Eczema and Food Choices

Do you suffer from eczema or do your kids suffer from eczema? These common red dry patches found in the folds of elbows, back of the knees, wrists, neck and face can be a real pain! I first got very in touch with eczema about 3 years ago, when my daughter had it all over her back, arms, and legs. She was 6 months old and I was still nursing her at the time. My Peditriaction suggested the link between our food and eczema and asked if I would consider going on the elimination diet to determine if she had any food related triggers.

I went home and of course started researching. I was amazed at what I found, so I quickly decided to embark on the “Elimination Diet” and see for myself. Within 1 week of eliminating the 7 major food allergens, my daughter who was truly covered everywhere except her face, had pristine porcelain skin. I could not believe it and who was really blown away was my husband. When I first started the elimination diet he thought I was nuts, but what a believer he has become over the years all based on the results our family has seen, that our food choices not only affect our weight, but our energy, skin, digestive health…the list goes on on….

Once I completed the elimination diet I felt very empowered to help my 6 month daughter. I found out through her skin that she was sensitive to dairy and wheat. She out grew the wheat sensitivity by the time she was 10 months old but was sensitive to dairy until she was almost 3 years old. It felt so good as a Mom to be able to help identify triggers for her and help her stay healthy. Now fast forward to my infant son who is 8 1/2 months old, at 6 months old I decided to get off gluten because he was spitting up after each feeding. Due to my history with my daughter I thought, let’s give it a shot and see what happens. Sure enough gluten is his trigger. When I went through the elimination diet for my daughter 3 years ago, I found out many things for myself (like that I am very sensitive to dairy and do much better when I don’t consume it.), it is amazing what your body will tell you if only you will listen.

So if you or your child suffers from eczema or digestive health problems, I truly encourage you to give the elimination diet a try. You will quickly see what triggers you and that knowledge is very, very powerful! I  know the elimination diet can seem very daunting and it can seem very restrictive but I here to help you through this time. I have lived it, so I understand the challenges but also the amazing benefits if you stick with it. Contact me today at 4pillarscoaching@gmail.com to see how we can work together and identify your or your child’s food triggers. Imagine a life without eczema or digestive issues – it is truly AMAZING!!

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