Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

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My skin is not a happy camper lately.

I don’t know what’s up, but I know it’s ticked off. Angry. Inflamed. What’s the problem? That, my friends, is anyone’s guess. When a girl has puffy, itchy eyes and rashes on her face, it’s time to slow down and pay attention. If you’ve ever been the detective for your own strange skin reactions, you know just how daunting this process can be. Everything is questioned.

Not surprisingly, my family doctor suggested an allergy elimination diet and to examine my environment for possible culprits. I’ve switched our detergents, soaps, shampoos, and I’ve retired make-up for the time being. That was the easy part. The elimination diet and food journaling, on the other hand, are proving to be rather difficult as a recipe developer. It’s my worst nightmare actually.

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Of course, skin flare ups could be from a billion things, including stress. I’m a big fan of stress-relieving practices, but I’m not so good at carrying them out in my own life. When life gets crazy and deadlines are looming, I often left my own health slide in the process. I know I’ve said it a million and one times, but I need to work on this.

As I’m leaving my doctor’s office she says, “Above all, DO NOT stress about the rashes. Stress is the absolute worst thing for your skin.”

[Is it just me or do you get more stressed out when someone tells you not to stress? ahh]

She’s so right though. I need to take a chill pill.

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Of course, breakfast is a natural way to start the day on the right foot. I’m a big fan of breakfasts that can be made in advance, such as Green Monsters (just give them a good stir in the morning), raw buckwheat porridge, vegan overnight oats, and this chia pudding. Even though they take just a few minutes to throw together before bed, I’d fallen out of the habit of prepping them. But man oh man, it makes such a difference to wake up to a nutritious breakfast ready to be enjoyed!

The recipe below makes 2 servings so you can share it with a loved one or wrap up the leftovers for your next craving, which if you are like me won’t be far off.

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Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

I like mashed banana in this because it thickens the mixture while adding a lot of volume. If you aren’t a banana fan, you can omit it, but you might need to reduce the milk and I also suggest adding in your own sweetener and/or other fruit in its place. This porridge is especially creamy when made with Homemade Almond Milk. The thickness of the chia pudding will vary based on the kind of almond milk you use, so you can add more if necessary. If your pudding is too thin for you liking you can add more chia seeds and let it sit for 10 more minutes. Finally, if you aren’t a fan of the tapioca-like texture of chia seed pudding, try blending it until smooth.

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Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

Chia mixture

  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 – 1.25 cups almond milk (it’s great made with Homemade Almond Milk)
  • 2 small bananas, chopped small
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • two pinches of cinnamon

 

Toppings:

  • 2 tbsp raw buckwheat groats, soaked
  • 2 tbsp raisins, soaked
  • 2 tbsp whole raw almonds, chopped and soaked
  • couples pinches of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds

 

1. Mash bananas in a medium-sized bowl. Stir in chia seeds. Whisk in the almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until combined. Place in fridge overnight to thicken.

2. Add buckwheat groats, raisins, and chopped almonds into another bowl. Cover in water and soak overnight in the fridge or on the counter.

3. In the morning, place your desired amount of chia pudding into a bowl. (Note: at this point, you can blend your chia pudding if a smooth texture is desired, but I don’t bother). You can add more almond milk if you want to thin it out in the morning. Or, if it’s too thin, add more chia seeds to thicken it up. Drain and rinse the buckwheat/almond/raisin mixture. Sprinkle on top of chia mixture along with a pinch of cinnamon and a tablespoon of hemp seeds. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge for 1-2 days.

For nutritional info, see here.

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1 Marielle | Vega in Vianen February 18, 2013

Hi Angela,

I have, actually! I used to have a little acne, but it is almost gone now. It started to get less and less when I stopped eating meat and fish and when I switched birth control pills, so who knows… Maybe a combination of both did the trick? At the moment I am ‘suffering’ (really, it is just a little annoying at worst) from feeling itchy. I’m still blaming the cold weather and my lazy attitude towards putting baby oil on my skin often enough, but it made me think. Especially now I’m much more conscious about animal-products and try to eat much less of these, resulting in a lot of new food which may cause all kinds of reactions. I eat chia all the time, which I though would keep me hydrated ;) My skin should be radiant by now! is what I think ;) What are you ommiting from your diet first?

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2 Nicole January 15, 2014

Marielle-

I am dealing with adult acne and have discovered that it is due to a hormonal imbalance in my body, as well as needing certain fats and nutrients. I am reading a book by a certified nutritionist, Ann Louise Gittleman, who explains that her clients respond well consuming oils rich in EPA or GLA in combination with zinc and vitamin A. The title of the book is, Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause.
I am still in the process of healing/building my health up, but I hope this may help. Also look into bioidenticals.

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3 Vanessa March 10, 2014

Hello — to Nicole’s point on Vitamin A, I found that drinking fresh carrot juice (or even store bought brands like Odwalla) helps with adult acne. Of course, just be careful not to overdo it with too much Vitamin A!

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4 Nicole January 15, 2014

sorry, the recommended nutrients were relating to skin, hair, and nail issues:)

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5 Sharlene December 17, 2014

I just read that chia seeds can make your skin itchy.

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6 michael January 14, 2015

I recently had my annual stress test and blood work done. After years of eating anything I wanted @ 48 years old my decadence finally caught up to me. 5’11” 216lbs with cholesterol @ 274. Never had a little gut before like this and finding getting older to be a challenge. BTW did better on the stress test this year compared to last year (up to the 7th level), seems my heart still works. 75 days of exercise and now 4 weeks of diet changes and beginning to feel and see a difference. Skin more elastic, weight down (10lbs.) and all because I am consuming less food. No more eating after 7:30 at night and getting more sleep. I started consuming Chia seeds in a breakfast porridge format (cold or hot). I look forward to the digestive benefits. NOTE: ANYONE CHANGING EATING HABITS PLEASE RESEARCH WHAT YOUR DOING. IF ADDING CHIA SEEDS TO YOUR DIET PLEASE INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE AS WELL. GOOD LUCK

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7 Nan June 16, 2015

No no not baby oil but coconut oil. It’s amazing and organic, free of any fillers. It’s fantastic and my skin is so soft – like butah. I bought a 2 container thing from Costco for $20 and use it for everything – cooking, baking, my skin, my hair, give a little to my dogs. Game changer. Try it and good luck

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8 Coreen S February 18, 2013

The dry winter air is doing a number on my skin/hair/nails too. An allergy on top of that is rough! Hope you figure it out soon!

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9 Grace February 18, 2013

My fiends and I were just talking about chia seeds. :). Thanks for the great recipe. Sorry to hear about your allergic reactions. I really haven’t had any skin reactions since I was really young. Stress, I do know about. Taking time ( 10 – 15 seconds ) to do some focused breathing and grounding through out the day has helped me. Good luck!!

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10 Grace February 18, 2013

Goodness.. My friends not my fiends.

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11 Mandy February 18, 2013

I had chronic acne for 20+ years, and it turns out that it was caused by a dairy intolerance (clearly not an issue for you). I had a feeling that dairy was the culprit, but that was confirmed by an elimination diet. The elimination diet was tough, but I really did feel good when I was on it (just bored because I love to cook and try new things!).

For my other skin sensitivities, which are numerous, it’s been a lot of trial and error. And a lot of hydrocortisone (the best way for me to calm a nickel allergy…)

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12 Andrea February 18, 2013

Mandy, I’ve also had acne that would flare up because of diary, even though I didn’t eat all that much of it. Now that I’ve cut diary out (I do still eat meat, not a lot of red though) my complexion is much more clear. I also stopped using facial wash and now just splash my face with water in the morning, wipe dry, and put some witch hazel (can be purchased any supermarket/convience store for a couple bucks) on a cotton ball and wipe my face with that. It is soooo much cheaper and a natural way to clear your face. I encourage anyone to try it!

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13 Jamah January 25, 2015

Hi Mandy,

I think that my skin issues are also caused by dairy. I was curious though, what elimination plan did you follow (if any)?

I am looking to start one, to really pinpoint where my skin issues stem from.

Thanks!
Jamah

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14 Carol March 27, 2015

You know, food allergies are such a trial and error game, but if it’s something you want to work on, I can share what I know with you. I was seeing a naturopath previously who discussed an elimination diet with me because we believe that I have food intolerances. As I understand it, we can develop food intolerances if we eat the same things day after day. It’s of utmost importance to switch things up regularly – even down to the fats and oils you use. I had chronic acne most of my life. I went vegan and my skin cleared up, but my blood sugar rose from all the grain and fruit consumption. So, now I follow a modified Paleo plan. I was making raw goat’s milk kefir and yogurt for a couple of months, and low and behold, my acne began flaring up again. So for me, I now know that dairy is OUT. That being said, I am coming to the completion of a 21-day detox program conducted by Dr. Deanna Minich of Food and Spirit. This was not a calorie restriction plan, and it was crafted for both omnivores and vegetarians. The foods we eliminated on this plan consisted of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, caffeine, alcohol and refined sugar. Another potential allergen is almonds, so you may want to test for that also. We were permitted to eat almonds, walnuts, and cashews on this plan. Upon the conclusion of the 21-day period, we may re-introduce ONE of these foods at a time (e.g., eggs WITHOUT butter or anything else that was included in the elimination), and we’re to eat it two to three times in the same day. Then we are to stop eating it and wait 48 hours to see if we exhibit any reactions to the food. If no reactions, it is okay to continue eating that food. Examples of reactions would be changes in digestion, skin rashes/break outs, headaches, joint/muscle aches, energy level, sinus congestion, and any other signs by your body that something is not right. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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15 Audry July 17, 2015

I’m not sure the proper way to comment on these things. I enjoy your recipes so much and had a pretty raw vegan diet. I had rashes on my face, swollen eyes sometimes, chelitis at my lips that were swollen and tingly. I would juice different stuff in my ninja. I couldn’t understand how this would happen to a healthy person. I had a nickel allergy, gold and colbalt. My diet rich in vegatables, nuts was killing me. I’ve backed off, and given up many things I love. But I’m no longer in misery. My body was too over full of metals from plant eating. I can tolerate small portions of almost everything now. But gone are my daily eating box cashews, kale and spinach. Good luck and much love to you!l

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16 Steve February 27, 2016

Hello Audry, I just happened to see your comment. Most people with nickel allergies have a Scandinavian blood line. My daughter has this. Now I came down with what is called PMR and I am of Scandinavian dissent. I have a feeling that PMR is related to some type of me metal allergy in our body. My question to you is, how did you find out you pinpoint these allergies? Who did you see. You can email me at sasaleen@msn.com Thank you. Steve

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17 raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen February 18, 2013

This looks sooo comforting and delicious! Definitely seems like a good remedy to stress…I hope it works for you!

I’ve been having terribly dry skin lately, which is a result of both the winter and a somewhat misguided attempt to cut a ton of fat from my diet (I’ve been doing an 80/10/10 kind of thing). Fortunately, I decided to listen to my poor dry skin and started incorporating more fat back in, which is helping. One of my first “fatty” meals was a chia seed steel-cut oat breakfast! : )

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18 Laura Thomas February 18, 2013

Raechel,

I’ve been hearing a lot about 80/10/10. Would love to hear your experience with it. Is it something you might (or maybe have already) shared on the blog?

Laura xx

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19 raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen February 18, 2013

Hey Laura! Yep, I talk about it on the blog. Just do a search on the main page and it should come up.

The short version of my opinion is that I think it has a lot of benefits, but it’s really not something I find to be sustainable—at least not in the winter in the mid-west!

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20 Nicole January 15, 2014

Do not omit FAT from your diet. We need at least 30% of our intake of food to be sourced from FAT. As much as 50% is highly recommended to work towards. Remember not all fats are equal. Rather than follow some goofy diet as 80/10/10, do periodic cleanses with vegetable juices, herbal teas and tinctures, etc.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a great source of saturated and omega-6, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil, sesame oil, raw butter(yes, butter), palm oil, cod liver oil, krill oil, etc.

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21 Brandy February 19, 2013

I tried 80/10/10 last summer. For the first 2 weeks I felt amazing. I had tons of energy, my skin completely cleared up, I lost a couple pounds. But then for the next 2 weeks I felt like hell. I had zero energy, my skin dried up and started breaking out, and I started to gain weight. After a full month (2 great weeks, 2 horrible weeks) I went off the diet. All I wanted was protein all the time. I was eating full cans of beans for lunch and dinner. I was even craving eggs, which was really strange since I don’t like eggs at all.

After being on such a restrictive diet my body held on to every little thing I put into it. I ended up gaining 15 pounds and I’ve been struggling to lose it since July.

So I personally do not recommend the diet. I’ve realized that anything so restrictive and so extreme is not good for you. But I also think that every single person is different, so what works for some might not work for others.

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22 Nicole January 15, 2014

Good for you. Fats are important. I am dealing with adult acne and have discovered that it is due to a hormonal imbalance in my body, as well as needing certain fats and nutrients. I am reading a book by a certified nutritionist, Ann Louise Gittleman, who explains that her clients respond well consuming oils rich in EPA or GLA in combination with zinc and vitamin A for skin, hair, and nail issues. The title of the book is, Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause. She has many other books, besides the one mentioned.
I am still in the process of healing/building my health up, but I hope this may help. Also look into bioidenticals, especially for weight issues.

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23 Nicole January 15, 2014

Raechel-

Lowfat & nonfat diets are never a good idea. All that advertising for cutting fat has caused us women alot of misery. Without sufficient quantities of two very special fatty acids, your body cannot manufacture all kinds of important substances, including stress and ovarian hormones. Basically you can suffer serious damage to your health.
If you are having issues with weight, I would recommend having your hormones checked.

