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Posted 15 September 2013 - 10:49 AM

Updating first post soon with progress. 


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Posted 18 September 2013 - 10:44 AM

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 02:19 PM

I've been napping multiple hours a day. It's getting annoying, losing precious time from my day. I've been dealing with horrible digestion and breakouts as well. 

 

However, I got my monthly today. I noted my symptoms alongside my period and will be tracking this for the future. For now, I have cracked a couple times on this front. I feel like such a mess. 

 

The worst part about these "experiments" is that life doesn't give you breaks to undergo these kinds of journeys. You have to really want it. You'll always, always have distractions and things that need to get done. I'm currently trying my best to balance this focus with my other priorities, of which there are many!

 

Now time for another nap. I hope to report that these urges to nap will go away, and very soon. 


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 07:50 PM

Good luck with doing the no sugar, dairy, caffeine, etc.! I started doing the same thing about two months ago and found giving sugar and caffeine up really difficult for about two weeks, I was really tired and kept getting awful headaches, but I hardly eat any now. It gets easier and it's good for our bodies! :) 



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Posted 21 September 2013 - 11:03 AM

Good luck with doing the no sugar, dairy, caffeine, etc.! I started doing the same thing about two months ago and found giving sugar and caffeine up really difficult for about two weeks, I was really tired and kept getting awful headaches, but I hardly eat any now. It gets easier and it's good for our bodies! smile.png

 

Thanks so much for the support. It's going to be very tough. For my sanity I'm letting caffeine in the mix in the form of one (very) small cup a day. 

 

As it stands, I wake up every day and tell myself no dairy or sugar, but it generally hasn't been going that way. I think when I get into a rut, I have this general way of eating...and stepping outside that sometimes just frustrates me, because I haven't the time to really think about it. But I do make a "valient effort," as Gordon Ramsey would say. 

 

 

I also wanted to take the time to mention forum member bryan. I had one interaction with him on the forum, but if you can dig up his threads, they are very informative. His posts inspired me to think outside the box--farther outside than oil cleansing and moisturizing. I no longer feel an incredible need to moisturize and slather heavy products on my face, thanks to him.

 

Of course, I still am trying to find the right balance for my skin, but his contributions have changed me for the better.


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Posted 22 September 2013 - 12:48 AM

I had to gradually decrease the amount I was having too, I found it really difficult to go completely cold turkey on everything at once. I used to eat a small amount of chocolate/something sweet everyday, but now I have a treat maybe once every two weeks. There's always bad food in my house too, and now I find that I just don't want it at all. Keep going, it gets easier!

 

 

I'll look up bryan's posts, thanks for the tip! 


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Posted 23 September 2013 - 02:00 PM

I had to gradually decrease the amount I was having too, I found it really difficult to go completely cold turkey on everything at once. I used to eat a small amount of chocolate/something sweet everyday, but now I have a treat maybe once every two weeks. There's always bad food in my house too, and now I find that I just don't want it at all. Keep going, it gets easier!

 

 

I'll look up bryan's posts, thanks for the tip! 

 

Oh no problem. It was just something I wanted to say in general. 

 

 

Thanks for the encouragement. I'll be posting back soon with progress updates. :)



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:50 AM

No sugar has been making slow but sure progress.

 

On the downside, I do find myself reaching for sugar during the afternoon. It's hard to get over that hump. I tried to do it yesterday, but during my classes my students asked if I was upset. Truth is, my energy was horrid.

 

When I have sugar and caffeine, my mood is generally fantastic. I have a hard time pushing myself through that icky feeling. I can do it on the weekend when I don't have to work, but otherwise, I find it very difficult. But I will keep on. 


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Posted 25 October 2013 - 10:01 AM

10/25

 

If there's anything I hate more, it's logs that fizzle out and no one has any idea why!

 

Like I did with my last log, I'll be updating periodically and reporting. 

 

I've noticed washing my face at night versus the morning makes a huge difference. My skin looks much, much better if I wash my face in the morning. 

 

So far, sugar withdrawal symptoms include headaches, oversleeping, tired/fatigue/poor mood, brain fog, inability to concentrate, and so on. 

