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My Story


This is lengthy. Forgive me. But it will answer a lot of questions you might have about me. Let's break the ice, shall we? This is me, raw and uncut.


My name is Claire. I am a twenty-something Dallas, Texas native currently living in San Diego, California. This blog has been a long time coming. I conjured up this idea of creating a holistic lifestyle blog a few years ago and I am ecstatic that it is finally coming to fruition. Over these tumultuous but enlightening few years, I've gained an abundance of knowledge and experience that I now feel eager and ready to share with all of you in hopes that I can help be of support and/or some influence to those who have had a similar experience as me and/or want to make a positive change in your lives. I firmly believe you landed on my blog for a reason. I'm delighted that you're here, truly. Welcome.

Growing up in a middle class home with two hard working parents, my brother and I were provided with everything we could have needed and wanted. Little did I know that my mom was battling colon cancer when I was only two years old. Unfortunately, after conquering cancer, she was diagnosed with a very rare and mysterious autoimmune disease called Scleroderma that she battled for over 15 years.



 This is me and my best friend/soul mate/beloved mom in 2010.



















In college I became more aware of the illnesses that affected her, and all the while began to experience minor (compared to my mom's) but alarming health issues of my own, such as acne, dermatitis, recurrent infections, and digestive issues. This naturally led me to seek medical help for all of the aforementioned problems except for the digestion troubles, which is ironic since that is what should have been addressed first; faulty digestion has been the primary cause of my skin disorders, infections and the majority of all other illnesses we face. Mind you, I took birth control pills from 2008-2010. [Big] sigh. And so it probably won't surprise you that after coming off of birth control, my skin broke out like I had never imagined possible, and it wasn't in one concentrated area, it was all over my face, neck, and shoulders. And as if that wasn't enough, each pimple, small or large, left red hyper pigmentation marks that lingered for months even after the initial break out had healed. I had always had relatively clear skin, so the sudden onset of adult acne left me feeling stressed, anxious and depressed, especially since I had been in the modeling industry for 3 years, which we all know is centered around appearance and the pressure to look perfect. 

My last photo shoot was in November 2010 a few months after the onset of the acne, but it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I was chosen to appear in an ad campaign for Kimora Lee Simmons' SKINCARE line (ironic much?). I had never felt as self-conscious as I did when I had to arrive with no make-up on to the studio. My skin wasn't even that bad compared to what it grew to be. I'll show you the final image from the photo shoot. 


Photo Credit: Donna Trope
Website: http://shintoclinical.com















I could only dream of having skin as clear as I did in that picture! After seeing it, I felt conflicted. I was pleased with the outcome yet I also felt insecure that I couldn't live up to that portrayal of me. I couldn't live up to an illusion. Imagine that. Needless to say, after that photo shoot, modeling was shelved and ultimately done away with. Not just because I was self-conscious about my blemished skin and wouldn't dare let anyone but my family see me without make-up, but because I didn't want to be part of a deceptive, superficial industry. I knew that I had more to offer.

After being prescribed medication after medication with minimal one-on-one time with doctors, no improvements and unhealthy side effects, I was more lost than ever. I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride that I couldn't get off of. Selfishly, I wanted a quick-fix but my body was screaming for a long-term solution by way of my skin.

Where was I supposed to go from here? The Internet, of course. My sophomore year of college, before all of my skin troubles, I frequented a blog based on a holistic approach to healing. Many of you might be familiar with the author of that blog, (if you don't, you should!) Clinical Nutritionist and New York Times best-selling author, Kimberly Snyder, who counsels celebrity clients and has written two incredible holistic health based books. Feeling hopeless two years later, I referred back to her blog, and thus my journey began in healing myself through nourishing not only my body, but my mind and soul as well. Kimberly changed my life. I learned that our skin is a direct reflection of what is going wrong or right internally.

Ah. There it was! Finally the answer I had been desperately seeking. The reason for my failed attempts to conquer my health issues were that doctors were merely treating my symptoms, not the root cause, which resulted in a seemingly never-ending battle that was harming me more than helping me. 

My world turned upside down when my precious mother died from systemic scleroderma on February 28th 2013 at 56 years young. I truly believe I was led to discover the holistic health realm, so that I could be well equipped with the knowledge of true health care and disease prevention so that I may do my best to avoid the suffering my mom endured for nearly half of her life. I also believe I was led here to help empower you, with the knowledge that you, too, can be the best version of yourself when you treat yourself with the love and care you deserve by nourishing your mind, body & soul.

My purpose for this blog is to supply you with healthy, simple and delicious recipes that will make you feel and look your best while also sharing my tips and advice on a holistic lifestyle including my continuous struggle with my skin (my hope is to be brave enough to post before & after pictures eventually). The recipes shared here are vegan, gluten-free, & refined sugar-free.

I believe the holistic health approach to be a lifestyle change consisting of ongoing cleansing to sweep out the toxicity accumulated (by way of poor diet, medications, environmental factors) so that your body can efficiently absorb and assimilate disease-fighting and beautifying nutrients that will come from the whole, unrefined foods in these recipes. Proper food combining will come into play too as that has effected my digestion immensely.

I am nowhere near perfect. Nor do I encourage anyone to strive for perfection because you will only end up disappointing yourself. Nobody relates to perfection anyway and it's rather boring to boot. This new way of living and eating is an ongoing process for me; I have experienced numerous shortcomings and challenges, some that I have overcome and some that I continue to struggle with. I have disliked myself for many years and have felt incredibly broken, alone, and unworthy so needless to say, I am still in the process of healing myself from the inside out... mind, body & soul.

I am elated to share my journey with you, hoping that you will share yours with me too so that we can create sustainable health together and inspire others to do the same.

With love & care,
Claire

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Dr. Ann Wigmore

Disclaimer: I am not a professional doctor and this blog is not intended to be used for medical advice. You should consult your physician before making any changes. I am only a messenger of the information I have acquired through research and personal experience over the years (though I am currently undergoing a career change to suit my newly discovered passion. Yay!)

2 comments:

  1. You're back, Claire! You're truly a beautiful and inspiring person inside and out:) I'm excited to follow your new blog and journey through a natural, healthy lifestyle! Best wishes~

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    1. I'm back! Thank you so much, Aly. :-) I'm excited that you're joining me!

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