2 Week Experiment: Skin and Health Care

Katryna Jolene

Katryna Jolene

Katryna Jolene is a mother of 4 beautiful, intelligent and playful children and she holds down 3 separate paying jobs. She is living proof that having a family to support doesn't have to come at the cost of healthy living and eating!
Katryna Jolene

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Who doesn’t like a science experiment every now and then?

I love them!

This experiment didn’t shoot volcano goo everywhere or make pretty crystals or kinetic sand out of laundry soap.

I did a health experiment.

Not to be confused with a cleanse. I will never ever do a cleanse, I refuse to starve myself or chug cayenne pepper.

It was more of a skin and health care experiment.

For two full weeks I made sure I was super aware of what I put in and on my body.

Did you know that you can use white vinegar and salt as laundry soap?

You can, and I did. My clothes were clean and soft and static and irritant free.

I bought and used gluten free, vegan friendly coconut shampoo and conditioner. I’ll never turn back from it! My hair smells great and went fried and over processed to silky and smooth.natural skin and health care_coconut-conditioner-and-shampoo

natural skin and health care_arbonne-baby-careInstead of using run of the mill grocery store body wash I used Arbonne baby wash.

I’ll definitely keep that in stock in my bathroom, at all times. It’s super gentle, great for the babies and didn’t aggravate my excema. My sister-in-law Asia is a consultant, you should definitely check Arbonne out. All vegan and gentle and awesome! Everything from beauty supplies to food! http://asianichol.arbonne.com

Because I have excema, or psoriasis.. the Dr’s can’t decide, I have this $100 tiny 1.5oz bottle of ointment I am supposed to use 3 times a day on all of my ‘spots’. That is stupid expensive and doesn’t even work that great.

natural skin and health care_organic-coconut-oilSo for my 2 week experiment I only used organic coconut oil for my moisturizer. My whole body, twice a day.

You know what? My skin started clearing up! No more flakes! – I know, I know.. flakes Gross! But the point is … it’s better!

I even made my girl use coconut oil as chapstick, and the irritating red ring around her mouth cleared right up.

I made strict vegan, gluten free meals.

That sounds almost ominous and boring, but it sure was not! I tried things that were new to me: nutritional yeast, leeks, rutabagas, different forms of tofu and veggies burgers. I ate the most delicious meals I have ever made… and I ate A LOT of it. Like, I was full all the time, and yes I got all the vitamins and nutrients I could possible need.

I did have to listen to a coworker tell me how I “NEED to eat cheese and drink milk because if I don’t get “dairy vitamins” I’ll die!”

All I could say to that was…

“but I’m not a baby cow.” (The subject was quickly changed.)

Everything was great. Full, happy bellies and skin on it’s way to being somewhat normal.

Yesterday I was hungry and lazy and wanted something warm and comforting. And I didn’t want to cook it.

So I ordered to go.

I got a pasta Primavera.

Penne noodles, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, pineapple, banana peppers and alfredo sauce.

Let me tell you my mouth was sooooo happy. But as soon as I finished my tummy quickly advised me what a truly terrible decision it was to eat that deceitful meal.

My guts hurt so bad I had troubles falling asleep.

When I woke up this morning my whole body felt like it was on fire. My skin was super tight and itchy and burny. Like a full body sunburn without the beach. Upon further investigation I noticed that I am covered head to toe in a ridiculously uncomfortable rash.

I imagine like this is probably what it feels like to be licked by hell hounds with cat tongues.

It’s awful!

Needless to say I will go back and make my health experiment permanent. ‘Cause this is not ok. I’m miserable!

I’m gonna go make scrambled tofu, call it eggs and mope.

Cheat days are a tempting and wonderful thought … but for me… stupid, stupid idea.

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Katryna Jolene
Katryna Jolene is a mother of 4 beautiful, intelligent and playful children and she holds down 3 separate paying jobs. She is living proof that having a family to support doesn't have to come at the cost of healthy living and eating!

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