Goodbye gluten…goodbye dairy. Goodbye doughnuts…goodbye fro-yo.
I need some space. Don’t wait for me. Because it’s not me, it’s you.
So I’ve officially been not eating gluten or dairy since Sunday. If you’ve been around awhile you know that I basically don’t eat dairy, but lately it’s been sneaking in more and more and I’ve just been “dealing with it.”
About a month and a half ago I saw a dermatologist for a rash that I thought was a yeast infection. Turns out it was actually eczema. After some time researching eczema I realized a lot of things I’ve had for years and called other things were truly eczema…heat rash, stress rash, fragrance sensitivity, dandruff. The information was both freeing and depressing.
One of the things that I read over and over and over again was that eczema seems to improve when you remove alcohol (no probs there thanks to pregnancy and breastfeeding I haven’t had alcohol in ages), dairy (eh, I sort of didn’t eat dairy), and gluten (gulp!). So I kept putting it off; and I honestly, really don’t want to give up gluten and dairy—they taste good!
But I don’t want to use creams that are full of strong chemicals on my body–for my sake and for the sake of my daughter (since most of my eczema outbreak is concentrated on my chest—not good for a breastfeeding mama!). Not if I could try something else that didn’t have all that “gunk” involved.
And I do plan to try it. I’m going 6 weeks on a total elimination and I’ll look to see improvements. I’m also going to be treating it topically with a lavender essential oil and coconut oil blend. And the last few days haven’t been bad at all! Mostly, because I’m not the one cooking right now. (Thank God for family camp gluten and dairy-free plate!) Plus, there are so many great fresh fruits and veggies and non-carb things in season!
So not because it’s trendy or I want to lose weight or I really want to do it, but for my health. For my body. For my baby girl.