I've been putting this off for a long time.
I've tried maintaining a diary but this is just more convenient.
Okay, so on the 27th of September, I decided to go a month without sugar or dairy.
This is the first time I've ever tried eliminating food.
I'm a butter/cheese lover, and I REALLY enjoy my chocolates, so it started off pretty hard, but surprisingly by the end of week 1, I stopped having cravings.
I've got extremely oily skin with mild acne (there's always a pimple or two, either on my cheek or my chin).
I would be fine with that, except they always leave dark spots.
Anyway, by the end of week 2 of my sugar/diary fast, my skin was all clear, except for a few tiny whiteheads between my eyebrows. They didn't bother me at all.
Very happy with myself, and so relieved/grateful to have finally found the cause of my acne.
Went strong with the fast until the 27th of October. Skin was 95% clear now.
During this month long sugar/dairy fast, the rest of my diet was pretty healthy.
Here's what it looked like;
Start my morning with a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon (through a straw).
Green tea!! I used to start my day with a cup, and end it that way. Kept me clear through college. Don't know why I stopped! Started again on the 6th on Dec.
Quaker oats (with water) with a spoonful of sunflower seeds (or ground flaxseed, as of the 4th of Dec)
Muesli really kept my tummy in top shape! Must start alternating with oats for breakfast.
Plain toast occasionally (I've been buying this 9 grain bread, so delicious on its own).
Brown rice sprinkled with a spoonful of flax seeds, boiled veggies, daal, bhendi (okra) bhaji, chappatis every other day.
Same as lunch, except I eat white rice when the brown rice hasn't been made.
Fruits (oranges, papaya, pomegranate, grapefruit)
Eggs don't break me out. Don't know why I cut them out but started again on the 5th of Dec. Can eat a few times a week.
I also took supplements;
Becosules B-complex with Zinc, Himalaya Neem Purifying Capsules.
Morning/night wash with Himalaya Neem Face Wash, moisturize with Clinique DDMG, Vicco Turmeric Cream for spot treatment.
Aspirin Toner occasionally.
Sweet Almond Oil under my eyes (started working overnight for me).
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer spf 50 during the day.
As of the 6th of December, Neosporin on hard/stubborn pimples. Really speed up their healing.
Egg white masks! Weekly. Result!
Great to follow up with a yolk mask, but those are bloody difficult to wash off.
During this month, I went cycling every evening. Cycling has always helped with my skin.
I just started working again though and haven't had the time.
I went to church at least once a week to thank God, pray and to light a candle. This always lifted my spirits.
*note to self* This is the diet/regime I'm back on, as of the 29th of November, 2011.
If I'm not posting daily, it means I'm following my regime. Will only post if I've done something differently.
27th October - 2nd November; 6 days of unhealthiness.
The 27th came, and I was so thrilled with how healthy and clear I'd gotten, I decided to see how my body would react to eating sugar in moderation. I started with a tiny cupcake. It was DELISH. No breakout the next day.
Day two, I ate a piece of Ferrero Rocher, and two slices of cake (I was at a birthday party and just couldn't resist =/. I was guilty and paranoid all night).
Woke up the next morning with no breakout. So thrilled.
The following night, I went out drinking. I hadn't had alcohol in months. I experimented with Vodka after a lot of reading up on how it's the least carcinogenic. I had mine with water, but by the end of the night a had a few sips of my friends vodka coke.
I only smoke when I've had a little to drink, and had a few puffs through the night.
Fab night, no breakout the following morning. Again, ecstatic that I'd found a drink that didn't break me out.
I got high twice during my 6 days of unhealthiness. Woke up with no breakout the first time, pigged out the second time (chocolates, chips, a bag full of honey almonds. tsk tsk). Still woke up with no breakout. Confused, VERY upset with myself, but glad I didn't breakout.
Decided not to push it (although I already did, big time), and cut sugar/dairy out again.
2 days passed, and pimples started popping up. One on my cheek, one on my chin, and on my neck, and a big one on my forehead.
Lots of tiny bumps on my forehead.
It's the 9th now, and my skin's still freaked out. Extremely oily and not as even as it was at the end of my 1 month fast, four bumps on my cheek (2 of which just popped up last night).
I'm very upset with myself for what I did to my system over those 6 days. So terrible of me. I just got carried away! =/ Bad Rabanne!
It's been a week since my pig-out, and I've been eating healthy again, so I'm hoping that by week two I'll see results again.
I haven't been cycling though, and my new job is kinda stressful.
I know it worked for me the first time, so it's probably just another month till I'm clear again, but I'm still stuck on how idiotic it was of me to pig-out to that extent. =/
Starting tonight, I'm using 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel (Benzac AC) on my spots.
I'm going to update this page with my diet progress whenever I can.
A month of no sugar is what I'm going for. After that, sweet things in extreme moderation (maybe a tiny slice of cake on birthdays/special events).
Wish me luck and help me stay strong!
One month of no sugar/dairy STARTS TODAY.
Current supplements: Becosules B-complex (once a day), Neem tabs (twice a day), 50 mg zinc (once a day), Bifilac pre/probiotic (thrice a day)
Face wash: Himalaya neem.
Moisturizer: Clinique DDMG.
Other: Sweet Almond Oil around eyes and on my lashes.
Spot treatment: Vicco Turmeric, Neosporin on stubborn/open spots.
To anyone reading; I'm sorry my log is so all over the place!
*notes for self*
My skin was already clear before any of these, but could work as a preventive measure, I think.
Went to Goa for a short trip, ate a whole lot of rubbish. I was, however, going into the ocean every day. Apart from not breaking out at all, my skin looked and felt great.
Salt water does wonders for my skin.
Applying lemon juice on my face at night (after washing) and rinsing after 10 minutes also works wonderfully for my skin. Super smooth skin and I'm certain it helps with dark spots.
Edited by okaythen, 15 April 2013 - 12:32 PM.