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Calling all Dairy/Sugar/Gluten-f
ree people: Advice?

Monday, April 01, 2013

This Friday begins a new chapter of the wellness study: we have to eliminate sugar (which we have already been doing since week 1) PLUS dairy, gluten, and soy. Soy does weird things to me so I don't eat it anyways, but the rest are going to be a real struggle. Also, the gluten free, dairy free snack bars I bought the other day have 9g of sugar per serving! So I can't eat those either. BOTHER FRETS WHINGE.

Anyways, I am writing this post today to cordially invite anyone avoiding sugar, dairy, gluten or soy to respond. While I know you might not be avoiding all of those things at once, I would love to hear your opinions.

A couple notes about the study: the elimination diet targets inflammatory foods. Inflammatory agents are specific to the individual, of course, who will find out which foods they react to the most after adding in dairy, soy, gluten etc. after three weeks without.

The naturopath who is working with us says that a ton of his patients "cure" their allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, acne, etc. simply by finding out which foods they should avoid. Yes, sometimes prescription medicine is necessary and not everything can be cured by diet alone. But he does say that a large portion of Western medicine is designed to treat the symptoms of the disease (yes makes sense just look at all the over-the-counter drugs you can buy) without considering the underlying factors. The study also focuses on low-glycemic options. Whatever foods make the liver happiest (by not hitting it with a huge load of sugars - natural or refined) should be the biggest consideration when planning your diet. This way, you can hopefully avoid the "3'o'clock slump". I never have this but I do experience the 10 pm slump because I am a student and that is when I should get to bed--sometimes can't do that. Gotta do work.

My predictions: will have to avoid dairy, added sugars. I have always had a lingering suspicion that I could regulate my acne if I avoided dairy; however, in the past week I had a LOT of stressful deadlines to meet--moreso than usual--which made my acne flare up, more so than if I had decided to, I dunno, eat ice cream everyday. I've been dealing with acne in one form or another ever since I was seven years old, so I wouldn't be surprised if modern dairy products (read: growth hormone or whatever the heck they're feeding those cows) could be one of the culprits for its stubborn resistance to almost every medication/treatment I've thrown at it.

Another thing I have to consider is my liver function. I think that my liver may have sustained damage from the three courses of Accutane I took for my acne. Accutane effects how your liver processes triglycerides/chlorestorol, which could lead to a slowing of other gastroint. functions.

However...those days were the best days, confidence-wise. My acne was highly responsive to the medicine, and showed remarkable improvement after about a week on a low dose. So while I might have not felt as secure about the rest of my body, at least my skin was healthy. I can't go through another course of Accutane because of what it may do to my liver/other organs (the dermatologist didn't know, so we're not going to find out). Once I stopped taking the medication, BAM! acne back, didja miss me no I did not.

So, we'll just have to see what the study does for my skin health. In the meantime, I look forward to your comments/suggestions/advice! :)

Oh, &&& one more thing before I sign off:

Supposedly this means "skin health" but all I see is a dopey looking picture of a woman touching her face. REAL DEEP HUH GUYZ.
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