3 Ways a Functional Nutritionist Can Help You

3 Ways a Functional Nutritionist Can Help You

Have you been using Dr. Google for a while now?  Do you find yourself reading tons of health blogs (like this one!) but still having lingering symptoms?  Are you confused about what is healthy and right for YOU?

Don’t worry!  That’s normal!

For many of us, the path the greater health starts with self-exploration and private research.  We find great blogs and books with scientific evidence, recipes, and advice.

We try to discern and decipher this advice for ourselves, and for a while it works.  We feel better and our symptoms abate somewhat.

But over time, many of us find that we can’t hone in on those last few lingering symptoms.  We simply need expert help.

That’s why we are so excited to be offering consulting services with a functional nutritionist, Amber Fischer, MS.  She’s provided this post below to help acquaint you with three big ways she can help you back to optimal health.  If you’re interested in learning more about her or what working with her is like, find her here.

#1 An Expert, Outside Perspective

A functional nutritionist is someone who looks deeply at the root causes of disease and dysfunction in the body and helps you improve your health from the inside out.  We aren’t interested in covering up symptoms, but rather targeting those root cause issues and getting to the bottom of your problems.

One big way working with a functional nutritionist can help you is by giving you an expert, outside perspective on your problems.  So often, we are blind to the very things that are distressing our bodies.  Whether it be too much or too little exercise, a possible cortisol or hormonal imbalance, a food sensitivity, or many other things.

In my experience, we often need that outside perspective to help us discover what is really going on, and admit it to ourselves.

A functional nutritionist looks at your unique history and experiences and spends time talking with you about what has led up to this point.  We don’t spend 15 minutes with you and send you on your way, we really want to deeply understand and know you so that we can truly help you.

We take that history and formulate an expert idea about what may be going on with you and then we filter that through our education and biochemistry background to formulate a unique plan for you.

#2 Hone in on issues

Because functional nutrition isn’t concerned with covering up symptoms, we understand how to look past symptoms that may be distracting you from the underlying cause.

Issues like hormonal imbalance typically indicate a deeper problem and when we use supplements and protocols designed to help manipulate those hormones, we miss the underlying reason the hormones have become unbalanced in the first place!

This is a skill that takes many years of vigorous education and experience to obtain.  Functional nutritionists take numerous hours of advanced biochemistry, along with doing lots of research and seeing clients.  This gives us a level of understanding and perspective that the average person just isn’t able to obtain.

When you need help figuring out your health goals, you will save time and money by going to an expert first.

#3 Unique functional testing and custom services

A functional nutritionist respects your story and intuition about what works and doesn’t work for YOU.  We take your needs as a whole person into account before making nutrition recommendations.  We offer customized plans and services for YOU.

We can also run some incredible functional testing that you won’t be able to get at your doctor’s office.  Checking your adrenal gland rhythm, neurotransmitters, gastrointestinal tract, micronutrient status and more are all possible with a qualified practitioner.

These things may not seem that important, but knowing what is truly going on underneath can give you a world of information and perspective to help you attack lingering health issues.

If you’ve struggled with hormonal issues like PCOS, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, lingering weight issues, gastrointestinal issues, or anxiety and depression, I’m here to help.

If you’re interested in working with me through Paleo for Women, learn more about me here.

You can also visit my website here and my follow me on facebook (here) where I publish my articles and often do videos to help keep you up to date with the latest in nutrition!

 

 

It’s You, On FIRE.

It’s You, On FIRE.

Have you lived most of your life as a career dieter?

Do you struggle with body image issues?

Feel you don’t measure up to societal standards?

Are there lots of things you JUST WON’T DO because of how you feel about your body?

Here’s a few examples:  wear a certain skin-hugging dress?  Enjoy yourself at the beach in a cute swimsuit? Go to the gym?

Do you think things like: “That kind of dress isn’t made for someone with my shape” or “I shouldn’t wear that swimsuit, no one wants to see my rolls” or “Everyone will stare at me when I’m exercising because I’m so fat”

Do these kinds of thoughts hold you back from doing things you’d like to do?  Do they keep you cooped up and quiet when you want to be bold and free?

Are you sick and tired of it??

I was too.  For a long time I starved, berated, and damaged my body trying to fit a certain mold.

I even did this when I was supposedly “healthy” and paleo.

