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  1. yeah.. exercise is a huge variable in maintaining clear skin for me... because it allows me to cheat more on my diet... and i LOVE the summertime because i too can more easily sleep 8 hours, relax, and get all the exercise i want, etc. it's all very good. i stay away from sugar, trans fats, nuts, dairy, and refined/processed crap.. but do allow myself to cheat within moderation. if i'm sticking to my diet say, 85% of the time, and exercising religiously (mid-high intensity cardio).. then i'm
  2. hmm.. it's my favorite drink too - but i just drink it unsweetened. everywhere i go i can get it sweetened or unsweetened - even mcdonalds! but i live in the northeast.. so maybe that's why. i've heard sweetened tea is everywhere in the south. maybe you could try sweetening it with stevia.. that wouldn't be bad at all.
  3. thanks cjb.. i agree with you and think they're certainly worth a try for anyone who has the inclination to give them a whirl. that might be me someday... but not today. leah, that is great news that you've a solution to heal your skin, allergies and excema. i'm curious to know if you follow any sort of restricted diet?
  4. uhmm.. there's like fifteen threads within this forum regarding lemon juice and it's helpful effects on acne. several people have posted included myself that have specifically tried it themselves and found results.. why not try a completely CRAZY idea: test something yourself. if it works for you - then perhaps, just maybe, you could conclude that it DOES WORK FOR YOU!! :D
  5. good for you marcus.. i think you'll definitely see improvement by avoiding fast food, sugar and refined/bread products. yes, i definitely agree that you should be perfectly safe with eating eggs. i eat 2-3 scrambled with veggies usually 3-4 times a week without any trouble at all. the same goes for chicken, i eat chicken usually 2-3 a week (boneless skinless breasts). lean turkey breast is very good too. i've read that coconut oil is very good for getting rid several types of parasites.. and
  6. well. it just all just still seems toooo uncomfortable for me, personally. probably if i still had my cystic acne, after trying every single other thing, i might be more inclined to try it. but i've worked hard to learn what i can and can't eat and i've found a program/lifestyle that suits me. i read some of the sites that say it's imperative to have an ultrasound prior to doing a flush because you want to make sure there aren't any stones that could be too big and would cause problems. i'
  7. well, i drink the detox teas.. (yogi brand). i can't say whether they help me or not, really. but i like the taste and *think* they help, so there's something to be said about that i guess. my skin reacts most to diet and exercise and as long as that is good, i'm okay. i'm too afraid to do a liver flush. i KNOW it's ridiculous but i worry a huge stone will get stuck somewhere on it's way out, and i'll die. or at the very least have to go to the hospital because something doesn't feel right
  8. i usually take 2-3 tablespoons after a high glycemic meal.. and you'll want to use apple cider vinegar for best results. i use bragg's (organic).
  9. keep taking the probiotics - they won't hurt you, they are your friends.
  10. yes, carrot juice is amazing. i only discovered the wonders of it a couple of months ago.. but i've been drinking on average 8-10oz a day. it allows me to relax quite a bit on my diet. i actually just did an experiment where the week before last i didn't drink any - and my skin reacted. last week i returned to drinking it daily and my skin is clear once again. i wasn't sure if it was truly the carrot juice, or the probiotics finally repaired all my digestion issues. obviously, the carrot
  11. i also LOVE the desert essence blemish stick (Ingredients: Grain alcohol, witch hazel, tea tree oil, essential oils of calendula, blue chamomile, rosemary, lavender, thyme, birch, and petite grain).. and i use baking soda as a exfoliant but only once every 3 days - otherwise it's too drying. i cleanse morning and night with a gentle natural bar soap containing aloe vera and use jojoba oil as a moisturizer.
  12. i think the best dietary advice is to really find out for yourself through trial and error what works for you and what doesn't. it's very difficult to tell someone what specifically to eat because we all seem to have different intolerances/allergies. not to mention tastes in food. for example of the post above by remember4 - i know that if i were to adopt that diet, my skin would not clear because i have problems with oats AND walnuts. and although i have NO trouble with garbanzo beans, i h
  13. yay!! - this is a GREAT, happy thread. let's keep it that way!! i bet there are several of us who can attribute one after another the success we've found after making diet changes (that are anything BUT simple). personally, it took me a very lonnnnng time to figure out my triggers, and i'm STILL learning things. i too had cystic acne on my face, back, neck and sometimes chest and have the same triggers (dairy, refined sugars, red meat). in terms of grains i also have trouble with wheat a
  14. as i understand it, phytoestrogens balance estrogen levels by decreasing estrogen levels in perimenopausal women and increasing estrogen levels in postmenopausal women.... so in perimenopausal women such as myself (women who still have active menstruation cycles) studies have shown than phytoestrogens encourage normal ovulation and lengthen the second half of the cycle, which is when progesterone is at it's highest levels. sometimes women with estrogen dominance will often NOT ovulate and th
  15. yeah, i definitely have symptoms of estrogen dominance too and i take flaxseed oil to help combat this. i've read that flaxseed oil can help balance out your hormones - by increasing progesterone... below is a quote that i'm pasting from the world's healthiest foods site on the flaxseed info page: "Typically, during the 10 years preceding the cessation of periods at midlife, estrogen levels fluctuate while progesterone levels steadily decline. Flaxseed, by promoting normal ovulation and length