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  1. Hey there! My name is Maura Beaver and I am starting on Monday, July 9th! This will be my first round of Whole30, and this type of program is so new to me. Recently, I have gained a decent bit of weight and I have been having some major allergy issues. I wake up with puffy eyes and lips and I'm breaking out in hives and eczema. We have tried patch testing at the allergist and concluded I'm at least allergic to nickel and gold. I feel like that's not the only issue because I haven't seen much of a change for the better. Now I'm considering the idea it might be food related. Also, let it be known I'm getting married at the end of October and would really like to get this taken care of! If you have any thoughts relating to the allergy topic or just some words of advice about the program, I would love to hear them. I LOVE to cook, so I don't think that will be hard to get used to. I do love cheese and bread - that will be hard to get used to... Thanks in advance, and I hope the program is going well for all of you! Maura
  2. I'm starting Whole30 on Monday and am hoping for great things. I am doing this program after numerous suggestions from my doctors and my trainer, but mostly because I seem to find myself with some new ailment almost weekly now. And all of my ailments seem to have inflammation at the root, so time to figure out the culprit and put a stop to feeling like I'm falling apart. On a personal (and vain) level, I hope to lose a few pounds (ending back up at a size 4), have clear skin (goodbye eczema and acne that has plagued me my whole life), and get off my infusions for moderate Crohn's for good. I've also let my diet slide to the point where a meal doesn't feel complete until I eat dessert...and I don't normally have a sweet tooth. THAT bad habit needs to be nipped in the bud ASAP. Today I spent the evening reading through the website, saving resource documents, signing up for the meal plan and email help. Tomorrow will be meal planning, grocery shopping/purge, and getting mentally prepared. Then I'm off to the races. My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy for doing this during the holidays, but I think this timing is easier because I tend to be more focused in the winter without festivals, street fairs, camping, margaritas on patios, long days of sunlight, and all of the other activities that can throw me off. Does anyone else agree with me? In any case, I hate the grocery store, can't cook, and have a long and slightly uncomfortable love affair with fast food. On top of that, I have a boyfriend who doesn't really support my goals (combination of him feeling threatened by change and it forcing him to look at his bad habits) so I will have to battle my demons and side step his landmines and traps. This is going to be a challenge. Any advice on avoiding temptation by your significant other would be much appreciated.
  3. RanktheTank

    Greetings / Newbie

    Hello all, my name is Ryan and I'm a intern architect as well as a watercolor artist in Dallas, Texas. I heard about Whole30 from a friend at work. After researching and convincing myself along with my girlfriend to try this, our journey begins tomorrow! I just wanted to introduce myself and say hey. Would love to have some Whole30 support friends if there are any other newbies out there starting around the same time or something! Also, any thoughts for someone who does a lot of strength training and cycling / spin? Looking for something after workouts to help in place of protein drinks. I had a rough moto injury 2 years ago and broke my collar bone so looking to help with the continued inflammation of that, seasonal allergies, and my super sensitive skin. Best, Ryan
  4. Hello! I'm hoping to find some suggestions/wisdom for a surprising eczema occurrence in the midst of my whole30. On Day 18 of my whole30 I developed an eczema flare-up near my mouth and on my hand. I’ve had eczema like this in the past, but hadn’t had an occurrence in over a year and it was never this bad (in the past it was only on my forehead). I was surprised to see it pop up in the midst of the whole30 and am baffled as to why it occurred now, seemingly out of nowhere when I hadn’t had an occurrence in so long. I have 2 main theories, and am interested in any other ideas/input. 1. Is this some sort of die-off / adjustment period from now being completely grain free? (I rarely had dairy anyway coming into this so I don’t think its from removal of dairy) 2. Am I reacting from an approved whole30 food that I’m actually sensitive to? For example, I’ve always eaten eggs and nuts, but now I’m eating them more often, could the increase in these foods be triggering my eczema? Any advice as to what may be the issue here would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  5. I searched and found many topics on eczema but none directly about this, so forgive me if this has been discussed before. I have eczema and I'm certain it is correlated with my hormones. I never had it until I took birth control and within three months it was so bad I would wake up with my eyes swollen nearly shut. I went off the BC and it eased up but I have dealt with eczema ever since. I cut out dairy for three years and it helped me manage but I always had patches that would flare every now and then, always getting worse around my period. When I got pregnant my eczema disappeared completely, ZERO signs of it! I was so happy! I could even eat dairy again (yay cheese!). 6 weeks postpartum it came back, flared and has since been mild while I breastfeed. Well I am on day 9 of whole30 and i can feel it starting to flare in several places I haven't had it in years. I'm sure it has to do with my hormones changing and getting used to a new way of eating but I REALLY don't want to deal with it. I also know it's very common for eczema to flare on w30. so my question is, how can I help my body balance my hormones?? Things I'm already doing: Im going to give up coffee/caffeine tomorrow (already had a few cups today), I follow a pretty regular sleep schedule, I eat within an hour of waking up, I cook with tons of coconut oil, I *typically* eat on a schedule but I do allow myself a snack between meals because I am still breastfeeding. What else can I do?? Thank you!
