I’m all about abundance when it comes to food, tell me I can’t have something and I go crazy trying to avoid it. It never ends well!
When it comes to refining your diet to support the healing of your acne, I like to talk about what it is you CAN eat as opposed to what you need to hide from. It’s dubbed (by me) as ‘The crowding out method’ and it involves eating all the goods first so that there is barely any room left for the bads.
Of course we’ll cover the things that are not going to be as suitable but rather than letting this list overwhelm you – I invite you to focus on the abundance of high-vibration foods that are going to leave you not only looking radiant but feeling it deep down in your core too.
1. Count your veggies
I aim to eat a MINIMUM of 5 different types of vegetables each day. It’s a non-negotiable I set myself everyday and have done since the early stages of my college degree when one of my lecturers educated me on this mentality. Now days I try and apply this to each meal – it’s not hard to do. There are no rules, just that every vegetable counts including fresh garlic, onion and all that little stuff. My average breakfast is an omelette (or smoothie in summer) with leek, baby spinach, bok choy, mushrooms, parsley + avocado (technically a fruit). My lunch is usually a salad with the lot and dinner is generally a vegetable soup or baked veg extravaganza. So if you are plant-based it is no trouble to accomplish. Even if meat is a staple for you – keep the meat portion small (see why below) and smother the rest of your plate with veggies.
2. Reduce your meat
Remembering that this blog is a recall of what has worked for me on my journey, actually cutting meat right out this has been a big one with slow but steady results. I cut out meat 5 years ago and fish 3 years ago. It wasn’t easy; I was an enthusiastic meat eater prior to this decision and was one of those people who proud and loud informed others “I could never give up meat.”
It was a combination of two things that made me go cold turkey (excuse the pun).
Firstly, I learnt the digestion timeline for red meat was between 24-72 hours while other foods averaged between 6-8 hours. This got me thinking, considering digestion takes the most of our daily energy and that it is recommended to not eat a few hours prior to bed so digestion is winding down it’s duties and energy can be put towards healing, after red meat, I am potentially transferring all that healing energy just to digestion, studies also reveal that in that extended digestion time, the meat begins to rot, so if you want to get really gross, you potentially have a rotting carcass passing through your body, slowing down your digestion.
Secondly (and the most influential for me), I went to an amateur nutritional talk in Sydney on a whim one night. A friend had a spare ticket and it meant I could avoid impending assignments for the night so of course, I went! That night a gentleman in his, say early 50’s, braced the stage and spoke about how even if an animal is slaughtered in a sustainable, considered way – it sill experiences trauma! Animals are smarter than we give them credit for and they sense when something funky is about to go down. Once the animal is dead, that trauma stays in the flesh of the body in the form of cortisol (the stress hormone) and then WE literally eat that stress and take it on in our own bodies. I feel stressed enough, whilst trying to maintain stress levels to keep my own cortisol levels under wraps, how does adding another beings help? Cortisol is strongly affiliated with acne so it made sense for me to drop the meat.
3. Count your fruit
Fruit is compiled of premium vitamins and minerals. If you can get it in pure form as opposed to out of a bottle, DO! I choose to eat the following fruits in abundance due to their low fructose content and high antioxidant and soluable fibre count.
+ Berries + Cherries
+ Citrus (all hail the grapefruit)
4. Eat plenty of clean protein
Our body is in a constant state of detoxification, all this work occurs predominantly in the liver and kidneys. When there is no protein in the diet, phase II detoxification gets a little messy. In Phase I we gather up all the toxins and pool them together, in Phase II we ship the toxins out of the body (ideally in the form of poop). The very thing that ships the toxins up and out are protein carriers and when we are not providing the body with protein, the toxins have nothing to bind to, so they continue to circulate and often try and escape through the skin…SO, by feeding the body the protein that it needs, we allow phase II detoxification to occur efficiently.
Bearing in mind that plants and vegetables do contain protein, here is a list of proteins that I like to include in my diet
+ Eggs (organic, cage-free, non-pasturized)
+ Pure Greek yogurt (organic)
+ Whole milk Kefir (organic)
+ Chia seeds
+ Raw nuts
If you eat meat
+ Grilled or poached fish
+ Grilled or poached chicken without the skin
+ Duck liver