Clear skin and the connection.

When I turned holistic a few years ago, because lack of health care inspiring this blog, I forgot about the first health issue I dealt with for years. It hatched the idea of everything being connected physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

I know that feeling of desperation, in having skin issues and searching for a real cure only to be disappointed again and again…I’m not saying I tried it all, now use this and all your dreams will come true! I will say what I used, then give several ideas from my experience that may spark a connection with your skin needs.


  1. Proactive
  2. Lerroset
  3. Neutrogea
  4. Clear skin
  5. Murad
  6. Bare minerals
  7. Aloe vera
  8. Retin A from a doctor

Basically any new acne product, but I’ve lost track over that 7 years of nothing working. I also made sure to give each product a few weeks to work and keep to a routine.

The issue with curing skin issues is it’s more than the cleanser you use. We as humans are more complicated than that. One day during the worse break out time I went through, I was eating out with my parents. My skin was so sensitive that even water burned. I was not using any chemical creams. I was doing everything on my own, going to school full time, being a nanny for three children, and my skin looked like it was going through a battle with something.

During that meal with my parents, my skin started to itch badly, so much that it felt like poison ivy. My dad said something that I needed to hear years ago living at their house with my first acne issues. He said we want you to go to a dermatologist and we will pay for it…My skin immediately stopped itching. 

I then realized the connection emotional health has with skin on a wider scale for some people. Have in mind I did not feel the best support from my parents in the past with my skin issues. Most issues were ignored since I was emotionally shut down growing up. Mainly from childhood experiences of emotions not being accepted by my parents. My body needed to feel security to calm down. In my mind I was alone in the world and had to fix everything myself. Anyone helping was a joke, a fantasy to me from my past experiences dealing with challenges.

Another connection I made was how much a negative person, or chaos affected my skin. when I removed myself from a negative person, my chronic acne cleared up over a week. My skin broke out again but that break showed another action for my skin’s reaction.

I also took out several foods to find out my skin reacted more to emotional dysfunction than over unhealthy foods. I tried everything to the fullest to get real results. I went four-six weeks without gluten, fast food, coffee, bread, and sugar. The only food that I saw a difference in was dairy. It only took a week to see a difference, and came to find out I was allergic since birth, but my mom only feed me non dairy formula until I was old enough to tolerate milk. People usually tolerate food allergies because they are unaware of them. Dairy though is something to consider taking out of your diet. It builds up mucus in your system making acne worse while also affecting joints and throat.

Other things I took out such as gluten resulting in making my skin worse. The stress of not eating connected to emotion of anger and depression. Please be kind to yourself. Practicing strict diets, buying every vitamin and cream promised to fix your skin is not worth the damage.

You have to learn to listen to your body more, and let it know you are going to put boundaries up against things in your life that are not adding value, joy, and security. Stress makes any issue grow stronger, deeper, and harder to over come. You do not need anyone or anything adding to the odds against you.

Once you have reached a good emotional place, then you can try other things without worrying about the disappointment that will come.

I know its hard being patient having chronic acne, you want to just have that one issue fixed so you can enjoy life more. It did not take long once I realized why my skin broke out due to dysfunctional emotions to have my skin clear and find alternative methods that keep it clear. Your body will let you know when you are in “danger”. It may not be life threatening danger, but just like we have flight or fight response to actual danger our bodies can show signs of temporary danger to let us know we need to change something.

Years after learning my skin issues were connected to deadly emotions, (Deadly emotions comes from stuffing your emotions, suppressing your feelings, and needs, maybe because they are not met or accepted by those you surround yourself with. ) I saw the actress from the show, “That’s So Raven” speak in an interview on how the stress of running her own show at such a young age caused the stress leading to her weight issues. She said for some it shows through their skin, through dandruff in their hair that won’t go away. She went down a couple of sizes, and everyone wonder what she did, but she just released the stress and deadly emotions from her childhood of running a T.V. show.

So my advice is to stop all the routines of skin care and start from scratch. I do go on water based retin A just to get my skin under control, but then switched to all natural products. I changed my life style of eating and studied emotional intelligence while giving my skin time to heal instead of putting it through anything else. If nothing is working for you then why not try an holistic life style? You do not have to change everything at once, just small steps will do.

Products I have used off and on depending on the weather and the condition of my skin is a mix of cleansers. Now that my skin is clear, my only task is finding products that are safe for sensitive skin,. This means products that are paraben, fragrance, dye, chemical and toxin free. I’ve used Yes to Tomatoes gel cleanser during the winter, and Dr. Bronner’s baby Hemp seed oil during the summer. Both help clear up breakouts and are not harsh on your skin. I know some people say they have sensitive skin as they put every chemical product on, which shows they don’t.  I’m second generation Irish and any product with those things mentioned above cause a reaction.