  6. History first. I've done 2 whole 30's previously and have eaten mostly paleo for 4-5 years now. I'll never go back. Although it runs in my family, I've only struggled with eczema ever since having PUPPS with our daughter during pregnancy. It's a horrible itchy rash. I was able to help it with some liver-supporting supplements and other things. Then I developed a really bad eczema patch on both inner thighs about 6-7 months pp. Open skin, horrific itching, etc. That finally cleared up with some stress/lifestyle modifications and more/different supplements to support my thyroid and liver. A year or so later in the clear (for eczema, as long as I apply frankincense and other oils daily and eat gluten/dairy free), I wanted to do another W30 to start off my next expected pregnancy on the right foot. Two days after I ovulated, (and yes, got pregnant, eee!) a small patch of eczema showed up on my neck. The next 10 days it got worse and worse to where it was an open, oozing wound, seeming infected. I managed to get it under control a little and pinpointed that almonds/almond butter and bacon brings out the red, puffy, itchiness. Anyway, I'm almost done with the January whole 30. 2 weeks pregnant. My question is this, given my history, should I try to keep going until it clears? I'm really struggling this time around with giving up my swypo and missing out on many social situations because of needing to bring food, etc. I'm also worried that it won't clear.. and I won't be able to keep going as I head into nausea/morning sickness/food aversions in the next couple weeks. So I could keep going, but my attitude towards the program is poor right now because despite several NSV, it has made my eczema flare up horribly this and last time I did the W30. Pics are the first time I noticed it (day 15/16), 2 days later, and then about a week later. It has calmed since then a little. Thoughts please!
  7. Hi! I am starting day 14 a bit frustrated. I subscribed to the Real Plans meal plan, because I'm mostly pescatarian and I knew that I wouldn't be able to stomach all the meat in the "average" whole 30 recipes. I've followed the meal plan almost exactly, except that time has required me to sub in meals of chopped raw vegetables and boiled eggs 3 times. (I don't love the plan, btw, but that's another topic). I have felt normal/fine the entire time. Diet hasn't been tricky because I'm used to cooking all of my meals and, despite my holiday behavior, I generally eat food that makes me feel good which sometimes means restrictions on what I'd enjoy eating. My workouts have been basically the same as always, except for a bit of joint pain the past couple days that I'm not used to. I started this to reset myself after an overindulgent holiday season and more importantly to try to get to the bottom of my eczema/psoriasis. I was born with it, but went roughly 20 years without having it. For the past 3+ years I have periods of it being severe on my hands. I thought the winter would be a good time to try Whole30 to get rid of it, because it's generally not as bad in the cold weather months, and I knew that a flare-up could occur during the early "detox" phase. I've tried AIP, Paleo, Vegan and Keto diets (I think that's all of them) in the past to get rid of this and none of them have done the trick. So here's where I am: Eczema on hands is roughly 20% worse than it would normally be in January I have not-terrible eczema on parts of my body that haven't been affected for years (scalp, behind knees, face) Lots of energy (but this is normal for me on my usual diet, just kinda got sluggish over the cookie-laden holidays) LOTS of weight gain. Like a lot. Like my period pants are tight. This concerns me, because it's hard for me to lose weight, so I normally just don't gain it through basic, sane, diverse, thoughtful eating and exercise. No real appetite or cravings. Normal for me when I'm not eating processed sugar. My digestion, which is normally great (I eat fermented vegetables daily), was a bit off from days 5-8 but is back to normal. I'm kind of at the point where I feel like this probably isn't for me, but I'm willing to hold out until day 30. I am starting to get a little stressed because I have an important conference a week after Day 30 and I would really prefer not to have a muffin top pouring out of my pants and skin flaking all over people while I'm there. I'm guessing the people in my situation have moved on to greener pastures and aren't lurking in these forums, but if anyone here has had a similar experience and made it through, I'd love to know about it. Thank you for any help you can offer.