It was a brutal time where I weighed myself constantly and never felt comfortable in my own skin. 

Can you relate?

Cue my life changing transformation in body image and self-love which has helped me not only overcome my own issues, but help thousands of others. 

I started with myself, but I had a lot of help along the way.

One of my incredible friends was a major influence on the way I feel now.

She is strong, beautiful, and doesn’t give two f***s what people think about her or her body. 

She loves herself unconditionally and she teaches women like you and I to do the same.

She is known for taking sledgehammers to scales and empowering women to love themselves no matter what. 

That woman is my friend Summer Innanen.

And I’m fiercely excited about her new program.  She’s calling it You, On Fire.

You guys know I love to sign my emails “With fire and love” because I love the idea of women bringing out their fiery, passionate, bold and fierce natures and really loving themselves, despite everything else!

Summer’s new program is the PERFECT option for any of you who struggle with that.  It’s for those of you that are DONE with letting diet culture dictate to you or make you feel like your worth is based on a number on the scale, a certain shape or figure, or whatever BS they’re spewing out these days.

It’s for those of you who want to love yourselves and learn how to do that in a safe place with an AMAZING and hilarious woman.

You, On fire is a kickass 12-week group coaching program where you’ll join Summer’s entourage and learn to stick it to societal standards, stop living behind the number on the scale and feel like a total rockstar in your body.

This will be a fun, hilarious, and soulful journey into the depths of who you are, but more importantly, will release your sense of humor!

Summer has the ability to bring humor into anything and I know you’ll love her and her program!  I can’t recommend her highly enough!

So check out You, On Fire.  Find more info here.  

Tell us how you’ve overcome (or not overcome!) your body image issues! What do you still struggle with?  What advice has helped you the most?

7 Common Paleo Mistakes that Cause Acne

7 Common Paleo Mistakes that Cause Acne

One of the most common complaints I get on social media is “I went paleo and my acne got worse!!”

I hear you, sister. That happened to me, too.

The thing about acne is that it’s almost impossible to just follow some “diet” (such as paleo) and clear your skin. Your diet needs to be specific about supporting clear skin, and what you need for clear skin most specifically. If you adopt some general diet, you might end up worse than you started.

Paleo is certainly no exception to this rule. Here are the 7 most common reasons people make their acne worse with paleo:

1) Too high omega 6 intake

If you go paleo and all of the sudden start eating higher quantities of certain omega 6 containing foods, this may be why. Omega 6 fats are inflammatory and in high doses can cause real skin problems. Examples of foods high in omega 6 fatty acids are:

  • Nuts (except for macadamia nuts)
  • Chicken and other poultry fat
  • Chicken and other poultry skin
  • Fatty cuts of meat (cow, pork, etc) from animals raised on conventional feedlots

Importantly, the omega 6 content of animal fats is higher in animals that are grain fed, raised on feedlots, or fed agricultural scraps. If you “go paleo” then start eating lots of meat that isn’t healthfully sources, you may run into some trouble. The best way to make sure you get a good omega 6 omega 3 balance in your animal products is to buy as much grass-fed (and grass-finished) products as possible. I personally love Butcher Box’s products.

2) Shifting diet to fat (and especially saturated fat)

People who have been on low fat diets and have some acne may experience an acne problem when they make the jump to a fattier diet. This is because fats are the backbones of hormones. Since the male sex hormones testosterone and DHEA-S cause acne, it’s entirely possible that shifting up your body’s production of these hormones (and this is of course even worse if you have a hormone condition such as PCOS) will at least temporarily cause your acne to spike.

This is all the worse if you’re consuming a lot of saturated fat, since saturated fat has the greatest potential of all the fats to be inflammatory.

(You can also have skin problems if you go on a low fat version of paleo, but this is reasonably uncommon.)

3) High intake of insoluble fiber

If you used to eat lots of fiber-free foods, switching to paleo may be a bit of a shock to your system. Insoluble fiber in particular can be rough on the gut. Nuts and vegetable skins are the worst potential offenders in this regard. These problems are exacerbated if you do not have a robust gut flora population hanging around, ready to break down the fiber for you. Hopefully you’re integrating fermented foods (my faves here) into your paleo diet, and that will help you in the longer run. If you’re not, a probiotic supplement such as Prescript Assist may be in order.

