Thursday, 30 May 2013

Adulthood acne, bad breakouts?

There is no single cause of acne, and because of this, there is no sure way to avoid it or control it.

Acne is influenced by several factors, many of which are out of our control. But the way you treat your skin and look after your health does play an important role!

Adult acne is caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands.
Sebum clogs pores, which attract bacteria and become inflamed. For some adults, breakouts are a result of hypersensitivity or overproduction of androgens (male hormones). But an imbalance in both male and female hormones (estrogen) can also cause breakouts.
For women it can happen during pregnancy, premenopausal, and menopause stages.

Some medications, such as corticosteroids, and cosmetics contribute to the development of acne.

And last but not least. Your diet!!!  This is seriously huge. You may have a food allergy or intolerance you have not yet realised. So take note with the simple method of elimination.

The most common culprits are consuming to much fat, dairy products, caffeine, processed foods (because of preservatives and food colourings) & refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta

Also a recommendation of mine, that works for myself and also many others is high dosing of fish oil. 10,000mg a day in divides doses, after three weeks your skin will be soft and a lot less congested!

A few tips:

·      Check Your Hair and Skin Product, as they may be causing, blockages and reactions. Natural is better!
·      Adopt a Hands-Off Policy to prevent stimulating sebum pores and transferring bacteria
·      Avoid Over washing and Harsh Scrubs otherwise you will ruin your acid mantle or natural flora the skin that naturally fights against infections

Adult Hood acne can also be much more complicated than this so feel free to contact me for more information if you feel unsure about your causes.

Gabby xoxo

Oatmeal and gluten intolerance?

FACTS: Gluten intolerance

A little bit of information for those gluten intolerant people:) Hopefully concise and easy to understand!

What is gluten?: 
A substance present in cereal grains, esp. wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough, much like glue. It is a difficult protein for our bodies to digest and can cause shortening of villi in our intestinal track preventing nutrient absorption (just one disadvantage of how it hurts our bodies)

Oats do not naturally contain gluten, getting the gluten free ones ensure they haven't been contaminated if your highly allergic such as celiac disease, which causes things like chronic bloating and bleeding of the bowels. 

But!!! They do contain proteins called Prolamines, specifically the avenin protein. If your sensitive to Prolamine in wheat and other grains, it's highly likely that your body doesn't respond that well to oatmeal.

Prolamines that make up grains:

Wheat (gliadin)
Barley (hordein)
Rye (secalin)
Corn (zein)
Oats (avenin)

So note to self, if you are gluten free yet seem to be getting bloating, breakouts, dermatitis or eczema, and the list goes on! Try oat free as well:)

However, normally gluten intolerance is based on the quantity consumed. If  you don't exceed what is comfortable for your body you shouldn't get negative symptoms. Remember the saying to much of anything is bad for you... Well this strongly applies when it comes to gluten intolerance! Most of us eat way to much bread and cereal.

Gabby xoxo

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Sugar Free Products


I was raised to know that diet products were bad. I had a reasonable idea why, but it wasn't until I researched it for myself that I became fully aware of the effects.

I thought many people would know this, considering its the 21st century,although its surprising the amount of people using them still, or totally unaware of what they do

Do you consume diet products?
Drink Diet coke
Use sugar free gum?
Use sugar free cordials or syrups?
Do you know what you’re consuming?

Please take some time to look at these links.

27 minutes in is very interesting!


Friday, 14 December 2012

Healthy Raspberry Sorbet

Hey guys if your looking for a healthy alternate to ice-cream or sorbet over the summer period try this recipe. Its very easy and quick to make, while having next to no calories! You can add any type of frozen fruit, but I love berries. Also nuts or chocolate go nicely:) Enjoy

(Serves one person)

100g raspberries

85g of Chobani Plain non fat yoghurt

Stevia added to liking
(may use honey or maple syrup)

1. Add all ingredients into a blender, and Blend!!

2. Scoop into whatever container you wish and put into the freezer for a few minutes. This recipe must be made ready to eat, other wise freezing it for a long time makes it hard and it will turn into icy-pole.
Lucky its so quick to make!


