I just went shopping and i am all set to give paleo a 30 day trial (at least). I have begun to feel the effects of too much carbs and too much sugar so its time to get my shit together and get back in gear. I have studied the book 'Well Fed' inside and out and i am truly excited to try out all these wonderful recipes.
In addition to eating better, i will dedicate myself to exercising a little bit at least 3-4 times a week for 30-45 minutes.
I'm experimenting with various diets in an effort to cure my acne. I believe that acne is caused by diet. I'm curious about your stint with a Pescetarian diet. When you went Pescetarian, what did your 3 meals a day look like throughout the week? Also what kind of fish did you consume? Were you conscientious of whether the fish was wild-caught or farm raised? Did you also give up milk, sugars, breads, alcohols, and coffee during this Pescetarian trial?
I have also researched the Paleo diet and do not believe that it perfectly epitomizes the type of diet upon which humans evolved. Most people that subscribe to a Paleo diet are not conscientious of the type of beef, chicken, or fish they are eating. And Paleo people eat eggs, nuts, and avocado freely and I believe these foods would only have been a very, very small part of the diet upon which humans evolved.
I'm curious of your take on this. I know you are attempting Paleo as a means to control blood sugar and are hoping that it helps with your complexion as a side effect. But I'd still be interested in your analysis of the Paleo diet as it relates to acne.
Actually, is it completely the opposite of what you say. All of the Paleo communities I have ever been part of HEAVILY emphasize the quaility of all the foods consumed. I have never ever heard an actual Paleo follower say that quaility was unimportant. Quality is constantly a topic of discussion. The popular media sources who claim Paleo to be a "fad diet" are the only ones I have ever seen to claim otherwise (and obviously they are not Paleo).
The Paleo lifestyle promoted the consumption of organic, high-quality, sustainably and humanely raised foods. The reason it helps so many people, not just lose weight, but also clear their skin from acne, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, etc, is that eating the way the human body is meant to eat, as well as moving your body and reducing stress, helps your genes express themselves the way they were intended to.
I am also curious what makes you think that Paleo is not an optimal human diet? Obviously, our food is not quite as nutrient dense as it once was, and some of the meats we eat, we eat in higher quantities than they may have. Paleo is not about lving JUST LIKE a caveman, but instead living a closer lifestyle to what is optimal for humans to be healthy AND happy. A popular objection is that meat in those days was leaner than it is today. The rebuttal for that is that high quality, pastured meats are leaner than conventional meats anyway, and that's what you eat when you are Paleo, but our ancenstors didn't prize muscle meats, but rather marrow, brain, and organ meats which are not lean by any means. They ate muscle meat as well, but that's not what they were after.
For OP, the first few weeks are a little hard as you adjust from being carb dependent, but once you get over the hump, you'll never want to go back. Don't obsess about your acne, just focus on how you feel. Don't forget that socialization and getting out and about are just as important as eating right. And, finally, once you're over your 30 days, don't forget that it is PERFECTLY OK to occasionally eat something not paleo. I have been paleo for two years, and it has been life-changing for me, mentally and physically.
Eggs are organic, cage free, vegetarian fed 200mg omega 3 per egg. Meats are grass fed, no hormones, antibiotics stuff like that. I have been on this diet for about a month and am seeing great results. I feel clean inside, its a weird feeling. I don't really look to see where the food is from btw. You have to understand you may not notice results for about 3 weeks. It might get worse at first. Look up on google; paleo first two weeks and you will see what to expect from your body. I say give it a shot and stick with it for atleast a month before you decide whether or not you should continue. I will let you know in another 2 weeks what results I get.
Eating omega-3 enriched eggs and grass fed meats is a great step towards lowering inflammation in the body. My theory is that the abundance of omega-6 and scarcity of omega-3 in our Western diets is the root cause for breakouts. So the fact you are consuming a little less omega-6 and a little more omega-3 might explain why you are seeing great results.
That being said, I have analyzed the Paleo diet and it still contains an unusually high amount of omega-6's and not enough omega-3's. There is significant scholarly literature that suggests humans evolved on a ratio of 1:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3. Contemporary Western diets have a ratio of 20 or 30 to 1. Omega-6's break down into a number of inflammatory molecules in the body and Omega-3 break down into a number of molecules that suppress inflammation. My theory is that excessive Omega-6 consumption in our diets is causally related to acne. It is just a theory that I am testing. Unfortunately I cannot use the Paleo model because it still has too much Omega-6 and not enough Omega-3.
Omega-3 enriched eggs, grass-fed beef, and free-range poultry all have much more omega-3 than regular meat at the store, but they still have a disproportionately larger amount of Omega-6 so my current diet avoids all of these. Avocado's, chocolate, and nuts like pecans, cashews, pistachios, and almonds all have insane amounts of Omega-6 and very little Omega-3 so I have completely cut these out of my diet.
Fish seems to be the best source of Omega-3 so I have incorporated this into my daily diet. I have used the diet of a non-Westernized Pacific Islander tribe as a model for how I eat. It is repetitive and I have been doing it for about three weeks. I will also keep you appraised as to whether it works out for me. I look forward to reading your results!
I am very curious how you came to the conclusion that the Paleo diet contains an "unusually high" amount of omega 6's in comparison to omega 3's, when the paleo diet focuses on avoiding typical Western foods that are high in Omega 6's (soy, seed oils, grains, conventional meats, etc) and increasing intake of omega 3 rich foods, like grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, organ meats (especially liver) seafood, etc. Nuts are part of the Paleo diet, but in careful moderation (like a handful a day) and most Paleo dieters stick to nuts higher in omega 3's, like macadamia nuts.
Here's the problem I see:
People want to heal their acne through diet and lifestyle. Great. But then they get obsessed only with their skin and not how they FEEL. Physically. Emotionally. What is the quality of your life? It's not directly connected to your flesh, I can tell you that. Then obsess over their food. They hear "diet" and think low-fat, juicing, fasting, cleansing, starving. You're young. Do you really think you have liver failure? Do you really think you need more fiber?
Paleo changed my life. It's the only lifestyle that ever helped me-not just with my skin, but with my life. My happiness. My fitness. It says, "Eat good quality meats. Eat lots of veggies. Eat fruit too. Some nuts. Then go outside. Walk around. See the world. Play with friends. Lift heavy things. Get some sun. Then go sleep, wake up and do it again." What that means to me is to live an enjoyable, happy, dynamic life where I can be the best me for the people I love, not anxious, not angry, not depressed.
Be gentle to your skin, your heart, your tummy, and your life.
Get out there and live.
And also eat bacon.