How Do I Heal My Eczema Naturally? | My Journey

The Maker's Diet Book

After the worse flare up I have ever experienced, my eczema finally cleared up from my face, arms and neck last year (still remained on my hands) for about 4 months. My excitement slowly disappeared when I returned from Venice in August to face my worst nightmare. My eczema. It came back, not as bad as before (thank God) but bad enough to affect my quality of life again.

The Abido cream controlled the eczema on my face and neck (stopped working on my arms and hands strangely) and I was using it on and off since mid last year. I became too dependent on it which meant that I wasn't as strict with my eating habits as I should have been. Last month, I decided to ditch the Abido cream because it had a potent steroid in it. Long term use thins the skin and some potent steroids can cause skin cancer. Taking all of this into consideration I knew it was time to give it up completely but I was hesitant to go back to dark, dry and rashy looking skin.

My face looked really bad a few weeks ago but ever since I started using the Makers Diet the inflammation calmed down. The diet made it easier to figure out what food is potentially triggering my skin. When you're having a flare up your skin is more prone to food intolerances which is annoying as hell. It makes it seem impossible to find anything to eat but through a lot of research, I have a better understanding of the food alternatives I can have.

What is the Maker's Diet?

The Maker's Diet is a faith-based health plan that lasts for 40 days and is split into three phases. It was written by Jordan S. Rubin who was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I was shocked to see the amount of diseases, infections and deficiencies he ended up having due to the treatment for his diagnosis.

Looking at this horrible list it's crazy to think his diet cured him. He tried loads of different medications and treatment yet they all failed to work. There's an influencer I follow and she's an eczema sufferer who claimed the Maker's Diet cleared her skin. After I saw her recommendation I knew this might be a sign that the Maker's Diet could work wonders in my life too and it could heal me "inside out".

I found it difficult to adapt to the diet completely because I have a food intolerance to dairy and Ruben stated we should have eggs for breakfast in phase one and two. In the 'food to avoid' section it mentions rice milk, almond milk and other dairy alternatives. I still drink unsweetened oat milk which I know I am meant to avoid but it doesn't trigger my skin and I can't drink anything else.

In phase one, this was my food plan for 14 days:


 Strawberries, berries and flaxseed smoothie

Lunch - Fish or chicken with salad

Tuna salad

Dinner - Fish or chicken with salad

You see that? No carbs, no refined sugars and no grains. I couldn't eat certain fruit and meat either or beans. I did lose weight obviously, my friend pointed out my chin became more defined (lol). The aim of limiting the consumption of certain food is to get rid of the toxins in your body, boost your immune system, regulate blood sugar and reduce inflammation. I felt really tired and weak during phase one but the good news is that this wouldn't be forever...

Salmon, red pepper, buckwheat pasta and vegan mayonnaise.

In phase two I could add sweet potatoes and corn back into my diet and in phase three I could add a lot more food such as oats (in small quantities), buckwheat, quinoa, all fresh fruit, maple syrup and more. There are still some restrictions (like white rice - who knew I could go this long without it?) that I need to avoid until I fully heal. I’ve been making my own celery and cucumber cleansing juice and rebuilding my immune system by taking multivitamins too.

Weirdly, the other parts of my body affected by eczema got worse during the diet even though my face got a bit better. I'm pretty disappointed though because I didn't complete the 40 days to see if it would improve. I fell off during phase two, I started eating refined sugars again and I went to Florence a few weeks ago. My skin got really bad from eating out most of the time but it improved when I came back and started eating healthier food. I'm trying to avoid eating out as much as possible because everytime I do, no matter where I go or what I get it triggers my skin. Rather than starting the diet again, I decided I would implement meals from each phase and try my best to have one partial-fast day a week. If I don't see much progress I will consider starting again.

Trying to stay positive with eczema.

This disease destroys you mentally. I try my best to stay positive but it's really difficult sometimes. It's frustrating to have your health as an issue, especially when you're young... I wish I didn't have to stress about how I look, what I could eat or what I could wear. I would do anything to wake up and live a normal healthy life again.  Sometimes I want to give up but I know If I don't wholeheartedly believe this is temporary this will always be my reality. My skin condition will get better, it will just require a lot of patience and strong faith.

Situations like this requires a huge amount of acceptance. Some days I am okay and believe that I will overcome things, other days I look at my skin and feel terrible. Harnaam Kaur, a body activist, stated in her Ted Talk that "I am a testimony". This struck a chord in me because I know I am one too. There's a strength in my weakness and God has given me a story to tell.  One day I will heal in order to help others heal too. Until then, I won't give up.

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