4) Consuming foods you may have a sensitivity to or that may exacerbate acne

There are a number of foods acceptable  to “paleo” that may still irritate your gut and/or your immune system. Unfortunately it takes a lot of experimentation to figure out if any of these are problems for you. The most common ones are:

  • nightshade vegetables

These are a class of vegetables that can sometimes be inflammatory, especially for people with autoimmune conditions. Many paleo people know tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant are on that list. Also on the list but less often discussed are tomatillos and goji berries. I personally get terrible acne from goji berries, and didn’t understand why until discovering this fact.

  • high B12 foods

High B12 foods and supplements can contribute to acne because of the metabolism of bacteria on the skin. When you eat hefty amounts of B12, they shut off their own production and instead make a pro-inflammatory compound. High B12 foods include eggs, liver, shellfish, tuna. I personally still get small breakouts from these foods if I eat too many of them too many days in a row.

  • chocolate

Studies have actually demonstrated that chocolate (though for uncertain reasons) can cause acne. And it’s not because of the dairy in most chocolate products, but the cocoa itself.

  • egg whites

Some people don’t tolerate egg whites well, which leads to inflammation in the gut.

  • imbalance of vitamins A, D, K

If you’re taking a cod liver oil supplement, a vitamin D supplement, or a K supplement, you may find that your balance of A, D, and K becomes skewed on paleo. This can be a problem. If you haven’t seen any improvement with these supplements to date, consider lowering your dose or discontinuing and waiting for two weeks to see if there is any improvement.

5) Not eating enough

Many people unintentionally reduce their calorie intake when they go paleo. Some do so intentionally. In either case, not eating enough food can cause your body to stop produce the important acne-fighting hormones estrogen and progesterone, and instead produce the acne-causing stress hormone DHEA-S.

Importantly, intermittent fasting can also have this effect. I personally start to get bumps on my forehead after about six hours of fasting after I’ve gotten hunger pangs.

6) Working out too much or not refueling properly

Intense workouts can cause stress hormones to spike. Normally this is healthy, but if you do it a lot and undereat or are stressed out besides, you may be in for a bit of a deluge of stress hormones. Importantly, testosterone (an acne-causing hormone) levels rise during workouts. They fall back down to original levels if you refuel after your workout. But if you do not refuel, testosterone levels stay elevated.

Unfortunately, since I don’t know your personal history or context, I couldn’t say whether you work out  “too much.” (I do have a post on it: Do you exercise too much?) So far as refueling goes, shoot for 200-300 calories of carbs and protein combined. Beef sticks and dried fruit are a great way to do this if you’re on the run.

7) Too much protein

Paleo dieters tend to really go wild with protein. This can be a problem if you’re acne prone, since protein has been shown to participate in the stimulation of growth processes in the skin. Protein does matter; I don’t recommend cutting protein out of your diet or eat much below 50 grams a day.  I usually recommend 50-100 grams a day for women, depending on your activity level. If you’re really active  (or muscular or tall!)120 grams may work great, but it’s ideal for skin not to push too far beyond that.


So those, in sum, are the seven most common reasons people’s acne may worsen on paleo. Now, it’s entirely possible that your acne just stays the same, and you’re left wondering “but wasn’t paleo supposed to heal me?”

Paleo is a great starting template for managing many different conditions and symptoms. But  it is precisely that: a template. Once you dig into paleo, if you have conditions you want to overcome such as acne, it’s important to dig deep into acne-specific science and acne-specific nutrition. 

Coincidentally enough, I have written a comprehensive ebook about the science of causing acne and the ways to specifically tailor your diet and lifestyle choices to overcome it. It has just gone on sale (I haven’t even told facebook yet!) and is 50% off this week only! Plus, fully refundable if you don’t like it for any reason, so not much for you to lose at all! Feel free to check it out here: Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin. 

If you’d like to read a blog post about the program and how I wrote it, check it out, here.

Here it comes! Introducing Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin!!

Here it comes! Introducing Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin!!

Goodness, do I have some lovely news to share with y’all today.

I finally, after years of preparation and waiting, am ready to share with you what I think might be my best program to date:

Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin

And it will be on sale for the first three days for 50% off.

(How I feel.)

So what is Clear Skin Unlocked, and why I am so stoked?

Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin is an acne-revolutionizing program.

