In comments to one of the earlier posts someone asked what kind of diet I follow. This post is a reply to that comment.
I don’t usually like to write about what I eat. Because what works for me may be a complete disaster for someone else, and I don’t want anyone to copy my diet thinking it’s the best thing ever for acne. It’s not. In fact, I probably eat much unhealthier diet than what many high-profile health gurus do.
I also don’t want to spread the notion that you need to stick to a very specific diet to get clear. Some people may need to, but I don’t think that’s the case for most.
If I had to briefly describe my normal diet, I’d say I eat a paleo-ish diet. That is, plenty of fruits and vegetables and quite heavy on animal foods and healthy fats. I do occasionally eat grains, but they constitute only a small part of my diet.
Here’s what breakfast, lunch and dinner usually looks like.
One or more of the following:
- Scrambled eggs with tuna, made from omega-3 enriched eggs.
- Some form of green smoothie. One that I recently started making contains 1 small/medium banana, handful or two of lettuce, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, whey protein powder (chocolate flavored), 1/2 cup of water. and ice.
- Homemade yogurt, though I stopped eating this as I strongly suspect it and some probiotic supplements actually cause gut problems for me.
I also drink a liter of cold brewed green tea every morning.
My lunch is usually either some Thai food or salad buffet at Sizzlers. If I go for Thai food then it usually includes rice with stir fried meat and vegetables. I dread to think what oils they use for frying here. Quite often I’ll also have some spicy Thai soup.
Dinner is usually one of the following:
- North-Eastern Thai food, meaning spicy salad, grilled meats and an herbal soup with pork and vegetables.
- Salad at home.
- Home cooked meal with meat, vegetables, and a potato or other starchy vegetables.
- Fruits, nuts and yogurt if I’m not really hungry.
I don’t have any absolute food restrictions, that is, foods that I never, ever eat. I make a point of avoiding foods that aggravate my gut. The list so far includes: onions, grapes, strawberries, cocoa powder, leeks, oatmeal, and dried fruits. But even these cases I’m not particularly fussy. Small quantities don’t seem to cause any problems, so if my dish has some onions I don’t worry about it. And if, for some reason, I have a hankering for oatmeal in the morning, I’ll have it.
I do eat my share of unhealthy junk, like potato chips, bakery stuff, pizza, french fries, ice cream, etc. These never make a big part of my diet, but I’ll have them once in a while when the mood strikes. Also, I’ve been known to drink beer.
I don’t buy organic food. In fact, the only time I buy organic is if I can’t find fresh conventionally grown produce. Frankly speaking, I just don’t see the point of paying extra for something with no proven benefits. When it comes to animal foods, I can see a good argument for organic and free range. Alas, those foods are not available in Thailand.
I’m not too strict with my diet, but overall I think it’s pretty healthy featuring lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and not too much processed stuff. I also never stress about what I eat.