roupl

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  1. roupl

    Coconut oil for acne treatment

    Well, I had my Mirena IUD taken out. I'm currently taking Reclipsen, an oral combination pill the OBGYN insisted I would "love". I read reviews online and most people said it cleared their acne up. It has only been 3 weeks since the switch and my acne has made zero improvement. In fact, it may have gotten worse. I tried coconut oil before I made the switch for about 2 weeks and I had to stop, because large cystic pimples were forming and I simply couldn't wait for it to maybe get better. I'm going to order the DHC cleansing oil next time I get paid and I'm going to try and be a little more patient with the pill I'm on now and see if it gets better, but ParaGard is sounding more appealing as I continue to battle this acne. Acne never used to be this big of an issue for me and the guessing game with my hormones is frustrating. I had really heavy periods as a teenager (I'm talking overnight pad and a super absorbency tampon during the day), so I'd prefer to save ParaGard as a last resort. I realize barrier methods or the rhythm method is an option, but I'm 23 and I'm in nursing school full time (perhaps that's the cause of all my problems!) and kids really aren't in the agenda for at least a few more years, reason being why I prefer a more reliable method of contraceptive that is in my control.
  2. roupl

    Coconut oil for acne treatment

    Thank you two so much for your insight! It's nice to hear two different in-depth experiences. I'll discuss my birth control options next time I'm at Planned Parenthood and give coconut oil a try with fingers crossed. I suppose it's worth a try at the very least and if it doesn't work out on my skin, it sounds as if I have plenty of alternatives I can explore, leaving me with that much more coconut oil for cooking :-P
  3. Has anyone here used organic extra virgin unrefined coconut oil topically specifically for acne treatment? Modifying my diet has dramatically improved my complexion, but I am still struggling with embarrassing "flare ups" that appear cyclical. After some Google detective work, my birth control (progestin based IUD, Mirena) may be a contributing factor. I'm looking into having it removed and switched back to a low-dose combination pill. I'm conflicted, as I really enjoy not having my period or having to remember to take a pill every day, but this acne really is awful. It's worse than when I was a teenager for crying out loud! The usual washes and creams with benzoyl peroxide I have relied on for years have suddenly made matters worse so I'm looking for a natural, low maintenance remedy. I currently use baby shampoo twice daily to wash my face or remove makeup, but I'm considering an alternative for that even as it dries out my face too much. I've heard good things about coconut oil, but I've also read that it can make acne worse!? So I would really appreciate it if anyone out there could offer some clarity and share their personal experiences... Also, I did search the board for some answers before posting, but if I missed something, feel free to send me in the right direction. Thank you in advance!
  4. roupl

    Rescue my mayo

    This is the method I use, but I have found that if I add the oil all at once with a low quality olive oil it doesn't want to emulsify. Makes you wonder I like to use Bertolli or Filippo Berio extra light tasting olive oil. I pour the oil into a measuring cup and slowly drizzle the oil into the remainder of the ingredients while running my immersion blender. Works every time. If you end up with a broken batch of mayo, do NOT toss it! Keep your cool, start over, and use your broken mayo to slowly drizzle into your base.
  5. roupl

    Rescue my mayo

    Also, I LOVE this video. Fool proof mayo, seriously. You can't screw it up. The trick is to let all of your ingredients comes to room temperature prior to blending and use extra light tasting olive oil (or some other neutral tasting oil of your choice)
  6. roupl

    Rescue my mayo

    You can use an immersion blender to puree soups while they are still in the pot, you can buy immersion blenders with a whisk attachment which you can use to make coconut milk whipped cream, you can make pesto...basically I use my immersion blender for small jobs when I don't want to go through the trouble of cleaning my 10 cup food processor.
  7. roupl

    Food Porn

    I originally posted this thread hoping to see some food pix from other users as well. So don't be shy, post away!
  8. roupl

    Soooo sick of oil/vinegar for salad dressing...

