In my first post in this series, Eliza Gets Real About Her Health, I explain that I am finally getting serious about my rosacea. The first step is to get a plan.
I need a plan, because I have made many attempts to get real about my rosacea, but all very hit and miss. “Oh, I think I will cut this food out” which lasts for a couple of day. Then “Oh, I think I will totally eliminate wine from my diet.” Ya right.
Obviously, that approach didn’t work, so I need a plan. Here is what I have so far.
Get Rid Of Those Mites
In my first post, I explained all about creepy crawlie microscopic demodex mites that proliferate on the skin of people with rosacea. My motto is Mites be gone! so this was the very first step in my plan.
This is what I discovered and have implemented:
- demodex mites love oily skin, so always always always wash my face before going to bed. Seems obvious, but admittedly there are nights when I am tired and skip that step. I am no longer skipping that step.
- change the bed linens frequently. Actually, I had this one already checked off. I religiously wash the sheets weekly.
- change the pillow case nightly. I have modified this by putting a fresh towel over my pillow each night.
- use camphor oil on infected areas twice a day. Camphor oil is a natural antibacterial AND is believed to kill demodex mites. I bought pure camphor oil and mix it with vegetable oil at the ratio of 1 drop of camphor to 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Educate Myself On Boosting Immune System
At the advice of my friend, Catherine, I purchased the book Meals That Heal Inflammation: Embrace Healthy Living and Eliminate Pain, One Meal at at Time by Julie Daniluk. Holy crumpets, am I learning a lot of really cool science! I have also learned that I have probably unwittingly been abusing my poor little body.
Which leads to ….
Start Eliminating Histamine Triggers
When the body thinks it is being attacked, it triggers histamine. This is a good thing for legitimate attacks. However, when foods I shouldn’t be eating due to sensitivities get into the blood stream, the attack is counterproductive, causing inflammation.
My plan is to slowly remove potential histamine triggers until I heal, then slowly introduce the foods back in to see if I really am sensitive to them or not. I have started with dairy, since I know I suffered greatly from milk consumption as a child. Seemed a reasonable place to start. Once I get further into the book, I will eliminate the foods that are listed there.
That is the plan to date.
The picture with this post is me prior to Getting Real. I had to psyche myself up to share it, but I felt it was really important to be raw and honest about this journey. I will share more pictures as I notice changes.
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In the comment section below, I would love to hear your answers to some or all of these questions:
- Do you have known food sensitivities or allergies? If so, are you diligent about avoiding those foods, or do you sneak a taste once in awhile?
- What approach works well for you when making health changes? Diving right in, or having a plan to follow?
- Do you find that understanding the science behind health helps motivate you?