I know what you’re thinking. “My life is doomed because I can’t eat anything delicious and I will be miserable and deprived.” And that’s not true. Ok…maybe it will feel like that in the very beginning. It did for me, quite truthfully. However, I was an extreme case, and I swear to you, dear reader, that feeling of “deprivation” didn’t last. After a couple of weeks my body stopped craving the “bad foods” I loved, like bread.
I want to note, your case is probably different from my case, so please experiment. I was in rough shape, destroying my body with about 10 years of taking antibiotics. I had cystic acne. I needed to make some drastic changes. I stuck with a pretty strict diet for about two years, and slowly started to bring back some of the “bad foods,” (like gluten and dairy) but in very small quantities.
Today, several years later, I don’t deprive myself of anything. However, there are certain foods that I never buy or have in my house (like bread). If I want to eat my mother’s delicious pancakes the one time I visit a year, I’m going to indulge and enjoy every moment. When I crave pizza, maybe once a month or two, I get a pizza. And enjoy every moment. No guilt. Ever. Life is short. If you can make your day-to-day pretty healthy on the whole, I don’t see any problem in indulging from time to time.
Why is diet so important for clear skin?
Because acne is a result of blood sugar problems and chronic inflammation, our diet plays a critical role in maintaining clear and healthy skin. The elimination diet is going to vary in how challenging it is for you, depending on how your day-to-day diet is. Mine was pretty good in the sense that I didn’t/don’t eat fast-food, meat or have much of a sweet tooth. But I love bread. I love cheese. And friends, gluten and dairy are probably the biggest culprits (AND SUGAR) in the inflammation department.
Here are 9 foods to eliminate for clear skin:
- Dairy: especially pasteurized homogenized milk, but also cheese, yogurt, cream, etc., specifically from a cow.
- Gluten: the king of inflammation – gluten damages your intestinal wall and causes systemic inflammation.
- Sugar: high glycemic index spikes your blood sugar and leads to glycation and persistent inflammation.
- Vegetable oils: canola, sunflower, safflower, soybean, cottonseed, corn oil.
- Trans fats: commercial baked goods, margarine, fast foods, deep fried foods.
- Processed meats that are loaded with nitrates and nitrites
- Alcohol: more than one glass of wine per day.
- Refined grains and white flour
- Food additives, preservatives, artificial flavors, etc.
I assure you, all is not lost. When I was forced to change my diet, I was blown away at all of the options we have out there today. Brown rice bread, what?? Quinoa…is that Japanese??? I had no idea what some of these foods were or that certain foods existed. It made trips to the grocery stores so much more interesting. And now I can’t live without most of these foods I discovered during my detoxing/elimination time.
Have fun with this process, experiment and notice the changes. Your body will feel different. More energy. Less cravings. I assure you. If you’d like some inspiration, here are a list of some of the best foods for clear and healthy skin.
If nothing else, I would love to see you eliminate these three from your diet: gluten, dairy and white/refined sugars. And then please, let me know the differences you see and feel. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!