    x-posted I have been using a homemade mayo base to emulate creamy dressings, which is very very versatile (as others have mentioned) I used the following tutorial to make fool proof homemade mayo. The trick is to let all of your ingredients come to room temperature, use extra light tasting olive oil (or some other neutral tasting oil of your choice), and blend with an immersion (or hand blender). I was tired of having to clean my 10 cup food processor every time I wanted to make dressing, so I went out to wal-mart and bought a $20 immersion blender and I love it! Once you have your homemade mayo base you can throw in additional ingredients to transform it into various tasty dressings: Caeser dressing: Lemon juice to taste 3 garlic cloves, pressed 1-3 anchovy filets, finely chopped salt/pepper Avocado lime dressing: Lime juice to taste 1-2 garlic cloves, pressed Cilantro 1 avocado Salt/pepper Italian dressing: Lemon juice to taste FRESH sage, thyme, and rosemary, finely chopped Salt/pepper Ranch dressing: Chives, finely chopped Flat leaf parsley, fine chopped (very little is needed) Dill, finely chopped The list goes on...get creative!
  9. roupl

    Need salad dressing tips

    I have been using a homemade mayo base, which is very very versatile, to emulate creamy dressings I used the following tutorial to make fool proof homemade mayo. The trick is to let all of your ingredients come to room temperature, use extra light tasting olive oil (or some other neutral tasting oil of your choice), and blend with an immersion (or hand blender). I was tired of having to clean my 10 cup food processor every time I wanted to make dressing, so I went out to wal-mart and bought a $20 immersion blender and I love it! Once you have your homemade mayo base you can throw in additional ingredients to transform it into various tasty dressings: Caeser dressing: Lemon juice to taste 3 garlic cloves, pressed 1-3 anchovy filets, finely chopped salt/pepper Avocado lime dressing: Lime juice to taste 1-2 garlic cloves, pressed Cilantro 1 avocado Salt/pepper Italian dressing: Lemon juice to taste FRESH sage, thyme, and rosemary, finely chopped Salt/pepper Ranch dressing: Chives, finely chopped Flat leaf parsley, fine chopped (very little is needed) Dill, finely chopped The list goes on...get creative!
  10. roupl

    Food Porn

    Here's a few more to add to the repertoire GINORMOUS salad: Homemade Italian dressing (from Well Fed), sauteed shallots, cucumber, "summer slaw" (carrots, cabbage, and broccolini), and chicken This one isn't as pretty, but: zucchini noodles (or "zoodles") with roasted red pepper sauce (roasted red peppers, sauteed onions and garlic, basil, and pine nuts) and chicken Pureed cauliflower with ghee, roasted garlic, homemade chicken stock and sauteed mushrooms with ghee, garlic, fresh sage and thyme, and salt/pepper
  11. roupl

    Food Porn

    Heh no coating! I just used compliant italian seasoning and garlic salt and seared the chicken on both sides in a hot pan with ghee. The seasoning/dry rub enables you to "blacken" the meat and develop that crispy (and tasty) exterior. If it was a thicker cut of meat I would have put it in the oven in a cast iron pan or on a baking sheet. Since it was so thin, I just seared it on both sides, cut the heat, covered the pan with foil, and waited about 5 minutes.
  12. roupl

    Food Porn

  13. roupl

    Spaghetti sauce needs some oomph!

    I LOVE San Marzano canned tomatoes for my tomato sauce. However, I am not entirely sure if they are Whole30 compliant. I haven't bothered making tomato sauce while on my Whole30, because my recipe has a touch of sugar in it to cut the acidity a little bit. I put 3/4 cup olive oil in a sauce pan with 3 large garlic cloves, 4 large basil leaves, and 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes (I like my tomato sauce spicy). The flavors infuse into the olive oil for about 20 minutes while the tomatoes are reducing in another pot. Strain the oil, add olive oil to the now reduced tomatoes, and emulsify with a hand blender. Once this mixture is combined, run through a fine mesh sieve if you desire. Suuuper simple and tasty! The garlic and basil are very pronounced.
  14. roupl

    Food Porn

    Thanks for all of the comments! No apologies necessary, Kirsteen. I understand that berries with whipped cream (whether it is compliant or not) does not necessarily follow the "Whole30 Spirit", but as others have pointed out, context definitely matters. For myself, I'm trying to make my relationship with food a positive one and I do not think I can personally accomplish that if I feel as if I am punishing myself. I hope that makes sense. Have a good weekend everyone!
  15. roupl

    Blood Disorders

    Sending positive thoughts your way!