  8. I finished my first Whole30 a couple days ago. My background - I am a 50ish year old 5'4" woman who had my children in my 40s. I work out/run regularly and already ate gluten free and almost never ate processed foods nor sweets. I don't drink milk or use artificial sweeteners and already like my coffee black so Whole30 was not a terribly hard leap. My indulgences that I had to give up for the month were wine, cheese, and gluten-free snacking on eliminated foods like hummus and rice crackers, or corn tortilla chips. And of course the overeating that comes with mindlessly nibbling on the kids' food as I prepare it or clean up. Post children and hitting menopause had contributed to my gaining some weight. I started the Whole30 at 140lbs but my "perfect" pre-children weight was 120-125. I also have had some inflammatory issues and eczema and just generally felt run down. I decided to do the Whole30 to force myself to give up wine for a month so my "diet" to lose weight would be healthier and also to test the elimination of food triggers that might be causing me to not feel my best. It turned out to be painless to adhere to the Whole30 as long as I cooked at home since it wasn't that different than how I ate before (except for that wine and cheese and mindless snacking)! I pretty much avoided restaurants for the month since the few times I ordered out on the Whole30, the food and experience was not nearly as good as what I could make at home. On the Whole30, I noticed an immediate improvement with inflammation and my eczema went away. I had energy and a good mood the whole time. Feeling better allowed my runs to get longer as I trained for a half marathon, which also probably contributed to my losing weight. I was very happy to lose 11 lbs in 30 days. Although I would note that I never introduced things like Whole30 compliant bacon because I usually wouldn't eat those things in the first place, so my Whole30 diet was mostly wholesome - eggs, chicken, pork, seafood, tons of roasted veggies, kale, big salads, and lots of good fats like avocados, olive oil, small amounts of nuts, and a few bananas but not much fruit otherwise. I found that subbing out things like a vinegar pepper hot sauce for sriracha, and coconut aminos for tamari were easy fixes that I plan to mostly stick with at home going forward. I look forward to a mindful reintroduction of foods so I can continue to lose weight and figure out what foods I should avoid or limit in the future!
  9. I was in a bad place when I started the Whole 30. It was 8 months after giving birth to my second child. I was still 22 lbs overweight despite working out several times a week and choosing “healthy” foods (not much meat, lots of grains and beans). I ate zero packaged junk food, but I had delicious high quality pastries a couple times a week and thought nothing of it. Oh, and I regularly had 2-3 glasses of wine per night just to “wind down.” My childhood asthma had returned. My skin was on a hormonal rollercoaster; besides breakouts I had eczema and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin bumps on back of my arms). I was always hungry and always eating. I tried calorie counting. I tried Weight Watchers when the calorie counting got demoralizing. I tried weighing all my food when WW didn’t work. All that micromanaging sucked the joy out of living, and I still couldn’t lose the weight. My mantra was that I deserved that pastry/glass of wine/bowl of tortilla chips because I had been “so good” all day. I’d pile on the calories after the kids were in bed. But then I simply turned a corner, and decided that I deserved to feel healthy, to feel like I did before my pregnancy. Heck, why not feel even better than that? So I decided to give W30 a try. What did I have to lose? Which begs the question, 30 days later, what did I lose? As it turns out I lost ZERO pounds. 30 days of total compliance, and I weigh exactly the same. Yep, I’m one of those. (At this moment in time, while nursing, anyway.) I gave myself an hour or so to feel really down about it. But then I took at the NSVs I drafted yesterday before I weighed in. I weigh the same, but I’m not the same. I GAINED: - the ability to breathe freely without asthma. This is truly priceless. I have not touched my inhalers in one month. - a peaceful relationship with food. I’m not battling it any longer. I know what makes me feel good. And once I finish the reintros I’ll know what doesn’t! - knowledge and acceptance. I know my body is holding on to this weight because it needs it for nursing. Sure, I can tweak things here or there, but by and large I’ve proved to myself that it just doesn’t want to let go of it right now. I’m going to have to be patient. I am ready to stop nursing for a variety of reasons, but it may take a while for my hormones to catch up. So, what next? I’m going to do reintroductions to see which food group(s) were exacerbating the asthma. I'll have the occasional glass of wine over the next week or so (we’re traveling). I also had bloodwork done on Day 25. In two weeks I will meet with my chiropractor who has nutritional training to review that. Perhaps there are hormonal factors at play that can be worked on. Once I know the bloodwork results, I’ll decide whether to jump into another Whole30. For now, I will stay compliant while at home, avoid whatever it is that’s causing the asthma even when out, and have the occasional glass of wine. But mostly, I am going to enjoy the calm Whole30 has brought to my life and give my body some grace. Read on for details if you’d like. As always, I’m open to any feedback on how to move forward. These forums were an amazing resource through the whole process. NSVs: - Asthma GONE without the use of steroid inhalers - Skin clearer - Nails growing like crazy - Eczema gone - Keratosis pilaris (chicken skin on arms) drastically reduced - On the rare occasions where my alarm goes off before the kids are up, I only press snooze once instead of three or four times - I can see my waist again! hallelujah! - Clothes fit better and I can get into some I couldn’t a month ago - Even energy all day long - More time between meals means more efficient work - Free from cravings. I no longer struggle with food choices. - Not tempted to eat after dinner - I don’t “need” wine to relax anymore - I don’t need to weigh myself every day as I used to What went well: - I rocked it with the homemade condiments: mayo, ketchup, ranch dip and Nom Nom Paleo’s “magic mushroom” seasoning were my favorites - Egg bakes saved my bacon for breakfast - such a time saver, and great to start the day without having to “think” about the meal - Kombucha was the perfect treat instead of wine/beer/cocktails - I made it through Easter with flying colors - I cooked many compliant meals for my extended family (we’re talking large groups of 12-20 people, and they all loved them) - I did NOT evangelize to my family, which is something I’d done in the past, but tried to set a quiet example What could have gone better: - I ate more frequently and had more fruit and potatoes than necessary in the beginning. I was still breastfeeding heavily then (I’m down to one nursing session a day now), so I was nervous about my supply and likely overdid it. All compliant, so no harm done, but once I got down to 3 (large, by my previous standards) meals per day, which was about two weeks in, I felt much better. - Some days I ate 1/2 an avocado at every meal. Maybe I need to dial that back to 1/3. - Still having some skin breakouts but then again I’m in a transitional place hormonally as I slowly stop breastfeeding - Sleep is not a long or solid as I would like, mostly due to kids waking me up - if fact, SLEEP could be the largest factor in the weight hanging on. - I need to drink more water. 62 oz/day isn’t cutting it. What I’ll do in the future, to keep doing better: - Make fruit and potatoes a once a day thing, not an every meal thing - Aim to be in bed by 8 and asleep by 9 - Read for 1hr before bed instead of watching tv - Dial coffee back to one cup per day, replace second cup with matcha - Aim to drink 3 32-oz bottle of water/day - Keep working with my preschooler on not waking us at night when he goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night. He can do it, but it helps when we prep him by talking about it before bedtime. - Let my husband take over the 5:30 feedings when he is home so I can sleep longer - Take measurements to track inches lost, not just weight - Stay on whole 30 at home. I rarely eat out (maybe once a week) so that would be a pretty complaint lifestyle, and I find it easy to do at home. - I won’t go back to having stevia in my coffee. That was the hardest thing to give up, and I think it was triggering a cycle of sugar cravings. In fact I may even give up my almond milk. I think I’m ready to enjoy coffee black, and I like the simplicity of that.
  10. I got ezcema for the first time ever since I got pregnant 3 months ago... It has steadily gotten worse, so I thought I'd try whole30 to see if it helps. I'm on day 4 and my arms and hands are really bad. Detox?? My diet hasn't changed that much. Besides no sugar and dairy.
  11. My husband Jonathan and I are on day 27 of our first Whole30. He has had what was today diagnosed as eczema for 2.5 weeks. We thought it was hives and an allergy, so he stopped eating eggs and nuts 5 days ago (we've been eating a lot of these). He saw an allergist yesterday who said it was not hives since the patches stay for a long time. He was thinking fungal infection or eczema and prescribed a steroid to try on one part of the body and an anti-fungal on another to see which one worked. He did a skin test for food and nothing showed. Jonathan went to see a dermatologist for a second opinion and she was leaning more towards eczema. He's never had it before, though his mom has it. It seems unlikely that the outbreak would be unrelated to the diet (though it is possible). What should we do? Should we stay on the Whole30 and eliminate foods one by one that might be problematic? Do we add foods back in?
  12. One of the main reasons I started the Whole30 was to figure out what was causing the eczema on my torso and back, but for the most part, the rashes are still there. I've seen a lot of people report healthy, glowing skin halfway through their Whole30, but—while my skin was never really in bad shape to begin with (except for the eczema)—I don't think it's really improved at all. In addition, I'm still having trouble dragging myself out of bed in the mornings, and I haven't been able to shake the 3:00pm fog at work. For reference, a typical day looks something like this: Breakfast: Two egg frittata muffin thingies with salt, pepper, paprika, onion, spinach, mushrooms and roasted red peppers; one banana; a mug of green tea. Lunch: Chicken tikka masala (made with crushed tomatoes, coconut milk, spices and veggies); cauliflower rice. Dinner: Spaghetti squash and meat (ground beef) sauce with carrots, peppers and spinach. I should note that—as far as I know—I haven't had a single slip. However, I have had to eat out a couple of times this month, and I'm paranoid that although I made sure to ask all the right questions, I may have been given the wrong information and there may have been something in my food that shouldn't have been there. I don't know this for sure, though. Additionally, a couple of weeks ago I started taking digestive enzymes with every meal, and I've started trying to incorporate a teaspoon or two of Bubbie's sauerkraut every day. I should probably also be drinking more water than I am. Does anyone else with skin issues/grogginess issues—or anyone at all—have any input as to what could be the culprit?
