Our holistic Approach to Skin Healing June 16 2016
- covers our entire bodies + delimits what's 'inside' from what's 'outside'
- a protective layer that defines our vital space and allows our inner space to show through
- an extension of our inner sensitivity, our felt experience (ie: sensitive skin reflects a highly sensitive person)
- skin that perspires a lot evacuates the emotions that we hold back and need to release
- a disease that 'touches' my skin indicates that I am experiencing difficulty communicating with others
- eczema/psoriasis may form at the time of a separation or loss of a loved one - it may be manifested through lack of affection, tenderness and touch
- the quality of my relations with the outside world will be represented by the state of my skin
Our skin is a reflection of our inner worlds. When we get a 'flare up' on our skin, it is a warning sign to a deeper imbalance we're experiencing. Although we often find skin complications annoying or unappealing - it's beneficial to perceive them positively + as a warning sign, as they possess information that's often concealed in our deeper layers.
A food journal is essentially a record of all your meals and corresponding meal times. This will help correlate certain skin concerns with your dietary intolerances, as you'll start to notice the similarities between food consumption and skin flare-ups.
*feeling a bit tired after lunch
"Our skin specifically responds to elevated cortisol and the 'stress-response'. As a holistic practitioner, I consider this as a major potential contributing factor along with food (and hydration)." - Danielle Levy, RHN
An elimination diet consists of removing trigger foods from your diet slowly + mindfully, to see if your skin concern will start to clear up. A common list of trigger foods are: dairy, red meat, sugar, highly processed foods, yeast, gluten, and nuts. Once your skin concerns heal, you may slowly introduce these foods back into your diet in hopes of pinpointing a specific allergen. In most cases, people will not want to divert back to their once troublesome diet.
"When performing the elimination diet, it is important to continue keeping the Food Journal, to be documenting the changes that one notices. If deciding to get the help of a nutrition professional like myself, having this documentation is also incredibly helpful - as I can analyze the data further and help them along more affectively with the process.
For example, if a client does notice that dairy is inflammatory for them, I provide healthy whole-food replacements that they can begin using in their meals, so that they don't 'miss' the food or food group as much." - Danielle Levy, RHN