takin' me back

15 Sep

Today was another successful day of Operation: Get Clear Skin. Successful being used very loosely of course – meaning I pulled out all the stops by sticking to the list I posted yesterday…but my face is technically still not clear at all. I honestly do think I can see a glimmer of improvement, though, so my hopes are high.  Thank you for all the supportive comments and advice.  You guys rock!

Actually, the drama with my face brought back a memory of Thailand for me today.  It was Valentine’s Day of 2008, and Jonathan had planned a one night getaway for us at a hotel in Chiang Mai.  It was really only about 15 minutes away from our apartment, but had air conditioning, a bath tub and was gecko free as far as we could tell:)

this little guy welcomed us to our kitchen the day we moved in – little did we know his entire extended family + all his friends lived in our house as well.

flowers the husband bought me from the market

hotels like this are fairly inexpensive for Americans

I seriously stayed in this tub for hours on end.  It was like I was back in America.

The next morning he took me out to breakfast…

and then it was time for the big surprise.

He had booked me a massage and facial (also really cheap in Thailand – I could get a manicure for about three dollars)!

I remember laying on my back, feeling like I had died and gone to heaven as a sweet Thai woman massaged things into my face.

You see where this is going.

The next morning I woke up and throughout the day this rash began to show up on my face.  It was like my entire face was completely overtaken by blemishes…seriously beyond anything I’ve ever experienced in my 27 years.  I wanted to hide under a rock and never come out.  And I kept asking myself “what could have possibly made you think it was a good idea to let someone rub not only their hands, but also various other unknown concoctions all over your face?!”

Needless to say I haven’t had a facial since.

And that’s where memory lane ends.

Back to today.  I started off again with a delicious breakfast juice before doing an hour session of yoga in preparation for my class tonight.

The goods.  Parsley, escarole (leafy green I picked up at Whole Foods last week!), 1 plum, 1 organic carrot, 1 beet and 1 apple

aren’t beets so pretty?

a spry little sprig of parsley

and the finished product

After yoga and some light house keeping, I was ready for a snack.

apple and almond butter

I haven’t had an apple and almond/peanut butter together in a long time…but I think it is time to bring it back! holla.

I also sipped on a Pom spritzer (a few ounces of Pom juice mixed with seltzer water) on the side.  This little drink was so refreshing to me today.

A little while later lunch was a green monster just like yesterday’s, except with almond milk – yay for a stocked fridge!

After meeting with a new student whom I will be tutoring now as well as student I’ve been tutoring for awhile, I came home craving exactly what you see above: homemade salsa (recipe coming soon!), baby carrots, sugar snap peas, spelt pretzels and spicy garlic  hummus.  This snack plate was so filling and it took me forever to eat it, which is a plus in my book:)

Dinner was a little more carb heavy.  I somehow failed to get a picture, but the husband and I made Mexican Fiesta Pasta. It was hot, mexicany, spicy and it really hit the spot!

I must be off to bed now…I’m planning to make it up in the morning in time for a run, but I’m a little worried seeing as how tired I am right now and how late it is.  Must. Get. Sleep.


5 Responses to “takin' me back”

  1. sarah September 16, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    I really hope this strategy works for you! For me personally, I can say that I have been vegan for 5 years and vegetarian for 11 years before that…and it was only when I went vegan that my skin freaked out. It’s a shame, really, considering most people say they get “glowing skin” on a vegan diet. I was told it was ‘detoxing’. But it wasn’t. I tried everything with my diet – and I eat very healthy, exercise daily (including yoga) and drink water constantly already – but nothing worked. It never went away. These days, I just keep it sort of under control (though it’s still bad) with frequent visits to a “beauty therapist” for peels. Two things I definitely recommend you consider that DID work for me are exfoliation (daily or every other day in my case) and using coconut oil as a moisturiser. It really does help to moisturise when you’re breaking out!

    • candice September 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

      Wow, thanks so much for the insight. Coincidentally, I bought some coconut oil the very day that you left this comment with the intention of using it as a moisturizer. I had heard such great things about using coconut oil. I have to admit, I was scared to death to slather it on my face that first night…it just seemed so oily! But I got brave, and now 3 days later, my skin is looking and feeling so much better. I think it’s probably due to a combination of everything I started doing, but I definitely think the coconut oil has played a role.

      I also have started using a Burt’s Bees scrub (per your suggestion) that I bought a few weeks ago, but had yet to use. I absolutely love using it so far – it makes my face feel so clean!

      Thanks again for the advice! And it is so interesting that switching to a vegan diet didn’t have a positive effect on your skin. It just goes to show that what works for one person definitely doesn’t work for everyone!

  2. Sarah @Gluten-free tries Vegan September 16, 2010 at 3:06 am #

    Sorry to hear about your break out! This is one area I have limited knowledge and experience with but it sounds like you’ve got an excellent handle on things 🙂 and I think lots of water and limited caffeine and sugar are defo good moves. My skin does get worse when I eat more of these nasties.

    I love apples and AB/PB amazing.

    Hope you’re having a good week xxx

  3. Republic Monetary Exchange September 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    Yikes, that’s scary! Glad it didn’t totally ruin your great time.

  4. Chelsea Clinton September 17, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    Thailand looks exotic! Check out the pictures at the bottom of this website; the house you stayed in looks very similar in style to the one you stayed at: http://www.redhotspeakers.com/HollyMannInternetMarketing.html .

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