Eczema and allergies – our recovery story, part 1

My Dear Readers!

I have waited so long to write these words. And finally the day has arrived. Today, Maya my first born child is ECZEMA FREE. Permanently. Without medication. Only with diet, love and patience. Here is her story. The details of behaviors and signals from early age are for you to compare with your kids. Maybe someone of you out there will find something, that I was looking for years. This is a first part of the story from beginning to the point when we have found the solution. The second part is about Maya’s skin healed.

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Maya is born – 26Jan2006 – our life turns around in new direction

Maya was a child that was conceived 100% consciously. The pregnancy was planned and perfect. She was born almost naturally. Almost, means I pushed her out myself, but it wasn’t medication free. Things got quite complicated and I needed help. So at some point I had pretty much no choice and had to agree for epidural or I would go into a c-cection. Finally she came into this world. She was all right, just exhausted probably even more than me. Her face was swollen a bit, her eyes had bloody spots from squeezing in birth canal. But overall she looked good. She latched on breast perfectly and I soon had a lot of food for her.

We came back from hospital and then the real storm has started. She was a baby that did not want to sleep day and night, unless carried or put in a stroller. So that was what we did – we just carried her around and went for walks constantly. The biggest problem was at night – so we started to switch, to get some sleep. I also was unexperienced with babies, usual for a first time mother. So I did many things by the book. I did many things wrong way. I let her cry out sometimes when I was tired instead of just putting her on my breast or carry. I could have done many things different way. But I wanted all to be perfect. And it was so not perfect at all. After years I know what was a reason behind her restless nature. Not colics, not spoiling, not any of things that I did. It was digestive issues. Her body did not want certain foods I was eating, so it wasn’t nourished properly and responded in many ways I did not see. But I will talk about that later.


At the time I had no idea what was going on. Maya received a bunch of vaccine shots at birth in the hospital and many more during her first year of life. I also was pushed into taking a complex vaccines for her, that are even worse. I did not question vaccination at that time yet. I just wanted the best for her. But even out of best intentions we can always hurt somebody. The vaccines made her immune system even weaker and more responsive to all kinds of factors.

The time passed by. We learned her. She learned us. We got better. Her sleep improved. But she still cried a lot and slept really lightly. All looked better and better till one day, when she was about 4 months old and I noticed a tiny dry patch on her leg. It was getting bigger and bigger. Next month there were patches all over her body. On legs, arms and finally on cheeks. Her dry cheeks were becoming more dry and more red. I was using mild creams and moisturizes. It was helping just a bit, but no results at the end. I started question foods but not in the way I supposed to. I was feeding her really bad, but what little did I know?

 What Maya ate:

Till 6month old – just breast milk. I was eating standard diet, rather clean, but lots of proteins and fats, mostly processed foods. Salads too but oily and always with meat of cheese. When she was older she started to eat lots of cereals, milk products, breads, pastas, meats, eggs. Not many veggies (she did not like them), some fruits (she did not like most of the fruits). She was a good eater though. She loved apple pancakes, cheese sandwiches, meatballs, pasta. All the rest was quite a challenge to feed her with. She also ate a lot. And I guess overeating of unhealthy foods was making her condition worse. After she turned 1 year old her mild eczema condition within days exploded and almost entire skin was burning, red, dry and patchy. After few days of trying different ointments (cortisone) I went to hospital because I was so worried. They suspected some kind of allergy and I was instructed to give her goat milk instead of cows and observe if any fruits or veggies are causing the matter worse. I got for her some stronger medication (some sort of syrup, I wish I remember what was it) and after 2 days her skin was clear like never before. Few days later some tiny spots here and there showed up, but it did not return even close to what it was. And overall her skin was 99% clear. Months went by, we kept her on goat milk and I tried to give her more veggies. She looked fine. Life was good. The only thing she had always a bit of a red, dry cheeks and I observed a redness inside her arms. Typical places for the beginning of eczema in children.

