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    Default 5:2 Diet, been great for my Rosacea so far.

    Hey All,

    I've had very bad skin/rosacea for ages (10 yrs plus.) Last year to try reduce my rosacea I started juicing Carrot, Celery and Cucumber juice every day. My skin showed some improvement alright but still had regular flare ups, etc... Was generally in better condition but still had spots, and ugly ugly skin from time to time. Then horizon on BBC put out a magnificent show last year called 'Eat, Fast and Live Longer.' it was about the health benefits of fasting. Very interesting stuff. One of the approaches described in the show was to eat 500 calories 2 days in the week and just eat a normal diet on the other 5 days (hence the 5:2 diet). This triggers mechanisms in your body that alter certain hormones and switch your cellular activity from growth to repair. To cut a long story short, I heard positive things about the diet from friends of friends I decided to give it a shot. I've been at it now for around 6 weeks and the change in the condition of my skin has been remarkable and sustained. So much so that other people are commenting on it, like 'wow you look great' and stuff like that. Even to the touch my skin feels soooo much smoother, and normal!! Generally I feel my health is better too, more energy, etc...

    I'm only putting this out there because it genuinely may be of real help to others. Google the BBC show and read a bit about how it works. I didn't expect it to heal my skin too but it is really really encouraging so far. I've also continued juicing, making around 1 litre of Carrot Celery and Cucumber juice around 3 times per week. I think that can't hurt too.

    JUST BE CAREFUL OF THE DIET THOUGH!!! I HEARD OF A FRIEND OF A FRIEND WHO TRIED IT AND DIDN'T KNOW SHE WAS DIABETIC. SHE COLLAPSED AND HAD TO GO TO HOSPITAL BECAUSE HER SUGARS DROPPED... SO BE CAREFUL. Otherwise, I recommend this strongly and sincerely wish you the best and hope you get similar results to those I've had so far.

    Thank you BBC and Michael Moseley (the presenter) for an amazing and potentially life changing bit of TV.


    FYI... my fast day diet is generally
    13:00 - small bowl of porridge (200 calories)
    17:30 - big salad (lettuce, beetroot, balsamic vinegar, small bit of Feta and Olives - 70 calories)
    20:00 - boiled egg and slice of brown bread (soda bread) toasted - 160 calories
    20:30 - a peach or a plum (50 calories)

    Lots of green/black tea

    total: around 480 calories, it's tough but worth it so far.

    AND, I've reintroduced foods that normally used to cause flare ups without any repercussions, e.g. Curry, Red Wine, Cheese, Coffee.... yum yum yum.

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    Well that's very interesting! Thank you for sharing and welcome to the forum.

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    Senior Member nat007's Avatar
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    Thanks for sharing, I watched it as well and was very impressed with the results too. We are doing the 5:2 diet too and finding it pretty bearable. The host said that there are different versions possible, also 2 days normal one day fasting, then 2 days normal and one more day fasting if I remember correctly.

    Here is the video of the docu, very interesting indeed:

    And this is another great docu from the BBC on Diet and Disease:

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