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Day 5

5 days without coffee and no more headaches. I’ve stuck to my plan all week: potatoes (russet and sweet), tons of veggies, a bit of fruit, brown rice, water. I don’t have any new pimples or bumps. My skin also isn’t oily at all, which is something I’ve only experienced on accutane, or directly after washing my face for about 30 minutes. It’s after 6 pm and after putting on sunscreen and makeup this morning then being out in the heat today, I can run my finger across my forehead and it doesn’t come away shiny with residue. Usually I oil blot 2-3 times a day!
I am skeptical of anything “working” this quickly but I am honestly already seeing an improvement. I am also not hungry or feeling deprived. I’m eating when I am hungry until I am full.





Day 1 and 2

Day 1 and 2 of eating a simplified diet hasn't been too bad. The changes to what I am used to normally eating aren't that extreme. Instead of ground beef or turkey or eggs with veggies, I am having russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, and brown rice. I cooked potatoes without olive oil for the first time ever and didn't notice a difference at all. The seasonings stuck just the same!

I had a bit of a headache the last few days, I think from not drinking coffee. I didn't realize how often I was drinking the stuff even at home, making iced coffee with the morning leftover batch. This means I was drinking soy milk 2-3 times a day. It's too early to say for certain that soy milk was the cause, but it'll be interesting to see what difference this makes, if any. 

I don't have any new pimples or cysts forming yet. My previous ones are in the process of healing up. I want to say my forehead is a little smoother, however that could just be wishful thinking. 

I also realized I will need to do this experiment for at least a few months to see if my lady-cycle or hormones make any difference. 

I premake my meals each week, so this week we have:

Breakfast/lunch: brown rice, black beans, broccoli, cauliflower
Dinner: Roasted sweet potatoes and russet potatoes, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, mixed greens (steamed and seasoned)
Snacks: Peaches, plums, blueberries





My Acne Overview

I am female and am currently 31 years old, and have had acne in various forms on and off since I was 12. 

Past Treatments... 

1. That had no lasting effect:
- antibiotics
- proacitve
- murad
- differin gel
- retin-a

2. That were somewhat effective, but with unwanted side effects
- benzoyl peroxide (drying)
- salicylic acid (drying, but useful for spot treatments still)
- oil cleansing method (cleared up larger spots, but caused milia)

3. That worked but not permanently:
- accutane (two rounds, once at age 18 and again at age 22)

Current State of Things

At 31 years old, I have to say I am a bit over breaking out. It seems like of all of the people I know I am the only person who hasn't "grown out of" their acne. I will have groupings of a few years at a time where my skin will be awesome. But in the last year or so my skin has been acting up again. As anyone who has suffered with acne for a long time knows, you KNOW when something is about to flare up before spots even appear. 

My recent breakouts have been small cyst-like buggers along my jawline and around my chin and mouth, along with tiny whiteheads that form long my lip line (super cute right?). My forehead doesn't "breakout" but I have a bunch of tiny bumps that are under the skin so it has a lovely asphalt texture. 

I have a few theories regarding what may be causing this:

- Recent 3 month business trip that was very stressful
- Recent 35 pound weight loss eating high fat/low carb (perhaps an imbalance was created here)
- Soy milk (I developed a soy latte habit while on my trip and brought it home with me)
- Flavored coffee beans (I stopped this already and the itchy breakouts on my cheeks went away)

My weight loss was done 100% through diet alone. And by diet I mean with a small "d" and not "a Diet" that I followed. I overhauled my entire lifestyle and cut out all processed food (including breads, crackers, etc.), added sugars, non-water beverages, and alcohol. My weight dropped off, I was never hungry or deprived, my moods stabilized, and I have kept the weight off (woot woot!). For me at least, food seems to be the simplest and easiest way to resolve my health issues so I am going to attempt to use food to heal my skin as well. 

I've read bits and pieces of information that leads me to believe I may need to change up my eating pattern again, for my current needs. So the plan going forward will be:

1. Eat a simplified diet to try and determine what my trigger foods may be
- include tons veggies, brown rice, starches, some fruits, lots of water
-- take out meat, dairy, eggs, most fats, and soy

2. Once skin clears (if I get this far) slowly add foods back in one at a time

3. Wash with a gentle cleanser (Vanicream)

My Resources
The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung
The Clear Skin Diet by Nina and Randa Nelson
The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall
The Internet