Lily Lolo Clementine Swatch

2014-09-19 @ 18:06:00

From the top: Clementine, Alima Pure Leigh

I’m in Stockholm for the time being helping out my mom who’s undergone surgery on her foot. Meaning, she won’t be able to properly walk for a month and could need a personal assistant to do the groceries, cook and clean. Personal assistant sounds way cooler than what I really am for the next month: a slave.
So while in Stockholm I thought I’d visit the one pharmacy that carries the brand Lily Lolo here in Sweden, Apoteksgruppen.
Internet is great and all, but sometimes it’s lovely to get a proper look on all the colors and consistency. Lucky me, they were either preparing to get the new look of Lily Lolo, or they were discontinuing it. Either way, I was happy to see 50% off everything they had left.
I went straight to whatever blushes and bronzers they had and went home with Clementine.
I thought about South Beach bronzer for a long time, but felt Alima Pure’s Mauna Loa was more worth my money.

Clementine, as described, is a Matte Peachy Pink. And I would say that the color is more towards Ooh La La on picture than what is presented (and OLL is more towards Candy Girl if anyone wonders).
I couldn’t try it directly on my cheek so I went with whatever matched my hand the best.
After realizing I’ve been using the wrong shade of blush all this time I’m a bit on a discovery of what actually works. I’ve ruled out pinks, reds and corals, so I thought something peachy would turn out great, but to be honest with you… It doesn’t look bad, but it doesn’t look great either. It just looks like I'm wearing blush. Uh.
Maybe it’s because it’s got a hint of pink in it, or that I just naturally don’t blush. Like. Ever.
Oh well, I will continue wearing it, but my quest for the perfect blush continues...
Too bad they didn’t have Beach Babe, I’m almost convinced it would've changed my cheeks for the better. So next time I will try something more bronzer-like or just forget about blushes all together.

Any tips for a medium/yellow tinted babe who rarely gets flushed?
PS I accidently dropped my sample of Alima Pure Desert Rose all over the sink and the toilette. Therefore it's not swatched for comparison. I did cry and then I actually flushed. (Hehe Bad joke, I know.)
Check out my Alima Pure Sample Review!
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Acne Progress Update

2014-09-06 @ 14:43:00

Hey lovelies, I thought I’d give you a follow up on my acne progression!
(Read the last one if you've missed it)
As you might know, summer is a fearful season when it comes to my skin; I usually will get hundred little bumps all over my face that keeps on getting worse and won’t go away until spring and then the whole cycle repeats itself. Last year the summer treated me horribly and I felt like I I’ve tried literally e v e r y t h i n g.

Well, this year I didn’t change much neither in diet or protection, except for going 100% sunscreen-free and focusing more on cooling myself with either a hat or being inside or under the water. It was one of the hottest summers since 2010 so naturally I could only expect disaster. But do you know what? My skin kept on healing!

I did get some small eruptions, which shows, but compared to the usual pimple that will hurt and bug me for over a month until it suddenly erupts without giving me the slightest warning, these came and went quite quickly although leaving a spot behind. Oh lucky me huh?
Should You Go Without Sunscreen?
I’m not an authority, so going sunscreen-less isn’t anything I promote or condemn when suffering from acne, it’s really about personal matter. I just realized that no matter if it’s chemical or natural zinc oxide, when it comes to summer, I can’t have anything heavy on my face or it will talk back in a nasty way.
NOTE: I did use my special day potion with Carrot Seed Oil and Lily Lolo’s concealer (which contains Zinc Oxide) under my eye and solely on deep red spots (like those eruptions). But when trying to use mineral foundation my skin was giving me the evil pimple eye… if you know what I mean.

So, without further ado, this is the change in my skin since just before the summer until today.
If I look glossy it's because I've oiled myself up so to speak. I usually try doing these pictures in the mornings on "good days". I know I know, but some decency feels good on the blog.
I also want to mention that since the last two weeks, when it's been cloudy, I’ve gone back to using the Snail Serum at night to get rid of any remaining “summer bumps”, which it gladly takes care of.
I'm also writing this update because I'm adding something new to the regime! Exciting what?!
Acne Scar Solution?
A new natural serum popped in the mail yesterday, which is probably the most expensive skincare I’ve bought counting the price/ml! But hey, I’m an oil junkie and would happily pay like 55€ for 5ml of Essential Oil if I believed it was potent and of great quality. La Mer has nothing when it comes to natures essential oils!
It’s my first Living Libations product and it’s their little Dew Dab that’s a go-to spot treatment, or from the reviews I’ve read it seems miraculously good for everything! One even claimed it to heal deep scars that she was considering doing laser treatment for! I’ve been contemplating laser treatment for whatever remaining scars that will be left when my skin has completely healed. But I’m hoping to find something natural and powerful to not have to go through any expensive procedures.
I never did get my hands on their Everybody Loves The Sunshine-moisturizer before the summer ended, and even though the ingredients in there seemed just what my scars needed to fade, after learning about fatty acids I felt like a spot treatment/serum would do much better together with my new daily oils.
So enter solution: the Dew Dab. It’s got a powerful scent and a bluish hue to it like Blue Apatite. Blue has been my guide for a few months now so I’m definitely feeling that I'm on the right track, if you believe in signs and all of that.
I’ll be back with a 12 week-review! You'll probaly forget about it until then, lucky I'll be reminding you!
In the meantime, why don't you share your #1 natural product for acne scars or similar effect?
Leave your tip in the comments below :)
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iHerb Haul

2014-08-30 @ 13:15:00

It’s time again for another iHerb Haul! (Check out my other ones).
Another small batch with two reorders and two new things!

Earth Circle Organics - Raw & Organic Goji Berries
Okay, not a reorder exactly. We usually go for Navitas Natural’s Organic Goji Berries, but after a closer look we saw that the price had gone up, and that these were cheaper. Goji berry as Goji Berries, no? Not really. I have to admit, these remind me a lot of Buywholefood’s organic mulberries (which you have to try if you like mulberries!), they are bigger, juicier and sweeter in constancy and taste. These are the best goji berries that I’ve tried! They feel almost fresh and sweeter than regular that you’d almost believe they were covered with sugar. So I’m very happy with our switch of brands!

Coconut Secret - Raw Coconut Aminos Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce
After someone telling me that Tamari isn’t healthy and has tons of salt in it I kind of wanted to look for other options.
But let me explain a bit further:
1) Well duuhh, of course it contains salt! That’s why I use it! Who here thinks it's salt-free? 
2) I have never thought of Tamari as being a “health product”
3) I don’t use it daily. If I use it in a salad dressing I will at most get 1/4 of a teaspoon in me; counting that I use a little every day in over a week.
+) I did my own research and I could only find better and better things about Tamari (estimating it is made in traditional ways). Like did you know that Tamari is the oldest soy recipe, it’s been used for over a century? And that it is made in the process of making miso? And that the only way to digest soy products properly is to have the beans fermented at least 2 years?

