My Gut Healing Journey Pt. 1

As I sit in Whole Foods, people watching, sipping on my coconut milk latte, I wonder where to even begin. Do I start from the very very beginning? Do I start when my testing begin? There is just so much to be said it’s overwhelming.

**I do want to preface this by saying that I am NOT a medical professional but I am sharing MY personal journey and what is working for ME. 

 

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Left: After our Thanksgiving cruise–the most “normal” I had looked in a long time compared to a full flare up picture on the right. 

 

I think it makes the most sense to start around last summer when my symptoms really exacerbated. I’ve struggled with food sensitivities since high school, but throughout college, they just got worse. By the time around last summer, I was in constant pain and extremely uncomfortable from a bloated & distended gut after eating every meal. I would literally look like I was 6 months pregnant all the damn time. I particularly noticed that after eating gluten, my face would break out in a rash hours (even a day) after consuming, which could last anywhere from 3-5 days. I would think “well maybe this food triggered me, so I’ll avoid it…” I had completely cut out gluten, dairy, peanuts, shellfish, grains, but it was an endless chase–anything and everything seemed to mess me up.

 

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Bloat at the beginning of July before seeing allergist.

When I got back from LA, the first medical professional I went to see was an allergist. I mean you gotta start somewhere! I remember writing this before my appointment: “really hoping to get some answers, but I have a feeling that this is just the beginning.” And boy was a right. He performed a skin test and blood reactivity test to find out what I was allergic to. Great! Finally some answers maybe?!

WRONG.

Well, my skin test showed that I am in fact allergic to CORN and HAZELNUTS. um what??? and my blood results came back normal…but I can tell you there was nothing normal going on in my body. My allergist was like “well this could mean that you have an intolerance or protein deficiency,” so he put me on an elimination diet, which meant cutting out dairy, gluten, egg, peanut, soy, corn & hazelnut for ____ and then slowly reintroduce those foods back, but it really did not help at all.

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Bloat at the end of July after doing elimination diet (looks worse right?)

I was honestly miserable, bloated 24/7, going to the bathroom at least four or more times a day, extremely gassy, no energy whatsoever and my parents were getting even more worried, especially because we were leaving to go out of the country for 10 days and I needed some kind of help. So my mom took me to our general practitioner, who did a great job of listening to what was going on and then proceeded to give me four different medications to help with gut spasms, diarrhea, allergies, etc. These were Dicyclomine, Ranitidine, Rifaximin, and one other I can’t remember lol.

Once we got back from our trip, off to the gastroenterologist I went! At this point, I was convinced that I was celiac because I had a LOT of celiac symptoms/signs and autoimmune diseases run in my family. After telling him every detail, he wanted to perform an endoscopy, colonoscopy, more blood work, and a stool test. Yet, of course, everything came back “normal,” and he said I just have IBS. (All these tests took place over the course of a few months). I could go off on a giant tangent here, but basically, IBS is a HUGE umbrella term and so many people are misdiagnosed, as I was. 

 

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Bloat before my colonoscopy

 

Okay, so how do we HEAL this…I didn’t just want another “spot” treatment because being on medication for the rest of my life is NOT going to heal me–it just offers temporary relief. But it was time for me to head back to school, so all of this kind of got put on pause. I kept taking my medication and continued to avoid gluten, dairy, corn, shellfish, hazelnuts, and peanuts while monitoring if any food triggered my symptoms. (foods like grains, oats, raw nuts, nut butters, raw veggies, peppers, apples, kombucha).

I started to notice that almonds were bothering me, so I cut back on my consumption. I vividly remember going to grab smoothie bowls with a friend and I caved, getting almond butter as a topping…little did I know this small decision would do THIS to my body:

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4-5 hours after consuming almond butter

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Following morning after taking Benadryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I FREAKED and called my mom in full panic mode, who comforted me with her momma-wisdom and told me to take some Benedryl. I woke up the next morning in better shape, but it took several days for my face to finally clear up.

It is also SUPER important that I mention not only what was going on PHYSICALLY in my body, but MENTALLY.  During this time my anxiety was at an all-time high and I began to get anxious even over the simple tasks of life.  I was depressed because I lost direction in my life…I felt like I didn’t have purpose in life anymore, I wasn’t sure what my place in the health & wellness community was anymore. Basically, I had completely lost touch with myself. I also drank a lot to help me cope with this feeling of worthlessness when fermented drinks were the LAST thing my gut needed… There is a very intimate connection with the mind & gut...and I FULLY believe my anxiety & depression contributed majorly to my gut issues.