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24 Diane February 25, 2015

A friend recently told me that fat is actually good for you and that years ago a decision was made to say fat was bad, despite a lack of evidence to support it. Here’s something I dug up quickly on the topic:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fats-full-story/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2014-03-18-saturated-fats-and-heart-disease-link-unproven/

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25 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 18, 2013

My skin goes through crazy periods. One thing that’s really helped is tea tree oil. It’s great for bug bites, zits, and random irritations. I just dab a bit on the affected areas before bed at night.

Love these chia puddings! It works well with pumpkin, sweet potato, and butternut squash too!

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26 Nicole January 15, 2014

Get your hormones tested:) Look into bioidenticals:)

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27 Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} February 18, 2013

Yum, this looks like the perfect thing to wake up to. Thanks for the tip on blending it… I think that might be the secret to get myself to enjoy cold breakfasts with chia seeds. Sorry to hear about your skin troubles – feel better!

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28 veganlisa February 18, 2013

Ange, I really hope you get the answers soon. A few years ago I discovered a sulphite allergy. My entire mouth became so swollen I could hardly talk. It took awhile to figure out I had bought raisins that weren’t organic. I had a few exposures until I found the culprit. I wish you great luck your detective work. I think relaxation and sleep work wonders when our body is trying to cope.

Take care.

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29 Tara February 18, 2013

Hi Ange,

I have never had any problems with my skin…until last year around Christmas. There were odd bumps over my arms, legs, and stomach, and I had no idea what it was. My dermatologist was out of hypotheses, as well! I simply took to putting cold compresses on the areas (as they would get hot all of a sudden), and also applied coconut oil which really soothed the area. It’s always hard to say which change/elimination it is that works on having the skin clear up, but the coconut oil felt really nice, took the itch away for me, and it seemed to clear up days later. Again, hard to know if it just needed time, coconut oil, or if my body simply needed to lay back in bed with not too much to do, but it eventually ran its course.
Good luck :)

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30 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 18, 2013

Hi Tara, It’s funny you mentioned coconut oil! It’s been a lifesaver for me and it’s the only thing I’ve put on my face that doesn’t sting the irritated parts. Yes it feels oily to have on the skin, but it does help so much!

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31 Moira February 18, 2013

I had some skin issues last year – wasn’t sure if it was eczema or contact dermatitis or what (mainly on my hands). I’ve eliminated sodium lauryl sulfate products (which seems to be everywhere!) – started to use Dr. Bronner’s Magic soap for most things, and found that Egyptian Magic Cream is a good moisturizer. But, oddly enough, the one thing that has seemed to really help is taking a Vitamin C tablet before I eat! I read about this in a Whole Living magazine article. Apparently Vitamin C acts as a good neutralizer for nickle sensitivities (and you see higher nickle content in non-processed diets full of veggies…ironic that sensitivities come from healthy eating, hey?!). I had been trying a lot of things, and as soon as I started taking Vitamin C, my hands cleared up within week! I was flabbergasted, but it really seems to work for me…

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32 Terry March 5, 2013

SLS was the culprit causing my peri-oral dermatitis. I had tried all kinds of creams from my doctor(s) and finally went online to figure it out. It is in everything that lathers, and then some (estrogen cream?). I also avoided using toothpaste with flouride.
I also used to get a dry itchy patch on my elbow that wouldn’t clear up with any prescription creams. I bought a product called Look, No X E M A! It’s made by Nature’s Acres in North Freedom, WI and it worked like a charm!

I didn’t know about taking vitamin C for nickel allergies. I will give it a try!

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33 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh February 18, 2013

I hope your allergy clears up or you can at least pinpoint it soon. That has to be frustrating. When the seasons change, I get this rough patch on my eyelid for a few weeks. Its the weirdest thing and I suppose I should actually, you know, get it checked out. Thanks for the reminder on that.

In the meantime, a big chia breakfast bowl doesn’t sound half bad!

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34 Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} February 18, 2013

This looks like a great breakfast! I love overnight oats and this seems similar. What’s the reason for soaking the almonds/raisins/groats? Easier digestion I’m guessing. I’ve had some buckwheat groats sitting in my cupboard for months and have yet to use them, this must change soon!

Good luck figuring out what’s going on with your skin. :)

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35 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 18, 2013

Yes you guessed it. Soaking helps break down the enzyme inhibitors/tannins/phytates to allow for better digestion. I hope to do a post on this soon.

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36 Tiffany February 18, 2013

Hi Angela,

Have you tried rubbing coconut oil on your skin? I’ve found that if I rub a small amount on my skin before bed it helps reduce any bumps and redness. Give it a try, if anything it will just moisturize :) (pure aloe vera might help too)

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37 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 18, 2013

Yes it’s working like a charm :) The only thing that doesn’t burn or itch when I put it on.

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38 Ruby February 18, 2013

I have Celiac Disease and have visited so many forums. I used to get rashes and hives and even sores on my head. Tons of hair loss. Could not figure out what it was. Then I found out that gluten in products..makeup..skincare…hair products could be causing that. I changed everything to gluten free.All disappeared. I have contacted cosmetic companies and skincare companies and many of them are changing their formulations to remove gluten. If you look at their FAQs page it is usually there. Even if you have a slight sensitivity to gluten it may effect you. Hope this helps! I know how frustrating it can be. Love your blog!!! Having Chia Seeds for breakfast right now!!!

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39 Marissa@ohhhsolovely February 18, 2013

i second this. i had scalp problems for years, and could not figure out what is was. until, i happened, just for the heck of it, to go GF 1.5 years ago. guess what, no more problems with my scalp & i just feel so much better overall. i was not diagnosed with a problem with gluten, but i know from how i feel that it was causing many problems for me. i’m sure if you are food journaling, you & your doctor will get to the bottom of it. good luck!

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40 Ruby February 18, 2013

Just to help further. There is a place called Redpaw.net. I was in Loblaws one day and a lady I met raved about this place. They do allergy testing. My husband and I went and they tell you everything you are allergic too. It is absolutely amazing. The only thing she recommended to my husband was to take Oil of Oregano. 6 years later he is still preaching about this place.
They have a location in downtown Toronto and one in Mississauga. If everything else fails you might want to contact them. Take a look at their website.
http://redpaw.net/. Good Luck!

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41 lauren February 18, 2013

Angela I am so sorry to hear about your skin! I have hives for 5 MONTHS several years ago and I still have not figured out the cause. The doctor’s tested food allergies too but they said it was likely due to stress. I too have a hard time slowing down an taking care of myself when I get stressed out :(
Magically one day the hives stopped coming as frequently and then they were gone. I hope you find an answer soon!

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42 Amy February 18, 2013

I have chronic idiopathic urticaria as well, it crops up every other year or so and lasts from summer to winter. It’s a joy :(

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43 Kathy in NH October 11, 2013

I also got the Giant Hives that came out of nowhere for 6 months and was on cortisone for 6 mo. then they took me off it and I got pregnant a month later and they went away. They thought I would get them back after the birth but they mysteriously disappeared and never came back. They sent me for all kinds of tests including the allergy tests that gave me a long list of things I was allergic to but never bothered me at all. They tested for food allergies and said I wasn’t allergic to any foods. The allergy doctor was completely puzzled and never found out why I got them. The only difference now is I can get poison ivy which I never got before. No hives for over 40 years. Strange!!!

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44 Joanna February 18, 2013

Hi Angela,
I went through the same thing about 9 months ago with a severe eczema outbreak (first one ever) on my eyes and face. I did an elimination diet and it turned out to be gluten and dairy that i was allergic to. Haven’t had a problem since cutting out grains and dairy. Best of luck to you.

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45 Laura February 18, 2013

Ah, I have dealt with the inflamed skin reactions thing in the past for sure. I was lucky in being able to trace it to something pretty specific. Any refined soy product (soy milk, anything with soy protein isolate) makes my skin freak out, so no more soy lattes for this one. In the meantime, this product from Toronto based Pure + Simple (an awesome natural and ayurvedic-minded skin care line) was a life saver for me. It was like instant-calm for my face:
http://www.pureandsimple.ca/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=1531&category_id=555&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27

And chia! So high-vibe skin friendly with all that omega 3 and hydration action. This breakfast sounds so tasty, Angela.

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46 Kristin February 18, 2013

I’m dealing with a skin flare up right now. I have a rash in some areas, and in some I do not. This same thing happened when I was stressed (surprise) when I was looking for a job 5 years ago. At the same time, I was eating oatmeal every day for breakfast, and then got an allergy test done and that was the sort-of conclusion. My husband just went gluten free, so I had been eating oats. I stopped eating them but I’m still itchy. He just started school so I could be stressed from that… I’m not really sure either! I ate your overnight oats for the longest time too at one point and wasn’t itchy. I’m thinking stress is the culprit.

Best of luck, and this looks delicious!

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47 Melissa February 18, 2013

I had to cut out wheat, dairy, nightshades and soy for another health related issue and as a result my skin cleared up. I used to get this nasty, rashy, blistery mess around my mouth and nose which was always brought on by stress but now that I’ve changed my diet, I can be stressed without the rash popping up : ) Just need to work on the stress mgt. now!

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48 Rachael February 18, 2013

I also cut out grains, dairy, soy, and legumes and have had the BEST skin of my life :) I also get breakouts when I have too much sugar from fruit/dark chocolate. Good luck on clearing it up!

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49 Jessica February 18, 2013

Hi Angela!

I know that the last thing you want is probably more advice, but….

I had a ton of skin conditions before I got my blood tested for food sensitivities. I had eczema, psoriasis, some occasional acne, dryness everywhere! I knew that it had something to do with food allergies because I ate really clean and only used natural products, etc. etc. A simple blood test (which is a lot faster than an elimination diet, albeit sort of expensive) gave me my results.

After finding out about my sensitivities (which make up a long list of common and not-so-common allergens) both my digestion and my skin are almost completely normal. It took about 2 months to heal, and I do notice that if I do have a bit of non-friendly food here or there I start to get a bit of dryness, but now I feel like I can control it!

Hope you figure things out soon. I know how frustrating it can be.

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50 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 18, 2013

Hi Jessica, I appreciate you sharing your experience! Is this blood test the same thing as a allergy scratch test? I’ve heard there are a couple different allergy tests but I’m confused what the difference is. I’ve had the scratch test done a few years ago and nothing came up.

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51 Jessica February 18, 2013

Hi Angela – nope, it’s not a scratch test. It was actually prescribed by my naturopath. They send you to a lab to get some blood drawn. The blood is then analyzed for immune responses when different food proteins ( I had a panel of 150 most common foods, and there are Vegan panels available too) are introduced to it. Although it is not recognized as infallible, I had great success with eliminating the foods that produced the most significant responses: wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, some nuts and legumes. I had some real weird ones too, like pineapple! Who would’ve thought.

They suggest that you usually eliminate the foods in the “red zone” for at least 6 months, and then slowly reintroduce one at a time to see if they produce responses for you. When I did reintroduce a bit of soy or dairy, they definitely provoked significant responses in terms of digestion and skin irritation, all reactions that are connected to auto-immune activity.

Anyways, just some “food” for thought. Again, the tests are not proven to be extremely accurate (although in my case, I think it did a great job and other people have had similar successes), but for me it was worth it because then I could really concentrate on the “red zone” foods to eliminate and reintroduce.

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52 Rebecca February 18, 2013

Oh, Angela, I feel your pain, so so much. It’s been a lifetime of suffering for me, but this last couple of years has been the worst (or maybe I’m just done putting up with it!), which is what started me on this new, more extensive journey find out why and to stop it. I started with wheat, and have been wheat/gluten free for a couple of years. It didn’t help much with my eczema, but it did help with my gut. Turns out it’s NOT normal to be gassy all the time. Who knew?

I moved on to getting rid of detergents. The only detergent I use now is in my dishwasher. I haven’t made that switch yet. I do think that has helped a lot. But my greatest improvement has been when I gave up dairy. The last 6 weeks or so has been a lot better.

I’m SUPER interested in what Jessica has posted about. Gosh, wouldn’t it be awesome to just not eat certain things and have clear skin???

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53 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 18, 2013

Thank you Jessica, I will definitely look into it!. As I said, the scratch testing came back negative for me a few years ago, so it would be nice to try something else out. I’m so glad it was helpful for you!

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54 Jaime February 18, 2013

I had the blood allergy testing done too. It was pretty amazing what came back. I then went to see a Holistic Allergist in Oakville, as there was no way that I was going to be able to eliminate some of the things that were bothering me (e.g., all natural sugars). Turns out there were way more when the allergist did her testings on my. She uses BIE (Bioenergetic Intolerance Elimination) to treat the allergy and get rid of it forever ever! I am a new woman thanks to her!
http://naturalallergysolutions.com/

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55 Rachel February 18, 2013

It sounds like I have just recently had the same type of testing as Jessica. It was called ELISA testing, which is a way to test delayed allergic reaction to foods. In my case 154 foods were tested and 15 showed up. I eliminate these foods for 3 months and have started eating on a 4 day rotation. (This is a challenge being I am single.) Then after three months I can start adding in the eliminated foods one at a time and see what happens. Some of the foods I have to elimnate include ones I was eating almost daily like almonds, various legumes, and vanilla. I had already eliminated Gluten and Dairy, but gluten still showed up. Anyway, this may be a good direction to go to at least get an idea if there are foods causing your skin issues. These types of testing can also be done for environmental things you cold be sensitive to like pollens and molds. I wish you the best!!

