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    Since giving up my vegetarian ways and adopting a primal diet my skin has gotten a lot more pink than it used to be. I think I look good but my friends who are still vegetarian warn me that this is a sign of poor health and want me to go back to being vegetarian. Personally, I think that is a bunch of crap. Especially when you consider that most of my vegetarian friends have kind of a gray/green skin thing going on which regardless of how you cut it, just can't be healthy. If you don't mind me asking... what do you think?

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    I'd rather be pink than grey/green... yikes!! You could also "brown" up in the sun... nothing like natural vit d.
    Robin
    ~primal mama to 3~

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    • #3
      Color in the skin could be due to increased bloodflow or increased carotenoid content in the skin. Carotenoids are what give carrots, squashes etc their color. In the absence of true vit. A in the diet (retinol) the body has to convert carotenoids into retinol, a process that is very inefficient in most people and simply impossible in some.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by VeggieBoy View Post
        Since giving up my vegetarian ways and adopting a primal diet my skin has gotten a lot more pink than it used to be. I think I look good but my friends who are still vegetarian warn me that this is a sign of poor health and want me to go back to being vegetarian. Personally, I think that is a bunch of crap. Especially when you consider that most of my vegetarian friends have kind of a gray/green skin thing going on which regardless of how you cut it, just can't be healthy. If you don't mind me asking... what do you think?
        This just in: vegetarians find health to be a sign of poor health!

        Pink most likely means better blood flow to the skin, which is probably due to a combination of lower systemic inflammation and eating a nutritious enough diet that your body can heat itself and maintain peripheral circulation.

        (There is a limit, of course: if you look sunburned I'd start looking around for causes.)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AndreaReina View Post
          Color in the skin could be due to increased bloodflow or increased carotenoid content in the skin.
          That's what I thought also. Doesn't pink skin mean that you're actually getting better blood flow to the skin?

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          • #6
            Mine changed to a more pink color too. Before it was more pale and a bit yellow. I went low carb and got adrenal issues addressed at the same time. Yellowish or darker skin is a known side effect of adrenal problems (Addison's).

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            • #7
              Uh...means you're getting healthier. Slap your friends so they can get some colour in their faces
              I'm a paleo foodie, come check out my recipes: http://strangekitty.ca/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nion View Post
                Uh...means you're getting healthier. Slap your friends so they can get some colour in their faces
                A true application of your sigline. Which I love by the way

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                • #9
                  LOL.....

                  I like the idea of smacking them in the face so they get the same rosie color.

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                  • #10
                    This is so interesting to read. I also have gotten more "pink" since going Primal (about 7 mos now). I actually never thought much of it but my husband noticed and commented.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks, it's a self-quote, lol!
                      I'm a paleo foodie, come check out my recipes: http://strangekitty.ca/

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                      • #12
                        Wanted to add that I've also noticed my nail beds getting much pinker as well. They were always kind of whitish prior to going primal, but now they're growing out pink and they look so much healthier. Just more little clues that I'm on the right path nutrition-wise. Thanks for everyone's comments.

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                        • #13
                          Guess they've never heard the old expression "in the pink" which refers to a state of good health.

                          In the pink | Define In the pink at Dictionary.com

                          In the pink

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                          • #14
                            Seriously? Did they really say pink skin is a sign of poor health?

                            In addition to 'in the pink', I guess they've never heard anyone say pale, ashen, wan, gray, green, anemic (pale), bloodless, or sallow to refer to someone who didn't look healthy or robust.

                            Synonyms for 'pale' from Thesaurus.com
                            anemic, ashen, ashy, blanched, bleached, bloodless, cadaverous, colorless, deathlike, dim, doughy, dull, faded, faint, feeble, ghastly, gray, haggard, inadequate, ineffective, ineffectual, insubstantial, livid, lurid, pallid, pasty, poor, sallow, sick, sickly, spectral, thin, unsubstantial, wan, washed-out, waxen, waxlike, weak, white, whitish

                            Nice, yes?

                            Meanwhile, 'pink'
                            acme*, best, bloom*, fitness, good health, height*, peak, perfection, prime, summit, trim*, verdure

                            Antonyms:

                            poor health, sickness

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                            • #15
                              Well I don't want to deride my vegetarian friends too much because they really think that they are doing the best for their health and I don't want to disrespect them, but yes, they think the pink color means that I am on my way to a heart attack.

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