I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend!
I get a lot of hits to my posts about acne. Kind of sad really because it seems to affect so many people. I know it won’t be relevant to all my readers, but I thought I’d do an update for those interested.
A year ago I went on an acne elimination diet. You can read about it here, here and here. It was actually really effective. I was surprised, I didn’t expect it. I cut out a lot of things from my diet – wheat, meat, dairy, soy, processed foods. I shouldn’t have been surprised that it made a difference I guess.
It never completely cleared my skin 100%, but it made a noticeable difference.
One year later I have not maintained the diet and my skin is back to being not so clear. I found over time I slowly added back in different things and feel as if I am back to where I started almost. I have made some permanent changes that I have kept in place. I have pretty much cut out dairy completely. I occasionally have it in my tea or have an occasional serve of ice cream or chocolate. But that is okay with me, I never want to be crazy strict about the way I do anything.
Meat I really only eat occasionally, I find sometimes I really need meat. I have not been organised enough to get all of my protein effectively from vegetarian sources. Again, I don’t think it is a big deal. I would love to say it has all been organic, grain fed meat, but honestly it is way too expensive to eat meat that way for us at the moment.
Wheat I believe is probably my biggest issue and I’m wondering if it has one of the biggest impacts on my skin. I have completely re included it in my diet.
So the plan from here is to clean up my diet again. I’m going to read this book The Clear Skin Diet and try to implement it’s recommendations. And just see how I go! Wheat is something I am going to try and cut. It is not radical, it is not about cutting down on the amount I eat or reducing portion sizes or anything to do with weight loss. It is about seeing what things I can do that will improve the clarity of my skin long term without constant medications and creams.
So that my friends is where I am at! Have any of you noticed major changes to any aspects of your health through diet tweaks? Any success or failures?