I recently had an allergy test done at my local skin specialist because my eczema started to become unbearable. I’ve suffered from this skin condition since I was a little girl, but finally decided to get to the bottom of it and try to avoid it or perhaps control the situation.
I had around 40 allergens tested on my skin from a basic scratch test. Don’t worry; it doesn’t hurt at all. However, it leaves your skin itchy and irritable, especially when you have a reaction to one or more of the allergens. With my situation, I reacted to around 14 allergens, which caused an outburst of itchiness that made me fidget and teary.
Finally, the test showed that I am allergic to practically everything. However, my biggest allergies are MSG, preservatives, gluten, sulphites and chemicals, which in short, means all the yummy food have to leave.
It broke my heart. I decided that avoiding everything was pointless as I grew up on these foods and it’s not life threatening. If I want to decrease my eczema and promote healthy skin for my body, I need to find out exactly what is causing the outbreak. It could be as simple as one ingredient or preservative.
For the last week and a half, I have avoided gluten, MSG, preservatives, chemicals and sulphites. Everything that I ate in my first gym diet has changed and unfortunately it has become boring and dull. I haven’t been able to eat oats, pizza bases, cheese, pasta, strawberries, jelly and many other yummy foods that I usually fitted into my flexible diet.
As of recent, I found that pumpkin could be the possible cause for my eczema because when I touch it I become itchy, and it triggers my eczema. After avoiding pumpkin for two days now, I haven’t had much of an itch.
It’s a long and painful process finding out what causes my eczema, but I’m on the right track now. It’s time-consuming, and I know that it will benefit me in the long run.
So, what exactly have I been eating in the last week and a half?
It’s not very exciting. Every day I am eating the same thing.
- Breakfast: Frozen banana, WPI protein, and water in my NutriBullet.
- Post-workout: Jasmine rice, honey, WPI protein, chia seeds
- Lunch: Eggs, vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower
- Dinner: Skinless chicken breast, chicken stock, zucchini, green beans
- Snack: Dates, almonds
I suppose it’s lucky that I don’t have an allergy to nuts. Otherwise, my diet would be harder work, not to mention the seriousness of a nut allergy and the risk of dying from a reaction.
I’ve started to become a lot more creative with my foods now that I’m a flexible dieter, but it’s also a pain having to read the backs of labels and understand exactly what I am feeding my body.