 

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Most painful bloats look like this one

As my semester came to a close, I had never felt more confused or out of place. I had no idea what I was supposed to do with my life, the idea of medical school had lost its sparkle and I no longer felt led to pursue that path. My future plans had gone to shit. My body was so sick–I felt like she was rejecting me. I was a woman in need of deep healing.

When I went home for winter break, my parents and I talked about taking me to see a functional medicine doctor…in California. But before we made any appointments and booked flights, a family friend told us about a local naturopath. wait WHAT?! So, of course, we decided to try out this local doctor first and if he couldn’t help me, well then we would go to CA and get me the help I needed. We booked my consultation appointment at the beginning of January and needless to say, I never made it to Cali(:

**Next part to my story will be shared soon–this is just the beginning.

 

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Nutty (Nut-less) Cinnamon Bun Mug Cake

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Being on a low fodmap diet has its perks like not being in constant pain & discomfort, but it also has its downsides…especially when it comes to variety. Since I cannot have any added sugar, creating a recipe that satisfies my sweet tooth AND has no added sugar proposed its own challenge. BUT then I created my first low fodmap mug cake and I’m not trying to toot my own horn but damn it’s good. (I have one every day, some times twice a day lol)

SO, I just had to create ANOTHER one! I give you: NUTTY (NUT-LESS) CINNAMON BUN MUG CAKE! Grab the recipe below:

Low FodMap Nutty (nut-less) Cinnamon Bun Mug Cake 

(GF, DF, Nut-free, Grain-free, Corn-free)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana (do NOT mash it beforehand!)
  • 1 tbsp egg white
  • 1/4-1/3 cup tigernut flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • + 1/4 cup water
  • + 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • coconut butter for topping

Instructions:

  1. Grab a small ramekin bowl and place all ingredients in it: halved banana (do NOT mash beforehand!!!!), egg white, flour, cinnamon, water, and baking soda.
    • I made my own tigernut flour by throwing some whole tigernuts in a blender (or food processor) and blend until it is flour consistency!
  2. Mash banana as you mix all the ingredients together–the texture should be like a thick pancake batter. NOTE: you may have to add more water!
  3. Spread evenly in bowl and place in microwave for 2-2 1/2 minutes.
  4. Let it cool and then top with some coconut butter and ENJOY!

 

xoxo

Abs

Low Fodmap Mug Cake

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I would have to say that one of the hardest things about being on a low fodmap diet, is the extreme lack of sweets…I mean if you know me, you KNOW how big of a sweet tooth I have!

So I took the liberty of creating my own sweet snack that is completely low fodmap friendly AND only made with FOUR simple ingredients (not counting water & baking soda lol)! Oh and it takes about four minutes to make too(;

Low FodMap Mug Cake 

(GF, DF, Grain-free, Corn-free)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana (do NOT mash it beforehand!)
  • 1 tbsp egg white
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • + 1/4 cup water
  • + 1/4 tsp baking soda

Instructions:

  1. Grab a small ramekin bowl and place all ingredients in it: halved banana (do NOT mash beforehand!!!!), egg white, flour, cinnamon, water, and baking soda.
  2. Mash banana as you mix all the ingredients together–the texture should be like a thick pancake batter. NOTE: you may have to add more water!
  3. Spread evenly in bowl and place in microwave for 2-2 1/2 minutes.
  4. Let it cool and then top with some nut butter and ENJOY!

Gut Healing Tonic

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For the past 32 days, I drink this gut healing tonic every morning and afternoon. It is definitely NOT the most glamorous drink or the tastiest, but the ugly truth is that healing isn’t easy. It takes lots of patience, strength, and gratitude. I wish it was easy and I REALLY wish it could be tastier.

But then I remind myself that nothing tastes better than TRUE HEALING.

So lets dive on in and get right to it!