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56 Laura February 18, 2013

Hi Angela,
I think the test that Jessica is talking about is called the ‘Mediator Release Test (MRT). I’m just finishing up my certification to be able to run this test for clients, what she is describing sounds very similar. It’s a really good test, and does test for 150 foods and chemicals.
Laura

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57 Ana February 22, 2013

Hi Angela
I second Jessicas on te allergy blood test. I have done it for me and my son and we found out about other allergies we were not aware of. For example, Inknew that I could not eat gluten, and that was positive, but one of the biggest ofender for me was buckwheat, and I had no idea. My son had the same, and some plus dairy (which we knew since he was very young), plus other things too.
It is an easy test, but expensive, however I felt it was worth it.
Ana

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58 Danielle February 18, 2013

Hi Angela,
If you are going to have allergy testing, I would suggest you have blood tests. Scratch tests can be helpful but can also show that you are allergic to several foods simply because you eat them regularly. Blood tests are better for determining true food allergies.

I have also suffered from mysterious allergies. It can be very hard and intensely frustrating. The best thing I ever did was go gluten free and start alkalizing every morning by starting my day with citrus before any other food entered my body for several hours after. Doing this not only dramatically improved my health, hair and skin, but also helped eliminate a pre-cancerous condition in a very short time. Good luck!

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59 Karen March 11, 2013

I had Carroll Food Intolerance Testing (is a blood test) done through a naturopath and found out I’m dairy, soy and sugar intolerant (including foods that contain it). The test cost around 70.00. Maybe there is something similiar in ON you can look into. I’m on an elimination diet right now and she says my skin issues on my face, red patches around mouth and nose, should begin to clear after 2 weeks or so. Good luck to you!

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60 Shundara@ SavyNaturalista February 18, 2013

I think I am having an allergic reaction to citrus fruit those darn grapefruit.. I have patches every where I try to drink lots of water to clear it up.. I hope you find the culprit soon.. I love the chia bowl such a easy breakfast especially if your in a hurry…

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61 Katie February 18, 2013

I’ve had eczema since I was 12 and it started when I had to wear uniforms for Junior High. We thought it was a reaction to the material of my uniform skirt since I had it only on my legs but it got to the point that by college, even the wind blowing against my legs would make me itch. When I moved to Hawaii, it was like my skin was in Heaven because I didn’t have one flare up the whole 5 years we lived there. Come to find out (since no one else would give me answers) that by putting all the clues together, I’ve realized that my skin can’t handle cold, dry weather and all that comes with it! Plus, Ive realized I itch less when I cut back on the starches in my diet.
I hope you find some answers! I know what it’s like to be stressed out not knowing what’s wrong (imagine being 13 and having to explain your monster looking legs to your friends =( )

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62 Momo February 18, 2013

Hey Katie,
It could be something called cold urticaria. My sister has this, she has red itchy bumps all over her body all winter or when she stays in cold water for too long in summertime. Unfortunately Germany isn’t exactly Hawaii, so she needs to take anti histaminica basically every single day. Maybe you should read a little about cold urticaria because if you’re not careful it can get a bit dangerous too – for example when you’re eating vegan ice cream too fast (because its so yummy!) your throat might react allergically and you might not be able to breathe…

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63 Tiffany March 2, 2013

Katie–
Are you gluten free? I had a horrible rash on my thighs for about 8 years until I went gluten free, and then it disappeared. Apparently it is supposed to only happen to middle aged men with celiac disease, but it happened to me at 12 with celiac disease. Could be something worth looking into. Since I’ve been gluten free I haven’t seen that rash EVER again! Good luck!

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64 Andi February 18, 2013

Hi,Yes I have had skin rash/excema issues my whole life. A really big culprit are peanut products.Of course growing up I had peanut butter sandwiches every day so it was so great to find out that eliminating the peanuts was such a great improvement. I think most people associate nut allergies with breathing and anaphylaxis ,but they can also affect the skin and not bother the breathing.
The skin on my hands reacts pretty violently to dust and molds so for example working in dirt without gloves tears my skin apart literally. So for example working in a dusty attic or crawlspace makes my skin go bonkers.
Re reactions to laundry products,my father could never tolerate any laundry products with enzymes and even “”free and clear” products caused him to react. He finally found that he could use the Sun and Earth brand after trying multiple ,multiple products.Believe me my parents are not drama people ,so it was very real reactions he was getting and my point being that “regular” and “natural” products could be a problem and it required a lot of trial to find a product that didn’t make his skin go crazy.Since it is your face ,laundry products or what is in your pillow could def. be a factor.
I also react violently to lanolin(which is in a lot of “natural” products)and needless to say wool and I don’t get along. That may not be an issue for you since you are vegan but it tears my skin a part. I also can’t wear wool. i wear a wool dress coat ,but have to have a scarf at the neck so the wool never really touches.
Hope you can figure it out.Believe me I have total empathy because it can be so frustrating and for me also very painful because my skin would tear and crack and swell up and it takes a lot of work to sort it out.Good luck!

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65 Laura Thomas February 18, 2013

Angela,
I’ve noticed that my eczema has been having a flare up (probably due to my fist winter so far north in years!). So glad you shared this recipe: I’ve made a variation on lots before but somehow it fell out of my breakfast rotation. I’m hoping that bringing it back may help my skin through the NY winter until it can get some sun! In the past I’ve added a little raw cacao to the mix so it feels a little sinful without being bad for me at all. Another suggestion is to perhaps add a little raw maca in to help keep you balanced through the stress.
Be well,
Laura xx

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66 Laura Thomas February 18, 2013

Oh and I wanted to say, beautiful pictures as always :)

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67 Sarah L. February 18, 2013

Ugh, I’m with you on the skin stress thing. I’ve dealt with breakouts of various magnitude my whole adult life so far, and it becomes a vicious circle: breakout, stress about skin, stress causes more breakouts, stress about those. I can tell when I’ve had a breakout just by looking through my search history: corn and acne, gluten and acne, sugar and acne…obsessing over it really!

I hope you get your rash resolved soon, and in the meantime, go out for a walk and think about how gorgeous it is outside today, and not about what foods could be causing your allergies. :) Unless it’s the cold weather that’s making your skin act up… haha

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68 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 18, 2013

Well I love that idea. I’ll have to put on a scarf!

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69 Isa February 18, 2013

Thanks Angela, that looks super yummy.
My DD never knows what to eat for breakfast lately. Fed up with toasts and “normal” porridge… not many cereals she can have… so that might do the trick.
Isa

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70 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan February 18, 2013

Mmm mmm, this is looking perfect for our impending snowstorm! I have had my fair share of skin flare ups, best of luck, hope everything gets better!

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71 Ali February 18, 2013

Oh I hear you here! I used to have horrible acne and I get very awful dryness around the corners of my eyes, the corners of my mouth, and my hands crack and bleed. Some of this was due to not knowing I was Celiac and some was due to an almond allergy but it was a long road. My eyes are sore and puffy all the time and I am experiencing all the dryness noted above and extreme exhaustion again and I haven’t changed makeup, soaps, food, etc. so I’m not sure what’s going on. Time for me to work a little harder to see if I can get it to clear up. :(

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72 Amanda February 18, 2013

Great recipe! I’m experiencing some very similar skin issues. I’ve also tried to do an elimination diet and I’m trying to consume fruit, veggies, nuts, and seeds for now. If you are looking for a breakfast/lunch I recommend this sweet potato recipe. It’s stuffed with chard and topped with avocado.
http://www.wholeliving.com/216877/2013-action-plan-week-2/@center/216880/2013-whole-living-action-plan
I’m sure you could make some wonderful modifications. Good luck problem solving!

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73 Jana February 18, 2013

HI Angela,

absolutely love your blog! Making a slow switch to a vegan diet and your recipies are really
inspiring!
In regards to the skin issues, dry flaky skin can be also a result of a in-house winter heating. Other than that,one thing I can really recommend for any skin issues is Bulgarian rose water ( chemical free). It s naturally antiseptic, cleansing and healing. I dont use any other face cleansing product and I dont overindulge in make up or cosmetics. Also amazing for dry skin is Moroccan argan oil ( get a good organic 100 % one). It s great for wrinkles, dry skin and also hair. It s a little miracle.

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74 Terry February 18, 2013

Oh Angela, I’m sending you healing vibes!

I’ve had problems with my skin that I eventually figured out were connected to my digestion. I did use an elimination diet and discovered several things that send me right over the edge–the nightshades, which others have mentioned. Also, oatmeal and lavendar–of all things. I retest myself every couple of years. Some items go off the list and others come on.

As to stress mgmt, I use epsom salt baths (without essential oil in case of allergy), meditation, and quick daily breaks with closed eyes, deep breaths, and thoughts of a favorite relaxing memory (memories of being half-asleep on a hammock at the end of a hot day while visiting my adored grandmother is my fave.)

As for doing an elimination diet, why don’t you take us along on your journey through your blog?

Wishing you every good thing!

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75 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 18, 2013

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate reading about your experiences!

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76 Raquel February 18, 2013

Love this recipe idea, so simple!
And as far as the skin problem.. I actually had a similar problem just three weeks ago. My face broke out in a strange rash – it was swollen and had tiny red bumps all over it. I went to my doctor, took medication, switched to very mild face cleansers and moisturizers and also eliminated makeup. It cleared up a few days after that! We will never really know what caused it though :/ Now I am back to wearing makeup but still using very mild cleansers and moisturizers. Good luck, hope your skins feels better soon!

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77 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 18, 2013

Firstly, that first photo deserves to be on the cover of a magazine!! Secondly, I totally hear ya on these skin issues Ange. I’ve broken out like crazy lately and although it’s not a rash that I’m dealing with, it’s equally as frustrating and I believe that stress is a HUGE culprit. I also went to my doctor who suggested a course of peels and I’m still weighing the pros and cons and doing my research. I don’t think this all-over-the-place weather we’ve been having is helping us either. Skincare in the spring and summer seems so effortless to me when compared to the cold months. I hope your elimination diet helps you nail down what’s been aggravating your skin (and ps. long overdue email coming your way today!)

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78 Sarah February 18, 2013

I used to have a pretty bad rash on my face- i got it while visiting India and carried it back with me to the States (grr). It was really uncomfortable and frustrating since I normally don’t have skin problems. But with some changes it went away. I do have to say that I kick started it with a steroid cream (can’t remember the name), and it really worked with no side effects! If you don’t feel comfortable with that ( I didn’t ,but I was so stinkin’ desperate), this is my usual skin care regimen. Ever since doing this for over two years I haven’t had one skin problem.
Morning:
Facial Cleanser: Dr. Bronner’s Shea Castile Soap
Moisturizer: Nubian Heritage Shea, Frankincense, and Myrrh Lotion
Exfoliator: (2 or 3x a week) Burt’s Bees Citrus Scrub
Weekends: Living Clay 100% Bentonite Clay Facial (just mix equal pts. clay to ACV)

Everyday: Drink half your bodyweight in water (oz.). Add some lemon juice, which will help cleanse your skin. Have you tried putting green tea bags on your skin? It helps me a lot! Just use the bag after you’ve brewed your tea.
That’s it! I just use a night cream in the evenings. Hope this helps girlfriend :)
p.s.- I also try to have a 75% raw lifestyle, which definitely helps. But I wasn’t raw when my rash went away, but it has helped keep my skin clear.

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79 Bethany :0) February 18, 2013

Hi Angela!

I’m so sorry to hear you’re having some skin reactions! I’ve dealt with eczema my whole life, and in the past 3 years it’s been increasingly worse on my hands and face, leaving me to grasp for any number of reasons in my search to deal with the reactions holistically and without prescription creams and ointments. Like you said, it’s nearly impossible to pin down. I too have switched out every topical-related item and was on an elimination diet including about 15 foods for several months. Not to mention the cleanses I’ve done (which made my rashes worse), the sugars I’ve cut out, the acupuncture and homeopathy. I’m sad to say none of it worked for me, and I’m still dealing with the strange skin reactions today. Stress is also a huge factor for me. Even when I don’t realize it, I think I’m dealing with major anxiety, and I too need to follow through on my stress-relief techniques that I love but often don’t make the time for. I did learn in the process of my search through a GI test that I had parasites from abroad from several years ago that I was able to get rid of and that were a big contributor to some of my reactions.

Aside from that, though, what I learned is that even though I couldn’t pinpoint my exact allergies, I did find a few foods that seemed to make my situation worse like soy and nightshades, and I try to avoid them as often as I can (although my favorite foods of course involve nightshades to some extent). I learned that by trying to figure out what was going on in my body made my life much more stressful and made me a more neurotic person in the end, exacerbating my allergies. Today I try to do everything in moderation and use a lot of coconut oil on my face and body (including doing the coconut oil face wash technique I found on Pinterest). It all helps, but I often just have to remember to be patient for it to pass and use my prescriptions on my eczema to keep it in check.

I really hope you’re able to determine the culprit as I know how awful and embarrassing it feels to get the rashes on your face! My best advice is to not get too carried away about trying to figure out the food trigger (eliminating too many foods at one time and then relapsing with major cravings) because it may make the rashes worse. I’m still dealing with neuroses I picked up from doing an elimination diet a year and a half ago. Try to take the elimination in stride. From following your blog from several years, I know you’ll be able to stay creative enough with the elimination diet. I hope some day I can find the same kind of discipline to re-try the elimination and get some real answers! I would love to follow our elimination journey as Terry, above, suggested. It would be such an inspiration even just to learn down the line if you found your trigger foods and how you went about staying sane during an elimination diet.

