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Farmer's markets can indeed be great sources. Also, good points, alternativista.


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i love having a big market near me :dance:

got a bag of baby ORGANIC carrots for 50 cents and a head of organic iceberg lettuce for 75 cents! compared to my local grocery where it costs $2 for organic and 1.50 for regular. i bought some spinach from my favorite stand there to use in green smoothies.....they sell all local & organic stuff

co-ops are great too but they are a little pricey. the one here i go to sometimes charges 5% if youre not a member, membership is $10 then you have to pay a $20 buying deposit. i dont go there enough to justify joining.

there's a farmer's market i can walk to on saturday mornings.....trouble is i'm never up early enough. i will have to wake up one day and check it out.

i think i save money not buying junk food or eating out. plus i dont drink so thats something i dont waste money on.

everyone should check out mambosprouts.com too. they will mail you booklets of coupons. a lot of organic manufacturers have coupons on their website. i look at whats on sale each week at the various grocery stores and use coupons as well.

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I have lots of trouble with meat because anything that is organic or grass fed or whatever is always expensive. At least I can get eggs from a local farmer with free-range chickens but I can honestly say that is the only thing that I know is safe. I hardly ever even see organic grown berries or anything + they would be expensive. My parents like to make sure we buy everything on sale. Hopefully next year in college, I'll be able to find some locally grown stuff because I will be in a city with a bunch of farms in the middle of nowhere. Oh wait, it will be cold during the school year so yep this is pretty much impossible.

You know what else is expensive, drinking non-dairy or organic milk. Gosh I pay about $3.00 per quart of hemp milk and I could drink that in less than 2 days if I want to (and that is on sale). Maybe I need to cut back. Nuts are so expensive too and could be junk if not organic. I just don't know anymore.


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i buy 99% of my food organic - i ain't eating pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, suicides! there's no way eating these things doesn't bring shit in to the body - go to any hardware store, pick up weedkiller and you're gonna find a big skull and crossbones on the back. why? cos you shouldn't drink it man - it'll kill you. tiny amounts add up - it's poison baby.

it's not that organic food costs too much it's that you can't afford it?

get an extra job, cut back on other stuff, find a farmers market, buy with a friend, buy stuff in bulk, go to the reduced section at the right times...

if you really want to you'll make it so

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i buy 99% of my food organic - i ain't eating pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, suicides! there's no way eating these things doesn't bring shit in to the body - go to any hardware store, pick up weedkiller and you're gonna find a big skull and crossbones on the back. why? cos you shouldn't drink it man - it'll kill you. tiny amounts add up - it's poison baby.

it's not that organic food costs too much it's that you can't afford it?

get an extra job, cut back on other stuff, find a farmers market, buy with a friend, buy stuff in bulk, go to the reduced section at the right times...

if you really want to you'll make it so

My parents get really annoyed by my requests for decent food. I'll probably get a job in college to pay for my food though. Dunno though, even not buying organic I spend a TON of money on food and we are lacking in a lot of organic stuff around here. Whole foods, trader joes, and whatever else that has the goods are all very far away and not practical for going to even every week. Plus, I have to have my food as fresh as possible so I usually pick up stuff every couple days. I wish companies never started using cheap alternatives to make more money that compromise people's health (HFCS, preservatives, pesticides, trans fat, etc). One thing that gets me is how they had to add trans fat to peanut butter just so it wouldn't separate...are people that naive? Does it really bother people to stir their peanut butter?


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i buy 99% of my food organic - i ain't eating pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, suicides! there's no way eating these things doesn't bring shit in to the body - go to any hardware store, pick up weedkiller and you're gonna find a big skull and crossbones on the back. why? cos you shouldn't drink it man - it'll kill you. tiny amounts add up - it's poison baby.

it's not that organic food costs too much it's that you can't afford it?

get an extra job, cut back on other stuff, find a farmers market, buy with a friend, buy stuff in bulk, go to the reduced section at the right times...

if you really want to you'll make it so

My parents get really annoyed by my requests for decent food. I'll probably get a job in college to pay for my food though. Dunno though, even not buying organic I spend a TON of money on food and we are lacking in a lot of organic stuff around here. Whole foods, trader joes, and whatever else that has the goods are all very far away and not practical for going to even every week. Plus, I have to have my food as fresh as possible so I usually pick up stuff every couple days. I wish companies never started using cheap alternatives to make more money that compromise people's health (HFCS, preservatives, pesticides, trans fat, etc). One thing that gets me is how they had to add trans fat to peanut butter just so it wouldn't separate...are people that naive? Does it really bother people to stir their peanut butter?

