It's been 3 weeks now and my "breaking out" is slowly coming to an end (just one lonely detox spot left on the bottom of my chin). Finally! For those of you, (like myself who wanted to know how long the breakouts would last my answer is 3 weeks. (Obviously, everyone will differ but it's nice to know what others have been through...)
Dorothy, thank you for the suggestion about cutting back on PB. I do eat lots of peanut butter so maybe if I cut that back it will speed up the rest of the process. As for soy, I really only use soymilk if I'm having cereal for breakfast but that can easily be switched to another non-dairy milk. :)
Now, I have another problem (maybe I should post a new thread) but has anyone else just want to give up? I mean I've been really lazy when it comes to preparing meals that aren't very quick so it's been just very basic & boring foods that I've been munching on and I'm losing some momentum... anyone have some simple, quick & easy recipes to make for lunches & suppers (I'm good with breakfasts - but any suggestions are welcomed!)
I have been vegan for two years, and my skin has just become terrible! Not sure what causes it, I definitely would not have suspected soy ! I do also eat some fake meat / cheese products, could this be the cause?
Thank you for posting this! I am on week 4 and started breaking out over the weekend:( It's just like you described, and it's helpful to know how long it lasted for you.
Also, a quick easy recipe I like to do is stir fry. On lazy days I'll do half fresh and half frozen. I have frozen organic peas and broccoli, so I just chop up a carrot and some mushrooms and throw them all in pan and eat over brown rice.
Hey Karyn, One thing I do that makes food easier to make when I don't have time or whatever is that I pre-make tons of grains and other staples (I usually do brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, barley, sweet potatoes, wheat berries, cooked mushrooms, roasted garlic and carmelized onions) and then I put them in individual meal containers (1 cup or 1/2 c gladware). I sometimes also prep fresh herbs (all cut up and ready to go) and freeze them too. It makes putting together a healthy vegan meal really easy and I can come up with tons of yummy options in like 5 minutes on the stove. I only make one batch of grain or whatever per week based on what I'm low on, so I save tons of time by making lots of food. Oh, and try truffle oil, It's ridiculous! If you feel like giving up still, try a vegan/veggie restaurant or maybe re-read TKD on the nasty foods. I was looking at those pictures of cute animals and it broke my heart to think about the torture they go through so I can have the convenience of eating them. :( I hope this helps
No - I don't want to give up I just want to make it more fun & enjoyable is all. And your advice about going to a veggie/vegan restaurant is one I would suggest to everyone! It's awesome going into a restaurant to make you something you never had before so you can a) see what it looks like (as sadly many vegan cookbooks are seriously lacking photos!) and b) get an idea of something you may not have ever made for yourself.
This past Friday, my bf and I went to a veggie/vegan restaurant in our town and I ate the Masala Dosa with a Papadum with a yummy fruit chutney! It was delicious and it makes me want to make the dish at home! Not only that but my bf who eats meat, fish and poultry tried it and loved it too! I'm definitely going to find out a recipe so I can make this at home. It's all about the creation of a new habit for us as we tend to be creatures of routine when it comes to our food choices so now we're stepping slowly out of our comfort zone and into some new & exciting yumminess!
I just stumbled upon this thread and am glad I did...I guess. lol I have always had pretty good skin, but a spots here and there around my period. I've been cold turkey vegan for a month now, and I noticed right away that my skin seemed more clear and had a period with no break outs. BUT yesterday I noticed some spots on my face, and today they are just as you all have described...painful, way under the surface and don't seem to come to a head, and they're huge! Never even in puberty have I experienced this and I have 3 on my face now with an event I have to go to this Saturday with all kinds of people I wouldn't want a bumpy face while seeing! lol
so is everybody thinking it IS just detox? I really wish Alicia would speak on this as so many people seem to be experiencing the same thing. It is VERY discouraging. I have zero dairy, but I did a dairy free gluten-free diet last year when I still ate meat and with only veggies and chicken and fish I had great clear skin. this is very discouraging. I don't want to eat meat, but I will be embarrassed to walk around like this forever if it doesn't go away. I don't use almost any soy either. Very little processed food...way more before my vegan days.
I've always been told that bad skin is a sign of poor nutrition (if you've always had good skin and not problem skin, of course), just as hair and nails are. So I would really like to hear this IS natural detox and people DID get over this or I'm going to have to start second guessing my health:(
I'm about five weeks into converting from a vegetarian to a vegan and I'm also having breakouts - so happy to know I'm not the only one. The breakouts aren't major, but they're not pretty either. I've been eating kind of crappy that past few days (too many vegan cookies, not enough protein and veggies), so I'm hoping if I superhero it for a few days my skin will improve. Here's hoping!!
Sometimes eating too many sugars and carbohydrates can exacerbate acne. I try to make sure that I add some protein in every meal to slow insulin surges. Insulin spikes tend to result in increased sebum production which usually results in more breakouts.
I'm in my third month of being completely vegan, and still have quite bad acne (whole lower half of my face, a lot of it cystic). I also had acne for several years in my teens (I'm now 23), but it reappeared last fall after my period began again after a four-year break, so it's definitely hormonal. I've been to the dermatologist and he recommends that I start Roaccutane/ antibiotics, but I don't want to put my body through that.
So, what I wanted to ask is whether being vegan (without the obvious trigger foods like sugar, white flour, dairy, and soy) will work for clearing up this kind of acne too? I know there are already a lot of threads on acne here, but I couldn't find an answer that would have applied to my situation.
Any and all help and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. I really want to treat this in as natural a way as possible, but on the other hand I am sick of having acne. I have not had clear skin since I was twelve, so the temptation to start medication is quite large.