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  1. There has been much debate in this community about the health value (or lack thereof) of grains, especially wheat. I thought this article was worth posting. I for one was VERY happy to see these things being talked about on a mainstream site such as CBS news... it's inspiring that the word is really starting to spread about this. "(CBS News) Modern wheat is a "perfect, chronic poison," according to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist who has published a book all about the world's most popular grain. Davis said that the wheat we eat these days isn't the wheat your grandma had: "It's an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the '60s and '70s," he said on "CBS This Morning." "This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there's a new protein in this thing called gliadin. It's not gluten. I'm not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I'm talking about everybody else because everybody else is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year." Asked if the farming industry could change back to the grain it formerly produced, Davis said it could, but it would not be economically feasible because it yields less per acre. However, Davis said a movement has begun with people turning away from wheat - and dropping substantial weight. "If three people lost eight pounds, big deal," he said. "But we're seeing hundreds of thousands of people losing 30, 80, 150 pounds. Diabetics become no longer diabetic; people with arthritis having dramatic relief. People losing leg swelling, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and on and on every day." To avoid these wheat-oriented products, Davis suggests eating "real food," such as avocados, olives, olive oil, meats, and vegetables. "(It's) the stuff that is least likely to have been changed by agribusiness," he said. "Certainly not grains. When I say grains, of course, over 90 percent of all grains we eat will be wheat, it's not barley... or flax. It's going to be wheat. "It's really a wheat issue." Some health resources, such as the Mayo Clinic, advocate a more balanced diet that does include wheat. But Davis said on "CTM" they're just offering a poor alternative. "All that literature says is to replace something bad, white enriched products with something less bad, whole grains, and there's an apparent health benefit - 'Let's eat a whole bunch of less bad things.' So I take...unfiltered cigarettes and replace with Salem filtered cigarettes, you should smoke the Salems. That's the logic of nutrition, it's a deeply flawed logic. What if I take it to the next level, and we say, 'Let's eliminate all grains,' what happens then? "That's when you see, not improvements in health, that's when you see transformations in health." http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57505149/modern-wheat-a-perfect-chronic-poison-doctor-says/ I couldn't agree more with everything he had to say, and I love the fact that he didn't try to cater to people who don't want to change their diets. I loved what he said about the smoking and about eliminating grains being a way to transform health. This is just awesome to see. Ps. There is a video on the site with more of his interview if you're interested.
  2. Dear Reader tonight 11/09/16 marks the first night/day into something I have been meaning to try for a long time. A Paleo diet CURRENT STATUS. Mild acne: Both cheeks, forehead, chin. I want to keep this short and sweet throughout my journey. I will post daily. updating the content untill 1 month mark. I will be 100% Strict. I say this as many users have tried to review said diet. how ever failed in their attempts. Supplements 1x 5000ui Vitamin d 1x multi vitamin 2x Omega 3. Skin care 1x shower at night Black soap. moisturiser after shower. No touching face only in shower. Hands always thoroughly cleaned before touching. .
  3. Hi, I am a 35 year old woman and I just discovered what was causing my big, red, painful blemishes, a condition that stayed with me since I was 20 years old. It was gluten-sensitivity. Before I had discovered this sensitivity, I had tried the "Proactiv" type medicines, I made sure I didn't wear moisturizer or make-up with oil in it, (definitely no sunscreen), and even went to the doctor to try a medicine ( but I soon talked myself out of it). Then a few months ago, I read an article about the hidden link between gluten and acne. It gave me hope even though I wasn't thrilled about restricting my eating. But I looked in the mirror at the ugly red marks (old ones and new ones) and became so distressed that it was clear to me that enjoying that piece of bread for a few minutes wasn't worth months and months of distress over skin issues. So, for 25 days, I stopped eating gluten completely. I had to make my food from scratch, I was severely limited to what I could eat at restaurants, but just after the third day, I noticed that a new blemish didn't appear. (And with me, there was always a new one every three days.) I only had the ones I already had. But I knew I had to wait longer than a few days to really be convinced it was gluten that was causing my acne. Meanwhile, I used diluted tea tree oil to wipe my face after cleansing and used undiluted tea tree oil to spot-treat the unhealed blemishes. It really helped the inflammation go down and, it may be just my imagination, but it seemed to help the red scarring go away faster. Anyway, weeks went by, and my face never saw another new blemish. And the tea tree oil helped heal the old ones. For the first time in 15 years, I was blemish free and I was certain I wasn't going to find a new one anytime soon. Why? Because I had discovered the cause: gluten in my diet. For others, it may be something else, but really, you have to try this for 25 days. You may feel upset at the thought of never having another burrito again, but... keep reading. On that 26th night, my friend came home with a papa john's pizza... and I was HUNGRY. So, I thought, "This would be a great opportunity to test my theory as to whether gluten really caused my acne or not. My skin is clear now but what about tomorrow, after having eating a few pieces of pizza?" So I ate a few pieces. The next morning, I looked in the mirror expecting at least one red blemish. Nothing. So I thought maybe it'll show up the next day. The next morning came, I looked in the mirror, and nothing. I was confused. I never had clear skin before, I never eliminated gluten from my diet before, so was it just a coincidence? I gave it more thought and then I remembered reading somewhere that it is possible to decrease sensitivity to gluten. Apparently, that is what I did. I started my gluten-free diet on April 1, 2012 and it ended on April 26, 2012. I've been eating gluten since then, off and on, and my skin still remains clear of acne, except for the one that appears during PMS. You guys have to try this. Stop the pills, the creams that dry out your skin, and just simply eat without gluten for a few weeks. See what happens. You will notice after the third day that your skin will stop producing pimples. Really. I wish someone, many years ago, had shook me really hard to get my attention and told me to just try it and see what happens. It's really amazing how what you eat can have such an impact on your body. Oh, and here are two links to the websites that informed me of the gluten-sensitivity: />http://www.naturalnews.com/024956_gluten_acne_health.html />http://www.naturalnews.com/024956_gluten_acne_health.html By the way, one or both may be selling something but I never bought anything. I just read the article and applied it to my lifestyle. philcl
  4. hello! i'm not sure if anyone else has this question in mind but i am in serious confusion! there are people who say white rice is poison and others who stress on a gluten-free diet. if one had to choose,which one would you choose? going by logic , white rice is bad for it raises the insulin level(sudden spike) ..for it's got high GI.whereas gluten is said to be inflammatory. so,what do u think?which one is (let's say) less harmful(or safer to carry on with)?? (my story : i have both white rice and whole wheat flat bread(home made) for lunch and dinner respectively.i've had phases in between when am absolutely clear and dnt have acne for may be a mnth or more. so,does that mean am intolerable to any one of it?? which one should i quit? ) if u have any question regarding this,please let me know. i'll add it here. aana
  5. Hi~, What if there was a little software program that you could tell what foods you're eating each day, and it automatically analyzes your diet and figures out what is causing your acne (assuming it's diet-based, so not going to cure everyone). E.g, you tell it stuff like this each day: Monday 17th April 2017: Eaten/Drank: Cheerios w/ milk Big bag of Doritos KFC value bucket Kool-aid jug KFC value bucket (again) Small brownie Acne Report: 4x existing whiteheads 2x existing cysts 1x new whitehead (upper chin) 1x new cyst (lower right jaw) Tuesday 18th April 2017: Eaten/Drank: Vanilla ice cream Sunny-Dee Orange~ 4 litre - Cola McDonalds nugget meal x2 Wheatabix Glass of soy milk Acne Report: 5x existing whiteheads 3x existing cysts 1x new whitehead (upper chin) 2x new whitehead (lower chin) 2x new whitehead (centre of forehead) 1x new cyst (right cheek) 2x new cyst (under chin) ... Then, after a few weeks maybe, you can tell the program to 'analyze' the data you've put into it, so far. It would look at all the dairy foods, sugar foods, grains, etc., and then spot the correlations where certain nutrients are causing a pattern of more acne, kinda like this: Analysis (two days): Dairy - chance of acne cause = 86%. Sugar - chance of acne cause = 71%. Wheat - chance of acne cause = 14%. It could have like an auto-picker for meals you eat often, where you tell it what's in the meal, then you just click it from a list of 'favourites' or something, and it zaps all the iffy food groups into the program. Does a program like this already exist? If not, would anyone (besides me) find it useful?
