A year ago, I would have told you I ate somewhat healthy. As a mother and teacher, I need to keep my energy up. I avoided sugar as much as possible whenever I needed to be “on” and I generally made good choices when eating out. I ate whole grains whenever possible but I favored a higher-protein diet. I knew about vitamins, but I just wasn’t disciplined enough to take them. Besides, my life was full of stress — chronic stress — for the 3 years prior, and really I was just keeping my head above the water and doing the best I could to be healthy.
Early in 2011, I developed itchy irritated skin on primarily my face and occasionally my scalp, back, and legs. No matter what I did, the itchiness persisted…in fact, it got worse as my stress reached an all time high during my unwanted divorce last year.
After much experimenting and eliminating foods from my diet, I’ve determined that soy, milk products, and stress exacerbate my skin issues. Now I’m on a quest to find balance with my diet, skin care products, and exercise, while building up my depleted immune system. Having success at this is quite a challenge and takes great discipline and self control! I’ve learned mostly from other websites, friends, reading numerous ingredients and happy accidents, and I hope to learn more from you. Let’s encourage each other in our daunting (yet possible) task of living a soy and milk-free life!
Update June 15, 2014: My skin problems are completely gone! It began with drastically cutting soy and milk products from my diet, and replacing the soy-filled makeup and skincare products with soy-free products. It helped tremendously that I reduced the stress in my life. While I still mostly avoid foods that contained soy and milk, I may have them in small amounts without any issue. I was never officially diagnosed with an “allergy” to these ingredients – but I definitely had a sensitivity to these foods because the physical reaction to these foods was instantaneous and debilitating. I don’t post as often because I feel great now. However, I’m keeping this blog active for all those starting a journey much like mine and need a little help. May you find wellness! ❤
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