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well, i'm not "clear" anymore! these huge zits by my chin/mouth are still there. i haven't eaten anything off my diet either so i know it's from stress. last week was all about panic attacks so i guess it would make sense i erupt now.

they aren't the typical pimples i get. they don't easily get the white head formed and are pop able [which i don't do].

i really want to have cereal for breakfast because it's so fast, easy and filling for me but to find a LOW glycemic index and gluten free cereal is something i can't find. rice chex is 127 on the scale and that's way too high.

the dr. perricone diet says no rice products which is like 90% of gluten free products. i can use quinoa for pasta instead of the rice noodles and get rid of the wheat/flour free tortillas. i'm sure they are high on the index also.

weird how rice chex is 127 and rice bran is only 27. perky's cereal

this looks ok but it's 4 bucks a box.

i also realized the burt bee's radiance serum has sodium cholride in it which is 5 on pore clogging ingredients. some sites says it doesn't clog pores but the list says it does. i'll use it on my forehead and if i notice any break outs i might use it else where but i doubt it.

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i did my monthly budget and i'll be able to spend more on groceries this month. last month i wasn't able to buy fruits or anything else i wanted. i've been living off bean and cheese tortillas! ha.

i'm going to try and make gluten free pancakes (GF baking flour, eggs, soy milk)

i know the pancakes are going to taste really plain so hopefully i can find some stuff to put in it. all i can think of are nuts since those are cheap and some cinnamon. i want to use maple syrup but that's a no no on the food list.

i also want to try GF chocolate chip cookies or GF brownie mix but that might have too much chocolate/sugar in it for my liking.

i found an old grocery receipt from NOVEMBER 2006:

Cocoa Mix

Miracle Whip (i used to eat this plain on bread. lol)

Poptart Smores (I miss these the most)

Silk Soy Milk

Oranges

Dole Fruit Juices

Lemonade

Frozen Dinners

Freschetta Pizza (Yikes!)

Drumsticks Vanilla Ice Cream (Ugh)

White Wonder Bread

The only good thing I see on that list is the soy milk. Otherwise I haven't put any of those items back into my diet, even the juice.

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My acne is also food related. A few years ago I refused to eat veggies and if I'd eat fruits I'd pour sugar all over them. I worked at 2 movie theaters and ate their popcorn with extra butter and extra salt ALL the time. I seriously was on a strict junk food diet for the most part(chips, cookies, and snack foods I could find) and when I wanted to eat healthy I'd fry up some chicken. Everything I ate was overly processed. About 7 months ago I completely cleaned up my act (no meat, dairy, sugar, or anything processed. I'm planning on giving up gluten, wheat, and corn as well.) I found that juice fasting has helped immensely, especially to slow oil production. I've also read that water fasting does wonders, as it restores cell and rejuvenates the body. I'm on day 2 of a 5 day juice fast, and will immediately follow with a 5 day water fast, immediately followed with another 5 day juice fast. Then it's just raw foods for a bit. Good luck to all of you!

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My acne is also food related. A few years ago I refused to eat veggies and if I'd eat fruits I'd pour sugar all over them. I worked at 2 movie theaters and ate their popcorn with extra butter and extra salt ALL the time. I seriously was on a strict junk food diet for the most part(chips, cookies, and snack foods I could find) and when I wanted to eat healthy I'd fry up some chicken. Everything I ate was overly processed. About 7 months ago I completely cleaned up my act (no meat, dairy, sugar, or anything processed. I'm planning on giving up gluten, wheat, and corn as well.) I found that juice fasting has helped immensely, especially to slow oil production. I've also read that water fasting does wonders, as it restores cell and rejuvenates the body. I'm on day 2 of a 5 day juice fast, and will immediately follow with a 5 day water fast, immediately followed with another 5 day juice fast. Then it's just raw foods for a bit. Good luck to all of you!

i can neverrr do a fast. or would i ever want to. i don't see how it is any different then being anorexic.

i don't have enough will power to do fasts lol. plus i'm thin enough and can't risk losing weight by them.

how is your energy during all this?

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ALERT ALERT ALERT

I ATE A SNICKERS BAR! OH MY GOSH!!!!

sarcasm.

