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About Diamond Grant

Diamond Grant is passionate follower of Christ with a deep love for writing. After rededicating her life to Christ during her college years, Diamond became an advocate for women pursuing mental, emotional, and physical health/wellness. When she is not busy being a homeschooling mama to her son or mentoring women on the road to healing, you can find her with a stack of books and a journal nearby ready to take notes.
  • I’ve had problems with clear skin since puberty. Not the annoying pimple that shows up once a blue moon. I mean real skin problems, you know, the massive oil production, whiteheads, and of course, the picture day favorite—acne. After battling with it for well over a decade, and trying every product and solution known to […]

    4 Simple Habits for Brighter, Healthier Skin

    I’ve had problems with clear skin since puberty. Not the annoying pimple that shows up once a blue moon. I mean real skin problems, you know, the massive oil production, whiteheads, and of course, the picture day favorite—acne. After battling with it for well over a decade, and trying every product and solution known to man, I’ve finally figured out what works. It turned out to be some relatively, simple lifestyle changes that produced the most positive results. So, if you’re struggling with skin problems, or simply want to enhance your skincare routine, these four tips will do the trick!

     

    1. Monitor Your Diet

    The food I ate accounted for approximately 50% of all my skin problems. It may sound crazy, but it’s true. It took being diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, and a subsequent decision to remove dairy from my diet and limit sodium intake, that helped me realize how detrimental my diet was to having healthy skin. As soon as I removed those two things from my diet, my skin became clearer, literally in a matter of weeks.

    Here’s what I learned: dairy products can prompt the release of hormones that can contribute to acne. Additionally, consuming too much salt can dehydrate the skin and lead to swelling that makes acne harder to heal. I am not saying you have to give up your pizza and potato chips, but I am saying that keeping an eye on how much you consume may help you get to the root of the issue.

     

    2. Maintain Hydration

    Along those same lines of watching what you eat, it’s also beneficial to ensure you consume an adequate amount of water on a daily basis. Water helps the body produce new red blood cells which enable oxygen circulation within the body, the key component in flushing out toxins. If you aren’t getting enough water, those toxins remain within you, which causes and increases breakouts. Lack of sufficient hydration also makes the skin look dry and dull, since water rejuvenates skin cells. Do your best to get the recommended 6-8 glasses of water each day to keep your skin free from breakouts and glowing.

     

    3. Avoid Touching Your Face

    I hate to break it to you ladies, but your hands carry a lot more bacteria than you’d think. Consider the amount of objects you touch throughout the day that hundreds of other people touch without washing their hands. Now think about how many times throughout the day you usually touch your face. Every time we touch our face, we are exposing our skin to the bacteria from everything we’ve touched throughout the day. That’s every door handle, tabletop, dollar bill, keyboard, and handshake. The less we touch our faces throughout the day, the less buildup of dirt and bacteria on your skin. It’s also good to develop a hands-off policy when it comes to our blemishes. As tempting as it is to squeeze and pop those irritants, it just aggravates the skin even more.

     

    4. Develop a Skincare Routine

    The most important factor to clear skin is consistency. This means taking the time to wash, tone, and moisturize your skin every morning you wake and and every night before going to bed. This also means remembering to remove your makeup every evening. Trust me, ladies, repetition is essential and proactive. Consistency helps eliminate flare-ups and breakouts. It ensures your skin is clean, has time to breathe, and is cared for in a way that supports skin clarity. That extra five minutes might seem like an inconvenience now, but your skin will thank you. reflect your positive efforts.

     

    And there you have it, ladies. Simple lifestyle changes that can lead to fewer breakouts, clearer skin, a more radiant glow. And remember, ladies, we all have good days and off days. No matter how your skin looks or how you feel, you’re still beautiful. We are created in the image and likeness of our Lord [Genesis 1:26]. Don’t allow anyone to tell you otherwise!

