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Diet options for extremely fussy eaters?

In the process of trying the many suggested forms of help on these forums and elsewhere im getting around to Diet as something I haven't tried yet but really should.

A run down of main things I eat:

Bacon

Sausages

Minced beef/lamb

Lots of pepperoni/ham pizza's

Lots of chips (fries)

Various canned vegetable soups

Canned spaghetti (Heinz)

Lots of white bread

Freeze dried noodles

A fair bit of sweets/chocolate/dairy stuff

Lots of full fat milk (organic at least)

Lots of fruit juice from concentrate

Thats pretty much what I eat and almost entirely because pretty much everything not on that list I do not like.

I have tried many times over the years to expand my diet but the physical (retching, gagging, nausea) and psychological (my mind decides in advance when looking at a new food that it doesn't like it and then drives me to distraction when chewing new food and processing the flavours/textures) hurdles have overcome me everytime.

So I come here looking for advice on a small number of dietary changes I could make that would have the most benefit. Given my diet there's a fair chance my acne is in part exacerbated by it so this is something I really need to try.

Thanks in advance.

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In the process of trying the many suggested forms of help on these forums and elsewhere im getting around to Diet as something I haven't tried yet but really should.

A run down of main things I eat:

Bacon

Sausages

Minced beef/lamb

Lots of pepperoni/ham pizza's

Lots of chips (fries)

Various canned vegetable soups

Canned spaghetti (Heinz)

Lots of white bread

Freeze dried noodles

A fair bit of sweets/chocolate/dairy stuff

Lots of full fat milk (organic at least)

Lots of fruit juice from concentrate

Thats pretty much what I eat and almost entirely because pretty much everything not on that list I do not like.

I have tried many times over the years to expand my diet but the physical (retching, gagging, nausea) and psychological (my mind decides in advance when looking at a new food that it doesn't like it and then drives me to distraction when chewing new food and processing the flavours/textures) hurdles have overcome me everytime.

So I come here looking for advice on a small number of dietary changes I could make that would have the most benefit. Given my diet there's a fair chance my acne is in part exacerbated by it so this is something I really need to try.

Thanks in advance.

well judging from the chip & heinz I guess you're english :)

My diet used to be TERRIBLE- similar to yours but with even more junk food. however, my acne then was more or less non existent compared to what i have now (moderate).

i'll give you a brief run down of what I have, and what i avoid- i'm a VERY fussy eater, but (one of the few benefits!) thanks to acne my diet and lifestyle has improved massively.

Avoid foods high in sugar- so chocolate sweets etc, anything with alot of processed sugar.

Eat lots of fruit and veg- having said that, i try not to eat TOO much fruit as some fruit has alot of sugar in it- although (iirc) the sugar in fruit (fructose?) is fine, unlike the processed sugar (is that even the term?) in alot of other stuff

Eat as natural as possible- IE no hydrogenated fats/preservatives/additives in food. Try and stay organic too. This can be VERY expensive and hard to find at times, but there's a bigger range out there then you think!

Try and avoid foods high in saturated fat- cut down on the meat :(

Cut down on dairy- especially full fat milk! I used to drink choc milkshakes every morning, then i stopped drinking milk entirely for a year. Now I just eat yogurts :D

If you are english I can suggest a tonne of foods i eat- for example the best cereal EVER CREATED TO MAN EVER is No Added Sugar Alpen- cheap, tastes good, and low in sugar and fat! Yum!

It's best to gradually shift your diet though- could cause a bit of a shock to the system if you suddenly change it. Just try new things every week and see if they work for you- remember that it'll probably be months before you see any benefit on your acne thanks to dietary changes :D

Hope that helps, and like I said let me know if you want some good specific suggestions for meals and/or brands :)

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Most of the stuff you are eating needs to be cut out of your diet. First identify what sort of diet you want to go on e.g paleo, low GI, gluten free ect.

Tbh you are really going to try some new foods.

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Heya, yeh I am English :) so that helps if you can suggest anything specific.

Nubby im not really looking to go on one of those specialised extreme diets at the moment. It would be a major life change for me and very difficult/stressfull. Just some simpler changes I can make then see where I go from there.

Is milk really that bad?. I mean its beneficial properties are numerous and well known and many people drink it with no skin problems.

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a small number of dietary changes I could make that would have the most benefit

  • #1: stop eating a high-fructose diet. drop the fruit juice. absolute, #1 priority.
  • #2: since you're willing to eat spaghetti, can you increase the amount of tomato sauce (lycopene) in your diet?
  • #3: definitely do not trade full-fat milk for skim, since the only study to implicate dairy in acne showed no correlation with full-fat milk (possibly because the conjugated linoleic acid in the fat elevated anti-oxidants enough to counter whatever ill effects the other components offer).
  • #4: eliminate caffeine. Or if you can't, eliminate it within 8 hours of bedtime. If possible, do not drink tea in particular.
Though you only mention diet, if you could increase the # of hours of bright outdoor light exposure in your eyes each day (no sunglasses, no hats), you would likely get less carb malabsorption, which could greatly decrease the ability of diet to affect your acne.

Really, if you lived in outdoor light all day, had a normal melatonin cycle at night, and exercised moderation with the fruit juice, you could be acne-free on this diet. But those things are really hard to do, so you're left with diet-twiddling and modest improvements.

100% IMHO, of course! :D

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in all honesty I don't think you need to drastically change your diet anyhow- there are loads of benefits in eating healthier, one of which could be improving your acne, but it's not a necessity in the slightest to get rid of acne in my opinion :D

i wont bore you with what you should and shouldn't eat but i'll give you a quick run down of what i eat- bare in mind i'm a student on a bit of a budget (although i spend MUCH more on food than others :D) and lacking in time/care to prepare food.

a) Lots of healthy seeds and nuts for snacks- brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds- all good for you in moderation and fill you up :D

b) No added sugar alpen- this is the gift of god for cereal. all 100% natural and contains nothing that'd make your acne worse (or at least i bloody hope not)- if you like or could grow to like the taste of muesli i REALLY recommend it- great for snacking on as it's low in fat and sugar! :)

c) Water! I only drink water, and occasionaly treat myself to an innocent smoothie- I even look at the labels of what I drink before I go out (can't really ask the sugar content of a drink at a pub can you?) so I have a rough idea :)

d) Sainsburys 'be good to yourself' ready meals- these are REALLY good, they taste great and have no hydrogenated fats or preservatives or the like. they're cheap, quick to make and to be honest just awesome.

e) Fish! I actually bloody hate any fish that isn't breaded, but breaded fish is good for you too! Bring on the fish fingers :D

So yeah in short, eat what you want :D Try and cut down on the sugar and fats, and bare in mind that what makes some people' break out' has literally no effect on others- so don't freak out about having a bit of chocolate or something, just don't stuff your face with it :) - it's all about how much you're happy to give up in order to improve your skin. I mean i'm pretty desperate to get rid of all my spots as soon as possible so I've taken massive steps with my diet, but I still understand that a bag of crisps isn't going to give me acne. It didn't when i was 15 when I shoved 5 bags of walkers and 3 dairy milks in my bag on the way back from school so why should it now? :)

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