I wish you so much patience and courage during your elimination! I really hope you’re able to pinpoint your issues and resolve your skin reactions!

All the best,

Bethany

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80 Jennifer February 18, 2013

Hi Angela!
Your blog is amazing! I absolutely love the foods and photos you post. I don’t normally respond to blog posts, but I thought I might be able to point you in the right direction. It sounds like you are ‘glowing’ a little too much! :)
I’m not sure if you have heard of Ayurveda or not, but you may find your answer in that. Check with an Ayurvedic practitioner, or take a look at the resources we have posted on our blog, AyurvedaNextDoor.com. Good luck!
Jennifer

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81 Lauren (@poweredbypb) February 18, 2013

I had a irritating rash + dry skin develop on my eyelids a few weeks after I moved to Dublin, I couldn’t work out whether it was food related, an allergy, exercise related or something else. I suffered with it for a few weeks but it hasn’t come back since, I think stress may have been the cause. I would totally recommend coconut oil.

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82 Sarah February 18, 2013

I’ve dealt with really sensitive skin for the last few years. I have had to be so diligent about my diet and higene since I stared getting flare ups. One thing that bothers my skin is temperature and moisture changes in the air. Another is letting sweat sit on my skin for too long after I exercise – that always leads to rashes! After I workout, I have to rush home, shower, and apply coconut oil or eczema-strength moisturizer ASAP. If I don’t, I get dry, irritated patches that allow bacteria to seep in. Never good!
Also, I am sensitive to artificial sweeteners, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine. All of those can trigger reactions for me!
Have you read the blog skinspot? She is an awesome resource and I’ve picked up great tips from her posts.
Good luck! I know skin issues are no fun!

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83 Jamie February 18, 2013

This looks great!!!! I’ve been looking for new breakfasts that are portable for work!

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84 Karine February 18, 2013

Hi Angela!

I have dealt with reoccurring rashes on my skin in the past and they resulted from stress and food sensitivities. Putting the stress beast aside, figuring out the sensitivities with the elimination diet was not a good plan for me. It’s a very long process and it is so restrictive. It kind of messed up my psychology around eating for a while. I believe you live in the Toronto area so if I could suggest one thing it would be to see Dr. Jason Lee (Naturopathic Dr in Oakville). He was able to detect (he was more accurate than a 200$ test I had done by another ND) and clear my sensitivities. The results are instant and it was worth my 5 hour drive to see him. If you are looking for topical relief, I recommend Florasone Cream – it is a natural homeopathic cream. I have very sensitive skin and had seen countless MDs prior to seeking/knowing about NDs and nothing worked as well as this. I know how it feels and I am wishing you clear skin soon!

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85 Erin February 19, 2013

Agreed – Jason is awesome! I’m a big believer in the BIE method of allergy clearing that he uses. The results are very revealing and tell you much more than any blood test would. I have severe allergy and eczema issues and this is the only method that has worked for me (and believe me – I’ve tried it all!).

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86 Anna @ Your Healthy Place February 18, 2013

Yum – having chia in the morning keeps me SO full for so long, it always surprises me!

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87 Kelly February 18, 2013

I used to have bad acne and eczema, but it all went away when I cut out dairy :) But recently I got a red itchy rash on my face after taking antibiotics, and it turned out to be a candida problem that took nearly a year to get rid of! The antibiotics were necessary (I had pneumonia) but it really sucked. I am actually grateful for the experience now though, because it caused me to really look at my diet and eliminate a lot of not so great stuff…mainly I don’t eat any refined sugar, and limit the natural sugars as well. My skin has never been better, and I feel great! Good luck to you!

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88 Sherisse H (@lovesplantbased) February 18, 2013

I’m sorry to hear about your skin, I wish you a speedy recovery! I used to have very bad back pain and acne due to stress until I read Healing Back Pain – The Mind Body Connection by Dr. John Sarno. I found out it was stress because I tried everything you could imagine with little to no results. Anyway, now I no longer have back pain and when I get stressed I have small flare ups with acne. After reading the above book, I went to counselling which really improved how I managed and approached stressful situations. I continue to work on certain issues but it has done wonders for me.

I sincerely wish you the best! <3

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89 Shel@PeachyPalate February 18, 2013

Being that the usual culprits are dairy and wheat it does make things more difficult to pinpoint it! Is there anything you eat a lot? Sometimes these are the food we develop an intolerance too over time. If it’s a food that is causing it you only need to eliminate it 2 weeks to then test it out and then even if you have an intolerance after 6 months the antibodies should be gone and most of the time people can tolerate it in small amounts.

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90 lea February 18, 2013

I have a big problem with periodic dry, crazy itchy hands. I have been wondering, of late, when something is causing some sort of physical problem, why we and/or our doctors always seem to want to eliminate things. Perhaps the problem is quite the opposite and its something we are lacking. Although I don’t believe that we need the amount of protein found in the average North American diet, vegans and vegetarians need to be vigilant and its easy not to be. Skin rashes, which may be accompanied by dry or flaking skin can be a symptom of a protein deficiency.
Also for some, too much fat (good fat) is eliminated from the diet causing dry skin. So I think, for myself, as a vegetarian, and upon examination of my recent eating habits, I will up the ante on the protein for awhile and maybe add a protein powder to a smoothie with some Udo Omega 3-6-9 oil and see how my hands fare……..

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91 Sabina February 18, 2013

have you seen a dermatologist ? i recommend getting a referral from your doctor. a dermatologist accurately defined ny skin condition (rosacea) and treatment.

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92 Brittny February 18, 2013

Hi there!

It sounds like a lot of others have weighed in, but I wanted to too!

I am a pretty healthy eater overall, and I drink loads of water however a couple of months ago my skin started to freak out, very similarly to what you are saying. “How can I have bad skin when I do all the “right” things!?” I thought to myself. And the more I stressed, the worse it got- just as you said!

I had to go through my own deductions and realized a couple things- the cold winter rweather required me to change my cleanser to something much more moisturizing than I had ever used. Additionally, I started applying coconut oil to my face at night to help even further moisturize my face even more. As weird as it sounds, even neosporin on broken out areas helped. I also worked to get plenty of sleep to help with the repair process.

Finally, through consistent food tracking I realized how low my daily fat intake was. I follow a vegetarian diet, and pretty close to vegan with the exception of whey protein. I knew I struggled to eat healthy fath, but through tracking I realized just how low my intake really was. Upping healthy fats really seemed to help too.

Looks like now in my “old” age (almost 30!) I will have two skincare regimines, one for summer, and one for winter.

You will have to keep us updated on what helps!

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93 Jenny February 18, 2013

Hi Angela, I’m going through the same thing as you right now. :( After my hot yoga session yesterday, I came home with rashes all over my face and neck. Not a pretty sight! I think my sugar intake has been quite high over the past week and heat from yoga just caused all these rashes to come out. What I’m doing right now is drinking lots of water and applying hydrocortisone to affected area multiple times a day! I’m also drinking herbal tea I got from an oriental doctor and taking Reactine allergy pill 2 times a day! My skin is definitely not as red and itchy as yesterday… but I’m hoping my skin clears up tomorrow for work. I hope your skin heals ASAP. Update us how you are treating your skin! :)

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94 Karen Alder February 18, 2013

Hi Angela,
I’ve dealt with the exact same problem…red, itchy, swollen, peeling eyelids…about 7 years ago. I finally found relief/healing with NAET (Nambudripad’s allergy elimination technique) I’m sure you could find a practitioner in the Toronto area. I had to drive 7 hours, but it was well worth it! My allergies are gone (for the most part…still try to avoid dairy) and I can’t recommend it enough. I’d tried the elimination diets but nothing seemed to help. I was reacting to so many different foods and environmental substances that I never could have figured it out on my own.

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95 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers February 18, 2013

Ugh – no fun! Been there, feel your pain. Hopefully you find something out sooner than later!

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96 Joey February 18, 2013

I’m reading this post very much in empathy. My skin has been problem free almost all my life, and has now decided to play up and come out in weird dry patches. I’ve been looking for things I can eat more of (maybe a lack of something in my diet was causing it, I thought) rather than too much of something, but I kind of think doing things the other way round makes sense too. Luckily, I have a bag of chia I’ve been wondering what to do with…

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97 Averie @ Averie Cooks February 18, 2013

Sorry that you are going through quite a time of it with your skin. I’ve been there. I could email you about things that come to mind if you’d like. Just write back and I’ll fill you in on email.

As for this pudding, love it. And I havent made chia pudding in years – need to change that.

And I think this is perhaps some of your best, most beautiful food styling and use of props, light, and composition ever. I love the opening pic especially!

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98 Jennifer February 18, 2013

Hello Angela,

I have chronic hand eczema and it always flares up this time of year when the snow melts and they have to add additional chlorine to our water supply. I smell the chlorine when taking a shower/bath and my heart sinks… I just know I will be itchy all over and my hands will be raw for weeks. I was prescribed a strong steroid cream for the eczema on my hands, but I rarely use it because I’m worried about side effects. Dishsoap also makes it worse. I’ve tried using “natural” soaps, but the difference is minimal. Anyway, I hope that you figure out what’s bothering your skin. I’m in Canada (closer to the West coast) too, so I thought I might share the snow melt/chlorine anecdote.

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99 Jen February 18, 2013

I have been struggling with skin issues for the past 4 months. (jaw line breakouts which is hormonal) I decided to go off Birth control which I know is the calprut and my body is having a hard time detoxing all the crap leftover from the pill. I am a vegan who eats well and takes care of my body, and can fully understand how stressful it is to have to deal with problem skin.
I have been taking a natural hormone balancer and drinking lots of hot water and lemon first thing in the morning to help with cleansing the liver. It just takes time

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100 Alyne Tamir Manwaring February 18, 2013

So glad you posted about this! My skin just started acting up out of nowhere too and I was like, what?! why!? The elimination diet sounds like sooo much effort but I’ve been taking no makeup days and remembering my vitamins (finally haha) so hopefully that helps!

xoalyne ( coming from http://alyneandcameron.blogspot.com/ )

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101 Marya@parttimehealthnut.com February 18, 2013

Hi Angela,
I’ve been researching buckwheat because I’ve been eating alot of it recently in Buckwheat Krispies Treats. Apparently, it can cause rashes if consumed on a daily basis. Just Google buckwheat and rashes and you’ll find the info. I’ve been eating it daily and haven’t broken out, but I’m keeping a close eye on it. I hope this helps. Rashes are no fun. Best, Marya

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102 Brooke Melikidse February 18, 2013

I hope you skin feels better soon. I am in the process of taking things out of my diet too. It seems my tummy has decided to be angry with everything I eat lately. Not cool being I need to feed myself to survive;) BTW Gorgeous pictures as always. I often visit your sight just to appreciate your photography skills! What sort of tea is brewing in the picture?

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103 Hannah February 18, 2013

I’ve been struggling with acne flare-ups since coming to Canada, but all my life I’ve never been able to figure out why it’s sometimes terrible, and other times barely noticeable. I tend to just shrug and get on with it, but that doesn’t help during the moments when I don’t want to go out in public! Sending you thoughts of calm and healing, both for yourself and naughtily because I’d love to benefit from what you figure out! ;) xoxo

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104 mary manahan February 18, 2013

Angela,

Vitamin E oil from health food store worked better than prescriptions from dermatologist for my facial rash.

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105 Nikita February 18, 2013

I have had similar experiences with rashes- at one point I became convinced I had Lupus but the Dr. thought I was suffering from some healthcare worker-related-hypochondria and didn’t even run any tests. Haha. I have eliminated gluten for the last month and I am feeling somewhat better, but I think there is something else.
I just wanted to note with the chia bowl, that if you want it smooth and don’t want to dirty a blender or food processor, you can just use ground chia seeds! I’m pretty lazy and find it much easier to just wipe out the coffee grinder than clean a big appliance! :)

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106 laura February 18, 2013

This recipe looks delish! Sorry to hear about your skin troubles. No fun at all. I’ve found a 1:1 mixture of water/apple cider vinegar as a toner has helped calm any skin issues. Also when I added vitamin D that seemed to help eliminate inflammation as well. Good luck.

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107 DJ Wilhoite February 18, 2013

This is awesome! My wife andI went “bananas” over it!

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108 Jessica l Food Wine Fashion February 18, 2013

Hi Angela –

I totally understand where you are coming from, my skin is so sensitive and I can never seem to nail down what (and if) I’m allergic to anything. I’ve taken the approach, like you, to care for my body from the inside out. Funny enough, I start every morning with chia seeds! Although, I usually incorporate them into a drink I’m definitely going to try this pudding…the gel consistency from the chia should work great. Thank you and I hope everything turns for the better with your skin soon!

xo – jessica

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109 a farmer in the dell February 18, 2013

this sounds so stinking good!

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110 Katy @katyskitchen February 18, 2013

I love overnight oats, so this looks like a great variation. Any suggestions for using steel cut oats and soaking them instead of buckwheat groats, to put on top of the pudding? I have some steel cut oats in my pantry I need to use up, but haven’t been able to figure out the ideal soaking time.

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111 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 19, 2013

I think you can soak them overnight and they will be soft enough to eat the next day. Hope this helps!

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112 Meghan February 18, 2013

Angela,

I have recently experienced similar symptoms – namely bad skin and itchy, red and puffy eyes. I have been to my doctor, tried several rounds of antibiotics and nothing helped. Then I went to my naturopath. I eat extremely clean (dairy, gluten, caffeine free) but was having weird sugar cravings (which I usually never eat).

