It’s time to update you on what’s been happening since I quit the Paleo diet around 3 weeks ago. You can read all about my doubts and thoughts regarding the Paleo diet in this blogpost. To be honest, for the last 3 weeks, I’ve had a lot of issues with my skin, and I’ve also had a chance to learn a lot about my skin and body in general. So I thought I’d share everything I’ve discovered with you today.
You can also watch it in video format here:
Acne came back???
I started eating some grains, beans, lentils and a bit of organic rye bread here and there. I also started having a tablespoon of honey in the morning. I don’t know, maybe all of this was too much for my body after being on the Paleo diet for a year or maybe it just wasn’t right for my body. Perhaps Paleo was really what my body needs. I’m not sure at this point.
My skin went crazy: the acne I had in the past more or less came back full force. I was quite desperate because my face was itchy and painful. I had a lot of spots on the forehead, and I still have three of them healing now. I had a lot of them on the cheeks and jaw area, too. Even on my neck, which to me usually means that there is something wrong with the food.
So it wasn’t nice – it was painful, itchy and uncomfortable to say the least. But I wasn’t too worried because I fixed it once and I was confident I could do it again.
My head and scalp got really itchy as well, and I started having dandruff like in the old days. Everything just went completely wrong. I was also pretty moody and irritated: I’m sure my hubby will confirm that.
A valuable experiment with myself
Even though it was a stressful experience, I took it as an experiment with myself, I guess: it’s just another way to learn more and to help you, guys! Because getting acne again and getting rid of it a second time can give me so much more knowledge than just continuing to be clear.
I don’t know whether it was all the grains, beans and lentils. Or if it was the honey. Or if it was that once ice-cream and homemade cookies I had around a week ago. I’m not sure, but, in any case I’ve cut all of those out of my diet again, and my acne miraculously cleared within around 5 days. I’m so relieved! Now I just have a few red marks or scars that need to heal. My skin is more or less back to normal and I am really happy about that. I still struggle with some spots on my neck, though.
Could candida be behind this?
This whole experience taught me one important lesson, and it’s priceless for me: it was totally worth going through it. It kind of dawned on me why a lot of people fail with the Oil Cleansing Method. If people eat a standard diet or even the so called healthy diet but with a lot of grains and beans (lots of carbs), that kind of diet feeds their candida.
I know it’s a bit of a controversial topic, not everyone is a believer. But think about it for a second: most of us have taken a lot of antibiotics in our lifetime, a lot of women take the contraceptive pill – all of those disrupt the natural balance in the gut. What happens when it gets disrupted? Often, we get candida overgrowth.
I know I’ve definitely had them all my life because I had a lot of antibiotics in my life ( I was a weak child, I guess) and I was on the Pill for 10 years. I always had issues with my digestion, constipation, white tongue and many other symptoms associated with candida. The Paleo diet kept it dormant for a year but, once I stopped doing it, the candida came back full force.
My skincare was exactly the same as for the entire year. Of course I was still using my oils, but suddenly everything stopped working. I started getting a lot of spots, I was super oily and flaky at the same time. I had no clue what was going on.
Could this be the reason why the OCM doesn’t work for some people?
A lot of people with acne have something called Seborrheic Dermatitis or Seborrhea. It’s fungus overgrowth on the skin, which is closely related to candida. It manifests itself by itchy and flaky skin on the forehead, around the hairline, around the nose (especially nose crease) and the chin/jaw area. If those areas are spotty, itchy, flaky, dry and tight feeling, yet oily, you probably have it as well. I was first diagnosed with it when I was 16, so I know it’s always been my problem. If you also have itchy scalp, hair loss or dandruff, then it’s definitely something that you’re going through as well.
For somebody with Seborrhea, oils might feed the fungus on the skin and it might just get worse. So that could potential be the reason why some people fail on the Oil Cleansing Method.
So what to do if candida is causing your acne?