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When Maya was almost 3 years old we got pregnant again and it was a baby boy! So we were really happy. Travis was born in the summer. He was a complete opposite to her. Sleeping a lot, very little crying, cuddly, happy boy. First three months were perfect. He was an amazing baby that I have always thought a baby would be like. His story will tell some other time. Back to her. It was January, really cold, really, I mean really cold. Travis was 6 months old and Maya just turned 4. I forgotten to mention that Maya was getting constantly sick since about 2.5 years old, since she went to preschool. I mean constantly – 1 week school, 1 week home and it cycled. All year long except summer. She also had runny nose all the time and it wasn’t clear but nasty.

maya 0.02 (1)Because I was very busy with work, I constantly was using some mild medication on her to get her quickly back to preschool. I hate myself sometimes that I was giving it to her instead of letting rest, sleep and get better. But this vicious cycle of getting sick seemed just too hard to accept all the time. Since both off them were getting sick so much and I just couldn’t bear it anymore, Kris have found some information about homeopathy and we went to the best doctor in the area. After the visit we got some homeopathic drops and within days both kids got cured from cold. No medication, no more coughs, no more problems. I was so happy! It was like a miracle!

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We do not have many pictures from that period that could show, mostly she covered her arms with long sleeves.

But it did not last very long. They did not get sick anymore, but Maya’s allergy has come back… Something that was put in a cage by medicine back few years ago have been just released. It started slowly, showing on her inner arms only. It got bigger later on, spreading up to her neck. I decided not to go back to conventional medications but to find some natural ways to fight this allergy, because that what I thought it was. After few months of herbal cleansing, some bioresonance therapy and sugar free/gluten free diet she got a lot better. The skin was almost clear, just a tiny bit on her arms, but not really visible. We were using creams and she was all right. Sometimes it would go away for a while and I thought it will be gone for good soon. We kept her diet still on standard menu but with some adjustments: no gluten, sugar, milk (yes finally no dairy!) and things like soy, nuts etc. We did some allergy tests and removed those things from her diet as well, some veggies and fruits like broccoli, bananas, kiwi, celery. There was slow progress for better. Both of them did not get sick anymore and we used homeopathy when needed. Life was running fast, things were changing, we had big plans for future. All was looking really great again.

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We noticed his regress. Travis became quiet, started to play alone and loved to be in the water or mud for long time just enjoying the time.

Until one day I found out I was pregnant with our third child. At the same time we started to be very suspicious about our 2.5 yo. boy Travis, who’s behaviors became a bit strange. After a while observing him we went to professionals and few months later we faced the diagnosis. Our little boy is autistic…

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This is just the beginning of a nightmare. Dry patches over eyes. Spots on her neck.

To make things even more dramatic couple weeks later I noticed a dry patch on Maya’s neck… I was very much concerned this time. The patch quickly grew bigger and bigger. We were scared and didn’t know what to do first. While dealing with new Travis’s situation I was desperately seeking help for her, since her condition was worsening day by day, very quickly this time. I started experimenting with diets and went for all allergy tests that I could find. We were looking deeper and deeper searching for a cause of it. We finally realized that there must be something wrong, that we have to find out to be able to help her. But I was still on the wrong path and going into opposite direction. I was however determined that I will do everything to cure my daughter and will not stop until I succeed.

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Maya’s skin was getting worse and worse. She soon started to look really sick.

I knew deep inside that if I want to help Maya I needed to search only for natural methods. No easy ways anymore. Meanwhile Maya’s condition was getting worse week by week. I did many different therapies and nothing was helping, at all. But we still continued with standard diet, a bit modified due to her “allergies” but she was eating meat, lots of oil, lots of starches, eggs etc. I had no idea that the diet was the main problem.

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That’s how inside of her arms looked like. This is actually a bit healed. When it was flared up really, she had wounds.
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Her skin was very scaly, every time it started to heal I thought it would just clear up after all that scale comes off. But it just made room for fresh flare up.

At this point Maya was on the edge. And I was too. One day she cried in my arms and she said ” Mommy, I don’t to live like this anymore”. I choked for a moment, and through the tears I told her that I will never stop and I will keep trying and searching until I find a cure, until her skin and body is healthy again. I said that promise and I deeply believed that I can keep it. It was a big promise however…

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She wasn’t even smiling these days..

It was a long way through a dark forest, I was walking blind and trying everything I could. Over and over and over again. It was failure after failure… I was really worried and people around me begun to question what I was doing. I felt alone and sad, lost and really really tired of this whole situation and constant struggle…

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Her skin turned yellowish and she started to drop her weight badly. She was thin, weak and rather sad.

Since Maya has started to look really sick, not only her skin, but her eyes got big brown circles under them, her skin turned a bit yellowish and she started to drop weight. I was really frightened if I am doing something really terrible to her. I did not wanted to ruin her life. And I think I was very very close.

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she was very skinny at this point and I was receiving many questions from her teachers, my friends and family if she is ok.