Later I found better alternatives in Korean skin care, and really their whole philosophy of moisturizing to heal skin is very effective. Western society teaches acne suffers to dry out their skin because oil is bad, but others that are wiser know oil is good for your skin. I had a stubborn break out from work stress and just using the products I already had in the Korean skin care routine, my face cleared up in two days. I then switch to all Korean skin care products, and even only doing  about 6 out of the 10 steps recommended, it has improved my skin and kept acne at bay. I recently changed to Joyome serums from Plexus to replace the many steps of the routine because it has so many active ingredients, but the Korean routine is great too. So that it has keep my skin at its best the longest. I just know anything from Plexus is going to be worth a try being on the products for over a year for my health issues. I’ll post a skin update on using the serum after a few weeks.

This bring us to now talking about gut health, which Plexus is all about. I’ll have another post on my experience over the last year taking the supplements. If you research gut health, then tons of issues will pop up including acne, and if my stress level is low and I’m on my plexus products I barely have a break out. I tend to break out where my glasses are, even if I wash them, literally my skin does not like being touched so I try not to touch my face, but just saying if your acne prone I understand how hard it is to try to just live without your skin having a reaction constantly. Anyways after a few months on Plexus Triplex system I was on my way to a wedding and had no foundation left because of budget, and I noticed I didn’t need it and off to the wedding I went. I’m a person who loves wearing make up too, but my skin was so healthy looking for once my standards were set. If you are confused on gut health or want to know what steps to take then just ask. Yes I do sell Plexus but I’m not going to push it on anyone. I make sure to eat foods good for my gut as well. The microbiome is a wonderful thing!

Let’s see years of trying to heal acne, what else could I add…We went over emotional health, diet, allergies, gut health, topical treatments, and stress. Oh yeah hormones, I have a whole other post on this subject. I don’t think I have to tell you hormones affect your skin especially acne. I’ve had my hormones balanced to the best of my ability and do not have the issues I use to have before learning how to balance them. I recommend Maca, and DIM for hormonal acne. I also found eating a Mediterranean diet  with high healthy fats with low carbs help my over health and skin. I’ve been eating manly fish with low carbs for weeks and  had the least painful cycle ever. I’m grateful to have an open mind on constantly improving my health because you never know what a difference little changes make!

I really hate how younger kids have to suffer with bad health and have acne as a result all while having ads tell them to buy this special lotion and your acne will disappear. Lord if I had all the money back I used in searching for a cure then I’d probably have my student loan paid off! Turn off the tv and pick up a book on healing, emotional health, just something to help you learn about yourself and your body better. I hope this helps someone make a connection to start their path to clear skin. Also use CosDNA or google ingredient ratings before wasting any more money on products that claim to clear acne but actually keep you buying it because some of the ingredients cause acne. Which is basically anything advertised.

Here are some of the products I currently use or recommend from past experiences.

The face shop rice oil

Hemish balm oil

Neogen demonology- green tea foaming cleanser

Corsx ph balancing tea tree cleanser

Wishtrend’s mandelic acid

Tru naturals Vitamin C or Retin A serum

Rose water of any kind

Physician’s formula rose serum

Corsx honey and rice face masks

Here’s to Keeping it real!

Here are some pictures, not good or many because I stayed away from the camera for years. I had chronic acne for a few years and these don’t really show how bad it was because they are from when I was finally making changes. The first 3 are from before, and then the last two is my skin now:)


















Adrenals affect weight, fatigue, and sleep cycles. Found a simple change to help.


So in my last health post I talk about learning that my adrenals were not working probably. If you have issues hormones related then this post may be helpful. This explained all the symptoms that I had had over the past two years. And well if this really was the issue then making changes specially to affect my adrenals and hormones should work right? Yes! So had a dear friend give me a book on adrenal health called, “The Adrenal Reset Diet” by: Dr. Alan Christianson. I read through the book quickly because the information was so helpful. So I’m going to give a review of the book so others can see if they want to follow these steps or get the book for their own health journey.

In reading, I was able to make connections on issues months prior to now knowing what caused them in the first place. I had always been know for having a health appetite. I would drink coffee in the morning but then could each every two hours. I’ve been eating organic and whole foods for a few years now, but I was not getting the energy from food any longer. Plus I had enough fatigue to know something was not right. I had thought it was just my body trying to recover from a car wreck along with nerve damage, but the adrenals were the cause of the every day symptoms. Your adrenal glands allow the food you eat to turn into energy. I had posted about maca root before and how it nourishes your body to create the hormones it needs to function, but your adrenal glands determine where those hormones go and transports them to your cells. So even if you have your main hormones producers doing their jobs, the rest of the endocrine system has to work as well. So basically I’m eating all this healthy food, but still having to take high vitamin Bs to function because food was not being allowed into my cells to turn into energy.

