I spent a long time wondering about diet to control my eczema, asking advice from doctors who just told me to stay away from my allergies and I will be fine. I finally got to the point where I was in limbo, waiting to get treatment either in the UK or in the Netherlands. I just wanted some control, I wanted to be able to be in charge of something that could really help me.
After a few weeks of research, I came across this book , it seemed to have some pretty positive reviews and at this point I was desperate for anything. I downloaded it and started to prepare.
I started by taking some time to read the book thoroughly and taking note of everything that I could/couldn’t eat and really thinking about how I was going to take this on. The thing that was hardest in my preparation was trying to find the specialist foods here in the Netherlands. In the UK, the supermarkets have literally anything you could need, but here its just not the case, the local supermarket is very small and there just isn’t the range of products that could expect at your local Tescos.
Finally, it was time to start, I had prepared everything for the 3-day cleanse that starts the diet. I’m going to be honest, the first few days were hell. I felt weak and tired all day, I felt constantly sick and I was incredibly grumpy.
Since then its been getting easier, its all about finding interesting combinations of food, but trying to make sure I get enough of the things I need can be quite challenging, supplements have been my friend during this first month.
In terms of what I don’t eat, its a wheat, dairy and refined sugar free diet with a load of other things that I can’t eat, no corn products, no dark green vegetables, no tomatoes. The list goes on and on. If you have some specific questions about what you can and can’t eat, I have a more thorough list that I can send to you, but its a bit lengthy for this blog post!
So far, I have seen some progress and I’m loosing a lot of weight, but I’m starting to realise that my eczema is very much linked to my stress levels so at the moment its about finding a balance for that. Christmas is going to be tough and a real test of my will power, but if I have made it this far, I’m sure I can keep going!
Until next time,