But I really did have a snickers. I knew the mall's foot court would be full of sodium [like the pizza, chinese, japanese food] and just nastier things than a snickers bar so i had that instead.

i heard/read somewhere that a snickers bar is the best ratio of fat and protein.. i think.

it tasted so sweet but not in a good way. it was overly sweet and i haven't had sugar in a long time that was artificial.

my dad even said that my diet didn't have any sugar in it. i haven't had fruit in awhile because of their prices.

this isn't really about my acne but i have realized that i am getting too thin. when i was shopping at the mall the other day i looked in the mirror and i was sickened at how my face is looking gaunt and my legs are sticks. you could probably stick a couple books between them. i know i'm 120-122 and that's a normal weight for me for the past year and i'm 5'7''.

idk, i know that you shouldn't binge eat or it can affect your acne so unless i eat high fat foods i don't know how to gain weight the healthy way.

i'm going to start making green smoothies again. i also bought gluten free pancakes, gluten free chocolate chip mix :shhh: so that should be an interesting change.

my face is SO dry. putting making up on is useless because i think my skin looks better without the cakey mineral makeup. now that's when you know your makeup/skin sucks!

i bought some DMAE pills and rose water. I plan on getting Jojoba oil.

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DO NOT TAKE DMAE.

i read about how it can worsen depression and one day after taking it i felt completely in the dumps that it even scared me. the next day i was somewhat better.

yikes.

that was a let down seeing how i had high hopes for it.

the rose water isn't what i expected. it doesn't work any better than an astringent i use. plus it smells exactly like cheap, nasty, barbie perfume i remember having as a kid. lol, don't ask.

i got the jojoba in the mail today and it went on smoothly. i agree with everyone that says the packaging sucks. i'll have to think of a better bottle to transfer it to. maybe something with a pump?

i got my peel in the mail. oh my gosh, i was pissed getting it. i basically got scammed and only received a 1/4 oz [it's the size of half my thumb]. but it was 10 dollars all together so whatever.

still a little weary of it too. i'll have to wait till after these break outs go away. i do not have high hopes in the peel though.

i feel like i'm back at square one when it comes to diet. ugh.

i started eating completely different in july. the foods i will always stick to:

qiona pasta

tuna fish sandwiches

bean, cheese tortillas

salmon + vegetable

cereal

nuts

that's all i can think of! i even have the dr. perricone book that i got all my information from in front of me but still can't see anything in there i can imagine eating everyday.

i might try chicken but that's expensive for me.

:doh:

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whoever said to only ice pimples can.. go jump off a cliff. i was never able to stop the clear ooze that came out of popped pimples until i tried a hot towel over it. icing it for a longer time did nothing.

ugh.

i have these weird pin sized pimples on my chin all trickling down which is kinda funny. they were on the verge of popping on their own or did so i had to finish it up. i hate popping pimples and rarely do it. i think those are from blankets hitting my face which happens a lot.

i'm cutting nuts and eggs out of my diet. oh and i lost 6 pounds. bad thing is i'm the last person who needs to lose weight. i'm now 117 and 5'7''. gross.

i'm just not hungry anymore.

something must be up because i don't have the urge to bite my nails. last time that happened i was clear for a long time. maybe it's a sign.

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http://drbenkim.com/articles-acne.html

this is basically what i follow. if you search acne on the site it has more info.

1. Avoid the worst triggers of acne; pasteurized dairy products, fried and deep-fried foods, hydrogenated oils, sugar, salty snacks, preservatives like sulphates, and highly processed foods that contain gluten.

2. Eat mainly whole, unprocessed foods, with vegetables making up at least 50% of the total volume of your diet. Specifics of your ideal diet depend on a variety of factors, including your body type, ethnic background, health history, and current health status.

3. Ensure regular intake of healthy foods that contain vitamin A.

4. Get enough sleep to feel refreshed when you wake up. It is during deep, restful sleep that your body is able to most efficiently repair damaged skin.

5. Do not rub your acne with abrasive towels or loofahs. Aggressively rubbing your acne can cause the underlying infection to spread, which can result in new spots. Sometimes, abrasive rubbing can create enough irritation to cause an infection that leads to acne. Instead of rubbing your face dry after washing, make it a habit to pat dry or even air dry.

