Tuesday, September 28

No Dairy = No Acne


Over the past 2 years or so I have been having some issues with breaking out more often than normal. Especially around the jawline. This was concerning because I had never had acne as a teen or even when I was living with high stress in college or working in-house at a studio.

Within these same years I made a lot of life changes; improving my diet, exercising more, and trying to live a bit more stress free overall. Unfortunately, all of these wonderful changes did not really seem to be helping my cosmetic problem. I started getting frustrated, because I didn't understand why it was happening to me. I considered myself very healthy for the most part.

So I started to study about the topic, reading and watching everything I could get my hands on. I learned a great deal about it, but everything that was suggested didn't really work out for me.

The one thing that I kept ignoring was the fact that dairy products can trigger acne outbreaks. Dairy has natural animal hormones in them that are meant for their young, not for us. Therefore causing major health problems for many teens and adults that can be sensitive to them.

That's basically all of us. We are not meant to drink another species' breast milk. If you dwell on that thought, it's kinda weird to think about. Yummy! Another interesting fact is that early Caucasian people only started consuming dairy as a vitamin D supplement. Northern Europeans weren't getting enough sunlight because of where they lived. Most of us obviously don't have this issue because we get plenty of sun.

But stopping still bothered me, because I love my cheese! And I already gave up milk, substituting it for almond milk. I really didn't want to stop because I thought it would be too hard.

I finally gave into my curiosity because it was just too overwhelming. That, and I didn't want to live with acne any longer. I gave up all dairy, including cheese and butter. Substituting my butter with a really tasty organic vegetable spread called Earth Balance was easy. I can't even tell the difference with the taste. Giving up cheese was not as easy. I tried a soy cheese product first, but after looking closely at the ingredients found that it still had lactose (dairy) in it. So I just don't eat cheese at all anymore.

After a few weeks I noticed the difference! I just wasn't breaking out as often and after about a month of not eating dairy there was about a 80-90% improvement. I was very impressed and really couldn't believe that I had finally found the light at the end of the tunnel. It felt like a huge weight was lifted of my shoulders. Plus, it wasn't even that hard to change. I don't really miss it and I feel better because of it.

If you have similar problems, I highly recommend trying to cut the diary out. It help me immensely and I hope that it will do the same for you.

Other reasons to cut back or stop eating dairy:

Weight lose or other health issues - Dairy is fattening and contributes to obesity and other diseases. Ironically, it's linked to Osteoporosis despite all the advertising about "strong bones."

Animal cruelty - Most dairy cows owned by large factories are artificially inseminated, pumped with hormones, live on corn diets (not grass), and stay chained to their stalls. There are so many levels of "wrong" about treating animals like a product. I highly encourage you to do research about the farms you buy your animal products from.

Expensive - If you're not spending money on dairy, of course there will be a difference in the weekly grocery bill. But the real expenses come from the doctors/dermatologist visits and all the acne medicine you drop over the years. I have spent hundreds on the latter so far.  

Give it a try!

Worst case scenario if you give up dairy for a month:
Giving up dairy doesn't help in the least and you would be without some of the foods you enjoy.

Best case scenario if you give up dairy:
Acne and other health issue might be a thing of the past.

Cheers and happy living.
~Claudia

Tuesday, September 21

25 Questions Tag

 A cool tag from Jenny.


1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
"Peter wanted an idea of the"
(from The Lord of the Rings: The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring)

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can.
My home studio curtains!

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
I don’t have any TV stations, but the last TV show I watched was Leverage on Netflix.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is:
11:45am

5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
12:04pm, Not bad.

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
The fountains outside, and the Wii menu downstairs.

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
Took three big boxes to the recycle bin last night. Fun right!?

8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
My YouTube subscriptions. I like this channel: DermTVdotcom

9. What are you wearing?
An olive green V-neck shirt, bright red American Eagle pants, and warm black socks. :o I’m comfy!

10. Did you dream last night?
I’m sure I did, but I don’t remember. Sadness, I love remembering my dreams.

11. When did you last laugh?
Last night, when I was sitting on my cough, wrapped in my comforter, and had 3 throw pillows piled on my lap to prop up the iPad. It was pure silliness.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Nothing, I’m a minimalism.

13. Seen anything weird lately?
No, nothing comes to mind.

14. What do you think of this quiz?
Quiz? I didn’t know I was being tested! xD

15. What is the last film you saw?
In theaters, was Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
I don’t really buy a lot of things, (again the whole minimalist thing) but I would travel A LOT.

17. Tell me something about you that I don't know.
I walk everywhere when I can. It’s peaceful and good exercise.

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
I want pollution and excessive consumerism to go away.

19. Do you like to dance?
Yes, very much so! But I never go.

20. George Bush:
is…is…oh my…

21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
I don’t want children. But I would probably name her after my Mother.

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
NO KIDS for me thank you!

23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
No, probably not, because my home is here. But I want to travel all over for very long periods of time.

24. What do you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
“Did you know you’re a Vampire and can live forever? Go back to where you came.”

25. 4 people who must also do this meme in THEIR journal:
Anyone that wants to do this, please go ahead. Leave a link for me if you do! I would love to see them all.

Cheers,
~Claudia

Friday, September 10

The Kinnaree's Love


A commissioned work for Tiffany Namwong entitled:
“The Kinnaree's Love”

All characters property of Tiffany Namwong.
This image copyright © 2010 Claudia Sutton.
Please do not reproduce without permission.

Tuesday, September 7

FFXIV - Getting Started & Character Creation

So I have spent a few days now playing the FFXIV open beta and I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions of it thus far.

Getting everything set up was a big headache. Not only setting up the game, but having the space and the specs to even play. I did not have the best experience and I can see a lot of people really having a hard time with this. Without my knowledge for games and computers, (Or my partner's help for that matter) I don't think I would have figured it out. I guess Square Enix just assumed that the average consumer would be fine. Nope. 

Then trying to get into the beta was crazy. The website was always busy or down. I couldn't even play until the second day. Continuously trying around the clock to get a key. The experience was terrible. Hopefully this will help them improve in time for the real game.

After I was in, my opinions changed of course. I started playing with the character creator and I forgot about most of those previous hassles.

It was so much fun! I spent two days straight making characters and taking screenshots. I made sooooo many. As most of you might know, Akihiko Yoshida is the art director and I absolutely love his work. So playing with this diverse character creator was really fun and impressive. A character concept artist's dream!

So after hours of playing with creation, I settled on a character roughly based on my looks, or at least as close as I could get it with the assets provided.


Check out the screenshot of my character


Here are my stats:

Claarin Bunansa - Elezen - Wildwood female
Gridania - Rabanastre

Archer - 12th Sun of the 5th Astral Moon
Guardian - Nophica, the Matron


Overall, I'm having a blast and plan on playing as much as I can before it closes. After I experience a bit more of the game I'll write again. Until then, happy gaming, and let me know if you are playing!

Cheers,
~Claudia

Wednesday, September 1

Final Fantasy XIV

I'm very excited because I can finally check out this beta in a few minutes. Unfortunately, I couldn't do it any sooner because they wouldn't let people in games play the closed one. So I didn't even try.

Is anyone else going to be playing? If so, let me know what you think, and if you will be playing it when it comes out in a few weeks.

The only downside is that I'm scared to see how my PC handles the game. It's suppose to be a beast and I don't feel like upgrading any parts at the time being.


Anyway, go check it out if you haven't already. It will be fun!

xoxo
~Claudia

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