Anyway, I knew there was something called Coconut Aminos that could be used as a soy substitute. Kimberly Snyder uses it, but I actually found it while searching for Coconut Nectar of the same brand. So no, she’s not allowed to get any credit for this find.
We still have to bear in our minds that it does contain salt. In fact, the thing is liquified salt. The only up-side is that it has an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins and a nearly neutral pH. Also contains 2-14 times more amino acids than natural soy.
2-14 seems a bit misleading, but in context it just sounds much better than actual soy or Tamari.
But I’m happy to receive any opinions on this.
I haven’t used the Coconut Aminos yet, just sniffed it a couple of times. It smells a bit different, and from what I’ve read also tastes a bit different. Nonetheless I will come back with a review or recipe, well you choose which medium.
NOTE: I just want to give kudos to iHerbs great packaging! The soy had leaked and been shaken on it’s way to me, luckily it was in a bag that was in another plastic bag so nothing else got ruined! *kisses*
Nubian Heritage - Raw Shea Butter Infused with Frankincense & Myrrh
This thing is addictive! Not only did it save me and my boyfriend from getting sunburned this summer, but it managed to heal my boyfriends dry spot that he’s got on his hand. I tried everything on it, from Coconut Oil to Neem, nothing made it vanish as quickly as this Shea Butter! I even went and bought plain Raw Shea Butter from Akoma, but it wasn’t even close to as affective and smooth as this one.
I use it wherever I’m dry, it sinks in without leaving an oily residue so it’s perfect as a hand cream too. I just love this stuff and had to repurchase!  
Acure Organics - Ultra-Hydrating Body Lotion Unscented
My very first Acure product. I thought with winter coming soon I’d drop some body lotion into the basket. And because I’ve been having an eye on Acure since like 2012, I thought that body lotion would be a great product to get a feel on the brand.
So far I’m a bit disappointed, it says “Ultra-Hydrating” but sinks in faster than I can blink. The consistency is like body butter but when applied I melt in like body milk. To be fair, it does feel hydrating, but because it vanishes so fast you have to use more of the product, which I don’t like doing. In that case I have to say that I like Dessert Essence much better, but this one has a great ingredient list and is unscented!
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Preparing Your Nuts & Seeds For Better Digestion

2014-08-25 @ 15:41:00

It’s pretty rare to see me snacking or eating any nuts or seeds, mostly because: 1) I kind of never crave them 2) eating too much fat makes me instantly tired and brings back my dizziness and 3) I don’t have the patience to soak nuts for when the craving ever do hit me! 
So eventually I came up with this awesome idea to just do a large batch of soaked and then hydrated seeds to make adding them easy and guilt-free!

But you would’ve thought that with a huge jar with pre-prepared seeds would make me more prone to use them in salads?
Unfortunately, no. But I thought I would share this non-original brilliant idea anyway!
Also, I'm going to get a hair-analysis in the near future, and thought that if I was missing something like zink, I know where to turn.

Want to know why soaking is important? Keep reading…
I trust Isabel enough to ignore the science part: just jump to the Salad Seed Mix Recipe!
Why Is Soaking Nuts, Seeds, Grains and Legumes Important?
Our clever Nature has set up an intelligent defense mechanism for the nut/seed/grain which is made up of nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances to ensure its survival until proper growing conditions are formed. This stops it from germinate prematurely or for predators to consume to the point where no seed is left, which equals no future plants.
These nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors like phytic acid, tannins and goitrogens. Fortunately, they can be minimized or removed by some good old soaking. Naturally a nut/seed/grain would fall to the ground, rain would pour and it would get wet which would then germinate to produce a plant. By soaking our nuts and seeds we’re mimicking nature.

Phytic Acid is one of the biggest enzyme inhibitors that’s on the outer layers of the bran. Every nut & seed has different levels of it and, if eaten raw, their phytic acid may prevent our body from digesting important minerals like calcium, iron and zinc potentially leading to severe mineral deficiency and bones diseases such as osteoporosis. - We don’t want this.

So now that we know the importance of soaking, we can reap several benefits from this simple action:

  • Soaking encourage the production of beneficial enzymes
  • Increases the amounts of vitamins 
  • Improve vitamin and mineral uptake
  • Breaks down gluten and easifies digestion
  • Makes proteins more readily available for absorption
  • Helps neutralize toxins in the colon and keep the colon clean
By soaking we boost the production of beneficial enzymes like lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize a big portion of the enzyme inhibitors and toxins in grains. So we also get some good bacterias while we’re at it!

How Long and in What?
A minimum of seven hours in warm/room temperature water will neutralize the seeds natural defense.
You can enjoy your soaked batch wet, or store it in the refrigerator. Usually, to prolong their lifespan, anything soaked should be dried in a dehydrator or oven on the lowest possible setting 40-50°C to remove all moisture. 

Here’s a list on the most common nuts and seeds and their recommended soaking time:

Salad Seed Mix Recipe

Okay, so I just did this on a whim and don't know exacly how much seeds I used. Except I know for sure I used 200g organic pumkin seeds. The rest was done using eye-measurements. I did the pumkin seeds first and in an after thought I made the sunflower and sesame seed mix.

1-2 Days
1 1L Jar
1 Bowl
Dehydrater/Oven/Sunny & Dry Weather
A few bags of preferred nuts & seeds

1. Add your nuts or seeds in a bowl and cover them with enough warm/room tempraure water (Optional: with some sea salt ). Soak them over night for about 8 hours or time required.
2. When done soaking, drain and rinse the nuts and seeds.
Either refrigerate the soaked nuts and seeds and consume within 24 hours or dry them in a dehydrator/oven on the lowest setting.
There’s a lot information saying you should dry the nuts and seeds for about 12-24 hours. But I’m unsure, it probably depends on your oven. I have a convection oven which means it blows heated air instead of heating radiators from top to bottom. This makes the food dry faster. The pumpkin seeds and the sunflower/sesame seed mixture I had in the oven for about 3-6 hours with open door until they were completely dry. I also went once an hour to stir the seeds up for even dryness. After six hours they were moisture-free.
I then took them out, letting them cool before putting them in the jar. 

3. Finish off by storing in an airtight container.
NOTE: It’s very important that they are completely dry before going into a container, just the tiniest bit of moisture can set up mold to grow. Remember also that bigger nuts like almonds can take longer to dry if you don’t hack them up nicely.
So tell me, what's your favorite nut or seed?
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How To Find The Right Facial Oil For Your Skin Type

2014-08-16 @ 00:05:00

 I came across this very interesting topic through Minimalist Beauty (check out her post) and thought I would share!
We often times get recommended to use Coconut and Olive oil for problematic skin and the Oil Cleansing Method, but there’s also a few whom it has not worked out for, leaving their face with even more damage. I’ve been wondering for some time why this is and this may be the answer!