Then for about four weeks straight I had no appetite at all and only wanted to eat oranges?! I usually have to have some kind of protein and carb. every day or I felt ill, now all I was craving was oranges and that is all I ate and had to force myself to eat anything else if I felt weak. This was not me, never been on a diet in my life, and counting calories is a myth another thing the book goes over. So in reading I found out that during settlement times with the English and Native Americans, a doctor was studying how the Native Americans did not get scurvy like the English settlers. The doctor witness that the tribe had a tradition in when they caught an animal they would share the adrenal glands of the animal among everyone. You know what prevents scurvy? Vitamin C! You know what adrenals are made of? Vitamin C! You know when your body start craving what it needs to survive yeah…my adrenal were yelling for help.

So now what changes has the book offered that were effective? Basically the book goes over losing weight in the first half, but you have to look pass it to understand its a health issue not a weight issue. Usually hormone issues cause weight gain like with thyroid issues that are related to adrenal health. I’m in the cycle of my hormones actually eating my muscle so I’m losing weight. But the symptoms of someone who is over weight are the same, such as my joints hurting, high fatigue, feeling light headed, insomnia, and just feeling awful in general. So really no diet is going to matter if you don’t have your body working properly, it is much more than eating less and exercising more, in fact that is all myth as well. (look into the hormone reset diet by Sara Gottfried)

All I had to change was when I eat what,not what I ate. There are three stages of adrenal health you could be in that show in your sleep cycles connected to the hormone cortisol. This hormone could be over produced or under produced in the body leading to havoc. There is a thing called a cortisol slope. This hormone helps you wake up, gives you mental clarity to get the day started, assists with stress, and is suppose to lower by the end of the day so you can sleep. The slope shows I had low cortisol in the mornings, needing stimulates, sugar, etc (keeping an unhealthy weight) then having high cortisol in the evenings so I have insomnia but a clear mind to get things done. I had always been a night owl but the past few months of not sleeping had been more than I could handle.  Oh and your cortisol slope being back wards as so, also has been proven to be more deadly than smoking, yes more people are recorded to have died from this hormone issue than smoking.

So how do you get your adrenals healed through diet? Well basically the book goes over the effect of foods on our hormones and how carbohydrates can help. The eating of carbs helps lower your cortisol or keeps it from rising at night when you need to sleep. The book goes over how eating a high protein breakfast is key then adding more carbs throughout the day to allow your adrenals to reset themselves. So morning 1 protein:1 carb, lunch 1 protein:2 carbs, dinner 1 protein:3 carbs. I don’t have the funds or the time for all the extra cooking and such but I’m still doing a high protein breakfast with carbs being saved for later then eating fruits and vegetables all through out the day. The book goes over foods you can eat at any time to satisfy hungry being mostly fruits and vegetables.  It also lists foods that are nourishing for the adrenal glands to add to your diet.

Breakfast: Protein smoothie: Fruits such as berries, peaches, pineapples, avocado, bananas, and white tea or water to blend. Add hemp seeds, chia seeds, protein powder such as pea protein etc.

Boiled eggs, turkey bacon, chicken etc.

Lunch: Chicken, tuna, or salmon with a vegetables, fruit, yogurt, quinoa, soups, and salads.

Dinner: Chicken or some other protein with rice, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, pasta, whole grains, and breads.

I have seen a positive effect in eating only protein in the mornings and carbs at night. I actually would crave pastries in the mornings and want to eat boiled eggs at night. My appetite was so back wards, but eating to what it had grown accustomed to with backwards functioning.  I can to go bed earlier from feeling actually tried and not have so many carbs cravings in the mornings. This diet also goes with other health changes of course but if you are going to eat healthy then why not do it to were your body and life get the most out of it?

I still take vitamin Bs, DIM, adrenal support from Standard process, and probiotics. Another symptom of your adrenals not working is having digestive issues which explained why I was eating healthy, but feeling like I had a gut related disease. My adrenal glands were not supporting the digestion of the food along with not turning it into energy. So please comment if you have any questions because this was just a review without going into scientific detail. I always do my research as I don’t have time to try changes that have no proof or evidence of working. I hope this helps or opens a door for someone else trying to figure out their health issues similar to mine.

Also an update on finding a break through in healing my adrenals with real results in my next post called, “Finally a Break through on my Health Journey.” Please check it out because my health has improved with certain supplements, and hope to help others improve as well.

Here’s to #Keepingitreal

-Ms. Shawna



Health Update: Journey to repair nerves and muscles.