This is because, so far as I can tell, Clear Skin Unlocked is the most comprehensive acne program on the market. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve encountered a couple of great programs on acne (I can think of two, actually). But I don’t think a single one of them has covered all of the possible causes of acne. They either focus on gut health, or on antioxidant potential, or topical treatments, or some other thing. I don’t  think any of them have comprehensively covered all the things you need to do to remediate those causes and relax into acne freedom. Especially, notably, in the case of female hormone balance. I have never encountered a program that goes through the various types of female hormone issues that can cause acne, and what to do about it.

This is a problem.

Because here’s the thing: having acne sucks. And most people really struggle to overcome it. Sometimes you might end up frustrated for years on end. You try different lotions, different kinds of diets (low carb, paleo, etc), different kinds of pills. You comb through forums online and find all these solutions that work for other people… but never find one (or a few) that works for you

Sound familiar?

I know I at least was like this. I spent years crying over my acne, scrolling through google searches trying to find an answer.

Eventually I figured out that I was shooting in the dark. I was somewhat blindly following the advice I found in various places online (like paleohacks). I didn’t have a good understanding of how acne works, and it was literally destroying my skin. 

So I dug deep. I started reading scientists I trusted. I built a solid understand of how skin and acne work. I studied the delicate interplay between nutrients, inflammation, and hormones. Then, I started applying what I learned.

And it worked. 

It took time, but I’ll be damned, it did finally work. Today I have soft and clear skin like I never would have dreamed of even in my wildest fantasies in my acne-despairing days.

The reason it worked is that my understanding was thorough. It was comprehensive. I finally knew so much about the skin that I could figure out exactly what my problems were, and how to fix them. I was no longer shooting at my acne in the dark: I was shooting with a finely-tuned, heat-seeking laser. 

The vast majority of acne programs fail to account for all the various causes and factors that contribute to acne, as well as the various techniques you can use to overcome it. This is why I kept falling through the cracks. Perhaps this is also why you keep falling through the cracks.

This is also precisely why I wrote Clear Skin Unlocked.

 I don’t want you to have to spend years crying in front of your computer screen like I did.  I also don’t want you to have to do as much work as I did. It took me years to learn everything I know about acne, and finally be able to fix my skin.

So I’ve taken those years of research and distilled the information. I’ve simplified it. I’ve turned it from a tangled web of complex science into a program you can actually navigate. I’ve compiled precisely what you need to know to get on the path to acne freedom as quickly as possible.

So what’s in Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin?

Clear Skin Unlocked begins with an overview of how the skin works. I dig into the science of it deeper than I have on the PfW blog. I then provide an overview of the main contributing factors to acne. I identify them as inflammation, nutrient status, and hormone balance. The hormone balance piece is really complex, so it receives a whopping 11,283 words of text.

I discuss various foods and supplements and how they interact with acne. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I recommend eliminating grains, dairy, and much of the normal paleo stuff. But I also make more pointed recommendations and observations about the way foods affect the body. Vitamin B12 has an interesting affect on acne almost no one talks about; so do collagen, protein, saturated fat, carbs, chocolate, liver, goji berries, and many more things. The specifics of how any diet–including “healthy diets” such as paleo–interacts with acne is crucial for clearing your skin. You can’t just go paleo to heal your skin. (You need to go paleo in a more specific way–in a way that is aware of the nuanced affects even the healthiest foods can have on your skin.

I then include a section on topical care, which I’ve actually never discussed on the PfW blog at all. But it matters. Here I focus on methods and products that nourish the skin without irritating it or posing a threat to your sensitivities. I talk at length about my own personal routine. I also link to all of my favorite products and the ones I use personally – something I’ve never done on the blog or social media.

I close the program with something I call the Four Week Jumpstart to Acne Freedom. Here, I make a set of general guidelines to follow for four weeks to get you on the path to clear, possibly permanently clear, skin. Throughout the program I have shared a lot of information about various health conditions and factors that may contribute to your acne; in the Four Week Jumpstart, I tie it all together and share some new information about the best way to clean your slate and start fresh. I do not promise, but I find it entirely likely that after four weeks of following this advice you will make progress in terms of healing your skin, and permanently.