Gut Healing Tonic

1) Physicians Elemental Diet Dextrose Free

  • If you don’t have a naturopath or functional medicine doctor near you, it can be ordered online through a registered ND. It is on the pricier side ($130 per bag) but you can most definitely make your own!
    • Amino Acid Powder: it is hard to find one with a FULL amino acid profile, but the best ones I could find are Pure Essential Aminos and Vivonex (best option if not corn free).
    • Vitamins & Minerals: I recommend using PURE Nutrient 950® or Freeda SCD multivitamin
    • NO CARBOHYDRATES! Sugars feed the overgrowth of bacteria in your gut, so it is very important to avoid these. (no dextrose!)

2)  Glutagenics: L-glutamine, licorice root, and aloe vera. (I use the brand metagenics)

  • L-glutamine:helps to strengthen the gut lining. L-glutamine is the main food source for the cells in your gut lining, so taking a supplement allows them to directly absorb it, allowing them to repair and regrow faster.
    • I recommend this brand: Essential Stacks Clean L-Glutamine
  • Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Root: helps with leaky gut syndrome by maintaining hormone homeostasis (fights off cortisol. Its important to make sure the licorice root is deglycyrrhizinated because if it isn’t, it can cause hypertension.
  • Aloe Vera: helps to heal and strengthen the lining and can help slow down inflammation.
    • I recommend Pure Encapsulations – DGL Plus because it has DGL and aloe vera!

3) IgG 2000 CWP OR collagen peptides (I use both!)

  • Immunoglobulin from colostral whey peptides: the growth factors from bovine colostrum stimulate cell growth in the gut to strengthen the gut lining. Bovine milk oligosaccharides are modulators of gut microbiota. They provide protection by acting as decoys to attract antigens and inhibit them from binding to epithelial surfaces of the intestine, act as growth promoters for a selected class of beneficial bacteria, and contribute to the development and maturation of the intestinal immune response.
    • (I use the brand Xymogen)
  • Collagen Peptides: collagen contains glutamine, a key amino acid for preventing inflammation of the gut wall and healing leaky gut syndrome. It has been linked to inhibiting inflammation and oxidative stress associated with the opening of tight junctions in the connective tissue of the intestinal lining.
    • Taking collagen peptides will change your life. I am not trying to be over-dramatic, but it has truly changed my life and continues to do so as my body heals.
    •  (I use the brand Vital Proteins)

I place each of these elements into a blender and add 24 oz of water + 1 tsp of melted coconut oil. You can even add coconut milk instead of water to make it creamier (but make sure the coconut milk has NO GUAR GUM! Trader Joe’s brand is guar gum free!) Blend that baby up and pour over ice to sip on. I’ve been drinking this for almost 5 weeks now and I have noticed a big difference in my gut health. I will say this is just one aspect of the healing process–the change in my diet and other supplements that I take on a daily basis have played a major role as well, which I will share in the near future.

If you are struggling with GI issues, you are not alone! Try this tonic for at least 2 weeks and see if you notice a positive difference. Even if you just start to incorporate a few of these supplements into your daily life, that is a great start! What matters is that you are making active precautions and measures for the betterment of your health–thats HUGE.

xoxo

The Carrot

Fudgy GF Vegan Brownies

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Sunday’s are for the soul–I think #soulfulsunday should definitely be a thing. Yesterday I engaged in activities that fed my spirit and at the end of the day, I felt fuller than any Thanksgiving meal could fill you up. That is magic to me.

One of my January intentions was to feed my spiritual body like I feed my physical body.  It’s quite a transcending feeling when you are actively pursuing your set intentions. It can be very easy to make all these amazing intentions, but somehow we catch ourselves falling short of them. That is why I love making small, monthly intentions that are realistic for me to practice. Start small because those “small” goals are helping you achieve your BIG goals in the long run.

Now on to the real good juju…VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE BROWNIES. Yes that is what happened last week before a little Bachelor watch party. Needless to say they were a HIT and one of my friends said (and I quote “the most DECADENT, YUMMY brownies eevvverrr!!! (pro-tip nuke ’em in the microwave for a bit) I’m drooling.”

Do you need more convincing? I didn’t think so hahaha.