  6. Hi Guys! So, I've heard sooo much about how diet affects the skin, and of cause, no doubt about it. But can you be too fanatic about it? I have developed some habbits and essential foods, that I have been eating for the last 7-8 months. But I havent really had anyone to look at my diet. I know that you guys are not dieticians, but any input or advice, comments, would be great. I Dont eat dairy, nor wheat/gluten and hardly any sugar. A typical day : Breakfast: 1 glass of water, first thing in the morning 1 cup of peppermint tea 100 g. of black beans/kidney beans/white beans/lentils or chickpeas 1 tablespoon of pumpkinseeds or 1 tablespoon hummus some veggies (broccoli,kale, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots) or: 100 g of wild salmon with veggies and pumpkinseeds Snacks would be some chickpeas, peas, cucumber and carrots with hummus or an apple Lunch: Veggies with legumes and olives or mushrooms (spinach with green lentils and olive oil for example) or mackerel/herrings with veggies snack: pumpkin or sunflowerseeds, berries (rasp or blue) sometimes (3. times pr. week) 1 10g piece of 92%dark chocolate with some tea Dinner: again, some kind of legumes (brown rice one time a week) with veggies (green beans, brossel sprouts, aspargues) sometimes an egg or chicken (I eat fish/lean meat one time a day.) Snack: carrots with hummus or an apple, a banana, mango or a falafel. One time a week, I'll have a gluten free-spinach bun and a smoothie I drink 1,5-2 liters of water each day and exercise between 30-50 min. every day. I take Vit. D, E, C, evening primrose oil and silica. I eat mostly organic. Any thoughts on this?? Am I eating ok? I dont wont to eat the same things all the time, but I find it hard to add stuff to my diet, because I am afraid it will break me out ...
  7. ReneeAwen

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    From the album: About Me

    My FAQ's (Last updated 03/21/18): Greetings strangers! *^Me *^You So... Let's just jump right into it, shall we? Time to say goodbye to "Regimen's" and live life to the best of your ability! ------------------- A lot of people have sent me messages since I joined this site at the age of 22. Many of the questions were similar, so I decided to gather my top frequently asked questions (FAQ's) here based on what people have asked me numerously, and what people are probably still curious about. If you see a question you have that's not here, then please let me know via message, e-mail, or just by commenting bellow! My previous pictures and past regimens are always publicly available, with pictures and descriptions of what I was doing at that time. Everyone is welcomed to take a look at them if they fell like, but the most updated and current information will be right here. ----------------- I would first like to give a huge thanks and shout-out to everyone for sending me links to all the information they have found in regards to acne and their life, and for posting their research and stories. I was so surprised with how much I was learning when I first came to this website! When I first joined, I joined for The Acne.org Regimen, and it worked! Sadly, its cons outweighed its benefits, and when I quit my acne unsurprisingly came back full blown. I pretty much decided that enough was enough, and wanted to get rid of it for good. My body had been screaming at me for years and I did nothing but ignore it. Therefore, my "Final Regimen" was taking care of myself from the inside out, in every simple, logical practical way. Most people do not do this, or at least if they do then they find it very hard to maintain. This is a lifestyle change and decision, and I admit that I am an entirely different person and personality when it comes to what I do in my life and how I live. In fact, after I got rid of my acne, I was never planning to come back on here because the general attitude of people and how resisted what I said. I also lived with people who all had similar stories: ‘It’s a chronic problem’, ‘I’m too depressed’, ‘I feel sick’, ‘I’m moody and angry’, ‘It runs my family’, ‘diet does not effect my health’... etc. People simply do not want to change their their diet and lifestyle, and if they did, then they either cheated and denied it was effecting them, stopped exploring themselves and remained ignorant to other kinds of growth they could have been having, or changed their diet but became somewhat saddened about it, and never maintained it. I never heard from a lot of people again. Look, I've been there with the ‘chronic’ and ‘incurable acne’. Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with feeling devastated for a short while, and letting it sink in that your skin may be 'different'. However, the beautifully ironic truth is that your skin is not very different, and a change to your diet is probably the best thing that could ever happen to you right now. All of this may depend on what you mean when you talk about such things, but in reality there only exists one truth. My skin, for example, was acne prone, and my skin type is 'different', Humans are generally effected in the same way, only with a unique surplus of different kinds of symptoms and results. Not everyone will be ‘displayed’ equally, but you may be surprised at the similarities underneath the surface. Acne was with me since I was four years old, and exploded when I was 14. I understand what it means to be sensitive, ignorant, teased, pushed around, emotionally abused, yelled at, and broken. If you want to talk to someone where acne did truly effect so many areas of their life, then you are speaking to the right person here! But you can NOT let what others do shape your attitude and cosmology into thinking that you deserve to live and eat the way others do. In what way are they actually 'living the good life?'. They're not, and I don't care if they never develop cancer or diabetes for the rest of their lives either. This is not the point. Life is not just about what you want to eat think deserve to do without consequences. Sooooo... basically said, I have a very difficult job here, and that's trying to reach out to as many people as possible as effective as possible. Without being too condescending, too confusing, too off-putting, and relate as much as possible, I'll do my best to reach into those dark, forgotten corners of your mind and break as many fourth walls as I possibly can. So as the saying goes, buckle up mo-fo's because I'm either about to make your day or piss you off. Either way... ------------------- How did you get rid of your acne? -Diet (Mostly Raw Vegetables, Home Cooking, Vegetable Juicing, 99.5% Vegan). -Exercise (1-7 times a week). -Lifestyle (Sleep, Non-depression, Joy and Bliss). But primarily diet. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Renee. I was born and raised in the Chicago Suburbs. I've graduated Community College. I moved to California in 2015. I'm the Owner/Production Manager of a small business. I currently study a wide variety of things on my own and with other people. I am a Truth Seeker (No, it's not what you googled). What are your Health Stats (After a Physical)? Last Official Physical was from 08/06/2012: Height: 5 ft. 5 in. (I've been that height for several years). Weight: 114 lb. (This ranges depending on muscle). BMI (Body Mass Index): 20 (18.5-24.9 = Normal). Cholesterol: 169 (Less than 200 = Desirable). HDL (Good Cholesterol): 83 (60+ is High, which is optimal and good). Triglycerides: 42 (Less than 150 = Normal). LDL: 78 (Less than 100 = Optimal and good). Glucose: 83 (Average is 80-120, so this is good). Liver and Kidney function: Normal. I do not have anemia (blood count is normal). I took a normal blood test and fasted for 12 hours before drawing blood. I didn't ask for anything special. More Tests on 04/19/13: - Had a stool test and blood test done. Required no fasting. - RESULTS: Everything was negative for parasites in my stools, and my thyroid function is healthy and working. More Tests on 05/08/13: - Had a skin prick allergy test done (60 common foods/allergens). - RESULTS: It concluded that I had no food allergies whatsoever. How much sleep do you get Anywhere from 5 to 9 hours a night. I know, random, but generally speaking it's about 8 hours. If it’s shorter, then I’ll try to aim for a nap later that day. I rarely sleep 5 hours. During full-time