If you feel like you are stuck with your eczema journey, you need to set at least one goal today.
I used to wish for my eczema to get better. I wished to get 6-8 hours of itch and scratch free sleep. But it rarely happened. If it did happen, I wasn’t able to sustain it for very long.
I hopped from one treatment to the next. While some worked initially, it later then became ineffective.
From hydrocortizone creams to homeopathy to dermatologists, I’ve tried my fair share of them.
Throughout all these treatments, I never gave nutrition the same importance as taking these medications.
Set one goal today
When I reached a breaking point with my eczema where I felt like nothing was working, I finally took it into my own hands.
I started researching ways to improve my eczema, I was up for whatever the internet was going to suggest.
The more and more I researched, diet was always mentioned one way or another. When I was young, I didn’t really bother to try out any diet or permanent lifestyle change. I was simply not ready to give up processed foods and meat.
I did minor tweaks like reduce my overall junk food intake but still indulged in fast foods here and there.
I would do 30 day challenges like no junk food or no sugar hoping it would help my eczema. If I had only stuck with that for maybe 90 days to 180 days, I would have made a permanent lifestyle change sooner.
So with 6 months left until 2020, I challenge you to stick to one or two healthy habits to improve your eczema and see what happens.
It won’t be easy. A lot of people will ask questions and may even make remarks or that it may not even work. But you should try it out for yourself because it just might be thing to that will improve your eczema greatly.
So what kind of goals should I set?
So your overall goal like mine is to be eczema free or to a degree where it doesn’t interrupt your daily life.
You need to get specific first. For example:
- I will drink 2L of water everyday until the end of 2019.
- I will reduce to eating junk foods only on the weekends until 2019.
- I will take X supplement morning and night until the end of 2019.
- For lunch only, I will incorporate a whole foods plant based approach until 2019
Goals like these are achievable because you aren’t completely cutting off a food group. You are still giving yourself to eat them but you consume them much less.
Another approach is to add a healthy habit rather than cutting out a bad one. So you continue to eat and live the way you are currently but you will set a goal to eat one apple a day. So if you are still consuming junk foods and processed foods, go for it but make sure to also eat that one apple.
What happens over time is that you slowly start to replace your bad habits with goods ones.
What is some lifestyle changes I can implement today that will improve my eczema 6 months from now?
Stay away from top the allergens to eczema such as dairy eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.
If you regularly consume these foods, I would suggest starting with eliminating one of them today.
It took me awhile to not consume any dairy products because they were everywhere around me and everywhere I went.
Dairy is in a lot of products from chocolates to cheese to yogurts to sauces to cakes!
It can be overwhelming at first but remember why you are doing this. You are doing this to get your life back from eczema.
The first few times I tried this it was hard. I also didn’t believe staying away from these foods would really benefit my eczema. Other people at this 24/7 and were fine, why did I have to cut it out?
I then started to research more about nutrition and found success stories on people healing from eating a whole food plant based diet. I saw before and after pictures of these success stories and YouTubers who have eczema and documenting their journey to healing.
Seeing that kind of information was refreshing and inspirational and gave me hope.
So remember, you will not see the benefits right away or even in a month into it. That’s why it’s important to stick to it for at least 6 months or if not longer.
When you eat healthy and reduce your overall junk food intake, it takes time internally for your body to heal before it reflects on your skin.
So, I hope you set one healthy goal today and stay committed to it for the next 6 months. There will be days where you want to treat yourself to some fast foods or have a small bite of that cake but remember why you started this.
If you see zero improvement after being committed to your eczema goal after 6 months or longer, then you know its time to change it up.
We set goals like I want to travel to x amount of places by the time I’m 30 or I want to make a million bucks. That’s great, we should all achieve want we want to but we also need to set health goals so we can achieve all of our other goals.
The main take away is, to set some healthy goals for the betterment of your eczema and your life.