6. Use as little soap and make-up as possible. Using soap on a daily basis is only necessary if you work with gas, coal, or oil. For most people who don’t wear make up, washing with cold water is enough to have clean and healthy skin. Washing with only cold water is what people have done through most of world history.

*i didn't know that. then i wouldn't be using any faces to tackle my acne? that's hard.

7. If your weather allows, expose your skin to sunshine each day, even if it’s for a few minutes. Just be sure not to burn yourself. Natural sunlight has remarkable healing and recuperative powers for your skin.

8. Consider taking a high quality probiotic. Having lots of good bacteria living in your intestines will provide protection against toxins that can contribute to acne formation. Lots of good bacteria in your intestines is also helpful for your immune system, which plays a significant role in maintaining healthy skin.

9. If you are not seeing changes as quickly as you would like, consider doing a short water or juice fast, which can accelerate healing of your skin.

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the big breakout i had at thanksgiving is finally going down. they all get big heads on them which then pop on their own and and get scabby trying to heal. i can't put neosporin on it because it contains white petroleum and that always makes a new pimple for me. grr.

i also don't know why i had these little pin sized zits covering my chin. they were painful.

by the way, i weighed myself and i'm 115. UGH

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i tried out my glycolic peel 30% on the sides of my chin where i normally break out. it barely stung but i still took it off 30 seconds later. after a couple hours the pinkness went down and it's just dry and flaky as if i didn't use any lotion. not sure if i'll break out.. i hope i don't.

my skin has cleared up almost. maybe that huge healing pimple, one in the creases of my chin and on the tip of my chin.

no eggs or nuts this week. i did buy chicken for the first time i months and trying bear naked granola

Is Bear Naked® gluten-free?

Based on numerous studies in the last several years, research shows that oats do not appear to be harmful to persons with gluten intolerance. The offending cereals that must be avoided are wheat, rye, barley and their derivative cereals.

Bear Naked® Fruit & Nut is gluten- and wheat-free. However, Bear Naked® Peak Protein, Bear Naked® Banana Nut and Bear Naked® Apple Cinnamon contain crisp rice, which is made from rice and barley malt. Since barley contains gluten, these products are not gluten-free.

yay because i bought fruit and nut.

i really want to start 2009 with lessend red marks.

jojoba oil works nicely. seban pads are coming in the mail. that's tricky thing with makeup. stop the oil and have some what dry skin on those parts or have an oil slick? i'll see.

FYI CHECK THE FIRST PAGE AND ENTRY FOR MY REGIMEN.

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wow. everywhere i put the chemical peel is where i am horribly breaking out. typical. i knew that would happen and i even read about it. ugh. i wouldn't care as much if they weren't throbbing and painful even when i'm not touching them!

i am going to try a water and apple fast. if i can last one day that is...

i have noticed that i can go days without water which surely isn't good for my skin and body at all. greattt

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Sorry to hear that the peel made you break out - about a month back I had a similar experience. I bought a glycolic peel from Avon and was going to use it on my red spots.... but something told me to test it first... I'm sooooo glad that I did because I had a breakout on that one part of my face where I used the peel. So it was a total bust... and waste of $30!!

At first I had thought the peel was pulling all sorts of nastiness out of my skin, but then I looked at the ingredient list and noticed the peel that I bought had wheat germ extract in it... I actually think that's what made me break out - not the peel itself, but the wheat in the peel.

After doing a bit more research I discovered that a lot of people with gluten intolerance/ sensitivity have reactions to the wheat oils in cosmetic products. Its in everything from makeup to shampoo its shocking how much wheat is used in cosmetics! I ended up checking everything of mine because its to the point that doctors will recommend if you are intolerant to avoid all cosmetics that are questionable.

It makes sense - you can have gluten reactions to amounts as small as a crumb... of course you could react to rubbing wheat germ oil into your skin!

I suppose there is a moral to the story here - don't fast until you check the ingredients of your peel! It might have been wheat that made you break out...

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Sorry to hear that the peel made you break out - about a month back I had a similar experience. I bought a glycolic peel from Avon and was going to use it on my red spots.... but something told me to test it first... I'm sooooo glad that I did because I had a breakout on that one part of my face where I used the peel. So it was a total bust... and waste of $30!!

