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But I woke up with no new pimples today.

Not putting a ton of stock in it, though.  It’s too early and soon to really put forward a big Yay.

I am also taking a few supplements as well.  Probiotics, liquid B12, a daily women’s vitamin, and cod liver oil.  Not all to benefit my skin but all to benefit me. 😉

10:30am Update:

Bah! It was too good to be true.  A little one popped up and another, soon-to-be painful and large, is slowly brewing on my chin.

In the good news front, I am finding some more gluten-free and sugar-free blogs to read (please share others in the comments!).  And the knowledge that gluten can cause acne makes me hopeful for the future…

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…that I am 34 and have 2 huge pimples on my chin that are so painful (never mind the smaller ones and old ones that are healing).  Blerg!

It just amazes me that my skin is worse as an adult than it was as a teen.  I was totally ignorant of this possibility growing up.  I hate it.  I really, really hope that cutting out sugar (and maybe gluten) kicks my adult acne in the ass.

I also wonder how long it takes to see results.  When do I give in and declare F A I L?

I sound cranky right now but I’m actually not.  My sugar-free bad ass self is chugging along quite merrily.  I just have to plan.  That kind of sucks but it’s doable.  It’s just nowhere near second nature yet and probably won’t be any time soon.

Alas, my vacation is over.  The good news is that I only work in July for the summer and the days are short (I work at a school).  The bad news is that I am not in love with my job and want to be a SAHM (stay at home mom).  That’s in the works and I’m just sucking it up in the mean time.  But I’m still a tad cranky, heh.

It’s been one week since going sugar-free.  I feel good – not fabulous or anything but good and fine.  The only cravings I have now are occasional ones for a nice glass of wine.

Like I said yesterday, I suspect I have a problem with excess candida.  But, also like I said, the idea of the candida diet intimidates the shit out of me.  I’ve been off and on thinking about it all day today.  It’s so restrictive and that’s a trigger for me due to my disordered eating issues.  The idea of cutting out mushrooms, one of my favoritest favorite foods in the whole world makes my head spin.  And gets the Head Crazies chattering away which is something I’d like to avoid.

So, what does this mean?  Would I never try an anti-candida diet just because of food issues and body image problems?  Nah.  I would.  I would just work on getting over myself.  But I don’t think I am quite there yet and also I’m not quite convinced that such a restrictive diet is necessary (I may eat my words someday, pun intended, I know…).

I am thinking that in August if my skin issues are still bad I will cut out gluten.  And if I am still struggling with adult acne in mid-September then dairy will be next on the chopping block.  And that’s it, for a while.  I think.  I may have a totally different opinion by Fall.  I may be ready to do more, who knows.  But that’s what’s making me comfortable in my noggin at this point in the journey and that’s good enough for me.

The husband and I are also trying for #2 come the new year as well so that’s been another factor.  Do I really want to deal with the anti-candida diet when pregnant?  I’m betting no.

I still, however, totally reserve the right to change my mind at any given point during this journey.  I’m good at that.

What I’m not good at is cooking.  I have no feel for it.  It’s an art I don’t get.  I must have a recipe.  I do not know how to whip together things.  My brain is not wired in this way.  But I did decide to go all wild and crazy (yes, what I am about to share is wild for me in the kitchen creation area.  Feel free to point and laugh) and make up a sugar-free chocolate goody.

Banachoconuts
2T coconut oil
56 grams 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate (mine was baking chocolate from Trader Joe’s)
3T shredded Coconut
1 banana

Slice banana and place on wax paper in one layer (inside something with edges – I used a plastic container).  I made sure the slices had a bit of space in between each one.

Melt oil and chocolate together over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.  Then add the shredded coconut and mix well together.  Pour mixture evenly over the banana slices.  Make sure to spread out chocolate and coconut over each slice.  Chill in the fridge to harden.

Then break off a pieces or two and enjoy!

I just made these today so I am clueless on how they will keep in the fridge.

Banachoconuts

Banachoconuts

I thought they were tasty – I think next time I will either do bigger pieces of banana or try it with a different fruit all together.  The 100% cacao is so intense and really kills my chocolate cravings.  I am loving it more and more each day.

Even though I am currently only avoiding sugar I am reading a lot about the anti-Candida Diet.  I am reallllly hoping cutting out sugar miraculously kills my adult acne but my gut instinct is telling me I will have to do more.  So I am reading up on it and want to save blogs I like in my links.  I plan to also include a Gluten-free blog list as well since if I do decide that an anti-candida diet is the answer I may slowly get there by first cutting gluten (and, obviously, still the sugar).  I dunno.  The idea of the anti-candida diet intimidates me, honestly.

But so did cutting out sugar and I finally managed to do it.  Not that the “battle” is over but I’m feeling good.  I reminded myself today about how when I quit smoking (pack – pack 1/2 day habit, has been 14 years) that I finally just did it.  This sugar thing feels like that I realized.

Chugging along.  I don’t usually start to crave sweets until the end of the day anyway.

I am hoping axing the sugar means clearing up my adult acne.  My skin has always been worse as an adult than when I was a teen but ever since giving birthday to my daughter (Z) it has been bad.  And especially this past year (she’s almost 4).  If cutting out sugar doesn’t do the trick I will likely do the anti-candida diet in August.

My skin over the weekend (I am 34!):

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