In my opinion, the best part of Clear Skin Unlocked is its comprehensive and unique scope. Some cool and little known things you may learn in Clear Skin Unlocked include:

  • Which varieties of birth control cause acne and which help it
  • How showers can be bad for your skin
  • Why the paleo recommendation to focus on fatty meats may be flawed
  • The risk eating organ meats can pose to your skin
  • Why certain types of moisturizer containers can cause acne
  • The role carbohydrates play in maintaining healthy skin
  • Why skin gets worse during menopause
  • The relationship between wrinkles and acne
  • Two effective ways to pop pimples
  • Why I never use facial cleanser

And more 🙂


When I wrote Clear Skin Unlocked, I set out to cover my bases. I have said on the Paleo Women Podcast that this may be my favorite e-program I have published yet to date. It is possible that this is true. My understanding of acne and how to overcome it is truly deep, and is truly unique in terms of its scope and breadth. I cover skin mechanics, 11 different hormone issue that may contribute to acne, the relevance of antioxidants (something egregiously overlooked in paleo approaches to food, in my opinion), the specifics of how inflammation affects the skin, and more. I often say that Clear Skin Unlocked is comprehensive, and I mean it.

For me, being comprehensive in my approach to acne was the thing that saved me. I spent years being frustrated by cures that worked for other people but wouldn’t work for me. I was only saved once I understood all of the possible factors that were causing my acne, and how to manage them. My skin healing today feels permanent and enlivening, and liberating.

I’m not trying to sell you on Clear Skin Unlocked, necessarily, but I am in some sense only because I believe in it so deeply. And of course – as with all of my other programs – if you do not like it for whatever reason I will be more than happy to refund you. I simply want to be here for you and share with you the healing joys that I finally found.

Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin is NOW AVAILABLE. It is a FULL 50% off from today through Friday the 22. Get it while it’s hot! And don’t forget – as ever – it is 100% risk free; I will happily refund you for whatever reason.

So you actually have nothing to lose.

Check it out further by clicking here or the image below:

 

From skeptic to fanatic: how Red Light unexpectedly saved my skin

From skeptic to fanatic: how Red Light unexpectedly saved my skin

If you’ve been around this community for some time, you’ve probably noticed that I have a somewhat silly obsession with the quality of my skin. I want to be youthful, radiant, dewey–and to do so forever. I know it’s ridiculous, and my self esteem doesn’t depend on it. But I would enjoy the look. For better or for worse, I would like to look as springy and vibrant as I feel.

 

About two months ago I stumbled onto this skin- and muscle- healing concept called red light therapy. Now, I’m really, really, REALLY skeptical about new age sounding therapies. “Red light therapy?!” I snorted violently. I may as well wear a crystal around my neck and call it a day. I almost dismissed the idea out of hand.

 

But, there were all these success stories staring me in the face, so I decided to do some research.

 

As it turns out, red light therapy is legit science. It was first discovered on a NASA spacecraft out in orbit, when light in the red  wavelength area of the spectrum stimulated plants to grow faster. (It has also since been shown to target  and kill cancer cells.) Dermatologists thought this idea was fascinating, and wondered if these kinds of regenerative growth processes could work in the skin, too.

 

And they do. Somewhat miraculously, even. Within years of the discovery of red light in space, salons providing red light therapy popped up around the western world. Some women spend hundreds of dollars a month to go to salons with red light beds. It is also now possible to purchase a device and use it in the comfort of your own home. Unfortunately, these devices range from the scammy to the ineffective to the monstrously expensive.

 

I was therefore incredibly fortunate to stumble upon a company called Joovv. Joovv is a red light therapy company created by the wife and husband team of Melissa and Justin Strahan. Melissa first tried red light therapy at a salon, back when it was first emerging onto markets. She saw somewhat miraculous results on the quality of her skin and her stretch marks, and she fell in love with it. But going to the salon was expensive and inconvenient.

 

Justin, Melissa’s husband, is an engineer. He undertook the task of designing the most efficient and effective red light for Melissa that he could. Now with patents pending, the Joovv company services an enormous number of people with extraordinary customer service and care. If you go to their website, here: Joovv, you’ll see that they have more than 50 five star reviews, and are supported by people like the paleo fitness star Ben Greenfield and the Harvard doctor who specializes in photobiomodulation Michael Hamblin.
 