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FUDGY VEGAN BROWNIES (GF, DF, Nut-free)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oat flour
    • note: those practicing a paleo diet can substitute cassava flour (1:1 ratio) or almond flour (.75:1 ratio…1.5 cups…will turn out grainier)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour 
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder 
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar 
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 cup coconut milk 
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips + some to sprinkle on top

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees line baking pan with parchment paper. (*tip: spray the pan with oil before placing the parchment paper over it! This will cause the paper to stick and hold it down.)
  2. Mix dry ingredients: oat flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt, together in a large mixing bowl.
    1. you can make your own oat flour just by pulverizing oats in a blender/food processor! 
  3. Mix wet ingredients: flax egg, coconut milk, and coconut oil in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredient bowl and thoroughly mix. (Batter will be thick!)
  5. Stir in chocolate chips, pour into lined baking pan and sprinkle more chocolate chips on top!
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Let them cool and then drizzle with your nut butter of choice (not optional!!) and DEVOUR. Store in fridge for up to 5 days.

xx

The Carrot

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Paleo Sweet Potato Bread

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I think I’ve finally come to the conclusion that sweet potatoes are my favorite food…from sweet potato toasts to baked goods, is there anything a sweet potato can’t do?!

Over winter break, I was getting creative in the kitchen and had too many sweet potatoes on hand so this paleo bread happened–not overly sweet, but spongy and moist. Also, it is GF, DF, refined sugar-free, and nut-free!

Substitutions? If you are wondering about any substations, I have gotten a few questions on my Instagram, @therunningcarrot, and thought I would add them here for convenience. You can sub another flour for the cassava! I recommend sticking to an almond flour, but note it will turn out more grainy. Be careful about subbing coconut flour because it is so absorbent! Lastly, I used a mini loaf pan (5 1/2ish x 4) and it made 2 loafs!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized baked sweet potato
  • 3 @vitalfarms Eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup @ottos_cassava_flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • optional: chopped dates for topping!

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line baking pan with parchment paper. (*tip: spray the pan with oil before placing the parchment paper over it! This will cause the paper to stick and hold it down.)
  2. Purée the baked sweet potato. Add liquid ingredients: melted coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  4. Gradually add in the dry to the wet ingredients until well combined.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes and enjoy! Store in refrigerator for up to5 days, but it probably won’t last that long(:

xx

The Carrot

The Year That Broke Me

Foreward

I am not going to sugar-coat it. Quite frankly, this is a difficult post for me to write so I am going to share it in the utmost raw and vulnerable way that I desire to. This is heavy, deep, and may be triggering to some. 

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2018, you broke me—like completely shattered me—from all the anxiety, pressure, and struggles that weighed me down. I lost direction in my life entirely and something has never left me so empty and robbed of joy than that. There are all these invisible deadlines for our careers, love, and life. We think that we have to have it all figured out once we turn 20 and we become so obsessed with being perfect and any mistake we make is an embarrassment–just like I was incredibly embarrassed to announce my gap year because I felt like “oh my God this is going to seem like I’m weak and doubting everything I’ve planned for my life. How freaking embarrassing it is to seem like I FAILED.”

Well guess what, I don’t give a **** what anyone thinks anymore or what society tells me about how my life should look. I’m done feeling behind on life because guess what? I’M NOT. Where I am right now, is EXACTLY where I need to be.  Your life is not on anyone else’s schedule–it’s YOUR timeline, so don’t beat yourself up for where you are now because you are right where you need to be. It may be painful, uncomfortable, dark, and scary but it’s making you GROW. 

Typically at the end of the year, I like to take some time to reflect back on all I experienced, learned, and achieved, but I can’t do that right now. I hope that one day I can look back positively, but as of right now, I’m just ready to put 2018 behind me. Yet, I will say one thing that I have learned, is to let myself feel what I am feeling. And you know what else I have learned? that is hard as hell. We tend to avoid feeling _____, so we numb ourselves with ______ (you fill in those blanks).

You see the things that broke me, took a pieces of me and I’m not quite sure how to get them back. I’ve looked for them in places I found comfort, but in the end, those places took more of me than it gave back.

That leaves me hopeful for the new year—that maybe just maybe I’ll find some of those missing pieces—missing pieces of MYSELF.

I want this to be the year of finding courage–to let myself explore my dreams and wonders–running to complete abandon in the direction of courage that I have oh so longed for. Go after it on the mountain. Go after it in the valley. Go after it in the silence between the words in your late night prayers. Go after it everywhere. For wherever you pursue it, God will be there, Ever-loving, Ever-guiding. He will bring you out of that hiding, dispelling every fear, giving courage, giving strength. 