 

Oversleeping includes sleeping 12 hours a night some nights, and taking 1-3 hour naps. 


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:31 AM

10/27

 

Many days I have gone all day with no sugar or dairy, and then would have a little something at night. Now I'm officially no dairy, no sugar OFFICIALLY. As in not one ounce. 

 

Experiencing major cravings. This has happened to me many times before when I try to eat clean: a craving comes, I let myself have a little, then I make no progress. And sometimes a little turns into a lot. 

 

I watched a video on Julia Ross again. I keep forgetting about her because no one really talks about her anymore.

 

She has an addiction rehab clinic in the bay area and she started developing treatments for sugar addiction, because she reports the average rehab paitient gains 30 lbs from replacing sugar with their cocaine, heroine etc addiction. 

 

She explains those who crave sugar have neurotransmitter deficiency that can be compensated by amino acid supplementation. By doing amino acid therapy, you can cure your sugar cravings. I'm not sure why I don't hear more people doing this. Heck, I'm not doing it. But I haven't eliminated the possibility of trying it. 

 

I've never heard of sugar directly resulting in breakouts. However, my skin is looking quite alright. I'll report more progress after a bit more time has passed.

 

10/28

 

Skin texture feeling 10x better than it has in a long time. Still haven't given in to sugar, and I'll post on what that's been like, as well as some research I stumbled upon about women, neurotransmitter deficiencies and emotional eating.

 

10/30

 

Last night I got SUCH a bad craving that it was all I could think about. I eventually had a 4 pieces of candy and that somehow worked. For people that do not have a sweet tooth, I don't know how to explain a craving. But it sucks. I'm still told that it only takes a couple weeks for cravings to go away, but after days of (what feels like) torture, I begin to wonder if they'll ever go away. 


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:10 PM

I really want to get serious about cutting sugar as well. I have pretty bad hormonal acne (finally just stopped birth control after 9 years!) and I am set on going the natural route to heal this mess. I woke up this morning and decided today was the day--but then one of my students gave me a halloween tin full of chocolate during my 8:30 apt. I drove around all day (im a traveling speech therapist) with that tin on my passenger seat lol. 3:00 rolled around and I finally gave in and ate about 5 mini candy bars over the next hour. Ughhh I'm doing a candida cleanse right now (OTC cleanse I bought in desperation) I'm thinking I won't get results even if it was an effective cleanse bc I'm two days in and still haven't got the diet part down.

Don't mean to ramble but I'm pretty sure my fiancé is sick of listening to me so I'm glad to people who can relate to my madness :)

Oh and my job is one of the main motivations to doing this (aside from my wedding). Because I work with all 3 &4 year olds and get asked on a daily basis what's wrong with my face, how I got boo boos on my face, why do I have poison ivy on my face etc. :/
And it doesn't really help my confidence when dealing with parents and other professionals bc I feel like they already don't take me seriously due to my age. Even when I keep this in mind sugar always wins lol.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 05:23 PM

I really want to get serious about cutting sugar as well. I have pretty bad hormonal acne (finally just stopped birth control after 9 years!) and I am set on going the natural route to heal this mess. I woke up this morning and decided today was the day--but then one of my students gave me a halloween tin full of chocolate during my 8:30 apt. I drove around all day (im a traveling speech therapist) with that tin on my passenger seat lol. 3:00 rolled around and I finally gave in and ate about 5 mini candy bars over the next hour. Ughhh I'm doing a candida cleanse right now (OTC cleanse I bought in desperation) I'm thinking I won't get results even if it was an effective cleanse bc I'm two days in and still haven't got the diet part down.

Don't mean to ramble but I'm pretty sure my fiancé is sick of listening to me so I'm glad to people who can relate to my madness smile.png

Oh and my job is one of the main motivations to doing this (aside from my wedding). Because I work with all 3 &4 year olds and get asked on a daily basis what's wrong with my face, how I got boo boos on my face, why do I have poison ivy on my face etc. :/
And it doesn't really help my confidence when dealing with parents and other professionals bc I feel like they already don't take me seriously due to my age. Even when I keep this in mind sugar always wins lol.

