1. After dealing with them for years, the “chicken skin” bumps on the back of my arms have completely disappeared.
The medical term for these bumps is keratosis pilaris, and while it’s a pretty common skin condition, it can be difficult to get rid of. Oddly enough, I think I have my pregnancy to thank for my improved skin, because I became diligent with a whole-body skin care routine in the hopes of preventing stretch marks.
My skin care routine is pretty simple–> I dry brush my entire body before getting in the shower, and then generously apply coconut oil to my skin while it’s still soaking wet, even before toweling off, so the moisture is locked-in. After doing this consistently for a month, I noticed the bumps on the back of my arms and the top of my thighs have completely disappeared! This is obviously not the most scientific method to figuring out a “cure” for this skin condition, since my pregnancy hormones or supplements may have also had an impact, but I plan on keeping up this routine long after my pregnancy is over. I love having such soft and smooth skin!
2. If you ever have to take an iron supplement, this one tastes surprisingly delicious.
My doctor asked me to add an iron supplement to my diet, since my little one seems to be stealing my body’s usual supply, so I opted to try this Floradix liquid iron supplement. Because it’s in liquid-form, this vegetarian supplement is easily absorbed and avoids the additives and preservatives found in capsules. I also think it tastes great, despite the slight metallic after-taste.
3. After grinding my own buckwheat flour for months, I decided to try a store-bought version to compare.
The two cookies pictured above were made using the exact SAME recipe. Crazy, right?
The one on the left is the version I made with my homemade buckwheat flour (using raw buckwheat groats) and the version on the right is made with Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Buckwheat flour. As you can see, the store-bought version is pretty different, even though both flours are made from only buckwheat! I have to say, I prefer the flavor of the home-ground buckwheat flour more than the store-bought version, but it is definitely more convenient to just pick up a bag of flour at the store.
I look forward to experimenting with this seed-based flour more in the future!
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