Hello all. To fully ask the question I desperately need answers to, I should give you all some background on why I’m doing paleo and how for whole long I’ve done it.
Firstly, I have moderate acne, seborrheic dermatitis and some mild digestive issues, mainly constant grumbling and a little gas. As a university student, in my first year of university I ate nothing but junk and would drink excessively. I developed the dermatitis then, and the digestive issues shortly after that. For a month during september, I ate nothing but white meat, broccoli and cauliflower. I don;t know how I was able to keep it that extreme for a month, but I did, and I saw my dermatitis almost vanish, and my acne got a tiny bit better. My digestion was farty, but in a good way I think, because of all the fibre.
However, this strange phenomenon happens to me when I eat healthily for long enough. Because my mood lifts from all the good food, and my skin is not as bad as when I’m eating poorly, my mind goes: “hey, your skin isn’t really so bad is it? And my mood’s so good now too! I’m sure I could be happy just eating what I want!”. And then, I wake up with a rash and a bloated stomach after cheating the next day.
The first time this happened, I was like, well damn, at least I know that for next time. So I started again around the 10th of October, this time just doing paleo, a little less restrictive, but still completely changing everything I eat. This time, it took less than two weeks for things to clear and my mood to lift, but guess what. Yesterday me thought that I KNOW BEST, I KNOW WE CAN EAT PROCESSED JUNK AGAIN!
And so I’m here again, wondering if any of you have quit the diet a certain way in because a mood lift and improvement in symptoms makes you think that you don’t need it anymore. Are there any steps I can take to make sure this doesn’t happen again? Sometimes the pressures of social eating just really get to me, and my brain convinces me over a long period of time that I’m missing out by not eating these foods 🙁
I’m sorry if this is too lengthy for you all, but I just really need to get my feelings out to people that I hope will understand me. I feel like such a failure that this has happened two times now. I know eating paleo makes me feel better in the long run. I’m going to throw out all the bread and treats that I bought yesterday and start anew again.
TL;DR. Paleo improved my mood, skin and digestion to the point where I have TWICE thought I didn’t need to eat that way anymore, only to discover a new skin flare up and wake up with bloating and ample guilt. What can I do to avoid this?