I'm posting a lot today because I don't always have the time, but I want to log systematically everything I'm doing just in case it helps anyone out there (since Dan has helped me so much without even knowing), and for my own record.
This post might not be what people want to hear, but diet & exercise really haven't made any difference in the 25 years I've dealt with my problem skin. For most of those years I ate very healthfully but didn't exercise (I was skinny until I turned 27), then for 6 years I ate horribly, was under a lot of stress and gained 37 pounds, because all I did was sit in front of a computer in a corporate executive job. My skin was no better or worse than before. Then for the last 8 years I've had no stress because I changed careers. No change in my skin. For the last 3 years I've been perfect: no stress, eating as healthfully as humanly possible, and I exercise one and a half hours a day. I've lost almost all the weight I gained and I'm wonderfully happy in most every aspect of my life. But guess what. My skin got worse than ever just 2-3 months ago.
Clearly my problem is hormonal and genetic, and I make it worse because I pick (nervous tick).
Having said all that, I'm not saying that you shouldn't eat healfully, exercise & minimize stress. Everybody should, just so you live a happy, healthy and long life (what's more important than that?). What I'm saying is: don't stop eating healthfully, minimizing stress and exercising, just because you don't see your skin improve. The benefits of these 3 things go far beyond good skin. And who knows? you might be one of those lucky people whose skin does benefit also.
Here's what I usually eat, just in case anyone is curious:
Breakfast: whole-grain oatmeal + 1/2 cup of blueberries , 1 mug of coffee+ a little bit of fat free creamer
Snack: 2 low fat high density string cheese + 1 cup of carrots
lunch: veggie stir fry: olive oil, 1 cup of broccoli or 1 cup of green beans + 1 cup of red, yellow, & green peppers+ 1/2 cup of tomatios +1 medium potato or 1/2 cup of beans or 4 oz of turkey or 1 cup of whole grain pasta+ 1 oz of cheddar cheese
snack: 1 cup of yogurt + 1 cup of fruit (rasberries, cherries or blueberries), or 1 apple + peanut butter, or 1 whole wheat muffin with peanut butter/jelly
dinner: I don't eat after 6pm, so usually it's just 2 squares of dark chocolate, or if I'm very hungry, I'll add a banana
I also drink 32 OZ of water in the morning, and lately another 32 OZ of water + juice of half a lemon in the afternoon
I used to drink a lot of green or black or white tea at night, but I became anemic after my recent surgery so I can't do that anymore until my iron count is back up.
In the weekends I eat 2 eggs (omega 3 fortified) + veggies for breakfast, same snacks as above, tuna or salmon salad for lunch, and whatever my hubby wants for dinner (small portions because it's usually pizza or chinese food or restaurant food).
So I have excellent overall health, I never get sick, I'm fit, I look younger than most people my age. But my skin sucks. Can't have it all, I guess.