So – I have gone on a cold turkey, no sugar diet, I am on the Candi-gone Renew Life candida cleanse (you won’t have to do much to alter your diet since I think you eat very much that way day to day). You can purchase it at Superstore. But what absolutely changed my skin however, is a product she gave me called Calendula Souci Salve by St Francis Herb Farms. I put it all around my eyes and face at night and everything has cleared up. It has a yellow tint from the herbs and olive oil so don’t use it during the day. It’s a miracle in a bottle.

It might be worth a try.

Meghan

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113 Rachael February 18, 2013

I just love that bowl! Where is it from??

Thanks :)

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114 Jennifer February 18, 2013

I can sympathize with your issue. I was born with eczema and very sensitive skin. Before Christmas, I started using a new moisturizer. The label claimed that it was ok for people with sensitive skin and that it would help with winter dryness. It wasn’t a good moisturizer at all, and I ended up with a flare-up of eczema on my face. I went back to using my old moisturizer and my skin has been fine ever since. Cetaphil and Neutrogena make excellent products for people with eczema and sensitive skin (I have had really good experience with both).

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115 Sylvia February 18, 2013

This seems to be the winter of strange germs and things like that!! Here’s what I think. My daughter just started junior kindergarten and has brought back all kinds of unholy things… one of which was pink eye. She passed it on to my youngest who needed SIX ROUNDS of antibiotics to get rid of it completely. I also caught it in this time frame. My eyes and my face have not been the same since! They are so dry, so runny, so crusty feeling in the morning and my skin (under my eyes and on my cheeks) is red and irritated quite a bit. I even had dry skin on my eyelids and at the absolute worst I had what looked like a little bubble or blister under my right eye.

I think you mentioned having pink eye in the past few weeks or months. Maybe I am blowing it all out of proportion? But I think there is some kind of correlation going on here. Just thought Id share because this winter has been crazy.

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116 Kat @ Mayumi Yoga February 18, 2013

Beautiful photos, and thank you for the step-by-step visuals (so helpful for a beginner cook like me)!

I can relate to experiencing issues with skin, from adult acne to breaking out into hives. I’ve found that yoga and mini meditation breaks have greatly helped me to soothe any stress or anxiety that lead to flare-ups. And when life gets busy, I remind myself of an old Zen quote: “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” Hope you feel better soon! :) – Kat

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117 Sapna February 19, 2013

I had this really bumpy red rash once all over my face
Form bat 3 days I only drank raw liquids ( fruit juices watermelon orange banana date pineapple every possible fruit and veggie juices and on the 2 nd day for dinner I was very hungry so ate a raw salad by day 4 the rash was all gone and the skin Justin dried and returned to normal
Worked for me but u can try keeping hydrated every hour or so I t will help
Hope you get better soon

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118 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 19, 2013

I had eczema on my hands as a kid and had to wear cotton gloves with cortisone. I remember holding a lizard with my gloves on and it just chilled in my hand. :)
I love these pictures! The styling is so unique and inviting. Good job Angela!

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119 Marta Brysha February 19, 2013

I realise that you are getting a lot of suggestions here, but I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t mention spirulina. I am a veterinarian and normally only take supplements if their is good scientific evidence that they work. This year, however, my hay fever was out of control – I was taking 3 – 24 hour histamine tablets a day and still getting only minimal relief. My sister has similar problems and put me onto spirulina. I was skeptical, but gave it a go. I couldn’t believe 2 hours after the first dose I was feeling better. I’m not usually susceptible to a placebo response so I did some research and found that indeed it is a powerful inhibitor of interleukin-4, a key cytokine involved in allergy pathways. I’ve been on it for a few months now and have not needed further antihistamines. More amazingly, I have started prescribing it for dogs with allergic skin disease. My evidence is only anecdotal as I do not have the means to conduct a full double blind trial, but I have one dog who the second I took her off cortisone would, within 24 hours, break out into the worst dermatitis complete with hair loss. She is now off the prednisolone, and while she still has some redness and inflammation, she is not itching and is a much happier dog. I personally prefer the tablets ( I use the vitacost brand). I take 3 mg in the morning, and if I get symptoms later in the day I repeat the dose at night. You can also use the powder, but I really don’t have the stomach for the green smoothie! Good luck and wishing you a speedy return to good skin health.

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120 ana goldseker February 19, 2013

I love you. I love your posts and your pictures are nothing short of exquisite. May I weigh in on the allergy test? I did it a few years ago. Cost around $400 and actually, I learned the same thing through an elimination diet. I love my naturopath also, and this is nothing against him!!
It seems that, maybe like you, everything I do shows up in my skin. Everything. That is my weak spot. I can tell EXACTLY how well I am eating according to my body’s needs by my skin! What a curse and a blessing.
May I share what worked for me? It seems you do all of this anyhow, but just as support, when I lay off wheat, gluten, dairy and sugar, my skin is amazing. When I also add sleep and enough water, I glow.
sending you love and support.
ana

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121 Tara February 19, 2013

One word: ZINC
I have struggled with numerous skin issues for years. It improved immensely when I figured out and eliminated the foods to which I am sensitive. Through the process, I also began taking various supplements. By far, the most important one for me seems to be a zinc supplement. I take one daily around dinner time. Zinc is not a water soluble mineral so only take one daily. Don’t take it at breakfast as it’s hard on your tummy. I notice a huge difference when I stop taking my zinc for whatever reason. Once I start back, it takes about 4-5 days to notice the effects again. If you decide to try this, get a good quality brand (I buy mine through my naturopath).
Worth a shot!

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122 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 19, 2013

I’ve heard this a lot too, thanks for the reminder!

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123 Sandra February 19, 2013

I am a gluten-free vegan and have been for many years. I eat raw as much as possible and keep my diet pretty clean. I’ve never had great skin – I attribute it to a very stressful childhood. Living clean helps a lot. Last year I had a wicked patchy face rash no one could figure out. It lasted a long time. It got a lot worse. I even got eye infections. Very long story short, I figured out it was stevia. That shocked me. Within days of eliminating stevia not only did my skin improve dramatically but a lot of other low grade annoyances I’d learned to live with went away as well. Now I avoid it as well as plants in that family (which include lavender and geranium!) good luck.

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124 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 19, 2013

That’s interesting. I can’t do stevia either…I’m pretty sure it gives me wicked headaches.

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125 Sue February 19, 2013

This is a strange one; it turned out that my skin irritation was due to the washing machine not rinsing the detergent out of the sheets and clothing completely. A visit from the repairman cured me! Hope you can find the cause and solution soon.

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126 Karla Fears February 19, 2013

I did have a skin reaction on my face that lasted 10 years. I served 22 years in the Navy so it could have been many things (stress, environments, food, vaccinations) but it was bad. I went to four dermatologists, three of whom were stumped and tried to make a guess as to what I had (from systemic lupus (!) to dermatitis to allergies). The fourth one, a Black woman (I’m also Black) actually did something very smart but very scary. She did a biopsy of one of my lesions. Yep. She did minor surgery on my face. She was so good, though, I can’t even find the place where she took the the skin. It turned out that, for ten years, I had been using skin products that, chemically, burned my skin. It was like a light bulb going on because the lesions always resembled burns from the blistering and peeling to the black spots left after they healed (thankfully, I don’t get keloid scars on my face). She told me that Black skin was very sensitive so did an allergy test; I am allergic to every known chemical put into skin care. PEGs, parabens, SLS… it’s like putting acid on my face. When I asked her what I could use, she said she was stumped because, at the time, there was nothing out there. I did some research and started making my own cosmetics from cold cream to moisturizer to soap to shampoo. My skin reacted immediately and began to look amazing. Eventually, I found an organic esthetician, who has the 411 about organic skin care. I no longer have to make my own because there are a lot of small companies that make things I can use (Eminence, Nahla). At age 54, my skin looks stunning. I never thought I would get here but, thanks to the information age, the times are finally changing for skin care.

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127 Sandra February 19, 2013

Just one more thought. There is stevia in many natural toothpastes. Even though stevia may not be your problem, try eliminating your toothpaste. (That worked for my son) Good luck.

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128 Allie February 19, 2013

I love you. Yhis was awesome. I have some experience in NAET which helped my son. Good luck… My eldest daughter has come and go hives and rashes…sigh

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129 Melanie February 19, 2013

Hi Angela,
First of all, I adore your blog! I’ve been following for about a year, and I think all of your recipes are fabulous! I recommend you all of the time! :) My daughter has a lot of skin issues and we did elimination diets with her–she is off dairy and gluten, but the biggest problem was soy. Here is an article that shows the problems with soy, as it disrupts your hormone levels, which can lead to skin flare-ups. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/soy-health_b_1822466.html
It may just be stress though. Good luck with figuring it out. It can be so stressful!
Thank you again for being such a inspiration and creating recipes that our whole family can enjoy! :)

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130 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 19, 2013

Great recipe! I saw one like this in my Health Magazine this month and wanted to give it a try! Love the idea of a filling and healthy breakfast!! Thanks Angela!!

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131 Manasa February 19, 2013

I used to dread the words ” Dont stress yourself”, as I was not sure what I could do. At that moment finding time to do meditation, Yoga or even sleep use to be a huge hurdle. One thing that was enjoyable without worrying about work is spending time with my husband. I was eating my breakfasts/lunch/dinner for a longer time by sipping herbal teas and talking to him and before I knew I felt more relaxed and could include other activities in my routine.

Three years ago I got sun burnt and my skin would turn red and itch if put on any moisturizer. I turned to very finely powdered oats soaked in whole milk (some days I used besan (indian chickpea flour) instead of the oats) for cleansing and drank lots and lots of hot water with lemon (2-3 sips once every 15 minutes). Coconut oil (for dry to normal skin), sandalwood paste, aloe vera (for combination /oily skin) are common skin soothers used in India.

Good Luck!!

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132 Tory February 19, 2013

Someone gave me a bag of chia seeds a few months ago but they’ve been lonely in my fridge because I just never really looked up any creative ways to use them. Luckily, I came across your post on Pinterest yesterday and threw a bowl together to have for breakfast this morning and YUM! I honestly can’t believe how good it was! I topped my bowl with almonds and shredded coconut and, with the banana, it was like a refreshing little taste of the tropics before coming in for a long day of work. :) I’ll definitely be having it again and making some for my kids and hubby to try! I see many more bags of chia in our future.

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133 Alice February 19, 2013

Good Morning Angela,

I am so thrilled I stumbled upon your blog! You have some fantastic recipes. I was going to ask if you make your owdeodorantnt? We do, and it helps with irritationobviouslyly in the arm pit and not the face, and it has no chemicals to worry about. I found it here: http://honeyrockdawn.com/category/food-health-eco/page/2/
This gal is amazing. I hope you try it, we use it and are amazed at how well it works. Take care and I hope you get to feeling better soon!
Alice from Englewood, Colorado

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134 Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) February 19, 2013

My skin is doing the same thing! I had an awful rash that started on my ears and spread down my neck, into my scalp and my face! Right my my ears have healed but my face is extremely dry. If the doctor is recommending allergy medicine (mine did along with cortisol), you can use Quercetin instead, it is a natural anti-histamine that won’t mess up your body. You need a lot of it though, 3-5g per day. Instead of cortisol you can use coconut oil which has antibiotic, antiviral and cooling properties. I have been putting it on my face several times a day. You can also start taking more fish oil, Vitamin E and Zinc which help heal the skin, and lots of water of course. Let me know if you have any questions, I can help with dosage if you are interested. I still have no idea what set mine off but its finally starting to heal. I don’t have a rash anymore, just dry skin. Everything takes a little longer when you take the natural route but your body will thank you.

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135 Amanda February 19, 2013

Sorry you’re having skin troubles! I definitely sympathize, as I have extremely reactive skin. I’m currently recovering from a terrible reaction to jojoba oil of all things – I phased out my old moisturizer for something ‘clean’ and it’s backfired big time! I’ve also recently eliminated gluten in the hopes of clearing up a persistent itchy rash on my hands, and that seems to be helping, but it’s a slow process. I’m just hoping I don’t have a soy allergy, because as a vegan, I would be very sad to give up things like tempeh and tofu.
In the past, I’ve also had reactions to mattresses, where I’d wake up with itchy, puffy eyes. I’ve since switched to an organic natural latex one, and so far, so good!
It’s a frustrating process, but I hope you heal soon! Hang in there.

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136 olivia February 19, 2013

What a lovely recipe and photos!
I always find that adding banana to anything makes it 1000x better, especially mashed and cooked banana (so yummy when it caramelizes). Now I can’t imagine having any kind of porridge (or avocado chocolate pudding) without it!

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137 Rachel @ RachelRuns29.11 February 19, 2013

Has your face ever gotten puffy from food? It could be sodium intake and I’m pretty careful about that, but ugh, it’s the worst. Glad to know someone else has skin vs. food issues:) Misery needs company right?

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138 Tami Vigil February 19, 2013

Yes, horrible life threatening allergies. Slowly one by one I am getting better With N.A.E.T.

