Posted by o Havoc o
on 11 February 2013 - 06:16 AM
Wow some great stories here.
This year i will be doing a cruise around the med and the Caribbean. So will hit many countries in 2 weeks. Can't wait.
I have been to France a few times. I have family over there.
I have been to Spain man years ago, great food
Been to Amsterdam, beautiful city albeit expensive.
I've been to Scotland when i was very young. Don't remember it that well.
Experiences. Too many to name but nothing like a few brushes with death to make one feel alive.
I think my greatest experiences comes from the people around me and close to me. I have learned a lot from these people and dare say taught them a few things. I am simply a combination of the people around me.
Eating a lot of food everday, half healthy half junk (junk can be classified as wheat, rice, grains etc). Or eat very little food but only food the gut can handle (veggies fruits meats healthy fats)
For example, i weigh 125 lbs and i am 5 foot 10. If i eat really healthy (i.e. paleo) i can hardly get 1.2k cals to 1.4 k. If do the first option i can eat 2k +ncals ez. But i cannot tell which of the two options are worst for my acne. My acne seems to worsen and improve on both diets..
You classify rice as junk? Why is that?
My advice to you just cut the junk out and eat when u feel hungry. By the way, by junk, i don't mean rice.
bleh i was typing up a big thing but it ended up getting way off topic lol.
something in your 'healthy' diet still isn't working for you. maybe post exactly what you eat day to day?
for instance, i've been eating as healthy as i can (balanced omega 3/6, gluten free, very little sugar, no fastfood/takeout/snack/processed food) while still getting 3.5-4k cals a day and my acne has significantly improved but still not perfect yet. at the end of last week i switched white rice for brown and i'm significantly clearer now. so that little change to my already 'healthy' diet might be the answer for me (hopefully!!).
Wow 3.54k to 4k calories a day? How?!?
Please post exactly what you eat on a given day?'
did you ever take oral antibiotics for your acne?
Everyone is different.
Just because someone is eating 3k plus cals a day doesn't mean you can. Everyones metabolic capacity is different.
Ask this guy to write exactly what they eat isn't going to help you. Diet is individual, Its what works for you.
Just make better choices in your food and go from there.
I mean, you're only young once. Tomorrow you're a day older. The younger you are, the easier you can get away with junk food - that's really the way I think of it which allows me to eat what I want (sometimes!).
You're not wrong but i personally choose to live an healthy life style. I like feeling good, never tired when i wake up and have lots of energy. I pride myself in getting the best out of myself every time i train which requires good nutrition.
I have a reward meal every 2 or 3 weeks but it is a strategic refeed. I plan that reward when i am replenishing glycogen stores. This stops my body adapting to a low carb diet and essentially resets everything.
There are too many people who go to extremes when it comes to eating, There is room for everything in moderation. A little bit of bad is a good way to keep one motivated and stop ones body adapting.
I know this too well. I'm still bouncing back from a cookie dough, large pizza and ice-cream binge. Fortunately, I've always respected my maintenance calories, but I do generally feel like crap for at least a week after. Now though, I find that occupying my time with something that requires focus like running, or lifting weights, or even cooking/preparing a meal, really helps alleviate that sudden hunger brought about by emotional stress. Also, when summer comes around, you'll be kicking yourself for failing so often lol.
Cool, another Londoner
Well said and you're so right. Keeping well focused on my goal for this year to get down to 8 to 10% body fat so have to be on it.
Funny you mention pizza and ice creams as that is my reward meal tomorrow. The first in 3 weeks, need a good refeed after carb cycling for 3 weeks.
It's not about weighing and comparing experiences. There's always someone who has it better than you; there's always someone who has it worse than you. Everyone has likely heard something like this in their lives, but I don't know anyone who got better because someone told them "You know what, I know someone who has it worse than you is happy. So stop complaining!" or "I can do it, so you can do it too!"
I think helping people is about trying to meet and understand where people are at in their lives, and trying to help guide them in the right direction.