At first I had thought the peel was pulling all sorts of nastiness out of my skin, but then I looked at the ingredient list and noticed the peel that I bought had wheat germ extract in it... I actually think that's what made me break out - not the peel itself, but the wheat in the peel.

After doing a bit more research I discovered that a lot of people with gluten intolerance/ sensitivity have reactions to the wheat oils in cosmetic products. Its in everything from makeup to shampoo its shocking how much wheat is used in cosmetics! I ended up checking everything of mine because its to the point that doctors will recommend if you are intolerant to avoid all cosmetics that are questionable.

It makes sense - you can have gluten reactions to amounts as small as a crumb... of course you could react to rubbing wheat germ oil into your skin!

I suppose there is a moral to the story here - don't fast until you check the ingredients of your peel! It might have been wheat that made you break out...

the ingredients were: glycolic acid, deionized water, glycerin, witch hazel, isopropyl alcohol, hydroxyethyl cellulose, citric acid.

i bought it off ebay. probably a bad idea :whistle: .

this one has:

Glycolic Acid, deionized water, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, propylene glycol, propyl and methyl parahydroxybenzoate.

http://www.amazon.com/Glycolic-Acid-Peel-3...ef=pd_sim_hpc_3

my organic shampoo actually has wheat protein listed and i wash those with my makeup brushes. so i'll consider that. thanks.

lol i just don't want to pay $400 for someone else to do it for me but i read any chemical peel can give acne because of all the excess skin that can cause clogged pores and the peel makes inflammation. idk, i just want the hormonal pigmentation by my mouth to fade!

i'm going to start taking baby aspirin everyday since i read it ca help with inflammation and not harmful.

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i loveeeeee ice. icing my pimples helps a lot. not sure how long it takes out the redness but while it lasts i feel so much better.

again i am feeling lost on what to do. you'd think after 6 pages i would!

i'm starting to realize that maybe i should watch the doses of my vitamins because i'm sure i take TOO much. i had started feeling sick and getting headaches for a couple days and when i lowered my vitamins i felt a lot better especially with vitamin C.

vitamins also add up in cost which i hate.

i think the main vitamins i will continue to take are zinc and vitamin a. i get enough flaxseed from my perky o's cereal. if i can find a better way or brand of vitamin c i might start that up again.

i'm thinking of starting up turmeric also. i stopped it once i went through the bottles fast and they were too much money in the end. i might just buy a big bag of it online. not sure how it tastes! ha.

trying to stay positive by saying that i only have 17 pimples on my face right now. woo..

:doubt:

idk but i feel a little better knowing that a product is the reason i am breaking out and not something i can control anymore.

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i loveeeeee ice. icing my pimples helps a lot. not sure how long it takes out the redness but while it lasts i feel so much better.

again i am feeling lost on what to do. you'd think after 6 pages i would!

i'm starting to realize that maybe i should watch the doses of my vitamins because i'm sure i take TOO much. i had started feeling sick and getting headaches for a couple days and when i lowered my vitamins i felt a lot better especially with vitamin C.

vitamins also add up in cost which i hate.

i think the main vitamins i will continue to take are zinc and vitamin a. i get enough flaxseed from my perky o's cereal. if i can find a better way or brand of vitamin c i might start that up again.

i'm thinking of starting up turmeric also. i stopped it once i went through the bottles fast and they were too much money in the end. i might just buy a big bag of it online. not sure how it tastes! ha.

trying to stay positive by saying that i only have 17 pimples on my face right now. woo..

:doubt:

idk but i feel a little better knowing that a product is the reason i am breaking out and not something i can control anymore.

aw :( it's really tricky, figuring out which products, supplements foods etc are problematic. I'm a big believer in the fewer the supplements the better. vitamin a and zinc are probably good bets. I think if you eat at least a couple of servings of fruit per day you will get your vitamin c. As for tumeric, I don't have any experience with it as a supplement. Why don't you try adding it to your foods. It has a nice flavor that goes well with stir fry.

Also I know that you want to go all natural, but have you considered topicals? I find that I need both topicals and to avoid dairy. Maaaaybe if i went on a really strict diet I wouldn't need the topicals, but it makes life a little easier. I like azelex (this is actually pretty natural, but found in wheat so if you need to avoid gluten it might be a problem...but are you sure you need to avoid gluten? It doesn't effect me--I've tried not having it for a couple of weeks) and clenia (less natural, sulfur based cream, but is very effective, at least for me).

