My New Diet + Lifestyle as a Vegan. Personal choice or Medically necessary?

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done a full blown personal blog post, so I figured I would get real deep with you all and let you in on why I have been a little distant here on my blog, and on social media. First things first, I am not writing this for any kind of sympathy or for attention. I am merely wanting to share my story in hopes that someone else out there who is going through the same thing finds my blog post and knows that they are not alone in this.

So here we go. Yes, I know the term “Vegan” gets thrown around a lot, especially in Los Angeles, the city where I live. However, I feel like now a days it is more accepted in society to make the elective choice to quit eating meat, and cutting out all dairy products or any substances that come in contact with animals. It’s actually quiet good for your overall health and there are SO many ways to get the nutrients your body needs without those things. The hardest part for me, is giving up the foods I once loved. Of course I miss bacon cheeseburgers, and bbq’d chicken wings, and the perfectly cooked filet minion. But my body psychically cannot process any of those things anymore, and here is why.

Let’s rewind for a moment, 3 months ago I started noticing that I was having pains in my lower back and abdomen. Being that I ate fairly healthy, exercised weekly and I wouldn’t consider myself “super skinny” but I am also not obese either the first thing that came to my mind was, “oh no it’s my kidney or my liver”. I thought that maybe I had been taking too much Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen and had caused some major damage to my vital organs. I have never in my life had this kind of stabbing pain, so I immediately scheduled an appointment to see my primary care doctor. After a few weeks of waiting to get in, she set me up for an ultrasound to get a closer look at what was going on. After hearing about the results from the ultrasound I was now extremely worried and asked my doctor what the next exam was that I could do for a more in depth reading. She suggested a CT scan. If you guys don’t already know this about me, I absolutely hate injections. I don’t mind needles but injections make my skin crawl. Something about a foreign substance being injected into my body rubs me the wrong way. With that being said if you’re reading this and you’ve never had a CT scan yourself I personally say unless you absolutely need it and it’s medically necessary then avoid it at all costs. They injected me with iodine contrast so that all my organs would light up for them to see. This was such a horrible sensation, my whole body got hot as if I was having a hot flash and then it gave me major anxiety. Needless to say I got through it and got my results back that everything looked good except for a “fold in my gallbladder”. which apparently is a  common thing I never knew about. This is where it gets tricky. My doctor calls me and tells me I am fine, all my test results came back normal. However, I was still getting these horrible sharp stabbing pains. So of course I did what any person would do, I googled my symptoms along with “folded gallbladder” and low and behold there it all was. EXACTLY how I was feeling, down every last detail. So I took initiative myself (because YOU are your best advocate, no one else is going to do it for you) I decided to make the switch in my diet to becoming a Vegan. I started off slow, I cut out all meats except for fish. I have already been lactose intolerant my entire life so I knew I couldn’t have any kind of dairy. I also knew I had a history of acid reflux. So that’s where the decision of becoming a Vegan came into play, over becoming a Vegetarian. It was pretty self explanatory, I knew I was going to need to commit 100% to this diet in order for me to be able to tell if this was going to work for me. So I did, and I still am. I can confidently say it is working, and helping tremendously with the pains I was having. Obviously everything in life is trial and error so I am still testing out the waters, but so far my overall lifestyle and spirit feels uplifted. I don’t get headaches or migraines nearly as often, I don’t wake up overly tired, I sleep better and my mood has changed! No joke you guys, when people say changing your diet is life changing they are not kidding. So yes, I am a Vegan and I am happy. I am healthy, and lucky to be.

With all that being said, if you know anyone or YOU yourself have gone through gallbladder issues like myself please feel free to reach out! I would love to help, share recipes, or even just be there to talk. It’s not easy completely restructuring your diet and lifestyle trust me, I know. So if I can help ease someones transition in any way I would be happy to help.



The Gypsy Mama

The Mask Trend, What’s the hype all about? How important is it? TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask Review

So what’s the hype all about you ask? Detoxifying? Smoothing? Firming? Anti-Aging? So many to choose from… so which one is the right one for you? Well it depends on what type of skin you have, and what you want to achieve. Working in the beauty industry for the past 10 years has really opened up my eyes as to why it is so important to know these two simple things. This diagnosing process allows much ease as to which products will work best for you, and achieve the results you’re aiming for.  With skincare being as influential as it is now more than ever, taking care of your skin must be pretty important you’d think? Well it is! Making sure you’re taking care of your skin and having a simple regimen is the first step to assuring your skin looks and feels the way you want it to. With all that being said I am going to take you through my personal experience with TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask and why it works for me! (I absolutely love that this company was founded by a mama of two kiddos this makes me love the brand even more, I am all about mom’s supporting other working mom’s and shopping small!)

IMG_8375Disclosure: This product was sent to me in trade for a review, all opinions and thoughts are my own, no links are affiliate links.

