When life gives you bananas, make muffins! That’s how the saying goes right? One of the biggest challenges my clients have when they are navigating foods that may trigger acne is figuring out what snacks they can eat that won’t cause a breakout. These gluten-free, vegan banana muffins are an excellent morning or afternoon snack option as they have no dairy, no gluten and no-refined sugar, yet they are full of healthy fats and lots of fibre. From start to finish, these muffins take less than 30 minutes to make and will please even the toughest critic. (They are [...]
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You could be doing everything right. Soaking your beans, eating your veggies, and avoiding anything with sugar, gluten or dairy. It’s hard work, but you do it because you’ve been told that this is what you have to do to finally get clear skin. And while all of these things are part of the equation, there’s the second part that is often not talked about; the part that literally determines how your body handles the food you so lovingly prepared for yourself. So instead of focusing purely on what you eat, you may wish to try changing how you [...]
G’day mate! This post comes to you while my feet are firmly planted on the red soils of Australia. I decided to escape the Canadian winter for a taste of Australian summer so that I could visit my bestie in Sydney. January 26th is Australia day, and I’m stoked to get to don my green and gold to celebrate in true Aussie fashion this year. Imagine a BBQ on the beach, and channelling my inner mermaid while frolicking in the Bondi waves. Also to celebrate, I’m sharing my recipe for healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free Anzac cookies! Anzac cookies are an Australian [...]
Guys, I just had the best birthday! Which is saying something because my birthday used to be totally cursed. Setting aside the obvious pitfalls of having a birthday that lands in the hangover period of Christmas and New Years, I’ve also experienced other not so great events on January 3rd over the years. For example, I’ve come down with chicken pox, had birthday plans canceled due to too much snow or not enough snow. Plus, one year I was in Australia and I was so excited to finally have a Summer birthday, but the country’s 700-day drought broke on [...]
So Santa brought you an Instant Pot eh? Or maybe you picked yourself up one at a wicked good price on Black Friday? However you got your lucky little mitts on one, please, please, pretty please, do not let it sit in the box until Easter. It's time to throw on your apron, tear that box open, and make your very first delicious miracle - Instant Pot Bone Broth. You know you're getting older, when you're away with friends for the weekend, and in between the glasses of wine and cans of cider, you and your friends are also [...]
There's something about these cookies that makes you want to throw on some reading socks, curl up with a good book, a mug of tea, and settle in for the evening. These gluten-free molasses cookies are totally guilt free, and since they have no refined-white sugar, they are a wonderful indulgent treat that won't wreak havoc on your skin. I have so many childhood memories of Saturdays in December, Christmas baking with my mom, and having these cookies fill the house with the most welcoming aroma. But back then, the traditional recipe called for white flour, and white sugar. [...]
I am grateful for my acne. I thank the universe everyday that I did not grow up with perfect skin. You must think I’m crazy for saying this, but it really is the truth. Having acne has shaped my life in many ways, and but the most prolific way is that it allowed me to discover the world of holistic health. You may have ended up here because you’re deep into exploring your options for clearing your skin using holistic practices, or you might have just clicked a random search result and this is the first you’re learning of [...]
Have you looked under your bathroom counter lately? Peered into the depths of your skin care products graveyard? And as you throw out expired product after rancid product, do you shed a single tear for all the dollars you spent on these products that promised miracles but only lead to disappointments? Last year, I did exactly this. As I watched my hard earned money get washed down the drain, or tossed into the recycle bin, I vowed to find a better, more fiscally responsible means to care for my skin. That’s when I spiralled into a vortex of DIY [...]
The holidays. A dichotomous time where I find myself both thrilled and excited by all the nostalgia and festivities, but then equally riddled with anxiety from all the messages to buy this, gift that, you need stuff, stuff, stuff. My absolute favourite gifts to both give and receive are ones that are thoughtful, handmade, and from the heart. To know that someone has lovingly spent precious time pouring their creativity into an item means so much to me. This is why this year, my focus is on gifting DIY Skin Care for the holidays. Maybe you’re a knitter, or [...]
Getting started making your own skin care does not need to be expensive or complicated. In fact, keeping it as simple as possible is the best option for your skin. Limiting the number of ingredients you use to just a few tried and true options, and using equipment that is already in your kitchen, means you can get started making your own DIY skin care today. Building your DIY skin care kit at home will require a few things. In today’s post, I’m sharing which staple ingredients, can’t-do-without ingredients, oils, essential oils, equipment, and packaging will make your voyage [...]