Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What I'm using on my skin these days

My eczema is food-related, no question. I have found, however, that the right moisturizer can help relieve the symptoms of histamine intolerance. I've tried lots of difference products, from aloe body butter to coconut oil. There are lots of options that can be helpful, but in my trials the very best (no contest) is emu oil. 

I've been getting pure emu oil from my neighbourhood waxing specialist at WAX!T. She also does great brows, but that's beside the point. 

Emu oil boasts a number of benefits such as being anti-inflammatory, providing natural pain relief, and offering a natural sources of omegas 3, 6, and 9. For me, it moisturizes more deeply than anything else I've tried. And although the real answer is food, emu oil seems to allow me to push my food limits a wee bit.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chicken Salad and Banana Almond Muffins

It's that time of year again - CrossFit PEI is holding a 30 Day Nutrition Challenge. In an effort to connect with the gang, we held a session on Paleo nutrition yesterday morning. And how could we talk about food and not try some? In my view - we couldn't. So yesterday morning I tackled the following two recipes.

From top left corner: Banana Almond Muffins, Chicken Salad, and lettuce leaves for wraps.
CHICKEN SALAD
Note: These are very approximate. Also, this made a large batch. Would recommend halving ingredients for a more reasonable amount.

Ingredients
  • 2 small BBQ chickens or 4-5 breasts
  • 1/3 C sesame seeds
  • A sprinkle of raisins 
  • 1/2 large apple, shredded
  • Celery 2-3 stalks diced
  • 3/4 C mayo (I used Hellman's Olive Oil mayo, but if you're really good you could make your own)
  • 1 T mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
Pre-sauce
 Instructions
  • Dice chicken and celery.
  • Shred the apple.
  • Throw all ingredients except mayo and mustard in a large bowl, mix gently.
  • Mix mayo and mustard in a small bowl, then add to the rest of the ingredients, mixing well.
  • Shake salt and/or pepper to taste (note - I forgot this part in yesterday's salad)
  • Serve in lettuce leaves, cabbage leaves, or just with a spoon.


The muffin recipe I adapted from possibly my very favourite blogger, PaleOMG. This broad is HILARIOUS. Shout out to Jaymee Chung for the great find.

BANANA ALMOND MUFFINS

Ingredients
  • 1 C almond butter
  • 1 C almond meal/almond flour
  • 1 large banana, mashed*
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetended Shredded Coconut
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
*We (i.e. Molly) don't always eat our bananas in time. When they start to get tired, I peel, saran wrap 'em, and toss them in the freezer. Frozen bananas are perfect for using in recipes. Just thaw them out in the microwave.

Instructions
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl in a logical order, starting with your eggs. 
  • Place ingredients into a well greased muffin tin (I used a mini muffin tin and had enough left for one large muffin. Both delicious.). Or you can use muffin tin liners.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes. 
  • Let cool a bit, remove from tin and enjoy.



Sunday, September 2, 2012

Paleo nibbles

In my experience, lack of groceries or clean laundry is the mother of all invention. That's when the magic (or maybe just the weird) happens. I like to think of this phenomenon as a sign you're on your way to mastering paleo - you needn't be super prepared all the time, you simply have only real food at your disposal at any time.

Take for instance these yummy little hors d'oeuvres we had the other week. Like a little open faced sandwich even.


Ingredients
  • Cucumber, sliced
  • Good quality sliced meat (I used sliced turkey I believe), ripped or sliced into appropriately sized pieces
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Mayo

Directions
  • Prep the cukes, avocado, and meat.
  • Dab some mayo on the cucumber slices.
  • Top with meat and avocado.
  • Serve. 

Molly's portion. The trouble with disassemble-able food is it makes it easier for her to be selective in which parts she eats.
In related news, we've embarked on a "30 Day Nutrition Challenge" at CrossFit PEI. On Saturday, we're having a bit of a why/how to session. This is one of the samples I'll probably take along with me.

Final note: Both the mayo, and especially the meat in this recipe are histamine offenders. I tend to reserve this type of snack/meal for when my skin's been extra good to ensure I won't be overloading on histamine too much.