college life combined with full-time jobs... when I was getting rid of my acne... I sometimes use to sleep 4-5 hours, then nap once twice later on the same day. Currently, I wake/sleep around the same time every day. Do you exercise? Yes. How often? Usually six times a week. I also do a variety of chores and other daily tasks in addition. I enjoy walks, and stretch constantly. I move around a lot doing cooking, cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, shoveling snow/raking leaves/mowing lawn, dusting, organizing, etc… I am usually constantly on my feet, but I rest frequently and whenever I feel like it. I did not need to exercise this frequently to have clear skin. In fact, I went for several months just taking simple walks and still didn't break out. Do you exercise vigorously? Well... not really. I mean, I wish I could say, but what would that mean to you? Everyone has their own limit. I use to lift weights at the gym, and had more muscle mass when I was between 16 and 19, but now that I've done a lot of studying, working and small business building over the years, I will admit that I have loss some muscle mass. Not to mention I became completely vegetarian when I was 21. Sometimes I will sprint or run for 20 minutes, sweating and raising my heart rate to its max, but I currently don't attempt to body build. My past jobs have been very physical in the past, too, such as cooking, prepping, factory working, food distribution in a freezer, waitress, etc... Acne can be a funny thing in the world of working out and with people who go to the gym a lot. When a was sweating lot and wiping my face, I was never afraid of some kind of contamination from my hands, although anything I did never made my already existing acne feel any better. But I can honestly say now that I doubt sweating in of itself, and touching your face, causes acne unless you had crazy amounts of strange bacteria all over your hands. I always advocate, acne or not, washing your hands occasionally and when necessary, and rinsing your face off with just plain water frequently if washing your face with soap more than twice a day is not an option for you. And if you find yourself splashing your face with water several times a day, which can be normal depending on your work or home environment, then just pat your face dry and keep your hair out of the way. This is all basic care no matter who you are. Do you have stress/depression No. In some ways I'm like a child... … Did you ever have stress/depression? Before? Yes. But the past is no longer important... not even so much the future. What's important is HERE and NOW. Aaaaand that's how you accept, move on, let go and go beyond anything you want. But for the sake of helping others with "Acne and Stress", I will let you know what DID happen to me when I had "depression". I was on a few anti-depression medications in high school for about two years, and received counseling before, neither of which did anything to help. I was teased a lot in high school by both my companions, peers and even my teachers. Some of the teasing was from my acne, but most of it was from the fact that I wasn't very social (not because of my acne). I experienced depressed from grade school all the way through college, never really completely leaving the depression until I was around 21 years of age. Now it feels like I'm talking about someone completely different. When I started college, my depression faded away tremendously. I started seeking out what is real, true, and the end of suffering, and today I have nowhere near the same stress that I did before. Also, my acne got worse with age, not better. My stress faded as I got older, not worse. Therefore, stress did not effect my acne, but this does not mean that it won't effect other people's acne. They are likely effected my their metabolism reacting to their stress, which can cause a wide variety of health issues in general. As a female, do your monthly cycles affect your acne? I never figured this out, lol. I'm still not 100 percent certain about this, but I am going to have to say no. In regards to my cycles alone, I have normal symptoms, and always perfectly timed every 28.5 days. I will admit that I thought I noticed some of my acne linked to my periods, but it was almost next to impossible to catch since I always had acne on my face coming and going. I took daily pictures of my face for a very long time, and stored them in my computer, trying to study them and see if I could capture any kind of possible "pattern" I was missing, but this was difficult to do because: a.) My acne was mostly cysts... they developed slowly as huge, UN-moving spots. Cystic acne remained unnoticed under my skin for several weeks, then took weeks to emerge, pop, and disappear for good... not to mention I also got them in all shapes and sizes. b.) My period was not the cause of all my acne, if at all. c.) There were just too many spots and factors to keep count. Do you take Birth Control? No. Never did. Do you drink alcohol/do drugs? No. Never did. Have you done The Regimen of Acne.org? Yes I did. And yes it worked. But I don't recommend it. More information on all that here: Did you ever take topical/oral medication for your acne? Yes. I've tried everything and anything at all my local stores and pharmacies that said "For Acne" on them since I was 14. I have been an extremely patient acne sufferer for many years, always giving products months to work. Anything prescribed to me was always given to me by my local dermatologists. I do not remember all the prescription names I was on, but I do know that many of the things I took and used that were given to me by my dermatologist worked... ... however, my dermatologists and medications gave me more problems than answers, such as: - Finances: I was constantly pushed to maintain the cost of my medication, as a part time/full time worker AND part-time/full-time student. Treating my acne... not curing it, TREATING it... was anywhere from 100 to 600 dollars per month. This included all oral and topical medications. Some of them had to be done THREE times every single day. - Health: More than 2/3 prescriptions given to me gave me side effects. I had chapped lips, nose bleeds every few months, loss of appetite, shaking, itchy feet, and ‘burning sides of torso’ (kidneys). I also had frequent and sharp headaches, but they only lasted up to 2 or 3 minutes after taking the oral medications. - Damage: I lived with the side effects for years. My face had a thin layer of never ending shedding skin, my hair became thinner, and my acne kept developing and mutating into more cyst-like legions. I also had back, chest and stomach acne, all of which were ignored with my expensive topical face washes. - Mentality: I was frequently called and coached by my dermatologists every month to come in because of how severe I was, and that stopping in any way would only "make the acne worse." Wow, you don't say... I wonder why and when that started to happen... The acne.org Regimen worked for me, and Accutane worked for my brother. Since my first job, my doctors and dermatologists had gotten quite a generous amount of my paychecks. My acne was always treated with something, so I have been paying for it as long as I can remember. However, I no longer go to my doctor or dermatologist for my acne anymore. I can not stand the risks and side effects, not to mention they will always try to put me on something insanely expensive. I was able to get my doctors and dermatologists to admit that these medications were not long lasting, but that there IS a link to what we eat and do that obviously effects our overall health, including the state of our skin which may or may not develop acne. During my last acne visit to my doctor, he had told me that I can never get rid of my acne, that I will always have it no matter what I try to do differently. He was 100 percent wrong. So you completely quit topical washes/medications? Yes. I learned that they caused me more harm than good, but I never was brave enough to go more than three weeks without trying something. Like most people on Acne.org, I was terrified to stop. It meant acne no matter what, and looking like you didn't care about your hygiene and skin. Always starting the regimen over again when you decide to miss some time was a huge nightmare, and was a horrible way to live