Food Research

I remember 2 years ago researching foods that could possible trigger a rosacea flare-up. I know that there were some contradictions when it came to anti-inflammatory and hot/cold foods. So when I did the elimination did, I used my best judgement. I ate foods that I felt would help my skin heal. It was a hard choice.

I am currently researching the food list, again. This time I am going to post a list of these different foods for everyone to choose their best route. My route was amazing. It worked like magic and my face has improved. I have friends that swear my face looks better after rosacea then before rosacea.

The food list blog post will be a long one. It will take time and effort. Please be patient. This will help you in the long run to know your triggers. I am rooting for you to save your skin!

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Day Two:

Day Two:

I met up with a friend for breakfast. The only options for me to consume that complied with the elimination diet is an all fruit breakfast.

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I was able to order a strawberry and banana (rosacea.org considers this a trigger by it is also a cool food and anti-inflammatory hence why I eat them) smoothie. I also ordered ginger tea (considered a warm food but is anti-inflammatory) and a bowl of fruit. The breakfast was very filling and overly sweet. I wish there were more eggless, breadless, milkless options.

Lunch was the leftover shrimp on top of red quinoa mixed with roasted brussel sprouts. I cooked the quinoa by the directions on the bag but I added salt, pepper, and turmeric to the simmering session.

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Dinner was a ‘Green’ Smoothie. It was delicious. Please continue reading for the recipe.

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Lady Rosacea’s Just Beet It ‘Green’ Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 apple

1 cup of red grapes

2 cups of strawberries

1/2 cup of carrots

1 small beet or half of a large beet (about 1/3 cup)

2 cups of Kale

Filter Water

Chia Seeds (optional)

Honey (optional)

 

Preparation:  Chop up fruits and veggies. Place the chopped ingredients into the blender. Then add water to the 7 line on the Vitamix or just to above the fruit/veggie line. Add honey. Add Chia Seeds. Then blend on high for 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into a container for drinking and enjoy.

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Note: Honey is option. I know that some of you starting this diet has never had a green smoothie and are not used to the flavor. Adding a little bit will help you get used to the smoothies and over time you can take this option out to see if this is a trigger.

Day One:

The elimination diet is a hard process to go through alone. Believe me, I did that once years ago. This diet will change your life. It will help you figure out the triggers that cause your rosacea to flare-up. This diet is also a lifestyle change. Once the triggers are found then you have two choices:

  1. Continue eating the trigger foods
  2. Change your life around the foods that are not trigger causing foods.

I choose the later. It has been the best decision of my life. I actually don’t hate rosacea. I also don’t think that this skin disease ‘sucks’. Instead I found it to be a part of me. Since I am amazing, then rosacea is just another amazing part of me.

I decided that after spring semester of college, that I would go on the elimination diet. Don’t worry my skin didn’t worsen. I just want to be able to provide those, that have decided to partake in the elimination diet, some recipes to help them along their path.

Please feel free to question my food choices. Question my recipes. It is fine with me.

Day one:

Breakfast and (early dinner) Smoothie:

Lady Rosacea’s Apple Ginger Green Smoothie

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Ingredients:

1 Banana

2 Apples

1 1/2 cup of Kale

3/4 cup of carrots

1 chunk of ginger

Filter Water

1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

Honey (optional)

 

Preparation:  Chop up banana, apples (remember to throw away the seeds into the compost), kale, carrots, and ginger. Place the chopped ingredients into the blender. Then add water to the 7 line on the Vitamix or just to above the fruit/veggie line. Add honey. Add Chia Seeds. Then blend on high for 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into a container for drinking and enjoy.

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Notes: Honey is optional. I know not that many people have drank green smoothies. This can be a hard switch from processed gross foods to something this clean for your body. I suggest honey because I haven’t had a reaction to it and because it is good for the body.

 

P.S. I totally drank my Dinner around 3pm today. I was starving. Grr. I am detoxing already.

