Hello world! So this week has been full of changes for me! I was watching this awesome show called The Food Hospital, where doctors treat illnesses and diseases through food. One of the patients had awful eczema, where his body was covered in dry, scaly, red, and open skin, and he was able to reverse all of the damage through an elimination diet. This means you eliminate all the foods that could trigger an issue, and then slowly reintroduce them one by one to figure out which foods cause problems. I was shocked by his results, especially since I have issues with eczema, so my mom and I decided to try the diet for one week and see what happens! In the show, the man stopped eating all grains, gluten, citrus, dairy, and chocolate. Guess which one is the hardest for me.
Grains! I am OBSESSED with oatmeal- I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack! It’s low calorie, has fiber, and really helps start the day! And for a whole week, I have to live without it… and I had just stocked up on it too… Since I can’t have my favorite snack anymore, I’ve had to get creative with my between meal sustenance. When we think of healthy snacks, I think we can all name off carrots and hummus, almonds, fresh fruit, or granola bars, but I wanted to try something different and new. Thankfully, Pinterest is half my life, so I had plenty of ideas lined up.
The first recipe I tried was warm cinnamon apples, and let me tell you, they are delicious! My mom keeps asking me for more! The Pinterest recipe made them in a bag with some corn starch, but I found it easier to make in a small bowl without. The second recipe is absolutely to die for! I found it on Blogilates.com, and it was a wonderful post-workout snack! Cassey is a genius! I’ve listed my modified recipes below:
Warm Cinnamon Apples
-one peeled apple
-dash of cinnamon
-dash of sugar
-one spoonful of water
Chop up the apple and mix in a bowl with the other ingredients. Place in the microwave for 60-80 seconds, and voila! Super simple, right? And seriously delicious!
Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
-one banana, frozen
-one spoonful of peanut butter
-dash of cinnamon (I added this since I LOVE cinnamon! It’s a metabolism booster!)
-dash of soymilk (she uses almond milk, but I’m allergic!)
Throw all of the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. It comes out like soft serve, and is amazing!
Of course, both of these recipes are sweet, so if you are in the mood for a savory snack, I definitely recommend spicy roasted garbanzo beans! I made them a little bit ago, and they are so satisfying as a salty treat instead of eating popcorn, chips, or peanuts, not to mention they are loaded with fiber and protein. You can find the recipe here.
Well, tomorrow I get to meet with a nutritionist about personalizing the eczema diet to me! I cannot wait to hear what he has to say, and to share it with you all. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @Happy_Body_Blog, and sign up for email updates at the bottom of this page!
Peace and love!