 

Joovv, amazingly, has a 60 day money back guarantee. So I figured I had nothing to lose. I ordered a light. They shipped it to the UK and it arrived in two days. After about three weeks of using the light for 5 minutes every day, I began to understand what everyone was raving about.

 

Do you know that particular dewey, radiant, sort of soft and sparkly kind of skin that magazine models always seem to have? And you think, wondering – that must be photoshopped. And it certainly is. But then every once in a while you make an acquaintance who has skin like that in real life, and you wonder, oh my, how does she manage that?!

 

Well. I always wondered that. I always thought, man, that would be the dream. And, I also always really hoped that I wouldn’t age like the other woman in my family did. That is, very early, and very wrinkly. I didn’t need smooth skin to be happy, not by any means, but I thought it would be nice.

 

And I can say now with 100% honesty I actually have this kind of skin. I didn’t think it would ever happen, but here I am, it really did. There’s a particular smoothness and glow about my face that never existed before. So much so that light reflects off of it (lol). And my pores, I think, are smaller. The chronic redness I carried on my cheeks for as long as I can remember is gone. Last week I ran into an old acquaintance and they said ‘wow, you look really refreshed. like you’re really well slept, and golden.’ These were all real words that they used, and I promise you I was not well slept. The fine lines that have recently appeared as crows feet, I am a bit amazed to share, have also softened. On my right eyes they have disappeared. they’re still hanging out on the left eye, but I’m all right with that. I’m only about five weeks into the therapy, and already super happy with the overall results (I intend to keep you posted about it, and if my experience turns south, I will definitely let you know). I have zero desire to cash in on the money back guarantee. In fact, I’ve considered paying Joovv more money simply to say thanks.

 

Here is the science behind what’s transforming my skin:

 

1) Red light therapy stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen is responsible for firmness and elasticity, which is what causes the reduction of pore size, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. I’ve read that this can take a bit longer than the other effects to show, so I will keep you posted on any progress in this regard.

 

2) Red light therapy  increases circulation and the formation of new capillaries in the skin. This delivers more oxygen and other nutrients to your skin, which helps it rejuvenate itself. this may have something to do with my transition from a somewhat irritated red to healthy gold/pink glow I’ve got going on.

 

3) Red light therapy increases lymph system activity, which reduces swelling and puffiness.

 

4) Red light therapy causes the release of cellular ATP in the skin–which is the form of energy cells need to stimulate growth and repair.

 

All in all, I’ve been super happy with these results. I am not trying to sell you anything. But I do think this information is fascinating and important. Whenever I notice science doing something cool for my body, I feel compelled to share. If you’re into this sort of thing, science may be able to do a cool thing for your body, too. Red light therapy is known to reduce stretch marks (I have yet to shine the light on my inner thighs, but will let you know when I do), reduce certain kinds of acne, heal sunspots and other discolorations, even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and create a more healthy glow. This is because it actually does heal the skin, in a way that is deep and real.

 

If, again, you happen to be into this sort of thing, I couldn’t recommend Joovv more highly. They make a full face machine which is great; most red lights you’ll find online are tiny spot healers that can only do a couple inches of skin at a time. Joovv’s customer service is outstanding, and their dedication to crafting machines that make the perfect wavelength and intensity of light (very important for its effectiveness) is unparalleled. Most of all I love their money back guarantee. They could lose a ton of money this way, by shipping people their fragile lights all over the world with the possibility of having them all returned. But I am willing to bet this turns out great for the company. If other people have a similar experience to me–even starting out as a raging skeptic–they’re not going to want to return their lights, either.

 

Here are some photos of my skin. It’s hard to be accurate because cameras tend to be really forgiving anyway, so there’s less contrast between the ‘before’ and ‘after’ than in real life. Interestingly, today instead of being grateful for the camera’s typically glossing-over features, I am regretful that it hides the dynamic shine to my skin.

 

Here is a ‘before’:

 

 

 

Here is after 3 weeks:

 

 

 

Here is after 5 weeks:

 

 

 

 

Again, it’s really hard to show the contrast. What I’m seeing most of right now is a reduction in redness, a smoothness I’ve never experienced before, and this kind of healthy, glowy quality I’ve always wanted. Plus a little bit of progress with the fine lines.

 

Here I am with the cool light:

 

 

 

 So, that’s a wrap! Just wanted to fill you in on a cool experiment I’m up to. Do let me know your thoughts if you’ve got em!