The first thing that actually attracted me to this brand was the fact that they use organic materials. I was also surprised to find out they are also vegan, and cruelty free! No colorants, no artificial fragrance, parabens or harmful chemicals. They are all hand-crafted, and this specific mask is blended with: Calcium Bentonite Clay, White Kaolin Clay, Rose Kaolin Clay, Moroccan Red Clay, Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, Dead Sea Clay, Epsom Salt, White Willow Bark Extract. They’ve already sold me right there, now for the real test, trying the product out and see how it reacts with my skin type! I tend to run on the combo/oily side depending on my diet, and the season. So now that it is getting into those warmer months I am definitely going to run oily, which is the perfect time to be trying out a detoxifying mask. I do also tend to get mild breakouts when I am under a ton of stress or for other female reasons. So I am all about a mask that will pull out all of the impurities and toxins underlying deep in my skin! Another huge bonus this mask only runs you at $19.00 so it is very cost effective. If measured out properly (you mix equal parts of the powdered mask and water or their mixing solution) you can get up to 20 uses out of it! Speaking of measuring for only $13.00 they also sell an all natural bamboo mixing bowl, measuring spoon and a bamboo brush applicator.


Let’s put it to the test! After trying this mask out for the past 4 weeks, I can honestly say I am truly pleased with the results! They recommend using this mask 2-5 times per week (depending on your skin, and your current regimen). I chose to use it 3 times per week at night before I went to sleep. When you’re sleeping is when your skin is healing the most so I felt that using a detoxifying mask at night before I applied my night cream was most beneficial for my skin. Every single time after removing the mask I noticed my pores were minimized and my skin just felt so fresh and pure. If you have an oiler skin type using a detoxifying or purifying mask even 2-3 times a week can help with the excessive oil production in your skin! Even if you’re on the dryer side this mask could still benefit you using it 1-2 times per week to balance you’re overall PH balance. TruSelf Organics also now offers their new smoothing mask for someone with a very dry skin type or even just combination skin! I am happy to say this mask will continue to have a home with me and a place in my skincare regimen!

What’s the HUM all about?

As some of you may know, I have partnered up with Hum Nutrition to try out some of their best selling products. This year I told myself I wanted to be more cautious about not only what I put on my body but also what I put inside of my body. It only makes sense that I reviewed their Arctic Repair Supplement being that I am a huge advocate of anti-aging products. This unique formula is blended with lingonberry seed oil for complete skin rejuvenation. It also has Vitamin A + E. This helps with the skins elasticity and all over hydration. This particular item is “limited supply” and is only available on their website. I highly recommend this product! I have been using it now for 3 weeks and I am seeing a huge improvement around my eye area. My skin is normally combo/oily, but with this dry weather we have been having in Southern California, I can use all the hydration I can get!

The second supplement I have been taking is for my overall completion and shiny hair. This product is called Red Carpet, and is the number one seller in Sephora. I have noticed a drastic difference in my hair, it’s much shiner and a lot softer. I have bleach blonde hair so it’s normally pretty coarse due to all of the processing. The first week I started taking the Red Carpet Supplements I immediately started receiving compliments on how my hair looked healthier. One thing I also really love about this product is that it is super affordable! It is only $25.00, which is such a great price point.

The third supplement I recieved is called Big Chill. When I was looking over Hum Nutrition’s website one of the first things I noticed was they had a supplement that was made to cope with signs of stress. This instantly caught my eye! I have a high stress level corporate job that I do outside of my blogging and being a mom that takes a lot of my patience and energy. So the idea of taking a natural plant based supplement vs taking prescribed medication sounded like an excellent idea that I could not pass up! I will say that I am very pleased with this product, as it does bring a calming effect to my everyday tasks. Who wouldn’t want to try a more natural alternative to stress relief that can help with everyday struggles?

Lastly, I was so intrigued by Hum’s “Raw Beauty” Superfood Powder that I had to give this one a try! If you’re like me, and you’re always on the go and you drink a TON of coffee but don’t enjoy the crash you get later in the day then you’re going to need to give this product a try. I absolutely LOVED that it gave me natural source of energy, and it was SO easy to add into my daily routine. I simply just add a scoop into my morning glass of water before a leave the house. I have noticed that the days I forgot to take this product that my energy levels were significantly lower. A huge bonus is that it also has probiotics, which I am sure you know are all the rave right now in order lower your chances of getting sick. I have been using the Gingersnap Infusion flavor but they also have other options on their website to chose from.

So overall my experience with Hum Nutrition has been very positive and I would definately recommend this brand to my friends, family and co-workers. If you’re in the market for some new dietary supplements then I suggest you give this brand a try. They have excellent customer service, and they even provide the option to have an online consultation by a certified nutritionist on their website! Side note — when I was out and about shopping last week I noticed that Nordstrom’s (one of my favorite retailers) carries Hum! So if you’re not a huge online shopper and you’d like to see their products in person check them out at Sephora or Nordstrom’s.