As some of you may know, I have dermatitis. Growing up I always had some patches of eczema, but around the time I went college it started getting really bad. I went to the doctor multiple times before I could see a dermatologist because I had large red patches around my eyes, ears, neck, and basically all over the rest of my body. It got so bad, I had dried blood under my eyes, and developed staph infection there, and around my ears. I did not figure that out until I had seen a dermatologist about a year later, and was prescribed an antibiotic, and some steroid ointment for both my face, and my body.
Over the next year, I got staph infection again around my ears, it started developing on my scalp causing me to lose clumps of hair. The dermatologist had to up the strength of the steroid ointments, and get a liquid version for my head. I was told to take bleach baths (which I did not do) and apply ointment to my entire body three times day, and let it dry, before I could put my clothes back on. Plus occasionally moisturize with certain lotions they recommended. I hardly have time to put it on, and let it dry once during the day, let alone three times, but I tried for a little while, and it did help the rashes.
Sometimes the itching gets so bad, I subconsciously scratch in my sleep waking up to very sore, and sometimes bloody skin, or I will wake myself up, and no longer be able to sleep due to the of the itching. Good thing my boyfriend never complains when I ask him to scratch my back multiple times a night.
After wanting to get off the steroid ointments, being fed up with all the itching, and rashes. I have been researching natural ways to try to “heal” my dermatitis. My searches have come down to following a strict autoimmune diet, and using coconut oil as a moisturizer, which I have been trying to do.
What is an auto immune diet you ask?
- No Eggs
- No Dairy
- No Nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, egg plant)
- No Alcohol
- No Nuts/seeds
- No Gluten
- No Grains
- Limited Starchy Vegetables
- Very limited added Sugar
For the next thirty-one days I am going to track my progress by telling you guys about what I am eating during the day, how I’m feeling, and how my skin is reacting. After thirty-one days I will slowly add back some of these things, and see what happens. I will still be posting some of the recipes I’m making during this time as well. So here we go…
I’m not going to show my skin everyday, but here is some of what my skin currently looks like. I have more spots on my back, and legs. My skin was very itchy last night, but I was able to sleep through the night without waking up from it, like I had the night before.
Breakfast: My first meal on my new protocol was actually at a restaurant in town. I planned to go out to breakfast with one of my friends awhile ago, and let me tell you, its hard to avoid eggs, Gluten, grains, and potatoes, when going out for breakfast. Especially when they don’t have any gluten friendly items. I ended up ordering everything A la Cart.
Anyways, I had a 16oz almond milk latte, 2 sausages, a fruit cup, and 3 slices of bacon.
Lunch: A kale salad topped with a small can of tuna, 1/2 avocado, chopped baby carrots, onion, and some fresh lime juice.
Dinner: Some pork with steamed broccoli and roasted okra.
Here’s to the next 31 days!!