I’m on Day 10 of the Elimination diet, eating raw kale and swiss chard (this isn’t quite as miserable as it sounds, as I like feeling virtuous from eating raw greens), and feeling quite discouraged as I have seen NO OVERALL IMPROVEMENT in my eczema.
My legs are scabbed and scratched. I can’t stop from itching at them at night. I have the same lovely torso and back rash that makes me thankful it isn’t bikini season yet. My arms still get itchy. All of this is the EXACT SAME as it was when I was happily eating gluten, corn, nuts, and other commonly allergenic niceties.
Does it normally take longer than 1-2 weeks to see improvement? Does this mean I am ‘intolerant’ to some other kind of food? Did I mistakenly eat something ‘bad’ for me? Should I start all over and ONLY eat chicken, brown rice, and kale? Should I give up? Is it something in my environment not under my control? Will I have a skin revelation in a few days if I wait it out and magically get better? Does no improvement mean that I am not intolerant to corn/soy/dairy/eggs/nuts/gluten/fish? So many unanswered questions.
Regardless, I refuse to believe that this is “something I just have to deal with”, especially when I had multiple years almost eczema-free. I am going to stay on the diet for another 4 days (so 2 weeks in total) and see what happens.