It’s been 11 days..!


It’s been 11 days that I am following the Paleo Diet without cheating.

What benefits did I notice yet? Well I do have more energy, sleep better, my piliary keratosis (on my arms) vanished in only 5 days, weird thing I also noticed that I sweat less and that somehow it does not smell anymore..? Weird but very welcome “side advantage”.

Unfortunately my rosacea is NOT better… I have really excited the first week because it seamed to be getting better but suddenly it got worse.

I had to renew my Swiss and my Portuguese passport so I had to put make up two days in a row (I did not want to look at my passport picture for the next 10 years and see the state of my skin) but it did make it MUCH worse…

I also got tempted by a stupid “natural mask” that a nicely inteded friend gave to me saying it was miraculous but it was the worse for me..! Silly silly silly me, I knew I should NOT put any products on. I am grateful that people are nice and try to give me products but by now I should have learned, I react to almost everything.

I also have been under a lot of stress because of my MD thesis deadliness and personal things and for sure it does not help…

If I have to be honest I have been a bit depressed, it’s really hard to stand peoples look… When I talk to someone I see that they look down on my chin and it makes me feel sad.

Also every time I see myself in the mirror… I wish it would just go away overnight but it’s impossible. I am very grateful that it is “only” a skin problem and not a life threathening disease, but now I really understand why in med school they told us that acne and other skin problems really impact your self-estime..!

Last week in the metro the was even a little girl that pointed to me and said ” Mumy, why does this lady have a “sickness” on the chin?” I did not get upset. It’s just a little girl, and it’s a good question that I have been asking myself for a long time. But it still hurt…

I have to be strong and keep not putting make up on but it’s hard. I also feel like a fraud as an MD if I look “ill” or “not clean”. Would you trust a doctor that has a skin problem?

Well, I just cannot control it and I am doing everything I can to get better, exactly by trying the Paleo diet.

I went to see my dermatologist, he actually was interested in the Paleo diet when I told him about it, he said that he really believes that food is linked with the type of skin problem I have. When I saw the state of my skin he said “Oh Dear, poor you!”, he was going to put me on the antibiotics again but after talking, we did a deal.

I will stick with the Paleo diet until the 22th of August and then, if I am still not better I can always start the antibiotics to not be depressed because “I look like a monster” on my wedding day (yes, someone said I looked like a monster to me lately, that really hurt too…).

I have to be courageous and not care about other peoples look on me, and my own look on myself (it is probably the worse one). I have to be strong.

I also have to somehow find time to meditate like I used to and do some exercise. Because Paleo is not only food and if all I do is the Diet and I stress a lot, of course I cannot get better..!

If I could, I would just quit my MD thesis and just relax, read, exercice and be in the present moment. But it’s to late to give up and silly to do it now after almost two years of effort..

I have to be strong..!


I hope that I can come cured out of this and not only cured but empowered and a women, a future mum and wife and ALSO a future MD. Because if this really works and is good, I for sure will change the way I do medicine!



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Here is my first portuguese PALEO recipe!


Today is the third day that I am eating Paleo for real. I did not see a change on my skin yet, but that is perfectly normal, no treatment, even aggressive ones work that fast!

I did already notice an improvement in my energy, digestion and mood. That alone motivates me to continue this experiment!

I was used to feeling hungry and feeling low blood sugar levels symptoms that made me want to snack and eat between meals (and made me even be AGGRRESSSIVVE sometimes!). Since I never felt concerned about my weight and just labeled myself as a “high metabolism” person I assumed it was normal to feel like that and it just meant “needed sugar or to eat more than other people”-

What a difference when I tried my FIRST REAL paleo breakfast (left-over meat, the amazing coconut puding and a banana). I ate at 7 am and I only felt hungry at 14h00..! This really is a first for me and even if I don’t care about how much I eat it’s great not too feel like a slave from “low sugar or hunger” mood swings!

So here is my FIRST PALEO PORTUGUESE recipe for you. You can download the pdf with all the details on how to make it here (and extra pictures). It’s “carne de porco assada com massa de pimentao” or roasted pork fillet with capsicum paste. Had it with veggies and chestnuts.

IMG_2148First Portuguese Paleo

Look, my cucruma gave me an encouraging sign when I was annoyed the bottle was finished, in the form of an heart shape!


