What I eat to help Ease TSW Symptoms

blueberry fruit on gray container

Before I stopped using my steroid cream I was in the process of becoming a vegetarian to help my eczema. I had gone over a month without meat and dairy before the TSW started. I had also given up soda 2-3 months prior. I switched my soda for herbal tea and occasional sparkling water. Sometimes Propel to keep up with electrolytes. I also try to drink 2 liters (8-cups) of water a day. 

I gave up all forms of caffeine and I drastically reduced my sugar intake. I also gave up all forms of gluten, eggs, and milk products.

After experiencing the horrible effects on my face, I began looking for different alternatives to help my body heal itself faster. I stumbled upon a video on YouTube of a young woman who went raw vegan to help assist her body. This diet consists of select fruits and veggies that do not cause flare-ups and is uncooked. 

Through hours of research I decided to settle on the following foods:

  • Sweet potatoes (NOT yams, you cannot eat yams raw they can make you sick)
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Apples
  • Banana’s
  • Watermelon
  • Cantelope
  • Lemons (for lemon water)
  • Veggie straws for a snack
  • Oats

I am starting off this list pretty small. Having eczema can cause flare-ups with the simplest foods. I googled so much but it was only a little helpful, as many blog posts were contradicting. One blog said to eat things like broccoli and the others said broccoli would cause flare-ups. It was like this for every food I inquired about. 

Understanding everyone’s body reacts differently I devised my own meal plan to see if it helped reduce the horrible symptoms of TSW. So far the foods I have selected have been amazing in helping me not swell as bad. Food is medicine and fuel for our bodies, by researching foods that help promote healthy bacteria gut I was able to determine what foods I wanted in my diet. 

I do drink an organic plant-based protein shake to help keep up with my protein intake. I plan on getting a few vitamins to see if they can also help me along this painful journey. 

Some of the foods I noticed bothered my skin were:

  • Peanut butter
  • Fast food
  • Diary
  • Tofu
  • Salt
  • Any type of spice
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes
  • Seasoned Brussel sprouts
  • Soda
  • Coffee if I drink over 2 cups

This diet has mostly been a trial and error thing to see what works for me and what does not work for me. I’m also thinking about going on a water fast to see if I can help my body flush the toxins out faster. The body is an amazing healing machine if you let it do its job. 

The good thing is this helped me with the extra push I needed to become a healthier version of myself. While this is painful and I would rather not go through it, I know it won’t last forever and I am blooming into a new person. The bigger picture is worth much more than giving up. 

This is a scary and difficult time, so if you are experiencing this too, I wanted to let you know you are not alone. You can and will overcome this. You will learn so much about yourself along the way. I have so much to learn too. There will be good days and there will be awful days. Just keep going and you will get to the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Update: I have fallen off track for the past month and my flares have been horrible. I did add some meats back into my diet. I did what I thought was best by adding meat back here and there. I became very sick from lacking certain nutrients. So I eat chicken and fish sparingly. This has been one heck of a journey so far. I’m two years in as of June 2022.

Listen to your body and listen to your doctor. We are all different and our bodies react differently. If you have any helpful suggestions let me know in the comment section below.

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