and feel about yourself. Basically, stopping was not easy but I did it anyway. The only thing I use to wash myself now is simple and organic soap bars (ordered off the internet - coconut, lavender, African black, etc...) and any kind of organic shampoo/conditioner I can get my hands on. There are dozens of simple soap brands in most grocery stores now. Look for brands with no perfume and as few ingredients as possible. And when using soap bars, wash your face and wipe your skin with your finger tips really, really well to get the roughness off. People make the mistake of rinsing too quickly and not long enough... water is your best friend. All the money I saved from quitting all my acne medications was instead used to expand my lifestyle and diet. Do you wear make-up? No. During a photo shoot (likely the picture above), then yes, very minimally and rarely. Make-up costs money and is a completely unnecessary investment to me. If I do put it on, I use my fingers and only use a base foundation. I use any brand that doesn't clog the pores. What do you eat? I enjoy eating: -Vegetables (Cooked, Raw, Boiled, Stir fried, etc...). -Fruit (Mostly Raw). -Beans, Lentils, Legumes and VERY few Nuts. I do NOT eat: -Meat, Dairy or Eggs. -Wheat/Bread and Gluten Products. -Most restaurant food (I hardly eat out anyway). -Almost anything that's not fresh, whole and what I would call real food. Being Vegetarian was a choice, but I am pretty sure that if I was not, then good quality organic meats, fishes and eggs should not cause someone to break out. For me, eggs and fish did not cause me to break out. Unfortunately, the meat industry is notorious for abusing animals and pumping them full of hormones, medications, poor quality feeds and awful living environments. So with that said, a lot of meat can and does cause acne. It depends on the quality. Most store bought meat is probably awful for you, even if you are a meat eater. I'll have a diet and recipe blog soon... Do you eat organic? I always prefer organic and extremely low processed foods if they’re available. How much money do you spend on food? Eating the way I am now is cheaper, with the only 'issue' being that you may have to shop every few days rather than every few weeks. Depending on the season will depend on how available the food is, and much the local produce will cost. With that said, I spend about $50-$100 a week on groceries on average. But I also live with with other people, and we buy more to serve each other, which in the long run is also cheaper. Fresh produce is large, bulky, takes up a lot of fridge space, and will go bad fast if not used right away, so try keeping track of your receipts and gas trips until you find what works for you. I save money and time by combining my food shopping with other errands. Most produce remains refrigerated until I use them, and I only peel/cut/wash the produce the instant I start prepping/cooking/juicing with them. I wash everything in a small bowl full of cool water and with a vegetable brush. Sometimes I use vinegar too. I started this lifestyle with a small fridge and pathetic kitchen, so anyone should be able to do this. How is your energy level? High. It's always been high. Eating more healthy now has not changed my energy levels. What about fatigue? I don't worry about fatigue, because no matter what you eat you will always be fatigued. People love to make the excuse that eating more vegetables wipes them out and that they are always cranky and can't stand the way they feel. Well guess what, they say the same thing about everything else they eat when the realize that it's probably not good for them. This is a sensitive topic to a lot of people, surprisingly. To me, being fatigued means normal, basic living, and a combination of everything you do. It could be emotions, work, lack of sleep, and of course what you eat. It could be two of these things, or all of them at once. Anything and everything I eat always has an effect on me... I can feel my vegetable juice run through my stomach, and then my body. Most of the time it's blissful and pleasant, but other times it can make me feel incredibly sleepy. Do not concern yourself with trivial matters such as this... but please do not ignore what you may feel might be a very bad symptom of food allergies and/or another kind of underlying health issue. How many times do you eat a day? I don't worry about how many times I eat a day. I eat whenever I get the chance and whenever I need to do so. But if you're picky then I'd say an average of twice a day, with one snack. I can eat around 1 to 5 times a day, and sometimes I fast. I seldom I sit down an eat a supper large meal. I also rarely eat and drink at the same time. I drink water periodically throughout the day, always keeping myself hydrated. Sometimes I'll wait a few hours before eating and/or drinking, it all depends on what I'm doing. So... What DID you use to eat? Candy, pop, chocolate, breads and bakeries, fruits, vegetables, soups, pizza, pastas, etc… I ate a variety of healthy things AND junk food. Whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. The majority of my diet was breads, pastas, bakeries, cereals, candies and sweets, milk, soda, and juices. I use to commonly buy overly processed sweet coffee-like drinks, pour vast amounts of syrups and dressings over my weekend morning iHop pancakes, and at rib-fests I would joyfully tare the fleshy over-sauced meat off those poor dead animal’s flesh and bones clean off. At first none of what I listed above sounds bad for most people at all, but after reading several forums and stories on this website, as well as going to the library for years and reading one nutritional book after another, I eventually realized how terrible these things actually were. I hide nothing and admit everything. Why? because I wanted to get rid of my acne, and improve my overall quality of life. But please keep in mind that I didn't just eat all of these things at once, nor did I eat them every week. These are things that I simply had no problem swallowing, and was completely ignorant and oblivious of their effects on the body... I am simply remembering what I use to eat. I obviously ate healthy food too. I use to have candy about once a week and soda every other day. Hell, I was eating ice cream every night whilst anonymously reading acne forums on this website before i joined! If I wanted something sweet all day and healthy the next day, then I would just eat it. This is not the case anymore (with crap food that is). Do you still eat candy/ice cream/pudding/sugary sweets? No. If I want dessert then I make my own. When I tried doing that in the past, I did several things wrong. I realize what I was doing was not read the labels and ingredients correctly, and I didn't replace my diet with more nutritious food at the same time. You can't just get rid of the bad stuff, you also have to eat the good stuff! Do you drink milk/eat ANY kind of dairy product? No. No. No. HELL. NO. Before I could drink up to 1 to 3 glasses of milk a day, as well as cheesing up my eggs and other foods, but I literally quit milk when I was 22 years old (when I joined this website and read about health for a few months). However, this took a while to learn, even when I was a member here because I have been fooled by some products before, such as chocolates, breads, canned foods, etc... Milk is a huge stimulant for my acne and especially my cystic acne. Being extra careful in the beginning was the only way that I could guaranteed my acne would go away. Now I'm just use to it and don't even think about it anymore. But I can tell you that I once accidentally ate a stir-fry with melted cheese all over it... and nothing happened. Although I can not say for certain why that was, I do feel that it was because of my overall healthy diet. I got a little cocky after that and thought I could have cheese again, or at least cooked cheese, but even once a week for four weeks was enough to kick start my acne cysts all over again. So now I am aware that if anything like that happens again, the body should know what to do with it, but it’s not going to be used for something it can’t handle. So now you don't eat/drink sugar AND dairy products? Correct. However, there is sugar in everything we eat, including fruit. With that said I do eat one any kind of fruit I want every do often, so