Calories: 95
Fat: .5g
Carbohydrate: 10g
Protein: 9g

Topped with dark chocolate slithers 

Love Gabby xoxo

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Bacon and egg muffins

Bacon and Egg muffins

This recipe is so simple to make and tasty! Have one in a salad on a piece of toast or make a burger :)

(makes 6 muffins)

6 eggs

lean sliced bone ham, approxamatly 180g

Salt and Pepper

1/4 red onion sliced thin

Fresh herb/s, I used oregano 


1. Line medium muffin tray with ham slices making 6 cups for the egg

3. Divide sliced onion between cups

2. Crack eggs into the ham

3. Season with salt, pepper and herbs

4. Place in a pre heated oven on 175 degrees c for approximately 20-25 minutes or until egg is cooked to liking 

Macros per muffin:

Calories: 115
Carbohydrate: 1g
Protein: 13g
Fat: 8g

Love Gabby

Friday, 16 November 2012

Herb and Turkey Quinoa Muffins

Herb and Turkey Quinoa muffins

This recipe is absolutely delicious!!! You must try it! Not much to say other than its good and you won't regret making them.  :)

(Makes three large muffins)

30g of dried cranberries

60g of sliced Turkey Breast

60g of Grated zucchini

1 egg

2 cup of cooked quinoa (cook per packet instructions with stock)

60 mls of egg white

olive oil spray

ANY fresh herbs. I used rosemary and thyme

Sea Salt and pepper


1.     Pre heat over to 165 degrees c.

 2.     Combine all the ingredients together except turkey breast slices

3.     Spray muffin tin with olive oil

4.   Line large muffin tray with Turkey breast slices, about 20g in each cup

5.     Fill muffin tin with mixture

6.     Cook for approximately 20-25 minutes or until muffins have cooked through

7.     Loosen muffins while still hot. Let them slightly cool before removing them from tray

Macros per muffin

Protein: 13g
Fat: 4.6g
Dietary Fiber: 4g

love Gabby xoxox

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Turkey and Herb Pasta Bake

Turkey and Herb Pasta bake

Turkey and Herb Pasta Bake

This recipe is super good if you want pasta without all the calories and high in protein. I have been craving pasta lately, and was slightly disheartened coming to terms with not being able to eat it, only because I’m a health nut and want to reach personal goals. Those goals most certainly do not involve pasta:(

Sooo.. Slim Pasta, I don’t know if you’ve heard the slim pasta craze, and personally I’m not really a fan. The first time I made it, the bin ended up taking most of it! So I decided to make a bake, full of turkey mice and flavour, to help hide the fact it really tastes like bland noodles. After making this and eating it, I’m well impressed it’s not too bad.

 Most of my recipes are in the healthy category, so don’t eat this thinking it actually tastes like pasta, its more like noodles. Give it a go and let me know what you think...It does tastes pretty :)If you cook anything with fresh herbs, its amazing how good things taste!

(Serves 4)

 1 packet of Slim pasta

500g of Turkey mince

1 large roma tomato 

50g leggos tomato paste. I used leggos pizza sauce because I didn’t have normal. Works the same, just extra herbs added

2 eggs

60g mozzarella

Fresh herbs. Use any you like. I used thyme, rosemary and oregano

3 cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon of olive oil


1.     Add olive oil to heated pan

2.     Add garlic and herbs. Sauté until fragrant

3.     Add diced tomato, sauté further. (Add small amounts of water to deglaze if the pan starts to burn or ingredients start to stick)

4.     Add tomato sauce and combine all ingredients

5.     Add 4 tbs of water to deglaze the pan and help paste mix through properly

6.     Add turkey mince and cook

7.     Boil kettle and pour hot water over pasta for a few minutes

8.     Drain pasta and add to baking dish

9.     Wisk 2 eggs and pour over top of pasta. Make sure egg mix covers pasta properly

10. Add mince over the top and spread out evenly

11. Add mozzarella on top of mince

12. Bake for 20 min in a pre heated oven on 170 degrees, or until egg is cooked.

Macros per server:

Calories: 319 
(290 if cooking without oil)
Protein: 30g
Carbohydrate: 3.75g
Fat: 21.5g
Sugar: 3g

Size of actual serving

Love Gabby xoxo