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[QUOTE=blank]well i just wrote a long response...but then healthboards went down while i posted it...so it all got deleted.

here's the short version:

i've eaten virtually the same thing everyday for the past month and half.

breakfast:
fruit. apples, oranges, banans, pears. sometimes (once weekly), hashbrowns, potatoes. i'd eat eggs...but it's obvious that they put milk in them. i asked them about it...they denied it. but it's obvious because there's no way eggs can be that fluffy and perfect w/o dairy additives.

lunch:
chicken breast - grilled, not fried.
more fruit. a salad.

dinner:
chicken breast - again, grilled, not fried.
more fruit. salad.

i sometimes skip breakfast, and eat lunch twice.

hope that helps.
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Ok..I will you give you my honest perspective of where I think your going wrong and what I think you can do to improve on it...keep in mind..this is MY perspective :) ...and I'm sure others may or may not agree...but I follow by the diet outlined by Prometheus...so I'm sure she would suggest something similar ;)

I'm a college student too, and yes I know how dorms can be...and yes this diet is achievable in a dorm (but it will be a bit more work, considering you have less space and options to work with).

1. Are you eating all of this food from your college cafeteria? I ask this because I once was too..and trust me...the food isnt exactly as "healthy" as it looks (I know people who work with the school cafeteria). The grilled chicken is grilled on the same grillers as the hamburgers, eggs, pork...and everything else...and is not just "grilled" chicken generally (meaning it usually contains some traces of butter, heated oils etc..which tend to cause people with acne problems.) Actually, to bring up another point...a student here discovered that the grilled chicken wasn't 100% chicken :eek:..and that it contained some pork...which sparked ALOT of controversy with those whose diets don't permit pork etc. on campus. Secondly, this type of diet is meant to add in more fruits and vegetables. The problem with the cafeteria vegetables is that 1. most have been cooked so much that they have lost alot of valuable nutrients. 2. Alot of times (though it may not taste like it) they add butter, oils, etc. when steaming or boiling the vegetables. 3. Although some of the vegetables look fresh, many of them are canned vegetables. As far as the salad goes..salad can be quite healthy (IF there is more than just some lettuce, a few carrots, and a tomato.....a good healthy salad generally has a variety of vegetables and can be topped with something like olive oil) Are you using the salad dressings provided there? Salad dressings (unless it is one you prepared yourself and you know the ingredients) are a no-no. Another thing is the fruit....(I know..the list is never ending! lol)...you say fruit salads (..is there anything besides JUST fruit added into these? Alot of fruit mixtures contain syrups), and on another side note..the fruit selection is unfortunatly not that great in most of the cafeterias (and is sometimes waxed so much it scares me lol) Another thing I noticed is the hash browns...I don't know anyone following a skin-clearing diet who has been able to eat hash browns (though I don't talk to everyone who has used the diet route), and I know some choose to avoid potatoes. Now....heres where we get to what you can eat...and this is where my honest suggestions come in.

1. You don't need meat everyday. If you do choose to eat meat, you should be consuming more fish (instead of chicken), and if you do choose to eat it everyday, don't eat it at every meal. Your in a dorm, so what I would suggest (since you can not cook, and I PERSONALLY would not trust what goes into the food at the cafeteria..not to mention that they do not shop for high quality meat or produce), is to buy either sardines or wild alaskan salmon with no extra additives etc..and if you can buy these at a health food store, they generally taste better, look better, and I feel believe overall the quality is better (both of these are canned..so you can easily keep and eat them in your dorm...Price range: $0.49 - $2.99 per can..depending on where you get it and what brand you choose). I also suggest buying raw seeds/nuts (again...no additives) and the ones I suggest are: brazil nuts, hazel nuts, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds...OR raw almond butter which will help you easily increase calorie intake, and is also very good...but can be a bit expensive- price range: $7.89 - 15.99, which if you can find a health food store..it is best to buy these at (they are fairly cheap at the health food store near me...Price range of nuts : $0.59-$3.99 per half pound...again depending on the type of nuts).

2. There are other good fruits out there...too much citrus can cause some people problems because its a bit hard on the liver. I myself tend to consume more apples than any other fruit, but this is because I can find these organic (and this is what I prefer to buy for fruits/veggies if I can find/afford it). But the fruits I consume quite often are: apples, grapes, pears, nectarines, peaches (occasionally), grapefruit (occasionally), cucumbers, lemons (in my water and on my vegetables), blackberries, and plums. I do have others like blueberries, starfruit, etc...just not as often. If you have access to, or can afford to purchase a blender and/or a juicer..I would recommend doing that. I purchase organic fruits when I can find/afford them, and I also purchase produce that is on sale. Look for farmers markets in your area, and buy what organic produce/grocery store produce is on sale.

3. Vegetables are very important. Juicing them is even better...very healing, lots of nutrients, and a good way to get a variety of them in. Otherwise, I choose to steam my vegetables (this is the best to do if you are going to cook them) The vegetables I generally eat are green...but thats not saying that others aren't as good. If your in a dorm, you can buy a plug in burner for around $7-$15 usually. Green leafy vegetables are very important and good for you! I usually eat broccolli, cauliflower, mustard/turnip/collard greens, bok choy, asparagus, artichokes, zucchini, spinach, squash...things like that. I know Prometheus eats carrots and other things...but the others are just veggies that happen to be my favorites :) . If your in a dorm and you dont have the space/time to wash/prepare your veggies..you can buy organic or non organic vegetables pre-washed (in bags) in the produce section as an alternative for now.

