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#3419425 Consistency And Dedication: Update On My Progress (Before, After, And Now Pic...

Posted by sleptember on 09 March 2014 - 08:42 PM

Last year I wrote to y'all about how a gluten and sugar free, paleo diet with mineral supplements changed my skin. A year later I can tell you that's still the case. My skin isn't perfect, but this is the best complexion I've had since I was 12!


The only supplement I take now is magnesium because without it my skin becomes fragile, flakey, and I break out easily.


I eat lots of leafy greens, meat, and fat. I eat raw or semi-cooked liver twice a month, sometimes oftener. 


Horrible skin in 2012
February 18 2012
Improvement in 2013
Week Three
Keeping it up in 2014
March 2014
Side View:
February 18 2012
March 2014


If I can do it, you can too!


EDIT: Oh, and I only wash my face like twice a week. In the 2014 pics, I haven't washed my face in like three days. 

#3348710 How I Got Rid Of That Last Bit Of Acne

Posted by sleptember on 15 May 2013 - 02:20 AM

Great job and thanks for the information!


Personally, it's hard for me to recognize stress when I'm under it. As a result, I just try to take it easy and breathe deeply as much as possible throughout the day. I take whatever time I have to calm myself.  If I'm driving in traffic, I'll use that time to do deep breathing and sort out any niggling issues. Throught the day, I make a conscious effort to slow my mind down when it's racing all over the place. I practise smiling as much as I can (sounds foolish but it works - just smile, whether you feel happy or not). I can report that I feel calmer and happier, and this shows in the skin.

#3338679 Is Anyone On This Board An Experienced Faster?

Posted by sleptember on 05 April 2013 - 08:19 AM

Hi, why do you want to fast for seven days straight?


Personally, I practice daily intermittent fasting (15+ hours without food) and I find it highly beneficial. I begin my fast in the evening and end it in the afternoon. At first it was very difficult to go without food in the morning, but now I find it very easy and I don't get hungry until about 1300.


Look through the Diet and Holistic Forum, it contains a lot of information on fasting.

#3338100 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by sleptember on 02 April 2013 - 04:26 PM

I'm feeling pretty happy with my skin, I will admit...I just hate that as soon as something with my skin is going right, I focus on another part of my body to dislike. I've noticed that whenever my skin is good, I suddenly become more self conscious about my weight. I'm of average weight and have been told I have a pretty nice figure, but I just can't seem to let it go. 


I understand this completely! For some reason we can't be at peace with our bodies.


Let me give you an example: when I was fat I was unhappy and desperate to be thin, when I got thin I was anxious I overdid it and tried to gain a little more weight, I gained a bit more weight and then I felt unhappy because I wasn't fit and toned enough, etc, etc. I've become more self-aware of this negative habit and I'm trying to put an end to it.


This is why I now advocate for unconditional body acceptance. I'm just trying to accept my body, flaws and all, because this obsessiveness and interminable dissatisfaction is a waste of my time. I believe that achieving goals (getting thin, clearing acne) won't make you truly happy unless you love yourself unconditionally first. Easier said than done, but it's not impossible.

#3337808 Success Compilation Thread

Posted by sleptember on 01 April 2013 - 02:21 PM

Way back when in 2011 this thread motivated me to get my healthy eating act together. It's 2013 and here I am adding my own success. It's possible, people. For many of us, diet is the key for clearing acne. It takes time, patience, commitment, and (initially) tremendous will power, but you won't regret it. Don't give up. Where would I be today if 3 or 6 months down the road I'd given up on my eating plan because I wasn't seeing results? 


I eat what is known as the paleo diet, meaning I:

  • Do  not consume gluten, dairy, or refined sugar;
  • Eat plenty of leafy greens and other veggies, quality meat and eggs, and fruits;
  • Avoid cooking oil and use only animal fat and organic coconut oil; and
  • Avoid commercially processed foods: if it contains additives (like preservatives or flavoring), I'm not eating it. 

To treat insulin resistance I:

  • Consume a gram of cinnamon spice (the everyday spice used in cooking and baking) after each meal;
  • Practice intermittent fasting by going without food for 15 or more hours a day. On a typical weekday I eat between 13:00 and 20:00; and
  • Supplement with minerals zinc, chromium, and magnesium. At present, I am now only taking 150mg of magnesium.

To care for my face I:

  • Only wash it 2-3 times a week with plain water;
  • Regularly apply home made face masks consisting of avocado or honey or both;
  • Exfoliate by gently rubbing off dead skin with my fingers. I then brush the dead skin off my face with moist cotton wool;
  • Use honey as a lip balm; and
  • Use apple cider vinegar as a shampoo. I'll sometimes mash a chunk of avocado, spread it over my hair leave it in for 30 minutes, and wash it off. Fantastic!

I've read that others in this success compilation thread find eating a healthy diet difficult and restrictive. I don't. I'm very comfortable with this way of eating and I will continue to eat paleo for the rest of my life. I don't miss junk food and sugar. Because of this diet, I am depression and anxiety free, 20 pounds lighter, happier, more energetic, calmer, and I have better skin. I'm going to stick with this.


These are my results: (the first pic was taken February 2012 - five months into the paleo diet - and the second pic was taken March 2013)

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