One day, it was just before Christmas, when I was doing another research and thinking, I stepped upon a very important informations and facts, about connections between food, nutrition and eczema and the pieces of the puzzle finally begun to match and make a lot of sense! It was the kind of EUREKA feeling!!!  All what I was doing since months came together now, starting from the moment when my youngest baby at 4 months old begun to develop eczema as well, even though he hasn’t been vaccinated like the other two. It was the first very important information, maybe even the most deciding one. After trying and testing it on myself, I hate prepared a final ECZEMA HEALING PLAN. I am describing the whole process in my eBook from the beginning till the end of our journey. I have discovered things that have been similar in all three of my kids even thought all three of them eczema case was different. I felt like I finally found the bottom cause. It was an amazing feeling of relief and happiness, that was real. It was like finding the most precius treasure, the secret of life, the answer to my prayers and askings. It came to me. I found it! I wanted to scream as loud as I could!
The journey was about to start and I got all prepared and ready. Motivated. Focused. I was about to conquer this monster that was “eating” my kids on the inside. We were all very excited and self confident in our plan. With a ton of enthusiasm we have begun our journey on the 1st of April of 2014. It was ecstatic!!! The energy level was 1000% Our house was filled with happiness and laughter, even though we still had the same eczema to deal with, we knew it’s days are coming to an end. And it was happening for REAL!!! Slowly but surely.

Every day I could see more energy in them and after a couple of weeks Maya’s skin became normal color again, no longer yellowish.  For the first time also I noticed she is not scratching so much right after each meal. Her skin still looked bad, but it looked like something has stopped a bit. I knew in my heart that I have found the right path and I just need to focus and stay on it long enough to see the results. I was fully happy for the first time in years. I knew I found a cause. It was a long way to go, but I started. I no longer search. I know now where I am going.

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How have we went from so bad to so good is going to be written in a part 2 of this blog

Second part is here: PART II

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  1. Viridiana Vasquez

    Hi, I have had eczema since I was 4 years old now I’m 28. My skin is like 50 times worst than your daughter’s was in 2011 I moved to Texas (I’m from Mexico) and a couple of months later the eczema was gone!!! I stopped taking medicine, using special creams and my skin was so pretty I even used to eat a lot of chocolate and cheese every day and my skin was ok, in Mexico I can not eat chocolate nor cheese because it makes my skin worst. I think I got better there because the air is very clean and is a dry state and I was also 24/7 on air accordion, every body use it there, my skin was very fresh never sweating, when I sweat it makes it worst!. I was so happy it was cured I finally rested but 2 years and a half ago migration canceled my visa and deported me to Mexico now Im not allow to go back to USA, 2 weeks after in Mexico the eczema was back I swear I wanted to kill myself because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life like this. I also spent some time in the UK I just came back from there I wanted to see if my skin was better there but no, the eczema was still there. Right now I’m just getting worst so Im trying this diet again, I did it a few years ago for a few months but didn’t helped me maybe if I try it longer this time will help me. And if you ever go to Texas (Dallas/FW) I’m sure your daughter will be more than fine.

  2. Lisa

    How can I get a copy of your book?

  3. admin

    Yes, the causes may change over time and place. So far the best skin Maya had back in Portugal. after we went back to Poland she got some eczema back from the foods on the plane from Spain to Poland and another one after arriving in Thailand, since the flight was over 35 hours we didn’t have enough food and the kids ate some foods on the plane, that were not perfect – some salads and juices. It got better again after few weeks, but right now, just since two weeks she has a bit of a flare up on her neck back again. We do not know what to connect it with. The only thing has changed is mango season and Maya is being eating a lot of it, but also they take baths in local tap water, that we put in the tub and maybe that affects her? I heard mangos are sprayed heavily in here, but it is hard to find out. I stopped buying them from the big fruit stands and just get them from people who grow their own trees in Phrao, local small gardeners. It looks like it is going down again. It is very frustrating, since I see nothing affects the boys and no matter what fruit they eat the skin stays perfect. I am afraid that it will take much longer for Maya to heal her gut from all these years she was an the wrong diet. Her body is been through a lot… Will let you know in few weeks how she does. I am pretty sure I will figure this out soon.
    Sun and climate has a lot to do with it as well as clean environment. I think back in Portugal the kids had the best and the cleanest air and dirt possible. It was a location in the mountains. Phrao however is known for clean nature, but entire Asia has some pollution from the burning that local tribes continue doing since years. I just hope that’s not the case. But something definitely affects her balance right now.

