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Overcoming Acne with Nina and Randa + My Favorite Plant Based Information Resources by Dana Roberts

So our first take on telling Nina and Randa's acne story definitely didn't go as we had planned. But instead of wallowing in the shame and sadness of being misunderstood, we thought why don't we take what felt like negativity/hate at first and see it as our community's constructive feedback instead? Lou and I want to be brave enough to learn from our mistakes and see if we can share their acne journey in a way that is helpful, not harmful. I hope this video resonates on a much more personal level and that you can understand why healing disease with lifestyle changes is something that Lou and I feel so strongly about. 

In the video, I mentioned that I would include a lot of resources in a blog post so that someone who was curious about the low-fat oil free plant based lifestyle could find out more information. I hope you enjoy all the different perspectives below:

Also, if you have questions about Nina and Randa’s book The Clear Skin Diet I highly recommend you check out the FAQ section of their website.

Plant Based Resources

Plant Based Doctors:

  • Dr. T Colin Campbell

  • Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

  • Dr. John McDougall

  • Dr. Michael Greger

  • Dr. Neal Barnard

  • Dean Ornish 

Books*:


The other topic that we mentioned in the video was eating disorders. As someone who has dealt with this first hand, I know how toxic this disease is and how it can take over your entire existence. Even if you think you’ve overcome your food and body image issues, it is very easy for disordered eating to creep back into your life if you are not careful, if you have not done the sufficient mental work to move past these negative thoughts and behaviors. And in fact, sometimes healthy eating or in this case a low fat oil free plant based diet can serve as a mask for self-destructive behavior.

So I wanted to also include some of my favorite resources and tips that helped me overcome years of eating disorder and many more years suffering from toxic diet culture and disordered eating.

I don’t think it is possible to start changing your lifestyle to something that is restrictive while you are trying to recover from an eating disorder. It is far to triggering and in the end mental health comes before everything in my opinion. Find a psychologist you trust and can open up to. Try to find family members or close friends that you can confide in. The shame around eating disorders and body image is something that way more people than you realize struggle with and you are not alone.

While I believe there is a way to separate adhering to a certain diet for health reasons and toxic diet culture, this is a VERY fine line to walk. It takes a great deal of trust in your ability to honor your true needs whether that is answering hunger cues, food cravings, emotional turmoil that surfaces, and everything that life throws your way. In the end it is about tuning into your body, which can be very hard to do. So again, I don’t recommend a whole food plant based diet to someone at the beginning of their eating disorder recovery road, but if you trust yourself to give your body all the calories it needs—to love your shape no matter what size it is, to stop any self-destructive behavior—then maybe this could be an option for you.

This was a hard post for me to write and to click publish on. While I have found the strength to open up about my eating disorder to Lou, close friends and family, and also now on our weekly newsletter on occasion, that community feels safe and filled with people that love and support both me and Lou. Today to open up both on our Youtube Channel and here on the blog was really scary for me. But in the end of the day, my goal is for our channel to be a space of creative inspiration and a place of respite from so much negativity in the world. When I realized that something we made could have the potential to hurt people and definitely triggered a lot of people, well I knew I had to be more open with what I’ve gone through. And frame this acne treatment in a more nuanced way. Sometimes we feel constrained to make a short video that is easily digestible on Youtube, but this is complex topic that needed more time, so I hope you have the patience to watch the whole story once more. Thank you for all your support, even if you didn’t like this video at all.


* the book section included Amazon affiliate links, which means we might make a tiny percentage if you buy the book but you don’t pay anything extra :)

How to Cure Acne? by Dana Roberts

In this video, Lou and I get to share a story we've been wanting to share ever since we met Nina and Randa while they were traveling through Europe a few years ago. Their story of how they learned how to cure acne is mind-blowing and I still can't believe how incredible their results were within just 6 weeks of shifting their diet and lifestyle.

So how do you get these kinds of results in such a short time period? 


Nina and Randa's acne treatment is simple, effective, and while it takes discipline to follow at the beginning, once you're used to the lifestyle changes it is a side effect free long term cure for all kinds of acne. There are no gimmicks here. No expensive creams or harsh medications. Their cure unlike any other out there treats the cause of acne, instead of the symptoms. 

Here are the tenants to their acne treatment diet plan:

  • No Animal Products of Any Kind

  • No Oil 

  • No Overt Fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, olives, coconut, soy)


This means your meals now focus on grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables. Here are some example meals:

  • Oatmeal and Fruit 

  • Rice and Beans

  • Lentil Loaf

  • Quinoa Salad

  • Veggie Curry

  • Asian Stir-Fry 

Nina and Randa actually wrote an entire book called The Clear Skin Diet that outlines the entire 6-week program with recipes and tips on how to get started with this lifestyle. They also have a Youtube channel with tons of What I Eat in a Day videos if you need a little inspiration in the kitchen. 

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From the thumbnail of our video you can see Randa's 6 week transformation and one the thing that I wanted to talk about in this blog post is how while obviously, the first thing that these before and after pictures show is the visible transformation of their skin, the thing that the photos can't capture as well, is the emotional transformation that Nina and Randa went through.

When you suffer from acne it is also very common to struggle with depression. This is a disease that takes over your life and Nina and Randa go into the emotional struggles they had while dealing with horrible cystic acne in the video. They went from happy, outgoing young women pursuing their dreams in the entertainment business to never wanting to leave their house, ignoring their friends who they loved due to the embarrassment of their skin, and letting go of their dream career.

But when their father suggested they check out Dr. McDougall, a plant-based doctor famous for his book The Starch Solution, the twins stumbled over some incredible information. In a small article on his website, he mentioned that by switching to a plant-based diet without any oils or overt fats (like avocado, nuts, or seeds) it is possible to get rid of acne forever. 

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Can the food we eat really cause this much pain and suffering? 

Turns out the answer is yes. Within just 6 weeks of changing their diet, Nina and Randa were able to get rid of their horrible cystic acne. Since then they have also discovered the importance of getting rid of all oils in their skin care products from makeup to face wash to shampoo. And with those modifications, Nina and Randa have been able to enjoy clear skin for the last five years. Their personalities have gone back to normal. They are working again. They have helped many other young men and women struggling with acne with their book The Clear Skin Diet. 

The wonderful thing about the diet that Nina and Randa recommend to cure acne, is that it is very similar to the diet that my husband, Lou follows to manage all his Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms. Because that is the thing about an oil free low fat plant-based diet - it is the most health-promotion diet as it quickly reduces any inflammation in the body. So if you have an autoimmune disease like IBS, Lupus, Diabetes, Hashimoto Thyroiditis or even heart disease this diet could be the answer to managing your illness without having to rely on harsh medications.