I’m no diet angel especially in the face of a plate of medium-well steak or a molten lava cake with vanilla ice cream. But at one point in my life, I was–proudly–able to resist all these culinary temptations by following a strict diet and taking my supplements regularly. A lot of people said it was too troublesome, especially the part about cooking my own food. It really was! But for the last couple of weeks now, I’ve taken a total U-turn. I’ve indulged drastically and let go. No supplements. No healthy food. Aside from sheer laziness, I guess I also wanted to prove a point — does a healthy diet really make a difference?
As a short recap, my healthier diet started with me experimenting on the Blood Type Diet mid last year to try and clear my acne naturally. To my pleasant surprise, it didn’t just improve my skin drastically, it made me healthy as a horse, too. However, as mentioned above, I suddenly just dropped everything. I stopped taking my morning smoothies and juices, snacked heavily on sweets, ate whatever I fancied and started craving for McDonald’s and fast food meals again. The supplements prescribed to my by my nutritionist which composed mainly of Vit C, Omega 3, Liver Support and Probiotics were also left in my cupboard to weep and wait.
As much as there were many of you who were interested to know what a good diet plan had done for me and my skin, I hope there’ll be as many who’ll be keen to know what a no holds barred way of eating filled with sweets, meat and processed food did to me during the last two months. So here are the top 5 souvenirs from my recent unhealthy journey:
1. Pimples. I’m having breakouts again. Although definitely not as bad, I got a couple of pimples on my hairline, small ones on my forehead and a couple on my chin and jaw.
2. Lack of glow. My skin right now is relatively smooth minus the random breakouts but I definitely don’t look my best. My skin seems darker, uneven and lax, even bit saggy to my horror. My lines also seem more obvious as my skin becomes and feels more dehydrated. Probably that’s thanks to me saying goodbye to Omega 3 supplements and salmon.
3. I have a flu? You gotta be kidding me! Ever since I went back to indulging, I’ve had about 2 rounds of flu. I haven’t been sick for a very, very long time. In fact, there was even a point a couple of months ago when I complained about not getting sick even when I wanted to. But now, my resistance finally broke down.
4. Fats and bloatedness. Remember when I said that going on the blood type diet surprisingly removed my belly and thigh fats without making me lose weight anywhere else? Well, now, I seem to have lost weight everywhere else except my belly and thigh which seem to have formed more bulges! I guess my hormones are going haywire again.
5. Toilet issues. For two weeks, I suffered from a change of schedule. I was constipated like a faucet with a rubber plug stuck on it, oh my golly. The good thing is lately, I’ve tried making healthy tweaks to my diet and my schedule is back to normal. Still not as glorious and liberating as when I was taking lots more veggies but what I have now is definitely better than the plugged faucet phase.
I think I’ve finally choked my curiosity to regrets and so I’ve started to slowly shift back to a healthier diet since late last week– More veggies and fresh juices and definitely less red meat and sweets. I haven’t started drinking smoothies again and I haven’t returned to taking any of my supplements yet but I’m already noticing a major difference especially in my toilet habits. I hope I can be in full healthy swing by end of next week. Currently, I’m still nursing myself from a bad flu which I think is probably part of the purging process. Sneeze!
Have you ever considered changing your eating habits for better health, and well, better skin?