January 2, 2013
I love to talk to people that have quit eating a gluten free diet because I’m curious as to why they stopped. Was it because they didn’t enjoy the food? Was it too much trouble? or something else entirely?
One answer that I often hear is that they quit eating gluten free because they weren’t seeing results. I’ve already written about a lot of these issues, so I wanted to take a different tack today and look at a couple of ways that we’ve tweaked our gluten free diet to get better results.
In this post, I’ll tell you about how we tweaked our gluten free diet to vastly improve adult acne. It later posts, I’ll tell you what we did for chronic back pain and gout.
I have suffered with acne for decades. When I was a teenager I hoped that I would grow out of it. When I was in my twenties, I still hoped that I would grow out ofit. When I was in my 30s, I learned how to cure it.
During those several decades, I tried everything: antibiotics, creams and lotions that are available only by prescription, birth control, Proactive, Bare Minerals, and completely eliminating make-up altogether. Nothing really helped.
When I started eating a gluten free diet, I had high hopes that it would stop the acne, but that didn’t help either.
I randomly stumbled across my cure when we started supplementing our gluten free Slow Carb diet, featured in the book: The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman, with Omega 3 fish oil pills. After a few weeks of supplementation, my face became amazingly clear! I was overjoyed.
John and I dug a bit more into the research on acne and omega 3 supplements and found that there was indeed a connection.
After a few months, we started the Easy Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe Testing of 2012 and started eating gluten free grains and sugar on a regular basis again. I kept up the fish oil supplements, but my face started breaking out again.
Once I’d mastered gluten free pie crusts, we started back on the Slow Carb diet, and completely eliminated gluten free grains, sugars, and starch vegetables from our diet for 6 out of every 7 days. Slowly but surely my skin cleared up again.
Let’s do a quick review.
The Slow Carb diet which is gluten free, grain free, and sugar free did not cure my acne.
Omega 3 supplements by themselves did not cure my acne.
The Slow Carb Diet + Omega 3 supplements did cure acne. Why is that?!?
It all comes back to inflammation. When my face breaks out it’s because my body is experiencing chronic inflammation. In order for my face to clear up, I have to get the inflammation below a certain threshold.
A gluten free diet does result in lower inflammation because my wheat allergies are not being triggered, but it doesn’t lower it enough to clear my skin.
A gluten free, grain free, sugar free, diet results in even lower chronic inflammation (all grain and sugar tend to increase inflammation), but still not enough to clear my skin.
Omega 3 supplements help your body turn off the inflammatory response, but when we did the Great Gluten Free Pie Crust tests, we found that the Omega 3 supplements by themselves could not offset the higher inflammation from eating gluten free grains and sugars.
It took a combination of a gluten free diet, grain free, sugar free diet plus heavy Omega 3 supplements to significantly improve my complexion acne.
I’ll be honest, my skins is still not completely where I’d like it to be. If I skip a day of Omega 3 supplements, my face will break out. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what dose I need. But for the first time ever, I’ve found something that is solving the underlying problem, rather than just covering up the symptoms.
Here’s a picture of me – fresh out of the shower and no makeup. Never thought I’d post a picture of myself without make up on here. I’m starting the year out with bare-faced honesty =)
Here’s another from later in the day. Again, no makeup!