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fakeplasticgirl

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  1. Nice to know I'm not alone! Thanks for all the suggestions. I think the fact I live in the UK where we are seriously, seriously sun deprived (..and, consequently, quite grumpy) may be partially to blame..
  2. So I've been following a low GI/paleo-type diet for about a year now. Although I have stopped getting cystic acne, I still get a lot of clogged pores/blackheads/whiteheads and on occasion, small inflamed acne as well. I'd say there has been 60 - 70% improvement, but I am not clear and have sort of decided to give up because exhausting various diets and spending a huge amount of money on vitamins was beginning to frustrate me. That said, I've stuck by my low-GI, gluten free diet and I avoid proce
  3. Kefir all the way! Especially home-made. Best probiotic drink ever.
  4. Coconut oil makes me feel very nauseous so I don't eat it either. I also lost a lot of weight and am now underweight, but I have found that some things help put some weight back on. Macadamia nuts, they are high in "good" fats More extra virgin olive oil on my salads, etc. Lots of avocados A good amount of salmon Generally tried to "up" my portions a little bit... which has been difficult, since I get full pretty easily (especially when I eat nutrient dense foods like I do now).
  5. I never really understood the deal with nuts... I eat almonds and macadamia nuts mostly, and don't seem to have any problems with them. But I always read such contradicting information on them that I'm not sure if I should cut them out altogether?...
  6. I'll eat oatmeal and quinoa on occasion, but that's about it.
  7. * Kefir for breakfast, followed by a clementine. * Some sunflower seeds and macadamia nuts for in-between snack. * A light leafy green salad with tuna for lunch. * Spiced sauteed sliced chicken cooked with peppers, onions and tomatoes for dinner.
  8. I lost weight once I started eating healthy, which was bad cuz I went from 105 lbs down to 98 lbs (at 5'4 -- but still, is pretty low). I've been eating more "healthy" fats such as olive oil -- put an extra bit on my salad/veggies + extra virgin coconut oil. Also, full fat greek yoghurt, and upping my red meat intake a little. I know some people have issues with meat, but I've never broken out from meat.
  9. Have you tried Saw Palmetto or Vitex? They are natural alternatives to spiro. Have you spoken to your gynaecologist about getting a hormonal bloodwork panel done? They are not 100% accurate but can give you an idea what hormones exactly are off and by how much. Do you think you might have PCOS?
  10. Yeah, definitely. I've been reading a lot about chronic inflammatory disorders in the body and I'm sure I have chronic inflammation, because I also have eczema/dermmatitis, which is another symptom of chronic inflammation along with acne. I try to eat an anti-inflammatory diet to counteract it... especially trying to focus on eating lots of Omega-3 rich foods.
  11. I never really noticed breakouts from sweating.
  12. I plan on AVOIDING gluten and sugar, as well as most dairy (cheese, milk).. if not for my acne, then for my health's sake. True, I haven't totally cleared my acne with diet, but that's cuz my body has been so out of whack for different reasons, that it'll take time for it to heal. Still, 75% improvement with diet changes is better than no improvement with using harsh chemicals on my face every day. I've been paleo/low GI dieting for about 6 months now, and I'm really used to it. I'm especiall
  13. I tend to go for mediterranean/italian, where I can eat seafood or fish. A classic for me is just grilled salmon with some sort of vegetable side (ratatouille or fresh mixed salad), or something like tuna tartar. Since I do occasionally (once in two weeks or so) eat red meat, sometimes I'll just order some nice steak. Grilled chicken is something else I order, I always ask what they marinate the chicken in though. The few restaurants I go to also always have quinoa or brown rice as a side which
  14. They fade after a few months. That's not to say I don't still have occasional cravings for my favourite spaghetti, or for a snickers bar. I just make sure to avoid being around such food as much as possible, so try to tell your friends and maybe they'll be a bit more considerate. At the end of the day, I know that if I indulge in a slice of pizza etc., I'll feel really guilty / stressed / gross, plus I start noticing I get indigestion and other nasty symptoms from occasional greasy food bingei
  15. Unfortunately I still have acne, but I've noticed a few things that have made my skin look healthier and glowier, despite the spots.. 1. Fish & fish oil -- definitely makes a difference to skins suppleness.. 2. Coconut oil -- don't really know how/why but I've noticed when I eat a tablespoon per day, my skin looks healthier 3. Antioxidants -- especially berries ie blueberries & blackberries..yum
  16. Thanks for your reply. I'll try minimising the amount of stuff I do. Although lately, I've been more "screw it" about my diet.. still, I obviously don't eat any processed sugar/gluten and as for dairy,..only goat's cheese now and then. Actually I think I have candida as well as hormonal problems. I want to try a strict candida diet for a few months and see where that takes me. I remember when in June for a week I ate about a garlic clove a day (I was staying at my grandma's, she grows her own
  17. Do think you have any other health problems? Fatigue, bowel/digestive problems? They can be clues into why specifically you have acne.. Have you ever seen a naturopath?
  18. I'm in the same boat as you.. I think I have a combination of candida and I KNOW I have hormonal imbalance because I've had tests run, etc. I skip my periods a lot, and have really long cycle.. Try vitex + siberian ginseng for the PCOS. they're supposed to regulate hormones. I've seen slight improvement by drinking both every day, but you have to be patient..can take up to 3-4 months to see results. As for diet.. I'm just as confused as you, hah. I avoid gluten/processed sugar/dairy, and try t
  19. I'm from Eastern Europe, so kefir is pretty common/available here. I have kefir for breakfast every morning. It has really helped with some of my digestive issues, which imo were down to dysbiosis.. Anyway, I don't drink milk, because I don't digest it well. But there's no problems with kefir. It's super good for your health and everyone should drink it anyway, regardless of whether it helps their skin or not!
  20. Thanks for the reply guys. My GP "speculated" about IBS -- no real diagnosis there, just said my symptoms sounded like IBS :/ & the low progesterone yes, I've had hormone blood work done and that's definitely an issue. Where can I get wild yam? I've never really looked into this at all.. It's just hard to stay motivated when you're trying hard and seeing minimal, if any, results. I'm going to re-try an elimination diet and be more strict this time. Also, am hoping to see a decent naturopat
  21. OK guys, after spending about 3-4 months trying to figure this out myself, I'm officially sending out a cry of help! History: *21 yr old female. *Acne for about 8 years now. *Started off mild, then was medium/severe when I was 14-17, toned down a bit at 18 but WAS NEVER EVER completely clear. *Have been battling with VERY persistent mild/moderate acne. *Rarely get cysts, maybe 2/3 times a year. *Mostly pustules/whiteheads/blackheads etc. *NO SPECIFIC ONE AREA OF BREAKOUTS.. that is I get
  22. Hey there! Good to hear from you. I can feel your frustration, cuz I've had almost no progress. I've started slacking, too, because I've been travelling all Summer and it became a chore to figure out how the hell I was going to be able to survive when all I could have was mostly restaurant/cafe food. I'm still avoiding gluten/sugar/dairy but I guess I'm not eating enough good stuff and yeah, diet is definitely not perfect. Still breaking out. Periods still irregular. As soon as I've stopped tra
  23. Greeneyes, fantastic news about your cycle! I've only been eating "really well" for a month and a bit now, and already have seen improvement in my cycle -- from 38 days now down to 32! Hopefully by the next cycle, I may even be on 28. It's crazy how just by eating a very nutrient dense diet, you can help keep your hormones in check. It is beyond me why doctors don't ever tell you, or at least suggest this as a key to hormonal balance health.
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