So I’m back from a 3 and 1/2 week holiday and it was fun, but it was also itchy!
Literally, on the last week of the holiday, I developed allergies on my legs and arms that has persisted for the past couple of weeks now.
So, apart from the usual doctor’s visit and finding some sort of medicinal cure for my very bothersome allergies, I find myself as always perusing Amazon for a great find on a more natural and simple (but not easier, I can assure you) cure for this.
THE SKIN CURE DIET
I’m now reading The Skin Cure Diet and it has confirmed my suspicions all along.
The build up of all the junk I was eating on my holidays, exacerbated perhaps by the heat of the tropical climate, ended up on my legs and arms as itchy-scratchy allergies.
You see, for the most part, my diet here in everyday land (Melbourne, Australia) is relatively low-carb with the not-so-occasional treats that have kept those last pesky 5-8 kilos on my belly. And even if I’m not completely free from the evils of sugar and carbs, my regular diet is obviously healthier than all the ‘treats’ I was eating on my holiday.
Particularly, I will have to say those fruit shakes every meal were loading me up on sugar and calories, as well as the pastries that were always available to snack on at home (I lived with the in-laws), in the car and everywhere else really! I mean, it’s almost impossible to low-carb in the Philippines!
And I did have a pity party for a while, went crazy scratching my skin out and experimenting on all sorts of topical creams and sprays because I did NOT want to use my doctor’s recommended steroids cream.
Yikes, just the word ‘steroids’ makes me cringe and I couldn’t think of putting on anything more unnatural or potentially dangerous substance on my body.
LOW-CARB FOR LIFE
Now that my search has brought me to this, I am more resolved than ever to continue with my low-carb lifestyle.
It will be extreme for the next month or so, in that I’ll need to really steer clear of sugar, wheat and dairy until my skin has fairly stabilized and cleared up.
Here are some quotes from the book that summarize my new diet/lifestyle:
I think that’s why, with overwhelming frequency and consistency, the recommended diet for healing almost any kind of ailment is fresh, organic fish, meat, vegetables, seeds and their oils, and lots of water. No sugar and grains: maybe some gluten-free ones like buckwheat (which is actually a seed, not a grain) and brown rice (also not technically a grain).
For those of us who may have excess yeast, we just have to take it that one extra step that is so hard to stumble up on by accident: abstaining from fruits, starches and other sugars for awhile to compensate for the years of letting them build up.
I know it sounds extreme, but this truth has actually freed me up so much.
For years, I’ve been trying to lose that last bit of baby weight through low-carb dieting and exercise.
Finally, I can say now that it’s not just a diet but a lifestyle for me to low-carb.
For now, I’m staying away from sugar, wheat and dairy and the only carbs I’m allowing are rice and vegetables. But I even have to make sure that they are non-legume (as advised in The Skin Cure Diet book), and I apparently even have to stay away from fiber and fibrous veggies in order to heal my gut and reverse my allergies (see this article from Dr. Mercola).
As of this writing it’s only been 3 days so I can’t really tell you if there’s been a marked improvement.
But I can feel a difference in the way I think. I’m actually thankful for the allergies that have plagued me for the past 2 weeks.
FROM PAIN TO PLEASURE
Yes, they are a pain. But pain is a way for us to grow and learn in life.
I don’t ever want to wallow in my misery. But in this life, I’m sure I won’t always be able to avoid misery.
So the best thing for me to do is squeeze something good out of that misery somehow.
I know I don’t ever want to live like this, always battling with pain or disease. So having decided that, I now can decide to make a lifestyle choice. It’s simple and hard at the same time, to have to give up all those glamourized cakes, pastries and breads.
But I know there’s a reward at the end.
I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but I look forward to not just the cleared-up skin but getting rid of that last bit of baby weight and getting into a pair of really cool bikinis. For that I’ll also have to amp my exercise, but that’s another step in the journey. Hmm, maybe on my next holiday…
(P.S. I’ll keep you all posted on what this lifestyle change will be doing for me over the course of the year.)