    “I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvellous are Your works are wonderful, and that my soul knows very well.”  [Psalms 139:14]

     

     

    *Hero image Photo by Fernanda Latronico from Pexels

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  • Ladies, it’s official- I am going vegan. This decision has been a long time coming. For about 2 years I have flirted with the idea, but in recent months as I’ve battled some personal health struggles I decided I didn’t want my diet to be a contributing factor. So now I am fully committing to […]

    A Beginner’s Guide to Going Vegan

    Ladies, it’s official- I am going vegan. This decision has been a long time coming. For about 2 years I have flirted with the idea, but in recent months as I’ve battled some personal health struggles I decided I didn’t want my diet to be a contributing factor. So now I am fully committing to going vegan. I often meet people who tell me they too want to go vegan and I am frequently met with questions as to how I am going about the process. So, I have compiled my top tips for making the switch so you can increase your chances of success.

    1.Define Your Why. Defining your why matters so much when making the switch to vegan eating because you need a motivating factor to keep you committed to the cause. There will be times when you find it hard to stick to this lifestyle, and you need to tap into your ultimate why so you stay on track.

    My personal why is two-fold. First, improved health. I battle with a chronic illness called Fibromyalgia, and it can flair-up when I eat certain foods or foods with certain ingredients. It started becoming clear that a few minutes of good tasting food wasn’t worth the days I’d spend in pain and barely able to move afterward.

    Second, my son is essentially a vegan by default. He has seven of the eight major food allergies, and it was becoming too tedious to prepare a separate meal for him and myself. It just made more sense to prepare one meal that was safe for both of us and that we both could enjoy.

    2.Do Your Research. I am a self-proclaimed research junkie. When I want to know something, I dig deep and I mean really deep. It was no different when I decided to go vegan. I started off researching the health aspect of veganism. I wanted to understand any pros or cons of vegan eating and how I could get protein in my diet in the absence of eating meat.

    I also spent a lot of time researching vegan products. I wanted to know what kinds of products were on the market, where I could find them and how much they would cost.

    The last area I researched extensively was vegan recipes. There are some meals I knew I wouldn’t be able to give up easily (i.e. all things Italian). Realizing that I could recreate dishes or flavors and still stay vegan came as a great relief.

    The myth was busted that going vegan meant a bland dietary life, and I was excited to recreate meals that I enjoyed in a way that wouldn’t be toxic to my body. Yes, you can have vegan pizza and lasagna that tastes amazing!

    3.Transition Gradually. Some people have the ability to go cold-turkey and immediately switch over to vegan eating, never to eat an animal product again. After 4 failed attempts over two years, I discovered that I am not one of those people. What I found to be more successful was
    cutting one or two items from my diet at a time.

    I started with dairy because in my research I realized it was probably one of my biggest triggers and because I figured it would be the hardest for me to separate from. If the Italian in me could go without dairy, then veganism would be a breeze.

    First, after trying a lot of options, I found and fell in love with flax milk. Next, I switched over to vegan butter and vegan mayonnaise. Then coconut milk yogurt, almond milk coffee creamer, and coconut milk whipped cream. I opted to give up ice cream in favor of sorbet. And finally, the cheese. After trying dozens of brands I found 2- 3 vegan cheese brands that I like and use frequently when cooking, making sandwiches, and baking.

    Once I conquered dairy, I moved onto other areas one product at a time until all non-vegan products were out of my diet.

    4.Get Support. Chances are you don’t know many people who are vegan. While there are certainly people who can go it alone, the chances of success are increased when you have a support system. In my case, no one in my immediate family or friend circle is vegan. However, I have developed an online community that makes me feel like I am not alone on my vegan journey. A quick Facebook search for vegan groups in your area is a good starting place.

    Personally, I have found some great vegan blogs that I go to for recipes. I’ve also cultivated a couple of virtual friendships by searching Instagram for vegan accounts and reaching out with questions or insights. This has given me people I can ask questions and just vent to a little when the vegan struggle gets real.