I think we can all agree that you should live your life as best you can despite any conditions. That is a skill that takes time. Some are inherently better at it than others.
Also, it's a bit presumptuous to say you know exactly how someone feels. It's hard (impossible imo) to feel true empathy over the Internet, and we certainly do not know the circumstances of the people here, and their lives.
TakeItToTheSkies, I don't mean to come across negatively, but I find it a bit ironic that in the nutrition section, you are one of a handful of people who understands that one individual's experience does not translate to another person's experience -- because you know that there are so many factors involved in health, many that we don't understand. How can you not see that this also applies to emotional and psychological health?
May be i came across in the wrong way.
You have made a fair post here.
My intention was to try and point out that there is a way out, a different way of thinking, however that is very had to articulate without referring to ones own experience.
You are so right in people react differently.
However it is no good sympathizing without offering realistic advice. Sometimes that advice can seen sympathetic because it is direct. It's difficult to balance because i do not believe in telling people what they want to here or to fuel their anxieties.
With a forum everyone has to be prepared for all comers and all opinions. This is no reason to get irate or take things the wrong. It should be more about encouraging debate and coming at things at a different angle. This seems to get lost sometime in these thread.
But thank you for your post i will try and construct my posts with a bit more balance for lack of a better term.
Just to clear up to everyone what i was getting at.
I am not unsympathetic at all. I went through the mill with acne and i know how dark the thoughts can be.
My point is, pretty much every i have spoken to on here (which is a hell of a lot of people) 99% have said
"i'm clear but i still feel depressed"
Getting clear is just the start. The road after that is very long because it is rehabilitation, both physical and mental.
Most acne sufferers will FIND something else to feel down about. Be scars, red marks, weight issues and so on. The reason is because most acne sufferers have been in the trenches for so long they forget to be any other way. We get comfortable with being miserable all the time.
When i first got clear i had a sense of euphoria. The one thing i wanted in my life came true.
That lasted all of a day.
The damage i had caused to myself was much much deeper. I had cut friends out, lost a girlfriend, alienated my family, dropped out of uni and still i didn't want to go out because i was still massively insecure. I was living on the internet where it was safe and everything done from a distance.
It took me a further 2 to 3 years to get myself back up and functioning as i needed to be. If i knew back then what i know i now i would i have started my "rehab" before i got clear.
When i say it is just the start heed my words. It won't solve all of your problems as many of you the emotional issues go much much deeper.
I had to ACCEPT i have acne and possibly the rest of my life. All i can do is keep it under control. The only difference know is that a break out doesn't stop me from living like it use to.
Hey guys, So I've been on the Regimen since July 2012 and been "clear" since October. This would be my third month without pimples and when I started the regimen I assumed that by this point I would be super happy with my skin- unfortunately this isn't the case. My marks aren't fading (even after doing a peels and constant use of AHA), my skintone is uneven and gross, I am constantly red and I get these random red blotches for no apparent reason (I suspect my skin has somehow thinned out in these places). As far as the bumps are concerned, I'm indescribably happy that they're gone (thank you Dan!). But its just getting me down that after all this effort I still feel the need to apply layers of makeup every morning...ugh is anyone else feeling like this? Are you not quite satisfied with being clear? I just think I expected so much more from clearing up my acne that now I'm just dissapointed.
Sadly the mental effects are somewhat withstanding after getting clear.
I have said too many times on here to many many people. Getting clear isn't the end of it. Most people have had acne for so long they forget how to be any other way and have been comfortable with being down all the time.
Changes, even small ones in your life can make a huge difference. Try to set goals, find hobbies, better more positive people to be around and go from there :0
But I have been doing those things. Last night we had mexican food and I ate beans for the first time in 6 months! (That was what I was originally coming to share anyway before I got all upset). I also made grass-fed beef and used the leftover grease/fat for the beans. It was so unbelievable awesome there aren't even words.
And nothing bad happened! No stomach ache, no gas problems, no breakouts, nothing.