  4. Annika

    Dear Happy Family 🙂

    I have a question. As far as I know from youtube, you also live for quite a while already (or have lived) in Thailand. When I lived in LA I had zero problems with eczema. Back in my hometown in Nothern Germany, I have a lot of problems with it. So isn’t it maybe mainly related to sun and climate?

    Either way it is great that she got rid of it! It can be so demanding (physically and psychologically)…

    Lots of love,

  5. admin

    Thank you !

  6. Ashley Vaughan

    Yes, please use any of my information you need, I think everyone put there who needs the same information should be able to find it! Best wishes with your book!

  7. admin

    That is the second success story I have received today! Yay! It is very possible that it is gone in such short time. Babies eczema is the easiest to fix, because the candida hasn’t done so much damage yet. There were no other parasites, no digestive issues and on top of this you already were a vegetarian. I guess it was mostly a matter of adjustment the diet with lowering your fat intake and you get the results quickly. Troy was 10 months old and his eczema disappeared in 2-3 weeks completely. The older the child the longer it will take. What also matters is – what is the history of medicine use or attempts to cure. The more was messed up, the more is to clean up. Good job you Moma! Would you mind if I used your message with your name (linking to my blog) in testimonials for my upcoming book? I think it could be important for many people. Thank you!

  8. Ashley Vaughan

    Hi dehappy5!!!! I am SOOOO glad that I found your information. I am so thankful that you shared your incredible story. It has already helped me so much. My son, now 5 months old has suffered horrible eczema. Terrible. I was a vegetarian, never ate bread even, only pancakes with the family now and then. I had no good answers from the doctors why my breastfeeding infant was so miserable. In searching the internet, I came upon your story, found freelee the banana girl, mango island mamma and the start of my own vegan transformation because of you. I have been totally raw and vegan for 4 days now, but you would not believe not only how great I feel, but my baby’s eczema is ALMOST gone. Thank you again for taking the time to share your story.

  9. admin

    Hi, I am sorry to take so long to read this. I kind of have difficulty to manage my blog. I am trying to write more often, just hard to find time 🙂
    I am so glad that I could inspire in any way. With your son please watch his fat intake – he doesn’t really need that much for development and usually this is main issue with eczema. It does help my kids.

  10. Soraya Sarcos

    My son has dry skin, not so bad like Maya, but super dry sometimes, especially if I forget to put lotion. He’s allergic to dairy and wheat. He loves green smoothies and juices, and with your story I’m inspired to increase his intake of produce so his skin can clear completely.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I follow you on Instagram and can spend hours looking at your pictures.
    Keep spreading the good news. Can’t wait to read the second part.

  11. admin

    I appreciate your suggestions. I will consider all that. I know that lack of flora is the main cause. Raw foods are rebuilding it so well. I have quite bad experience with fermented foods before and I am a bit afraid to try it. I believe that those are good, but just because drGraham kind of dislikes any fermented foods I am quite concerned and not trying it yet.
    For us best was sunny weather, tons outside, a lot of water and dirt. All that on top of good fresh local produce.
    I am missing this so much right now, we are back in Poland and nothing is like that anymore. But we are leaving soon.

  12. admin

    Thank you 😉 Stay strong too. It needs so much patience and so much time, but all worth it. Life with eczema is much more difficult than that.
    Keep me updated with results please.

  13. admin

    Hi Melissa, you have probably caught up already with part 2.
    It sounds like my daughter’s case.

    If you still have questions feel free to ask. I promise to get back sooner. We are at the moment dealing with many difficulties so it is a bit challenging. But I will respond eventually 🙂

  14. admin

    Hi! So great to hear that. Yo can translate and share, no problem. Sorry for the delay in my reply. Much love.

  15. admin

    Since your boy is so little you have a great chance to end it very quickly as it happened with my baby Troy, who was about 1 year old. It took him about 3-4 weeks to heal completely and nothing has returned ever since.
    Please follow mango island mama on you tube or same person is @ellenfisher on instagram, she has a great ebook on recipes. Also therawfoodfamily – on you tube and facebook – tons of recipes and ideas.

    I am still doing for Troy lots of green banana smoothies every day, he loves them the most. Also any soft and sweet and juicy fruit.

    You can watch him on our you tube, he loves melons, mangoes, papayas, tomatoes, cucumbers, ripe pineapple, pears, figs.

    The key is a ton of fruit, whenever baby is hungry. If you are nursing it is even better, just you go on raw diet and don’t eat things like broccoli or onions, no cauliflowers or even kale. Too hard to digest. Don’t cut him on fats – give as much avocado or coconuts as he desires. Lots of flax seeds, chia and after the skin cleared try experimenting with soaked nuts or more complex dishes.

