Clear Skin Tips
I dealt with acne from ages 12-24, over a decade. Over those 12 years I had acne show up all over my face, neck, back, shoulders and chest. I tried EVERYTHING, all the quick fixes/cures. I used proactiv religiously for over 5 years, tried all the drugstore face washes and masks, I even started taking a daily antibiotic prescribed by my doctor to help clear up my skin. I would see some results but nothing cleared up my skin completely, I always had multiple zits on my body at all times.
Acne seemed like one of those things where no one really knew the true cause, the main focus was on the cure, which is a BILLION dollar business. Once I went through my transformation from pink haired party girl to holistic minded, I did a lot of online research and experimentation with my body and finally got my skin to clear up. I still get acne occasionally if I don't follow my own advice but overall, my skin is radiant and I have no need for foundation, I even get compliments on my skin which is a dream come true!
Living with acne was extremely frustrating, a huge blow to my ego/self esteem and something that is completely preventable. There is no cure all for acne as well as there is not one cause.
Here are my top tips for clear skin:
1. Self Love: When I found Louise Hay’s book, Heal Your Body, and looked up the possible mental cause for acne, everything made sense. Her book says the probable cause for acne is: Not accepting the self, dislike of the self. I had very low self love for most of my life and it showed up on my face, for everyone to see. I never understood why people can eat the same diet but some get acne and some don't. The idea that it's our thought patterns that causes different issues in different body parts totally made sense to me. My life changed once I made the conscious decision to love myself despite my acne. I started repeating the affirmation: I love and approve of myself exactly where I am right now. I currently use affirmations on a daily basis and these have increased my happiness and quality of life greatly. Learn more about my self love journey here.
2. Leave Your Face Alone: This is something I was terrible at! I was always picking at my zits and/or popping them. Constantly washing my face and putting some special ointment on it but none of that seemed to help. Now I only wash my face once (sometimes twice) a day with plain old WATER. I use a dry brush 4-5 days a week as well which is like a natural exfoliator. I don't use any lotions or toners or special masks and my skin has never looked better.
3. Limit Acne Causing Foods: I have fully experimented with food and acne. The main culprits for my skin are dairy, fatty/oily foods and packaged sugary foods. I have had instances where I was eating really clean and then slipped up with dairy and had a zit pop up immediately. (I lived on dairy as a teen and young adult, was allergic when I was born but somehow lost touch with that fact along the way) I had another experience where I ate cooked pad thai from a restaurant and had a zit pop up before I was even done eating because of the high oil content. I noticed a huge difference when I was eating 100% raw versus eating a plant based diet consuming packaged foods. The more packaged foods I eat the worse my skin gets, now that I know, its a conscious decision, I know my skin won't look as good when I eat certain foods and that is up to me.
4. Intermittent Fasting: I notice the biggest difference in my skin when I practice this, more than the other tips above. Intermittent fasting is where you eat for 8 hours and don't eat for 16. For example: start eating around 11am and quit eating at 7pm. By only eating in an 8 hour window, it allows your body to rest during those other 16 hours. We are kind of encouraged to eat around the clock but this doesn't let our body rest. Its especially important to quit eating a few hours before bedtime. During sleep is when our body has time to heal, if we have a belly full of food, our body is working on digesting instead of healing. Learn more about intermittent fasting here.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post. I love and appreciate you! <3
Rawspiration, the eBook
Rawspiration is an ebook about my journey from a pink haired party girl to a crunchy mama and everything I learned along the way.
I have poured my heart and soul into this book with the intention to change as many lives as possible. The purpose is not to sell you a quick fix or make a profit. The purpose is to better your life, to show you there is a different way of living, that you can find peace in this chaotic world.
In this book I have included:
60 of my favorite plant-based recipes that are all free of gluten, grain, dairy, eggs, wheat and refined sugar.
A list of all the ingredients and kitchen tools I use in my recipes complete with pictures and where to buy them. (all pictures are clickable and will take you to where to buy!)
A list of my favorite packaged foods that are RawMama Approved
This is an interactive ebook. There are hundreds of links to outside sources of articles I have found helpful. The table of contents is clickable and each page has a "back to table of contents" button for easy navigating. (works on computer only)
All the tips and tricks that would have made my journey a little less challenging.
I share my personal story of transformation, about my eating disorder, suicide attempts and my home birth story.
Here is my favorite review of this book by my friend Crystal Love:"So, I'm sitting here reading Anne Meinke's new book, thinking I was going to have a ton of new, delicious raw recipes to try, but this book is SO MUCH MORE! An extraordinary young lady's story of heartache, transformation, healing & journey into motherhood. I am blown away & admit I've had to grab some tissues a couple of times! Not only is the book RAW, honest, real & full of RAWsome recipes, she's included everything you need to easily move to a more plant-based, all natural lifestyle. I just had to give a shout out, I've never read a book quite like this, very well done, thorough & did I mention RAW!"
Affirmation Journal (e-version)
The idea for this affirmation journal came to me when I started building myself back up after a mental breakdown in early 2017. I took a composition notebook and wrote a positive affirmation on each page. Every day I would spend about 10-20 minutes, pick a few affirmations and write them over and over again. This method really helped me change my mental patterns to create a healthier and happier me.
In this journal, I provide my favorite affirmations with lines for you to write them over and over. There are 4 different categories: Love & Relationships, Career & Financial Success, Optimum Health & Happiness and Peace, Balance & Moving Forward. There is a section where I teach you how to make your own affirmations (DIY Affirmations) and I also teach you two other affirmation techniques that personally help me with pages to utilize them as well.
I made this e-version all black and white so you could easily print at home. There are 8 mandalas throughout the book that were intentionally left black and white so you can color them in!
I hope this journal helps you as much as it helped me!
3 Day Meal Plan (High Raw)
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you bored of eating the same food every day? Are you looking for new, delicious and easy recipes? Are you ready to experience more energy AND spend less time in the kitchen?
THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!
My 3-day meal plan will set you up to succeed with a new and exciting recipe for every meal! Spend a few hours on prep day to make the 3 days a breeze! Eating mostly raw means very few dishes and pans to scrub, making clean up super quick and easy!
I put a lot of thought and energy into this meal plan! I focused on using the same ingredients and recipes to make different meals, making the grocery list as short as possible. I made sure to get greens and one avocado into the meals each day.
This 3-day meal plan is a spin-off of my larger eBook, Rawspiration. I recommend buying them together. I have so much information in Rawspiration that is not in this mini-meal plan.
What This eBook Includes:
Dairy-Free Me eBook
Break free from your dairy addiction with this mini-ebook! Learn all RawMama’s favorite dairy substitutes that helped ease her off the addicting dairy products that cause more harm than good. As a former cheese addict, RawMama is confident she can help you say goodbye to this addictive food with her delicious dairy substitutes.
The recipes you will learn:
Mac N Cheeze
Very Berry Nice Cream
Chocolate Nice Cream
Healthy Halloween eBook
Need some healthy alternatives for your kiddo for Halloween? Look no further, RawMama has got your back!! In this mini-eBook, she shares her favorite healthy Halloween treats!
All recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free and guilt free!