The last health post I did was on Juice Plus. I can’t say it didn’t help but I’m not sure what difference it made either. I already eat an 80% organic diet while being holistic, maybe someone with a different lifestyle would of seen a more definite difference. I am an antioxidant junkie if you will. Maybe after I have more serious health issues fixed then I will see a difference in taking Juice plus.

In my graduation Tales post, I talk of the first onset of health problems resulting from a car wreck and being holistic wanted to share how I was taking care of my body to maybe help someone else not receiving help from modern medicine. News flash! Nerve damage has no real cure in modern medicine. I’m going to share what vitamins I’m researching and adding to my routine as I try to heal my body naturally.  After a year of the car wreck I was still unable to physically do what I use to but I look fine, looks are very deceiving. During this journey I’ve found out who really cares about my well being and then those that put my whole worth into having a teaching career.

First of all lets learn a little about nerve damage. Your nerves send signals of everything to help you move and feel. When you have a few nerves damaged then those signals do not die but actually travel to the next working nerve, which causes overactive nerves. These nerves then have to work twice as hard in keeping your body going, explaining all the fatigue I have now. It’s a bad cycle of your nerves overacting then you feeling pains in muscles that should be healed, but are they still damaged or are your nerves making you feel they are? Either way you have to now take vitamins to heal both if you want the pain signals to stop.

I’ve been blessed with an out of my comfort zone job that I’ve discovered new talents in having until I’m back to 100% and my boss has MS. I was also blessed on a business with her to find a lot of my issues are similar to MS. This disease has the side effect of damaging your nerves. My boss told me of a lady when she was first diagnosed was a small business owner not being able to afford insurance, and actually keep their MS under control for years with  vitamin therapy. I know this conversation was not by chance. On to researching once more! I love researching but I’m also trying to start my life over again and feel I  have been really patient so I’m curious if anyone else has experience with nerve damage and what have you taken?

Nerves need protection for free radicals causing nerve pain and overreaction. I also found out my nerve damage could very possible be damaging my organs from these overreactions. I’m taking a full vitamin B pill that has helped so far with energy levels and made me feel some percentage of what I use to daily.

I’m still taking Glutamine from TAG that has help repaired the torn tissue in my lower spine. When I over do it physically and tear more tissue then this powder heals it quick while repairing muscle tissue during work outs as well.

The other vitamin I have added is alpha lipoic acid, which is the top thing that comes up when researching for nerve damage or neuropathy. I have not taken the Alpha Lipoic acid long enough to notice a difference, but it does give me a nauseous feeling for about 30 minute with or with out food.

what else should I look into? I’ve been told to look into things that repair nerves and muscles to repair damage caused, but their is always trial and error to find out what works best for your needs. Please comment if you have advise or experience with nerve damage. 4c01a7650a1d2d5a4643fb8979df8679

Here’s to Keeping it Real-Ms. Shawna




What’s this Blog mainly about?

Hi! My name is Shawna, but I prefer Miss Shawna.


This is my first blog and I made it to share the things that make my life easier to help others. I also have friends who keep telling me to post recipes so they are getting their wish.  I usually have friends ask me about health related issues when it comes to finding a more natural way too. I mainly want to share a healthy outlook on life through food, exercise, and health experiences that I had to go through to get in better shape. I am no stranger to pain from unknown bad style choices I made. When I say unknown style choices, I mean that I wouldn’t of know doing aqua zumba, only once a week could help my back pain. I didn’t know that taking certain natural minerals and foods could make that time of the month, unbalanced hormones and all its problems disappear. I didn’t know that there could be ways to make your favorite food healthy until I started experimenting in the kitchen. I believe God has put on this earth everything we may need to naturally cure us of our health problems whether inside or out.

I’m only speaking from my experience and am not against modern medicine. I am only against chemicals and medicine when there is way safer and more natural way to prevent and cure issues.
What I do may not work for everyone, but if you want to try researching a healthier way to fix a problem maybe my blog can help you. I only researched this stuff for seven plus years with trial and error until I got where I wanted to be. I’m what personality tests call the scientist, so yes I love to research and research, and research! I am also a future teacher and have that desire to teach so I hope to teach something about health to my readers.

I would of wanted someone to tell me this stuff years ago and I would love nothing more than to save people from the frustrations I went through on trying to solve certain problems. Your mind, body, and spirit are all connected and each needs to be balanced in your life.

For me, I’m very strong minded and grow my spirit when ever possible, but my body lacks and shuts down when my brain says go! I’m sure some people can relate. But if you are one of those people be glad! I would rather have a determined mind to get me to my dreams, than be in perfect health because sometimes those in perfect health can’t deal with the metal challenges in life and never find the way to their dreams. It’s all about will power, determination, discipline, and lots of prayers.


So stay tuned in as I write my journey’s path to better health with simple steps that get to the point and give real information from my health experiences.