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In Topic: Chia Seeds...

06 January 2012 - 01:23 PM

You can try avoiding them for a week or so and see if it makes a difference. Then try again, because it could be a coincidence.  Also, try soaking them in water to form. They'll form a gel which you could use to thicken a smoothie or other drink.  Or just drink. Some people like it.  There are some recipes in the drink recipe thread. http://www.acne.org/...ost__p__3178117

OK. I usually just throw about 2 tbsp into a smoothie every morning. I hope the chia seeds are not to blame...

In Topic: Caffeine Or Coffee In General That's The Problem?

30 November 2011 - 12:41 AM

Caffeine has never been a trigger for me personally and I drank a LOT of coffee at one point. I'm talking about several cups a day.

There's usually nothing in normal coffee unless you're putting it there (sugar/milk/creamer) which will turn coffee which is relatively decent for you into liquid poison. Buying decaf defeats the whole purpose of coffee not to mention, the decaf method involves a lot of less-than-desirable chemicals. Regardless of popular belief, seeping your coffee in hot water and then pouring out the first "batch" is not an efficient method of removing the caffeine content because caffeine isn't even that soluble in water.

Caffeine itself may be a trigger for you because of its effect on certain hormones. I wouldn't worry about coffee too much. Worst case scenario: switch to green tea. It has less caffeine and a decent amount of antioxidants and tastes better unsweetened for most probably.

Unless you buy organic, swiss water decaf. I've heard it's a chemically free process.

In Topic: What Did You Eat Today?

19 November 2011 - 03:18 PM

breakfast: Wild blueberry & strawberry smoothie w/ spinach & orange juice (citrus doesn't seem to affect me...)

lunch: some days I will have organic sprouted grain (spelt & wholewheat) toast with plain canned wild salmon on top
and recently I have been experimenting with stirfries usually I'll use olive oil, broccoli, bok choy, mushrooms, and turmeric

snacks: this is where I have some trouble, since I love snacking. i've tried apple sauce and nuts and rice chips and now baked lentil chips. my fruit of choice atm is kiwi. yogurt breaks me out big time.
drinks: loose leaf chai green tea, water, organic decaf coffee occasionally

dinner: always different, I always try to include a veggie and protein source. tonight will probably be chicken & sweet potatoes

Haha. There should be a thread created 'How you used to eat'. Ah man, mortifying.. :sick:

In Topic: Acne, Whiteheads Showing Up Overnight

15 November 2011 - 01:39 AM

Try green tea, the loose leaf variety which contains a higher percent of antioxidants. You can find loose leaf tea in health food stores and specialty stores. I was once an avid consumer of coffee but I switched to Chai green tea which mimics coffee a bit because I can add honey and cream and it still tastes pretty decent. Or consider black tea, which has less caffeine. If all else fails, Decaf is perfectly acceptable. I manage quite well these days, and whenever I do crave real coffee I allow myself the indulgence because I barely drink it otherwise. The craving will decrease with time, just ease yourself into it and lessen the amounts you consume each day.  As for fruits and vegetables I suggest things like plums, kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, mango, grapefruit, pomegranate, squash, sweet potato, broccoli, spinach, kale, carrot, tomato. Widen your horizons, do some research, there are many skin healing foods out there.

In Topic: The Real Reason You Have Acne!

06 November 2011 - 12:43 AM

Butter? I use it quite generously, although I have cut out sugar, gluten, and dairy tremendously. Lately I've been so fed up with diet because it seems anything I believe to be healthy for me ends up being, in actuality, damaging. I feel like I am constantly tweaking my diet and cutting things out for fear of it furthering my skin disruptions. I can't exactly afford to do that as I am only 17 and living in a bit of poverty. It causes me a lot of distress. I absolutely am not interested in taking birth control or anti biotics and most definitely not accutane, these being the only options provided by my doctor. So, I looked to diet to be my savior because I have always suspected that it can either cause or prevent acne depending on what you eat. It is only causing me more stress because it seems that everything is contaminated in some way - and when you have the internet at your fingertips you can truly go to town - never finding a satisfying answer. I just feel so uneasy right now knowing that I won't be able to afford or achieve that optimum acne fighting diet.