Healing acne often requires a lot more than just applying the right product. The good news is, more people are starting to understand that overall well being including healthy eating plays a role in clearing up your skin. The bad news – I see people come awfully close to developing eating disorders trying to heal their skin with food.
Today I want to teach you how NOT to heal your acne with food.
I know this can be a challenge. Years ago when I first started to research and make connections between what we eat and our skin, I tried to heal my acne through food alone. I tried to cut out everything anyone said was bad for my skin, and only eat the things that were supposed to be good for my skin. What I came to realize is that I was just adding to the obsession I had about my skin. I may have been eating “healthy” but I wasn’t going about it in a healthy way – and when you do that, you miss out on the benefits of good food.
If you’ve been doing the same thing I was, I want to tell you something. You have permission to stop treating food like an acne treatment. Food is not just about nutrients, it’s about nourishment. Eat well, but do it to feel well. To nourish your mind, body and soul. When you do that, by default, your skin will start to heal.
Yes, there may be some things that will be helpful for you to either avoid (possibly dairy, gluten, and sugar) or incorporate (more produce, healthy fats and proteins) into your diet. If you love fast food and sugary snacks, yes, you’re going to have to go through a period of adjusting your habits – but it’s just as important to do it with a healthy attitude and mindset. There should never be fear, worry or anxiety in eating.
Your Skin Therapy Homework:
So with that in mind, here is your skin therapy homework. I want you to sit down for 15 or 20 minutes and journal about how you feel about eating.
Do you feel like you deprive yourself of the foods you love? Do you feel stuck in a rigid set of rules of things you can or can not eat? Does eating feel like a chore? Is it complicated? Is it exhausting figuring out what to eat? Are you bored with food?
Think about it. If you find that you may not have the healthiest relationship with food, I want you to write the below sentence out and stick it someplace you’ll see it. Maybe on the fridge or a cupboard.
It is important for to me to eat nutritiously AND enjoy my food.
If you’d like help implementing healthy eating into your life, click here and let’s talk. I can help you find an eating style that works for you – that heals your skin, but causes minimal stress.
Until next time.