    5.Tell Your Circle. You may be wondering why you should tell people you are going vegan. I too didn’t think it was necessary until I got invited out to a birthday celebration dinner and found that the only thing on the menu I could consume was water and a fruit bowl. While your friends and family may not be ready to go vegan, they should want to support you in your efforts to do so.

    My friends and family always try to have vegan options available for me if they’re hosting an event at their home and if not, I’m always given the option to bring something myself. If we are going out somewhere together, they give me a heads up so I can scope the menu beforehand. And now there is no longer the awkwardness of them offering me something I cannot eat. It makes life easier and less uncomfortable for all of us.

    6. Attitude Is Everything. There is a saying that says, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. When it comes to transitioning to vegan eating, that’s not quite true. When going vegan, how you start is how you finish. If you begin your vegan journey believing that the transition will be challenging and that eating vegan will be boring and bland, then you are essentially setting yourself up to fail. However, if you have great expectations and a positive attitude, you will set the tone for your success.

    So there you have it ladies! With these tips you can jump start your vegan journey. Remember, you can do this! Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have and stay tuned for more vegan inspired articles coming soon!

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  • It’s probably safe to assume that most of us want to eat healthier, yet things like time and money often prevent us from doing so. While certain foods may be hard to give up cold turkey,, there are some amazing foods and herbs you can eat each day to build a healthy diet.   Blueberries […]

    5 Foods to Jumpstart a Healthy Diet

    It’s probably safe to assume that most of us want to eat healthier, yet things like time and money often prevent us from doing so. While certain foods may be hard to give up cold turkey,, there are some amazing foods and herbs you can eat each day to build a healthy diet.

     

    Blueberries

    Blueberries are considered a superfood, meaning they are rich in nutrients that make them beneficial to overall health. Blueberries are considered one of the most nutrient dense berries, with a cup containing about 4 grams of fiber, 24% the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, 25% the daily recommended intake of Manganese, and 36% the daily recommended intake of Vitamin K. Additionally, blueberries are packed with antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals. And if that’s not enough to excite you, blueberries are about 85% water and only have 84 calories per cup. So you can basically binge eat a batch of blueberries with no shame.

     

    Ginger

    Ginger has easily become one of my favorite kitchen ingredients. I literally try to incorporate ginger (preferably fresh) into every meal I cook. Gingerol, the primary bioactive compound in ginger, gives it powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger is also great for digestion because it speeds up the emptying of the stomach, which combats chronic indigestion. Many people also rely on ginger for its effectiveness in easing nausea.

     

    Kale

    Kale is another one of those superfoods that is among the most nutrient dense foods in existence. Just a single cup of raw kale contains more than 100% the recommended daily intake of Vitamins A, C, and K, 26% the recommended daily intake of Manganese, and between 6-10% the daily recommended intake of Vitamin B6, Calcium, Copper, Potassium, and Magnesium. Many people don’t know that kale also contains antioxidants such as Quercetin and Kaempferol, which have powerful anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and even antidepressant properties.A cup of raw kale only has 33 calories, 3 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber.  

     

    Turmeric

    Turmeric is comprised of compounds called curcuminoids, with the most notable being curcumin, which is the primary ingredient in tumeric. Curcumin has been linked to improved brain function, decreased risk of brain disease, and decreased risk of heart disease. Curcumin is also praised for its anti-inflammatory benefits, which makes is a powerful aid for chronic pain conditions like arthritis.

     

    Quinoa

    Quinoa is one of very few foods that contains all nine of the essential amino acids. It carries  8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and more than 15% the recommended daily intake of Iron, Folate, Magnesium, and Manganese. Quinoa has some of the same anti-inflammatory properties as kale because of the Quercetin and Kaempferol. An added benefit for people who deal with gluten allergies or intolerance, since quinoa is gluten-free.