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139 Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes February 19, 2013

I love chia seeds! And your blog! :)

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140 Inés February 19, 2013

Hi Angela,

this was my lunch today :-) It tasted good, but somehow yours looks much nicer and also your chia seeds are of a much lighter color. Do you know whether there are different kinds of chia seed? Or did you do something to the photograph? ;-)
Mine looked quite grey…but they always do if I don’t put cocoa in it … I mean it didn’t harm the taste, but a lighter color would reduce the sceptical looks from people in the canteen. ;-)
Or does the mixture get lighter when you use more milk?
In any case thanks for posting these lovely pictures. If there were no recipes with photos I guess I never would be motivated to try anything new….but if it looks this delicious…hmmm =) I think that next time maybe I’ll do it with pureed apple (with lemon or so, so it doesn’t turn brown), as my very ripe banana was great to mash but had a very prominent taste as well…like a banana pudding xD

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141 Kate February 19, 2013

I was so excited to try chia seeds (got them at trader joe’s). I made a recipe inspired by your fab site with almond milk, cocoa, chia, oats, and sweetener with almonds. I ended up getting horrible abdominal cramps which I read could be from the chia. Lo and behold, I tried eating chia again and the same thing happened. I wonder if your body gets used to it, or maybe I was just using too much? I read somewhere that you shouldn’t eat more than a tbsp per serving and I may have had more. I wonder if anyone else has had this issue with chia, or if my system is just sensitive to it. Anywho, I love your site :)

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142 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 20, 2013

Hi Kate, That hasn’t happened to me before so I’m not sure! Maybe start off with a smaller amount like you said and see if that helps.

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143 Heather McClees February 19, 2013

HI Angela! I was elated to see this post! Not because I want you to have skin problems though!:) I was going through the SAME issue two weeks ago. I chronicled it on my blog (http://www.soulfulspoon.com/2013/02/my-new-experiment-skin-diet.html) and I am happy to report after an elimination diet, adding in 2 extra green smoothies a day, and adding in lots of orange foods like squash, that my skin is 100% clear. I’ve also upped my chia seed intake and this has made a huge difference in my skin’s overall appearance. Some of my little forehead lines are even gone along with my skin is glowing and smooth! I also added in 2 tbsp. raw coconut oil to my morning meal and I believe that has helped as well! You can do this! Think about what you can add, not take away. That made my journey a lot easier!!!:) GOOD LUCK and I love this post!

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144 Sarah February 19, 2013

Why does yours look so bubbly and delicious?? Mine was good but did not look like that!!

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145 Samantha February 19, 2013

How do you always know how to post about what is exactly going on in my life?!?!? I am doing an elimination diet this week also…. trying to finally figure out if their are certain foods that are causing my belly to look 7 months pregnant or if my intestines just hate me…. this week I am eating free of a lot of the major culprits …. sugar (including fruit), wheat/gluten, and nuts. I have had to get very creative to do this on an already vegan diet…. on day two and things actually seem a little better for my pipes and plumbing… next week Ill slowing add foods back in to see if any cause an air baby to appear…. first back will be fruit!

Good luck with your skin!!!

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146 Sara Lake February 19, 2013

I’m assuming your doc did some blood tests (B’s, D, lipids, protein metabolites)? Otherwise, it’s a bit of a guessing game.

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147 Amy February 19, 2013

Good luck with your allergies!

I think you read my mind writing this post. This past weekend I bought chia seeds and have been obsessing over your Chia Pudding recipes. I dreamt (yes, literally) of a chia pudding that had added volume and flavor with a mashed banana, reminiscent of your No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie recipe I had tried last month. Needless to say, I’m going to go straight home and try this recipe. Well, as soon as I eat the current chia seed pudding sitting in my fridge waiting for me! ^.^;

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148 Gwen February 19, 2013

My big time rash, not just face was sulphites and not knowing I was gluten sensitive. Hope this helps.
Cheers

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149 Colleen February 19, 2013

This is my new favorite meal/snack! Thank you so much for sharing. =)

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150 Natalie February 19, 2013

Looks like such a great recipe! Going to try it out soon.

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151 Christina February 19, 2013

Whenever I get a pimple or other skin irritation, I immediately put Tea Tree Oil on it and it seriously works like a charm! It sounds like your case may be a little more severe but it’s worth a try! Good luck.

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152 folique February 19, 2013

this looks amazing! I love breakfast food :-) I’m going to try this pudding on Sunday morning

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153 Menik February 19, 2013

Hi Angela,

I’m a vegan from Holland and after reading this post i wanted to know more about buckwheat. Because I didn’t know what it was called in dutch. So I looked it up on wikipedia and there was this part on how the green parts of buckwheat contain fluorescent pigments with poisonous fagopyrine. And that consuming big amounts of it can cause phototoxicity. And then when your skin is exposed to sunlight it can cause skin problems, like redness and stuff. After reading this I thought you might like to know this, and maybe it’ll help you find a solution for your skin problem.
By the way this information wasn’t on the english buckwheat wikipedia page but the dutch. And it also said that buckweat doesn’t contain a lot of fogopyrine and that it useally doesn’t cause any problems. But you can always look into it. I hope this helps!!

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154 Traci February 19, 2013

I too find myself stressing more when told not to stress but I have learned that stress does pay havoc on our bodies and skin! I find that usually right around January and February my slight excema seems to flare up a bit… I’ve tried detoxes, diet changes, and various skin care products… Through my detective work I’ve discovered that its simply due to the weather changes. It could be that the air is dryer due to the indoor heat or who knows?

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155 Hannah February 19, 2013

That recipie looks delish! I don’t know if anyone has reccommened this product yet http://moogoo.com.au/eczema-psoriasis-balm.html its incredible, all naturally derived and works to clear up a miraed of skin problems. its used in a few of the childrens hospitals over here (Australia) and it really is amazing!

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156 Melissa February 19, 2013

Hi Angela…sorry to hear about your allergy problems. I have been going through similar problems and have tried every elimination possible…I recently watched a good video on GMO’s and am making more of an effort to buy organic than I used to. A lot of people have developed allergies and blame our bodies inability to process GMO’s as one of the reasons. The video I watched was called Genetic Roulette…….here is a link. http://www.responsibletechnology.org/posts/genetic-roulette-free-screening-vote-today
Thanks for all the wholesome recipes….makes it so much easier, quicker and tastier to eat healthier!

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157 Katie February 19, 2013

Sorry to hear about your skin! I am definitely not a doctor, but I see a nutritionist once a week. He always told me that when you skin acted up it usually links to your liver. Meaning you are eating something you shouldn’t be, or your liver is just over working. He always always suggested that I drink water with LOTS of lemon. A little natural detox never hurt anybody! And maybe it will help get that reaction calmed down some?

Good luck!

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158 Kristin February 19, 2013

I actually had a skin rash on my chin and was getting pretty bad joint pain. My naturopath put me on a cleanse and then slowly reintroducing foods back into my diet. Turns out I have a sensitivity to soy. Good luck, I had a hard time with it in the beginning!

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159 Vegan Radhika Sarohia February 20, 2013

Angelas, hope you figure out what is going on with your skins soon!
Looks like lots of helpful comments are here
On a random note, OhSheGlow post are not showing up in my Facebook news feed anymnore? EVen though I have “liked” the page and clicked for the blog entry status updates to show in my news feed. There used to be this thing called a “page feed” on the left column but I don’t seem to have that anymore. Okay enough about that haha
More on topic: I think stress is a HUGE factor with all kinds of physical ailments…I think the mind-body connection is astronomically enormous though it’s not popular oto say that (sounds like crazy New Age rubbish to most people)
But I think it’s true.
I hope you can reduce your stress level one way or another, and see if it helps
Your Chia Puddings are looking very delicious…I’ve been meaning to purchase chia seeds forever but haven’t gotten rounf to it yet. I’m trying to finish the flax seeds bag I bought from Whole Foods, it’s way too large, I accidentally bought ten years’ supply of flax seeds by mistake somehow haha
Best of luck with your skin issues…glad the coconut oil is alleviating a bit of the discomfort. Coconut oil is way popular where I’m from [Indian ladies are constantly dousing their hair in it]

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160 Katie February 20, 2013

Just want to say first off that I love your blog :)

Whenever I get stressed I get little hard lumps on my hands that are quite odd and create a tightness whenever I try and bend my fingers. I was given steroid cream to relieve them but it’s funny that they only appear when I’m stressed.

I also react to soy milk, I was drinking it for 5 months when I decided to stop drinking cows milk. It was giving me mild-moderate acne which was very stubborn and I could not understand what was causing the issue because I take /very/ good care of my skin and was eating well and working out plus drinking plenty of water and green tea. At a last resort I threw in the soy milk and replaced with almond and within 2 weeks my skin has completely cleared and I have hardly pretty much no active pimples/spots since and it’s been about 4-5 weeks since I’ve made the change to almond milk. Isn’t it funny that something I percieved as being so small and insignificant was making such a drastic change to my body?

Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and posts. You’re always making me laugh!

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161 Nat @ the Apple Diaries February 20, 2013

Yum! Just like a Chia Seed pudding but healthy enough to eat for breakfast… genius!

Thanks for the recipe :)

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162 Eliza February 20, 2013

I love your blog, and your chia seed breakfast bowls and parfaits are my newest favorite breakfast recipe to make! So delicious, satisfying and simple to make!

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163 Mimi February 20, 2013

As someone with sensitive skin, I completely feel your pain. I’ve never done elimination, though, as my skin seems to just react to…well, existing, frankly.

Just wondering, what does soaking the almonds/raisins do? I’ve never heard of that before.

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164 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 20, 2013

Hi Mimi, Soaking helps with digestion – see my reply to someone’s comment earlier. Enjoy!

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165 Brian Seelos February 20, 2013

This looks amazing. I love chia seeds in my oatmeal and smoothies. They also make a great pre-exercise snack to help fuel a hard workout.

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166 Danica February 20, 2013

I’m not sure what I love more about the your posts…the amazing recipes, the pictures or your honesty in regards to every day issues like skin problems that allows so many people to open up and share ideas!

Thanks for another great breakfast idea!

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167 Eileen February 20, 2013

I echo all that talk about the link between food allergies/intolerances, poor digestion and skin problems. Along with an elimination diet you might want to consider a good probiotic which is crucial for good digestion, immunity and skin health. (also make sure it is one that is free of dairy, soy, gluten, etc. since those might be part of the problem.)
If you decide to go the elimination diet it is critical to keep a food diary of how you feel after meals (and if/when you get flare ups) I have done the elimination diets and although they can be challenging it really is an eye opener to see what foods do to your body. Best of luck!!!

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168 Amber Lynn February 20, 2013

I know how you feel. I have trouble with my skin when my digestion is bad, which is most of the time. However, when I buckle down and eat an entirely whole food diet, it gets better. For me, even organic/vegan prepackaged foods will cause flare ups if they contain additives, especially soy products. Hormone levels can affect your skin also. That is why some women take birth control pills to correct acne. Do you consume a lot of flax? Flax is extremely high in plant estrogens and may have more of them in it than anything else does. Soy is next on the list. BPA in plastic may affect hormones as well. I noticed that my skin gets worse the more sugar I consume, whether it’s unrefined or not. Sugar can wreak havoc on you, mentally and physically. Do you sleep properly? A lack of sleep can cause a lot of problems. It might not be just one thing causing it; maybe your life in general is not balanced right now. These are just some things to think about :)

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169 Amy Heath-Carpentier February 20, 2013

Wow- I soo understand. I travelled to Ireland last May and while I was there developed the worst rash on my calves. It was soooo itchy. It then appeared on my arms, neck and face. My dermatologist and I figured it was systemic so we took away a couple of Meds and supplements (I’m a cancer survivor-thriver) for a few weeks. It didn’t help. Finally in desperation, I had blood test for food allergies. Turns out I’m allergic to fish (yet another reason to go vegan) and rice. Now my son is allergic to gluten so no rice is tough. However, the itching has disappeared! I hope you figure it out soon.

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170 Jessica February 21, 2013

When I was little I was always a big tapioca pudding fan and this looks just like that but far more nutritious!!! I can’t wait to give this a try, great breakfast idea : )

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171 Jennifer February 21, 2013

I’m not allergic to nuts, but my skin sure doesnt like them anymore… Which was a completely random change. All my life I snacked on them non problem and then bam two years ago I started buying the Trader Joe’s “Raw Mixed Fancy Nuts” by the handful and right away my skin went crazy. I have noticed coconut, sunbutter and other oily nut butters (including peanut butter) would always cause me to break out shortly after. And have very oily large pores. Have you already tried eliminating nuts? I know soaking them helps with the acne thing for me at least, but probably not all store bought nut butters, almond flour etc. are soaking their nuts before making their products. Just a thought… hope this helps :)

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172 Brittney @ Sound in Wind and Limb February 21, 2013

Hi Angela, I really love this post. I’m a huge fan of chia seeds :) I first learned about them from reading the book Born to Run. I love that book. That’s where I learned that my feet are hurting because I’m not running barefoot! Now I use Vibram Five Finger shoes. I use chia seeds in a lot of my food especially my breakfast shakes :) They are loaded with Omega’s! Thanks for sharing!

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173 Joanne February 21, 2013

HI Angela,

I really enjoy your website. I was wondering if you could suggest a replacement for bananas in this recipe. I was advised by my acupuncturist not to eat, they really slow down my digestion.
I really hope you find out what is causing your skin reaction.

thank you,
Joanne

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174 Kirsten Lee February 21, 2013

This was SO amazingly good!! I made it up last night and I can probably get 3 servings out of it. I heated it up in the microwave for 1 min. added a Tb. of peanut butter and some walnuts for a banana peanut butter nut bowl! Yummy!

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175 Lisa February 21, 2013

I just made this and absolutely loved it. I added fresh blueberries and whole raw almonds as toppings. I also skipped the vanilla extract and added extra almond milk to thin it out a bit. YUM.