    Let me know how are you guys doing and sorry for the delay.

  16. admin

    Thank you for sharing your story. Most doctors don’t recommend fruits if they are talking about any diet at all. It is totally opposite to what I was told everywhere. Fruit is the only thing that will clear the body from inside. Keep me posted with the progress. 🙂

  17. amala

    Hello there!

    Thanks for sharing your story – and thereby influencing so many folks. I don’t have to the time and hence don’t have a blog yet.. my kids are 11, 9 & 7..
    11 year old who had eczema EXACTLY like your’s since she was about 1.5 years old.. 7 year old with severe asthma.. and yes it is all connected to food allergies. But, taking all the allergy causing foods is only one step of the solution. I cried (I’m sure you did) for years! A mother knows a mother’s pain.. out of shear frustration came this insight: how can I help my child from *reacting so vehemently* to allergy causing foods?!
    I think you are on the right path.. but I will make once suggestion a step further. This *is* the answer to all that ails us (the collective us). How do I know? Because I have tried and tested its efficacy. The absence of “good bacteria” to protect the lining of the gut. This *good organisms* are needed EVERYDAY to keep the gut healthy. Here are the 3 things I do regularly now, just so I’ll have a healthy home and can have an ocassional lapse of judgement when it comes to food:
    1) Kombucha
    2) Kimchi / Kraut (Kimchi is healthier in my opinion because of the chilli peppers, but raw, homemade kraut is almost as healthy)
    3. Kefir

    All of the above are homemade. Simple rule is, to consume it everyday.

    My 11 year who did not only have excema, then had a tick bite and consequently, joint pains (not your everyday joint pain.. pains that were debilitating she couldn’t walk!!).. I HAD to take the gluten out and dairy out and the nuts out… what was so IRKSOME for me is that she couldn’t even have COCONUT milk. In fact it was this sheer irritation and frustration that started me on this path of discovery! Because, I told myself: “the gmo wheat is bad, the gmo soy is bad, the cows are raised in aweful conditions, but what about the coconut?! Grown on my backyard back home in India??” (mind you I’m writing from the US).. it can’t be that “foods are bad” there is “my gut is suffering, it needs to heal!”..

    Fast forward, in just ONE MONTH, my daughter was able to eat sourdough wheat bread – not for every meal but once in a while! She can have raw milk now!!!!!!!

    So I was gone from my homestead for 2 weeks and returned to sickly children (because my husband fed them just TOO MUCH sourdough wheat bread! For 2 meals everyday, WITHOUT giving them the cultured foods).. I came back to my daughter’s rashy face, and my son’s asthma (you have no idea how bad it can get!).. But now I have the “medicine” up my sleeve.. took allergic foods out, put them on a strict regimen of kombucha and kimchi and it clears everything up in 2 days.. and the gut is ready to move forward.. Hope this helps..
    My son, who couldn’t have ANY dairy protein, had a healed enough gut to be able to drink raw milk kefir without any mucous production!!
    Granted, I also have a fantastic doctor and that helps.. Anyway, enjoy your travels! Who knows we may meet some day! We just returned from visiting family in Austria and traveling through germany, france and GB!! That is another chapter to write about!

  18. admin

    So many important questions. We didn’t stay on Gaps for too long. It was at that point when she was in such bad shape. And if I did not see the change within few weeks I would switch the diet to another one. Before I would keep going for months and wait for results. But I was worried that I will kill her if I will keep waiting too long. After switch to raw fruit based diet I noticed a positive change right away. It wasn’t on skin but it was general. She stopped scratching after meals and she got so much more energy and within two weeks the color on skin vanished. I am afraid to give advice, but from what you are saying it may look like candida in your case went to other location. If asthma still remains. It is not gone.
    I actually was lucky to have three different cases in my house. A baby without vaccination with eczema food related, autistic boy (vaccinated) with smaller eczema but constant throat infections (I am not sure how to call that properly), and 8 year old daughter (also vaccinated) with terrible eczema and also getting sick a lot and allergic to so many things.
    Baby’s skin has cleared up within 3 weeks. But he never had dairy or gluten and very little meat. He only ate things I prepared. It was fast but gave me the picture about older kids. I knew it will take a while, but I already seen the results and was certain it will help them too.
    Now she Maya’s skin got so much better I am confident that Travis is on his way. He had 2-3 cycles of sort of remission since start,, which I would explain as detoxing periods.
    In my opinion only raw food diet is able to let body repair the digestive system. Once its repaired all is starting to fall into place. All other systems will repair as well, even nervous system. Its not diet that is healing. Its the body itself if we let it. Raw foods have different energy and different structure. It is living not dead food. And it flows smoothly through the digestive track which is very important. Gut is damaged and needs very easy foods to have a break for healing.
    My kids miss cooked foods too, except the baby. He loves fruits so much, but he had very little exposure to cooked foods.
    Keep me updated about your son. I and now helping our boy Travis, since we already saved two kids. He is lately doing so amazing. His speech improved so much and behaviors too. I wish he would talk more with us and some other things, but he is only 5 years old, and I see he is catching up. Did you see any of our videos on you tube? You can see him and how he is like today and compare with some from the past. link is our bio here.
    Much love!

