An update on my diet, supplement and skin care routine

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In this article, I’ll go into all of the things I’m currently doing to improve my health, whether it be skincare, supplements or what I’m eating and drinking.

Things can change often depending on research and how I’m feeling. If I feel something is working for me, I’ll continue doing it. If it feels like it’s not working, I’ll change it up.

Skin: I wash with Neutrogena Gentle Exfoliating face wash and then apply Skinceuticals CE + Ferulic Acid to my face (3 drops). Apply Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 from Skinceuticals (mainly in the summer). At night time I will use cleansing wipes and apply Aloe Vera Gel from Aubrey Organics.
Lips: Blistex Lip Brilliance SPF15 or Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – Pomegranate (I apply throughout the day when needed).
Hair: Every few months I will switch between L’Oreal – Elvive Nutri-Gloss and Herbal Essences Beautiful End Shampoo. I use Pantene Pro-V Clarifying Shampoo once a month. Conditioner either from L’Oreal or Herbal Essence.

Morning supplements: Vitamin D3 1000IU, Vitamin B Complex (every other day);  B12 on the days I don’t take B Complex. Zinc (15mg), Magnesium (300mg), and AllicinMax (Allimax in the US) 2 capsules with breakfast. And pycnogenol.

Breakfast:  Wholemeal bread (sometimes lightly toasted) with EVOO + 2 capsules of Allicin. Shortly after:

Oatmeal, Blueberries 80g, Almonds, 2 Brazil Nuts, 2 squares of Lindt Dark Chocolate 70%.

Lunch: Banana, Apple, Kale or Spinach Smoothie

Dinner a: Carrots, Corn, Green Beans, Peas (700 grams); Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 tbsp), Ketchup (low sugar/salt); 1 cup of Soy Milk with Green and Blacks hot chocolate.

Dinner b: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Peas (700 grams); Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 tbsp), Ketchup (low sugar/salt); 1 cup of Soy Milk with Green and Blacks hot chocolate.

Desert: Anything that I want so to reach my calorie intake target; usually fruit.

Evening supplements: Allicin Max – capsules (I increase the amount I take if there are any bugs going around). l-theanine 200mg

Drinks: I’ll have various drinks throughout the day, these include:
– Pukka 3 Mint Tea: Peppermint Leaf (34%),Spearmint Leaf (34%) ,Fieldmint Leaf (32%) – 4 tea bags per day.
– Licorice Tea
Sencha Green Tea (I add ginger) – 5 cups a day minimum (2 tea bags per cup).
– Twinings Camomile And Spearmint Tea – 2 cups in the evening.

I try to keep my diet fairly consistent without much change as this makes it much easier. I enjoy everything that I eat, so it doesn’t bother me if I eat mostly the same every day. Occasionally I will go out for a meal with my friends, but this is just a few times a year.

A recently published study showed that various supplements have no effect on longevity so I have since discontinued taking them as there could be a risk of them interfering with the life-extending effect of CR, or are simply just a waste of money! Another study showed that people taking large doses of multiple supplements had no effect on health (2).

One supplement in particular that I have kept on taking is the Allicin Max. As long as I am taking this supplement, I haven’t come down with any colds, flu, or stomach bugs that go around. If I feel that I am more at risk of catching something, I will sometimes increase the number of capsules I take during the day. This seems to be the most effective supplement that I’ve found to prevent infections.

I had some blood tests done a few weeks ago and had a few surprising results. I barely slept the night before the test and this might have caused my neutrophil count to be higher than it normally is.

I found a few studies that suggested even one night of sleep deprivation causes an elevation in white blood count, specifically neutrophils (reference in my blood test results link to the right of this page). My C reactive protein was undetectable, indicating no inflammation or infection either.

My lipid profile was still good, but not where I want it to be. I suspect the reason for this is because in 2012 I got depressed after a serious breakup and went off CR a little by including bad foods in my diet and not getting much exercise. Since early on this year I’ve been back on a more strict CR diet and very focused. Overall the blood results were still excellent.

