That was not meant as an imperative. I’m not calling you a ho, dear reader. I use “ho” in the exclamatory sense, meaning, “we/I go there,” as in, “Westward, ho!” or “Seaward, ho!” even though I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying in my house, but my body is going on a juice fast.
I am going on a ten day juice fast as phase one of this experiment to see how what I eat affects the way I look: primarily, my skin. I am twenty-five and have suffered from acne since I was a wee lass of ten. That means I’ve had acne for fifteen years, or, for all you fraction lovers, three fifths of my life thus far. That’s a lo-o-o-o-o-ong time to have had acne.
And I’ve had treatment. In addition to the many creams, salves and unguents prescribed by my erstwhile pediatrician and dermatologist (the most recent of which is a mild and pleasantly tingly combination of aloe vera gel and tea tree oil–effective at speeding the drying/healing process of pimples that have already formed, but has done nothing to prevent them from forming), I have been on antibiotics and accutane for my skin at various points in my life. To be fair, I was unable to complete the accutane treatment because I had to move, so although I did see many months of results from it (almost a year, in fact) my acne has returned, perhaps worse than ever. Right now my jawline acne is among the worst it’s ever been:
So I’m changing things up. Most dermatologists will look you dead in the eye and tell you that there is no research supporting a correlation between what you eat and what your skin does, but I have a feeling that that can’t be the whole truth, and I’ll tell you why: pharmaceutical companies make a buttload of money selling you creams and pills that sort of work (and which keep you coming back for more because the only sort-of work), but they can’t make money off of your diet. Why would they spend money conducting an experiment to see how diet interacts with acne if they aren’t going to make money from its results?
You can check out this article from Web MD on how the Western diet (sugar, white flour, dairy, and loads of fat and sodium) affects acne. I’ll admit it. I’m a Westerner. I love pizza, cookies, french fries and most of all, CHOCOLATE (although according to this article, the original study linking cacao and acne is a big, fat phony.) But if I want to cure myself of acne once and for all, I think I need to cut that shizzle out. And my plant-based diet begins with a juice fast to clear out all the crappola that’s been hanging around–like that cheeseburger I ate three months ago–and to ensure that I’ve got only good stuff in my system.
I bought myself this juicomatizer for Christmas, and after watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (which you can watch for free in its entirety here) I am starting the 10 day Reboot program. FS&ND chronicles the adventures of a tubby Aussie with a rare disease which causes him to randomly break out in hives all over his body. To prevent these hives from popping out, he takes fifteen mg of steroids/day. Understandably, he becomes depressed and desires to change his life, but unlike many middle-aged men, instead of buying a car and shacking up with a cute twenty-five year old, he decides to drink only juice from fresh fruits and veggies for–get this–sixty days. And it works. He drops an incredible amount of weight, but more inspiring is that his hives vanish.
So I’m not going sixty days, but I am giving it a shot. So far I’ve made a green lemonade and a ABC juice (recipes can all be found at Reboot). And then on to a healthy diet. It could take a few weeks, a few months, even longer, but this is a lifestyle change. If you’re reading this, are of a healthy weight and have skin like a marble statue, please eat a heaping plate of lasagna, wash it down with some red wine and finish the meal off with some chocolate-covered caramels, and think of me while you’re doing it. Okay? Thanks. I’d appreciate it.