  13. Hi all! I'm Karen, and this is my fifth day on Whole30. I am 56 years old, terribly overweight, battling chronic health problems, and setting myself up for more. I have thoroughly enjoyed my food and Diet Coke addictions, thank you, but I know I have to put them behind me and change my way of living, if I have any hope of a full and healthy life. I learned about Whole30 from a friend, and it just made so much sense. So far, so good! I started tapering off the Diet Coke a few days early, and that helped the adjustment. The caffeine withdrawal headaches are pretty much gone (though I still crave it like crazy), and the only withdrawal symptom I'm having right now is fatigue. Feeling weak. I've been very strict with the rules, and plan to continue with that. Though I'm joining this forum a bit late, I look forward to benefiting from the other members' wisdom and experience. My first goal is to reset my psychological relationship (addiction) with food. I have seriously considered gastric bypass surgery, but decided against it because of the rigid diet I would have to follow for the rest of my life. Why would I be able to follow such a strict regimen for the rest of my life, when I can't stay on Weight Watchers for more than a couple of months? My obesity is just a symptom, and I need to get at the underlying causes. I also hope to alleviate some other health problems, both mental and physical. These include depression, ADD, eczema, chronic inflammation, swelling and pain in my joints and muscles, blood sugar fluctuations (pre-diabetic), overwhelming fatigue, being very slow to heal, and other fun indignities which shall remain under the category of TMI (too much information). I'm very pleased that I'm doing so well so far, as self-discipline has never been my strong suit. And I'm not hungry at all! Not even cranky! (Yet.) Getting to Day 30, even if I were to have no other benefits, would prove to myself that I am in control of what I put in my mouth. Wish me luck!
  14. Any insight on how long it normally takes for eczema to clear up on Whole30? I'm on Day 14 of the program and Day 8 of the program sans eggs (turns out my childhood allergy to eggs is still around, alas) For awhile it seemed to get worse and now I think it's leveled out again and might be getting better, though I don't want to get my hopes up. I've heard that skin conditions are usually the last thing to sort themselves out when the body starts recovering from inflammatory sources. Is that true? Any eczema/skin condition thoughts related to Whole30 would be greatly appreciated!
  15. Hello everyone, I've just started whole 30 yesterday and I chose to do Low Histamine with eggs and nightshades free version to combat my allergies and eczema specifically. Is anyone else doing it as well? Its much harder than just the normal whole 30 for me, as it really does restrict every single thing that I'm so used to eating right when I wake up. Yesterday I almost walked into an ice cream shop, then realised I am not allowed to, which was really funny. So far feeling really tired! I am about to pass out on my laptop while writing this and its only 1pm Anyway good luck to everyone and please let me know if anyone else has done or is doing the same as me! Temi
  16. sahara64

    June 1, 2015 Start Date

    Hi, I'm Lisa.....and I'm miserable. I looked at Whole30 a while ago...and when i saw no gluten and no sugar? Well....I thought "I can't do that" and I kept on keeping on. Then...my mild dry itchy patches of skin became aggravated...then blistered and sooo itchy. One small patch on my arm morphed into more patches on my neck, my face....finally in my ears! Miserable...i went to the doctor. I've been to the doctor for help with inability to lose weight...excessive periods....anxiety...asthma....diverticulitis... I always hear "Lose weight". I tried. I went to Weight Watchers. I tried Jenny Craig. I did a medically supervised fast. I'd lose about 20 pounds....and it would stop. For weeks, no loss or it would start coming back. They said I wasn't trying hard enough. They had no idea how hard I tried. i gave up on losing weight. I'm now 51-years-old, 5 feet tall and weigh my highest ever - 255. i figured I'd just be fat. i couldn't bear trying any more. Then...the skin thing got worse. A lot worse. My arms, my face, my neck....I look like I have some horrible disease - people stare sometimes and it's embarrassing. I went to a dermatologist who biopsied it and said "you have dermatitis - use this steroid ointment, $200 please". I asked what was causing this...."oh...you have really dry skin". I said, well, I've noticed when I give up gluten, it gets better. "oh, well, you had skin testing done, you aren't allergic to any foods..." and that was the end of her interest. I quit gluten and eggs earlier in the month - and things did start to improve dramatically. I could wear makeup again! I wasn't scrathing constantly. Then last week, a trip across the country and I ate what I wanted for four days. A week later...I'm rashed out like crazy, clawing at my skin in my sleep....and miserable. I never thought I could have my coffee black (french vanilla creamer addict) and no sugar...at all? Not happening. Well...it's happening. i can't live like this any more. So...I'm doing it. June 1. I'm sorta terrified to be honest, but I'm doing it!
