Yesterday I learned that I have to break up with one of my fave foods… almond butter 💔
For the past couple of years I’ve been dealing with perioral dermatitis – a facial rash that looks like acne and eczema and feels fiery & itchy. It flares up around my mouth and nose, and sometimes up towards my eyes.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many studies out there that have conclusive evidence as to the root cause, so I’ve been experimenting on my own. Certain products irritate the breakout like steroids and fluoride toothpaste, both of which I’ve since eliminated from my regime.
Since I’ve been on this particular healing journey, I’ve been on and off antibiotics, used several forms of topical treatments, completely switched up my skin and hair products, and experimented with diet. It’s a major reason why I’ve been eliminating and reintroducing coffee, and one reason why I don’t eat dairy regularly. Stress, anxiety, and certain wines (sad) have all shown to trigger my inflammation, too.
Yesterday I had a follow up appointment with my dermatologist. I explained that intuitively I feel that something in my diet and lifestyle is causing my breakouts. She said she’s been researching and came across a study linking almonds/almond butter to perioral dermatitis – I immediately jumped – with annoyance, sadness, and relief – because I’ve been thinking it’s the culprit, and having someone else say it out loud validated my gut feeling.
Now if you know anything about me I’m f*cking obsessed with almond butter. I literally have it every single day, which is why I’m not surprised that it may be causing my perioral dermatitis to breakout.
Intuitively, I’ve known this for quite some time. Sometimes I can literally feel my skin fire up and my gut blow up after I eat it. But I’ve had such an emotional relationship with it that I was in denial. I love the taste and texture of it and the health benefits of it. And since I’ve been eating primarily plant-based I’ve increased my serving sizes to what one may consider an unhealthy, addiction amount (yes, I’m not perfect).
But it’s time to respect my body.
If I want to heal, I need to respect that it’s sick of having almond butter everyday, in ridiculous amounts.
So today is day one with absolutely no nuts/nut butters for at least the next three weeks to allow my body to detox and heal. Then I’ll reintroduce a little bit and see if I notice a difference.
My lesson for you?
1. Listen to your body.
It tells you what it wants and doesn’t want. When you’re hungry, when you’re tired, when you’ve overeaten, when you’re stressed – the signs are there, but you have to pay attention.
2. Honor your body
Act on what it’s telling you. It’s one thing to have the self-awareness, but it’s another to act. My gut and body have been screaming ‘no more almond butter,’ but I didn’t care to listen, and instead I’ve spent hours and dollars on prescriptions to help fix it.
Love yourself enough to honor what your body is telling you.