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    20/1/12- Journal entry

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    I had such a lovely day today. I kicked off the morning with a yoga session, the first I have done in months and a different type. It was called Yin Yoga and it was just all about really deep stretches, it was great. Then I treated myself to a lovely lunch and spent the afternoon in the library doing some work. It was nice, but a little bit lonely, such is expat life sometimes.
    My skin is still clearly so well, I am so happy, but still scared I will have a flare up again, I think that fear will always be there.
    Did a BM this morning and felt better.
    Here's my meals:

    B- pangiusus white fish fillet grilled, mashed carrot & cauliflower, steamed broccoli and cabbage (Super enzymes & probiotics)
    L- Cod in a black pepper sauce, rice and steamed carrots at Fish &co restaurant (super enzymes & zinc)
    D- Lamb koftas x 3 with salad (super enzymes)

    Tomorrow we are going to a BBQ for dinner with friends and I am looking forward to it. I am not too sure what food they are serving but I am pretty sure it will just be steak and salad. I was asked to bring dessert so I am making Paleo cupcakes for everyone but I don't eat them because chocolate makes me break out, so I am also going to bring along raspberries & strawberries and cream for everyone else and coconut cream for me

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    I had acne on my chin also & have been able to clear it up..... after 7 years on the bcp. Definitely don't go on it unless you exhaust all your other options. I was never able to clear my skin with just diet but I think the real factor that caused it was dieting & being underweight- within a year or two of going on The Zone diet I lost below 100 lbs and something shifted hormonally. I'm a hardgainer/ectomorph and admittedly, I didn't try real hard to gain weight, I just kind of kept on with my Zone meals. Your diet sounds good so what I would suggest is you have your hormones tested. A doctor or maybe some kind of endocrinologist specialist can help you, or if you can't find help, consider maybe doing a Life Extension blood panel though I don't know if they are international. I hope it all works out for you.

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    Hey fiercehunter. Thanks for your comment. So do you think your acne got worse from dieting and being underweight? I think when I was being really strict it was worse because I don't think I was getting enough calories. I have since started adding more carbs in to put a bit more weight on and hopefully eventually I will get my period back. I agree my hormones are probably a huge factor when it comes to my skin. Will definitely be getting them tested probably in a few months and see what the problem is. The only thing is I don't want to go on any hormone altering western medicine and once I find out what hormonal imbalances I do have if any I hope I can find natural ways either supplements or food to correct them.

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    I had a extreme case of leaky gut, and it's taken 6-7 months to heal. I tried a lot of things, but healing didn't start until I tackled the candida overgrowth in my gut. Have you taken a lot of antibiotics in your life? If so, treating candida naturally will be the key to heal your gut along with the right foods.

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    22/1/12- journal entry

    So, I am not even going to go over my meals from yesterday, because we went to a BBQ last night and I over ate loads! Its just when food is sitting in front of you you just pick at it and before you know it you have eaten loads!! Most of it was all paleo, I think the one non paleo thing I ate was a little mozarella cheese, but there were things that I ate like eggs, tomatoes and fruit that I haven't touched for months. Luckily my stomach didnt react badly at all to anything I ate. Who knows if my skin will react or not. Although the inflammation and redness have gone down loads, there are still alot of scarring obviously and I am still get one or two new spots a day. Today I have experienced my first what I think is a food hangover. I didn't drink alcohol (been sober for 3 months!) but I have been so tired and lazy, although I could attribute this to the fact i didnt go to bed until 2am and woke at 8am so I didnt get my usual 8 hours sleep. So if my skin breaks out it will be impossible to tell if it was lack of sleep or food I was eating or all of the above. Oh well, so today I didn't eat until about 11:30 because I wasn't hungry until then, here is my meals:

    B/L- chicken skewer, sirloin steak, mashed pumpkin & cauliflower, steamed broccoli & cabbage. (super enzymes, probiotics)
    S- chicken skewer (zinc and super enzymes)
    D- Sutchi fish fillet, steamed carrots, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus

    My skin has been feeling a little irritated around the chin area but it is looking okay. My derm mentioned that she thinks I have a bit of mild eczema so I think that may be it cos it kinda feels itchy & a bit tight. Lets see how the next week goes & I am going to try and not over eat at the next BBQ I go to which is next week!!

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    23/1/2011- journal entry

    I woke up with loads of more pustules this morning, definitely a fallback from something I ate at the BBQ saturday or the lack of sleep saturday night. It just reinforces the whole diet thing. It is still just too hard to pinpoint the exact foods of course, unless I just eat a diet of meat and salad., which maybe I should but then I would just be too skinny and bored with no variety. I think there needs to be a balance between having fun with food and it being healthy and beneficial.
    Todays meals:
    B- lamb kebab & burger patty with mashed cauliflower & carrot, steamed broccoli. (super enzymes, probiotics)
    L- Calamari, mashed potato, steamed broccoli & cabbage (super enzymes, zinc)
    D- Sirloin steak, mashed pumpkin & cauliflower, roasted asparagus (2xsuper enzymes, vitamin c)

    I'm feeling pretty helpless with my diet between trying to not lose too much weight by adding in potato and a bit of rice and then not break out from it. It is fustrating and I really cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. Most days I want to give up but I know I would feel like crap. I just wish I could stop caring so much about my stupid skin! Today it has felt particularly the bottom half has felt irritated and itchy while a few new pustules are forming. Anyway as dory would say, just keep swimming, just keep swimming!!!

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    I haven't figured out the whole mystery yet, but here is what I do know:

    1. Correct insulin resistance to cut down on the acne because it cuts down on extra testosterone. That means no fruit, no starchy foods such as potatoes (even sweet ones), and no dairy. And eating one of these even one day out of the month will screw everything up. The 80/20 rule does not apply here. The longer you're strict with this, the more your face will calm down.
    2. Sleep. Ya ain't getting anywhere without a consistent and full sleep schedule. That alone helps heal your body, but it also prevents you from becoming overly stressed.
    3. Check into digestion issues. I know the diet is already restrictive, but you may have FODMAP sensitivities to deal with as well.

    Sure, finding face wash, spot treatment and lotion that doesn't make your face worse is necessary (Alba's a nice brand so far, especially their oil-free moisturizer) as is non-comedogenic make-up. But even when you find them, you can't get anywhere without getting serious and strict about the three things above. I, for instance, am not so hot on the regular sleep and destressing part, and the effects on my face are always obvious. That's the battle I'm still fighting.
    Starting weight: 225
    Current weight: 195
    Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
    Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
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