|Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston Nov. 2014 -clear cheek baby!|
I had literally tried every conventional means to clear my skin, short of going on the birth control pill or taking accutane (though I was VERY tempted, ultimately I didn't want to go on meds- especially the pill, I'll write more about that another time). I mean every lotion, potion, "hair skin and nails" vitamin on the market I tried. Nothing helped.
Meanwhile my diet consisted of McDonald's french fries, McDonald milkshakes, chocolate, ice cream, chips, yogurt, I dont even remember specifically anymore, but I do know there were minimal (if any) fruits and veggies. But, I had read in the Proactive handbook that diet has no effect on our skin! So that didnt matter anyways (which I later learned is a load of hogwash).
Right after turning 22 I made drastic changes to my diet. I was already gluten free, and had been for years. At this point I got off of white sugar, for real this time. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I also stopped eating meat, dairy and eggs. Started leaning into fruits, vegetables and plant based foods and away from processed foods. These were my first staggering baby steps and since then I have evolved in so many ways. Physically, mentally, emotionally I am a completely different human being. I also have learned SO much about the healing (or poisonous) effect food has. Nothing has a greater impact on our lives than what we put in our mouths three times a day, every single day.
|February 2013 -look at that cheek!|
At one point in my journey I made the connection that the body is one whole until. We live in a society that treats every ailment separately. For high blood pressure there's one medication, for diabetes another, for erectile dysfunction another, and for depression another. Always treating the symptoms rather than healing the problem. In reality if something is wrong with one aspect of our bodies, something is out of balance everywhere.
Acne is a blessing because it is a very clear signal to me that something is out of balance in my body. I never would have had the motivation to change what I feed myself if it hadn't been for initial vanity. It is a second blessing because when my body is overloaded with toxins (I'm making naughtier food choices) it works to get them out of my body ASAP (via my skin). There are people who are slim, have porcelain skin, and eat whatever they want. That doesn't mean that body is balanced and healthy. Illness festers where we cant see it, only to show up 10-15 years later after fully incubating.
So today I am still in progress to having that porcelain skin I have dreamed of.. I still get breakouts, but not as severely. Plus I usually know exactly the cause (PMS, a dairy consuming slip up, a few too many organic gluten free treats, etc).
The picture from 2013 you can see how agitated my cheek was. Though I wasnt eating animal products, I wasn't in a happy place in life, and remember eating more processed foods than I should have to cope. The other picture was from last week, under bright museum lights. This is the exact photo angle that would have horrified me before (because I break out on my cheeks), and now is perfectly clear.
So I guess at the end of the day our "ailments" are our friends. Our bodies are always talking to us, and sending us feedback. If we listen, we can have a good, strong, happy and healthy run here.