Just in case you’re not familiar with me and my story, today I wanted to share with you something rather personal and vulnerable. It’s the reason I do what I do — help others take back their health — and the reason I designed my programs, to begin with. You see, I was an all-out party girl until the age of 30.
I drank too much, used coffee to wake up and wine to relax. I ate like crap and abused my body. I was not exactly healthy and happy. I certainly wasn’t the nutritionist I am today.
...and then, I met my husband.
With the exception of color additives and a few prohibited ingredients, a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from the FDA,”- FDA.
The cosmetic industry is not FDA approved but FDA regulated. So, it has been flying under this umbrella for the past 81 years. The last piece of federal regulation (a single page) was passed in 1938. What this means is that cosmetic companies are free to do whatever they want without government supervision, bottling and packaging known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors into products that we use every single day, such as mascara, face wash, shampoo, deodorant, etc. Companies can use any adjectives to market their products like “green” and “eco”. This means that what goes on the front of the package has no relevance to what ingredients they list at the back of it. They can hide any ingredient behind the words “fragrance” and “parfum”. It is truly a “whatever works is good enough” formula.
I’ve totally been there, feeling like nothing works. I struggled with weight loss and horrible skin after the birth of my daughter (which was embarrassing as I was on a very good diet being a nutritionist) . You probably feel me on this one: the doctor told me that weight loss is just a case of simple math—that all it takes is to “eat less and exercise more” and gave me a toxic cream for my skin. I got so angry, I am just one of the women all over that feel bad being told this BS, i.e. that they just need more self-control when it comes to weight loss. It is totally wrong!
In addition to helping us manage stress, cortisol performs ALL KIND of tasks in the body. It is highly anti-inflammatory, which is why people take prednisone (a synthetic corticosteroid medication) or get cortisone shots when they are in pain or why cortisone creams are used to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It works by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. But we all know there can be too much of a good thing, what happens when your cortisol goes crazy?