Ok, so I’m having one of those days were I’m questioning my whole life and eczema. When you research eczema management and relief there is a lot of information out there about diets, what to eat and what to avoid. I just don’t get it. I mean, I get the whole what we put into our bodies can have an effect on us but also at the same time pizza makes me happy so leave me alone.
I was brought up with a healthy outlook on food. I ate loads of fruit and veg and was steered away from fizzy drinks and sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I ate sweets and McDonalds but it was more of a treat and I still have this attitude towards food now. So eating healthily isn’t a problem for me at all, it’s the cutting things out that I can’t get my head around.
For example, dairy. I have cereal every morning so drinking milk every day is just the norm for me. I don’t really have much but it’s still part of my day to day diet. There’s a lot of information regarding milk/ dairy and eczema and a lot of people have had success cutting it out whilst being on a strict diet. It’s a little trickier for me because I’m allergic to nuts so nut milks are a no go. I do like oat milk but it’s expensive and I always think why should I bother? I like cows milk so why can’t I just have it on my cereal? Is it really effecting me that much? Do I even notice a difference when I don’t have any milk for a week or so? Also, cheese is my life! I love you cheese!
Alcohol. I understand this one more than dairy because when I have been out drinking I definitely notice my skin is a lot drier, dull and more prone to a flare. I have cut out alcohol quite a lot but every now and again I will have wine with friends or at home because I enjoy it. Researching alcohols effects on eczema tells you to cut it it completely. Would a bottle of wine every 3 months or so really do much damage? Would having a few drinks on holiday mean I’m not in control of my eczema? I think giving up alcohol altogether would make me miserable, not because I am dependent on it but because I am restricted. Having drinks with friends makes me happy, do I have to be unhappy to make my eczema happy?
Sugar. As I said earlier, I have a very healthy diet and I totally understand that eating too much sugar can have an effect on anyone’s body, eczema or no eczema. But chocolate is amazing and I love it. I don’t want to give up biscuits either! Like I said with alcohol, I’m not dependent on sugar but i know if I completely cut it out I would want it more and one day I’d just snap and eat 5 chocolate cakes and my boyfriend would nickname me Bruce Bogtrotter.
As you know if you read my blog, I am very open to trying new things and switching up my routine but I feel as though I am happy with my diet right now and eat a lot of ‘bad’ things in moderation, so do I need to change for my eczema? Do I need to be miserable and hard on myself every time I have a bag of crisps? Is my skin bad enough to think about a lifestyle change? Does anyone else feel like this or am I thinking way too much into it?
For anyone that has cut out these things from their diets I don’t want you to think that I am criticising you in any way. This is simply me just questioning a few things and having a bit of a rant.