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Are potatoes and white rice giving me acne??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 04, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I am 19 years old with moderate acne and poor digestion. ( type 1 on bristol stool chart but not hard to pass.)

Recently i started reading about the GAPS protocol and decided to cut out potatoes and white rice which have been a staple food in my diet. Is this actually goign to help me? Do carbs really cause disturbances in the gut and are they necessary to cut out when attempting to heal it?

I feel liek i need carbs.. My preferred eating schedule would be a big meal late morning of things like meat eggs bone broth vegetables organ meat CLO and only carbs potato sweet potato rice etc. following my workout around 5pm. Obviously i cant eat liek this if im not eating potatoes and rice.

I really dont know what to do :/ please help...

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on May 06, 2012
at 04:15 PM

You don't need carbs to live, no, but that doesn't mean you don't need carbs to thrive. It's like saying *"you don't need 2500kcal, you can live on 1500kcal"*. Sure, but do you want to be anorexic?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on May 05, 2012
at 12:09 PM

Quite true, but if I remember correctly you can introduce cooked and pureed fruit without the skin pretty early (applesauce and pearsauce primarily)....and overly ripe bananas, but those tend to be problematic for some.

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on May 05, 2012
at 03:17 AM

Depending on what stage of GAPS he's on, he may or may not be able to have fruit. Fruit is introduced late in the GAPS diet.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on May 05, 2012
at 03:17 AM

No matter how you feel, you don't need carbs. Carbs are actually the only "optional" macronutrient. You NEED fat and protein, but you don't actually need carbs. And yes, carbs can cause disturbances in the gut, but so can protein. If you're doing GAPS, you're supposed to eat only enough carbs to stop ketosis. Yes, starches from breads/potatoes/any grain can contribute to acne.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 04, 2012
at 07:21 PM

Next to PUFA and processed foods, starch is on my list of causes of acne. Sugar, salt, caffeine and milk are not on that list.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on May 05, 2012
at 12:47 AM

GAPS actually doesn't limit carbs completely. Just the type of carbs. So eat some fruit....

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on May 05, 2012
at 03:17 AM

Depending on what stage of GAPS he's on, he may or may not be able to have fruit. Fruit is introduced late in the GAPS diet.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on May 05, 2012
at 12:09 PM

Quite true, but if I remember correctly you can introduce cooked and pureed fruit without the skin pretty early (applesauce and pearsauce primarily)....and overly ripe bananas, but those tend to be problematic for some.

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on May 05, 2012
at 06:25 PM

ACNE is one of the things that clears up on GAPS. But...

Cutting out potatoes and white rice is not all there is to GAPS. You need to introduce the healing foods - broths, animal fats, coconut oil, sauerkraut, 24-hour yogurt, etc. ALL STARCHES and most sugars must be cut out - bread, pasta, pizza, cakes, cookies (anything made with wheat flour), potatoes, sweet potatoes, most beans except Navy and green beans, etc. Look at GAPSdiet.com for all the details.

A lot of people do "Full GAPS" without doing the Intro and find that they heal well on that. It's a version of Paleo.

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