I'm not 100% sure if I put this in the right section. But here goes. Basically I was a 100% raw foodist for 9 years. No cooked foods. No grains. All organic, green juices daily, no sweeteners, just very very cleansing type lifestyle. I researched the pit falls of rawfoods and steered clear and modified and made sure I was getting the mineral dense greens on a consistent basis, as many raw food recipes call for large amounts of nuts and seeds, and sweet fruits, which for some can cause problems.
So the beginning stages of becoming raw after fasting for 1 month on the master cleanse and transitioning over to raw foods, my skin exploded, which isn't new, I had attributed it to " detox " cleaning out the years of unhealthy habitual eating. Usually the breakouts would always be centered around the chin and philitrum area, right above the lip lines, which would turn into whiteheads, and is acne, not other things like cold sores etc. But sometimes also in scalp and back. Red inflamed. So when I first went raw, my skin exploded. But as time went on, and doing many different cleanses, and alternative health treatments, as well as researching how acne can be connected to digestion, and liver, or possible parasites, for those 9 years I cannot count the amount of liver cleansing herbs, flushes, colonics, colon cleansings, parasite cleansings zapper, as well as meditional spiritual tai chi's that became part of my lifestyle as well as just the general cleansing of a raw food lifestyle with emphasis on green leafy juices and highly mineral rich spirulina,chlorella powder and other superfoods.
So about 4 years into a rawfoodism the acne and other issues had improved greatly, but the red marks from the previous acne would never fade, and I would still periodically break out around the mouth area... in spite of eating so clean, in spite of going number 2 a healthy amount, So I decided to try acupuncture for the first time.
I go and at the time was told I have Spleen Qi Deficiency and Kidney Yang deficiency. She told me at the time that I needed to stop eating raw foods, and eat more warming foods. Of course at this time I wasn't ready to hear that, or give up eating raw foods. So I researched and connected with a raw food coach familiar with acupuncture, and gather some more info. Basically decided to cut out all the seet sugary fruits I and sweeteners I was consuming, and up the sea weeds, greens and mineral richs foods. Which I did, and my acne diminshed. I would occasionally get a few now and then, yes in the same area, around the mouth or chin, but it was very infrequent, however the red marks from the places the acne came before, still never left.
I go for 1 month of treatments once a week, and also make the chinese herbs into a tea as was given to me. But I felt no diff a month into it. Cost wise I couldnt afford it anymore. But this was all while I was a raw foodist.
5 years I ate raw food with no sugary sweet fruits, lots of healthy fats, greens, and I felt good. But as the 9 year approached something switched. I was feeling so lethargic, I was losing muscle tone badly, despite eating expensive raw vegan protein powders daily, and working out, energy was gone, and during the raw food eating of course raw food being more YIN I had to sleep with a jacket on and long pjs, if I ever had my legs in shorts at night, I would start to get a headache on the right or left side of my head, which i believe is connected to the gallbladder meridian.
But when summer would come I would be fine. Well this past summer it was 80's in Los Angeles in June, and I was freezing. I would make my daily green juice and get a headache right after, which never happened. Something was off and I could feel it. So I started researching, I was exhausted all the time, but broke through my program that raw food was the healthiest way to eat, I reached a saturation point and it was time to move on. So I got lots of blood work done,etc and found some alarming things, my adrenal glands were waisted, I was suffering from dehydration despite daily large glasses of juice and consuming huge amounts of water through out the day, very low b12 inspite of supplements, found out that Im extremely glucose sensitive that my body cannot use it for energy, Im missing certain enzymes, my blood sugar was high, insulin was high, even though I was consuming no sugary foods. My copper levels were way too high. Zinc way too low. I was getting headaches daily... which was something that never happened.
So after working with a nutritionist, etc decided to transition back into eating healthy grass fed meats, etc. I'm not new to nutrition so I took the proper steps into incorporating cooked foods again in a gradual way. I got this. But as soon as I did, my digestion stopped. From going 3 times daily, to maybe 3 to 4 times a week. Yet I didn't feel constipated. But yet again, started to break out again all around my mouth. Cue the eye roll! Here we go again. Facial flushing, Feeling too hot. Sweating. Before it was the opposite, now I'm on the other end of the fulcrum.
Yet I was feeling better other than that. I felt warm again, I had more energy, I felt calmer, my headaches stopped. So now I'm at the 6 or 7 month mark, and the acne comes and goes, but when it comes it comes strong. Then a few weeks back the headaches started again, bad, daily. The breakouts. Also my hair started to shed more and more than ever before as I added meat back into my diet.
Sorry to go on and on, but here is the crux of my long winded post. I go to acupuncture again, a new place. I'm expecting issues with my stomach meridian, spleen, digestive issues etc. I tell them in the beginning of the session all these issues I have had, the daily painful temporal headaches, the results from my blood work etc....
So I find out that what is going on is :
Liver Wind,Liver Yang Rising
Kidney yin deficiency
Kidney qi deficiency
The I go for the treatment, and when I had acupuncture before, certain spots were more tender, especially on the foot. But when they put the needle in the LIV 2 especially on the right foot, it was as if my foot had a mind of its own (body mind) lol and it jumped away as soon as that needle went in, and the whole area became red, but I'm a trooper and after a moment of deep breathing, it eased up, but it was the most pain I ever felt getting an acupuncture treatment. It proceeded in other spots on the foot, just immense pain and pressure. Which eased up, I can take it, but it was an eye opening experience as never had so many areas be so painful.
After the first treatment, I go home and get a headache that night. So I purchase the herbs they recommendeda Gastrodia Complex with Gastrodia Notopteryglum Tuber fleece-flower Angelica, Chuanxiong, Magnoliavine, Privet, Kudzuvine. It helps a bit. But still dont feel that great. So I go for a second session, and again the treatment is very very painful.... The next morning I wake up and have a throbbing pressure headache in the middle of my forehead, which I never get. It doesnt go away till 12 am that night. Advil didnt help, which usually if its temporal and its unbearable, hesitantly I will take something, though I dont like to. But nothing helped. I read how head aches in the middle of the forehead can be related to large intestines and stomach. Shrugs.
After the last session I decided to take a break on the acupuncture. I started researching the issues I was told, and maybe make some modifications for my eating.
So literally I have clusters breaking out around my mouth, my head is killing me, in between all this I decided to order some liquid chlorophyll as I had not been juicing anymore, and most of the greens I consumed werent raw, but steamed etc.
Literally the next day after taking the chlorophyll in water my acne is 60% improved, my digestion speeds up, no headaches. So I'm literally confused about all this. When I was a raw foodist I had kidney yang deficiency, spleen qi, low energy, coldness... Now eating a healthy cooked diet, Im having acne, Im hot and sweaty at times, my digestion is sluggish.... Yet with 1 measly tsp of Chlorophyll things changed drastically.
Now my acne is improved 70 % but still daily instead of 10 marks there is 3 or 4, so its improved. So my confusion is how does one with the specific issues Im having seek a balance? Hmm If I eat raw foods, my acne will go, my digestion will improve, but I will run into the same issues I know, yet when I eat the opposite I run into the issues discussed.
The acupuncture place I went to was quite hard to understand as they were from Asia. But after researching about foods for liver and kidney issues that I listed, Im just a bit perplexed on how to handle this... Which is my main question, what food choices should one make with these issues? Any chinese herbals for the liver and kidney issues that will help beyond what I originally took?
Sorry to go on and on and on, as I'm just trying to gather any more knowledge and steps to take, because all these signs and things happening are showing me my body is out of balance and I'm trying to at least get it back on track as best I can. Thanks so much