It started with me looking in the mirror and feeling like I had dark circles under my eyes. I used lotions, and creams, medicated ointments, until one day, that skin started itching. The itching got worse, and the skin started tearing up, until it started bleeding. Until neither could I sleep, nor could I stay awake. Neither could I look at myself in the mirror, nor could I forget about what was happening on my face. It made my anxiety worse. It made my depression of 5 years worse. How did it happen? Why was my skin going through this curse? Did it happen overnight? No!
My wrong doings of years were coming back to haunt me now, and I had no easy way out. What happened then eventually?
Age25 years old
Eczema, Irregular Period, excess weight
|Workshop attended 3 Day Juice Fast
Time taken to heal3 months
Satvic Lifestyle steps followed
“An eczema so severe that even splashing water felt like a burning nightmare.”
Where it all began
I was always a bright student, great at sports and finances were always up my sleeves. In June 2018 it wasn't too big a surprise when I got to know I had gotten into IIM Lucknow. I at once packed my bags, some packets of MTR ready to eat meals and left for my new life. Those readymade foods at once took a backseat when I reached the campus canteen, and saw it being filled with shahi paneer, rajmas, choles, paranthas, and steaming hot fragrant food. Our classes used to be on till 11pm in the night, and our seniors were available for coaching only after midnight. Quickly, sleeping at 4 am in the night became the new normal. The stress was so much that the seniors used to say “kabhi rona hoga toh hamare pass aajana, kyunki rona toh niklega hi!”
Stress was the only culture followed diligently there.
There was no routine, takeout food had become all our realities. We ate not by hunger, but by breaks. If we got a break in the middle of the night, we ate in the middle of the night. Along with the stress of exams, assignments, and now increasing weight, I also had pent up anger for my family. Things were not okay back home, and that constantly kept me on the edge.
And for me, the only way to fill that void was through more food. Pizzas, burgers, samosas, and maggis, were my constant companions. I always thought I was a sporty person, so I don't have to worry about food. My activity gave me the advantage to eat anything I want, as much as I want.
Shreya weighing 78 kg before following the Satvic Lifestyle
No Treatment Worked
In 2019, my MBA got completed, and I started my first job. My skin was only becoming worse, and I was now officially addicted to anti-allergens. My parents, both doctors, would prescribe them to me at the drop of the hat. I had done a lot of online research, ordered many ointments that were suggested by different websites. I had tried every home remedy recommended on every channel. Some very close family doctors had also suggested beginning a dosage of steroids. However, I wasn't willing to take them. I had seen my mother on steroids, and had very closely seen the impact that had on her eczema. She would sit in her bed the whole day, scratching her skin, until the skin started to flake off, and bleed in dryness. It was a horror. Her helpless state was a destruction. In April 2020, things became even worse when she was hospitalized and the doctors shared shocking news with us. Her heart was only 25% functional. Her lungs were filled with water, and nobody could tell the cause. The doctors couldn't say anything, she was lying there in the bed, and nobody had any idea of what was going on.
Shreya's face covered with a huge eczema patch
Looking at her, I realized, this is going to be my end too. I too, one day, would be lying in the bed, immovable, covered in eczema in my whole body, not knowing what to do. No medicine would be able to help me, I would just scratch myself till I can't scratch anymore.
Wow, wouldn’t death be an easier path?
Enough is enough!
I am going to re-write my end.
I am going to take control of my life. With half burning, half open eyes, I started looking on YouTube for an alternate solution, and that is when I landed on a video which was talking about a channel called Satvic Movement. I clicked on the channel and Subah’s video hit me like a breath of fresh air. It felt as if she was talking directly to me. She was talking to my heart. And she was telling me, she would take care of me.
Shreya starting her day with a detoxifying glass of ash-gourd juice
I at once picked all my skin products and threw them in the trash. All my medications, in the trash. I had decided to give this video a go. I started vigorously studying about the Satvic lifestyle and taking notes on what am I going to alter in my life. I decided to begin with the food. I started cooking satvic food, and beginning my day with an ash gourd juice. Around the same time, I also came across a book ‘Breaking the habit of being yourself’ by Dr Joe Dispenza, a powerful book which taught me the magic of meditation, and the reality of manifestations. I started realising that my healing was in my own hands. All I had to do was envision myself completely healed. So I would go in front of the mirror, and while touching my face, which used to hurt even at the slightest touch, I would just imagine putting coconut oil on myself, and strongly imagine that it is not hurting at all.
Shreya ending her day with a deep and relaxing meditation session
That I am standing in front of the mirror, and the Satvic Movement team is filming my story, and I am inspiring thousands of people to change their life and cure their skin problems too. Imagining myself healed gave me the power to begin all the other steps of a satvic life too. I took a 6 month leave from the office in January, 2021, to just focus on my health, and they were kind enough to understand my priority. I started the enema, and the 16 hour fasting, along with satvic food meals. It was too cold for the wet pack, so I skipped that. I also got my mother to begin the satvic lifestyle. Within two months, I was already down by 15 kg, and my mother too had lost 13 kg of weight in 3 months. Now everybody in the house was trained to cook satvic food.