Eczema is a monster. I wore loose long sleeves and Oxford shirts as much as possible to conceal it. That's how I knew it's out of control. I was completely covering my upper body in 100 degree heat.
|Eczema flareup on my arm|
After a follow up appointment with my new holistic doctor, I agreed to complete an 8 week elimination diet. Gluten-Free. So this means I'm saying no to even more things. Here are some of the big ones:
- Farro (so delicious)
- Semolina (couscous - sad)
- Rye (fav wheat-free cracker)
- Grain-based Liquors (vodka etc.)
|Beer from Great Divide Brewery in Denver. No more for me||.|
Crazy, right? At this point I feel like I'm one step away from becoming a vegetarian (again), vegan or raw foodist. Maybe raw foodist is too far but veganism seems possible. I would try it for a week or so. Butter and I are attached to one another. We don't want to be apart.
On top of this, I'm pumping my body full of vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. A blood test revealed I'm low in vitamin B12, vitamin D (low but improving), and magnesium. My testosterone levels were low too, even for a woman. The doctor suggested I start doing a little weight training to "gain muscle and burn fat." (That was a nice way of saying lose weight. I agree, doc, I agree). This plus food allergies makes my body a perfect place for eczema flareups.
I've got my fingers crossed that this plan stops the itching because I have bridesmaid's duties in October and December. And supporting my friends and feeling pretty is impossible when my skin is screaming. Peace out, Eczema. This itchy party is over.