5 weeks on the diet change

I’m 5 weeks into the diet and supplements now.I really did expect a significant improvement now but this week i’m really not happy with my skin.In week 3 and 4 on the diet i thought my skin was doing great and that it would only keep getting better,but then this week it’s gotten worse!It could be the time of the month but if that was the case then it should be getting better now.

I’m eating;
oats for breakfast,
a piece of low GI fruit for a snack,
then either organic chicken with salad/veggies,tuna salad,salmon with veggies,lentil soup.Then twice a week i have brown basmati rice with veggies as that’s low GI.

I’m wondering if this diet is low carb enough.That is what i want to be on because of the insulin/hormone connection.The oats are low GI though and the rice is too and i’m only eating that twice a week.

Supps;
Psyillium husks,
Digestive enzymes,
Milk Thistle,
Probiotics,
Zinc,
Chromium,
Vit E,
E.F.A’s(omegas 3,6 and 9),
Copper(for the zinc),
B vits complex

What’s going on?!Why haven’t i seen the results i’m after.I did think it was going right as i said in week 3 and 4 but now it’s not how it should be after so long doing it.
After 6 weeks i was told that there should be an improvement on how it was before i began,so i’ll see at the end of next week.Hopefully this week it’s just a blip because of the time of the month!!!

Related Acne Archive Posts & Questions

13 thoughts on “5 weeks on the diet change

  1. Hi Kelly. I experimented with a similar diet for about 6 months
    without any real change so i dont think it works for everyone. There
    are so many food combinations that it could be almost impossible to get
    the right one so i gave up due weight loss and depression. I eat healthy
    but i enjoy my food so much that it just wasn’t worth it all!

  2. hi kelly,
    i’ve done some work with a naturopathic doctor and on my own doing various detox programs/special diets. one thing i learned is that it gets worse before it gets better. toxins, pollutants, poisons, etc. cause problems on the way into the body AND on the way OUT of the body. our skin is our largest eliminative organ, every pore is an escape route for waste material. it can take months-years to see an improvement after the years of abuse we’ve given our system. i think the best approach to treatment is a permanent lifestyle change regarding the foods we eat, not a crash diet.

  3. Everyone’s case is different, and it’s worth a try to change your way of eating. I noticed you have a lot of supplements you’re taking. I haven’t been taking any supplements, but I think it would be good to add an omega 3 supplement to my diet. Have you tried changing your way of eating without using so many supplements…not sure if that will work, but what Zoe said makes a lot of sense. I know that TOM is the absolute worst time for my skin, so maybe that is what the problem is, like you said.

  4. Kelly,
    I know that things are still in the air about your dx, but if you do have PCOS type cysts, the added copper isn’t neccessary. That will boost your estrogen levels which is good for some of us, and that will further cause your body to produce cystic ovaries (remember my attempt at explaining how estrogen contributes).

    Gaia from Absolute Acne, she limited her diet to foods that weren’t high in copper, as she had too much, and used NPC (natural progesterone cream) to clear her and correct her PCOS. I believe she also tinkered with low carbing, but her ultimate figher was the NPC.

    I’m also going to add that Milk Thistle is also a phytoestrogen and other’s on these boards (I believe Denise and….someone else on Acne.org) that have the cystic ovary type of PCOS, found that this bothered them and increased they breakouts or caused their ovaries to ache.

    B Complex, how long have you been taking this? Some people notice breakouts from taking a B Complex. B6 and B12 are known to cause breakouts, particularly in women. Although it’s interesting, because if you hit the right combo with B6 + Zinc, it seems to fight breakouts, hirsutism, etc.

    Otherwise, the only other comments I have are about the oats. However, you should feel good about what you are eating (it sounds great) and so I would try eliminating some of the above supplements and see if yoru skin improves before going further with your diet.

    Best of wishes =)

  5. how watch water you drinking kelly,

    im on a kinda similar diet,

    but i drink so much water and this helps so much, add your 8 glasses to this and it can help but i say drink +++++ water

  6. I thought i needed to take the copper because if you take high dosages of zinc you can become deficient in copper.I’m taking 50mg of zinc a day.

    I’ve been taking the B vit complex for 5 weeks.

    I drink 8 glasses of mineral water a day and i drink more with the psyillium husks.

    I believe that i am doing all that i am able to with the diet thing.I couldn’t restrict further i’m afraid.I’m going to give the supplements 12 weeks in whole to make a judgement on if they work.

    It gets me down though because before i began people were telling me that after 6 weeks i should see an improvement on when i began.Some days i think i do,others i don’t.But now i’m nearly at 6 weeks and i’m thinking that diet may help my skin but maybe not COMPLETELY clear my skin and get it how i want it.It may take more than diet and supps for me.Maybe the spiro?
    The goalposts seem to keep getting pushed back.Like i may need to give it longer to work(but surely after 6 weeks i should see an improvement on how it was before i started?!),i may need to restrict the diet more(i would never be able to stick to anything stricter so there’s no point in that and getting miserable about that then.Also,i’m making all the effort i can.I’m spending about £10 a week on organic chicken alone!),and changing the supplements(i have to give it 12 weeks to make my mind up).