 

 

Hi! I was just about send you a message linking you here. Welcome! I'm going to try to find a way to re-name the thread. Feel free to post as much as you like and anything you think is important. Glad you got off birth control. I think it will definitely help your hormones. 

 

You work with 3-4 year olds? How cute! I work with kids as well (dance teacher), but oddly none of them have ever asked about my skin. Once I broke out really badly and I had to put on a ton of makeup. I was teaching a class of 3 year olds and one of them asked me why I was wearing so much makeup, haha. I guess I'm not as good with makeup as I thought. 

 

I'm in the process of changing my skincare regimen. I didn't apply my exfoliant today. Of course that might result in MAJOR breakouts. We'll see! Oh, I also bought new makeup so...switch alot!

 

 

You definitely need to be off sugar to kill candida. Candida feeds off carbohydrates and ketones, so a modest carbohydrate diet is important. I've heard people mainly sticking to 70-150 grams of carbs a day while trying to kill candida.

 

 

 

I'll see if I can change the title of the thread. smile.png


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Posted 31 October 2013 - 06:54 PM

I really want to get serious about cutting sugar as well. I have pretty bad hormonal acne (finally just stopped birth control after 9 years!) and I am set on going the natural route to heal this mess. I woke up this morning and decided today was the day--but then one of my students gave me a halloween tin full of chocolate during my 8:30 apt. I drove around all day (im a traveling speech therapist) with that tin on my passenger seat lol. 3:00 rolled around and I finally gave in and ate about 5 mini candy bars over the next hour. Ughhh I'm doing a candida cleanse right now (OTC cleanse I bought in desperation) I'm thinking I won't get results even if it was an effective cleanse bc I'm two days in and still haven't got the diet part down.
Don't mean to ramble but I'm pretty sure my fiancé is sick of listening to me so I'm glad to people who can relate to my madness :)
Oh and my job is one of the main motivations to doing this (aside from my wedding). Because I work with all 3 &4 year olds and get asked on a daily basis what's wrong with my face, how I got boo boos on my face, why do I have poison ivy on my face etc. :/
And it doesn't really help my confidence when dealing with parents and other professionals bc I feel like they already don't take me seriously due to my age. Even when I keep this in mind sugar always wins lol.

 
 
Hi! I was just about send you a message linking you here. Welcome! I'm going to try to find a way to re-name the thread. Feel free to post as much as you like and anything you think is important. Glad you got off birth control. I think it will definitely help your hormones. 
 
You work with 3-4 year olds? How cute! I work with kids as well (dance teacher), but oddly none of them have ever asked about my skin. Once I broke out really badly and I had to put on a ton of makeup. I was teaching a class of 3 year olds and one of them asked me why I was wearing so much makeup, haha. I guess I'm not as good with makeup as I thought. 
 
I'm in the process of changing my skincare regimen. I didn't apply my exfoliant today. Of course that might result in MAJOR breakouts. We'll see! Oh, I also bought new makeup so...switch alot!
 
 
You definitely need to be off sugar to kill candida. Candida feeds off carbohydrates and ketones, so a modest carbohydrate diet is important. I've heard people mainly sticking to 70-150 grams of carbs a day while trying to kill candida.
 
 
 
I'll see if I can change the title of the thread. :)

Thanks for the info! I think mine is so noticeable to the kids because I'm very fair and a horrible picker so I cause my blemishes to turn red/purple and scab (I know it's horrible, it's like an addiction lol). Can I ask what your regimine is? I try to use natural products (baking soda, Evco, acv) but I'm always changing it and never stick with it for long. I have tried every over the counter face product under the sun, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, retina-a, topical antibiotics, every face mask (I'm on an Indian Aztec healing clay kick right now, derma roller during my clearer days,) and I take a million supplements a day. I know the only thing I have left is to change my diet which is harder for me than anything.