You could grow stuff yourself? Put seeds in pot, water and watch it grow, you don't even need a garden.

I get a MASSIVE bag of organic greens every day and it costs me nothing at all. cos i pick wild greens - free, organic, amazing nutrition! buy a book second hand and learn about what you can pick that grows near you.

dandelion greens are easy - found everywhere.

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huh suma you need space for that right? And if you dont have a garden you need electricity. Or you need a lot of windows.


I dont agree with what I posted in the nutrition section anymore. I just think its not worth it. People worrying about food and acne all day in order to improve their life somehow while they are actually just digging a bigger hole for themselfs. The only reason to eat right should be to feel a bit better. Because the chances you will be able to reduce your acne in such an amount that its worth the effort instead of just trying a new topical is astronomicly low.

Basically get a low effort topical like differin or something more harsh if that doesnt work and just start living the life you want to live!

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If you have a 99 Cent store nearby, check it out. They often have organic produce for 99 cents even for items that are normally very expensive. There used to be one near me and I'd get organic romaine, red bell peppers, etc. And other things that don't need to be organic but can be expensive some years like canteloupe for .99 each. You do have to ask what days they get produce in because it's only once or twice a week and it won't last long.

Also, buy nuts in the fall when the new crop comes out and they will be fresh and on sale. Store in freezer. I'm still working on the bags of almonds I bought for about $3 a pound.

And get sunflower seeds. Raw organic is only about $2 a pound at Whole foods and are very high quality protein. I used to be big about recommending pumpkin seeds which are also a quality protein and a bit higher in many nutrients we supplement for acne, but they are over $5 a pound.


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[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

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i buy 99% of my food organic - i ain't eating pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, suicides! there's no way eating these things doesn't bring shit in to the body - go to any hardware store, pick up weedkiller and you're gonna find a big skull and crossbones on the back. why? cos you shouldn't drink it man - it'll kill you. tiny amounts add up - it's poison baby.

it's not that organic food costs too much it's that you can't afford it?

get an extra job, cut back on other stuff, find a farmers market, buy with a friend, buy stuff in bulk, go to the reduced section at the right times...

if you really want to you'll make it so

Right. Because it's just that easy to find a second job. And not all of us have things we can cut back on. I already barely buy anything as it is and I personally prioritize my 33k in student loans over an organic meal.

Besides, I don't know anybody in their right mind who works full time who'd be willing to pick up a second job and sacrifice almost all of their free time (which means less personal time) just to eat organic. That's just asinine - unless your interests lie in doing such.


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huh suma you need space for that right? And if you dont have a garden you need electricity. Or you need a lot of windows.

See my post above about gardening in a small space. It can be done.


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i buy 99% of my food organic - i ain't eating pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, suicides! there's no way eating these things doesn't bring shit in to the body - go to any hardware store, pick up weedkiller and you're gonna find a big skull and crossbones on the back. why? cos you shouldn't drink it man - it'll kill you. tiny amounts add up - it's poison baby.

it's not that organic food costs too much it's that you can't afford it?

get an extra job, cut back on other stuff, find a farmers market, buy with a friend, buy stuff in bulk, go to the reduced section at the right times...

if you really want to you'll make it so

Right. Because it's just that easy to find a second job. And not all of us have things we can cut back on. I already barely buy anything as it is and I personally prioritize my 33k in student loans over an organic meal.

Besides, I don't know anybody in their right mind who works full time who'd be willing to pick up a second job and sacrifice almost all of their free time (which means less personal time) just to eat organic. That's just asinine - unless your interests lie in doing such.

yes it is. of course it is.

you're right not all of us have things we can cut back on but a lot of us do.

if you're 33k in debt then yeah, doesn't look like you got any money to be spending on food and you'll need two jobs to pay that off! you could use the time you spend on this forum to work? ;)

as i said - you can get organic stuff for free if you pick wild - doesn't cost a bean

and yeah my health is worth it so i would make more money to buy the best cos i'm worth it - its not an expense it's an investment in my opinion but then i guess i'm not in my 'right mind' ha ha

peace

seriously tho - my advice to anyone - buy a book (second hand if need be) on wild greens and get a pickin' :)

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I completely agree with Suma.

I think some of the people here who are making excuses are just looking for a reason as to why they "can't" get with the program.

