Model Paula Adamczyk from Taunton, Somerset, eats a diet that consists solely of fruit and raw vegetables.
The 22-year-old switched to a fruitarian diet in 2018 as a way to deal with her eczema – a skin condition Paula experienced since childhood.
Born in Krakow, Poland, Paula had a protein intolerance and as a result was prescribed soya milk as a child.
Paula believes this is something that contributed to her developing eczema from a young age.
Moving to England in 2017 to study beauty therapy, Paula found that her skin condition was only getting worse.
The antihistamines and steroid creams that she had previously used to manage her symptoms were proving to be ineffective.
With her dry skin peeling away, leaving oozing wounds that stung with movement, Paula spent days in bed crying and used food to deal with her sadness.
Often spending consecutive days bedbound unable to perform simple tasks like showering and cooking, Paula became isolated and depressed.
Paula looked for advice on the internet and discovered videos and blog posts from people who swore that a raw food diet – consisting primarily of fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds – could ‘cure’ skin conditions like hers.
Paula says that moving to a fruitarian diet and cutting out gluten, sugar, and starchy foods – such as potatoes, oils, and grains – has cured her eczema entirely.
She has also lost four stone in the process.
Paula’s new diet consists of exotic fruits including pineapple, passionfruit, and watermelon as well as salads, sushi, courgette noodles, and avocados.
Every morning, she drinks a large glass of celery juice which she believes is a cure for eczema.
‘I have suffered from eczema since birth, with my stronger attacks being treated with antihistamines and steroid creams,’ Paula said.
‘Two years ago, my eczema attacks got worse. I tried taking hot showers to relieve the itching, but nothing seemed to work.
‘The skin was dry and would flake off like snowflakes. My skin was literally everywhere and my sores would then scab over and ooze.
‘It felt like my body was burning and the smell was awful, like rotting flesh.’
Then Paula began her research where she stumbled onto accounts of people with fruitarian diets.
Seeing the testimonies of people claiming the health benefits of the diet, Paula decided to join in.
As a result of the changes she witnessed, Paula was able to pursue the modelling career that always seemed out of reach to her due to her skin condition.
Now Paula says she is reaping the benefits of her diet.
She said: ‘At first, I noticed an increase in my energy levels. I am now active throughout the day.
‘My mind has become clearer and my senses have sharpened. My nails have become stronger and instead of feeling depressed, I have faith in the future.
‘Going from a traditional diet where I ate a lot of sweets, gluten, and dairy, to suddenly going vegan and now fruitarian was a challenge. I have failed a few times to get to where I am now.’
However, she says that it has not been without its challenges, due to the temptation of slipping back into old habits and the lack of restaurants that cater to a raw food diet.
She added: ‘It can be pretty difficult to find good quality vegan restaurants but I feel as though I am at the beginning of the road and there is still a lot ahead of me.
‘I am constantly learning and developing. Every day I am trying to be a better version of myself.
‘If you decide to start a fruitarian diet, you will probably stick to it for the rest of your life because you won’t like to feel the way you did before.
‘On a fruitarian diet you feel so much energy and happiness.’
You should consult with a nutritionist and your doctor before starting any drastic new diet plans.
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