Stress, Waiting, the Gut, and Skin…the Connection

It’s been two weeks since I have really been paying attention to my body and really listening to how I feel after I eat. I have been following the low reactivity chart of foods from Lyn-Genet Recitas The Plan. I plan to follow her 3 day cleanse, but I haven’t had a chance to set aside time to prepare food. The other side to this is the social aspect. In order to commit to a strict eating plan, even if only for 3 days, I can’t have any social commitments that include food. When food wasn’t a huge issue for me, I took for granted the social connection food has.

I have been eating a lot of chicken, flaxseed flatbread, Orgain smoothies, chia seed pudding, salads, broccoli, nuts, and I have found that chocolate in small quantities does not seem to aggravate me. What does seem to aggravate me is stress.

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Last week, I had another outbreak of skin issues. I blamed it on excessive chocolate and coffee a couple of times. Maybe. But, maybe it was stress. Or a combination. I believe the skin reflects the condition of my gut, and my gut is strongly influenced negatively by stress. Situations in my life right now are requiring me to wait and trust. This comes with stress.

A dear friend of mine told me I am a worrier….I don’t normally consider myself a worrier, but I realized as I was talking something through with her, I was fretting over details beyond my control. This is worry. Wake-up call for me, a much needed one. Today in my morning devotion, it spoke of waiting as being an active act of worship, not a passive thing. During waiting I have to realize that some things are out of my control. I must pray. I must trust. I must believe that His will for my life is always best. I must accept His timeline, and my timeline often do not align.

Less worry=less stress=less acne… I wait in trust and thanksgiving in my clearer skin. It helps to refrain from chocolate (excessive amounts). And, to use my favorite skin care combination. St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin mixed with avocado oil or olive oil and then applied  to the face does wonders.


Waiting has lessons. Less worry, more faith.

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