It’s not a secret and you all know it – I struggle with my acne prone skin all the time…
Some weeks it’s great and others it’s pretty bad even though I’m quite healthy, I exercise and use Anti-Blemish products prescribed by professional dermatologists from sk:n clinics. Lately, it’s just got out of hand to be honest and after years of researching about adult acne and causes of it, I’ve decided to try something new – a detox for my body and skin to treat the issue from within. My doctor says my acne is hormonal, therefore I must take antibiotics for the rest of my life (which I don’t), skin clinic focuses more on the external issue such as products I use and what skin care regime I’m following to keep the bacteria under control, but I’m sure there’s more and here’s what I’ve decided to do for a while:
– cut out all the meats from my diet
– cut out all dairy products
– stop drinking coffee
– stop indulging on chocolate and other sugary treats for a while
Well the first two naturally have animal hormones as well as added, which I’m sure are one of the main causes of my acne breakouts, but coffee and sugary foods will help me to detoxify my system as I felt my body is ready for a cleanse – same as our overflowing wardrobes I guess…haha…
I looked into doing juice cleanses, but some of them are pretty expensive starting from £35 per day, so I thought it was best to buy a load of fruit and veg worth less than that lasting for a week and start experimenting with it at home with my blender. I’m still going to invest a juicer, but my friend is convinced the best is by Nutri Bullet – sounds good to me! Suggestions welcome though…
I’ve only began to really eat clean 3 days ago starting with a big jug of freshly squeezed juice at my parents, so I’m not feeling any difference hugely apart from mild headaches. Headaches are normal during detoxes by the way (I’ve done an Aloe Vera cleanse a few years ago), because the body is getting used to not receiving any toxins anymore, so it’s just reacting. My skin looks slightly better, but it’s early days and detoxing can bring out more spots as more toxins come out on the surface. Nonetheless, I’m feeling great… I’m not following any programmes, diets or books – just listening to my own body and doing what I feel is right at the moment.
So what do I eat? And where am I getting my proteins from?
I wasn’t a big meat eater anyway, so not having any meat is absolutely fine for me. I get my proteins from eggs, lentils, beans, quinua, nuts, seeds, chickpeas and so on… Milk – I had milk with my coffee almost every day, so now that the coffee is being ditched for herbal tea and hot water with lemon, almond and coconut milk are still part of my diet, but only for non-green smoothies.
I don’t think I can live without smoothies for breakfast as I try and include as many nutrients in my breakfasts as possible to give me a good dose of vitamins for the day ahead. So I have created a very tasty green “liquid breakfast” as my mum calls it… It’s packed with calcium, vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron and other nutrients, and it’s also great for alkalising the whole body, improving digestion, skin and boosting immune system.
Here’s what you need to make this green goodness using a blender:
– nice big bunch of spinach
– bunch of fresh kale
– one apple
– 1/2 mango
– a couple of celery sticks
– coconut water
No specific measures, no special ingredients, just pure goodness. It tastes delicious too – trust me!
You could get away with just kale, spinach and one other fruit like an apple, mango, orange or pineapple. Or why not add some fresh mint?
Lunches and dinners have been fun… with lots of avocado (my new BFF), rye bread, lentil salads, poached eggs… I’m loving it! And although it’s early days and lots of things could change, I think I might ditch the meat for good! Vegetarian is so much fun!
Are any of you vegetarians? Do you have any similar experiences sometimes and just feel that you MUST detox your skin, body and soul? What are your tricks?
Big Love xx