  17. Hi, I've done the whole30 two times before and was happy with how I felt. My eating habits have gone the wrong way since but for some reason I have suddenly developed a pretty bad case of eczema in my neck and creeping up in my face, which totally freaks me out. I have hayfever as well but I haven't had eczema for 30 years. It just suddenly came back. I remember 30 years ago it also crept up to my face which got me in a panic and I resorted to very clean eating. It disappeared within two weeks and never came back until now. Needless to say I cleaned up my food intake straight away but not sure if it is going to be as easy this time around. It feels bad. I've been reading a few reports on the forum as to the eczema, but I am wondering if anyone has good experience with this kind of eczema disappearing on the whole30? I so hope it will as I fear I won't be able to get out of the house if this continues (it looks terrible, even though I avoid scratching as much as I can) I hope someone can give me some positive news.... Kind of desperate! Simone
  18. I finished my W30 AIP last week (2nd March); while I was on it my eczema pretty much cleared up. I still had itchy skin but most of the redness disappeared from my arms & face. I started with my reintroductions and it has all gone horribly wrong already; I need some advice on how to continue. I started off with reintroducing dairy, only a small amount of steamed milk in my morning coffee. I don't ever drink milk straight up and I haven't felt like eating cheese or any other dairy product yet. There was no real difference in my skin so yesterday I ate eggs, my eczema has flared up so badly I have it in places I have never had it before like my back and neck. I itch like mad and am generally very unhappy with it. I've done some reading around the forum and have read that for some people dairy reactions can take up to a couple of weeks to manifest as eczema. So now I have no idea if it was a delayed reaction to the small amount of milk or an almost immediate reaction to the eggs. How can I figure this out? Do I have to go back on AIP till my skin clears up again then do a slower reintroduction? Any advice is greatly appreciated before I scratch myself into oblivion.
  19. mellalee

    Day 1 = March 21

    Hi Everyone! I've read the book and will be starting my Whole30 today. The change of season from winter to spring felt like the perfect time to start! I'm looking forward to having a better relationship with food and better health over all. Specifically, I have eczema and this winter has been particularly tough for my skin... I can't wait to see how these next 30 days will effect my skin for the better. I love cooking and am looking forward to trying some new whole30 recipes. I am also starting the book "Cooked" by Michael Pollan today... which I think will help me keep me in the right frame of mind while starting the program. Looking forward to connecting with some of you over these 30 days!
  20. honeyyyyy

    Skin Issues

    Hello all! Writing to you with some serious frustration... I started my Whole30 Journey on January 1, 2015. It has been amazing. I feel great and look even better (Seriously, I lost 20 pounds! Woot woot!). But... I'm mad because I've never had skin issues in the past and now, I AM! UGH! My husband and I cheated on SuperBowl Sunday (GO HAWKS!) and ate corn chips, gluten free pizza, mozerella, and salami and pepperoni. We also had a small bit of chocolate. Well, on February 2, I went right back to Whole30... but noticed that I had a singular little itchy spot (eczema looking) forming on the upper portion of my left thigh. I didn't think much of it until later on mid-February the one spot got worse and it now spread from just my upper left thigh to mid back and dispersed randomly over my trunk/core. I have to admit that I have slipped a few times in Febuary but relatively for the most part ate Whole30. I'm frustrated because I don't know if this is food related (reintroduction?) or maybe I'm eating in excess of something I wasn't before (almond butter?). If I could count the number of spots I have now, I'd say there's 30 plus. Look like eczema, itch, and won't go away with hydrocortisone or essential oils. I'm back to strict Whole30 to see if this is food related... But wanted to see what you guys thought? Anyone else ever experienced anything like this? Thank you in advance! <3 -Honey
  21. I'd like to get some feedback on this. Here's my story. About a year ago (around this time) I started getting some little bumps on one finger of each hand. They were itchy, they would come and go, occasionally they were significantly worse, and then they'd clear up, but they never fully disappeared. By the end of 2014 they'd spread a bit more to other fingers and across a few knuckles. I have not been to a doctor, but after doing the research (and talking to my mom who had hand eczema for most of her life after a run in with cleaning chemicals) I'm guessing I likely have hand eczema. (I'm an artist, and I've worked with many toxic chemicals in the past...perhaps that was one of my triggers). Anyway, jump forward to January 2015, I did my second whole30 and extended it to a whole45. While I saw wonderful results in most other areas of my health, life, and well being, my hands got progressively worse. I thought maybe it would get worse before it got better, but after 45 days of no cheats it was significantly worse than it's ever been. I had a family celebration on day 45, so I had a few cheats, hated the food hangover I felt the next day, and jumped right back on the whole30 train. I'm currently happy to continue this way of eating and really start to trouble shoot this increasing hand eczema. I've looked into some of the food culprits, especially eggs and night shades. I recently took eggs completely off my plate for a week but saw no difference in my hands, so I've added them back in. Do you think a week was long enough to determine any sensitivity to them? My next question