the SKINny girl

living with eczema, allergies and other skin issues

Stupid Tiny Eczema Flare-ups

First off, congrats to Nadine — she was the only person to post a comment last week, lol. I hope my products help her as much as they help me!

I had a successful camping trip this past weekend — successful meaning no major eczema flare-ups. There was a little itching here and there, but no weeping, no open wounds and it didn’t consume the trip. Loved that.

Still, I have these tiny patches of eczema on my hands.

I want to know why, even after avoiding one of my major allergens — corn — I’m still seeing tiny flare-ups. Why? Is it stress-related? Is it because I haven’t been avoiding everything?

I guess one of my issues with eczema and allergies is balancing an attempt to live an eczema-free life and living a quality life. Does quality need to equal life with tomato, potato and corn products? Can quality be a life without those food products?

I know I can live a really good life without those allergens. It’s just so hard. And another thing is that I don’t know if these are the only things that are causing my rashes. What if I eliminate ALL of these allergens, including derivatives, and still have rashes?

It’s so frustrating.

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10 Foods to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is a pretty trendy word in the health world right now. Yes, it’s a little overused, but I believe a lot of people suffer from a variety of health issues because of their diets, which results in inflammation in various forms, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bursitis
  • Dermatitis aka eczema

What anti-inflammatory foods do I recommend?

  1. Broccoli
  2. Olive oil
  3. Flax seed
  4. Green leafy vegetables
  5. Berries, especially blueberries and strawberries, which are packed with anti-inflammatory phytochemicals and antioxidants
  6. Whole grains
  7. Nuts
  8. Seafood
  9. Tofu
  10. Water

I eat these foods on a regular basis. Sometimes I buy them from the farmers market, sometimes from the grocery store, but I always buy organic. Meat needs to be grass fed and free range.

I know that when I slip up and eat a lot of red meat and processed foods, my rashes flare up. Not only that, but I feel miserable after eating a bunch of fried or processed foods. I feel like an itchy blob.

When I know what foods I’m eating and where they’re from, I feel healthier. My mind feels less groggy. My rashes disappear.

I no longer buy boxed cake mixes, pie crusts or cookies. Fruits replace pastries. Nuts, beans and seafood replace red meat.

It’s hard for me to have any desire to eat anything with a crazy amount of preservatives in it. There are so many ingredients that I can’t pronounce. It’s actually quite a turn-off. Not knowing the full list of ingredients in my food scares me. It scares me because I’m afraid there’s something in there that will make me break out in a bad case of eczema. I probably look like a food snob to anyone who watches me eat, but there’s a good reason behind the reason for me being so picky with my food — MY HEALTH.

I found a very helpful food pyramid (courtesy DrWeil.com) to illustrate which foods to avoid and which foods to eat in order to reduce inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory food pyramid

Have you tried an anti-inflammatory diet? Has it worked for you?

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Hot & Cold Foods — Learning About Chinese Medicine

Not counting temperature and spiciness, I had no idea there was such a thing as hot and cold food.

After I showed my acupuncturist my red hands, she asked to see my tongue. I stuck my tongue out as far as I could and looked off to the side (it’s very awkward to look at someone directly in the eye while she’s looking at the tongue sticking out of your mouth).

“You need to clear some heat,” she said. “It looks like you have a lot of toxic heat in you.” It sounded like this toxic heat was trying to escape through my hands.

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Allergens, Part 1

Here’s a list of some foods that I apparently have an allergy to. The corresponding “Class” number indicates how much of an allergy I have to the food (the higher the number, the more I am allergic to it). Allergens Celery – Class II
Carrot – Class II
Tomato – Class II
Potato – Class II
Orange – Class I
Pistachio – Class I
Banana – Class I
Corn – Class I
Wheat – Class II
Peanut – Class II

The most thought-provoking thing about these results is the fact that I eat a majority of things on this list on a weekly, if not daily, basis. It begs the question, “Have I been making myself sick all these years without knowing it?”

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