I am going to add some rosacea information here tonight because I have the time and lovely people are asking me for help right now on the topic.
I used to have rosacea. Now I only experience the red, hot face when I eat nightshades. And then only mildly for a day or two. Keep in mind I really am 100% Paleo.
Things I Do:
When I Did Have Rosacea and/or Wore Makeup I Used:
Much of the above I do not because of rosacea but because I don't like really hot showers, wearing makeup or sunscreen, or washing my face. When I do wash my face it is usually just with water. I'm sure some soap from shampooing gets on there sometimes, but honestly, the less I put anything on my face, the better it is.
In retrospect, not eating dairy may have helped the whole process. Not because of rosacea, necessarily, but because without dairy in my diet my pores are so much clearer. And because they are clearer I do not have to wash my face as often. And because I do not wash my face as often, my skin is healthier regarding the rosacea issue.
It Was The Juicing That Did It? Perhaps A Liver Cleanse?
I went on a 30 day juice fast. That really cleared my face up for the first time. I have heard that rosacea is a symptom of a congested liver. Because I cleaned up my diet, I assume my liver is happier. Because it is happier, it's cleaning like a champ, and my face is clearer.
Less Toxins, Less To Clean
Then again, because I eat a cleaner diet, my body has less toxins to process.
Oh for goodness sakes, don't you wish there was a one-step-to-Rosacea-cure-for-sure out there? Me, too. But I promise you, if you keep setting the intent that you have a clear face, and you keep imagining what that might feel like, and you don't give up, you can have success. Just play with it. Give it time. And, you know, try not to eat the nightshades. :)
I went on a 14 day juice fast and ended it after four days today. Why? Because of my Paleo Diet.
Last year this time I went on a 30 day juice fast straight from a Standard American Diet of grains, sugar and processed foods (albeit a gluten, dairy and soy-free version). The change was tremendous. Detoxing and energy jumps and clarity boosts and fireworks shooting out over my head like a love connection in a Brady Bunch rerun.
For about three months now I have been thinking, "I need to go on another juice fast to reboot myself. You know, clear out my year's worth of toxins." So last week when a dear friend decided to kick the processed food habit and juice I jumped right in. "Me, too, I'll start when you do!" and I declared 14 days. 14 days of juicing! Yes! I put a motivational poster on my wall with check-boxes and everything.
Do you know what I felt while juicing?
You are innocently opening an email from a friend at work. You click on the link and instantly your face puckers and your eyes flinch closed with a groan. "Ug! I'll never be able to get that image out my head now. Thanks a lot, Matt!" From the next cubicle over you hear gleeful, maniacal laughter.
That's how I feel now that I've found out. Except now I am Matt, and I am going to burn your eyes with knowledge.
Those big bellies you see? You know, the boiler, the big bowl full of jelly, the hard stomachs? That is not fat....
In September 2011 I stopped chewing food for 30 days. I lost 17 pounds and by day 15 I felt more amazing than I had in a decade. Friends were curious so I wrote a FAQ I forwarded to all those who asked.
Here it is.
I will create more in-depth posts on this subject, but if you want to drink in the Juice Fast overview like a blast from a fire-hose, read on. :)
Here is what a friend texted me yesterday: "I turn 30 in a month and I was wondering if I'm strict Paleo what I can expect to lose of I'd notice a difference in 30 days?"
It reminded me of me last year. "I'm turning 40 in November and I don't to be fat on my birthday, ahhhhhHHhhHH!" I had all year to get ready. It wasn't like turning 40 was a surprise or I had forgotten when my birthday was. But like I usually do, I waited until the last minute. (Oh, the brilliant ideas I had for college term papers at 2:00am the day they were due but I digress. LOL!) That's why, in mid-September 2011...
I like the easy Paleo stuff.