Also, I can't be sure, but I think that drinking lemon water also helps. Ideally you'd drink 1/4-1/2 a lemon's juice in warm water with honey if you like in the morning before eating anything. However, I think it's ok to drink it whenever. right now i've been clear for a while, but i do have small breakouts each month and drinking the lemon water seemed to prevent it last month.

Also, even though I love to try new products, I often find that they cause problems. I think once you find a good routine it's best to stick to it and avoid the temptation. I'm always looking for new things for hyperpigmentation/uneven skin tone/scarring, but i usually end up paying for it when it try something new. I'd really like to find a good peel that doesn't irritate my skin or make me break out, i'll let you know if i find something good. good luck!

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well, i'm not completely natural. that's more of my diet i guess. yes, i use BP on the pimples. sometimes honey and cinnamon. otherwise i don't use much else like SA because it burns me bad!

i actually never got an allergy test to see if i am allergic to gluten. i have just read a lot of articles on how gluten is an inflammatory not just for celiacs. i think my main problem are dairy, sugar and my panic attacks/stress but i like sticking to gluten free because the food tends to be more healthier.

i will try the lemon water. i'm also looking for hyperpigmentation help. that's the reason i am dealing with this current breakout from the chemical peel! ugh.

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the pimples on my chin have gone away. of course there are still pimples. a new pimple i have i haven't put any BP on it and surprisingly isn't badly inflamed or painful which would happen a night after dabbing it.

i still have pimples in the crease of my chin which is annoying because they aren't coming to head.

i am going to try and avoid the microwave as much as possible. i use it to heat up vegetables and beans. guess i should switch over to a stove.

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wow, i must say my PMS only lasted like one day. pms for me lasts a week and i feel completely depressed and.. not a pretty picture. for the past couple of months it was always hard controlling it since my birth control was messing up.

the texture of my skin is not doing so well for my standards. that chemical peel break out really messed me up and added so many red marks. :(

my dad is finally realizing that i will NOT eat junk food. i don't look down at him at all for his choices. in his line of work he's on the run and surrounded by fast food all day. so when he was trying to convince me that the fish fillets from mcdonalds are healthy, i only could cringe. i then looked up the ingredients online and if it was made at a restaurant freshly made it might be a different story.

i thought taco bell could maybe be a little bit healthier but i was wrong.

you can find the ingredients on their webpages. sorry, i don't feel like i should be eating something that contains an ANTI-FOAMING AGENT in it lol.

Fish Filet Patty: Pollock or Hoki, bleached wheat flour, water, modified corn starch, yellow corn flour, dextrose, salt, yeast, cellulose gum, natural flavoring (vegetable source). Cooked in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, (may contain partially hydrogenated soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated corn oil and/or partially hydrogenated canola oil and/or cottonseed oil and/or sunflower oil and/or corn oil). TBHQ and citric acid added to help preserve freshness. Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an anti-foaming agent.

just gross.

anyways,

yesterday i start drinking lemon water twice a day [always through a straw!]. i started my apple fast today also. i'm only going to do it for 3 days. i sleep with honey masks mixed with cinnamon including using lemon as an astringent. for dead skin i use honey mixed with sugar. after that comment bran88 made about topicals sparked something in me.

i haven't used bp for two nights and my pimples don't look as inflamed as they would be. i'll see how long i can keep it up.

why does dr. perricone say honey is bad to eat? is it because of the sugar? there are so many sites saying you should eat it! :shifty:

i will be missing out on eating my weight in snacks and cookies this christmas like i see everyone else do, especially with those commercials they slap on the tv! haha, it almost convinced me to buy the panormeous pizza from pizza hut and ghiardela (sp) chocolate!

i did buy gluten free baking flour and will make cookies again like i have a couple weeks ago and dind't notice any flare ups. i'm going to make them without eggs and using apple sauce as a sub.

hopefully that works.

those cookies are so bland but since i'm the only one eating them it doesn't bother me. it's just soy milk, gluten free baking flour, apple sauce, brown sugar, cinnamon. i have cranberries so maybe i'll sneak a couple in there and see if it changes the taste.

if my phones starts to work :doh:, i can schedule an appointment and see if they can do blood tests on me.

