No – this is not a “New Year, New ME!” post. You’re welcome.
This is a journey I’ve been on probably for a little longer than I’m consciously aware of. I like to say it’s been for the last 6-8 months but realistically I’ve probably been on this journey for years. I truly believe that our bodies aren’t meant to be filled with modified, processed, augmented, depleted foods. I also don’t believe our bodies are meant to be covered in chemical, tested, fake, unhealthy make ups, oils, tanning lotions or anything else one might use to enhance their appearance.
I’ve struggled with acne my whole life. Not just acne, but like chronic, disgusting, painful, overpowering acne. Pimples, cold sores, you name it, I’ve had it. And not like inconspicuously placed on my back, arms, or butt that would be easy enough to hide. But all over my face. Now, you can also name any name brand product to deal with acne, and I’ve also had and tried that! Rodan & Fields, Mary Kay, Arbone, Clinique, Nutrogena, Loreal, keep going.. I can list em all! Nothing works. At least not for more than a month of two.
My hair has always come down to my shoulders. No longer. Sometimes shorter! But definitely not any longer. My dream since I can remember was to have hair like a barbie that comes down to my butt. Maybe that’s pushing it a bit now, but I’ve always wanted to have long, thick hair. I’ve tried every oil, shampoo, conditioner, protectant, leave in treatment you can buy off a shelf. Short of spending upwards of $100.00 on the new “Monat” fad to get healthy long hair, I’ve done it all. And I’ve still never had my hair grow past my shoulders.
Brace yourself for this one – we’re gonna get personal.
For the last 6 months I’ve not been able to have a bowel movement on my own. 6 months. Of not pooping. It’s the worst feeling. I’ve tried stool softeners, suppositories, “poop tea” as my husband likes to call it, Lax-a-day in my coffee every morning and magnesium in my water every night. Thankfully there has been some relief, but not enough relief to go back to normal. If I’m not careful in doing all of these things as many days as possible, there’s no relief and at one point I was 9 days without going to the bathroom. I’ll spare you the details but oh my lord. Never again.
You know what I haven’t tried? For any of these so called “issues” in my life? More like first world problems if you ask me, but for arguments sake, we’ll call them issues.
Tea Tree oil
Things that my body should be getting naturally from the food I ate and the things I put into my body. Sure there’s been a touch of natural here and there. But wowsers, what a crazy idea I had about 6 months ago. WHAT IF! all my skin needed was some natural moisturizer (coconut oil) and for me to drink some more water to keep my system cleaned out of impurities and nasty crap! What if instead of face cream after face cream I tried an oil, in it’s pure state, with no modification or additives, that is known for drying out the skin if used too much, to dry out my pimples?! What!? What if I snacked all day long on fruits and veggies instead of well, pretty well any other snack food you can think of, until my body is used to fulfilling it’s sugar cravings with NATURAL SUGARS!
*Bomb sound* – mind blown.
Okay, so none of this is earth shattering or unbeknownst to myself or really anyone who would read this. I know. Sorry if you think I’ve wasted your time. But holy man alive I actually started DOING these things! Granted it’s only been for 2 weeks, but in those 2 weeks, my face has cleared up so much that I have yet to wear make up or feel the need to wear make up at all. I still need to be crushing more water in a day but I genuinely wake up just wanting a big tall glass of water. Not sluggishly dragging my butt to the coffee pot and hoping for some energy. I haven’t bought shampoo or conditioner in months. Wash my hair with baking soda, rinse with apple cider vinegar and voila, my hair has never been healthier. Guys we need to embrace life the way it was naturally intended to be lived. I have never felt more at peace with who I am and how my life is playing out than I have been in the last month. Unemployed, unsure of the future, no make up, no new clothes, same old self. But so happy. Feeling so incredible in my own skin. Having energy I didn’t know I had in me. I’ve been up since 4 am! And I feel great!
I know it’s been talked about time and time again, not allowing social media, “the media” so to speak, celebrities or corporations define us, tell us what beautiful is, discriminate or put us in a box. Yenno, the whole “love yourself” “love the skin you’re in” “love your body” movements going on. And amen to that! Keep it up fam! But what if! We pushed back on all the products their selling us too, not just the tag lines and definitions that come along with it.
No – I’m not turning into some hippie that doesn’t even use electricity because it could be bad for your health and never touches another piece of bread because, well, gluten – Ew!
But for real, let’s live naturally, beautifully in the context God designed us to live in.
We just might find some incredible things are in store for us.