Why Coconut Oil may not work for you and what you should try instead!

As we all know, oils are typically made up by fatty acids, and it’s these fatty acids that are the key in determining how they will affect your skin.
I won’t go all in detail on all of the different ones, instead I will focus on the two majors: 
Oleic Acid (Omega 9) and Linoleic Acid (Omega 6).

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At the bottom of this page I’ve made a list on various popular oils and their Oleic/Linoelic ratio.
I’ve also made a Cheat Sheet for you guys that you can download and print to look at next time you are shopping for oils or recommending to someone!
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Oils with a higher balance of Oleic Acid are richer and heavier. This category includes the most popular oils like: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Almond Oil and Argan Oil. These oils are most suited for very dry skin as they can seal in moisture effectively and are most potent to use in the evening.

As moisturizing high-oleic oils are, acne-prone and sensitive skin types might find that these oils exaggerate their problems. Still they are highly promoted to people with skin conditions, and are often the first oils people come in contact with when developing an interest in natural beauty.

Feel like giving up the oil craze, keep reading!

Oils higher in Linoleic Acid are often times called “dry oils”, they are lighter and thinner in consistency and feel, and usually non-comedogenic. They don’t feel too heavy on the skin and sinks in quite fast without leaving a residue. And will provide enough moisture for oily skin types, but certain oils like Castor Oil may feel a bit drying in the long run.
Here we have oils like: Rosehip Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil and Evening Primrose Oil.

It is said that acne patients has shown to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin’s surface lipids (source)
And when your skin lacks this fatty acid, our skin’s natural sebum will become thick and sticky like those oils high in oleic acid, which clogs pores and creates inflammation.
We can create a balance by applying oils high in linoleic acid on our skin. Because when our skin’s natural sebum is predominantly made out of linoleic acid we rarely get break outs.

High-linoleic oils are also good carriers of essential oils and oils high in oleic acid where they have the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers, making the oil blend much more potent.
Why Jojoba Oil isn’t fixing your acne?
It’s supposed to be similar to our sebum, and therefore it gets recommended to people with oily and acneic skin types. But when looking closer at its composition, Jojoba Oil is slightly higher in Oleic Acid.
Yes, it’s not a huge amount, but can still be the triggering factor to why it doesn’t work for everyone.

My Personal Experiment

When I first came across this theory, at that time, I was mostly if not only using oils high in Oleic Acid on my troubled skin, and I had just found some type of balance that I thought that this didn’t seem to apply on me. But after being so intrigued by this knew knowledge I had to give it a try, and little did I know that I would soon be proven wrong!

I decided to try it in the summer, because what other season if not the one when your face tends to get sensitive, produce more oil and become more break out-prone?
Together with Ayurvedan Cooling Anti-Acne tactics I switched to washing face with just Thistle Oil and Lavender-Tea Tree blend. Then using predominantly Hemp Seed Oil (day) and Rosehip Seed Oil (night) blend for protection and healing properties for possible sun damage - and just a small amount of Tamanu Oil (balanced but higher in Oleic) for protection and healing scars.
Since switching to only using high-linoelic oils my skin has rebalanced even more in a way I didn’t think was even possible! It has become much clearer and calmer. I just know it’s not just some after effects of probiotics, probably a combo if not.

Still, you can’t just pick an oil from one of the categories and assume it will work. For instance, Hemp Seed Oil should be a great match for acne-prone skin, but I personally favor Thistle and Rosehip Oil more on my skin.
Thistle Oil has actually become a new favorite of mine, and I’ve ended up using it not just as a cleanser but as a moisturizer too. It’s the perfect match for my skin (during this season) it just melts right in, not leaving me dry or too oily, just “being” is the right word. 
I still use Tamanu oil, which is a balanced oil but slightly higher in Oleic Acid, but I use it in a smaller ratio to the ones higher in Linoleic Acid. My evening acne-scarring potion consists of: 5 drops Rosehip Oil and about 1-2 drops Tamanu Oil.

If you got sensitive or acne-prone skin and/or been reacting negatively on high-oleic oils, it can make a huge difference to try switching to use oils higher in linoleic acid or avoiding high-oleic oils all completely.

Oils Higher in Oleic Acid (Dry Skin)

Avocado Oil  Oleic–63%  Linoleic–9.8%

Almond Oil (Organic)  Oleic–66.6%  Linoleic–24.8%

Apricot Kernel Oil  Oleic–64.2%  Linoleic–28.3%

Cacao Butter  Oleic–33-39%  Linoleic–1-6%

Carrot Oil   Oleic–68.4%  Linoleic–10.8%

Hazelnut Oil  Oleic–79.2%  Linoleic–12%

Macadamia Oil  Oleic–53.8%  Linoleic–1.8%

Mango Butter  Oleic–40-46%  Linoleic–3-4%

Marula Oil  Oleic–70-78%  Linoleic–4-7 %

Neem Oil  Oleic–25-54%  Linoleic–6-16%

Olive Oil  Oleic–55.28%  Linoleic–17.84%

Palm Fruit Oil  Oleic–41%  Linoleic–9.5%

Peach Kernel Oil  Oleic–55-75%  Linoleic–15-35%

Rapeseed Oil   Oleic–63%  Linoleic–20%

Sea Buckthorn Oil  Oleic–28.4%  Linoleic–6.8%

Shea Butter  Oleic–40-45%  Linoleic–3-8%

Shea Nut Oil  Oleic–73.15  Linoleic–13.71

Somewhat Balanced Oils Higher in Oleic Acid

Argan Oil Oleic–42-48%  Linoleic–30-38%

Baobab Oil  Oleic–30-40% Linoleic–24-34%

Brazil Nut Oil  Oleic–35-50%  Linoleic–25-40%

Coconut Oil (Unrefined) Oleic–5-10%  Linoleic–1-2.5%

Coconut Oil (Refined) Oleic–4.39%  Linoleic–0.95%

Flaxseed Oil Oleic–21%  Linoleic–16%

Jojoba Oil Oleic–5-15%  Linoleic–5%

Perilla Seed Oil  Oleic–18%  Linoleic–14%

Rice Bran Oil Oleic–38.4%  Linoleic–34.4%

Tamanu Oil Oleic–41.4%  Linoleic–29.7%

Tea Seed Oil  Oleic–80%   Linoleic–10%

Oils Higher in Linoleic Acid (Oily Skin/Problematic)

Black Seed Oil Oleic–22.6%  Linoleic–55.6%

Emu Oil  Oleic–1-2%  Linoleic–20%

Evening Primrose Oil Oleic–8.4%  Linoleic–72.6%

Hemp Seed Oil Oleic–10.71%  Linoleic–56.48%

Grape Seed Oil (Organic) Oleic–16.2%  Linoleic–70.6%

Maracuja Oil (Passionfruit Seed Oil) Oleic–12%  Linoleic–77%

Papaya Seed Oil  Oleic–13%  Linoleic–72-77%
*Prickly Pear Seed Oil  Oleic–20.6%  Linoleic–60.5%