Let this be the year.

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Into the Wild: Pt. 1

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Welp. I’m doing it. Once I hit that publish button there is no going back. I. Am. Terrified. BUT, I’m ready to grow (more so). I am ready to heal.

A few weeks ago, I announced that I would be sharing parts of my life from this past year that I have kept deeply in the dark. I’m not even quite sure if I am ready to share, but I’ve put it off for quite some time and I truly believe that sharing is part of my journey to healing. So strap in because it’s about to get real.

Let’s go back to the start.

2017 had just ended and I felt like that was a hard year…boy did life have me in for a real one. I was feeling super optimistic and excited to see what the new year had to bring. I had already started to study for the MCAT and had signed up to take it sometime in June–I could totally handle the demands of classes AND study for this huge test at the same time, right? Well, things started off just dandy–I was actually kind of excited to be studying for such a pivotal moment in my life, but that wore off sooner rather than later.

As the demands for school began to rise, my anxiety levels began to creep up. I was in a constant comparison trap with other classmates. My thoughts perpetually circled around things like “Oh they have already taken 3 practice exams and I haven’t even attempted one! what am I doing?! Get your shit together Abby, this isn’t a joke.” The demands, the comparison, and the anxiety sent me in a downward spiral to depression. I returned to my old habit of seeking exercise for comfort and began to workout almost 3 times a day–it was the only way I felt like I could get rid of that anxiousness. But then I began to turn to food for comfort as well, because I felt like it was the one thing I had full control of. I would restrict for awhile, then just raid the fridge & binge, which I would then feel guilty about, so I would just exercise and restrict more, creating an even more vicious cycle.

I was miserable. I was unhappy. I couldn’t sleep. There were days where I couldn’t leave my room because I was so anxious–it was hard to breathe and it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. My body would tingle. My thoughts constantly raced. All I wanted was for it to stop.

Throughout the semester, there were several rejections that I received, but decided to ignore. These included things like, a rejection to a study abroad program, rejection to serve as an appointed officer in my sorority, and rejection to serve as a gamma chi for recruitment. I had applied for a summer internship and I distinctly remember telling my mom “I don’t understand why I can’t manage to get anything that I apply for, what is WRONG with me?! If I don’t get this internship, then that’s a sign that medical school is the wrong path for me.

One evening I went for an “Applying to Medical School” meeting. That was the night that I broke.

I came home and cried my heart out. I yelled & screamed into my pillow. I called my mom in a hysteric mess, telling her I just couldn’t do it anymore–I’m NOT ready for this and I think I need to take a gap year. Yes, a GAP YEAR. My mom couldn’t agree more and she told me “Abby, a gap year may be the best thing to happen to you. It is nothing to be ashamed of–lots of students take gap years. It’s all going to be okay.”

I want to add here that now, in December of 2018 I have come to accept that this is the path that God is leading me on. There is NOTHING to be ashamed of for taking a gap year. Many times, I think that I am “behind on life” but I am right on time in MY life, because it is just that–my life. It’s not anybody else’s and I am following where the Lord is calling me. It has been messy and ugly and there are still so many things that I have yet to figure out. But I am trusting in the One who holds my future and I am choosing to embrace every moment of this present season that I am in.

Things sure didn’t feel like they were going to be okay, but thank God for my momma because looking back, I know that she was right–taking a gap year is probably the best thing for me, but there is SO much that I have yet to figure out and it scares the hell out of me. While that was the straw that finally broke me, I was unsure of where to go from here. I’ve done a lot of soul searching over the past year, so stay tuned…to be continued…

 

 

Hi! How are ya?

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Hi! How are ya?

It’s been a hottttt minute since I’ve done a blog post, but to be honest I’ve been in a “creativity rut” and haven’t had the inspiration to post. I’ve felt like i have lost my place in the health and wellness world, which has caused me to do a lot of self reflection. After a lot of thinking, i believe that a big part of this is due to the fact that lots of things have happened in my personal life that i have kept locked away and hidden. I am finally feeling comfortable enough to start sharing with you all. I believe there is a fine line between being REAL and honest, while also keeping some things private. But it’s time I open up because this is the first step to rediscovering myself and my place in the wellness world.

