Over the last few months I’ve made some drastic changes to my diet, but not out of choice! I recently found out that I was lactose intolerant, as a result of constantly feeling bloated and my skin basically erupting on me. Gross, I know.
I thought I would write this post to maybe try and help someone who might be questioning where there awful preggers tummy & unwanted acne is coming from! If this even helps one person, that’s a plus for me!
So, a few months back in January I began to realise that my skin was breaking out BADLY. To the point where I was close to tears & never wanting to go out in public unless I was wearing makeup. This was soooo difficult for me, as when I go to the gym or do day to day things I hate having to wear makeup. It’s just aggy! Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Mac studio fix, but not eeryday.
At this time I was pretty much a regular dairy woman… Skimmed milk, Greek yoghurt & whey protein!
It got to that unfortunate point in my uni semester where I was unable to pay for another bag of protein, so I went without. Two days later, my spots literally vanished. Boom pow. But, at the time I didn’t make the link!
The acne I got, which I like to call my ‘dairy spots’ were basically two little cystic pimples on my jaw line and one on my forehead. And, even today if I have just a dash of milk in my coffee, I’ll wake up with a break out in those exact spots! (Pardon the pun) So, I began to google. Google is my life and soul.
It turns out dairy has growth hormones in it, which ultimately clog your pores and result in acne! Plus, the chin and the jawline is where they remove the excess hormones. Ew. Yuck. I was in shock. I’ve never had this problem before, so why now?
Basically, after some research I found out that as you get older your ‘lactase’ levels decline, ultimately meaning lactose can be transferred to your colon undigested. Ew.
I then began to experiment, I had one day where I drank milk and one day off. Just to see how it affected my body. And OH MY DAYS. There was a huge difference. I saw that within 5 minutes of drinking milk my stomach began to bloat and be distended. I got this sick feeling that I’d always associated with over eating. Not actually even realising it could be what I’m putting in my body, not how much!
A few days ago I had some whey protein, stupid I know! But I wanted to see whether I was just making things up. My skin had been perfectly clear for around 2 months of non dairy life and within one night and one whey protein shake, my skin completely flared up.
The reason I’m sharing this grossness is because of the amount I hear people going on about being bloated all the time, or actually having no idea that their acne may be caused by something more than too much makeup or too much stress! Seriously, it only takes a trip to the doctor (or some online hypochondriac tests) to get the the root of the problem, and reboot your bod!
- Alpro soya yoghurt – 250 calories for a whole 500g pot!
- Alpro light soy milk
- Almond milk sweetened / unsweetened
- Coconut milk
- Oat milk
- Soy protein isolate – MyProtein
In case it’s not dairy that’s the problem, I’ve listed below some other possible reasons for bloating! I’ve been doing a lot of research into it all recently, as it’s definitely a prominent problem in my life!
- Too much fibre – veggies and fruit contain a lot of fibre which can often bloat you out, so if you’ve cleaned up your diet but are actually feeling more bloated – this is probably why!
- Carbonated drinks / artificial sweeteners – diet sodas are the devil here, as they contain both. Sweeteners are very difficult for the body to absorb and digest. However, I don’t rule diet fizzy drinks out at all, sometimes they’re fab 🙂
- Not enough fat – healthy fats mean healthy bowel movements!
- Too much water / not enough water
- Imbalance in salt levels
Hope you found this interesting & maybe even helpful!
Lots of love Anna xxx