I feel back to myself now and so much happier than before. I’ve focused on my diet, exercise, relationships with family and friends, and the things I really want to do with my life.

I feel so much healthier, I sleep very well, and things are just looking so much better right now. There’s going to be big changes to come in the near future that I’m very excited about. I’ll share with you soon!

1. Spindler SR, Mote PL, Flegal JM, Teter B. Influence on longevity of blueberry, cinnamon, green and black tea, pomegranate, sesame, curcumin, morin, pycnogenol, quercetin, and taxifolin fed iso-calorically to long-lived, F1 hybrid mice. PMID: 23432089

2. Soare A, Weiss EP, Holloszy JO, Fontana L.
Multiple dietary supplements do not affect metabolic and cardiovascular health. Aging (Albany NY). 2013 Sep 4. PMID: 24036417

Article updated 09/2018

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4 Comments

  • Would you mind disclosing how your libido is? Testosterone levels? Creativity? Strength? You know… the things worth living for….

    I apologize for the snark, but from what I’ve seen CRON diets seem to cause a decent drop in T and libido, which would bring down quality of life.

  • Hi! thanks for the comment.

    Hmm well you can’t project onto others by saying x y z is what makes life worth living. That’s about you, not other people. Okay, to your question…

    I had my testosterone level checked recently and it was 516 ng/dl (17.9). CR can definitely cause a drop in testosterone levels, but this won’t happen with everyone. I don’t know my baseline before CR either, sorry.

    A few friends on long term CR didn’t see any drop; this is more concerning in my opinion because the hormonal shift that we see in animals has not taken place. And it’s not yet known how much of an effect sex hormones have on lifespan; testosterone is thought to be one reason why men live shorter lives than women. On the other side of the coin, there are many men on CR that noticed a significant drop in libido, but they don’t see this as a negative thing because it also brings lots of positive things because they aren’t always thinking or motivated by sex.

    Something I’ve experienced is far less aggression, feeling more peaceful, and happy. I also had the disappearance of a couple things like severe allergies and IBS. This is part of my increased QoL.

    My creativity is good! I still have aspirations, and many interests and things in life that make life worth living. I am certainly not feeling unmotivated.

    I started CR as a skinny teenager, I can’t really comment on strength. It’s always been about the same I guess.

    My libido is certainly less than when I was a 15 year old teenager, but it didn’t disappear on CR. It just made me seek out more quality and meaningful relationships. Big positive from my own perspective. Maybe not yours. 😉 But we all want different things.

    I really do not want higher testosterone levels either…

    Cheers!

  • Do you think it’s possible the Allicin Max could be causing your increase in neutrophils. Maybe it just was your lake of sleep because last time i had a blood test i had a bit elevated neutrophil count and i think it was because i only got 4 hours sleep the night before.

  • I think it was most likely to do with not sleeping the night before than the allicin. I haven’t found any information on allicin increasing neutrophil count either. A more specific marker to CR is lymphocyte count.

    Sleep restriction increases white blood cells, mainly neutrophil count, in young healthy men: A pilot study
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2663438/

    “A significant increase in white blood cells (WBC) (5.79 ± 1.05 vs. 6.89 ± 1.31 103 cell/μl, p = 0.03), and neutrophils (3.17 ± 0.69 vs 4.24 ± 0.97 103 cell/μl, p = 0.01) was observed after the third night of sleep restriction. Other blood parameters were not affected. No significant variation was observed in the control group.”

    Neutrophil counts: an immune sensor of sleep debt?
    “After 1 night of 2-hr sleep, neutrophil and MPO levels are significantly increased over baseline but not after one night of 5-hr sleep. After 3 nights of 4hr-sleep, neutrophil counts are significantly higher but not after 3 and 5 nights of 5hr-sleep although a tendency to increase is observed.”

    Effects of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm on Human Circulating
    Immune Cells’
    “A substantial increase in neutrophils during
    prolonged sleep deprivation was likewise observed in an earlier
    study (13)”
    http://www.kfg.uni-luebeck.de/Intern/data/Library/PDF/Born%20etal,%201997,%20J%20Immunology.pdf

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