Pumpkin Seed Oil Oleic–23.3%  Linoleic–57.2%
*Red Raspberry Seed Oil  Oleic–12%  Linoleic–54.5%

Rosehip Seed Oil Oleic–13.9%  Linoleic–44.1%

Safflower/Thistle Oil (Organic) Oleic–8-30%  Linoleic–68-85%

Sunflower Oil  Oleic–30%  Linoleic–59%

Soybean Oil  Oleic–22.72%  Linoleic–52.97%

Walnut Oil  Oleic–25-35%  Linoleic–45-60%

Wheat Germ Oil Oleic–12.1%  Linoleic–58.4%
(Not suitable for people with gluten allergies)

Somewhat Balanced Oils Higher in Linoleic Acid 

Borage Oil  Oleic–6-20% Linoleic–35-38%

Castor Oil  Oleic–3.93  Linoleic–4.32%

Chia Seed Oil  Oleic–8%  Linoelic–21%

Kiwi Seed Oil  Oleic–12%  Linoelic–15%

Kukui Nut Oil  Oleic–25.4%  Linoleic–39.8%

Pomegranate Oil  Oleic–6.2%  Linoleic–7.1%

Sesame Oil  Oleic–39.21%  Linoleic–45.69%

If you have acne-prone/sensitive skin and tried using only high-linoleic oils, would you like to share your experience?
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Mádara Cosmetics Northern Herbarium Review

2014-08-05 @ 14:29:14

One of my favorite things I got in my Naturalbox (review) was this kit from Mádara. I saved this set to use in the summer where we usually spend it at our summer house. Rose seems to be the common thread in these three, which I thought was complimenting from what we've learned from my latest post on Ayurveda and summer skin (☛ check it out).
Even though I will always be faithful to my oils, I do like to go back and test the conventional skincare to see if I’m missing something.

Madara Eco Face Deep Purifying Foam


I’ve practically moved away from foam cleansers but thought to give this one a try when it’s basically just rose water with a foam pump to it (so not technically a foam cleanser).
If you like when it foams a lot, look the other way, this one dies pretty quickly. The honest truth, there wasn’t much I liked about this cleanser. It did nothing to remove my make up, even when used together with a Konjac Sponge. And well, if a cleanser can’t do just what it’s supposed to do, then it’s no point to use. 
The foam is very gentle and feels nice to work with, so it’s too bad it just doesn’t clean. I ended up using it only on days when I had no make up on, just to “freshen up”. But it would work much better as a mist.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Sodium Cocamphoacetate, Rosa Damascena, Alcohol, Glycerin, Lactic AcidSucrose Cocoate, Achillea Millefolium, Calendula Officinalis, Chamomilla Recutita, Aroma.

Madara Eco Face Deep Moisture Fluid 


Okay, so I didn’t hate this one, but I didn’t love it either. I’ve also tried the Deep Moisture Cream that’s for dry skin during the winter, and that one I kind of liked a bit more, nonetheless the fluid-kind suits better in the summer. It keeps moisture well and your face feels smooth and soft. This is probably just personal preference, but I did reach for my oils to use instead, mostly because I feel allergic to the many ingredients I can’t pronounce. With that said, if I were stuck on an island without my oils and only this, it would be a good substitute. But I just feel cleaner with only oils on my face.
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Rosa Damascena, Alcohol, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis, Helianthus Annuus (Oil), Trifolium Pratense, Rubus Idaeus, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tillia Cordata, Artemisa Vulgaris, Lecitin, Betain(-e)Stearic Acid Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Xantan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mica (CI 77019), Lactic Acid, Aroma, Citral, LimoneneLinalool, Sodium phytate, Palmitic Acid.

Madara Eco Face Regenerating Night Cream 


This one isn’t cleaner either but the feeling of it was more pleasant. Mostly because my outbreaks happens during the day, which makes me less worried of what I put on in the evening. Usually on those days when I would use the night cream I would wake up with a much calmer and hydrated face - looking more “plump” which we all want to look like when we wake up.
So yes, I spent using this one more than the other two, because I felt like it really works!
I also tried blending it with my rose hip oil, which usually leaves some flakiness, but this combo just left me looking young.
Don’t ask me if I’ll re-buy it, because the only thing I usually restock is pure oils, but I wouldn't mind getting another sample of it.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis, Persea Gratissima, Rosa Damascena, GlycerinPolyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao, Helianthus Annuus (Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Hordeum Vulgare, Algae, Humulus Lupulus, Hippophae Rhamnoides, Lycopersicum Esculentum, Plantago Major, Calendula Officinalis Chamomilla Recutita Stearic Acid Palmitic Acid, Sodium HyaluronateTocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Xantan Gum, Sodium phytate, Lactic Acid, AromaCitronellol, Geraniol, Linalool.

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Summer Cool With Ayurveda

2014-07-25 @ 13:43:00

The summer is the season of Pitta in Ayurveda. Think hot, fire and steam. And if you’re already Pitta dominant, this season can overload you and put you off balance which usually shows in the face. But no matter what constitution, anyone could benefit from some Pitta reducing tricks in the summer!

How To Cool Down Both Body & Mind

The Summer is the perfect time for living on raw food and it’s quite cooling for the body too! Think of fully ripe sweet and juicy fruits and leafy greens to be at least 80% of your daily diet, and cut down the fat intake. Sipping on cooling water (not ice cold) throughout the day will also keep the fire low. Avoid onions, garlic, spicy and hot foods, rather indulge in cold soups or wait until the meal has gotten to room temperature.
Yoga & Exercise
It can be quite tempting to have fun in the sun, but it’s best to avoid exercising during the hot part of the day. If you like biking or running try doing it early mornings and evenings instead when the temperature is slightly cooler. Otherwise, favor peaceful and relaxing walks in nature, light gardening, swimming and gentle yoga.

As for gentle yoga, Moon Salutations are more appropriate than Sun Salutation during this season. Keeping the practice fun and light with plenty of twists and side body openers. Try to not sweat and focus more on your exhalations!
Practicing cooling pranayamas after asanas or when you feel a build up of heat can help.
Shitali (cooling breath) and Left-Nostril breathing will calm the hot quality of Pitta. The left nostril is associated with our body’s cooling energy, and by breathing through it it activates the Ida Nerve Ending in the left nostril, which relates to calmness and relaxation. 
Moon Bathing
Limit sunbathing and try moon-bathing. The moon’s cooling light helps to balance Pitta.
Engage in full moon beach walks, hikes, strolls or even sitting outdoors under the rays of the moon infuses the body with the moon’s cooling nature.

