For whatever reason, I’ve suddenly been running into people who want to know how both my daughter and I cleared up our skin problems by simply watching what we eat.
This is actually a good time to revisit the issue because back-to-school week has many parents worrying about packing healthy kids’ snacks and lunches — especially when allergies are an issue. It also can’t hurt the rest of us to get that complexion under control for looking good during the upcoming fall/winter holiday party season!
As a lot of you know from my blabbing on this blog, I had horrible acne for most of my life. There was also a stint with allergy season rashiness and overall dry skin. Then came the post-divorce freak-out, when my neck and upper back erupted into thick, itchy blotches that took years to get rid of. My daughter Gabi had problems too. From infancy, she had a severe eczema that plagued her through toddlerhood.
Today, we both have quite nice skin. We never took a single antibiotic or prescription drug. Most of the credit goes to the our basic eating regimen: gluten-free, sugar-free, cow milk-free and soda-free. We also rarely have fruit. No red meat either (Gabi is vegetarian). But dark leafy greens are an important food group…I could go on and on.
The only thing I should add is that we didn’t find any quick fixes. Changing eating habits is a sloooooow, challenging process because we’re talkin’ lifestyle issues. But once we got into the flow of the new life, we’ve discovered that we are truly what we eat. :)
If you have any questions, comments or stories of your own, do tell! xo