 

 

PSA! If you click on one of the links above or this one, you might wonder if it’s an affiliate link. That is, does Stefani earn any money from talking about Joovv? Well, yes. I might if people purchase red lights after reading this post. A very small amount. But I signed up to be an affiliate for Joovv only after testing it for five weeks; I was fully ready to send my red light back and say ‘no thank you.’ As with all the other affiliate links on this site that I vet with my own experience, I use them only to keep the PfW team afloat while I labor away in the basements of the Oxford University library system. Of course, by using a link like this, you personally never have to pay more; the company simply shares some of their profits with me, as a way of saying thanks for sharing the good word. As ever, I am never, ever dishonest with you, and never share a product or talk about one at great depth unless it means a lot to me. No pressure at any time ever for it to mean a lot to you, too. <3
Weight Loss Myths and Scams

Weight Loss Myths and Scams

*Rant warning*

I feel like I’ve been bombarded lately with questions about fad diets.  They’ve always been around, but they just don’t seem to go away.

It just seems shiny and new to try a “new” diet instead of sticking to the fundamental principles of a healthy one.

I’ve been noticing this more and more, with the incredible popularity of “keto” which is pretty much paleo circa 2012, and with new books sent to me for my feedback like The Sirtfood Diet (Find it here).  

I was able to read and review The Sirtfood Diet, a plan that claims to help you lose 7 pounds in 7 days, all with the power of what they call “Sirtfoods” which are essentially antioxidants, polyphenols, and other health supportive compounds.

What are the kinds of foods the Sirtfood diet wants you to eat?  Things like buckwheat, soy, strawberries, turmeric, red onions, kale, dates, garlic, and olive oil, among others.  Besides buckwheat (for some) and soy, I had a hard time figuring out how these foods were so lacking in typical healthy diets like the authors claim.

Most people who promote a paleo diet include ample amounts of these, and sometimes the dark chocolate and red wine pictured on the cover, as well-rounded parts of the diet.

Reservetrol, a healthful component the diet authors claim is often missing is available in fabulous multi-vitamin supplements like this one and in many foods like blueberries and cranberries, besides red wine.  

Polyphenols are also common across the range of plant based foods and are even available as powders to mix with smoothies (like this one). Most paleo authors value and promote the inclusion of lots of plant based foods in the diet.

Here’s the truth as I see it.  The reason you might lose 7 pounds in 7 days is because the first three days consist of 1000 calories of mostly green juice.  This is a common trend among fad diet plans- starve you during the first week while you’re motivated (while also telling you that you aren’t starving but are instead “detoxing” which is why you feel like you’re starving) and then working calories up to more maintainable levels so you continue to lose weight but think you are eating much more.  

You’re losing water that first week.  A little fat is lost too, but its almost scientifically impossible to lose 7 pounds of pure body fat in one week for the average person.  It requires a caloric deficit that not even 1000 calories a day can meet.

I have no issues with a diet that supports the inclusion of healthy ancient foods.  My mind has changed over the years with regard to gluten-free grains and other dietary components, so long as they are healthy FOR YOU.  

The key to lifelong weight loss is learning how to heed your internal cues.  Learning your body, understanding its needs, and feeding it nutrient dense food.  There doesn’t need to be a special superfood protocol.  There just needs to be balance.  

I’m never going to say its ok to eat mostly bacon and butter.  They’re nice as inclusions, but they don’t have the nutrient density that vegetables do.

I’m never going to be cool with women fasting.  Thankfully the Sirtfood diet and I agree on that one (though I still think 1000 calories a day for a woman is pushing it, even for 3 days).  If the choice is between you eating or not eating, I’m always going to say, eat.

But eat what makes your body feel good.  I know what that looks like for most people- vegetables, fruit, meat, fat.  Eat those things, in balance with the other things. with a focus on quality.  That’s all you really need.  And that’s what Weight Loss Unlocked is all about.  

If weight loss has become a struggle following that paradigm, then you should look into seeing a professional.  A good functional nutritionist in your area can help you get to the bottom of what is going on and provide a structured plan that will help you reach your goals, along with the accountability and monitoring to help you truly maintain that weight loss.

Please, oh please, don’t just go looking for another crash diet.  In the end, you’ll lose much more than some money and a few pounds.