I guess we have to be realistic when it comes to the word "sugar". Did you ever stop drinking milk AND eating sugar at the same time BEFORE this website? No, never. What about Gluten? I don't eat bread or gluten-containing products anymore. Bread = Sugar to me, or at least most breads, so I eventually cut them out. Before I was eating them sometimes, but when I took wheat products out of my diet, my skin went from 90 percent to 100 percent clear. I am not interested in gluten free products because they are a health scam in my eyes: just because they took out the gluten doesn't mean the product is more healthy, it means that they replaced it with ingredients that act like gluten would... only they're twice as bad for you. I eat things such as oatmeal but not often. I make my own flours in a blender if I feel like it. So you changed your diet for good? Yes. After joining this website I've seen how nutrition and diet plays a role in our acne. How many servings/meals do you eat a day? Like I said before, I don't actually eat "meals" but will about 1-5 times a day. What do you drink now? Water, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate (homemade). I enjoy loose leaf teas the most, organic and fair trade if I can find it. I have found many kinds of loose leaf green, white, chamomile, and Darjeeling teas off the internet and at my local vitamin shops. Those are my favorite flavors. I drink as much tea as I want, whenever I feel like it. If I drink coffee, I use non-dairy creamers except soy milk because I feel that soy products are is pretty damn bad for you, actually. I also feel that they effect people who like to work out a lot, such as myself. Go for Almond, Coconut, Hemp, Oat ad Rice Milk instead. I RARELY, RARELY, RARELY sweeten my coffee with Organic Cane Sugar, and I can not stress enough the word RARELY. I am successful with this because of my entire diet in general. If not that kind of sugar, then I actually use honey or even jams and jelly's. Loose leaf tea lasts longer than the pouched tea because I can add as many dried up leaves as I like. A little goes a long way. I would recommend buying a huge bag for 9-20 dollars and having it last half a year to one year in your household I have always drank hot tea though, ever since high school. Being a tea drinker alone didn't cause or cure my acne, I just happened to like it. I also sweeten my tea with honey, ut not all the time. How much water do you drink a day? I usually carry around a 20oz black reusable metal water container with me wherever I go, and I drink anywhere from 2-5 fillings of it a day. I usually don't eat and drink at the same time, but if I do I won't drink a lot just a little. Each day is different. If I am working out or walking then I'll drink more. How often do you urinate/produce waste? Well... if you must know I urinate about once every hour or so. Yes, that can be an average of about 6-12 times a day. I often stop drinking water approximately 1-2 hours before I go to sleep because I dislike waking up in the middle of the night to pee... always annoying and hurts my stomach. Before my diet change, I produced waste only once every other day. Ever since I started drinking my homemade vegetable juice and/or eating more vegetables, I suddenly can produce waste up to three times a day. For a while that was just way too much, so I read a few books and later discovered that chewing my food much longer than I normally would actually slows down the waste production, and it did. So now it's about 1-3 times a day. What about your scars? Don't care. Getting rid of the acne was satisfying enough for me. I have far more important things I'd like to do in life then see how close I can get to having 'flawless skin'. My scars do not phase me in the slightest, and I wouldn't treat them even if it was for free. With as long as my acne had been around, and how severe it was, I knew since I was a teenager that my skin was going through a lot, and I would probably be scared for life. I am of course aware of scar treatments, however, and I certainly don't condemn people at all for wanting to do them and get rid of as many of those holes on their face as possible. As you may have guessed if you read some of this article, I am a different person when it comes to what I value in life and what I find the most interesting. Humans are not meant to be packaged, contained and plastic wrapped to perfection, sitting on the shelf in mint condition, never to be used. A flawless face is not the pinnacle of life. But if you do want to treat you scars, then prevention, prevention, prevention. And if you don't have acne anymore, then water, water, water. Stay hydrated, and look into Chemical Peels, Lemon and ACV Treatments, and surgeries. Red marks DO take a while to go away, but they do fade. Make sure you get to the heart of the bee's nest first before dealing with scars. In fact, on a good diet, everything about your skin and overall quality of life begins to improve. For me, my red marks began fading away after only a few months, and my skin tone began neutralizing and evening out again. This overall effects the quality of my scars appearance, and my attitude with them. ------------------- Sorry for all the piss and crap talk, but these are actual questions that people have been asking me during my time here. So... there you go! I truly hope I managed to answer your questions, or at least inspire you just a little to look at your life and reflect on, well, everything! Let me know in the comments bellow what you think or if you have any questions. Best of luck to you all! And I'm out.
  8. Hi! I'm a new member to this site and have been searching through the forum for a more than a few months. I've looked through the nutrition posts and have the idea that you are not supposed to eat wheat because once inside your body it becomes sugar and ultimately leads to acne. And dairy supposedly has hormones in it which conflict with your body's natural hormones and leads again to more acne. For the past month I decided to remove all the harsh cleansers used on my face and just washed it with water-only water. At first my acne got better worse. And when it got worse it became even worse still. (I have a skin picking problem.) At the time same time I was trying to not eat wheat or dairy. But this became increasingly difficult. Now I have ice cream and wraps and very small chunks of bread and chocolate milk... The problem is that I don't know how to stop eating it. But I also don't know many quick recipes with out wheat.. Can someone help me, please?
  9. Hi there! I am a 21 year old woman, and I just started using acne.org. I'm from Denmark, so my english is not flawless I've always had unclear skin, starting in my teens, but it has been ok, I could keep it at bay with topicals and murad skincare. But then I got really sick with anorexia, and as I slowly gained weight again in recovery, my acne exploded. Never had bad cystic acne, but really really bad whitehead (inflamed) acne especially on my lower cheeks. It made me absolutely miserable .. I could not leave the house, I was crying all the time. My doc. put me on dianette and skinoren, I also tried tetracycline. Nothing helped, and after 5 monts I was desperate, and finally got to see a skindoctor. She put me on accutane ! YES, finally, I thought. I am on 20 mg a day (I am only 47 kg.) She wanted to start me on a low dose and keep going for a long time. I've been taking it for almost 5 months, and my acne has almost cleared up. One active zit every other week, and it is small. I also take evening primrose oil, vit. C, D, E, Niacin and silica. I Dont eat wheat, sugar or diary but plenty of fresh veggies, fruit, protein and healthy fats. I have OCD and anxiety, and i think it affects my skin more, when I am stressed and anxious, of cause. But I am afraid to go back on medication (zoloft) because when my acne went crazy, I also just started zoloft again. I dont know if it was the eating disorder or the medication that kickstarted the acne. So I stopped the medication slowly, but my doc says it had nothing to do with zoloft.. but what if it had?? I am so afraid that my skin will get bad again .. but I know that anxiety makes my skin worse (never real bad cause of the tane), but will the medication make it even worser? Any experience on this ?? Any advice?? Thank you.
