The Happiness Project no. 1 // Food Matters

Happy 2016 friends!

Year after year, people all around the world make countless New Year’s resolutions; whether they are to live a healthier lifestyle, exercise more, be more inspired, or more organized, and the list goes on…

But if we really think about the end goal of a New Year’s resolution, the theme seems to simply be happiness. Because everyone (or at least the vast majority of us) just want to be happy in this life.  And there’s no problem with setting extreme goals for yourself, like going to the gym everyday, but such resolutions are not entirely necessary (or practical).

I’ve decided to create a series called The Happiness Project, beginning this month (January), and hopefully continuing until the end of 2016. In this series of blog posts, I will talk about a variety of topics; including relaxation tips, DIY’s, how to use your time effectively and how to be more confident (just to name a few). My end goal of this project is to inspire you, my reader, by thinking outside of the box and hopefully encouraging more happiness all around!

I know this introduction is getting a bit lengthy, but please bare with me.. The reason I decided to start The Happiness Project at this time is because my spirits have been feeling a bit blue lately with the depths of winter upon us and school in full swing. Especially these last few days, on the return from a great winter break, I feel myself quickly slipping into a colorless trance, where creativity is scarce. My soul is yearning for sunshine and summertime, but my mind and body are stuck in a valley of fog, and what seems like eternal school work that clouds my thoughts. But, all thanks to our God, I was able to come up with this project that will hopefully lift my gloomy spirits and help spark some inspiration in you as well (especially if you can relate to the way this January is making me feel).

With no further blabbering, I present to you my first topic in The Happiness Project

Food matters

For months now, I have wanted to eat a clean diet, cutting out unnecessary sugar and carbohydrates; but I just couldn’t bring myself to make such a large lifestyle change. However, when my unclear skin began quickly progressing and becoming a large hinderance to both my confidence and my happiness, I couldn’t wait another second to try out my last hope of clear skin without using harsh medications. I made the choice to eat a gluten, sugar and dairy-free diet, and let me tell you, I could’t be happier!

Why people with acne-prone skin shouldn’t eat gluten, dairy and sugar-

Sugar is made of two simpler sugars that are stuck together: fructose and glucose. Sugar is one of the worst things you can consume when you’re struggling with acne because of the fructose that it contains, which literally feeds the bacteria that a pimple is made of. This causes an extreme increase of pimple production and growth.

On the other hand, gluten acts as a gut inflammatory substance when it’s consumed, meaning that it causes an increase of bacteria growth and build-up in the body, and at times it’s nasty qualities are reflected onto the skin which make for unpleasant irritation and pimple growth.

And last but not least, dairy should not be consumed when dealing with acne because of the high levels of hormones that are found in animal bi-products, such as cheese, milk, yogurt and cream. In one’s body, these hormones, such as estrogen, throw our own natural hormones off balance by giving us more of that hormone than we need. The hormones in dairy have been known to increase growth of body parts, such as breasts, on both women and men, and boost the production of acne, along with many other bad effects on the human body.

My experience

I have been eating this way for one week so far (I know, not very long), and have already seen drastic results. My skin, during a time of near desperation, and finding absolutely nothing to help it, has finally began to look drastically clearer with much less production of acne. In addition to healthier looking skin, my digestive system has also found this new diet to be soothing, decreasing occasional tummy aches and the feeling of being overly-full.

Of course, before cutting these foods out of my diet, I was hesitant for the reason that it would be hard, or tempting, to resist them. But, I was entirely mistaken, and so far I’ve had no problems staying away from gluten, sugar and dairy products. Instead, I feel better than ever, and I’m never left with the gross (almost guilty) feeling I used to get after eating crap-filled foods. If you’re contemplating going for a cleaner diet, I can only encourage you, and say that there are countless benefits from changing something so minor in the scheme of life.

Throughout my experience of eating clean so far, I have to say that one of the biggest things I’ve come to learn is that my happiness should not rely on food at all. Before I made the switch, I was heavily reliant on processed or sugary foods to make me feel satisfied as a person, but now I’m happy to say that I am starting to find my joy in places other than my dessert! It sounds funny, but it is important that we don’t find too much enjoyment from our food, because I want my happiness to come from God, not some materialistic thing that pollutes my body which I was kindly given by my creator.

(I will be doing weekly updates on the progress of my skin and health after being on my diet for a longer amount of time!)

Suggested alternative snacks

  1. Chips (or veggie sticks) and hummus

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2. Trail mix (preferably without chocolate)

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3. Banana chips (preferably cooked in coconut oil)

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4. Kind Bars

 

I hope you all enjoyed my first post in The Happiness Project series! Maybe you found it to be helpful or educational to you. I would love to know what you thought of it, if you’re now considering cutting one, or all, of these things out of your diet? Or what remedies have worked to clear your acne if you struggle/struggled like I do? I’m always looking for new things to try! And if you have any questions, be sure to leave them down below!

Thank you, love all. love Madeline.

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I was not sponsored to make this blog post.

Contrasting Textures.

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all survived since Mondays are sometimes not so fun.

I first want to start by saying I hope you are all looking forward to Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it), because I know I sure am! Thanksgiving is surely my second favorite holiday of the year, following Christmas. I love looking forward to precious family time, yummy, home-cooked food, and the warm feeling of the holiday season. What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?