Cooling Skincare

Neem Oil
Neem has a bitter taste, which gives its powerful cooling effect. It’s one of the most cooling herbalized oils used in Ayurveda and this makes it most balancing to Pitta. One prominent location excess Pitta is shown is the skin; the heat from the sun can much likely aggregate it.
By applying Neem, either topically or orally, you can sooth the skin/body, and cool the inflamed bits. It's even very good to have against mosquitos and to sooth itching bites.


2Tsp Raw Buckwheat Honey
1Tsp Neem Leaf Powder
5 Drops Neem Oil
A few drops of Roman Chamomile
+ Too thick, add some water
Mix, apply and let set for 20 minutes.
Coconut & Sunflower Oil
A cooling massage with these oil and an addition of some cooling essential oils of: Rose, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Jasmine or Lavender will keep you calm and collected throughout those hot summer days.
This both nourishes the skin and protects it against the heat and sunny days.
Rose Water
Pitta benefits from regular hydration especially in summer to counter heat. Rose is considered cooling for mind, body and emotions, and is used topically, orally and even inhaled to relax the spirit. Keeping some chilled Rose Water Mist on hand to spray during the hot days can be helpful, and works just as well in smoothies. Agni (Fire) shows in the eyes, and it can be a good thing to soak a cotton gal with some Rose Water and cleanse the eyelids with, this will bring Pitta down.
Hope you have a lovely summer! :)
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Summer Break

2014-07-07 @ 15:00:00

It’s time for the yearly summer break in the blog-o-sphere. I always see visitor-stat decline around this time, and usually I’m not that active either. After making it a mission at the beginning of this year to post at least once a week, I think I can do that this summer.
But as always, I will try to focus on the three F’s: Family, Friends & Fruit! Leaving only room for some occasional Instagram and answering any comments!
I also have some other plans for this blog that I need to concentrate on so stay tuned for that! ;)
In the meantime I would love to hear what you would like to see more on the blog!
Tell me in the comments below!

Otherwise I’m wishing You the best Summer and all the luck for your plans!
Peter and I are starting this summer out with a Watermelon Feast for two days before heading to Stockholm for one week to see my mom, then it's back to our summer house to finish building our carport.
Lots of Love & Fruit <3 
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How I Cured My Cystic Acne And Balanced Out My Hormones

2014-07-04 @ 11:42:00

Admitting that something wasn’t working for you is always a terrifying feeling, which you procrastinate until your denial becomes acceptance.


After seeing and feeling great results on my new lifestyle of raw foods & 801010 there was still one thing that bothered me and that seemed to be getting worse as time went by. I kept being told things like "I’m rushing it", "some things takes time" and ”You think that after years of abuse it will just get ’fixed’?!”

Maybe I was doing it wrong?

Isn’t it funny how we are quick to find our own failure when it could in fact be the diet that is faulty?

Ooh, yes I said that.

But let’s not blame anyone. No one did anything wrong. 
Ignorance can’t be blamed but not looking forward and continuing searching for an answer can.

The number one thing that made me go to the extreme: my cystic acne. 
I don’t blame the food, I actually have complete trust that it would take care of itself eventually as long as I stick to the program. But you can imagine how sick and tired I was of having bad skin, and it was starting to get out of control again, back to the horrible ways of how it was before I changed my diet and all!

I couldn’t really take comfort in others going through the same thing because I felt that this wasn’t just another detox. The worst wasn’t the worst and the best was months away. And when I was slowly getting to my one year mark I got utterly disappointed that this journey left me with nothing but back to square one. 

I started longing for how it felt in the beginning of my journey, all excited and hopeful.
It led me to reevaluate and start over; I must have missed something important.

One Step Back

I decided to fully commit to The Beauty Detox Solution (review here) for a few months, and that included the suggested supplementation of Probiotics.

I had tried eating sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented foods before, but with evil results. I tried it several times in different combinations but with the same thing happening: after one hour I was standing in front of the toilette puking my guts out; it felt too acidic in my stomach. I must’ve been too sensitive to it, considering I couldn’t even have garlic or even apple cider vinegar in my food at the time, it was best avoided. They really should come with a warning text though.

I resented taking pills again, but what choice did I have?

It makes perfect sense though, that probiotics would improve my acne immensely. 
I’ve always had the feeling and been told by others that it’s a gut-issue, and the gut controls all issues, even hormonal imbalances. Before all troubles started to develop I had been on two antibiotic cures very close to each other, and before that I've been on/off on Roaccutan. Even though my blood tests results said that all my values were okay if not excellent, there’s so much doctors can actually see...
The truth is that the human body is still a big mystery for us.

I had wiped out all my good bacteria and lowered my immune defense.
No wonder I was tired all the time. No wonder I got a mysterious lump in my chest. No wonder I suddenly suffered from chronic dizziness. No wonder my acne felt incurable.
I’m only in my twenties, I should be radiating health!

Undoing My Wrongs

Within a month of Probiotics my acne was slowly getting less active, and after four there's no inflamation anymore.
I originally decided to go on for three months but ended doing only two, to later introduce fermented foods again, which I now digest well without feeling sick after.

Yes, a part of me wished I had gone on probiotics sooner. It was promoted in all the books and it was clearly the right thing to do considering my antibiotic history. But I had so much faith in the foods, and we all need to do our own experiments to come to the right conclusion.

They say it takes about three years for the body to rehabilitate after antibiotics, I’m on my second year.
It’s been about three months since I took the probiotics, and while my skin has never looked clearer since my journey began it is also not completely clear. There’s still some activity around my jaw/neck area, but the rest is healing more decent than I ever would have imagined! My only trouble is the heat of the summer, which still seems to aggravate my body, so I’m back to the teachings of Ayurveda by trying to stay cool this summer.

I have one year left, and I can feel it all getting better for every month that passes.


Having cystic acne concentrated around my cheeks and jawline often implies hormone imbalances.
As I started taking the probiotics I I felt this shifting; my face didn’t just get clearer, my body was also changing. 
I gained weight. My breasts grew bigger. My body felt more feminine. 

And my period suddenly became regular. 
It has always been all over the place since I can remember, and I’ve been tracking it for five years. I worried about being pregnant twice because it extended over 35 days. Always heavy and always crampy. But since the first month of my regime and until now my cycle has been 28 days consecutive and it’s less painful for every month. 

Realizing My Path

As much as I’ve looked myself in the mirror and cried, I’m very thankful for how it has shaped me and to where it has lead me. I kind of found my purpose in this all, and it has brought me so much clarity and confidence that how my face looks doesn’t really matter anymore. I now know what I want to do with my life.
It was never about my acne.
Who would I be without it and who would I've become?
What new friendships would I be missing?
I have never felt as intuned and on the right path as I've done when I found the 80/10/10 diet.
And I found it thanks to my quest for solving my problematic skin. Because I deeply believed we all deserve radiant health!