Thanks for posting this awesome recipe, Angela!

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176 {Moni} @ Moni Meals February 21, 2013

Love this recipe! I have been adding chia seeds to EVERYTHING lately!

I hear ya- I have allergie issues plus living in L.A. SMOG I might add !! and my skin totally gets a beating. Plus then you hear everything under the sun on what it could be!
Just know it is a phase. ;)

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177 Tracy February 21, 2013

I had a similar skin problem about 6 years ago. The skin around my nose and mouth got really dry, red, and inflammed. It happened during the winter time so I associated it with the weather. Now that I look back I was really stressed at the time. I also had an allergic reaction to soap around the same time and got hives all over my body. I’m not sure if the two were associated or not. Eventually it cleared up and went away. Knock on wood that it never returns. I hope your skin clears up soon. I know how frustrating it can be.

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178 Nichole February 21, 2013

I can totally relate! Growing up I would get seasonal itchy patches on my feet that would flare up and drive me crazy but when I turned 30 and had some stress with my business the rashes went up my legs and settled around my mouth. It’s irritating, red, inflamed and I get fevers frequently. As others have mentioned I got blood tests done for allergies and came back with eggs, dairy and almonds being very high. But with further research I found that the test can change drastically depending on when you get your blood drawn and the allergens can change based on what you’re eating. I also didn’t want to give up eggs & dairy so I went on the GAPS diet to heal my gut and have had great success while following it. Now I’ve modified it to make it fit my current lifestyle a little better. The main thing I think that has caused my allergies is having a leaky gut that was caused by a bad case of food poisoning while traveling/stress/eating some GMO foods.

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179 Sandra February 22, 2013

I am so surprised that someone with such a healthy and restrictive diet would have a food allergy?

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180 Tracy Beeson February 22, 2013

Everyone says they love your blog, and I don’t want to be repetitive, but… YUM!

Tons of other people also say they’ve had skin problems their whole life, and sadly I’m with them on that too. I’ve had the DRIEST skin I’ve ever seen. I’m talking cracking, aching, flaking, uncomfortable skin. I recently discovered NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques), and for the first time EVER my skin feels and looks good- without crazy amounts of who-knows-what-is-in-this lotion. I did start using all natural lotions, week-long juice fasts, flax seed, fish oils, coconut oils, etc., etc about 3 years ago, but since addressing allergy issues I never knew I had in the past year I am finally seeing the new healthy stuff grown in!

That said, I respect anybody that choses to do elimination diets for their own reasons, but forced elimination? No. That is just not right. NAET is totally non-invasive. It uses western techniques (breathing and accupressure) to eliminate allergies. No joke. I hope you look into it:)

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181 Julie February 22, 2013

Hello Angela,

I had the same problem a few months ago. I stumbled across an Ayurvedic line called Kama that sells cold pressed pure Aloe Vera juice as a toner. I started applying it twice a day after cleansing and all of the patches of rough skin went away. Ive been so happy with the effects of aloe vera that I’ve found another line called Santaverde that makes high quality / natural aloe vera based creams. My diet also needed a rehaul (too much sugar) but pure unheated aloe vera got rid of the patchiness in about 4 days. I think I’m hooked for life! Good luck sorting through everything. I hope my tip helps!

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182 Nora February 22, 2013

This bowl looks like my chia seeds want to be transformed into it. I love the toppings you used in your photos as well. Absolute deliciousness ^^.
And good luck with your skin problems.
I sometimes get red spots on my face, that look like nasty pimples, but that actually stay for less than 3 minutes and then mysteriously disappear. I fear their origin might be an allergy as well, but until nothing worst happens I won’t get myself a test, because if somebody actually tells you that you are allergic I would be so much more nervous about these little spots.

And it really IS much harder to relax if somebody tells you to do so ;)

Nora

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183 vandal February 24, 2013

Proper food combining to aid digestion is a skinsaver! Also, grinding the chia seeds will make them alot easier to digest (store them in freezer). I suffer from rosacea flushing and acne when I mis-combine foods or eat something difficult to digest. Food combining=eat fruit alone, proteins separate from carbs, etc. (read “Beauty Detox Solution” by Kimberly Snyder). Digestive enzymes also made a world of difference! When I do hatha yoga/acupuncture/epsom baths my skin and mindset are calmer from the relaxation!
p.s. you’re an amazing cook and person..hope these tips work for ya!

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184 Meredith February 23, 2013

Over the last several years, I have experienced dry, red, irritated eyelids to the point where I couldn’t apply make up – but only in the winter. The doctors could not cure it or give me anything that would make it better. I changed my diet to vegetarian and it cured it right then and there. I also noticed it cured my seasonal allergies as well. Now, since you don’t eat meat I am unsure what is causing your allergy but I can recommend one moisturizer that is truly amazing that I discovered myself – from the brand Fresh – Creme Ancienne – I cannot say enough about this product. It was created by monks for burn victims, it is the richest most gentle moisturizer I have ever used. Within one use you will notice an improvement. I keep it on hand for emergency situations if I start to notice any signs around my eye of getting dry in the winter!

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185 Melissa February 24, 2013

LOVE the breakfast bowl! In the morning I topped it with ground flaxseed, almonds, blueberries and sunflower seeds. Thank you!!!!!!!

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186 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 25, 2013

So glad to hear that Melissa!

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187 Frances February 25, 2013

I just got into Chia seeds, thanks for this great recipe, I’m becoming a pre-prepared breakfast person and loving it! Thanks!

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188 Jyo February 25, 2013

hey angela, this bowl looks heavenly….I love ur blog and i love love almost all the foods u make :-))…You are such an inspiring woman for me to be a vegan and my husband loves all the recipes i make out from ur blog…..thanks a ton….I sometimes have difficulty in adapting recipes from other blogs but boy ur blog is exactly what i wanted in my daily
life :-))….no substitutions needed :-))….thanks for all ur hard work…and hey i absolutely fell in love with the bowl that u used in this pic…looks like an iron one…can u pls tell me where did u bought it from? its beautiful :-))…

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189 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 25, 2013

Thank you so much for your kind words! The cast iron bowls are from Kitchen Stuff Plus (I think!) take care

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190 Renard Moreau February 25, 2013

[ Smiles ] I have never indulged in chia-seeds for breakfast, but I am willing to try new things. Let’s hope that it goes down well.

By the way, thank you for sharing this recipe!

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191 Nic@diningwithastud February 26, 2013

I made chia pussing with coconut once and it was delish! This looks soo good :)

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192 Elizabeth Hamilton February 27, 2013

Hi Angela,

I love your blog! You are so creative with your writing & recipes:)
You may want to try putting some Coconut Oil on your skin ( if you havent given it a try). Since it is a medium chain fatty acid it is better for you (you know that). Also, it contains anti-microbial properties that are great for your skin. I use it as a moisturizer everyday.
I suffered from acne and allergies until I was 31. After suffering for many years I was finally tested and found out I was allergic to gluten. That has done wonders for my digestive tract and skin.
I make some homemade lotions for my friends and family. My husband who suffers from Eczema has been using a product that is a staple in our home, Moringa Oil. We love it:) It’s my secret ingredient:) Give it a try. The last thing you want to do is get over the counter or prescribed medicine for your face. Go natural:)

Good luck to you. Keep up the great work!

Smiles,
Liz

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193 Toni February 27, 2013

My husband and I had this for breakfast. Its very very yummy !!

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194 Rita February 28, 2013

Thank you lots for sharing the recipe! I have been trying to find different kind of breakfast substitutes, which can be very challenging & I am happy that I came across your beautiful blog! I just replaced the banana mash with some organic apple sauce & it was delicious!

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195 Sabrina @ Living, Learning, Eating March 2, 2013

That looks delicious! And definitely like something that I’m much more likely to actually enjoy than the chia fresca (no offense, but I really don’t think I’d be able to get over the texture of that one)! I like chia best milled, I think, as a powder to thicken stuff.

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196 Sarah March 10, 2013

Can you “heat up” this recipe? I sometimes want hot cereal in the morning, but am now gluten free….

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197 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 11, 2013

I would imagine you can! Knock yourself out

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198 Allison April 10, 2013

Did you try it? Because I am wanting to do the same… I’m a big fan of something hot for breakfast.

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199 Sarah April 13, 2013

It was delicious! I just heated it up in the microwave the next day!

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200 Julia March 17, 2013

Hi Angela, just wanted to let you know I’ve really been enjoying this recipe! I had been doing a similar recipe on my own but you definitely got all the ratios just right! I hope your skin is feeling better and I’d be interested to hear what’s working/not working for you.

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201 Amanda March 21, 2013

Hey!! So excited to try this…It looks delicious..one question though.. Have you attempted/ would you recommend heating the pudding up? Im a really big fan of hot breakfasts and am curious if this would still be yummy if I heated it in a microwave? Would it remain thick?

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202 Amanda March 21, 2013

haha..nm…I see your previous response to the same question ;)

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203 Michelle March 22, 2013

Hi,
Just found your blog and i love it!
We are 90% vegan and attempt to avoid all processed foods like the plague. So, i found a ton of new stuff to try here.

Question about this Chia Pudding – what can i do to avoid the milk?
We have a nut allergy and i find other types of milk have too many ingredients for me to care about them. (Rice milk has oils in it… it doesnt freeze..lol. and coconut milks have sugars). can i just use water?

Thanks in advance.

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204 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 23, 2013

Hi Michelle, Thanks for your lovely words about the blog. I would suggest using light canned coconut milk or perhaps a mix of full fat coconut milk and water. I don’t think using all water would taste that great, but perhaps it is worth a try. goodluck!

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205 Emily March 28, 2013

I really enjoyed this recipie but I’m not a big fan of bananas, is there anything else that can substitute for this ?

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206 Sandra from candidadietplan.com April 9, 2013

Hello Angela,

do you find that your skin is getting more itchy when you eat sweet things?
It could be a yeast infection/ Candida.

That was the case for me when I developed skin problems. So I had to eliminate sugar as well as the usual culprits… My heart goes out to you, as I know how distressing it is to have irritable skin.

What helped me externally was to dab a diluted apple cider vinegar solution on the itchy patches to stop the itch, as well as coconut oil what others have suggested. A slightly less pleasantly smelling but very effective moisturiser is shea butter with tea tree oil.

Internally coconut oil is very good, olive leaf capsules and oil of oregano. But the latter two are very strong, it’s best to start gently with coconut oil or medication containing coconut (called caprylic acid).

Eating avocados and pumpkin type vegetables and flax oil are very good for healing skin. Fish oil supplements, too, to combat inflammation. Drinking fresh ginger tea is beneficial, too. Hope this helps.

If you suspect you have a yeast imbalance or candida check out my blog candidadietplan.com, where I have documented my journey to recovery including lots of sugar free recipes and a quick symptom test to see whether you are likely to have candida.

Fingers crossed it’s just stress though, and you’ll be absolutely fine very soon.

All my best, chin up!
Take care,
Sandra

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207 Gina April 16, 2013

What is in the MASH for this recipe?

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208 Lauren Boyack April 23, 2013

This was such a great way to start my day — so delicious! I didn’t have any buckwheat groats on hand, but threw in a handful of blueberries instead, yum!

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209 Janet April 24, 2013

This is the perfect breakfast! It takes seconds to make and lasts for about 3 days. The vanilla made it too sweet for me, so the second time I made it I skipped the vanilla and it was perfect. I added raisins to the mix from the start, and I think that added some natural sweetness to it. Also, I added quinoa for some bulk and flax seeds. Perfect!

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210 M Sun April 29, 2013

Sorry to hear about your rash. I started eating chia seeds/drinks this past week and got a nasty photosensitivity reaction this past weekend. It’s never happened before and I was researching to see if eating too many chia seeds can cause the oils to accumulate/irritate the skin. It’s possible and maybe something you should consider. Everybody’s metabolism and sensitivity differs so it is possible even though chia seeds are very healthy in general.

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211 Ellyn A. May 21, 2013

Hi! I recently discovered your recipes – love them!!! I have had skin problems all my life. Many dermatologists later, there still was no fixing my itchy eczema rash. About a week ago, I stopped by my local Fruitful Yield store and asked one of the wonderful employees what I could do to make my skin healthier. She suggested cleaning from the inside out and lowering the acid level in my body. My routine now includes drinking a few ounces of pure Aloe juice before meals and remembering to take my B complex vitamins. I am also using pure virgin coconut oil on my skin twice a day. It’s a bit greasy, so I use it sparingly. My skin started to clear up within 3 days! No more topical steroid creams for me, which never really helped anyhow. The itches are gone! Eating your healthy recipes will be key also. I am going to make this recipe for breakfast tomorrow. Now I finally know what to do with the chia seeds I bought a few months ago!

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212 Neta K June 3, 2013

Hi Angela!
first of all, let me say I really enjoy looking over all the recipes, and planning which to make :)
unfortunately Vegan awareness is still in it’s diapers in my country (I’m from Israel) so I can’t always get all the ingredients, but I make do!
about this recipe, I was just wondering if it also works if it’s warmed, or does that just ruin the whole point of it?

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213 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 3, 2013

Hey Neta, I’ve only had it cold, but Im sure you could gently warm it too :) Thanks for reading!

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214 Queen Mommy June 12, 2013

I made this yesterday, replacing the banana with equal amounts of applesauce (because I’m out of bananas until my next shopping day). I also stirred in a spoonful of almond butter at the end. It was amazing! My favorite chia seed pudding recipe so far of all the ones I’ve tried! I think pumpkin purée or crushed pineapple would also work in place of the banana as variations. My brain is already conjuring up a tropical pineapple version.