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wow, i must say my PMS only lasted like one day. pms for me lasts a week and i feel completely depressed and.. not a pretty picture. for the past couple of months it was always hard controlling it since my birth control was messing up.

the texture of my skin is not doing so well for my standards. that chemical peel break out really messed me up and added so many red marks. :(

my dad is finally realizing that i will NOT eat junk food. i don't look down at him at all for his choices. in his line of work he's on the run and surrounded by fast food all day. so when he was trying to convince me that the fish fillets from mcdonalds are healthy, i only could cringe. i then looked up the ingredients online and if it was made at a restaurant freshly made it might be a different story.

i thought taco bell could maybe be a little bit healthier but i was wrong.

you can find the ingredients on their webpages. sorry, i don't feel like i should be eating something that contains an ANTI-FOAMING AGENT in it lol.

Fish Filet Patty: Pollock or Hoki, bleached wheat flour, water, modified corn starch, yellow corn flour, dextrose, salt, yeast, cellulose gum, natural flavoring (vegetable source). Cooked in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, (may contain partially hydrogenated soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated corn oil and/or partially hydrogenated canola oil and/or cottonseed oil and/or sunflower oil and/or corn oil). TBHQ and citric acid added to help preserve freshness. Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an anti-foaming agent.

just gross.

anyways,

yesterday i start drinking lemon water twice a day [always through a straw!]. i started my apple fast today also. i'm only going to do it for 3 days. i sleep with honey masks mixed with cinnamon including using lemon as an astringent. for dead skin i use honey mixed with sugar. after that comment bran88 made about topicals sparked something in me.

i haven't used bp for two nights and my pimples don't look as inflamed as they would be. i'll see how long i can keep it up.

why does dr. perricone say honey is bad to eat? is it because of the sugar? there are so many sites saying you should eat it! :shifty:

i will be missing out on eating my weight in snacks and cookies this christmas like i see everyone else do, especially with those commercials they slap on the tv! haha, it almost convinced me to buy the panormeous pizza from pizza hut and ghiardela (sp) chocolate!

i did buy gluten free baking flour and will make cookies again like i have a couple weeks ago and dind't notice any flare ups. i'm going to make them without eggs and using apple sauce as a sub.

hopefully that works.

those cookies are so bland but since i'm the only one eating them it doesn't bother me. it's just soy milk, gluten free baking flour, apple sauce, brown sugar, cinnamon. i have cranberries so maybe i'll sneak a couple in there and see if it changes the taste.

if my phones starts to work :doh:, i can schedule an appointment and see if they can do blood tests on me.

hmm yeah i think people are anti-honey because of the sugar. Also there's an alkalizing/acidifying camp that says all sugars/honey are acidifying and that we should stay away from them for that reason since people are generally too acidic. Lemon and citrus and ACV for that matter are (counterintuitively) alkalizing. I have to admit that I have plenty of sugar in my diet, most of it is in the form of fruits, and I don't think it causes problems. Honey has a lot of health benefits (the darker the better). I'm not sure if this is true, but I've read that honey diluted in water acts as a potent antibacterial and antifungal (similar to garlic) and that for some reason diluting it in water makes it much more potent. I guess it kind of makes sense since honey applied topically is antibacterial. I also love honey masks by the way!

I'm glad you're trying the lemon water, keep us updated!

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hmm yeah i think people are anti-honey because of the sugar. Also there's an alkalizing/acidifying camp that says all sugars/honey are acidifying and that we should stay away from them for that reason since people are generally too acidic. Lemon and citrus and ACV for that matter are (counterintuitively) alkalizing. I have to admit that I have plenty of sugar in my diet, most of it is in the form of fruits, and I don't think it causes problems. Honey has a lot of health benefits (the darker the better). I'm not sure if this is true, but I've read that honey diluted in water acts as a potent antibacterial and antifungal (similar to garlic) and that for some reason diluting it in water makes it much more potent. I guess it kind of makes sense since honey applied topically is antibacterial. I also love honey masks by the way!

I'm glad you're trying the lemon water, keep us updated!

oh ok, this honey from full circle organic says 16 g. i'll be sure to look that up on acid.

