Well I managed to fail my first attempt at the exclusion diet! It was all going so well- two weeks of pure good food and I did actually notice a difference in my skin starting.
Then it all went wrong…
I think my main advice to anyone thinking of trying to adapt to a new food ‘lifestyle’ is this: BE PREPARED.
I had done a massive food shop and bought all the fruity and vegetable goodness I needed but as this ran out and I didn’t bother making food to take to work- I soon was caught with my pants down.
Trying to avoid dairy is so hard, it’s in everything. The only way you can successfully do this is to make your own food and ALWAYS BE PREPARED.
I also think it’s vital to get support from your friends and family. My boyfriend hates vegetables but we do eat pretty healthy when we’re together, Sunday dinners are impossible- everything is soaked in butter etc! No more Yorkshire Puddings for me now!
It’s also very tricky trying to grab food on the go unless you know you’re going somewhere that you can buy fresh food from. There are several cafes in the city near me that offer gluten and diary free options, but they’re not always easy or cheap.
I also managed to fail a little by thinking ‘one teeny weeny piece of cheese wont harm me’, and then it becomes using milk when my dairy free milk has run out, etc etc and so forth the situation snowballs.
Snacking is also another issue, unless I took fruit/veg snacks with me to work when hunger strikes I wasn’t ready and in weaker moments I reached to the vending machine. NOOOOOO.
I’ve also been going through a bit of a tough time too, there’s a lot of emotional things going on in my life right now- friends, relationships, death. I also had to have Lletz treatment too, which I still feel slightly shaky and emotional about. It’s really affected me. I lost my amazing Mummy to cancer and anything associated with that frightens me. I think we all need emotional support at times.
When I’m sad and upset I know my skin suffers, my hands are terrible again and I’m constantly scratching. I wake up clawing myself most nights and I look tired and worn out. I think Eczema is very emotional driven and it’s a viscous circle- your skin looks bad- this upsets you and then your diet, well being and everything else suffers and it gets worse – then you get more upset- and your skin gets worse…
I’ve restarted the ‘diet’ but I’ve decided diet is the wrong word. It’s a lifestyle change.
I’ve printed out a list of acidic food and ‘good foods’ for me to eat and I also have this saved on my phone.
It’s tough but I want better skin and I want to know what it is that is irritating it, and if it is indeed food related. I seriously recommend reading the The Skin Cure Diet before embarking on an exclusion diet. It opened my eyes to a lot and the link to yeast and Eczema is fascinating. I think there are so many blogs, doctors, health sites and all sorts out there it’s easy to get confused. When I was looking into elimination diets there are so many do’s and don’ts you just have to decide what you want to do and go from there- in other words: KEEP IT SIMPLE.
Basically I wont be eating any food I’ve seen advertised! Possibly with the exception of bottled water, it’s going to be tough but I want a better me, no scrap that I want to be me at my best…
‘Food is your best medicine’.
Here is what my skin looks like now:
(again most pictures aren’t that great- I need to buy a macro lens for my camera. So much for being a pro photographer hey!)
Feet & Legs