That being said, my plan is to starting writing while I’m on Christmas break so I can really give it the time and focus that it deserves because it’s not just something I can easily write up in a day. It’s very emotional for me and revisiting those times in my life is going to bring those deep feelings back to the surface—but knowing that my transparency can help any single person is what is going to get me through.

I’m going to break it all up into segments that I will be sharing weekly (hopefully). It will have everything to do with the entire year of 2018 and everything life brought my way. Some of the topics will include anxiety, gut health, my future, ED, studying for the MCAT and more.

I want to personally thank all of you for being patient with me as I have closed up and kept a LOT from you guys, but I know that you all understand that I needed to process everything on my own time. It’s time to open up. It’s time for self-rediscovery.

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My Transition to Nontoxic Deodorant

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You need to make the switch to a non-toxic lifestyle. 

Yes, we’ve all heard it.

As the message of making healthy living a lifestyle has grown way beyond just what you eat, it now embodies the cooking ware you use, the storage containers you utilize, the beauty products you put on your skin, your dental products, and more. It is so true that health isn’t just about what you are putting on the inside, but it’s also what you are putting on the outside, what you are thinking and saying too.

But let’s be real here. Switching to a non-toxic lifestyle is NOT cheap and you honestly have to gradually throw out the old and bring in the new. As I have embarked on my own journey in switching to a more non-toxic lifestyle, it has taken several tries of different products from different companies to find what really works for me. In an ideal world, everything I would use would be non-toxic, but to be honest, that is just not ideal for me and that is OKAY. So know that if it just absolutely doesn’t work for you or whatever reason it may be, that is OKAY–just do what you can when you can and where you can.

All that to say, there is one thing I was determined to completely switch over to and that was a non-toxic deodorant. My old deodorant (thank you Secret) had started to give me a rash so I knew it was time to make the switch. After doing abundant research and asking around, I had a list of companies to try, so I ordered my first one (keeping the brand name disclosed) and couldn’t wait to try it out. Now I am not going to lie, in the beginning, it was kind of awkward. I had to reapply quite often and I was getting sweatier throughout the day. Now why is that? So I did some more research and stumbled upon this great read by Primally Pure. 

So almost all of the toxic deodorants contain aluminum in them (wait WHAT)?! But that’s not all. They also contain parabens, propylene glycerol, fragrances and more. While antiperspirants seem great because they block the sweat, they are actually working in opposition to your body’s natural way of ridding itself of toxins. Okay, so this just part of the process of transitioning to a nontoxic deodorant.

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With this new knowledge, I persisted with the natural deodorant and then I got a yeast infection in my pits. YES IT HAPPENS. IT’S A THING. This can’t be a normal part of the transition, right?! I was embarrassed and confused, so I did some more research and came to find that it is actually more common that I had originally thought. If you think about it, it makes sense–your armpits are a dark, moist place which is the perfect place for some yeasty bacteria to make its home. I wanted to curet this the natural way, so I scrubbed my pits multiple times a day (especially after workout), took my daily probiotic, and did several honey & activated charcoal pit masks. I also made sure to wear breathable clothing and I would even lay on my bed with my arms raised above my head to let my underarms breathe.

Now I feel the need to mention this because I do not believe that this yeast infection was caused entirely by the natural deodorant. Also during this time, I completely gave up dairy, which is a good source of probiotics. I had learned a contributing factor to yeast infections is a lack of probiotics, so I believe this played a part as well.

As badly as I wanted to switch, I was convinced that maybe I’m just at a loss and need to forget about trying to switch. But I wasn’t going to give up yet. That’s when I ditched that old natural deodorant and began using Primally Pure because I had heard so many wonderful things! And let me just say, THIS IS THE SH!T.

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My personal favorite is the activated charcoal deodorant because it basically acts as an antiperspirant without disrupting your body’s natural detoxification. For a deeper understanding of how activated charcoal actually works, read this article here on Primally Pure. I am so excited to say that I now work with the amazing Primally Pure team and have a discount code for you all to use! At checkout, use RUNNINGCARROT for 10% off your order until 6/30 (so go stock up now!) Click the link below to go to their website:

https://primallypure.com?rfsn=1441575.316e5

I also want to add that I am not paid to say this, but I truly adore this company and I am so grateful that they care so much about their customers. Speaking from personal experience, I can honestly say this is THE best natural deodorant out on the market–it’s life changing!

 

xoxo

Abby