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hmm yeah i think people are anti-honey because of the sugar. Also there's an alkalizing/acidifying camp that says all sugars/honey are acidifying and that we should stay away from them for that reason since people are generally too acidic. Lemon and citrus and ACV for that matter are (counterintuitively) alkalizing. I have to admit that I have plenty of sugar in my diet, most of it is in the form of fruits, and I don't think it causes problems. Honey has a lot of health benefits (the darker the better). I'm not sure if this is true, but I've read that honey diluted in water acts as a potent antibacterial and antifungal (similar to garlic) and that for some reason diluting it in water makes it much more potent. I guess it kind of makes sense since honey applied topically is antibacterial. I also love honey masks by the way!

I'm glad you're trying the lemon water, keep us updated!

oh ok, this honey from full circle organic says 16 g. i'll be sure to look that up on acid.

I think having some honey is totally fine, but that's just my opinion. i'm pretty loose with my diet.

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i ended my apple fast today. i started on monday morning and ending this evening because i was not going to starve on christmas eve! plus i was getting too weak and twitching a little like a crack addict from lack of real food.

i ate a gluten/flour free tortilla with salt free tomato sauce + rice cheese on top + kidney beans. i put that in the oven to get crispy and it was yummy.

i also ate a couple cookies i made. i actually made a big batch for christmas. it has: gluten free baking flour, apples (to sub eggs), soy milk, vanilla extract, smart butter, cinnamon, some honey, a little bit of brown sugar.

they aren't they great but some batches i put cranberries with the apples and organic dark chocolate.

it saddens me dark chocolate even organic 70% doesn't agree with my body. i ate a serving size yesterday and felt gross the rest of the day. i wonder if i'll break out from it.

oh and on this apple fast i didn't have a bowel movement. is that supposed to mean i didn't eat enough? i thought apples had "sooo" much fiber i'd be exploding lol. plus i drank a lot of water.

idk.

it weird how much water i can chug down now. i probably go through a gallon a day but i cut it in half because the grocery store isn't around the block to buy the water.

PICS

NOV 28 BEFORE CHEMICAL PEEL

http://i42.tinypic.com/sys4uw.png

dec 3rd after peel

that pisses me the hell off.

makeup after peel

never said makeup looked any better

natural light sucks

and i can thank that chemical peel for EACH of those pimples. the ones on my chin are gone though.

yeah, that was sunday before i left and didn't have any time to redo it. very gross on hi-res. my makeup was doing some weird cakey thing. maybe it is the jojoba oil.

mineral makeup is NOT my friend. i always think liquid might cover better but i can never find one that has good ingredients in it AND yellow undertones.

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UGH! this bread is disgusting. i am pissed off that i paid money for something that taste so stale and dry. at the grocery store that was the only bread left. i guess yeast is in bread for a reason :rolleyes:.

grilled cheese sandwiches probably aren't a healthy meal to begin with even with rice cheese and smart butter. they surely don't taste the same as when i was a kid with real cheese, real butter and white bread.

i miss dairy. but i've always been lactose intolerant so it's not the same as being on a gluten free diet because i've never noticed any stomach problems with gluten.

i do have a couple new pimples. that's the thing with honey. it doesn't dry the zits out or really do much then calm it.

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i think i know how to gain weight.

brown rice.

i googled it and it said it would help. good thing my palette is so bland that i think brown rice and smart butter actually tastes good.

some say brown rice is high GI but some say low or medium. if i don't break out in cystic acne then i'll keep it in my diet.

http://www.the-gi-diet.org/

i took this after i woke up. http://i40.tinypic.com/2jd5lzb.png

i haven't had an actual big pimple on my forehead in a long time. it's a rare thing but i know when i've over exfoliate i get these tiny little dots/blackheads on there. it normally goes away in a day or two.

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my skin is looking better. i have a pimple on my chin still and pimples in the crevasse of my chin which are deep and don't think they'll come to head. i don't think you can notice them though.

i don't really wash my face anymore. it's more of using a cotton ball and rubbing the BP off from the night before and putting lemon water over it. then spot treating the oil during the day with rose water or more lemons.

-bp

-lemon

-aloe vera gel

-rose water

-zinc, a, b, e, chromium, probiotic

-drinking lemon water

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