    Start with just one item on this list and substitute it for something you currently eat. A great way to start is by substituting quinoa for white rice or swapping potato chips for kale chips. You may not be ready to give up the sweets and salt cravings, but adding these foods, herbs, and spices to your diet one day at a time are sure to boost your energy and overall well-being.

    Your body will thank you!

     

     

    Reference: healthline.com

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  • The Fab Five: 5 Exercises to Help You Get a Great Workout in 5 Minutes or Less All of us want to look and feel our best selves physically, but it’s safe to say that most of us don’t have a massive amount of time to commit to working out. Between work life, home life, […]

    FAB FIVE: 5 EXERCISES FOR A GREAT WORKOUT IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS

    The Fab Five: 5 Exercises to Help You Get a Great Workout in 5 Minutes or Less

    All of us want to look and feel our best selves physically, but it’s safe to say that most of us don’t have a massive amount of time to commit to working out. Between work life, home life, church life, and whatever social life you have left after all of that, finding the room to squeeze in a good workout can be challenging. However, it is not impossible. There are exercises you can do for just a few minutes that will give your metabolism a jumpstart, give your heart rate a good boost, burn some calories and help you strengthen your body. Let’s get into this!

    Plank

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    The plank is one of those deceptively easy exercises because it only requires that you stay in one position for the duration of the exercise. But after about 1 minute, the plank easily becomes my least favorite exercise. What is great about planking is that it’s a whole body workout with a primary focus on your core (abdomen). A strong core is a key to a strong body, and just a few minutes of this exercise will give your core, arms, and legs a good burn.

    Deadlift

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    The deadlift is another powerhouse exercise because every major muscle group is activated when performing this exercise. Yep, every single one. And if that wasn’t reason enough to get off the couch and get moving, it turns out that lifting weights and resistance training can actually help you lose weight because it boosts your metabolism and burns calories even after you’ve finished the exercise. Plus, deadlifts tend to be a pretty simple and pretty safe exercise for most people which makes it easy to do and minimizes the risk of injury.

    Burpees

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    If you’re anything like me you didn’t get excited to see the word Burpees in this list. Truth be told, burpees are my least favorite exercise on the planet. There, I said it. Why do I dislike them so much? For all the same reasons that the exercise is really good for you. For starters, burpees are a full body workout. Only a few reps in and every part of your body will be feeling it, but it’s a great exercise for targeting more than one muscle group at a time. Burpees are also pretty intense. If you are looking for an exercise that will get your heart rate up into the optimal target zone for maximum calorie burn, burpees are for you. That intensity also makes burpees a great metabolism kick-starter and calorie-burning exercise.

    Jumping Rope

    If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed I have a thing for full-body workouts. Why not get more bang for your buck? Or I guess, more bang for your sweat and effort in this case. So it should come as no surprise that jumping rope also falls into that category. Another huge benefit of jumping rope is that it burns more calories per minute than running and boosts cardiovascular levels. Plus, it helps to improve flexibility, rhythm, and muscle tone. You don’t even need a real jump rope to get the benefits. The simple act of pretending to jump rope will do the trick just the same.

    Mountain Climbers

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    Last but certainly not least, we have mountain climbers. This hardcore exercise is right up there with burpees if you ask me, but they’re on this list because they are awesome (for your body that is). This full body exercise is especially beneficial for strengthening legs and core muscles. Plus, the non-stop movement of your legs gets your heart rate up and your metabolism revving.

    There you have it ladies- The Fab 5. These exercises will burn mega-calories, jumpstart your metabolism, and tone/ strengthen your whole body. What I love most about all of these exercises is that you can do them pretty much anywhere, no gym or equipment needed. Pick one or two of the exercises on this list and do them non-stop for one or two minutes right when you wake up or just before you get in the shower. Or challenge yourself and do each exercise on this list for 60 seconds each. Talk about a workout- you’ll be a bit tired and perhaps a little sore immediately after, but your body and mind will thank you.

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