Results & Recommendations

So, if you are much like me, tried everything diet-wise... and of course skincare-wise… and have been on antibiotics or other medications, then it’s a big hint that your gut is imbalanced. Which of course makes it hard to absorb nutrients and actually function properly. lists Probiotics (depending on product) 5/5 stars, this is more than the most popular alternative method B5 3.5/5 stars which I’ve tested. And I do have to question why probiotics isn't recommended (together with diet) more often? I guess that you can't make money out of cured people...
It’s important to point out that a healthy diet is needed to retain a good gut balance afterwards. Bananas for example are great Prebiotics. And now when the gut can function, all those nutrients will actually absorb and help you heal those scars! Probiotics even support the Liver, and the Liver handles all excess hormones and toxins, therefore it works very well in handling hormone imbalances.
I can only speak from my own experience, so if I were you and had all these skin issues, I wouldn’t wait. I would find me some good quality Probiotics and stick to it for a few months. Avoid any inflammatory foods like Dairy, Gluten and Processed Foods, and substitute it with lots of raw foods.
And of course, transition to all natural beauty products.
The results is in the banana pudding, or shall I say in the good bacteria? You can definitely see the difference even months after I stopped taking probiotics!
I'm hoping that in a year this all will be healed, and almost scar-free.
I'd be happy to hear your stories, it may help someone else!
And if you've decided to try Probiotics, then I would love to hear the results!
In dedication of Acne Awareness Month
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The Beauty Detox Solution Review

2014-06-30 @ 16:35:00

This is a review of the Diet based on the two books The Beauty Detox Solution & The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder.
Between February and April I decided to follow through with the Beauty Detox. I’ve had the books for almost a year and even though I applied many of the principles I’ve been too busy experimenting with 801010, High Raw/RT4 and Ayurveda to eat accordingly.
(Pictures taken from the Beauty Detox Foods)
”Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into a giant oak. Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.”
~ George Bernard Shaw 

It All Starts With Food

Well, it doesn’t necessarily have to, but in most cases it all either starts or lead to a change in your diet to become more connected with yourself, others and the Earth.
You’ve probably heard me mention Kimberly Snyder on more occasions than one. I have a slight feeling that I’ve even gone so far that I may have given you the feeling that she is my Mentor of some sort. I wouldn’t even call myself a fan other than her teachings resonates and make very much sense to me. Her book, together with the 80/10/10 Diet is what has shaped my diet to what it is today and impacted my life the most. 
They are very similar in their teachings, therefore very easy to blend: both High Carb Low Fat Vegan diets that focuses on being Raw or at least High Raw, but with the Beauty Detox being somewhat less extreme, allowing certain grains, cooked and less fruit with more emphasis on greens.
I want to mention that I started eating "Raw Till 4" before it even became a pronounced “Diet” thanks to Kimberly’s food combining, showing me there’s a way to enjoy some cooked and still benefit enormously!

The Beauty Ladder

"When we learn to eat properly we begin to rebuild our bodies and to fulfill our purpose on this planet to grow in health, creativity, wisdom, and compassion."
~ Dr. Ann Wigmore

There’s three stages in the Beauty Detox:
  • Phase 1 - Blossoming Beauty
    If you are a complete beginner, are overweight, suspect you may have Candida, have lots of skin issues, and stomach problems and don’t really want to invest in new kitchen equipment yet, this is where you start. This stage doesn’t allow any fruits, sugary stuff, or oils to balance your body out. You cut down on your meat intake and have it only at the end of the day. And avoid dairy and processed foods completely, and also go gluten-free.
  • Phase 2 - Radiant Beauty
    Here you will further reduce your intake of animal products and introduce the Glowing Green Smoothie (GGS). It's very similar to Blossoming Beauty only now fruit is allowed and we reintroduce some oils and fats. And no cooked foods in the mornings. This phase is where it all will kickstart and most of the benefits will start to show.
  • Phase 3 - True Beauty
    In this last stage, you will eliminate land animals completely, leaving only a small portion of fish, eggs and goat’s cheese. You may even want to decide to eliminate all animal products and go completely vegan. You will also stop having cooked grains for breakfast and lunch, only for dinners. Now the Glowing Green Juice (GGJ) will be introduced in the mornings, or you can just stick to the GGS. And fruit can be eaten abundantly. This is a pro-phase and may not suit everyone, if you somehow feel deprived and struggling it’s okay to take a step back.
You should stick to every phase at least one month before moving on to the next one. But it’s all a personal choice of what you feel comfortable with, you have the option to stick to any of these for as long as you feel/have to and move between them.
I believe that it’s thanks to these carefully planned phases that makes the beauty detox very easy to follow through. Even though it can seem as big changes, there’s a few rules you can apply to experience great benefit. I also believe in gradual changes, which this one perfectly promotes. Often times Detox is associated with being short and extreme, while here we focus on a constant detox, that is both fun and non-restrictive.

I chose to be somewhere in between Radiant and True Beauty because I wasn’t coming directly from a bad diet. There wasn’t any signs of Candida anymore, and I couldn’t imagine cutting down on fruit to be honest.
I tried sticking to the suggested menu (which are only guidelines) for you guys, to try out some of the recipes, but it isn’t meant to be followed strictly. I even gave up some of my fruit lunches, I tried waking up earlier but I usually wake up a bit later therefore my first meal usually comes around lunch-time.
According to Kimberly we shouldn’t be eating until noon or at least wait until we get hungry, and then have some GGS or fruit for breakfast in the mean time. 
This refers to Natural Hygiene, for where it’s believed that the body is detoxing between the hours of 4AM to 12PM, and so to not disturb the body’s natural process you shouldn’t kickstart with something heavy. 
Who knew eating like a King for breakfast would make you end up like one: fat, sick and dead.

I used to be a real big breakfast-person, who believed very much in its importance! But since learning to eat later, I’ve lost my need to nap and I have received so much more energy! It’s gone so far that I feel extremely sick if I eat within 1 hour of waking up, can’t do no more! Water and some winding up for 2-3 hours is what makes me feel amazing :)

Supplements To Help You Detox

Kimberly suggests taking a couple of supplements to help the detox process:
  • Probiotics
    Has many benefits the main is to help and restore your internal balance. Which of course is very important when/if coming from years of internal abuse, or taking medication and antibiotics.
  • Digestive Enzymes
    Our body has a reserve that becomes diminished with time, which means the body won’t be able to digest food as well as it could as young. Every raw plant food comes with their own digestive enzymes to help our body not deplete its own reserve, but they are super sensitive to heat, and therefore any food that is cooked will have trouble to digest.
    Kimberly advises taking Digestive Enzymes before eating something cooked.
  • Magnesium-Oxygen
    It has laxative properties without being as harsh as one, that may help you detox better without the bloating, gassiness and constipation that can follow when changing your diet. It also enhances the body’s cleansing function, which can assist problems such as acne and other imbalances.
    This one is made to be taken at the start of your journey.

