If you feel like you are stuck with your eczema journey, you need to set at least one eczema 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 hydrocortisone 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 eczema 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, nutrition 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.
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 eczema goals should I set?
So your overall eczema 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 every day for the next 30 days.
- I will reduce to eating junk foods only on the weekends for the next 60 days.
- I will take X supplement morning and night for the next 90 days.
- For lunch only, I will incorporate a whole foods plant based approach for 30 days.
Eczema 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 the 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 a while 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.
You are what you eat
So, I hope you set one healthy eczema 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 improvements after being committed to your eczema goal after 6 months or longer, then you know its time to change it up.
It might be worth it to work with a Skin Health coach because they have walked your shoes. They can help you figure out the next step you should take to continue healing your eczema.
I’ve tried a lot of treatments and diets in the past, but the one thing that made the biggest difference is focusing on nutrition to heal from the inside out.
If you are embarking on the eczema or topical steroid withdrawal journey and are interested in a skin health coach to support you, please contact me via Instagram and Facebook for a complimentary 30min call!
Everything Eczema was created by Kishok (Certified Nutritional Practitioner, 2023) to help the millions of people around the world who are suffering from atopic dermatitis (eczema) and topical steroid withdrawal (TSW). Our goal is to educate and empower you on how to manage your eczema so you can live your greatest life!Learn more