Recovery diary - Day 48 - Treating eczema with a plant based diet

26 March 2017

The World Wide Web! What a beautiful invention! Full of answers to our questions, also full of crap. But mostly a very useful tool.

I spent days reading blogs, stories, testimonies and comments about people suffering from eczema and making the choice of not using steroid creams - just like me. It's reassuring to know that I'm not alone and that many people are aware of how bad these creams can be in the long term. Yet, for those who got rid of eczema, every story is unique - meaning that there isn't one unique solution or recipe that I can just copy and paste. And that's because there isn't one factor causing eczema. The hard part is to find what is wrong. I have never done any allergy tests because I never suffered from that disease before my late twenties. I'm curious to know what would turn out from these tests, but I believe I don't have major allergies, otherwise I would know. Does that make sense? 
Anyways, some got rid of their eczema by drinking ginger shots (!), others by drinking wheatgrass juice and putting it on the rashes.
Many just changed their diets - they stopped eating dairy, included more greens in their plates and voila! 
There's no doubt that a healthy lifestyle is mandatory when facing the disease. The thing is that I've been eating clean and healthy food for a while. Not that I didn't eat cookies or processed stuff here and then, but not more than any average person. I've been drinking green juice (a blend of wheatgrass, spiralina and others) for a few weeks every morning. I've been using the cleanest creams I could find, coconut oil, night primrose oil, etc. 
I wouldn't say that I tried everything, but I did try a lot of the things that people say worked for them. Not really working for me.

It's not that I'm the worst case ever - trust me, some people are dealing with way worse than what you're seeing on the picture above - but it's present enough to wake me up at night and make me feel very uncomfortable on a daily basis. Eczema means rashes, dryness and it's very ugly! 
I talked about it with my aunt who suffered from psoriasis a few years ago and found a way to get rid of it. I know, it's not the same thing. But I was curious to know what her magic solution was. 
She told me that she went on a very clean diet for three months - she got rid of coffee, gluten, processed sugar, dairy and alcohol. After the aforementioned period, she started reintroducing all these food in her daily diet. She added that she knew two people who had the same eczema as me, went on the same diet and got rid of it. It just sounds like 3 awful months! But definitely worth the try, if it works. And if it doesn't, the body will still be grateful for a 3-months detox.

So as of today, I'm on a plant based diet - I've been a vegetarian for 1 1/2 year and am now moving to the next step. VEGAN. My parents would probably say that I'm crazy, but they don't have to know about it right?
I read a lot about veganism and found out that finding protein, iron and zinc isn't the tough part. It's just about mixing the right ingredients together. I'll be supplying this new diet with the following vitamins and nutrients: B12 (the only thing that can only be found in meat/fish) and D vitamins + O3 fatty acids + probiotics. I feel very good about this lifestyle change and am pretty excited to try new recipes. The tough part will be social hours with friends. And not drinking coffee - I like drinking this beverage way too much.

See you on the other side!


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