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215 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 12, 2013

I love the applesauce idea – thanks for sharing!

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216 Natasha June 27, 2013

I made this yesterday and fell in LOVE with it. I use Chia seeds in my water, also from your FB page and I love Chia seeds so when I came across this I knew I had to try it. Love it!!!! I even made it for my children and surprise!!!! they like it as well. New school breakfast for them and so light for the summer time. They have no idea I’m slowly making more vegan dishes, no more process things in my house, but also more healthy eating. Healthy choices for us!

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217 Olivia July 16, 2013

What you say about the connection between food and skin is so true. I’m 18, had mild acne on my T-zone, chest and back. I decided to try eliminating dairy and it cleared up a lot, I then went completely vegan and my skin is perfectly clear. Also the dark circles under my eyes which I have had since a child are now practically non-existent.
This chia seed breakfast bowl is my go-to brekky!! Yum yum. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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218 Alison July 20, 2013

This was amazingly delicious…I had to skip the hemp seeds (they were too expensive at the store where I was shopping), used chopped walnuts instead of almonds, and warmed it up a bit by placing the bowl over simmering water for a few minutes. Yum!

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219 Lyndsay July 28, 2013

This looks so good! I bookmarked it on my laptop to try this week:) I just got into eating chia seeds, they freak me out a little bit since they look like mini reptile eggs. But so far they have been tasteless in all of my meals!

Yes I have had awful skin rashes and breakouts, and it took me my whole life to figure out that I am highly intolerant to dairy. But there are countless things it could be for you , I have learned not to look up my symptoms on the internet because with most cases, I should have already been dead ha-ha.

I hope someone helps you figure this out! All I can think of is an allergy/intolerance to something you may have been eating. Have you ever gotten allergy tests before?

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220 Maggie July 29, 2013

This is absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to eat it again. It is super easy to make and definitely worth the before bed prep.

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221 Meghan August 28, 2013

Could you freeze this, in small batches? Without harming the consistency, I mean. I am switching to the blood type diet for O type (kind of like the paleo diet) and this was a recommended recipe. I like to cook ahead of time so I dont have to think about it, and Ive always froze things.

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222 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 29, 2013

Hi Meghan, Im sorry I don’t know – let me know if you try it out!

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223 Sherry August 30, 2013

This was my first try at one of your recipes, Angela, and it’s a good one and oh so easy. I had concocted my own version of this but had not thought of the grouts. I tried it for breakfast this morning and really enjoyed it. Easy to switch out dried fruit and other nuts for an equally good taste.

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224 LB September 11, 2013

I’m actually having skin rashes and hives on my face, tongue and legs BECAUSE of chia seeds. Just thought I would let you know that the chia seeds may be the culprit of your skin problems, too!

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225 Sunny*~ October 10, 2013

Easy to find out! Kinesiology- Muscle Test! Your body will tell you everything you need to know through cellular memory. You are a Divine Being. All the answers lay within you. Whilst your doctor only guesses! :>)
Your body through M-Testing will tell you what is causing skin probs or any other problem you may have. It will through M-Testing tell you also for example what you should be having n not having and how many times a week. For .E.G Your muscle may lock up for a yes to fish.. Then test which fish. Then test how many times a week is neutral without causing any inflammation , then how many times a week for ultimate health. Fish has only been used as a E.G. I have helped a lot of people through Muscle Testing. No more guessing ! Just fact from the one whom knows best ~*You*~ the Divine Miraculous You ARE and have always been.
Also barley powder made up to a paste is awesome for irritated, red flared up skin. It cleanse, rejuvenates and Alkaline s it! Bright n glowing!
Wishing Abundance of Health Happiness and complete Joy :>)
Sunny.

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226 Sunny*~ October 10, 2013

P.S~ Seen a lot of difference sticking to your Blood types too. Just because something maybe healthy like banana, mango, tomatoe, egg plant, oranges etc.. Does not mean it is in alignment with your Blood type make up. For EG Blood type A’s have ultimate health when these mentioned foods are withdrawn. As they act as a inflammation rather then giving health. yet other blood types can thrive off them. Check your blood type and check the list for your diet. Overall the best indicator is Your muscle being tested for what is RIght FOR ~*YOU*~ . We are all different period. With diff constitutions. :>)

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227 Skye (NZ) December 10, 2013

Hi there,
Wonderful blog, recipes, stories… Love the nourishing, healthy, tasty theme.
I recommend milk thistle (and other liver herbs) for helping the skin, as well as good ferments for the gut.

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228 Sarai December 11, 2013

I’m totally having this for breakfast tomorrow :D

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229 Kamini January 10, 2014

Yum. I made this last night for breakfast today and felt like I was treating myself. It was so good. The only thing that confuses me is the nutritional info. My sources tell me chia seeds have 8 gms of fat in one ounce/2 tbsps, bananas have 0.4 gms of fat, and a cup of almond milk is 3 gms. So the total fat grams in one serving should be max 12 gms not 19 as your info states? Did I calculate something wrong? Thanks.

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230 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2014

Hi there, I think mine is higher because I included the toppings in the nutritional info. Hope this helps!

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231 Kamini January 11, 2014

Oh duh…of course. Got it, makes sense. Thanks.

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232 HANNA February 11, 2014

hi
how do u stop bananas from going black when they are mashed up in advance?? My pudding just looked black in the morning…yak…

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233 Deeksha May 2, 2014

Hey Angela,

I stumbled across ur blog while looking for Chia seed benefit & recipes. Thanks for all the information. I still haven’t tried it and since u’ve written the entry almost a year ago, you must be using Chia seeds regularly in your diet. Have you noticed any difference in your energy levels, weight?

Since it isn’t easy get these in India, I would really like to know the benefits from someone who has already used it before I start investing in them. Looking forward to your reply.

Thanks & loved ur other recipes as well! Subscribed ur blog on Feedly.
Deeksha

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234 Lizzie May 10, 2014

Hi! I’m going to prepare this dish for breakfast tomorrow and can’t wait to taste it! Could you please clarify the purpose of soaking raisins and chopped almonds? That is new to me and I’m curious to learn about the reason/benefit. Thanks in advance!

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235 Bill May 26, 2014

I’ve been looking for alternative breakfasts that are tasty and filling and this one is awesome. The drizzle of maple syrup sealed the deal. Every day I look to make better choices and my breakfasts are now a better choice. Thanks for a great recipe!

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236 Kristin June 27, 2014

This was..okay. The flavor was decent but it looks horrible. Mine didn’t come out like the photo–it turned into a medium grey-brown color that scared everyone I showed it too. I probably won’t make this again.

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237 Donna August 14, 2014

I was wondering about the banana darkening overnight – could it be added before serving for a better presentation?

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238 Mel July 6, 2014

I love all the recipes with chia seeds. I have developed an intolerance for bananas. What you recommend as an alternative to mix with chia seeds?

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239 Nicole July 18, 2014

I have have fairly severe adult acne, and constantly have allergic skin reactions. I’ve been the heaty medication route, and it was one of my biggest regrets. Right now, Im using seabuckthorn seed oil once a day on my face (just a few drops of the oil, not a cream made with it), and now have next to no acne. Wish I had known about it 10 years ago.

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240 Ashley August 14, 2014

Hi! I have had a very strange reaction and it was an auto-immune response to an over worked gut. I had leaky gut. At thus point in time I was eating gluten-free and vegan. I searched out help by doctors and specialists and no luck. I had allergy tests, still nothing. Than I finally webt to see a naturopath and she tested me with their food sensitivity screening. To my dismay, my doctor recommended me following a strict GAPS diet. I did this for a year, had a lot of cleansing of my gut and I have been free from joy strange skin reaction!

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241 Nicole October 8, 2014

Thank-you, so much for posting this!!

I’m on an elimination diet at the moment as well and I’m seriously struggling.
Having delish fodmap friendly recipes like this pop up in my feed really helps :)

Thanks again
Nicole

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242 Samantha October 9, 2014

I can’t tell you how much I love this recipe! I had tried a different chia seed pudding recipe last year and it was horrible. On a whim, since I love your other recipes, decided to try this one since it had the addition of mashed banana. It’s totally changed my view on “chia seed pudding”! I love it. This morning, I added a spoonful of pumpkin, chopped pecans, and cinnamon on top and it was delicious! thank you!!

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243 Kristi Borst October 23, 2014

Chia seeds are a recent addition to my diet. This recipe was recommended to me by a nutritionist. I love the topping suggestions, along with the realization that I can personalize this very easily with other toppings that I love.

In response to your and all of the other posts about chronic skin problems:

My calling is intuitive energy healing, and I have helped people with skin rashes which dermatologists, allergists, acupuncturists, and even Lahey Clinic couldn’t resolve. Their answer was eating only chicken and veggies or going on prednisone.

I urge individuals with long-term or chronic skin flare ups to consult an energy healer near them or who does distance healing.

thank you, Angela <3
Kristi

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244 Christie November 12, 2014

Thanks for this recipe. I’m really enjoying it with finely chopped organic apple instead of the banana and walnuts (my favorite nut) instead of almonds. I was thinking about how you usually put a bit of salt in oatmeal and added a little sea salt to this too. I think it added a nice touch. This breakfast really replicates the oatmeal experience for me without messing up my blood sugar like oatmeal (unfortunately) does. And I feel great afterwards! Looking forward to trying it with pumpkin soon.

Your blog is so beautiful and inspiring…one of the happiest places on the Internet for me!

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245 Hayley November 27, 2014

I love your blog. I just enjoyed the chia seed breakfast bowl, for my breakfast. I cannot wait to try another recipe.

Thank you
Hayley

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246 Hayley November 27, 2014

I love your blog. I just enjoyed the chia seed breakfast bowl, for my breakfast. I cannot wait to try another recipe.

Thank you
Hayley

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247 Vicky December 16, 2014

Hi Angela,

Could it be that you’re allergic to nickel? It’s in healthy natural foods in abundance.

Vicky x

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248 Diane February 25, 2015

Vicky-
It is actually because of a systemic reaction on my hands from a nickel allergy that I ended up looking at this blog. I’m trying desperately to find something good to eat and am holding my bag of chia seeds wondering if they’re ok.This recipe looks great except that I can’t eat any of it. No nuts… Was wondering about the chia seeds though.

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249 Carrie December 16, 2014

I’ve recently started mixing up seed ‘porridges’ or ‘mousse’ for breakfast. Hemp, chia and cocoa soaked overnight. Whipped up in the blender in the morning. Then topped with fresh fruit and nuts. Yummy! Great breakfast alternative when I want to avoid grains.

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250 Belinda January 29, 2015

I know this is about food, but our family has a great new solution for acne. Melt 2 Tlbs. coconut oil and add 5-6 drops of melaleuka essential oil. Pour into recycled chapstick container and allow to solidify in a cool place. Treat acne twice daily-we have consistently seen results within 24 hours. Back to glowing!

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251 Caroline February 20, 2015

I have eczema flare-ups and allergies in summer and I have found that Chia seeds cause a major reaction with my skin which is a shame because it is listed as a cure and is rich in omega 3, but not for me, and maybe you too. Also, my daughter gets hives and she had the worst reaction ever to this, her mouth became misshapen and for longer than usual after I served her the seeds in a meal. However, I haven’t tried sprouting the chia seed, so that might be an option for you but I am not going to risk it. Also dairy causes some occasional eczema issues for me too. My eczema presents with rashes on my face with some raised swelling under the eyes, and my neck has the more traditional raised, very itchy, red, dry skin. I hope this is helpful

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252 Sophie March 11, 2015

Hi Angela, I love chia pudding, this recipe is great! I haven’t had a chance to read all 247 (!!) posts from the last few years, but my friend who introduced me to this blog has a Chia allergy! In looking into the symptoms they can manifest in rashes, hives and possibly diarrhea & vomiting in extreme cases. Due to their high level of Omega 3 they can thin blood and reduce blood pressure which is usually a good thing unless you are about to have surgery or already have low blood pressure!

Just wanted to share incase it helps anyone :) would love for you to check out my FB page http://www.facebook.com/sosweetsofine or instagram sofeed THANKS!! :)

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253 Cassie March 16, 2015

Chia seeds are awesome! Would this work with chia powder?

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254 Emily May 2, 2015

I absolutely love this recipe! The mashed banana really gives this chia seed pudding the extra oomph for a breakfast bowl. Also I added a heaping teaspoon of cocoa powder to the recipe and it was SO delicious, I definitely recommend it to all fellow chocolate lovers out there!

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255 Siubhan May 6, 2015

Hi, this looks delicious. Only thing is… I don’t like bananas! Any alternative suggestions? Also, why do you soak your almonds?
Thank you

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256 Christina July 9, 2015

I this recipe but I recently have an allergy to banana. Are there and recommended substitutions? I love your blog it has me feeling some find recipes that can eat with Crohns.

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257 Mari September 11, 2015

hi, I get adult acne around my jaw. It’s do to egg allergy and potatoes. My skin would break out painfully and not heal. Now I can tolerate potatoes and local farm eggs.

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258 Catherine January 12, 2016

Just wanted to thank you for this recipe. I make it once a week and it brightens up my breakfast so thanks! I top it with almonds but I’m going to try raisins this year too.

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259 Fiona March 17, 2016

Hi I’m a very fussy eater I only eat chicken and tuna I won’t touch any other meat or fish, I don’t like mushrooms, olives or cottage cheese so a diet is quite difficult for me as they always contain these ingredients any suggestions thank you

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