Well…I have slacked off with eating healthy – in a way! We’ve definitely had more days of eating out lately because of catching up with the One Room Challenge, and then going to visit family for a few weeks. So June/July hasn’t been my cleanest month but I am shocked that my psoriasis hasn’t flared up as worse as it would last summer, when not eating the cleanest. I do think that it’s because I’m consistent with taking my vitamins and with drinking 16 oz. of lemon water first thing in the morning and last thing at night. In addition to that, I daily have brewed nettle tea with drops of milk thistle and echinacea – all these things do make a huge difference and I highly recommend it to anyone who is dealing with skin conditions! Sometimes it’s all about the little changes that your body can begin healing. Unfortunately though, the juicer that I oh so love started chipping at the blade and I haven’t been having celery juice as often (I still think the juicer is the best, other than that situation-maybe a similar but different brand would be better?). But like I said, even though I don’t have celery juice daily like I used to, I try my best to give my body other ways to heal. Because ya know, sometimes I just want that pizza! Or sometimes I just simply ran out of groceries in order to make my detox smoothie. Living the perfect life ain’t easy, haha.
Then & Now:
Want to know what the best moisturizer is for eczema/psoriasis? Cold-pressed Avocado oil.
My MIL sent me a video of someone who doesn’t have a single patch of eczema anymore because she rubbed olive oil on it and drank nettle tea everyday. I’ve been doing just that and it worked good. BUT. I was staying at my mom’s and she didn’t have olive oil so I tried avocado oil instead. IT DIDN”T EVEN STING. Not like the olive oil did. So now, I’m all about the avocado oil. I don’t know what it is but something about these fatty oils just really soothe the inflamed and cracking skin like no other moisturizer can and if used daily, you can see it transform your skin overtime. Who would’ve thought?! I’ll keep using the avocado oil and on the next eczema post, I’ll post what’s hopefully a better picture than what you see above. If you have eczema, or even just really dry skin, I highly recommend trying it – ya never know (use organic and cold-pressed if possible)!
New Faves That Help Me Stay On Track:
Egg-Free, Delicious Kakleti AKA Big, Russian Meatballs – Who loves a good and easy meatball recipe?! Heck yeah, I do. I don’t buy frozen meatballs as they just don’t taste anywhere near good like homemade. This simple recipe you can make at home in a jiffy is everyone-approved-except-for-vegans-obvi.
>>>> Take a bigger bowl and place your ground beef and ground turkey into it. Along with that, add cumin, turmeric, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dulse. You can add some rosemary too as it kills the bacteria from the meat but it will change the taste slightly. But anyway, you also add in 4 quail eggs for 2 lbs or less of meat. Add in a little less than half a cup of vegan mayo, and a handful of small, diced onion. Mix it all together, and use an ice cream scoop or just a baking cup to place in pan with avocado oil (or you can try baking it). Cook on medium heat and flip when one side has browned. Once cooked, place kakleti into a plate with a napkin on it so that it can soak in all the extra oil.
Healthy & Yummy Sweet Potatoes – You wanna know what goes perfectly with this dish? The above recipe 😉 But for real, I’m not joking. I’m like eh about sweet potatoes but this dish with a side of Russian meatballs, and some salted cucumbers…MMMMMM. We love it.
>>>> Take however sweet potatoes you need and dice/cube them with a sharp knife. Rinse them and place to the side. Cut up some bell pepper, carrots, onions, celery, and throw it into a deep pan. Saute the veggies in a little bit of avocado oil and then throw in your sweet potatoes. Add enough water so that it covers most of the potatoes. Add in salt and pepper, paprika, garlic powder, dill, parsley, and a bay leaf. Have it simmer all together until the potatoes can be pierced with a fork, then serve.
Things I’ve Learned:
So…you know how heavy metals play a major role in today’s world? It’s one of the reasons why the skin can get inflamed and painful, especially when there’s so much of it residing in our bodies. Well…you also know how I mentioned that we were out of town, visiting family? Turns out, different kinds of waters and different kinds of plumbing even, can also affect us – I noticed it in myself. Although the salty airs are good for us and those with eczema, the hard water in Florida is so not good. And in addition to that, our house still has copper plumbing. Old copper plumbing mixed in with hard water? Hm, doesn’t sound like a good mix at all. We do have a filter for our house and although it still doesn’t make our water 100% clean, it’s something that did help soften the water. As for our old copper plumbing, we’re planning on estimating a few costs so that we can change that out for PVC. For those who have chronic illness, autoimmune, etc, you have to take in every little thing about the way we live, into consideration. Well for the amount of times I turn on the water to cook, shower, clean with, it’s not little thing but you get it!