I Gave Up Dairy A Month Ago: Here's What Happened
Y'all know by now that I love a quote or mantra. One of my all-time favorites is this:
Food is the fastest healer and the slowest killer.
The backstory: for 20+ years, I've had this random rash on my chest and the insides of my elbows. It would come and go - literally changing by the day. I just thought it was part of my fabulous style and charm and never overthought it. Until 4 months ago when the rash on my chest went wild - awful every day - and I started to get the rash on my back. Awesome. I went to the dermatologist and was put on a greasy cream to try to fix it. Didn't work. As someone who values good skincare, this was a bummer. I put up with the rash for months - thank goodness it was sweater season and I could cover it up.
Fast forward to a month ago: I kept reading and hearing about the effects of dairy on the body and decided to try taking dairy out of my diet for a week and see what happened.
2 days after eliminating dairy, my rash was almost completely gone. Chest, arms, back, everything. And it's been a little over a month and it hasn't come back. EXCEPT one day I forgot about the dairy thing and inhaled an awkward amount of froyo. Woke up the next day with a rash all over my neck. Wow.
Bonus: my overall body's inflammation went down. I didn't even realize I was inflamed until I took out dairy and almost overnight felt lighter and leaner.
Which brings me to today's nugget: treat your body like a testing ground. If something feels off - skin, headaches, energy, stomach, mood, you name it: take something out of your diet for a week or two and see what happens. Do your research and see what food(s) might be connected to your issue. You can always add them back in.
The top offenders:
There's also this really cool company that does testing for food sensitivities. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm planning on getting it and seeing what else my body is trying to tell me.