Saturday, February 11, 2012

Skin Update: Healed!

I am delighted to report I seem to have kicked the eczema. Finally, I'm at the point where my skin is generally symptom-free. That is, unless I eat something substantial from the high histmaine list, in which case I may have a variety of symptoms (mostly short-term hive-like rash and/or general itchiness). And this breakthrough has come none too fast, as I admit to growing tired of the low histamine diet. On the very-much-up-side: I now know (for certain!) what causes my skin to react, and I am extremely thankful for that.

July 23, 2011: rash making its way up my right arm and patchy, red, puffy, itchy spots on my face.

Taken today, virtually clear of eczema.
So here's where we stand now. I'm eating the occasional avocado, worrying less about cinnamon and other spices, even having the odd serving of (incredibly fantastic tasting) tomato meat sauce. And I'm living to tell the tale. I seem to be more sensitive perhaps, as I'm definitely seeing the connection between food and scratching. However, because my histamine "bucket" is no longer overflowing, I recover quickly. Sadly, (with the exception of popping the occasional Histame - a topic for another post), I will likely never eat seafood again. The rest, for the most part, I can see working slowly back into my diet.

I am one lucky girl.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


I recently received an email from a close friend whose father-in-law has been instructed by his doctor to "not eat carbs" due to high blood sugar. My friend is looking for some recipe ideas to pass along to the in-laws in support of this change.

Admittedly, my first thought when I hear of this sort of scenario is "How wonderful for him/her - a strong case to go paleo! (Or at least gluten-free.)" But it also reminds me of how I've been meaning to write a post about my favourite food/nutrition sites. So here they are...

General Paleo

  1. Cave Girl Eats - This broad is hilarious. A good mix of all things paleo living, including some great tips on natural alternatives to chemical laden personal care products.
  2. Balanced Bites - Great info found here. Diane from Balanced Bites and Liz from Cave Girl Eats do a weekly podcast, which can be interesting listening while you wash your dishes. 
  3. Paleo Parents - These guys have a fantastic story and they're soon releasing their own paleo recipe book for kids. Very cool. If you can convert your family to paleo with three little boys, I'm pretty sure you can do anything.
  4. Everyday Paleo - Another great paleo family, with dynamite recipes.

Recipe Sites
  1. Elana's Pantry - Elana has lots of fantastic recipes, primarily in the baked goods category.
  2. FastPaleo - Large repository of paleo recipes, user populated.
  3. Chowstalker - Another site full of recipes.
  4. Dessertstalker - When you're in the mood for a little food porn.
I'm sure there are others that I'm forgetting, but this is a start. What are your favourite paleo resources?