Hi Love Vitamins,
I hope you had / are having lovely, wonderful holidays with your family and friends. This is just a quick note to say that if you’re not, it’s okay.
I know that if you are trying to get healthy and eat better and exercise more and whatever else, holidays can really be a challenging time. Temptations are high, pressure is there, and stress can mount.
I hope this holiday season hasn’t been incredibly stressful for you in that regard. I do tend to think it’s better to just allow yourself to share merrily in the festivities and food and whatever else without guilt. I find that it makes you want it less if you know that you can have it if you choose.
Many people, especially when they’re clearing their skin think of health like this point system. If I eat this many good meals, I get this many points. If I eat one bad meal or skip my workout, I go back to zero points. So no kidding the holidays are going to be rough.
Health isn’t like that though. Health is a long term endeavour… it’s a majority accumulation of your efforts, and you don’t just go back to zero if you nosh some christmas cheesecake over the holidays.
Either way, staying healthy over the long term is still really challenging and I totally struggle with it.
You might come to this blog and think that because I blog about health, that staying healthy comes really easy to me. And you might think that you are a failure if you don’t find that being and staying healthy is a total cinch.
Truthfully it’s hard and takes dedication. I don’t stress about stuff like the holidays anymore, but … you know. I’m just like you. I majorly struggle with deciding what’s for dinner. I slide into sitting too much and don’t always want to exercise. Regular meditation and stress reduction activities… now there’s a real challenge for me to keep up with.
I often go through periods of time where I am really great with this stuff, and I feel great, but then I slide into a period of less activity; not eating as well; stressing a lot. And then I feel it. I notice I don’t feel as good. And so I naturally feel like I need to step it up again.
So I do. And then it happens over again. It’s like a rolling wave.
And it’s always a challenge to get back on top of the wave. But that’s NORMAL. But to me the challenge of staying healthy over the long run is worthwhile. I want to have an able body, balanced hormones, and nice skin well into my old age. And I want to feel good now.
It doesn’t mean it’s easy though. So if you’re struggling with it, don’t feel like you are the only one. Seriously. I am so far from perfect, and I definitely don’t do everything “right”.
One thing I have noticed though is that ever since I’ve been more relaxed about my health; allowing myself to indulge if I want to; not stressing about the little things I can’t control; that ironically the challenge of staying healthy is somehow less of a challenge.
The bottom of the waves are less intense. There’s less guilt, less resistance to getting back on the wagon, and less intense cravings. I get back on because I want to, not so much because I’m beating up on myself like I used to do.
So anyway. Just wanted to say that. It can totally seem like health people on the internet are just SOOO good at being healthy and it comes naturally and easily and they never struggle with it.
So not true.
Love you guys,
Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I love your website! 🙂 i have a question regarding how to wash my face though! As of now, I am using a natural cleanser with salycidic acid from Lerosett, however I noticed my face has gone a bit crazy this past week. I have a few cysts and little white bumps (it almost looks rashy) However, that may have to do with some of the stress and food from the holidays. Do you think it would be a wise decision to use raw, organic honey on my face to calm it down? Any tips? I am kind of desperate!
Hi Olivia 🙂
How long have you been using Lerosett for?
Happy Holidays, Tracy!
Thank you so much for this post. I’ve been feeling defeated the last couple of months. It’s been really hard for me to stick to a healthy choice of food on a consistent basis. I easily sink back into eating a diet full of dairy, processed foods, and enjoying drinks with friends and family. I usually keep up with my supplements, but almost always forgery to take my cod liver since I keep it in the fridge (AND I have an alarm set on my phone to remind me). The exercise thing…don’t wanna even go there. It’s been pretty much nil in the last couple months. So thank you for this! I really appreciate it.
Hi Caitlin – yes you definitely aren’t alone! (also, I too totally forget to take my cod liver oil about half the time… it is really hard when it’s in the fridge and you can’t see it!)
I found your website about three months ago and I love it. I ordered your book, the ultimate secrets, and I have started using estroblock and manuka honey. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 10 years ago but recently after seeing a naturopath I found out that I have problems with my adrenal glands and my cortisol levels are high. Any ideas about that? Also I am overweight and struggle a lot with loosing weight. What helps with acne scars? Thanks
If you have adrenal problems and high cortisol it would of course suggest to me there is a stress issue.. Stress can be emotional & mental, but it can also be from not eating enough, exercising too much, and other physical stressors. I can’t say exactly what it is for you. As for struggling to lose weight.. so do you mean that when you put your best effort in to lose weight, it doesn’t work? It’s stubborn? Hormones can definitely make fat stubborn, the Estroblock may help this. Acne scars,
I found your website yesterday and I am so glad you are doing such a great work. I used to have acne but I am lucky that it was not severe. But during that time I felt my pillow was contributing to making the situation worse for me.