  10. hi! i've been avoiding gluten for not many days though. its probably just a week. so am not sure if its related or not. but what i want to know,desperately, is why am i suddenly having small but red angry white headed zits on one of my cheeks. some of them do slightly itch sometimes.not all. am also having teeny-tiny whiteheads on the same chick. and today i had a new one..the place itched for quite some time and then after a while i noticed i have a red head there. i anyway have many spots/PIH on that part of my face and now this. **it could be heat(i spent cooking hours one in the kitchen,its summer here) **it could be the anti-fungal shampoo i was using for 2-3 days.a few bumps on my forehead seem to disappear for that. but i used it all over my face for two days..but am only having this after good 2-4 days of stopping. **it could be something i eat.but i havent changed my diet at all. except for i dont take whole wheat(which i had for dinner forever).and i dint have any active zit/acne of almost 1.5 mnths. its not even days nearing my periods. i was kinda clear and just before i need to go out for somewhere very important to me in 2 days i've these red spots. i just couldnt hold myself crying. which btw i have not done for ,what seems now, like ages. although i use saslic(salicylic acid wash 1%) as usual and apply clindamycin phosphate gel on it(as spot treatment) as usual. i cant see any change.its been 2-3 days already. what should i do? i dont want to break down again for i need to be strong. but i just cant hold it anymore. i dnt know what to do!
  11. Around 8 months ago at the age of 35 I started getting really bad acne including cysts around my jaw, chin and on my neck. I went to the doctor who put me on Oxytetracycline which made no difference. I had started increasing my milk intake from around a spash in a cup of tea or coffee to drinking around 1-2 pints a day as my personal trainer said I needed to get more calcium in my diet. When the antibiotics failed to work I googled milk / Adult acne and found lots of forums about it causing acne in adults because of the high level of hormones in milk. The moment I stopped drinking it the cysts cleared up but I was still getting spots. The doctor then changed me onto Lymecycline which also had no effect so at the moment I am on Dianette as he thinks it could be a hormone imbalance that is causing my bad acne. For the first two weeks of taking it my skin started to clear up but now a few days after Christmas it is so bad I actually dread leaving the house and every morning I wake up to find more and more appearing. Around the same time as starting Dianette I started a new gluten free diet to try and see if that could help with my digestive problems and funny enough that is when my acne started to clear up. At Christmas that new diet when out the window and I gorged on everything filled with wheat ,gluten and sugar in site and now my skin has had the most terrible flare up yet. Tomorrow I am going to the doctor to get a test for wheat intolerance and also to see if I am Coeliac which I honestly think now think is the root of my problematic acne. I also recently learnt that my cousin has the same problem and wheat causes him to get the most horrible spots in the same places so I am even more convinced. So if anyone is strugging and given everything else a try I would recommend to stop drinking milk and cut out gluten from your diet to see the effect it has on your skin. Has anyone else experienced this? I will update with pictures over the next few weeks and also test results!
  12. is gluten the main or/and only reason why grains considered inflammatory food item in general? if no,then what are the other possible reasons? if yes,then how does it contribute in being inflammatory for our gut?how does it effect our gut? also,how and why do u think they are said to make our skin oily/greasy? thanks.
  13. It's a complicated theory, and I actually developed this theory not because I was looking for an explanation of pimples, but of atherosclerosis, and I found out they are caused by the same thing: Dying phagocytes. In short, intestinal bacteria tries to enter the body through the gut lining, phagocytes kill them, and the dead phagocytes in this ongoing intestinal war either end up in atherosclerotic lesions or pimples. I'm not going to explain the entire theory here, if you guys want to know the entire theory, I can post a link to my original thread that discusses it (Or I can copy and paste it here). In short, to treat acne through diet: Eliminate all sources of sucrose/fructose [Candy, chocolate, sweets, smoothies, basically anything sweet. Even fruits.]; intestinal bacteria grows like gang busters off these two. Eliminate all sources of 'dirty food' [think dark meats, rotten food and the like] Eliminate wheat and other gluten products(Like Rye and Barley) [The gliadin protein in the wheat increases intestinal permeability which essentially opens the gates to your body to the invading bacteria] For acne in particular, I would suggest eliminating dairy. Don't really understand it's bacterial connection, but I do know it boosts blood sugar levels (insulinotropic), which itself probably helps boost the invading bacterial populations. And, I notice I get pimples if I consume a lot of dairy. For suggested food groups. Anything that helps keep the intestine clean, like garlic, cocoa, coffee, wine, vinegar, pungent citrus fruits[lemons/limes], fermented foods, really, most any pungent sharp/acidic food. For replacement carbs(for wheat), there's plenty of options (I'm going to list what I think are the healthier options first). Maize (Non-sweet corn, has more glucose than sucrose), Sweet potatos, Peas, Cassava, Carrots and then among grass seeds: Quinoa, Rice(Brown and white), Millet, Oats, etc. [Oats do not contain gliadin and do /not/ increase intestinal permeability. But, I would advise watching portion sizes because of its high GI.]. I personally prefer the vegetable carbs over the grass seed carbs, they have less controversy over their builtin protections(potentially harmful to humans)[such as saponins, goitrogens, phytates, etc.] and some of the longest living cultures historically consumed vegetable carbs. Maize in South America, Sweet Potatos in Okinawa, Cassava in Africa, etc. They also have nutrients that white rice doesn't have, and doesn't take forever to boil like brown rice. They also usually don't need to be rinsed like grains /should be/, though if you picked them fresh from the field, I'd recommend rinsing the dirt off, lol. Boiled vegetables also usually have a lower GI than white rice/oats, potentially lowering diabetes risk and leaving you fuller longer. They also tend to have plenty of important vitamins and minerals, like potassium (And if farms fully restored the mineral content to the soil, they would also be rich in magnesium.) Update: I also forgot to mention Eggs. I believe raw eggs have strong antibiotic properties (The albumin is supposed to nourish and protect the yolk), and eggs definitely seem to help lower and stabilize blood sugar levels when consumed in a meal (raw or not) [I believe keeping blood sugar levels in check probably helps keep invading bacterial populations down. Diabetics seem to have a problem with infections. Regular exercise and strength training also helps suppress and regulate blood sugar levels.]. I've noticed so many people who live superlong lives consume eggs, even that one guy whose cats lived to 32 or some such. I speculate the reason why the phagocytes don't filter through the kidney and out the urine is because the phagocytes are too large (They'd end up sticking to the kidney's filters, which it appears some of them do, probably leading to kidney failure in some people.), so they need to go through something a bit more 'open'; your pores. Why some of the dead phagocytes stick to the vessel walls in the form of arthersclerosis is a mystery to me; perhaps the body doesn't really know it's detrimental, since it's usually harmelss in the short-term /until/ it becomes too advanced in the longterm. Perhaps there's evolutionary reasons I could speculate about. Maybe it needs to cement the bacteria down right away to prevent it escaping and potentially risking sepsis.