 

Lunch and Dinner(ish):

 

Lady Rosacea’s Coconut Turmeric Shrimp

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut flour

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoons black pepper

salt for flavor

A bag of Wild Caught Shrimp

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Preparation: De-shell the shrimp. Place the de-shelled shrimp into a bowl. Place large skillet on the stove. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. While the coconut oil is melting add spices (coconut flour, turmeric powder, black pepper, and salt) to the bowl of shrimp. Shake the Shrimp in the bowl to help coat the shrimp with the spices. Place the shrimp into the warm skillet. Cook for about 5 to 10 minutes. Until both sides of the shrimp are pink.

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Notes: The shrimp can be placed on a salad to give it more flavor or on a bed of quinoa. Today I ate it on a bed of spinach and later I just popped them into my mouth cold. It was delicious.

 

Luckily, after I ate the shrimp for dinner, I started to roast some vegetables. I was able to snack on these roasted veggies throughout the cooking process. I love to meal prep my meals. This allows me to grab and go. It allows for options when you are starving from detoxing to eat more healthier choices then grabbing something off of the elimination diets no-no list. Roasting veggies are quite easy too!

 

I hope this helps for those on their first day or their 10th day. I will be posting recipes as often as I can. You may special request a recipe as well. Good Luck!

You Need This for Your Rosacea

I am so happy to find out that the Turmeric Greek Yogurt mask is quite effective on most of your faces! I have gotten many reports of how this mask is clearing up your Rosacea skin. I was actually stopped by a lady today who said that the mask helped clear up her skin. She told me about her situation and thanked me. I am writing this blog for her, since there is another amazing product to use for your face and it is easy to make from home.

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I like to call this wonderful miracle worker ‘Lady Rosacea’s Spot Treatment’. I will use this spot treatment on my bumps. I will spread this treatment all over my whole face in the summer to calm it and to soothe it. This is a miracle worker because it helps keep your skin clear and it seems to dissovle the bumps from your skin. This treatment can be used anytime. I like to use it after I put my homemade Lady Rosacea Clear Face Serum on.

Are you ready for the recipe?

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Lady Rosacea’s Spot Treatment

1 part Apple Cider Vinegar

2 parts filter water

Tea Tree Essential oil

Directions:

Mix ingredients together. Place in a dark place or in a dark container. Spritz in the palm of your hand. Then place on the bumps or all over the infected areas.

If you have a small bottle like the one shown in the pictures then 5 to 10 drops of tea tree e.o. is needed. If you have a larger container then please feel free to use more tea tree e.o. in it.

I hope this helps you on your healing journey of Rosacea. I know that my face is happier with Lady Rosacea’s Spot Treatment on it’s face. I hope you are having a good face day!

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Have you tried this spot treatment before? Did it work for you? Which should I blog about next the Lady Rosacea’s Clear Face Serum or Lady Rosacea’s Foaming Facial Wash?

 

Helpful Hints to Delicious Green Smoothies

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I have been receiving questions on how to make green smoothies, since this is what I eat for breakfast and lunch for the last four years. FOUR YEARS! That’s correct, folks it is really not that hard to make a smoothie that will fill you with nutritious ingredients. and help you heal your rosacea face.

A Basic Smoothie consists of:

  • A handful of leafy greens
  • 2 bananas (if you have a vitamix) or half a banana (if you have nutria-bullet)
  • 1 apple (if you have a vitamix) or half and apple (if you have a nutria-bullet)
  • Any other fruits is by the eye and how much flavor you want to taste in your smoothie.
  • About a 1/4 cup of carrots
  • Half a beet
  • A tablespoon of chia seeds
  • A tablespoon of Honey

These are only a suggestion of what can be mixed into your smoothies. I have some personal favorites to whip up.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 apple
  • A few carrots
  • Peanuts
  • Handful of Kale
  • Honey
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds

Blend and Enjoy. Mind you I do have a vitamix so all of this fits. I also add water up to the 7 line, then blend for about 20 to 30 seconds.