  19. admin

    Hi, sorry it takes me long time to respond, but I have three kids daily 🙂
    I am sure you read the second part already – many answers there. For a start I would recommend reading some materials first. If you read my Instagram posts starting from April there might be some ideas I posted daily about foods kids eat and me too.
    Don’t worry about protein yet. Actually it would be great to eliminate them for a moment since she is overloaded with proteins and fats obviously. Maya was allergic to nuts and now she is not. After 3-4 months I started to give them very little amounts of nuts and now they are eating in moderation but I see they tolerate it well.
    Most important is to eat up on ripe fruits. A lot of it. Lots of green smoothies. Simple salad for dinner – best would be leafy greens with fruits again, for few weeks before eating more veggie savory style salad. I did that with Maya and just share my way.
    Keep me updated please.

  20. admin

    I wish I could help you. I think you will help your son if you rely want. I can try to advise you. But first of all please do more reading. It is hard for me to give good advice if you don’t know the basic information. And that is all available at the sources I put in my second part of blog about eczema. I studied all possible materials for over 2 months before I attempted diet for my kids.
    I am here for you if you need me, but please do your homework’s too. It will make it so much easier for me. Much Love. Ullenka

  21. admin

    I am thinking of writing a brochure for a start. But it will take time. I can advise you to check out e-book by @ellenfisher from Instagram, who wrote that especially for beginners. There are many recipes there and also for the kids too. She is a mom to beautiful little boy and they live fully raw.
    Menus are generally really simple. Eat mostly meals containing one type of fruit only (mono meal) – this way it is not boring very easy to prepare and super easy to digest. Remember to eat only ripe fruits and best are seasonal fruits.
    Great place for ideas is vegan community on Instagram. There are a lot of moms sharing their own recipes.
    Much love, xoxo.

  22. admin

    You can take baby steps with him. Showing him slowly that it is going to be good for him.
    Good start is changing breakfast routine. Instead of eating bread or other things like cereals (so terrible food, we used to eat it and think its healthy) start eating fruits for breakfast for few weeks. It could be one type of fruit as well as fruit salad/platter with 2-4 types of fruits (bananas, peaches, papaya for example, sliced and nicely arranged).
    This should be big breakfast so he is not hungry after right away. First few days it could be a first course followed by other foods that he likes with taking a 20 minute break to digest fruits first. And next weeks lets say, give him more fruits for breakfast so he is no longer hungry for other things. It should be at least 500-600 calories. When person is on raw food diet it is much more calories per meal, but in this case it would not be a good idea yet.
    When breakfast is established you can start the same with lunch. Make a big yummy smoothie – banana with strawberries or pineapple with berries etc. Not green smoothie yet, so he will fall in love with fruity flavors.
    Make him love fruits and the way he is feeling after eating them.
    Maybe you will be patient enough and eventually he will accept that too.
    Very important also is to lead by example 🙂
    Good luck trying!

  23. Jennifer

    Thanks so much for the post. I’ve been suffering from eczema since I was a child. I’m now in my 20s and have resorted to steroid creams because nothing seems to do the trick. It gets painful and there was a stage when I isolated myself because I had eczema so bad on my face I didn’t even want to step outside my house.

    I can’t wait to read part two of this post to see how you got rid of your daughter’s eczema.
    Thanks again. You are such a string, loving mother.

  24. Jen

    I am also curious, has this helped your sons autism at all?

