In Brisbane, Australia (where I’m from) there is only one vegan restaurant, and I was lucky enough to live down the road from it. Even though the decor of the restaurant was old and mouldy and the food was served out of a bain-marie, what intrigued me so much about The Forest were its patrons. Everyone that went into that resturant had fabulous skin! I’m talking about beautifully clear, radiant and naturally beautiful glowing skin. It made me wonder, do vegans have better skin?
I am not a vegan but I am vegetarian, and at the time I had really crap skin – a ton of pimples and a few cysts. But there was something different about me I guess, my acne was from stress, I had only recently become vegetarian, and well …I wasn’t really a vego because I did still eat seafood. I remember looking around at all The Forest’s patrons with their stunning healthy radiant skin and having this thought, that perhaps being vegetarian for like ..a long period of time gives you the reward of great skin. Or maybe I needed to become completely vegan. So all I had to do was eat no meat for longer and give up milk and eggs!
Well, knowing a little more about food now I don’t think that being vegetarian or vegan is the answer. So all of you acne prone meat eaters out there can breathe a sigh of relief. You don’t have to give up your chicken wings and ribs to get rid of your acne. So why did the patrons of The Forest all have geat skin? I think it was because in general, they ate better. The food at the Forrest was vegan, sure, but it was also super healthy. They even served brown rice instead of white rice! So my guess is that the patrons that prefered this restaurant also prefered looking after their health and watching what they put into their bodies.
You ARE what you eat
Oh you so are. Anybody that claims that food does not aggravate acne, come and talk to me and we’ll have a little chat about it. There is no question in my mind that food and acne are in some way related. Whether it be a food allergy or intolerance, a spike in your blood sugar levels or an increase of the ‘heat’ and ‘dampness’ in your body …if you’re prone to getting zits, you’re just going to have to be mindful about what you eat. Bollocks for us with acne prone skin I know, but hey, at least we’ll be healthier for it, we’ll be less moody, get sick less and live longer
So it’s not so much that the patrons of the Forest had great skin because they were vegetarian or vegan (in fact, they may not have even been either to eat there), it’s more the better food choices they were making. Our skin loves good food. It loves plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole foods, organic foods, filtered water, lean meats, legumes, nuts and seeds.
What our skin doesn’t like is spicy foods, fatty and greasy foods, and refined and processed foods.
For those of you that want to start eating a little healthier, you may want to take part in the Vege Challenge which I discovered on the Canadian Vegetarian Societies website. It doens’t mean you have to be vegetarian, it’s just a good way to get you eating more vegetables and less meat. Incorporating more vegetarian food into my diet was how I started eating healthier, because eating less meat means eating more veges. I actually started by only cooking vegetarian food at home but still eating meat when I was out.
The vege challenge is only seven days long and you get tips and recipes emailed to you ever single day. You can choose to take what you want from the tips, even if you don’t want to give up meat. You even get sample menu plans for the day. They give you ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I LOVE menu plans so I’m seriously considering signing up myself Oh, and best of all you can even win prizes, how cool is that!