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Friday, June 14, 2019

Eczema and the Secret of Habit

Eczema. Solved. Never to return. Back again. At each and every opportunity it gets. Well, not every single time, thanks be to calendula and cortisone, but return it does. I love the summer, growing things, being outside, but I crash, after burning, getting bit, using sunscreen, bug repellent, or all of the above on a glorious weekend in May, and down I head, into the itchy hell-hole again.

What I am able to control is being controlled better than ever; dietary choices, and here is the secret; I just said "no". Thank you, Nancy Reagan. Eczema just loves certain conditions, and certain foods in some people. When they are eliminated, it has a much lower rate of survival. So; gone and merci. 

Thank you as well, to a book I am re-reading; "Better than Before; Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives," by Gretchen Rubin. The basic tenet of the book is what is most helpful:

                                 "Decide not to decide." 

Think about it, or do not, just for a moment. Making a decision once is so much less tiresome than having to make it every single time one is confronted with a choice. 

In a nutshell; we do or do not do the very same thing every single day. It might look like this: get up and go for a walk, every single Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Go to the Y for a class every single Tuesday and Thursday. I do not eat sugar (or dairy, or whatever). Done. No more decisions to make. For a more strenuous elimination-type diet, this can be combined with the concept of a timer, see: Say au revoir to self-pity, or a limitation that lasts only a certain amount of time; a week, a month, a year. I have put wine on this timed approach (oh, and champagne, and margaritas...fine, anything with any alcohol.)

It is an empowering and liberating concept. But I really cannot linger to discuss it just now. My dog is pulling his leash off the door knob and losing his mind with waiting. He knows it is Friday too. 

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