This is my first post in a long time. I’ve been working on other projects like my website and company Tokyotecture that offers tours of architecture in Tokyo. I recommend checking out that page if you’re want to see what Tokyo looks like through my iPhone and Nikon camera lenses.
I wanted to share with you a diet tip that I think is very important in this day and age. That is the total elimination of vegetable and seed oils from your diet. Personally, I’m vegan. Don’t stop reading, all of you carnivores out there. This isn’t a vegan post. I want all of us to get healthier, because the world needs us all functioning at our best if we’re going to turn this thing around. Oh, if you’re a climate denier you can stop reading. All you probably don’t read anyway.
Here’s the thing about vegetable and seed oils… And I’ll stop saying seed oils from here on out because that’s annoying for me to type overtime. But just know that I’m referring to any edible, refined oil when I say vegetable oils. That includes olive oil and coconut oil. Yes, all oils will mess you up.
Here’s what it comes down to: inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to a harmful condition like an injury or a substance. Vegetable oils cause inflammation in the body. I don’t know how they do, and I don’t feel like looking it up. If you can read this, then you can do your own research, so just take my word for it.
I had a really bad skin condition in high school, that didn’t just affect my skin but also my confidence, and my mood. It seemed impossible to correct with any type of lotion, face wash, or hygiene regimen. The specific condition is called seborrheic dermatitis, which is caused by a bacteria on the skin that feeds off of oils on the surface of the skin. However, looking back, I know the main cause was inflammation due to diet primarily.
As an adult, I was able to manage my skin condition up to a point with finding the right soap or lotion, getting enough sun and not touching my face if I could. But I would have occasional flare ups where my skin would start to inflame.
I went to grad school at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and shortly after I graduated I decided to pursue my dream of living in California. The low humidity on the West Coast is great for my skin since it doesn’t have to fight off loads of pathogens floating around. And the UV rays from the sun kills off lots of bacteria that likes to feast on skin oil. Still there were times when my skin would peel and flare up.
Now I’m living in Japan. If you really want to know how I got here you can probably find it somewhere on this blog. Japan is quite humid, and even my apartment that gets lots of sun, I live in a building named Sunlight Palace (sanraito parasu in Japanese), can attract mold in the darker, wetter portions of the apartment. Not good for my skin.
And that’s where my diet recommendation comes from. For all of those years, I was struggling not with a topical skin condition, but an internal state of inflammation caused by eating vegetable oils, refined sugar and processed foods. I’ll stick to vegetable oils for now, because I think many people are aware of the dangers of refined sugar, but vegetable oils fly under the radar. We think we can get by with choosing “healthy fats”. There are healthy fats, but not in a refined state without the fiber and nutrients present in seed form.
After removing oils from my diet for around 6 weeks now, I feel much better and my skin looks and feels smother that it has in a while. I typically have dry skin that flakes, because my skin cells die and reproduce at a rapid rate due to inflammation. But that’s changed since I eliminated oils from my diet.
It may not seem like a big deal, but vegetable oils and inflammation play a role in every major modern disease like heart disease, diabetes and even neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. I don’t want any of those diseases. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are especially terrifying. I can’t imagine what that slow decline is like.
We have a culture that facilitates disease through lifestyle. It’s only when most people get older that they start caring about their health, and then it’s too late. We need to change the culture, fast. Start cooking without oils, and reduce inflammation in your body and mind.
Check out photos of my vegan, oil free food below.