So here’s for some honesty. This might be the most honest post I have written and it’s about something I can be both very open about and also very conscious of. The only reason I am even writing this is because I have decided to start a body/food experiment for the next 30 days… and probably to continue afterwards. To see the results clearly for myself and hopefully for other peoples benefit I am going to document my progress, if any at all, on here.
This is all about my skin, and my lack of any healthy, clear, itch free, rash free, chronic eczema free area of skin on my body. My body is head to ankles constantly covered in eczema. And not just that little patch some people get in the crook of their elbow eczema. .. but the kind that makes me scratch at my skin while I sleep until my lovely white cotton bed sheets are covered in blood (disgusting right?)
So today I am taking control. I am going to do everything in my power to heal myself. I am going to research along the way foods and juices to make that benefit the skin and post my results, recipes and resources here in the hopes that it will work.. and also that it may benefit someone else in this world. I am full of the belief that no amount of moisturising can get rid of eczema when it’s this bad… but that change has to come from the inside and radiate out.
I already seemed to have convinced myself I eat pretty well, and there have been times when my skin has been worse. The most extreme it has been when I was still eating dairy and working 55 hours plus in a care home in Norwich… I didn’t seem to see sunlight for about 6 months, the eczema covered me all over my face as well as my body and I pretty much at first glance looked like a cross between a meth addict and a zombie.
I have been vegan now for about 6 years, I love juices, I love smoothies and salads and super foods. . . But when I really assess what I eat I also often skip breakfast, and if I could I would eat a double stacked vegan burger with violife cheese and ketchup everyday. So it’s time to cut all of that out and focus on everything I put into my body.
I have tried to medical route, I have tried steroids that just make it worse in the long run. Today was my last ditch effort with modern medicine and as writing this I am currently on the train home after a dermatology appointment at the hospital. I was offered stronger steroid creams, steroid tablets and also long term immune suppressants that were so strong I wouldn’t be able to take if I was planning on using my reproductive organs anytime soon (which I am not, but to take something that has that effect on your body would be ridiculous!) I don’t know what I expected. I understand medical training only goes so far and does have its place in this world. But not for skin… not for me… no way do I want to take those drugs.
So today I start my own alternative route. I will do another update in a week to show any progress, and post daily on Instagram with what I am eating to help cleanse my body. My first start will be having lemon tea/water every morning before anything else…starting with the little things.
I would love to hear if anyone else has gone through anything similar and what worked for them. Please please tag me on my posts about your experiences on Instagram or Facebook… or comment below any tips you might have! I refuse to believe it when I am told this condition is incurable. It will take longer than 30 days but it’s a bloody good way to start off.
So here to start this all off is my first ever ‘sexy-hand-holding-glass-of-juice’ photo and juice recipe… showing off exactly why my hands are NEVER in my photos.
Wish me luck! Xx
Red Cabbage Juice
- 2 cups red cabbage
- 4 large carrots
- 2 apples
- 1 whole unwaxed lemon
Put all ingredients through a juice extractor and drink… pretty straightforward.