    I’ll decide what i think about the diet at the end of this coming week.

  7. Kelly,
    If all you are eating is what foods you listed, then your diet is far better than mine 😉 I certainly wouldn’t want you to restrict yourself further, and it does get costly…otherwise it’s fun to eat healthy. Definately give the diet more time. Are you breaking out worse as in larger pimples or more of them?

    The Zinc and Copper should be in balance, but you don’t need more copper just because you are taking zinc. This especially true, if you may be already naturally high in copper as is what’s associated with women with a form of PCOS.

    I would say that you’ve been taking the B Complex the same amount of time as your diet and with something like that, that may cause you problems, you won’t know because you’ve added in supplements and changed your diet at the same time. So you may want to temporarily stop taking so many supplements, especially the Copper and B Complex and see what happens. Hey, your purse will be happy =)

    Do you have any other thoughts or possibilites? Changed detergeants, cleansers? Have you stoped using your regular skincare or treatment topicals?

  8. My skin isn’t worse now than when i began(touch wood it doesn’t get worse!!!).It’s either the same or on some days seems better.

    I think i will have to modify the diet because i’m probably not even getting enough nutrients for my body with what i’m eating.I don’t enjoy the food on my plate and so i end up leaving half of it and so not eating much of anything at all!!!

  9. LOL Kelly, yeah if you can eat more, do so, especially if you are bored or afraid that you aren’t getting enough variety in your nutrients. I would definately eat more fruits and vegetables. If you like nuts eat some of those, but you may want to hold off on peanuts. If you haven’t noticed a difference between organic and regular meats, go back to the regular stuff, but just avoid luncheon meats when you can.

    As for the T levels, that varies depending on your lab. I saw your results and they fell in line with what I’ve seen posted on other websites, but the best way to know is to get the Reference Ranges from your doctor. Usually those are listed right under or beside the results for that particular tests.

    The thing that you want to know about is how much of your Testosterone is Free Androgen. According to your results, thanks to Dianette, you don’t have any free androgen.

    Are you keeping a food diary? You may want to as you start eating more foods. I discovered the addtion of certain nuts and dairy caused me problems, but only after I eliminated gluten. When adjusting, also think about whether you are eating a food more often that you usually do, and whether that food could be a culprit. Like pistachios were something I liked a lot, but rarely ate. When I changed my diet, I started eating them more regularly and I also started breaking out in cysts more often. 😉

    Hmm…I really don’t pay attention, but I guess sometimes I could have broken out because it was that time of the month. If that’s the case with you, it may get better with time. Some women clear completely and find that they do stil get a small breakout during that time and others don’t.

    I also know that some women have found Vitamin E (the oil kind, not certain whether synthetic or natural) broke them out, but the dry kind of Vit. E didn’t.

    That’s all my thoughts for now. Hope you start seeing some more results soon. =)

  10. Hi Kelly

    I was just wondering how you’re doing with your low-carb diet and if it’s had more of an effect on your skin?

    I’ve just been diagnosed with PCOS 🙁 … but no huge surprise there. The doctor told me it was because of my ‘obesity’… ok, whatever. I’m a little overweight maybe, but not obese. I guess he skipped his ‘bedside manner’ classes at medical school….

    I’m opting to control it by diet and weight loss rather than Dianette – I was on Dianette for 6 years and yes it cleared my skin totally, but made me miserable and put on weight. Plus it just suppresses the acne rather than ‘cure’ it.

    Anyway, if you could let me know how the low-carb diet is affecting you now and let me know what kinds of things you eat day-to-day that would be great!

    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon,

    Tuggy 🙂

  11. Hi Kelly

    I was just wondering how you’re doing with your low-carb diet and if it’s had more of an effect on your skin?

    I’ve just been diagnosed with PCOS 🙁 … but no huge surprise there. The doctor told me it was because of my ‘obesity’… ok, whatever. I’m a little overweight maybe, but not obese. I guess he skipped his ‘bedside manner’ classes at medical school….

    I’m opting to control it by diet and weight loss rather than Dianette – I was on Dianette for 6 years and yes it cleared my skin totally, but made me miserable and put on weight. Plus it just suppresses the acne rather than ‘cure’ it.

    Anyway, if you could let me know how the low-carb diet is affecting you now and let me know what kinds of things you eat day-to-day that would be great!

    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon,

    Tuggy 🙂

    If you been diagnosed with PCOS you should go to endocrinologist..spironolocatone could be a choice for you

Comments are closed.