Now...I don't know if you have the time/money/ability to take the diet route. Not everyone has to refine their diet to the same extent as others. Find what works for you...and unfortunatly you will most likely have to try the "elimination" plan. I honestly don't think you can do it on the food your dorm provides (I know that there is NO way I could...and YES I have tried), and if your having to eat the same thing everyday (which doesnt look like much from what you provided)...then I would say it is not worth it for you to do the diet route. Maybe you could start incorporating more fruits, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds into your diet if you have a refrigerator in your dorm room...which could help and wouldn't involve cooking etc.

Now...
I'm not sure if I answered all of your questions, or how much sense my post made (I'm a bit tired)...so if I failed to mention anything...or stated something wrong...feel free to correct me, or ask again ;) The above is just a brief post of some things I consume...and the way I eat in general..if you have any questions about specific foods...just ask :) (of course you shouldn't be so afraid of food that you feel like you have to ask about EVERY food...these are the people I don't think need to go the diet route, if your confused on foods...rely on Prometheus's basic outline of what you need to eliminate..that should help). Good Luck.
thanks for the suggestions and help.

i think you'd be surprised at how nice the dorm food is here. i've gone to other colleges and eaten dorm food before, and it's absolutely horrible...everything's fried and oily and disgusting. i wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the stuff you said is true here though.

i've actually taken to eating whole fruits instead of fruit mixtures. the mixes they give us tend to be going bad by the end of the day...and half the stuff in there is just filler (cheapest fruit). i do end up eating about 4-7 apples per day (keeps the doctor far away :) and a number of oranges and pears.

i think i'll start working the salad more too. (i haven't used any dressing for the month and a half)

unfortunately i despise fish. tuna is the only thing i can handle...and that needs a lot of mayonaisse in it for it to be appetizing (sp). like i said though, i do take flax seed oil...which is pretty much a substitute for all the fatty acids that fish has in it.

and i have been pretty skeptical about eating the hash browns. i've kept it to only once or twice a week. and only like...half a serving...if that...each of those times. i think they sometimes serve hard boiled eggs in the morning, if they ever have those...i'll be all over them. :)

by vegetables i meant mostly the stuff you put on salads. i agree that the cooked vegatables they offer have butter...etc in them. with the salad they have cucumbers, and brocolli, and caluliflower and carrots and stuff like that.

thanks,
i'll see what i can do.
[QUOTE=blank]thanks for the suggestions and help.

i think you'd be surprised at how nice the dorm food is here. i've gone to other colleges and eaten dorm food before, and it's absolutely horrible...everything's fried and oily and disgusting. i wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the stuff you said is true here though.

i've actually taken to eating whole fruits instead of fruit mixtures. the mixes they give us tend to be going bad by the end of the day...and half the stuff in there is just filler (cheapest fruit). i do end up eating about 4-7 apples per day (keeps the doctor far away :) and a number of oranges and pears.

i think i'll start working the salad more too. (i haven't used any dressing for the month and a half)

unfortunately i despise fish. tuna is the only thing i can handle...and that needs a lot of mayonaisse in it for it to be appetizing (sp). like i said though, i do take flax seed oil...which is pretty much a substitute for all the fatty acids that fish has in it.

and i have been pretty skeptical about eating the hash browns. i've kept it to only once or twice a week. and only like...half a serving...if that...each of those times. i think they sometimes serve hard boiled eggs in the morning, if they ever have those...i'll be all over them. :)

by vegetables i meant mostly the stuff you put on salads. i agree that the cooked vegatables they offer have butter...etc in them. with the salad they have cucumbers, and brocolli, and caluliflower and carrots and stuff like that.

thanks,
i'll see what i can do.[/QUOTE]

Apples are great! I eat ALOT of apples :) You sound like your trying to eat healthier..which is really good...but you also don't sound like you eat much? Just make sure your eating enough ;) (I sound like a parent now lol...) In your situation I really don't think you could go the diet route 100%, but what I would suggest is that on the chances you get...you eat steamed vegetables and fresh fruit....and consume more plant proteins than animal proteins (some of the best advice that helped me out that I learned from Prometheus...and it really seemed to help, especially since I always grew up thinking I had to eat meat 2-3 times a day and didn't even worry about vegetables or the benefits of nuts/seeds) and to choose healthier options when you can. You could also look into supplements and things like that (you mentioned the flax seed which is good). I'm not sure if you'll get 100% clear, but if your truly eating healthier...healing should speed up and I'm sure you'll experience less inflammation and possibly smaller breakouts. Also, even if you don't like fish, or certain vegetables...try eating them more regularly...usually you'll start to like them and they may even become one of your favorite foods. This happened to me and others ;) ...you start out hating green food and then it becomes your favorite. You can change what foods you like...I promise, it's possible :) . If you want, you could check out Perricones diet book for acne...I know there have been people who have had success with it. I think it provides you with different meal and food options and helps you understand what you can eat. Although I think it is more directed at reducing inflammation and redness and eating foods/fruits lower in sugar. Not sure though, I haven't read it. Or you could go SweetJades route...I think she follows a gluten/wheat free diet...and she eats all kinds of things that may suite your lifestyle better. Bottom line...eating healthier WILL help your skin and your body. Good Luck :)





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