These supplements aren’t cheap, so I ended up only taking Probiotics during this trial.
As I do understand the importance of these supplements I also feel like there’s many doing greatly without. But of course, had I not been so stubborn with not taking Probiotics at the first place or at least seen their importance, maybe my skin would’ve been super glowing by now!
I too would probably recommend taking a digestive enzyme for people who seem to be having trouble digesting food. But I still can’t agree on taking these on a daily basis after you’re done cleaning house, it just makes it seem like there’s something lacking in the diet - Eating cooked suddenly became very expensive.
It’s all a choice though, Kimberly never says you can’t get great health without these, but she herself is taking both probiotics and DE daily. And if you can afford, why not, but I’m not yet convinced they are truly needed.

Prep Like A Pro

People who say they don’t like to cook haven’t learned how to prep. No, but to be honest, I’m glad the menu is only made to be a guideline, because it wasn’t made for someone who’s working full-time.
All I felt during those two months was that I was spending a huge amount of time in the kitchen! I wasn’t used to that much cooking and preparing, when a lunch could be a cut up melon, bananas or a quick smoothie. And I had to plan the menu for at least three days ahead so I knew if there was any soaking of grains to do the night before, or the meal would be ruined. I later learned to make a batch of quinoa or millet for the whole week, but even though with all the savvy prep I learned, it did stress me out to a point where I didn’t feel it was fun any longer. But to remind us yet again, that Kimberly never intended the suggested menu to be followed strictly. Therefore, it can be as much hard work as you want it to be!
In the True Beauty Phase the lunches are all raw, so there’s not much cooking involved. But I wanted this review to not refer to someone at the top, and therefore I mixed phases. I truly wished I could’ve tested it out from the Blossoming Beauty, but I’ve come so far that cooked in the morning and no sweet fruits, just can’t do, so the test would be inconclusive.
The only positive to all the prep was fever purchases, and at the end of the week the fridge was completely used and empty!

Does The Beauty Detox Work?

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
~ Albert Einstein
I love the no-use of the word diet, because it isn’t just a diet, it’s how your body is designed to work. Detox isn’t something that you do after New Years Eve or once a month, it’s a process that needs to be supported daily.  And I feel as if Kimberly gives you the most simple and straight forward rules for you to follow, and explains why in an easy way to understand. I even feel as if this diet is more fail-proof, than the 811, and explains why RT4 is getting a lot of attention. Being fully raw doesn’t suit everyones situations, wallets and seasons, even though it would be optimal for your body. 
We all need something to begin with and strive for.
Kimberly takes a lot of her inspiration from The China Study, her own experiences with different cultures and travels. As much as I agree upon the importance of greens, I also feel as if she’s neglected the weight of fruit and where we should get our biggest source of carbs. She forgets to explain that humans are a special type of Herbivore, we are Frugivores, we need and desire most of our energy from fruit (about +55%). And while Kimberly states that she eats a lot of fruit, it doesn’t come off in the books or in the menus, more than to eat fruit on an empty stomach - that’s like translated into only one serving of fruit per day! And of course, this reads as if the books were made for the general and older public; young people would be able to handle the notion of more fruit much better. I can understand and accept this decision though.
But why I’m jammed up on this is that after my two months of trial it wasn’t like I kept going. The Beauty Detox gave me a whole other view and love for vegan food, but I went back to eating more fruit as I did before, and cut down on my grains-intake.
Nevertheless, the “diet” is a perfect introductory in improving your health, and it is probably exactly what it’s intended to be and therefore I strongly recommend it to beginners.

Can’t say that I don’t follow the Beauty Detox though, I just do it in my own way, just as it should.
The Beauty Principles I Have Applied To My Daily Diet and Lifetsyle is:
  • Proper Food Combining
  • Low Fat and Avoiding Oils Using Nut Butters Instead
  • Breaking The Fast At Noon
  • Glowing Green Smoothie (Not Everyday Though)
  • No Cashews and Peanuts
  • Some Fermented Foods
  • Soaking Nuts, Grains and Seeds Before Consuming
  • Eating Big Salads Before Eating Cooked or Going Out
  • Try Having Something Green With Every Meal

And my #1 Tip to do now to improve your health:
Start with having a later breakfast made up of easy digested fruit or GGS and learn proper food combining.
In my opinion, this is where anyone should start and where many health concearns could be resolved.

Thank You for reading through my review!
Check out Kimberly’s blog for more inspiration and information, and her Realize Yourself Podcasts!

"If you feel bound, you are bound. If you feel liberated, you are liberated. 
Things outside neither bound nor liberate you; only your attitude toward them does that."
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda
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Ewa Lie Brownies - Made Vegan!

2014-06-24 @ 14:37:50

After getting the worst stomach problems and uncontrollable gases from experimenting with gluten-free substitutes last year I then haven’t spent much time at that section. Most brands and products there are crap with tons of additives that doesn’t make any sense. If you’re not in a real Health Food Store then I would tell you to not bother and just go grain-free.

This weekend though, I went by to see if anything had changed.
The gluten-free section in the store has grown since a year back, and there’s now more options to choose from. Still, many crappy product I wouldn’t want my child near... But there was this one organic brand Ewa Lie, that caught my eye and got to follow me home.

But I didn’t realize until I got home that you’re supposed to add: 200g of Butter, 1 1/4 dl milk and 2 eggs. Of course I had to try to make these vegan, which I managed, and they turned out to be really juicy and d e l i c i o u s!

Ewa Lie Brownies

1Tbs Organic Coconut Oil
1 1/4 DL Vegan Milk of Choice (I used Organic Rice Milk)

I then used 2Tsp Tapioca pearls with some hot water as an egg-substitute, which I desperately failed with because it was my first time using them. It became just like those silver pearls you can buy as sprinkles... Huge fail in other words.
But considering that the batter already has a thickener, and seeing as the pearls did nothing and the batter still became thick, you can just as well do without!
But I would experiment with some hot water if the batter doesn't get thick.
For more product by Ewa Lie and where to buy.
Wholegrain Rice Flour, Ra Cane Sugar, Chocolate Flakes (Raw Cane Sugar, Cacao, Cacao Butter, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin), Cacao Powder, Wholegrain Millet Flour, Thickener: Locust bean gum, Bourbon Vanilla, Sea Salt. May contain Soy. All Organic Product.