From that day onwards, I started to research about different fabrics and how I can modify the finish and composition to make them useful for skin sensitive people. Anyways I am close to developing a few very useful fabrics and my family and friends are already using the prototypes. Once developed, I would love to send you a few samples to use and post an honest and unbiased review for your readers.
Thank You again for your amazing work!
By the way, do you think pillows lead to breakouts?
Hi Salman 🙂
It sounds like for some people the pillow case can play a hand in aggravating acne. I’ve personally never found that for myself, so I’m not sure I would be a good test subject for your pillow cases, but it’s a good idea though since it does seem to be an issue for some! If you wanted to send me a sample and some information, I would think about doing a blog post on the subject. get in touch about it in about three months or so, as I am about to go traveling in India and won’t be back till April!
Do you have any advice for getting it together after caving on a diet? I’ve been trying to eliminate sugar and I recently had two pieces of chocolate. Now I feel like a failure and lack any motivation to start the process all over again.
Ah Julia, I know it’s hard!! The key is not beating yourself over having some junk food… a couple pieces of chocolate, that’s nothing! As I said, health is an accumulation of effort over the long term, and a couple pieces of chocolate is nothing to worry about it. No one is ever perfect and you don’t have to be 🙂 You’re not a failure, at all. You can do it!
Thank you for replying. Yes I have a hard time loosing weight even after putting in a lot of effort. After a lot of hard work I might loose about 5 pounds in a month and because of that frustration I give up and stop dieting. I have started to juice in the morning which helps stabalize my energy levels. My acne is all around my jawline and chin. I hope estroblock helps with the acne and weight. Emotionally I am a wreck because of the acne. I am 37 years old with acne and fatness all over me.
I wondered if you could give me any advice. I am a little disheartened at the moment. It is my wedding on the 1st of Feb and although I have managed to mostly clear my acne by taking estro block liver supplements and the occasional liver flush and doing a pretty much caveman skin care regimen (except for cleansing with jojoba oil every now and again. But I still seem to be getting some bad spots every month around about the time of ovulation, which unfortunately will directly coincide with my wedding next month. At the moment I’m taking an estro block pro every morning and evening and a liver supplement as well twice a day. Do you think I should increase the dose? I was probably going to try and do one more liver fluch the week before.
I am so grateful that my skin has improved as much as it has but really bummed out that it will probably be at its current worst on my wedding day. Do you have any tips?
Congrats on getting married! 😀 and I’m happy your skin has improved so much, but sorry to hear you think it will not be so good right on your big day. Hard to say what is going to definitely work within the next month to change things, especially without knowing exactly what your hormones are doing… but… are you eating dairy? Have you tried maybe the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend? Also maybe you are low on progesterone… I don’t know so I can’t say, but progesterone cream may help in that case, or vitex, but that takes longer to work so probably won’t work in time. Focus heavily on eating vegetables and greens in the next month, try not to stress too hard about wedding arrangements, and get some exercise! Good luck! xo
I am still eating dairy but not loads, I will cut back a bit. I have ordered some fermented cod liver oil and some vitex. I will try some progesterone cream as well although is this compatible with the caveman skin care regimen? I’m a little concerned about putting anything on my skin if there’s a chance it might make things worse. Are there any common side affects to the cream? I have increased my vegetable intake and I’m trying to drink more water. I’m going to try and cut out nearly all extra sugar except fruit sugars to see if that helps. Thanks so much for your response. I think it’s amazing how you try to help everyone who asks! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Hi Frances, progesterone cream is a bio-identical hormone cream that you can use to directly raise your progesterone… you put it on your body as it gets absorbed through your skin; it isn’t a facial cream. I talk about it a bit in my new hormones ebook. Don’t use it though unless you know you have low progesterone, and if you do, make sure you read about it thoroughly so you know how to use it.
Ok. Thanks very much for the info. I will investigate and get your ebook
Great post, very encouraging!
Tracy thank you sooooooooo much. You and other angels from youtube save my life!!! So people this girl is an angel and a life saver, follow all this blessed recommendations. God bless you!! Food emotions and mind controls all of us.
Thank you so much Dayana! So happy to hear I’ve helped you 🙂
How true. I visit so many “health” blogs and they just seem to have it all together, all the time. It’s reassuring to know that you struggle with the same things I do. It’s so easy for me to fall back into old habits and seems to be a daily struggle.
Thanks for the encouragement!