  25. Jen

    I was curious how long you stayed on SCD/Gaps? We have been doing it for 14 month and have seen wonderful gains, even in things we didn’t expect. But, the reason we started is for my sons viral induced asthma, which remains. His aggressive behavior and many other little things have vanished! He also has a yellowish tint to his skin, which I feel is due to the high veg/carrot/winter squash content of our diet.
    I just don’t think he is detoxing adequately quite yet, kwim? I have read about raw vegan diets and I tend to feel they are great for opening the detox pathways, but I am hesitant to think they are ideal for growth and such. I still very much have an open mind and am trying to absorb as much as I can, however.
    Does this diet “heal” in the sense that you fully expect to be able to go back to an unprocessed, homemade diet where she will be able to tolerate the foods that were triggers for her in the past? Or do you expect to stay on the high carb, mostly fruit diet forever?

  26. Jen

    It’s called Darkfield Microscopy- live blood analysis.

  27. Melissa

    I can’t wait to read Part 2!!! My daughter is suffering from very similar eczema. At her worst, a few months ago, she looked very much like your daughter in her “before” picture. She has improved a little bit with a restrictive diet (no wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, nightshades, broccoli, lemon, peaches, and a few other random items) and supplements (noni, olive leaf, galactan, grapefruit seed extract…) But she is nowhere near healed, so I really think the cause is not allergies. I am so anxious to hear the rest of your story and exactly what you did that worked. What is “banana island”? My daughter is away with her grandparents for a few days, so I would like to try this next week when she gets home.

  28. Melissa

    I can’t wait to read Part 2!!! My daughter is suffering from very similar eczema. At her worst, a few months ago, she looked very much like your daughter in her “before” picture. She has improved a little bit with a restrictive diet (no wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, nightshades, broccoli, lemon, peaches, and a few other random items) and supplements (noni, olive leaf, galactan, grapefruit seed extract…) But she is nowhere near healed, so I really think the cause is not allergies. I am so anxious to hear the rest of your story and exactly what you did that worked. What is “banana island”? My daughter is away with her grandparents for a few days, so I would like to try this next week when she gets home.

  29. Mira

    Dear Kris and Ullenka!
    I am so happy to read your story. I would like to translate it to my native language, hungarian, and share it, if you don’t mind.
    Me and my family also eat 801010 raw vegan, the 2 kids are 2 and 3 years old. We are so blessed and happy to find this lifestyle.
    Regards and love,

  30. Anna

    This story bought me to tears. My little boy is only 9 months old but we have battled terrible eczema since 4 months (right after his vaccination, I’m sure its connected). I am desperate for more information and would appreciate any details you could give me. Hugs for you both you’re heros in my eyes xx

  31. Renee

    Thank you so much for sharing. I have battled eczema for almost 30 years and my skin resembles that of Mayas majority of the time. I get it all over my body. I have been in and out of dermatologists all my life and whilst it will clear for a bit it always comes back with a vengeance. One dermatologist actually said that I have an allergy to most fruits so I have stayed away from them for years. Am definitely going to give this a go. Anything to get some relief from the scratching – I wake my partner up almost every night and to not have to spend hundreds of dollars on make up to cover it. Thank you again 🙂


  32. Jennifer Archer

    She is allergic to all nuts except peanuts which is random so I can’t do any of the nuts you show on your recipes which help with protein. 🙁

  33. Jennifer Archer

    The open wounds make me so upset, she can’t even shower most days because the wounds hurt so badly. She just cries and itches all the time! Its heartbreaking as a mother. Our stories are so identical its crazy to me!!

  34. Jennifer Archer

    I don’t even know where to start. I have been crying out of happiness and sadness since I was shown this blog last night that I might be able to cure my daughter of her severe eczema. My daughter looks exactly like your daughter in your pictures. I just can’t believe it. She is 12 and I have been dealing with this since she was about 1. She has severe allergies and asthma as well. I have gone through allergy testing, everything environmental she is allergic to, no foods. I have done all the steroid creams, pills, shots, in and out of doctors/hospitals monthly for years and years. I have tried so many things I am at the “lost” point that I just haven’t known what to do anymore but I’ve never given up. Your daughter is an inspiration to me. I showed my daughter her pictures this am and she said.. “mom that’s me” I just wanted to cry and I did by myself. She is my only child and she has been my life trying to help her get through this. I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am to have found your blog. I told her things about to change for the both of us. She said ,” mom you don’t have to, only me” I said, ” No, Makayla we are in this together” 🙂 🙂 I have candida as well but no skin issues but my weight I have struggled with for years and this will help I’m sure. I will be looking up the diet and recipes to help on us on this new journey! Thank you and your beautiful daughter for your inspiration. I will be following your journey. If you have any input on how you started I would appreciate it. Thank you so much!