  14. Yes! After almost 3 decades with acne I know it's the enriched wheat flour that causes my cystic-ish type break outs. I say cystic-ish because they feel and look like cysts but don't seem to have puss? it's more like fluid filled and a tiny miniature whitehead but looks and feels as though its a giant puss filled cyst. I had always heard that your diet did not affect acne but never believed it. Many many years ago I had a neighbour that broke out in cysts when she ate anything containing wheat. So, one day when I felt really bloated, with gas cramps and had several cysts I decided to cut the wheat out as an experiment. I slowly introduced wheat and bam! an out break. I took it out again and I was okay. Then I introduced whole wheat and I was still ok so, I thought I was wrong. But, as soon as I ate enriched wheat I almost immediately had an outbreak. It's been about three years since I discovered this and every so often I eat something that is not labelled correctly and I have an outbreak. The outbreaks can happen anywhere on my body; face, back, waist, thighs, but mostly on my face. I have tanned skin colour and the marks left behind are dark and take years to go away. I am on damage control now for my discoloured skin So, there you have it! It's the ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR that does it for me! Anyone else out there with this same story?? My dermatologist thinks I'm nuts. It's mutual because none of the prescriptions that he has me buy work! I'm curious to know why this happens? Enriched whole wheat also give me break outs. So, is it the ingredients in the enrichment or the white flour??
  15. Hi guys, A sunny Saturday afternoon, so like most im hiding from the sun - Can always go whack some sunscreen on and go down the park, but thought Id share some of my experiences and thoughts on acne, cystic acne, blind pimples, healthy eating and the eventual move to accutane. Apologies in advance for this post, It may be abit jumbled and all over the shop, I've never been a great story teller, heheheh - but I do hope someone somewhere can take something from this. Ok. I am a 24 yo male living in sunny Australia with a love of basketball, sports, nutrition and general OCD types of tendencacies when it comes to what I put into my body. So keep this in mind as you read my story. Ive also become a serial google lord - constantly searching skin symptoms over the years and reading absolutely everything from topical reviews, to drug reviews, to home DIY remedies, to relaxing techniques - pretty much every facet that effects adult acne I had looked into and given a try or educated guess. Since about 16 years of age I have had regular pimples - just white heads & black heads, which like most are on the slightly annoying side, because who wants some little sore on their face. Up until 21 years of age I would have classed my acne condition as fairly low in severity and mind you until the age of 21 I would eat a tonne of junk food and rubbish all the time, living that University lifestyle. From 21 I became overly interested in health and nutrition, mainly to compliment my sporting interests and it helps having parents who really love holistic approaches to medicines and foods and all that jazz. So it was inevitable that Id get a kick out of cauliflower too. Ill jump right into it now I promise. At 22 in absolute peak fitness doing an hour of excercise almost every night (no im not your standard lift weights, binge on high carb people - more into endurance running and stamina) and eating a perfect balanced diet to compliment my regime - that very mild acne of maybe a pimple to two pimples a weak; turned into cystic acne. I remember the first few experiences with cystic acne - I was think 'wow this is super exciting - going to be fun popping this bad boy'. And then soon enough you realise hes bunkered down for awhile and hes not moving for no body. So on came the google searching as these started to sprout up maybe once a month in the beginning (how lucky really). And I would be there squeezing and pin pricking and rubbing alcohol to stop it from oozing (yuck). To be honest that continued for a long while, its not until I started noticing hyperpigmentation from the area that I wondered if im going about this wrong. Anyway fast forward a year and my acne still wasnt a massive mental issue for me, just spot treat areas with some over-counter topicals and heal with epiderm (just some chemist healing cream). Over the next 6 months however I could see a change in my acne, it became more angry, and inflammed with a closer window between these cycstic / blind pimples forming. So it started to bug me. Like most google spread the answers and sometimes the complete rubbish. Often found myself reading links posted here 70% of the time. Like most I thought, 'Wow, this is getting a little beyond Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatment - I think I'll get an acne kit and all my problems will be solved'. I went down the root of 'Exposed Skin Care' and I must say for the first 1 month I saw great results - to the point where I actually posted on their facebook wall saying how impressed I was - and like most I ordered another full kit so I could be stocked up for a few months in advance. Now I dont want to slander the brand, but for me and many others when I dug much much deeper in reviews the product has its initial break out period (which i got in 2nd week), then clear skin (my 1 month mark), then unfortunately it all got a whole lot worse (6 weeks). Bright red, raw skin, pimples coming up from all over my chin and T zone - was a real bummer for me and truth be told this is the point when I really became OCD about acne, because It was my first every Acne rollercoaster, that awesome feeling when you think its finally over and boom it comes back for round 2 much worse than before. From this point acne was my number one priority and mission in life, it completely up until now as I am writing this has consumed atleast 98% of my time mentally and physically. Its easy to say imperfections are only skin deep, or your more than your skin and yes its so so true, but for many of us here - its something that we put so much effort into and see no results. Especially if your a sporting person, you'd assume working out will improve your fitness and you would be right, acne for me anyway was just the opposite. Over the Christmas break this year things just went out of control, my already extremely healthy lifestyle went into Nazi Germany regimes - I had cut out every single type of acne causing foods; dairy, grains, wheat, sugars, processed whites, certain nuts, certain meats, certain fruits even, flours. And began eating only foods that no one had ever broken out from - which I found was very close to the Paleo diet. In this period I even stopped competitive sport to reduce stress and reduce clogging of pores from sweat for a good 3 months, which proved to help in no way at all. I was at a point where everything in my life was solely about acne combat and it had begun to really affect my social life, not going out during the day (besides work), only seeing people when it was dark and staying away from lit up places. Sounds very silly thinking about it, but It is just how my brain deals with the situation. So I went to my GP after 6 months losing myself to acne - and was prescribed EPIDUO. now I used the product exactly right for a month - yes skin went bright red and I looked pretty burnt alot of the time. I do believe this product works very well for mild to moderate acne like whiteheads and blackheads - but if you have cystic type or get blind pimples, im sorry to say, but you may struggle