7 Healthy Summer Reads

2014-06-17 @ 10:33:00


The Beauty Detox Solution/Foods by Kimberly Snyder

Whenever someone asks me for a suggestion on a healthy book or diet, I first and foremost tell them about Kimberly Snyders books to start off with.
I like that she doesn’t use the word ”diet” nor ever forces you to go cold turkey or change your whole diet, but actually encourages you to go slow and that there’s nothing wrong with it. She gives you three phases to go through in your own pace, and ensures you that either one of the phases will benefit you enormously.
I do read occasionally about people who take the book and meal plans too seriously, but she always encourage self exploration and that the recipes are only guidelines - therefore there’s not a lot of them to follow in the first book. And I actually like that there’s no strict meal planner to follow up on. Even though it would be nicer and easier for most, I do feel that people should understand the importance of leaving room for your own needs, we aren’t robots that function exactly the same, but we do have a few guidelines that applies to most of us.
I have The Beauty Detox Solution as an E-Book and the other one I have a hard copy of which I will review as soon as possible.
Both books aren’t necessary to possess, both do explain things like proper food combining, pH and why certain foods are bad; only that in Detox Foods it doesn’t cover everything you should avoid but goes rather quickly through those answers and focuses more on what we should eat to feel great instead. If you’re totally new to the concept of ditching dairy, cutting down on meat and avoiding oil and cashews, read the Detox Solution first. If you’re not, the second book will give you some more inspiration in the kitchen and go more deeply into what to eat for sharper eyes and lushous hair.

The Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

This was the first book I started reading about healthy living and eating. Who would have known that all I’ve ever learned was wrong… Or… Well that it was THAT wrong. The base of this book refers a lot to the Anti-inflamatory diet. Just like Kimberly’s books, this one is a great introductory, and quite a funny and vibrant one! This book even suits to give to a friend without being overly judge, because it’s more about empowerment and taking charge of your life and health by knowledge than it is to actually diet. They did though decide to use the word ”diet”...
There’s two sides of the Raw Food world: High Fat and Low Fat. And this book tends to gravitate towards the high fat end which will contradict with all my other book tips. But nonetheless, whatever you are following, it’s a great book to start off with and I do encourage a wide range of reads. I have sadly not tested all the recipes in the book, because I need to see the outcome first (read: pictures). You do have to keep in mind that the author has cancer, and that it may work for a healthy sick person but that you don’t have to be as strict per say and drink green juice every day, if you get what I mean.

The 80/10/10 Diet by Douglas Graham

The book came out 2007 but didn’t face a lot of spotlight until now thanks to YouTube and Instagram. There’s a few articles all from Womens Health Mag to where even Kimberly Snyder recently did a review on it. But I personally feel as if these articles aren’t fair and you shouldn’t bother believing in them. First of all, they all sound like they didn’t actually read the book page by page, second of all, they did too little research around it claiming there’s not enough greens in the diet. In reality, if you have read the book and done your research you would know that there’s a lot of of emphasis on greens and their importance, even though the diet is mostly fruit based. The book is like the Bible of HCLF Lifestyle and seems to have been misinterpret just like one, so you’ll find people doing it crazy extreme and complicated when it doesn’t have to be. It’s actually the most kind diet there is.
So I say, read the book when you feel ready, open and maybe even desperate, and take it in to suit you. I do believe we are attracted to the things we wish to see, so if this book doesn’t attract you then you’re clearly not ready for it and should start small with my other book tips. Because it may be extreme for many at first, but after a year of living along with the guidelines and my own explorations, it’s perfectly normal and the past starts looking more extreme.

Fit For Life by Harvey Diamond

On my Summer Reads List.
Just like 811 has some roots in Natural Hygiene, this book from the 80’s is what kind of started the movement. 
I am currently reading another book by Harvey and it’s his latest from 2007 ”Living Without Pain” (You can get the e-book for free at iHerb). I even bought it for my mom who’s been living with pain since I was born, and it was the only book translated into Swedish where they learn proper food combining in a way she would understand and actually take charge to apply it to her life.
Even though the same principles are probably preached in both books I would still like to read Fit For Life too.
By the pages I’ve read so far in LWP it’s a very subtile read, where there’s really no statement of being a raw foodist per say. There is even underlying fruitarianism, but none of which a reader would actually predict. Harvey and the whole Natural Hygiene is so inline with my own beliefs from what I’ve read so far that I really enjoy reading this book. I truly believe that many things would be cured by a simple rule of not What we eat but How we eat it. And if you’ve read Kimberly’s books you will draw similarities in how to eat, and even here there’s really no pushing and even allowance of eating meat (maybe cut it down on a bit though).
Harvey actually got terminally ill just after publishing Fit For Life, and the story of his body thriving 20 years beyond his death sentance is what LWP is all about.
It simply states, apply these principles how you want it and you could experience vibrant health. No dieting, no big lifestyle changes. Just eat the way your body is designed for. A perfect book for converting your parents in other words.

Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko

On my Summer Reads List.
It seems to me that Victoria is doing something wrong with carrying some extra fat for being a 100% raw foodist... Sorry, I just had to spell that out... However her story and study is quite intriguing and by my own explorations with salads come to the same conclusion. It wasn’t until I started adding more greens, having and sneaking them into every meal that all my cravings disappeared! Before I was even resenting having any greens, my teeth would hurt from all the chewing and salads are bland without dressings. It took some time and a lot of sneaking it in until I got more balanced again, and now I’m one of those who actually looks forward to my salad dinners! Like what happened?!
Victoria and her family had been fully raw for seven years when problems started to occur and they didn’t really know why. She looked at our closest relative, the Chimpanzee, which eats a diet that consists of 55% Fruit, 40% Greens and 5% Nuts and Seeds, and realized they were not getting enough mineral rich greens in their diet which they needed. You can watch an interesting interview here.

Make Peace With Your Plate by Jess Ainscough

This book was included in my B-School Bonus and I’ve already read a few pages. If you do’t know who Jess (The Wellness Warrior) is, she got diagnosed with cancer in her arm when she was twenty-two years old, and the doctors left her with the option to amputate her arm or die in a few months. Much like Kriss Carr she found alternate methods and has now lived 6 more years since the diagnose. And this is her book to help you, as the name suggest, make peace with your food and learn how to apply new principles to your life to feel much better and thrive.

What Should I Eat? by Rudy Scarfalloto

On my Summer Reads List.
I just got to read a draft in the preview of the largest Raw Food Magazine Vibrance and it sparked my interest. (Read it here pages 18-19)
The book came out recently in 2013 and explores the Fruit Theory of our ancestors of the Paleolithic Period. We all are probably familiar with the Paleo diet: it’s kind of raw food with a side of eggs and meat (but everyone seems to do it differently just like with everything else). The truth is that we’ve been living off a grain based diet for the last 10 000 years, 2 million years of a hunter/gatherer diet and about 63 million years off a fruit-based diet. I love that the book isn’t about ”what should We eat?” as a whole, because we all can call ourselves for fruit eaters, meat eaters and grain eaters; enough time has passed to allow all three to be a part of our genetics to a certain degree. There’s no simple answer to what we All should eat, so the more correct question should be: What should I eat?

I encourage you to never stop learning in your journey. Embrace what seeks you and learn more about Yourself.
The best study is You.
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Hope you consider some of these books for the summer, I would also love for you to come back and tell me your thoughts!
Happy Reads!
"Is the Raw Vegan Diet the Answer? I litterly know hundreds of raw vegans and nobody does this diet the same."
- Storm Talifero
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