All of us spend money of stuff, yes some of it is necessary and we can't do anything about that. But what about the money you spend to buy new clothes, go out drinking, go out to eat etc. Of course you should have a balance, and still go and have your fun, but to me its about priorities and what's important.

I've gone pretty much 99% organic and while its definitely more expensive, its doable for sure. I have completely cut out my weekend bar binges (kinda had to since I'm dealing with a candida issue), only buy new clothes once in a blue moon, started carpooling more (yeah no joke it saves money) and found the best deals in my area by going to farmer's markets and contacting the few farms here in So Cal for eggs. I'm also looking into a local co-op for eggs and am gonna plant a organic garden at my parents house to save more money.

I don't think Suma or I for that matter are saying you HAVE TO go completely organic, but if you can start eating more organic food your health will benefit from it greatly in the long run, not just acne. Furthermore, your supporting local farmers when you do this, which will keep big business and government from brain washing the general public and filling our bodies with prescription drugs that really fuvk us up in the long run.

Cheers to Suma for good advice.

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I completely agree with Suma.

I think some of the people here who are making excuses are just looking for a reason as to why they "can't" get with the program.

All of us spend money of stuff, yes some of it is necessary and we can't do anything about that. But what about the money you spend to buy new clothes, go out drinking, go out to eat etc. Of course you should have a balance, and still go and have your fun, but to me its about priorities and what's important.

I've gone pretty much 99% organic and while its definitely more expensive, its doable for sure. I have completely cut out my weekend bar binges (kinda had to since I'm dealing with a candida issue), only buy new clothes once in a blue moon, started carpooling more (yeah no joke it saves money) and found the best deals in my area by going to farmer's markets and contacting the few farms here in So Cal for eggs. I'm also looking into a local co-op for eggs and am gonna plant a organic garden at my parents house to save more money.

I don't think Suma or I for that matter are saying you HAVE TO go completely organic, but if you can start eating more organic food your health will benefit from it greatly in the long run, not just acne. Furthermore, your supporting local farmers when you do this, which will keep big business and government from brain washing the general public and filling our bodies with prescription drugs that really fuvk us up in the long run.

Cheers to Suma for good advice.

PANIC

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i've been trying to switch up my diet but just cant afford it. it's also hard to find stuff that is gluten free.

i bought some organic pasta sauce but just read the ingredients and it says Made on equipment that handles Milk, Soy, Wheat, Eggs, Fish (anchovy), and Peanuts. i'm allergic to nuts and will avoid even stuff that says its made on shared equipment . that's 2.50 down the drain unless i take it back. i dont know whether the organic sauce is gluten free, it doesnt say. the classico sauce i usually eat is gluten free and only contains wheat but i know it probably has lots of crap in it.

they had some brown rice organic gluten free pasta which was 2 for $6 and that was on sale

any tips on things to buy or how to save? i look for specials and coupons all the time but its still expensive

Where do you live? I'm not sure if they have Superstores in the US but here in Canada Superstore sells organic meat and veggies and everything you need for better prices than the organic stores.


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I have the same problem.

I buy whatever I can that is healthy/organic, and buy things that go far, such as pasta, rice, canned goods, sauces, and cheap veggies, such as carrots. I grow tomatoes and squash and herbs.

When I can't buy enough health food, I tend to just not eat much.

That's bad, I know.

But I got used to it.


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Be sure to always compare the organic produce with the inorganic. Lately I've been noticing that the prices often aren't much different on many things like apples and grapes.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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See if you can volunteer at a CSA or Coop. I just discovered that one very near me gives you $10 in credit for every 2 hour shift to be used for food and the membership fee. And I work the last shift in which they sort through whatever can't be stored for the following week for donation and they let you take things. Plus 3-4 members don't pick up their shares. I took a bunches of kale, swiss chard, sorrel, mint, a cucumber, an avocado, a couple of pounds of tomatoes...

And they need quite a few people to do this although in this case it's partly because it's not that well run and people in charge hamper your ability to work quickly.

Edit- this week I got a ton of carrots, more kale, strawberries, blueberries, onions, zucchini and yellow squash, a couple each of tomatoes and avocados.. And that's all for free. I haven't used any of the credits I've earned to buy anything yet.

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Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Foraging -

Look around. You probably have neighbors with fruit trees that don't pick or use their fruit.

And, mulberry season just ended here, but it's maybe just starting further north. These trees crop up everywhere. They are weeds, literally. I just figured out some of the weeds that were always popping up in my potted plants and yard were mulberry trees. The birds drop the berries everywhere. I recently discovered that the area along the bayou where I walk my dog was full of them.