is night shades...I absolutely love spicy food (and growing up in New Mexico, I've eaten it regularly throughout my life). However, when it comes to the rest of the night shades, I've really never been a big fan of most of them. So before and throughout my whole30 I really consume very little of them. Here and there I add some chilies or peppers to the dishes I cook, but otherwise I'm not eating a significantly large or regular amount of them. Do you think it's still worth while to cut them out completely? I do eat a fair amount of coconut (oil, flakes, butter, milk) and I've heard some people have intolerances to coconut. Is it specifically related to the guar gum, etc added to most canned coconut milk? Or would I benefit from taking it off my plate all together in every form? (I did consume coconut in all its forms before my whole30, but not as regularly as I do now). Are there any other suggestions or recommendations? I believe fully in the whole30 and have loved everything about it and how I feel, but I can't help but feel disheartened that my hands have gotten significantly worse as the rest of my health has improved so much. Perhaps I am being impatient and simply need to give this way of eating more time? Your help and suggestions are much appreciated! Ashley
  22. Hello folks, I really hope this doesn't sound like a moaning post, because it's not - I'm just trying to get some answers. To give you a quick(ish) background, I was diagnosed with Endometriois, Lipoedema and Thyrotoxicosis (all autoimmune diseases) in my early twenties. The Hyperthyroidism (Graves Disease) was horrendous, and I ended up having Neutropenia as well. After 5 bouts of thyrotixic episodes they told me I would either have to have my thyroid removed or I would have to destroy it through radiation. I didn't want either option but didn't have a choice, so I went for what I felt was the lesser of two evils and chose the radiation. My rationale was that there was a slim chance that a small amount of the thyroid would survive and would therefore be able to produce all the necessary hormones on its own. Unfortunately I was not so lucky so I now have Radioiodine induced Hypothyroidism for which I take a daily dose of thyroxine and have done so for the last five years. The more 'minor', but still troubling issues I have are psoriasis on my scalp, exercise induced asthma, mild eczema, IBS, as well as excessive chest/throat infections (5+ a year) and constant lethargy and exhaustion. I've had a binge eating disorder for most of my adult life and have abused my body by flipping between binging on every carb in sight followed by a rigid and extreme diets (juice fasting, veganism, raw veganism - you get the idea). As a result my weight has yo-yoed wildly up and down to the point where I have gained and lost 100lbs+ over and over again. Anyway in August last year I started yet another fad diet (called Lighterlife in the UK) which is an extremely low carb and low calorie diet that is a 100% meal replacement - yes, you don't eat any food. Healthy huh??? Anyway I lost 5st (70lbs) between August and the end of December but although I was loosing weight my health started to get worse and worse (nausea, vomiting, constipation - it was delightful.) I decided to stop the diet because even though I was loosing weight I was so sick, and I also started to eat meat again after being a vegetarian for the previous 7 years! I had gone veggie believing it was better for my health, but have never been more sickly, so figured that maybe I needed meat to be healthy again. Anyway after the fourth visit to my doctor in as many weeks, she diagnosed me with gluten and lactose intolerance. BEST THING EVER! I have been 100% gluten and lactose free from 15 January this year, and have been 95% Whole30 since. I started on the autoimmune protocol (no nightshades, eggs, tomatoes etc.) which I followed for the first 50 days or so and then slowly reintroduced eggs, tomatoes etc. As I said I am mostly Whole30 all the time, with the rare exception of a small glass of bubbly at a wedding, some dark 85% chocolate on occasion. It is difficult as I still suffer with my eating disorder so this is very typical of my 'restrictive' phase of my binge cycle. However, because I am eating low carb, and no sugar my cravings and compulsions seem to have almost gone. Many of my symptoms are hugely improved. No more vomitting or nausea. No more IBS (or very minimal discomfort), better quality sleep, better skin. I couldn't change this way of eating even if I wanted to as I feel so much more human, I wouldn't want to go back to feeling how I was before. However after 14 weeks of eating whole, fresh foods I am still struggling with the following; Lethargy/exhaustion - although I am feeling more rested and have made a real effort to get at least 7-8hrs sleep every night I am still feeling low on energy. I long to feel full of vitality but this hasn't happened yet. I must also add though that I am not getting out and moving my body much. Partly a combination of the exhaustion and some old sports injuries (knee, ankle and back), plus when I did kettlebell training recently it left me depleted for the full week following. I'm not quite sure what to do about this. Psoriasis - it has hugely improved, it is not as red or angry or anyway near as painful, but it has also not gone. Weight loss - I am still loosing but it has slowed down to a crawl, from about 14lbs per month (pre W30) to only 14lbs in the last four months since starting W30. I am not eating any starchy tubers or fruits, and very low carb with good quality grass fed meats and organic veg, nuts, coconut milk and oil. Whilst my focus has totally changed from being about weight loss to becoming healthy, loosing weight is part of that equation as I probably still have somewhere in the region of 40-50lbs to loose. Sore throats - whilst I have only had one throat/chest infection since I started this which is a big improvement for me, I often have a consistent although low-grade sore throat. I do take thyroxine and sertraline (anti depressant) along with vitamins (magnesium, cod liver oil, probiotics and glucosamine). It's hard to know if the vitamins make any difference as I started them at the same time as starting W30. If you managed to read through this whole post, well done!! Sorry that wasn't exactly quick or quick(ish)!! Anyway, any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks CaveGirl
