I have a confession. I ate like crap for the last few months of the year. I was still mostly paleo, but I cheated a lot... like A LOT A LOT. And, I hadn't been to CrossFit since before Thanksgiving. Oops. But, it's a new year and I'm back in my routine. Well, I guess it's not yet a routine but I'm working on it. Got up and hit the box this morning (even after a later than normal bedtime due to the BCS title game) and I'm back to eating clean. And, it's just so silly for me not to. It's amazing the hold sugar can take on you. That stuff is addicting (and I'm not even talking desserts necessarily... but those too).
The crazy part is here we are trying to have a baby, and I KNOW that diet affects fertility. I guess I chalked it up to I was 100% strict paleo for six weeks early in the year and then still pretty hardcore for a while and it never happened. And, I can definitely tell the effects sugar has on my mental state... I get down in the dumps easily when I'm eating crap (and not working out). So sugar + unsuccessful babymaking + winter + not working out = not the happiest I've ever been, and it has nothing to do with outward appearances.
But speaking of outward appearances, my acne has also been pretty bad (or as I like to refer to it, backne). My face isn't perfectly clear, but it's generally fine. But man, my back gets these awful flare ups. I'm hoping that cleaning up my diet will help with that, since my miracle drug is off the table (and I don't believe in taking Rx for most things, yet... if it clears my skin, hell yes... vanity wins). I was perusing http://chriskresser.com/ this afternoon and found an interesting podcast on acne being related to gut issues. I don't really have any gut issues, but I might and just not know it. In any case, I'm not getting all crazy and eliminating FODMAPS (what would I eat!?), but hopefully some of the things he suggests will help.
In any case, I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you have any health issues at all, your diet may be a huge cause of them. Almost all modern disease is a result of systemic inflammation, and while changing your diet is hard, it might be easier than you think. You just have to do it. And, I'll be your biggest cheerleader!