to see results with this topical and really should be using it in conjunction with an antibiotic. So back to the local GP I went to discuss the situation and I was prescribed 100mg a day of Doxycycline to take in addition to the Epiduo. Now I finally felt some hope getting a tetracycline drug to help with my situation as my acne was far deeper than any topical ointment could reach. Again I had the inital break-out in the first few weeks and a month in I still hadnt really seen any improvements. But I continued and along with the medication I took my vitamins and probiotics to try assist my liver and body in dealing with this 5 month script of antibiotics in the system. Anywho on day 45 of the doxycycline, I was speaking to my mum about how insane my life has become, with the strict foods and the 10 times a day standing by the mirror sloshing products on or maintaining moisture in drained cysts and it was a utter nightmare for me. She said I really should grab a referal from my GP for a dermatologist near my house, just to get some further assistance from an expert. Which brings me to current day - So on day 60 of doxycycline and apologies if this sounds a little confusing, as I am still slightly coming to terms with the situation, but in the 60 days on doxycycline i didnt see results, but I had read people saying at about the 2 month mark their skin became clear from acne. Now in the last week my skin went from having the worst blind pimple of my life, to a calmness, which in the past lasts for maybe a week every month if im lucky where my skin has no painful lesions or pimples forming, just dormant areas or red scars. Maybe this is the Doxy starting to work or maybe it is that same acne rollercoaster just doing its thing. So I went into the dermatologist today and told him suprisingly and by coincidence that my acne isnt aggressive at the moment, and I began to tell him my story. Below is what I printed off to show him to give him an understanding and I am happy to share with you all too: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DIETARY NO DAIRY NO GRAINS NO GLUTEN LOW GI NO ADDED OR SUGAR FOODS 3L OF WATER A DAY BREAKFAST HOME-MADE ORGANIC MUESLI BAR – ½ CUP EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, 5 CUPS GLUTEN FREE FRUIT MUESLI, 1 CUP LSA, 3 EGGS, ½ CUP ORGANIC HONEY, 1 ½ TEASPOON CINNAMON, 1 TEASPOON VANILLA ESSENCE TABLET: DOXYCYCLINE 100MG LOW GI FRUIT LUNCH GLUTEN FREE WRAP (OLD TIME BAKERY) W/ 70G SPINACH : 1 CARROT : ½ TOMATO : 10 SLICES CUCUMBER : ¼ AVOCADO : 90G CHICKEN TABLET: SWISSE STRESS : SWISSE MENS MULTIVITAMIN LOW GI FRUIT DINNER 100G SWEET POTATO, 200G MIXED VEG (CARROT, BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER, SNAP PEAS), 250G MEAT (SALMON, CHICKEN, TURKEY), EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL TABLET: SWISSE VITAMIN C HIGH STRENGTH, SWISSE STRESS LOW GI FRUIT SWISSE PROBIOTIC ULTIBOOST PRODUCTS / TOPICALS EPIDUO EXPOSED SKIN CARE TREATMENT (3 MONTHS – 2 PACKS) EXPOSED FACIAL CLEANSER EXPOSED CLEARING TONIC EXPOSED ACNE TREATMENT SERUM EXPOSED CLEAR POR SERUM EXPOSED MOISTURE COMPLEX EXPOSED DERM X CLOTH BENZOYL PEROXIDE 3% - 10% EPIDERM HEALING DOXYCYCLINE (118 TABLETS – 59 DAYS) MINOCYCLINE (WEEK) CLEARASIL ULTRA SPOT TREATMENT CLEARASIL ULTRA CLEANSER CLEARASIL ULTRA MOISTURE COMLEX CLEARASIL ULTRA DAILY SCRUB ASPIRIN MASK LEMON SPOT TREATMENT COLD & HOT COMPRESSING FACIAL STEAMING CIRACLE RED SPOT CREAM CETAPHIL MOISTURISING LOTION CETAPHIL MOISTURISING CREAM CETAPHIL UVA/UVB DEFENSE SPF 50+ CETAPHIL DAILY CLEANSER NEUTROGENA ULTRASHEER DRYTOUCH SUNBLOCK WITCHHAZEL 14% ALCOHOL NIZORAL 2% WASH VICKS VAPOR RUB 100% PURE TEA TREE OIL POLYSPORIN ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT VITAMIN E CREAM RUBBING ALCOHOL STERILISED PIN PRICKING PIMPLE EXTRACTORS CURRENT REGIME MORNING: WARM WATER CETAPHIL DAILY CLEANSER COLD WATER WITCHHAZEL 14% ALC (COTTONBALL) CETAPHIL MOISTURISING LOTION SPOT TREATMENT (APPLIED WITH EARBUD) 100% PURE TEA TREE OIL (ON EARLY SIGNS OF BLIND PIMPLE/CYST) VICKS VAPOR RUB (ON INFLAMMED BLIND PIMPLES AND CYSTS) POLYSPORIN ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT (HEAL A HOPEFULLY DRAINED CYST) NIGHT: WARM WATER CETAPHIL DAILY CLEANSER (CHIN) NIZORAL 2% SHAMPOO (1 MINUTE - FOREHEAD, NOSE INNER CHEEKS) COLD WATER WITCHHAZEL 14% ALC (COTTONBALL) CETAPHIL MOISTURISING LOTION SPOT TREATMENT (APPLIED WITH EARBUD) 100% PURE TEA TREE OIL (ON EARLY SIGNS OF BLIND PIMPLE/CYST) VICKS VAPOR RUB (ON INFLAMMED BLIND PIMPLES AND CYSTS) POLYSPORIN ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT (HEAL A HOPEFULLY DRAINED CYST) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So, He took a look at it all and said - I can tell this is controlling your life and the amount of strain and pressure you are putting on yourself and your diet is something that will just make you go insane. It got to a point where he said to me, the Doxy is very good for moderate acne, and while yours is moderate you do get those larger more deeper acne which im afraid in my experience isnt really affected by the doxycycline. I sort of felt a little shattered when he said this, and a part of me still was holding onto hope that this calm period may finally be the point in which the skin became clear. I explained again that the doxy was just at the 2 month point where I had read people were seeing results, but on came the Accutane talk. Now you must understand for me, just taking antibiotics for acne was enough of a no no in my books, but it came to a point where the perfect diet had no influence on my acne (hormonal). The dermo told me that he would put me on a low dose of 20mg a day. So this is where im at! I felt sort of odd leaving the dermo stopping my doxycycline treatment and going to accutane - but feeling more happier that I can begin adding some more healthy carbs into my diet. Less stressed. Ill update you all on my accutane experience, If you have any questions feel free to jot it down and ill get back to you. PS before I end this first post here is a list of things I found help me significantly: Vicks Vapor Rub on bigger pimples, helped draws out the bad stuff and lasted on the face all day. Once you felt that the gunk is gone - crush 2 asprin with a few drops of water and use a earbud to mix and apply to the pimple that has been drawn out, leave on for 30 minutes when dust it off with a clean cloth or tissue, then apply polysporin or neosporin ointment to keep it very moist and let the antibiotics heal the lesion, may take a couple days, but on the last massive blinder I had it would of definitely scared without this polysporin application for 2 days. Regards, Ben
  16. i don't think i have gluten intolerance. i have always had whole wheat(and even refined flour now and then) all my life,without any effect. (had clear phases while on wheat diet). but i am having rice twice a day(instead of once ; in place of whole wheat rotis for dinner). i hope it helps me gain weight though! i have heard many say that mnths or years later when they re-include grain(wheat in my case) back in their diet,they face health issues. either the gut cant get accustomed to the grains or/and body somehow dnt tackle it well. i have grains.(rice) and rarely (in form of indulgence) some other grain like refined or whole wheat. so i am not completely off it. so is it applicable for me as well? my question is whether i should be worried about re-including it any time later in life? in today's fast life(where i might have to move around and live elsewhere every now and then plus work/study and more) i might have to have wheat some day. will the body react(in general)? how and why does the body react that way?any idea?