We received this email from Anna and had to share her inspiring story…
“Hi! I've been meaning to send this for awhile. I wanted to just stop and say thank you for saving my skin. I have had eczema since I was 12 and put on steroid cream from the start. No one ever told me to not use it every day, so for 11 years, I put that all over my face. I am 24 now and this is the first time since I was 12 that I DON'T need steroid cream. I am shocked. I did the FID strictly for 3 months and then went from there. I eat a lot of normal foods now and am starting to tolerate things better. I still have a few eczema spots but NOTHING like it was before. It’s been about 10 months. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! My face actually looks normal again.”
Anna is a beautiful, confident, and courageous eczema warrior who has healed her skin after a long 12 year battle with severe and chronic eczema.
When Anna’s eczema first appeared, she immediately started to use topical steroid creams, and it did the trick...for a few months. Once she started High School, her eczema became chronic.
"I was using topical steroids every single day. I was dependent on topical steroids. I couldn’t go more than 2 days without applying them. I actually had premature signs of glaucoma from using the steroids so much. I was under constant stress of how bad my skin looked. When I turned 23, the topical steroids stopped working. I went to the doctors and they wanted to prescribe me the highest dosage and that’s when I realized there had to be an alternative solution. After researching I stumbled on the Eczema Detox book and it SAVED my skin and is currently helping heal my body."
Anna did the FID program strictly for 3 months. At first, understandably, it was overwhelming but Anna was determined and committed.
"The same day my book came in the mail I went to the grocery store with the list printed out of what I could buy. I actually cried coming home from the grocery store because I thought I couldn’t eat anything. I was VERY wrong. I actually learned some amazing recipes from doing the FID and still cook them! Being constant was key and staying determined."
Stress is often the ‘inner beast’ for eczema sufferers, and Anna noticed her skin always became worse when stressed. To help combat this she regularly did meditation and yoga to calm her nervous system. This helped support Anna on her journey.
Since finishing FID Anna let us know that her 'face looks the best it ever has’ and is enjoying slowly incorporating a wider range of foods back into her diet without causing an eczema flare.
“I do eat a lot of more normal foods now. I still try to make some of them eczema friendly, but not nearly as strict. My body is able to tolerate a lot more. Doing the FID was the best thing I did for my skin and my body. I was able to reset my body and my diet. It’s been 10 months since doing the Eczema Detox and the eczema that has been on my face for almost 12 years is GONE. I haven’t gotten a flare-up in months. I still have some small patches on other areas of my body but they seem to be slowing healing."
We are so grateful to Anna for sharing her journey with us.
Much love (and happy skin)!
Article by nutritionist Bonnie, Copyright © The Healthy Skin Kitchen. Recipes for the FID program feature in Karen's new book The Healthy Skin Kitchen.