My diet is horrible. I crave carbs, junk, sweets all the time (oh hey candida). When I get these cravings I look in the mirror at my acne and try to remind myself why I'm doing this-but a lot of times it overcomes me and I just say screw it and eat the junk.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 07:33 PM

Thanks for the info! I think mine is so noticeable to the kids because I'm very fair and a horrible picker so I cause my blemishes to turn red/purple and scab (I know it's horrible, it's like an addiction lol). Can I ask what your regimine is? I try to use natural products (baking soda, Evco, acv) but I'm always changing it and never stick with it for long. I have tried every over the counter face product under the sun, antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, retina-a, topical antibiotics, every face mask (I'm on an Indian Aztec healing clay kick right now, derma roller during my clearer days,) and I take a million supplements a day. I know the only thing I have left is to change my diet which is harder for me than anything.

My diet is horrible. I crave carbs, junk, sweets all the time (oh hey candida). When I get these cravings I look in the mirror at my acne and try to remind myself why I'm doing this-but a lot of times it overcomes me and I just say screw it and eat the junk.

 

Awww! I know EXACTLY what you're talking about. I have an old log from a couple years ago and I did EVERYTHING. Aztec indian healing clay, mint julep mask, other sulfur masks, benzoyl, glycolic/salicylic/mandelic/lactic/azelaic acid, manuka honey, essential oils, oil cleansing method, oatmeal cleanser, NO washing...to name a few. I ask tried different product lines, Garden of Wisdom, I did Acne.org's "The Regimen," Mario Badescu, MyChelle, and so much more. I also have done TONS of supplements. 

 

I finally joined a skincare clinic. I started getting treatments and their products. It's very expensive. But they haven't fully cleared my skin, so I want off the products.

 

To come back to your original question, I recently ordered a very gentle cleanser from Garden of Wisdom, and I'll be using that cleanser 1-2x/day and moisturizing 1-2x/day. Once I get my new makeup in, I don't think I'll be moisturizing much at all. 

 

Btw, I ALSO have very pale skin AND I pick too. Such a horrible habit. I'm not sure how to combat the picking. 


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Posted 01 November 2013 - 02:21 PM

I'm so proud of you for getting over the cravings! Have you ever tried drinking acv? A lot of people think its disgusting, harmful, too acidic for teeth etc, but it is truly the only thing that I know helps my skin when I drink it on a regular basis. I use a straw so it doesn't touch the enamel on my teeth as much. I drink it in the afternoon when I get off and it gives me a nice energy boost (ex redbull addict). I also think that it curbs my junk food cravings but it could just be the large amount of water I drink with it. Anyway there's no doubt you havent at least heard of it but if you haven't tried it, it may be worth getting a bottle to help with the cravings/crashing. I know it works for me bc I'm on and off and every time I start again after a few days I'm always mad that I ever stopped, but it may not work for others the same way.

Anyway, Ive had a great day! So busy at work that i didnt even think about eating junk lol. but going out tonight for the penguins game so we'll see how that goes. My biggest enemy tonight is alcohol, I really enjoy having a drink on Friday night...but oh well!! :) Are you cutting out fruit as well to eliminate sugar or still allowing fruit in your diet?

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 08:50 AM

No fruit for now. In the past I would eating mangoes and bananas and cantelope desperately trying to run away from a craving. I want to see I get on without it for a bit.

 

I think alcohol is totally ok, by the way. I've heard that distilled liquors have little sugar compared to fermented alcohol. Fermented alcohol would be hard cider, beer... Distilled would be tequila, vodka, gin, spirits, etc. My drink of choice next time will be a gin and tonic with fresh lime (a slice of fruit haha). 

 

I also think it'll help my stomach. Last time I had a cider I wanted to keel over and die. Ugh, my stomach!



11/1

 

Been decaf for the past 2 days. Napped yesterday. Hoping I can be decaf and it'll help my sleep. 

 

Day 3 of no exfoliant serum and my skin texture is feeling great. Better than it has all year.

 

11/4

 

Low carb can induce elevated cortisol. I haven't been counting the grams of carbs I eat per day, but I'd wager I eat around <20g per day.

 

I planned to eat a big carb meal once every few days. I thought that might be enough for my hormones.

 

However, the past few nights I was waking up every couple hours. Not good.

 

Tonight I'm going to try eating a small starch meal before bed to see how it helps with sleep.

 

11/6

 

I upped my carbs with potatoes and rice the past couple days, and the sleep has not improved. I'm going to start looking into other things to improve sleep. 