  35. Pam

    Thanks so much for your blog.

    My sister has been struggling with eczema since she was born and she’s now 28 years old. I also know others – young kids and adults who continue to struggle everyday with eczema.

    As with the other readers, we would really appreciate it if you would kindly share the diet details with us all.

    Thank you in advance!

  36. Jeff H

    Thanks for sharing this story of triumph and healing! For other families looking to duplicate the diet and lifestyle, I have a few ideas, thoughts, opinions and tips, based on my pursuit of a healing raw vegan lifestyle 🙂
    – Mine is a 100% vegan mostly raw food diet (ideally it could be 100% raw or just very high percentage)…this means lots of fruit mono-meals and tender greens and veggie salads for dinner..If I’m still yearning for a snack after dinner and couple very ripe bananas are easy to digest before bed.
    – Ideally no processed foods, even if they’re “raw” and vegan.
    – Water, lots of it, especially right when I wake up. Being well hydrated throughout day helps digestion and is just healthier.
    – Transition as best you can, all at once might be hard, but try your best and don’t beat yourself up. Buy lots and lots of fruit, the higher calorie fruits are best like bananas, dates, mangoes, oranges, etc. The best greens are tender, like romaine, baby greens, spinach, the lettuce families and more. Avoid the kale, chard, collard greens, as they are harder to digest raw.
    I have a lot more, but this is a starter for others on here wondering how to succeed on raw, at least from my opinion and experience. I welcome others to share their tips and any feedback or questions on what I listed above. Peace and healing to all 🙂

  37. danielle

    I love this! Thank you soo much for sharing! My 3 year old son has eczema/dermatitis. It’s horrible. He gets it on the top of both feet, behind knees, inside of elbows, the entire top of his left hand and pointer finger, sometimes right hand and occasionally in other areas. My 10 month old daughter gets it on her lower back. My 7 year old daughter gets small patches occasionally. My husband gets it so bad on his hands, arms, feet, etc. I’ve never really had that issue although I get a random area on the palm of my hands from time to time. Almost will look like ringworm but isnt. It will be raised, itch like crazy but be soo painful at the same time. It finally will disappear after a month. I’ve had a biopsy of it and the dermatologist who is a specialist had never seen anything like it. He had absolutely no answers. I have vitiligo on my arm which is an autoimmune disorder. I used to have soo many health issues. Dr thought I have lupus. I’ve been diagnosed with fybromyalgia and of course many other things since they can never get a good answer. I would like to do this diet change. I’ve noticed coconut oil seems to help with moisturizing the skin and doesn’t seem to be painful with all my kiddos which is good. But I know there is soo much more we need. Can you email me what you eat and things you definitely stay away from? Any help or guidance would be soo amazing! Thank you soo much!

  38. Maria


    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It will truly be an inspiration for all the families struggling with eczema, mine included. For parents – never to give up and keep on searching, even though it takes years. And for children – never to lose hope that the day will come and itch, redness, dryness etc. will be gone for good. Although children sometimes seem stronger than we, adults 🙂

    I would like to ask you to share some more details about that “blood test done on living drop of blood under a microscope”. Does it have a name/title? Where is it done? Is it very expensive?

    Thank you once again, wishing you clear skin forever 🙂

  39. Kristine Bowker

    I am so thankful to find your story today. I have been fighting this battle with my very patient 8 year old son for years now but today, today we were feeling defeated. Your story came at just the right time. Please help us to get started, I have lots of questions. I know you can help me cause my son looks the same as these pictures. Thank you for sharing. Please contact me, please! -Kristine

  40. Meriam

    Hello, thanks for sharing your beautiful daughter’s story.
    I have the same problem with my daughter. She is nine years old now . You gave me hope, I am so frustrated for not bieng able to help my daughter. I did do many different treatments , took her to many specialist . Bought most expensive eczema creams. Nothing helps. U r very special to share this & giving hope for people like me & my daughter. Please kindly can u send me the menues for a week..
    Much thanks

  41. Paulina

    Wow! What an inspiring story. It brought tears to my eyes, because my boyfriend suffers from eczema and I would love to convince him to try this healthy lifestyle, but it’s almost impossible…

  42. admin

    Thank you! Hugs to you to!

  43. holly c.

    What a beautiful child Maya is! And what beautiful, loving, dedicated parents you both are! I’m so, so happy Maya is healing. (((((Hugs!!!!!)))))

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