It’s been a week since we started our eczema elimination diet. What it’s entailed is taking dairy and gluten out of our diet to see if it is indeed a trigger or irritant in my children’s eczema. I too have adopted this diet since my youngest is still breastfeeding. It’s only been a week, but I haven’t seen many positive changes. In fact, I’ve only experienced negative ones so far. Firstly, I am beyond fatigued. More than usual. Of course, it’s a season of life after having a child where you’re naturally tired due to sleep deprivation and life with young kids in general. But, it’s a feeling of lethargy that I can’t seem to shake, even with coffee and sleep – my usual energy boosters. I’ve even gotten in some exercise without much improvement on my energy levels.
My mood has also been negatively affected. I don’t know if it’s the gloomy weather lately (but let’s be honest, this has been the case all winter long), but I am just feeling down. My hormones have been sort of up and down (which does affect my mood) since giving birth 10 months ago, but I am really feeling, well honestly, empty this last few days. I actually haven’t been able to feel much, which is unlike me, because I feel all the feels pretty much all day long. Maybe it’s because my energy has been zapped, but I just don’t feel like myself.
Lastly, the worst part of all this is that not only am I feeling terrible, but my children’s eczema hasn’t been settling. In fact, my baby has experienced some redness around his cheeks the last few days. Upon reading further into potential food allergies that may cause eczema, Dr. Janice Joneja who wrote the book Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children has in her research found the food allergens that most frequently trigger eczema in babies and children are:
- Milk and milk products
Sigh. That’s a long list of food that we include in our diet. Eggs and peanuts especially. So I may consider doing a modification of our elimination diet to exclude these items too. I’ve realized it is harder to do an elimination diet with my older son since he is fed a hot lunch at preschool. The lunches are always peanut free, but anything else goes. I could pack a lunch for him instead, but did you read my current energy levels/mood above? Probably not going to happen. So, for now it will just be my baby and I on this
dreadful eczema elimination diet. If we have some success with it, then I will try it with my older son when he is off school for the summer. Have any of you experienced similar reactions when on a dairy and gluten free diet? I’d love to hear.