 

Skin is still looking better and better. However, now that my acne is disappearing, I have noticed: I'm so pale! I need to tan!

 

Back to half-caf coffee, 1 cup per day.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:01 PM

I have been doing horrible with my diet still, I just don't have the willpower to not eat junk lately. It didn't help that my monthly came and its been 20x worse since getting off the pill. On top of that i havent been to the gym since saturday. Ugh. Feeling horrible. If my face and the fact that I'm getting married this summer doesn't motivate me I don't know what will. But I'll try again tomorrow.

Since I'm not even contributing to this group ill post again when I actually start cutting sugar or do something healthy lol.

Ps-I love sleepy time tea or any chamomile. It's like relaxation in a cup. I drink it almost every night and green tea in the am for energy as well as acv concoction...

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 09:17 PM

I have been doing horrible with my diet still, I just don't have the willpower to not eat junk lately. It didn't help that my monthly came and its been 20x worse since getting off the pill. On top of that i havent been to the gym since saturday. Ugh. Feeling horrible. If my face and the fact that I'm getting married this summer doesn't motivate me I don't know what will. But I'll try again tomorrow.

Since I'm not even contributing to this group ill post again when I actually start cutting sugar or do something healthy lol.

Ps-I love sleepy time tea or any chamomile. It's like relaxation in a cup. I drink it almost every night and green tea in the am for energy as well as acv concoction...

 

Good luck. All the best. 

 

11/9

 

I indulged in some ice cream, and immediately regretted it. 

 

I also consumed a couple cups of coffee with heavy cream. No sugar but, dairy. I noticed two blemishes pop up, and a few other little whiteheads. That's interesting to me so I'll be going very strict again, get back into some low carb for a few days too. 

 

I also switched up my cleanser and have been trying to abandon moisturizer. It's hard to pinpoint causes seeing as I'm changing so much, but I'll be going much more strict again and keeping my skincare routine consistent. 



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 03:18 AM

Hey! I'm still doing no sugar, no dairy, no caffeine, though I guess about sugar free 95% of the time and dairy/caffeine free like 99% of the time. I love food too much to say no to a piece of cake every now and again tongue.png

I still eat fruit though, that's one thing I couldn't do without. I've started drinking green smoothies 5-6 times a week so I'm eating more fruit now than I ever have.

 

I've noticed I don't really crave sugary foods anymore though, which is nice seeing I used to eat some form of chocolate nearly everyday.

 

I've also lost 8kg this year since cutting down then cutting out dairy and sugar. I have to be pretty careful with my weight now though because my BMI is on the low side of healthy and my doctor warned me about letting it fall any lower.

 

How're you doing with the low carb? My friend convinced me to try carb free with her a few years ago and it was horrible. I don't eat too much anyway but I felt faint a lot of the time.


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Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:34 AM

Hey! I'm still doing no sugar, no dairy, no caffeine, though I guess about sugar free 95% of the time and dairy/caffeine free like 99% of the time. I love food too much to say no to a piece of cake every now and again tongue.png

I still eat fruit though, that's one thing I couldn't do without. I've started drinking green smoothies 5-6 times a week so I'm eating more fruit now than I ever have.

 

I've noticed I don't really crave sugary foods anymore though, which is nice seeing I used to eat some form of chocolate nearly everyday.

 

I've also lost 8kg this year since cutting down then cutting out dairy and sugar. I have to be pretty careful with my weight now though because my BMI is on the low side of healthy and my doctor warned me about letting it fall any lower.

 

How're you doing with the low carb? My friend convinced me to try carb free with her a few years ago and it was horrible. I don't eat too much anyway but I felt faint a lot of the time.

 

 

Carbs get people in a frenzy! I like experimenting with it because of the research on theraputic ketogenic dieting.

 

What I've learned so far: low carb is easy when your activity level is minimal-moderate, and high calories. If I ever accidentally undereat and up activity, things really take a downturn. I'm reading more into this and how I can help this, because it seems like my body doesn't mind using fat for fuel, but if I dip under calories, like heck it wants to burn my bodyfat! Which uh, I seem to have the opposite problem than you :)






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