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#1 Jekester

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:53 PM

How long? Basically I've been taking supplements, cutting out all foods I'm intolerant to (got a blood test done) and having low carbs, no dairy and eating healthy.

How long should you go up to and know if it's working or "It's time to go onto something else." 

I've been following my nutritionist's advice and it's getting up to close to a month with no significant results. 



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:20 AM

I'd say at least 2 months, bare minimum.

 

What a lot of people don't realise is that after eating the foods we are intolerant to, this can cause a lot of metabolic damage. This takes time to heal and repair.

 

Sometimes this can year.

 

Be patient young one.



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:27 AM

I feel your pain Jekester.  I am on an Elimination Diet right now - Day 46 - and I gave up dairy about 4 months ago.  I have noticed no real improvement either, which makes me think my problem is a result of poor skin care (lots of chemicals).  I am switching to completely natural skin care today (while still staying on the diet) to see if that's what it is.  I'm thinking I should know in about 2-3 weeks.

 

My advice is don't give up...I would even say stay on whatever diet you are on slightly LONGER than recommended (most people say it can take 8-12 weeks to see results, so maybe an extra week or two after that?), just so you can rule food out completely.  It's tough, but if you don't give it the full shot you will never know if it's really food and I doubt you want to do this again in the future.  Get it over with now, you've already got a month under your belt!

 

Here's the diet I'm on (except I have also eliminated nuts and legumes as I am allergic and they are common allergens) 

http://hypoallergeni...t.com/book.html

 

If you need recipe ideas just ask, I am really liking what I am eating!


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:07 AM

You should always keep up many of those diet habits. Except you don't eat low carb, you avoid all high glycemic impacting meals, drinks, snacks. Besides we're you really eating low carb? Weren't you eating some kind of Ron cake all day long?

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

You should always keep up many of those diet habits. Except you don't eat low carb, you avoid all high glycemic impacting meals, drinks, snacks. Besides we're you really eating low carb? Weren't you eating some kind of Ron cake all day long?



Once my nutritionist handed me the results of my intolerances she said I don't have to watch my carbs much, so I was having a lot more. But it was my personal choice to go back down to low carbs and just eat basically lean meat, vegetables and coconut and a lot of water and just other supplements.  I was having corn cakes every now and then (8g of carbs) but I haven't for a while. So, also keep up with having low carbs?


And , Apostrophe 13 I'm glad someone knows how I feel, I'll be keeping on for at least 2 months and a bit. Going to avoid the mirror for now, hah. I'm justing using Avene cleanser and that's it for washing the face.


 



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:31 PM

I'm usually the opposite. If I clean up my diet, my skin usually clears up 1-2 weeks into it, then gets used to the new diet and starts acting up. When I went gluten free, my skin was glowing and my pimples were healing faster than usual. But then the progress stopped a few months into it. Of course, that might also be due to the fact that I was eating a lot of processed gluten free foods, thinking that just because they were organic and gluten free I could have them on a daily basis.



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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:39 AM

You should always keep up many of those diet habits. Except you don't eat low carb, you avoid all high glycemic impacting meals, drinks, snacks. Besides we're you really eating low carb? Weren't you eating some kind of Ron cake all day long?



Once my nutritionist handed me the results of my intolerances she said I don't have to watch my carbs much, so I was having a lot more. But it was my personal choice to go back down to low carbs and just eat basically lean meat, vegetables and coconut and a lot of water and just other supplements.  I was having corn cakes every now and then (8g of carbs) but I haven't for a while. So, also keep up with having low carbs?


And , Apostrophe 13 I'm glad someone knows how I feel, I'll be keeping on for at least 2 months and a bit. Going to avoid the mirror for now, hah. I'm justing using Avene cleanser and that's it for washing the face.


 

 

 

You seem to have a fear of carbs.

 

There is nothing wrong with carbs provided you eat good quality complex carbs like sweet potatoes and in the right amounts. I'm all for cutting carbs down but not to the extremes you are, you're just going to start feel very weak and lethargic.

 

As for cornflaskes. Quite a lot of hidden sugars in them dude, in fact i would suggest avoiding cereals altogether. 



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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:48 AM

 

You should always keep up many of those diet habits. Except you don't eat low carb, you avoid all high glycemic impacting meals, drinks, snacks. Besides we're you really eating low carb? Weren't you eating some kind of Ron cake all day long?



Once my nutritionist handed me the results of my intolerances she said I don't have to watch my carbs much, so I was having a lot more. But it was my personal choice to go back down to low carbs and just eat basically lean meat, vegetables and coconut and a lot of water and just other supplements.  I was having corn cakes every now and then (8g of carbs) but I haven't for a while. So, also keep up with having low carbs?


And , Apostrophe 13 I'm glad someone knows how I feel, I'll be keeping on for at least 2 months and a bit. Going to avoid the mirror for now, hah. I'm justing using Avene cleanser and that's it for washing the face.


 

 

 

You seem to have a fear of carbs.

 

There is nothing wrong with carbs provided you eat good quality complex carbs like sweet potatoes and in the right amounts. I'm all for cutting carbs down but not to the extremes you are, you're just going to start feel very weak and lethargic.

 

As for cornflaskes. Quite a lot of hidden sugars in them dude, in fact i would suggest avoiding cereals altogether. 

I have for a while now so I don't have to worry about them anymore tongue.png.


Is it perfectly normal to get new pimples about near a month into a diet? they just came up one morning (this morning.) only thing that may have caused it was a really stressful(must admit, i let a few tears out.) night last night.

 

is this perfectly norm to experience this much into a diet to get new pimples? really sore as well..

the 2 new pimples are under my cheeks and a bit away from the chin towards the jawline.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:58 PM

I was relatively clear 6 months ago, happy with my face. Then i started eating a lot of dairy products, and my acne got bad. I've had a terrible complexion since then. About 3 weeks ago, I discovered this site and read about the potential link between dairy and acne, so I immediately cut all dairy from my diet (as that seemed to be the only change I made in my life that could have caused my acne to return). It's been 3 weeks and I have not seen any improvement yet. Actually, things got worse during the first 10 days!!

 

I plan to stick with it, and I think you definitely should too. As Apostrophe said, it's best to let this test run its course so you can know for sure that food is not the problem for you. I'm hoping you and I will both see improvement by 2 months. Now that I think about it, when i first started eating a lot of dairy 6 months ago, it took around 1.5 months or so before my acne appeared in full force. Maybe that's how long it will take for it to begin to go away.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:08 AM

Hope so! 

just thought I would add, the 2 new pimples were in a place I never broke out before, does this mean anything?



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:04 AM

I have no idea.  When I switched to more natural skin care (which still contained chemicals, just no BP or SA), I broke out in places I never usually break out in either.  It seems to have subsided now and returned to the spots I usually break out it, but they some people say that when you breakout in different places that it's a sign the new stuff is "working" or "purging your face" or whatever.  But I still have no idea if that's true or not.