Soon it will be black berry season here.

Not too long ago, it was Lowquat aka Japanese or Chinese plum season here. And no one ever picks those. I foraged quite a few of those as well.

Suma previously mentioned Dandelion greens which are a superfood. But make sure they don't spray anything where they grow. Apparently many people are obsessed with keeping them out of their yard. I don't get the obsession with lawns. They are such wastes of space and energy. Especially in Texas and elsewhere in the south where we grow San Augustine which is not food for any animal..

There's also purslane, another super food that is also mucilaginous which means it's healing to your digestive tract. That also means it's slimy. Add to your smoothies if you can't take the slime any other way. It's a common weed in many people's gardens. I keep trying to get it to grow in mine, but it won't. Around me, I only find it in cracks in asphalt. And I don't want to eat things growing in asphalt...

Lambs quarters are a relative to spinach, but I'm not sure exactly what it looks like. It should have the same basic shape.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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See if you can volunteer at a CSA or Coop. I just discovered that one very near me gives you $10 in credit for every 2 hour shift to be used for food and the membership fee. And I work the last shift in which they sort through whatever can't be stored for the following week for donation and they let you take things. Plus 3-4 members don't pick up their shares. I took a bunches of kale, swiss chard, sorrel, mint, a cucumber, an avocado, a couple of pounds of tomatoes...

And they need quite a few people to do this although in this case it's partly because it's not that well run and people in charge hamper your ability to work quickly.

Edit- this week I got a ton of carrots, more kale, strawberries, blueberries, onions, zucchini and yellow squash, a couple each of tomatoes and avocados.. And that's all for free. I haven't used any of the credits I've earned to buy anything yet.

Bump. Because there is probably one near you. And it takes quite a few people to run them and most are volunteers. Right now I have more free organic stuff in my fridge than I'm going to be able to eat. And a gallon-size baggy full of apricots in the freezer. That's for 2 hours work, one day per week.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Does anyone grow their own veg? I would like to try growing cabbages and other green veg but not sure whether to grow in the garden soil or use plastic troughs.

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Does anyone grow their own veg? I would like to try growing cabbages and other green veg but not sure whether to grow in the garden soil or use plastic troughs.

It's usually easier to use some kind of raised beds both for weed control and for soil quality. I don't have enough sunlight in any one spot in the spring and fall to grow much of anything in beds. I have herbs in a bed in the front and tomatoes and bell peppers in pots. Sweet peppers are a very good thing to grow yourself as they should be organic. Oh, and I have sweet potatoes kind of everywhere. The vines explode every summer, and except when I put them in puts, I haven't ever dug up all the potatoes and so they volunteer and spread each year.

My attempts to grow greens haven't worked out because the cats always want to sleep and dig in the pots I plant them in.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Its mulberry season here on the gulf coast again. Free berries. Early, before most other things come in season. And thy are everywhere. And if I remember right, high in resveraterol which is very beneficial for hyperkeratinization which is at the root of acne formation. Soon there will be blackberries here. And there already has been those Asian plums aka loquats which are in people's yards but no one ever picks. They've diminished around here though because of the drought.

And I'll reiterate. Try to volunteer at a CSA, coop or garden where you can get free food. I've had my own garden filled with greens since October, but hardly eaten anything from it because I got so much free organic food from my 2 hour a week gig at a co-op.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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I just discovered the leaves are edible nutritious and make great tea. Aids sugar metabolism.

See these for a whole lotta claims about mulberries:

http://www.eattheweeds.com/mulberry-glucose-controlling-hallucinogen-2/

I guess I closed the other page. I believe it had an Indian slant. Lots of tea talk.

Or maybe it was this one. Lebanese. Apparently they were once the number one supplier to France. Lots of recipes http://www.tasteofbeirut.com/2010/10/mulberry-leaves-tea/


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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The best way to go gluten free is to focus on protein and fruits and veggies. Don't buy a bunch of gluten free bread and stuff--it is expensive and most of it has lots of fat and sugar to make it palatable. Corn tortillas make a decent bread substitute for a sandwich (just call it a "wrap"). Save the spendy gluten free products for an occasional treat instead of a diet staple. Thai kitchen makes some really good and really affordable rice noodle bowls that are gluten free. In my grocery they are by the ramen noodles. There are things out there, but you have to search around.


Fish oil is my favorite supplement because it improves my skin AND it improves my mood!

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