Here is our chili and basil and other herbs “plantation”:


Here is the cute little “portuguese basil” plant that I brought over from Santo Antonio (St Anthony) celebration in Lisbon (13th of June we celebrate St Anthony in Lisbon and eat lots of yummy healthy grilled sardines! = PALEO).


Here is the link to the awesome coconut pudding I found on this great blog:

Instead of using the cups, as I think it is so annoying to use cups to measure honey (it sticks everywhere and you loose half of the honey) I juts put 4 tablespoons of honey and it tastes great! Next time I even will use 2 tablespoons. I was not able to find grass-fed gelatin in Switzerland tough…


I also discovered that when I miss chocolate (I am really a chocolate addict and live in THE CHOCOLATE country by definition!!!) I can just mix one avocado in a food processor with a little bit of honey and raw pure cocoa powder. Tastes great! (my dream would be to make paleo chocolate one day!)

Hope you enjoy my portuguese paleo recipe! I will keep searching for Portuguese PALEO recipes in these awesome cookbooks my mum gave me:


I also want to thank KK (she will recognize herself). She is MY FOODIE friend “par excellence” and of course one my bridesmaid. she came to visit me from abroad and even if it is OUR TRADITION to go eat dumplings in our favorite Chinese restaurant every time we reunite, she understood about me wanting to try paleo and we both skipped the dumplings and the rice. Guess what?! For once we tried a new dish and ate really well and felt great and went back to my place walking (instead of feeling like would be easier to roll downhill!)

E obrigada mano por me teres motivado e por me teres mostrado como fazer este blog!

So far so good!

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Is there really someone reading my blog?

If you are reading my blog, well I am a Paleo NEWBIE and I really would welcome some tips or encouragement for how to make Paleo work every day. Of course I will also share with you what helps me !

I am portuguese (NOIVA = bride in portuguese), live in Switzerland and moving to Australia soon so I hope to be able to bring some variety into PALEO by discovering or adapting recipes from these countries.

I am a foodie and because of that I have really hesitated to do try this challenge of going Paleo or not. I have hesitated for months.

In fact at the beginning I was planning to start a « normal » food blog once in Australia about revisited portuguese food (like one new recipe once a week) because I wanted to rediscover my cultur of origin and transmit something to my future children.

But now it will just be a PALEO portuguese-swiss-aussie blog, still sounds good no ?

Like you can see, I called myself the « Paleo Bride » but I am NOT doing this to fit in my dress for the D-day.

I am doing this for my health and because I hope to cure my « acnea rosacea and cystic acne mix » before the wedding day.

This is how I look and feel now...

This is how I look and feel now…

My skin condition refuses to get cured for the last 2 years. It only was cured for a short three months when I took Metronidazole but I still had some and I started having worrying neurological side effects that made me stop taking it.

I also « looked good » when I took the « new generation » birth control pill but started having ophthalmic migraines every week and even temporarily lost part of my visual field so after 10 years on the dam pill, I decided to stop.

Since my fiance is a celiac, I am familiar with the gluten-free diet. As I love food so much I first tried gluten and dairy free for some time but it did not work…

I have now decided to stop taking any kind of medication and to just put nothing on my face for some time (yes NOTHING, not even organic or natural skin care) and to stick with the PALEO diet until the wedding (two months).

I hope to be able to empower myself with the Paleo approach and that I can FEEL and LOOK great on my wedding day (and for ever after!)

As I have a scientific backround I started by reading the Paleo books explaining the science stuff but now I need the tricks to make it possible every day.

There is so much information out there on the internet! But it can also be overwhelming when you start reading and see so much information and so many « buy the ebook now » or « get the first two newsletter for free, sign up now ».

Plus, I tend to be suspicious when something seems « comercial » or like propaganda for desperate people (because I do feel desperate…)

So I am really greatful for the blogs that share free information, recipes and testimonies that gave me hope. Thank you !

I did try the Paleo challenge a little bit the last months but never sticked to it for real more than two week. The reason that it never worked longer is that I didn’t follow trough and was ashamed to « be on a diet ».

So I did not dare to tell people and so avoided eating with people so started feeling that it’s making me less social so … STOPPED doing it !

This is how I hope to feel and look like in two months!

This is how I hope to feel and look like in two months!

So here it is, I challenge myself to stick with the Paleo LIFESTYLE (not just the food) for two months and NOT BE ASHAMED OF IT in hope that my skin will be healed in time for my wedding day.

Let’s do this !

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