About a year and a half ago, I got so tired of my eczema breakouts, and got an allergy test. I seriously have been itching uncontrollably for 24 years of my life! I was so skeptical about going to the dermatologist because, at the time, I had terrible health insurance. Plus I heard it time after time, that I could only treat my reactions with prescribed hydrocortisone. Well, that’s besides the point (More to come on that topic –I will finally meet with a professional). I had a blood test done and I found out all my allergens (food & environmental). I was mostly devastated but relieved in a sense since I knew what was causing all these bad reactions to my body. I immediately cut out all the food that I’m allergic to (see my results below).
Two weeks went by, and my skin started to clear up (note, skin products are a HUGE FACTOR if you’re trying to clear up your skin). I also began shedding some unwanted weight that I couldn’t get rid of! As mentioned, I began my fitness journey 4 years ago and it took me some time to feel and look OKAY. Once I cut out my food allergens I began shedding and my muscles were toning out. It was seriously a win win.
Update, I currently struggle with food cravings. I am not totally disciplined as I was when I first found out about my food allergens. I have my moments where I crave chocolate (Allergen – Dairy), bread (Allergen – Wheat), asian food ( Allergen – SOY and SESAME…I mean… come on…), plus more.
I encourage you today, whether you’re battling any type of skin problem or weight issue, I would try the elimination diet. This diet is a test to your body and mind. The way it works is, you remove foods from your day to day eating routine that reacts negatively to your body. You typically will notice a response within 5-6 weeks. After those weeks with no symptoms, you would re-introduce the foods (one by one) to see how your body would react. You will figure out what’s tolerable for your body at that point. Plus, this diet can help with weight loss, metabolism control, bloating, and nausea (more the merrier).
OR you can do what I did, get a blood test and figure it out after a few days. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and feel free to tell me your experience. I would love to hear about it!