  23. I've been going over the forums this week and couldn't find anything similar and wasn't sure where to post my issues(s), so I hope this is appropriate here. I'm on day 30, but would like to go over what began day 28. I'm baffled by this as I've not had an allergic reaction (if that's what this is) or condition like this in my life. Day 28 I woke up with tiny bumps all over my face that felt like snake skin, but oily. It was not noticeable, but you could feel it. Day 29 I woke up and it had spread to my neck, ears and into my scalp behind my ears with a bit of an itchy feeling-still unnnoticeable until you touched my skin. Day 30 (today) I woke up and it's red, very itchy and noticeable on my face, ears, neck and some of my scalp. Nothing in my diet changed, I haven't added anything new to my daily routine. I'm applying Benadryl lotion to hopefully help. Nothing like this has ever happened to me. The worst I had was mosquito bites that swell-and it wouldn't be every time-quite large in the last 3 years. I haven't been out much to test what happens yet since doing Whole30. I started to see an improvement in my skin tone day 23 and started feeling pretty good overall. With this rash, allergic reaction, eczema, whatever it is, my eyelids and face seem puffy/bloated. I first passed it off as part of my seasonal allergies (which I only started suffering from 3 years ago as well and was part of why I decided to try Whole30). That is one area Whole30 has not seemed to help. It's been the worst year for my allergies and over half the Whole30 30 days were negatively impacted by those symptoms. Anyone else experience this or have an idea what it could be? I don't know if the Benadryl treatment is helping since I just started today. I'm hopeful that it will aid and rid of whatever this is. I would really like any suggestions what could be causing this so I can avoid it in the future. Also, I get the impression I should stick with Whole30 100% a bit longer to perhaps see more results with my skin and allergies since the benefits have been a bit delayed or small. Would you agree?
  24. Hi all, I am on Day 20 of my first Whole30 and it was going well. I've struggled with minor acne throughout my entire adult life (it was more than minor as a teen!). Around Day 9, I noticed significant improvement and my skin was the clearest it's been in years! But just 2 days ago or so, I started developing these itchy tiny clear blisters on two fingers. A quick online search suggests eczema. It looks like the very top picture in this article. I can feel them developing on my forehead too (they are itchy!!). I'm also developing (what I think is) a cold sore on my lip. WHAT IS HAPPENING?! I'm familiar with acne, but this is entirely new! Why would this be happening? As far as I can tell, it could be triggered by stress or allergens. I'm currently washing EVERYTHING in the house to see if that helps. I can't have clusters of blisters on my forehead. I'm also a runner (have been for almost 10 years now) and I totally tanked in a 5k this morning, despite fueling well as far as I could tell. I'm getting really frustrated and want to quit. There have been a lot of benefits reaped in the last 3 weeks, including reduced GI distress, less bloating, and the appearance of abs! I want to keep that going. Can someone please help?
  25. mtnstobeach

    Day 15 & liver pain

    Hi folks, I started Whole30 15 days ago as a last-ditch effort to improve my health before starting the process to having weight loss surgery. I'm a Type 2 diabetic with a long history of inflammation problems (which has been "treated" on and off for years with steriod meds, which is actually what resulted in me being diabetic). I dont want to have surgery and really feel like I can better my health and beat diabetes without it. After a few nasty days at the start, things have been going really well… I have more energy, my acne is gone and MOST importantly, my blood sugar is gradually going down. However, 2 days ago, the right side of my abdomen really started hurting. I say it's my liver because I've had this problem in the past, and thinking it was my galbladder, have been to the ER/doc several times, only for them to tell me my gallbladder is fine (have had ultrasounds,etc.). However, at another doc I found out (only by reading my records, not because the doc told me ) that I have significant fat in my liver. So putting 2 + 2, I figured THIS must be what the pain is that usually happens when I've been eating "bad." Its a constant dull ache - not a sharp or shooting pain. I've been researching what could be going on, and I'm totally confused -- some say the pain is because my liver is switching into fat burning mode (which doesn't seem to make sense), and some say its too much fat, and some say I need to eat more fat. I've been strictly following the plan, cooking every recipe in Well Fed, and recording everything I've been eating. Over the last two weeks my averages have been: Fat - 57% (Mono: 62% -- Sat.: 34% -- PUFA: 23%) Protein - 27% Carbs - 16% My fat has been in the form of coconut oil, evoo, nuts, avacados and meat. I went a little crazy on the Whole Foods olive bar on Saturday, and the pain started that night… wondering if that had something to do with it? Also to note, my eczema (which had ironically cleared up prior to me going on Whole30, when I was basically eating my weight in carbs) has come back all over my right arm. Please help -- it might just be the worst feeling when you feel like you're doing everything RIGHT and yet your body just won't cooperate.