Well, in my opinion, the only way is to really watch your diet and maybe try to eliminate grains, beans, sugar, all the processed foods, white flour and similar things from your diet. Just to see if that helps.
It’s definitely helped me and I think that oils alone would have probably never sorted out my acne without the help of the diet overhaul. Beauty and healthy skin definitely come from within, so no matter what you use on your skin, if you don’t fix your guts, if you don’t fix your health, your skin is not going to get better.
What am I going to diet-wise from now on?
I’m not really going back to Paleo completely, but I’ve decided to do something in between the regular Paleo and the raw food diet. I guess it’s like Paleo on steroids. 🙂
I’m going to be eating less meat (especially red meat) and much more fish. That’s how I started the Paleo diet a year ago but gradually moved to fattier and heavier meats. I guess it must have been the primal diet’s influence on me. I’ll still eat some raw goat dairy, and I’ll also eat a lot of raw vegetables with a bit of cooked starches .
Detox for Women
I decided to try this diet after reading a book called Detox for Women by Natalia Rose. I finished reading it a few days ago and I really liked it. It think it’s really smart. Hence, I decided to use the meal plan provided in the book (as long as I can source all the ingredients).
This detox is kind of Paleo because it doesn’t allow eating beans or legumes, but it does involve some pseudo-grains like millet, quinoa and buckwheat. There is a lot of green juice and raw vegetables, which is what I love the most. I don’t know if I’m going to do that for my whole life but I definitely want to try it for 30 days.
There are 5 things that I really like about this detox program:
- It involves a lot of juicing: green juicing and vegetable juicing. I’m not a big fan of fruit juicing because of the excess sugar you get from fruit juice. But green juice is awesome, and I’ve been really liking them in the morning for breakfast.
- I also love that the program includes just two big meals a day, which is perfect for me. I don’t like eating too often. I like keeping my digestive tract empty throughout the day, so it can rest and cleanse itself before the next meal.
- I love the fact that during the day you just eat raw vegetables and juice – very light things. So you don’t get that afternoon energy dip, you feel light and full of energy, you can work. That’s brilliant for me! The biggest meal of the day with cheese, meat or fish is in the evening, which works perfectly for me and my body.
- I really enjoyed the explanation about the slow exit foods and the quick exit foods. I always felt that instinctively but I didn’t really know the theory behind it. The quick exit foods are things like vegetables, fruit, fish, raw goat dairy, as well as healthy starches like sweet potatoes, beetroots, carrots, etc. Then there are slow exit foods, which basically take a very long time to exit the digestive system. Those are red meats, processed foods, sugary foods – things like that. It’s better to avoid them because they tax your system a lot.
- There are also slow exit food combinations – combining foods properly is a very important thing. I’ve always known that it’s not good to eat meat or fish with starches in the same meal. But I was always too lazy and I always combined them. Of course I felt super heavy and sleepy afterwards! This book explains so well why it’s not a good idea to do it. It also explains the correct sequence of eating in a meal: how you need to start with a salad, then move on to fish, meat, etc.
I think it’s awesome and I can’t wait to see the results. Today is my Day 4 on this diet, and I’ve been documenting the whole process. I’ll be posting videos of every single day, just to show you what I’ve eaten, what my face looked like and what I felt like during the day. I hope you’ll find it interesting and helpful if you’re thinking of doing something similar.
You can watch my detox diary here.
As I said, I don’t know if I’d like to eat like this forever, but it’s definitely a nice thing to try. I’ve always wanted to introduce more raw food in my diet, but I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t know many recipes. This book is giving me lots of ideas and lots of new recipes. I’m excited!
You can get Detox for Women by Natalia Rose from Amazon. I totally recommend it!
I also wanted to thank you all for your support after my last video/blogpost about rethinking the Paleo diet. I’m so relieved that you understood exactly what I was going through. It means so much to me! To tell the truth, I was really worried that you’d stop reading my blog and you’d hate me because I’m not on the Paleo diet anymore. But it’s been great, you’ve been so supportive. Thank you very much for that!
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