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October 27, 2010

I've never thought of it on a chemical level but it does make sense. I do notice when i'm boozed up I don't pick, yet I still do when i'm happy or eating, and DEFINITLY do it when stressed. As for diet, i'm a vegetarian but drink a lot of protien shakes and take multi-vitamins - I wonder what other people's diets are like.
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October 27, 2010

Well I'm not a vegetarian, I enjoy eating meat and its good for you so long as its not processed or has crap added into it. My diet is all organic, all natural foods, for breakfast I have oatmeal with unsweetend Almond milk which I add a tablespoon of milled flax seed in for extra Omega 3, and two scrambled eggs each day. I work a 2nd shift job so I basically pack the rest of my diet for my lunch/dinner. I pack a PB&J which has JIF natural peanut butter and Smuckers sugar free grape jam, a ham and chicken with provolone cheese sandwich, all natural lean meats etc. Both sandwiches are with natural 100% whole wheat bread. I also pack an apple, blueberries, raspberries, Activia low fat yogurt, carrots, celery, broccoli, then an assortment of nuts, Walnuts, Pecans, Brazallian nuts, Spanish peanuts, and Almonds. Then I eat a Salmon fillet on Sunday. That's my diet in full diet lol, didn't mean to get into such detail but id figured it wouldn't hurt. I also don't eat sweets or candy anymore, I try to eat as little sugar as possible.
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October 29, 2010

Your detailed post is helpful Clu, it shows that you can have a great diet and still pick. I had dental surgury yesterday and am in too much pain to eat solids but your post made me so hungry for crunchy food. lol My picking's been much worse past couple days and my ideas are: i'm in pain and therefore stressed, i'm eating poorly/unbalanced, not sleeping due to pain, and am on a lot of narcotics so i'm even more numb to the pain of picking. Interesting.
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October 29, 2010

I'm going to add a few more things to my diet. I'm going to try sweet potatoes which I read are good for the skin, kiwis, and oranges so I can have more variety. Well your diet isn't the only factor nor is it the most important but it is still important. Sorry to hear about all your pain, I've had my own tonight in front of my mirror but not as bad as it could be but then again I don't feel much better looking at the amount I've collected lately. I feel a little better because I used a scar treatment tonight that I've had for a while but I always forget to use. Hopefully I can remember to use it and see some improvement, I hope you feel better soon.
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January 07, 2011

Great post manju, thank you for the advice. I'll read more about dopamine as I do believeour strange habits are a result of chemical imbalance (I realized my scratching is an illnes just a few days ago so I didn't have the time to do extensive reading, but from what I've learned so far, the chemical imbalance theory is the most likely, well at least fo me ). Thanks again fo sharingr those very practical tips :)
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January 07, 2011

Thank you so much for the advice! I have to say, in 2007, I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy and they put me on all kinds of stimulants, when I already had an anxiety disorder, and the doctor wanted me to discontinue the anxiety meds so it didn't interfere with the Narcolepsy meds...this is when my picking became the worst and has been so since. I also noticed, when I had to have my sleep study redone, they wanted me off my stimulants for 2 weeks before the sleep study. During this time, my skin had almost completely healed. I had found out with the second sleep study that they had misdiagnosed me. I do not have Narcolepsy...I have another sleep disorder called idiopathic hypersomnia, so I don't have to take the stimulants everyday...it is now just diagnosed as a prn medicine. Thanks again.