Hope you are ready for a picture heavy post as today I am sharing more of my eczema.
My personal journey with healing eczema and a new diet that helped me heal it. Well, heal it for the most part.
So I mentioned on facebook yesterday about me sharing this topic today and many of you asked if it can help with psoriasis. That’s a great question and I feel you can take what I did and apply it! And hopefully lead you to healing. Also, Carrie mentioned about glycerin and psoriasis, so thank you Carrie for sharing that.
Okay here I go.
Now a quick history… I’ve been dealing with itchy skin since I was a little. I won’t get into too much details but I have been experimenting with products and diet since I was young. So I am PRAYING that I am finally coming to the end of my itchy, irritating, red bumpy ugly skin!
As you guys have seen here on the blog that I have been still experimenting with my diet and what foods could be causing it.
I am not sure why this past January it got so bad!? I almost feel from doing a gut healing journey made my eczema worse. I know weird to think that but that is when my legs got really bad and never stopped. It’s just so strange. A mystery really.
If you are interested here are the past post about my issues.
There were moments over these past few months that I thought my legs were getting better.
But then I would get an outbreak and itch and itch until my legs were bleeding.
My legs always seemed “better” in the morning, but got worse as the day went on.
I was so embarrassed. I HATED wearing shorts.
I tried everything in the book to stop the itch. Yep, even rubbed red palm oil on my legs. Oh ya that was fun. I ruined a lot of my clothes haha
I tried every type of natural product or gentle product out there.
I read books after books. Blog post of other people sharing their ideas on how to heal eczema. I even bought a few e-books on healing eczema from other bloggers.
Not even prescription steroid creams. Everything just seemed to make my eczema worse. Even natural stuff like coconut oil! Only made the itching worse and caused more red pumps.
I just started trying argan oil, which Melissa mentioned to me to try. Only used it once, so cannot say if it has made a difference. As I am scared to put stuff on my legs, because everything worked for the first few days then all my itchy, red bumps came right back. So frustrating.
This was one of the worst outbreaks. The picture doesn’t do it justice. My legs might not look bad, but they were! I cannot even describe to you how miserable I have been these past months.
From Lori dealing with her hormonal acne that doesn’t seem to stop and from my itchy legs that never stopped – we were such a happy bunch 😉 But we kept our heads up and did our best to continue to learn and experiment until we find things that help us.
My legs itched so bad not only did I bleed, but they would wake me up just about every night itching. Sometimes it was just for a minutes, but others it lasted just about all night that I would start to cry because I just wanted them to stop.
I broke down and started taking allerga again.
It did help.
It has been night and day lately with my legs.
When Lori and I got back from Disney we decided to do a try a new “diet” for a few days. We started it last Wednesday and for 5 days ONLY ate meat or fish with white rice and ghee. Well after one day of that we decided to add in coconut oil because we felt like crap….we needed our fat. And instantly felt better once we added coconut oil in. Love that stuff!!
Okay back to meat and rice diet. Why would I do such a thing? Well I did go and see an allergist last Tuesday and tested positive for somethings that I was not surprised by as I always kind of knew. They were dust mites, cockroaches, weeds (especially lambquarters), and cat and dog dander.
The doctor gave me a few tips to try as well I decided to do a diet elimination.
Enter the meat and white rice diet. We got the idea from Peggy in her Primal Moms book.
Why white rice, well because I like it. Haha, no really it was because white rice really has nothing it. As white rice is really easy for the body to digest. Most people can handle it when doing an elimination diet, so it was my carb source these past few days. (Lori did this diet with me in hopes it would help her hormonal acne – helped a little but not much relief for her, she will have to give an update here soon)
**this is why you guys have not been seeing much of our eats lately as they have been pretty boring.
Seriously after the first day of this simple diet my legs started to get better instantly.
I could not believe it!
The bumps, the red patches were gone just had leftover scars and dry skin to deal with.
Even though I was getting so bored with just rice and meat, I kept going! Kombucha helped 🙂 And lots of it. We drank about 1.5 cups a day of it.
Then added kale back in diet on Sunday.
Verdict – legs still doing fine! I also added in lemon and still legs are healing.
The other day we added in PLANTAINS!!! (we missed them and wanted a different carb source)
Verdict – still no major itching.
My left leg just about clear, as my right still getting there.
But SO MUCH BETTER! I still cannot believe it.
Next up to add back in was was brussel sprouts. We needed fiber and greens in our life.
Legs still doing amazing!
It is like I have NEW legs!!!
I am still in shock. And honestly just wanting for another out break.
It has been 7 days and my legs only seem to be getting better. Now I would be lying if I said I was itched free. I still have minor itching, especially when I am over at Lori’s house. Sorry Jax.
But when I start to feel a bad itch is about to come I do take allegra to help, as I want my legs to heal. Yes I hate taking those pills, but I have come to terms that I am just that person who cannot “be 100% natural” with their lifestyle. That I need some medicated, not-so-natural stuff.
So why do I feel my legs have improved so much.
I do believe it was something I was eating. I do have a list in my mind, as I plan to avoid foods in the goosefoot family plus other cross-reaction foods from the mugwart and ragweed family. As well as avoiding foods that react from the dust family.
How did I find about all these different foods to avoid — I GOOGLE IT!! I spend hours and hours reading about being allergic to weeds and what foods to avoid. Slowly over time I will add some of these foods back in. Not sure what will be next. But I am doing my best with doing one food at a time. I have also added in tahini and brown rice protein and still seem to be doing fine.
Based upon my research and foods I was eating a lot of prior to this little meat and rice diet experiment, I am trying to avoid these foods:
Ragweed: bananas, cucumber, zucchini, sunflower
Goosefoot family: beets, chard, lambquarters, spinach, quinoa, and beet sugar
Mugwort : cabbage, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, parsley, fennel, apples, celery, black pepper, and bell peppers.
It is hard. But seeing the improvement in my skin keeps me going with eating a very simple diet.
Another thing that I feel that has really helped A LOT with healing my eczema is COCONUT OIL. You all know Lori and I tend to have 3-4 tbsp of it a day. But this past 5 days we increased it to 5 tbsp and thinking of even trying 6tbsp. Yes folks you are reading that correct. We eat 5 TBSP of coconut oil a day (plus still having ghee and grass-fed meats and salmon).
Lori and I feel the coconut oil has helped in higher dosages. We have read on other blogs that coconut oil in large amounts like 8tbsp+ helped them with weight loss and thyroid. So we figured it would help with horrible itchy skin. And so far it has!!
And for those that are wondering — no we have not gained weight from the addition of more coconut oil. In fact we feel it has helped us look even better. With the addition of coconut oil put our calories way over 1700. And Lori’s acne is slowly calming down, so maybe it helped with that too.
Not sure what the diet plan will be next but I am taking it slow. I miss a lot of foods. But also want normal looking legs again.
I will continue to share and give updates on my eczema.
I hope this posts helps you if you are suffering from eczema or any skin conditions. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Here are some articles to check out if interested in allergy cross reactivity with foods:
There are many more, like I said just google it and you will find lots of things to read.
Sorry for the extremely long posts. There was a lot to cover 😉 I only pray this healing last on my legs and I PRAY that it may help some of you too!
till next time,