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Well I was not gluten or sugar-free during the holidays and BOY did my skin break out.  I have finally gotten back on track this last week and am sticking to it.  I played with the idea of doing a full yeast-free diet but chickened out.  Maybe someday but being gluten and sugar-free is enough hassle for me right now.

About 4 weeks ago I accidentally ate sugar a few times (wasn’t using my brain) and broke out.  It took me a bit to realize what I had done.

Since then, I have had 2 weekends “off” (one nongluten-free and this past weekend I also allowed sugar on a trip).  My face has EXPLODED with adult acne.  Sigh.

I have come to accept that this is most likely a candida issue.  After the holidays, I will be going on an anti-candida diet.  Blerg.  Not looking forward to it.  I am reading The Yeast Connection and so much speaks to me.  Along with that diet I plan to also be gluten-free (his diet isn’t) since gluten can feed the yeasties.  After Thanksgiving I am going to start taking Candex (and after Christmas I will change my diet).

I really, really hope this works.  My face hurts. 😦

How dare it!

Still gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free.  I have had wine a few times and totally broke out from it.  So no vino until our wedding anniversary and Thanksgiving.  Not worth it.

I miss cheese and half-n-half in my coffee.

I can’t say I have any more energy from any of this, though.  Sigh.  I’m not getting in any extra exercise like yoga or anything.  That’s my next step but it is the hardest.  It’s hard to be so busy plus have low energy plus make oneself exercise.  I know others have achieved this so somehow I will to.  When, we will see….

I had breakfast with a friend who I have not seen in a month.  She exclaimed that my skin looked great and totally different.

AND that’s still with a couple of break outs.

Yay.

We’re taking a 3 day family vacation to Disneyland to celebrate Z’s 4th birthday.  I will be heading to Town Hall to get my list of gluten-free foods at the park and doing my best.  I won’t be so concerned about sugar on this trip.  Obviously, no blatant sweet stuff like ice cream but my focus will be on gluten-free (since they make it so easy there) and if there’s some hidden sugar in a food I won’t sweat it.

I am slightly broken out right now and my lovely ladyhood started this morning (just in time for DL – woohoo!).

When we’re back I plan to do a post on gluten-free choices at Disneyland.

After my tea and scones treat where I felt like my body was going to lift out of my chair because I was so fricken high, I broke out a couple of days later. Not as bad as in the past but definitely the worst break out since dropping sugar.

It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since then and my skin is blemish-free (minus one small one at my nose where my glasses rest).  I am not wearing any cover up on my chin r around my mouth – this used to never happen!

I’ve been gluten-free for almost 2 weeks now.  It’s been easy enough.  No idea if it is affecting my face but I’ll keep at it for a few months just to see.

I have to try these.

I haven’t made my own hummus in years.  This has inspired me to start making it again.

So excited about this find.

Even more excited to learn more about Forrest Yoga.

My face has totally reacted to the recent sugar (and, ahem, beer – I had a few good-bye Guinesses).  It’s amazing to see how my body reacted in the moment and also how it rebelled on my face.  I’m glad to have such tangible reminders, quite honestly.  Helps keep me in reality.  It also sucks that a brief treat means a few days of reminders on my face.

Gluten is getting kicked to the curb tomorrow.  I’m already mentally planning for our Disneyland trip in a few weeks (and also told the cast member taking my reservation about the gluten-free meal needed at Z’s Ariel Grotto birthday dinner).

A gluten-free fun read.

Reading Real Food prompted me to tell my husband that I wanted a family dairy cow.  He said we could keep her in my closet.  Heh.  I also said that, in the far off future, when we have a house I would love to have chickens.  He actually seemed open to that.  In the mean time I will live vicariously through this blogging mama’s experience with (soon) owning a goat.  How fun!

I am so glad I took a photo the weekend before going sugar-free.  It’s been a month (exactly 4 weeks) since I took the photo so I took a couple today.  I am actually surprised at the big difference – it’s funny how memory works (or at least my Mommy Mush Mind).  My friend (one of the ones who is gluten/sugar/dairy-free who I mentioned early in the blog) said it looked much better on Thursday and I wasn’t so sure.  Heh.

Not 100% clear but definitely a difference.

Not 100% clear but definitely a difference.

One more for good measure.

One more for good measure.

These photos are taken right out of the shower so untouched and unmade up.

if I do have a gluten intolerance.

I use Mary Kay concealer and have for years.  I did start using it pre-mommyhood when my acne was not nearly as bad as now.  After giving birth it has been a lot worse and especially in the last year (Z is almost 4).  So if I am gluten intolerant (and maybe pregnancy/giving birth “woke it up” a bit?), then using MK’s concealer is a terrible idea.

I just want to keep some of the links I have been reading in one place.

Acne and Gluten – message board topic

Allergy to gluten – acne a result?

The Hidden Connection btw Gluten and Acne

Gluten and Acne – are the 2 related?

The Effects Gluten Has On Acne

Acne (message board topic)

Gluten Intolerance Causes Acne? (another message board topic – the Type O blood tidbit peaked my interest since that’s what I am.)

Just trying to psyche myself up for going gluten-free in August.  We have a 2 night Disneyland trip for Z’s 4th birthday near the end of the month.  I know they have some gluten-free options but I am overwhelmed by the idea of Disneyland (which we visit regularly since we’re passport holders and barely an hour away) and gluten/sugar restriction.  I know I can do it, especially with planning.  But the idea is overwhelming right now.

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