Looking really, really good! The skin is obviously becoming smoother.
Diet wise, I kept it simple. I said no to all alcoholic drinks, cigarettes offered, bread, muffins, pastries, anything of that sort.
Resisting the tempation is the hardest part. You can probably eat a few bites or small pieces as a treat, but I really feel like you are a good candidate for lowering your sugar and carb intake, and upping the good proteins and fats.
I mentioned before that Kale is a superfood :http://nutritiondata...products/2461/2
The benefits of kale clearly point to clearer skin. Thiamin will aid in nerve regeneration, which is important for functional skin. Nerves can become damaged. They're essentially like cables with housing, and when the housing is damaged, electrical signals can become misinterpreted by the body, causing irritation.
There is also Manganese, and even traces of zinc.
Here's a typical kale salad for me :
- Avocado cubed
- Chopped kale, remove stems
- Dressing made of organic honey, mustard, greek yogurt as a base, and worchestershire sauce.
This salad contains a lot of great amino acids, fats, and micronutrients. Honey is amazing for the body. Blend together the dressing to taste. It took a while for me to master the flavor but I'd likely go with 1/2 cup of the greek yogurt, 1 TBSP honey, mustard and worchestershire sauce for taste. It essentially makes a healthier honey mustard, without using mayonnaise as a base.
Here's what I had for breakfast :
- eggs scrambled
- zucchini chopped with mushrooms and onions with curry powder, salt, pepper, slowly grilled on a pan with olive oil (this can be flavorful if cooked with the right heat and amount of spices)
- Kale salad
Here's my current food list whenever I hit the grocery store :
- Chicken breast
- Bacon (without nitrates, from whole foods)
- Salmon fillet
- Grass fed beef
- Feta cheese
- Greek yogurt
I compiled this list by slowly adding foods from a baseline diet of just fish and kale. I'm slowly adding even more foods to my list as I eat them and can go a few days without any adverse effects.
With this combination of foods, I was able to create several different dishes that I could eat that I enjoy eating, and are also not too bad for the skin.
Here's a pic of one of my latest dishes :
- Kale salad with avocado and homemade honey mustard with organic honey (i can easily throw some chopped walnuts in there with some cranberries)
- Zucchini with mushrooms grilled with onions, garlic, curry powder, salt, pepper, olive oil
- tilapia seasoned with pepper with bacon laid on top
At first, I was reluctant to be constantly washing a cutting board and several bowls, always chopping up vegetables, but as the weeks passed I became faster and faster at it all.
You might have an easier time of it than I do. The whole experience of dieting and sticking to a strict diet has changed my view entirely on food. It becomes us, and what we are. They're essentially the building blocks for our bodies, so the diet cannot be compromised.
Did you know that acne can occur inside of the body, on your tissues and in your stomach? The stomach can be very damaged over time, through stress and other external factors. I imagine after a year of this diet, our gut permeability may go down. Skin is largely a reflection of what is going on inside - the nerves are wrapped throughout our organs and all over the skin. Heal the inside, heal the outside.
The logic behind topical healing is astounding. It works, but it will not give the 100% clear skin or texture that people look for.
Do you ever get acne in other areas besides the face?
Check out the following documentaries (free on hulu) :
- FATHEAD ( you MUST watch this )
- fat sick and nearly dead
- forks over knives (disregard the portions about the China study if you watch this. This blog has the latest on it : http://rawfoodsos.com/
You don't appear to be an overweight person. Your body manifests its damage control in the form of acne, rather than weight gain.
Just watch for how you feel after eating a meal. I think it takes a bit of experience but you'll know when food is bugging you or not, if you decide to try and simplify your diet for a period to find your triggers. It's strange, because our bodies can become numb to its own allergies, so it's going to try and isolate allergic substances and remove them somehow.
Edited by jarrit, 09 November 2012 - 04:23 AM.