digging in! Till my mom realized and was like “Wait sh** you’re eating pineapple on that!” I didn’t even realize. This diet was going to be hard than I thought.

My itchy skin was getting increasingly noticeable… to the point where my co-workers would have to tell me to stop itching, because I wouldn’t even notice it. And then I started waking up with bruises all over because I was itching in my sleep without even realizing it!

I was getting ready to head off to Disneyland with my little, and I was so excited to plan out all my GF + allergy friendly food and snacks. And then a few days before the trip I started getting little water blisters on my hands that kinda hurt but mostly itched. During the trip they got SO. MUCH. WORSE. I ended up calling my naturopathy on vaycay to get some insight and plan to go in to see her as soon as i got home. We thought since I had be eating so many almonds in my diet that I had increased my slight sensitivity to it. And although I did need to slow down on the almond butter, I really just needed to make sure I was sticking to a strict rotating diet, to not be eating the same things more than once every three days. Lots of variety, which has a person who doesn’t like change even when it comes to the food I like this is a tricky one! My doctor assured me that it looked more viral than allergic reaction based on the how the blisters started on my hands. And we ended coming to a conclusion of this being a result of dermatitis. Which is an offset sideline effect of celiac.

TO BE CONTINUED

Holiday Wish List with Beauty Counter

The most wonderful time of the year is coming at us fast! And if you’re anything like me you’ve been planning and keeping your eyes peeled for Christmas gifts and what items are making everyones wishlist!

So! I thought I would let you in on all the Beauty Christmas wants I’m looking at! These next items are some new products I’m going to try with my next shipment of Beauty Counter and also some gift giving items I’m super excited about!

1 - Repairing Conditioner - On sale right now for $15!  2 - Charcoal Cleansing Bar - Never not getting this - $25   3 - Travel Set! - $30   4 - Mini Glow Oil Set $30   5, 6, 7 - The perfect gift sets!   5 - I love eye pads… I think they are the one easy convenient beauty remedy that I can just slap on and let them work their magic, so when beauty counter came out with some I got so excited to try them! This is the awakening set!  6 - I don’t know if it’s all the glitz and glam from the holiday season but this bronze set gives me all the cozy and christmasy feels. I think it would also make a great gift with their body butter being included. I don’t know about you, but making my skin is a priority is already hard for me and in the cold winter it’s even harder to keep it moisturized  7 - This is a perfect set for guys participating in no shave November. How many of you love beards but wish it was easier and healthier for your guys to shave without cuts and razor burn?! I always love gifting these types for guys! Even if they don’t totally understand how important their care is too!    I hope this gives you guys a few starters to your holiday wishlist!    XOXO   A Toujours

1 - Repairing Conditioner - On sale right now for $15!

2 - Charcoal Cleansing Bar - Never not getting this - $25

3 - Travel Set! - $30

4 - Mini Glow Oil Set $30

5, 6, 7 - The perfect gift sets!

5 - I love eye pads… I think they are the one easy convenient beauty remedy that I can just slap on and let them work their magic, so when beauty counter came out with some I got so excited to try them! This is the awakening set!

6 - I don’t know if it’s all the glitz and glam from the holiday season but this bronze set gives me all the cozy and christmasy feels. I think it would also make a great gift with their body butter being included. I don’t know about you, but making my skin is a priority is already hard for me and in the cold winter it’s even harder to keep it moisturized

7 - This is a perfect set for guys participating in no shave November. How many of you love beards but wish it was easier and healthier for your guys to shave without cuts and razor burn?! I always love gifting these types for guys! Even if they don’t totally understand how important their care is too!

I hope this gives you guys a few starters to your holiday wishlist!

XOXO

A Toujours

Acne Update : Just like everyone else... I'm Obsessed with Beauty Counter

Well.. I’m about 2/3 of the way through my charcoal bar and I want to order SEVEN MORE. Let me just give you the run down of what my skin has gone through since I bought my first round of beauty counter almost 2 months ago.

1). Hormonal Changes - I have been going through the worst hormonal imbalance of my life time basically since I started my new chapter of life back in May. Yeah at first it was stress and my diet, but even that didn’t cause this breakout that felt like it was TRAVELING around my face! Turns out it was my birth control that really had my hormones messed up. Not only was my pill no longer working for me (acne, pain, and period wise) but it just had everything out of wack.

2). About a month before getting BC I went to my dermo and the skin care routine she suggested for me was kinda helping but not solving the problem. I also didn’t love the fact that I was putting a ton of harsh chemicals and topical creams on my face.

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3). I Switched to beauty counter and immediately started seeing a different with my skin. And guys, I didn’t even have to break the bank on massive amounts of product. All I got was the charcoal bar, resurfacing peel, and eye rescue cream (low key had no idea how important it was to take care of the skin around your eyes…oops..now I have alot of damage control to take care of).

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But the eye rescue cream is so helpful when it comes to waking up at 4 every morning and dealing with dark circles under my eyes.

4). About a week ago I ended up switching to the IUD form of birth control. And although the week I got it was a STRUGGLE (A story/post for a different time) pain wise, I expected my face and skin to freak out as well the hormone change. IT DID NOT. And I 100% believe beauty counter had it’s part in that. My skin is getting so clear that I haven’t even wanted to wear makeup unless for special occasions.

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Last but not least, I started using the charcoal bar in the shower on my shoulders and back (wear I’m prone to breakouts from celiac disease). AND YOU GUESSED IT, all my breakouts on my shoulders and most of the ones on my back have healed and cleared up.

They have so many options that I can’t wait to try. Also, have you seen that insta craze right now with all those organic/vegan shampoo sets with the split end serum? They have that too!

I’m definitely ordering more of the charcoal bar and this time around getting the nourishing eye cream.

If interested you should contact Emily Mosby (my BC consultant) She also hosts really fun socials that teach you all about the products and how to use them :)

Till next time!

XOXO

A Toujours

Beauty Counter Social with Emily!

Hey Frannnnzzzz!

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Okay, so if you read my last post, I have been STRUGGLING with my skin, hormones, and gluten. So, finding a new regiment has been hard. [ENTERS: BEAUTY COUNTER WITH EMILY MOSBY MUA]. You guys already know that I whole heartedly or enough to tattoo my face trust Emily and her knowledge and experience in skincare and makeup. So yesterday, I went to her fun social that was focused on sharing Beauty Counter’s message and purpose. This post is essentially going to be for my documentation of this skin journey/health journey I am on. I should be receiving my products from Beauty Counter this week or next week, and I can’t wait to share with you guys what I got, how they are working and just how much Emily and the brand has helped me! I was BLOWN away with their dedication to all skin types, and CLEAN products. Because ladies, it’s scary the stuff we are putting our skins and our bodies. And maybe this is just me being totally in the dark when it comes to this stuff, but if you put something on your skin, it goes into your body. SO WHY would we wanna hurt our bodies! I’m super excited to learn, and take you guys on this journey.

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