Here is the wonderful thing about green smoothies that are made by you. You know what you like to taste. I personally love anything with bananas with peanuts or beets with greek yogurt. Those are my two favorite combos.

If one day you feel like eating more fruits, just add fruits. It is that simple. Green Smoothies are molded around how your taste buds enjoy food.

I hope this helps with your green smoothie and clear skin adventures. Let’s kick rosacea in the butt the way my dermatologists recommends: with food.

I am on BUZZFEED!

The best day I have had with Rosacea is today. I received a lovely comment on my instagram (ladyrosacea) today. The user informed me that she saw me on buzzfeed and that she loves the turmeric and greek yogurt masks, that I have been suggesting.

Let’s back it up a bit. I MADE IT ON BUZZFEED! Yes, caps had to be used since I screamed this in reality. I also danced when I was able to see this on the interweb. There was a lot of dance and smiling.

Holy Night!

Are you wondering where you can see this buzzfeed? Just click on this link.

The buzzfeed blog is actually a great read and has a lot of instagramers that I personally follow as well. This is truly rosacea awareness month!

Did you read the buzzfeed? What did you think of it? 10325285_1212766435404348_8993188980196789165_n

Two Pills that will Change Your Face

When rosacea entered my life, I was not ready. I was not ready for my beautiful smooth skin to turn into something ugly. This turning caused fear in my soul that this face that was red, itching, hot, moving, and bumpy would be mine; that I would have to look at this face for the rest of my life. This face was ugly. This face was a permanent mask sewn onto my skin with permanent invisible thread.

I couldn’t let this disease control my soul. I couldn’t let my mind dissolve. I also could hide in my house. I am a social butterfly, an artist, an open mic night host, a poet, a dreamer, a runner, a club dancer, and amazing. I could let this skin condition rule my life. I had to do something.

Something is what I did.

I changed my food intake. I changed my facial routine. I added pills.

Pills?

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Pills can help your flare-ups to be less intense or less frequent. They also smooth out your face and help to keep that ugly permanent mask calm and beautiful. I was just recently asked on my instagram account (ladyrosacea) what pills I take. Well besides the multi-vitamin (because I am borderline anemic), Vitamin D3 pills (because my Doctor told me I was low in Vitamin D), Ginger Pills (helps my with motion sickness), and L-lysine pills (for my cold sore break-outs which I have had all my life); I did some research of pills that helped rosacea.

The research led me to a lot of possible pills. What did I do? I bought them all. I took them all. It was a lot of pill pooping, but slowly I was able to figure out which ones worked for my face. These two pills actually were suggested by Dr. Weil. I love his blogs and his books. He is an amazing natural healer.  These two pills that I take daily are: Evening Primrose Oil and Black Current Oil.

Evening Primrose Oil benefits:

  • Evening Primrose is anti-inflammorty. It also helps to relieve the itchiness and redness of one’s skin.
  • This pill helps regulate the hormone imbalance which in turns helps reduce acne.
  • Gives relief to PMS cramps (BONUS).
  • Also helps aid in hair growth.

Black Current Oil benefits:

  • Black Current Oil is anti-inflammorty as well. This helps reduce the redness and heat from your body.
  • It helps to reduce pain.
  • Improves the immune system.
  • Reduces allergies in a person.

These two pills are highly beneficial to my daily pill intake. They are the ones that I was able to see work on my skin. I hope this helps you on your rosacea journey.

*BONUS*

I also found that Holy Basil pills are amazing for rosacea and stress as well.

Holy Basil benefits:

    • Holy Basil reduces inflammation.
    • Reduces stress in the body.
    • Relieves headaches.
  • Is anti-aging

 

These two pills will help relieve your rosacea besides it would hurt to add a bit of Holy Basil to your daily pill popping routine.

What pills works best for your skin? Have you had the same success with the two listed in the blog?