We have all had those days when we wake up, look in the mirror and think “Holy Moly”. There is nothing like sipping on your morning tea/coffee and trying to think of ways that you can transform yourself from blotchy, baggy eyed mess to glowing superbabe in 10 mins before you head out the door. And feeling that rush of anxiety when you realize there is no way that is possible.
Now, imagine having to leave your house on one of these days with NO MAKEUP. We must arrive “fresh Faced” to jobs...which is quite a stretch for this morning. Simply saying “no makeup” on the call sheet would have been adequate, thanks.
You get to set... you are sitting in the makeup chair with the makeup artist analyzing your face. It’s hard not to imagine what she is thinking as she spends a solid 10 minutes trying to conceal that pesky pimple that appeared over night, or what the hairstylist is thinking as he attaches a whole packet of hair extensions to your head to try and hide the fact that your hair is broken, damaged and limp.
Then there is the panic when you’re shooting lingerie after lunch and your stomach looks 3 months pregnant for no apparent reason other than “why not”. You ate light didn’t you? Confused and frustrated you demonstrate your best efforts to hold it in, but it just isn’t going to happen.
It is very easy to see all of your flaws when they are constantly in the spotlight.
We all have those days when we wake up and just.feel.blah. I still have those days here and there, I’m not going to say I don’t. However, thankfully they are rare now. Let me explain what changed:
One day after a long week of work, I looked in the mirror and burst into tears. What had happened to me? I looked at my red blotchy skin, the little bumpy pimples all over my forehead and the 3 hairs I had left on my head (ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, my long, healthy hair had all fallen out!) It was then and there that I realized something had to change NOW.
PIN-POINTING THE CULPRIT
Previously I’d always blamed my irritated skin on being sensitive. I thought there was nothing I could do about it because all of the makeup artists used different things on my face and I couldn't pin point which product was the culprit. However, I did notice a connection between working and skin breakouts. FInally I put two and two together.. When I was working I was eating like crap (takeaway, skipping meals, low quality and high sugar foods). As anyone who knows me will tell you, I LOVE food... and not always the healthy kind.
I decided to put this theory to the test and cut beloved gluten from my diet (saying goodbye to real bread was the worst!). The first few weeks I had serious cravings for every gluten containing food on the face of the planet, and yes, I cheated a few times in the beginning. However, once I realized that how I had felt before (3 month pregnant and digestions issues) was not normal, I no longer even wanted to eat gluten. It so wasn’t worth feeling horrible for the next 3 hours. Making that connection was amazing! Hello flat stomach, I missed you! Another thing I noticed when eliminating gluten was my face no longer appeared puffy or irritated. Woohoo!
Gluten is a protein found in Wheat and other grains, that can cause gut inflammation by damaging the lining. This can lead to an array of health concerns that stem from the gut such as skin issues, autoimmune issues, intestinal permeability, and Gastrointestinal Symptoms (i.e bloating, pain and gas) to name a few!
I also cut dairy out of my diet. I was never a huge dairy fan, however, leading up to my realization, I had been on a bit of a yogurt trip (that noosa yogurt ahhh).
A week after cutting it out, the little bumps on my forehead were fading into the mist... Halleluyah! Ok, I was getting somewhere here..
The reason why dairy is inflammatory in the body (i.e pimples, rashes, sinus infections, upset stomach) is simple... we are not cows or sheep, therefore we are not meant to eat it. Growing up completely dairy free and trying to debate with my classmates why dairy was unhealthy and telling boys with constant ear infections that it was because of dairy at the age of 8, made me a little sensitive to the backlash. Therefore, I will not go into too much detail, BUT there are a lot of studies supporting the links between dairy and inflammation in the body available on the internet.
OUT WITH THE BAD, IN WITH THE FOOD
I still had two major problems that I was desperate to get to the bottom of and just cutting out gluten and dairy alone was not enough. My hair was still incredibly thin and falling out and I always seemed to have redness and irritation on my face.
I finally spoke with my mum (a holistic doctor) and shared my concerns. FIrstly we went over my diet. She was horrified at how drastically it had changed since I moved out of home and away from her healthy and delicious meals at 18. She suggested that I supplement Marine Collagen as a pure and healing source of protein, I was super excited to learn that it would support my hair growing back as well as improve the texture of my skin. Added bonus! It was anti-aging, I know your ears perked at that one!
I also switched up my diet as it was lacking so many essential nutrients. After I began consuming Marine collagen daily, and eating healthy live foods and lean proteins, I was able to cut my blahh days from 90% to around 15%. The difference it made in my hair and skin texture was INSANE.
BACK TO THE BOOKS
After a few years of travelling and not really being able to afford an all organic and superfood filled diet, I had become lazy and opted for easy options when on the go such as pizza (cringe) muffins and cheap crappy protein bars. Mum reminded me that these were all empty carbs with no nutrients and high levels of sugar (an enemy of the skin!). Of course, I was already aware of this, however sometimes a busy schedule can get the better of you! OR you can become addicted to these foods...which in hindsight was probably my problem. I would suggest recording, or going over you diet and getting an idea of just how much sugar you are consuming per day.. It can be scary! Remember, keep the amount of sugar you consume BELOW 25g per day! Sugar can be the cause behind weight gain and puffy, dehydrated, irritated looking skin. For more info on sugar click here.
Tip* Try using the 80/20 method. 80% of foods you eat should be healthy, nutrient rich foods with vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats and complex carbs (brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato). The other 20% can be the foods you KNOW you shouldn’t really eat a lot of.
Healing your body from within truly is the key to beauty. Unfortunately there is no quick fix (as I learned after spending $$$ on topical products that claim to vanish all your problems). If you are experiencing discomfort and irritated or blemish prone skin, We encourage you to start exploring what works for you and what doesn’t in terms of what you are putting into your body.
It sounds scary before you have tried, but once you realize how much better you feel (and look!) I can assure you, you won’t miss it one little bit!
Dairy is super inflamatory in the body, we were not made to drink from a cows teat! Getting it out of your diet should help clear up any sinus issues as well as those pesky lumpy pimples
Watch your sugar intake
Sugar sucks the moisture from your skin and cells. Keeping your sugar intake below 25g (TOPS!) is going to help your whole body perform and look better. I was surprised that some of the bars that were advertised with misleading claims such as “all natural” “simple ingredient lists” were actually filled with sugar, 12g+! Be wary of dates, yes they are a “natural” sweetener, but they cause bloating and sugar is sugar at the end of the day!
Finally, Make sure you're getting adequate nutrition!
Up your Protein- protein is the building block of your whole body, without it, nothing works properly. I.e hair loss, weak brittle nails, skin damage, fatigue etc. Marine Collagen works wonders! You can find a full 12g serving in each Kalumi BEAUTYfood bar!
Eat whole, natural foods.
There is no excuse not to eat! It can mess up your metabolism and lead to weight problems
Plan out your meals
Use the 80/20 method.
With all of the above in mind, we created Kalumi BEAUTYfood. Using wholesome, real ingredients and perfect macros to keep us satisfied, nourished and glowing. We couldn’t go a day without them, so we new we had to make BEAUTYfood for YOU too. Keep Kalumi BEAUTYfood in your bag for those days that you don’t have time to eat or that your only option is a gluten or dairy fest.