…. When I woke up later then I had planned to today, I quickly racked my brain for a classy, yet grunge outfit that was easy to throw on in a pinch. Luckily, my tired brain was able to function early this morning and I came up with this all black, contrasting textures, entirely vintage, look. Although, from a distance, it may seem very simple, being that it is all the same color: black, when you take a closer look you will find that the different textures, such as angora wool, denim, cable knit and leather come together nicely to create a more interesting and sophisticated feel.

At times, when all black is paired together, it may relay almost a goth-like vibe, however, since I sported a soft turtle neck sweater with fashion forward lace-up boots and a trendy button-down denim dress (in which I styled to replicate a skirt), the look is transformed into something much more edgy.

I decided to put my hair into a simple half ponytail in order to keep it out of my face. I kept my makeup very neutral, as I do most days, with bold brows, a hint of bronzer in my crease and natural mascara.

If you choose to replicate this look, I would love if you would send me a picture (Instagram listed below). Thank you for reading. I am so thankful for you! I want to know what all of you are thankful for, so please leave me a comment below!

Love all. Love Madeline.

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Sunshine + Spring Vibes.

The sunshine was lovely today.

Not everything about this day was great, but the sun put a smile on my face.

I decided to welcome the approaching return of spring with a floral dress and my statement Docs. And I felt confident in what I was wearing today, not one time did I regret my outfit choices. Since the air is still slightly brisk I threw on an oversized caridgan, a pair of tights/leggings, and called it perfect.

Yes, my hair fashioned in corn rows once again, a style that I cannot get enough of. What did you sport today? I would love to know.

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Hope you all enjoyed my slice of sunshine and energy. I’d love to interact more with my readers; please leave your twitter and instagram handles below so I can see what you guys are up to! Or we can just chat in the comment section. Love all. Love Madeline. xoxo

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vintage inspiration.

this outfit explains just how much I love vintage clothing. although one piece is barely used, it was still not bought new, so let’s just pretend it goes well with the “vintage” look. and the cardigan is currently available on my Etsy shop for your convenience! I decided to dress up a little today when my friend and I walked around our small downtown valley while sipping milky matcha tea. hope you enjoy. love all. love Madeline. xoxo

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Top: vintage floral button down tank top cut from a romper.
Jeans: used Jasonwood embroidered.
Cardigan: Vintage Cherokee
FOR SALE ON MY ETSY SHOP here
https://www.etsy.com/listing/213433473/cherokee-sweater-80s-sweater-tribal?
Shoes: Vintage 90’s

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Instagram fanatic.

my love for Instagram (a personal gallery of my life and art) began around 3 years ago. I have loved it wholeheartedly ever since and don’t go one week without posting something new. I love the idea of “a life through pictures”, you don’t have to be famous or “cool” or have a lot of friends. all you have to do is post whatever you like, whether is be art, hobbies, selfies or even food. I’m a complete advocate for the popular app and I know most of you probably are too. usually I don’t self promote, but I work really hard on each image and I think you would like my page. I post my hobbies, my adventures and obviously a few selfies here and there.

If you want to follow me or like some pictures of mine: Instagram.com/Madeline.explored

a collection of some of my favorite pictures…

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I hope you like some of my work, and if you do you could always give me a follow or just a like.
If any of you have Instagram accounts that you’re proud of and want me to see, leave your handle (your @) down below and I will follow everyone!
as always, thank you for reading my blog, it’s much appreciated and I hope you enjoyed what I had to say.

Once again, my personal account (where all these pictures came from): Instagram.com/Madeline.explored

My business account (where I post fashion/beauty/for sale items): Instagram.com/moodymaddielynn

a sweet follow.

from the mere months I have been apart of the wordpress community I haven’t come across too many blogs that I thoroughly enjoy, but Life Love Lindsey is a truly wonderful read. she posts very frequently and never fails to either educate me or put a smile on my face. she posts about fashion, beauty and lifestyle, much like my blog. go give her a follow and indulge in a great fellow blogger.

Her Blog: http://lifelovelindsey.wordpress.com/

A few of my favorite posts of her’s: Screen shot 2015-01-07 at 9.53.36 PM

http://lifelovelindsey.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/fashion-favorites-2/

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http://lifelovelindsey.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/chai-tea-obsession/

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http://lifelovelindsey.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/hair-color-red-lips-weekend-fun/

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I hope you enjoy her as much as I do, go give her some love!

oregon snow.

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a day on the mountain was much needed. since mount Ashland didn’t have enough snow to open last year, I was unable to get my boarding in. funny thing is each year I start off not knowing how to ride as good as the year before. but with some integrity and perseverance I found my way back to my old skills (lol) and conquered the mountain in the short time I was given. the best part were the views and photos I was able to take.
do something out of your comfort zone this winter. love all. love Madeline. xoxo

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friends in far-off places.

I can’t express the gratefulness my heart feels when I am granted love, not only from my small community, but from a far away place. my friend who lives in Hawaii was gracious enough to send a hawaiian snacks/candy care package to me in Oregon. it is so special to me since I’m unable to go to my local grocery store and buy the same items. I will shortly be sending her a care package from little old Oregon soon.
share love, from state to state.
love all. love Madeline. xoxo

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soothing soup.

there’s nothing like a hot bowl of ramen (yes, raw-men) to sooth the ever-desiring soul. happy new year’s, thank you for a wonderful few months!
p.s. this creation is straight from the magical kitchen of Toshi’s in Eugene, Oregon. close to my home and most definitely close to my heart.

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and the miso butter is my personal favorite.