One week to eczema free

In one week we turned my sons eczema around👌

It was almost as simple as quinoa and chicken for dinner.

Thanks so much for all the comments on my post last week regarding my son’s flare up. I really do love this community ❤️💕🙏 Antibiotic use (lung infection), and a couple of allergic reactions took us back to eczema city and I was so disappointed in myself for it.

Doesn’t seem fair on our eczema kids when they are so uncomfortable, crying and asking you to make it go away.

So I just wanted to share what we did to heal my sons eczema and how it was so simple the second time around!

As we already know his triggers, it was easy enough. I just did what I could with a uni student budget 👉👉 We don’t do chemicals (cleaning, cookware etc) in the house normally .

Ethical nutrients eczema shield probiotics once a day.

No dairy, egg, soy, sugar, nightshades or nuts.

The only gluten and wheat he has was 3x sandwiches at kindy in one week (but I would take these out if need be)

Nordic natural dha

Magnesium, zinc and vitamin d supplement

One hr min outside daily for vitamin d, no sunscreen unless necessary so long sleeves and sunlight just mornings/evenings to avoid sunburn.

Scratch mits at night

Hopes relief cream

Tea tree oil in the bath to prevent infection

Crushed fresh organic oregano (I grow it) with coconut oil and applied to the whole body

Although he is still a little itchy, it isn’t so bad now and the appearance has improved ten fold. No redness, no cracks, no weeping, no oozing.

This plan is specific to my boy but it might be worth a try if you are keen to heal from the inside out too!

I would advise a full consult with a qualified naturopath for anyone who isn’t sure how to implement a similar plan for their kids. Dosage is so important with kids so please go to see someone with appropriate training.

You may need bone broth, micro minerals, specific supplements or even a different histamine free diet.

But this is what works for us.

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Euthanasia 

Euthanasia is a topic which needs to be discussed in New Zealand much more.

What does this have to do with a holistic health blog, you ask? Well, everything.

First of all, let’s just turn this on it’s own head and talk about what is and isn’t socially acceptable around the control of our own mortality. There is a cruel irony that those who oppose euthanasia are pro life span altering pharmaceuticals but seemingly only if it prolongs longevity. What is with the strong value we place on longevity and how is that different to controlling life span but by shortening it? Why is lengthening ok but shortening is not? It is true that modern day humans are leading longer, sicker lives thanks to our right of choice to use drugs to prolong lives. We often see diabetics on medication for insulin resistance and hypertension who end up in old age with Alzheimer’s Disease (now sometimes dubbed diabetes type 3). These people, for instance, chose to prolong their lives by using medication to control hypertension and diabetes damage. Imagine if we said that those people who are on pharmaceuticals to prolong their lives in this way, or choose to get a heart pacer etc. weren’t allowed this option because ethically we are playing God, sure we have the technology but you can’t use it to control your lifespan. That you have to face your mortality head on but don’t worry because we’ve got morphine and tramadol to help you with that. Also, imagine if you were in the agonising position of watching your family suffer and you “took their fate into your own hands” by agreeing to help them out of their pain, and live longer. This could look like agreeing to a transplant of an organ as an example. But, because ethically you played a role in controlling their  lifespan, you became a criminal of compassion for  helping your family member out.

We are smarter than we have ever been in this day in age. We have so many incredible ways of enabling longevity through medicine, those who choose to use medications to live longer should support those who have valid reasons to shorten their lifespans – and don’t even get me started on compassion and empathy for those who live with such chronic pain, for example, that they are not even human anymore, they are just pain. By this arguement, anyone who makes the decision to disallow euthanasia should be pro naturopathy, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine etc because they are against using pharmaceuticals to our advantage. Don’t get me wrong, I am an advocate for natural medicine as a holistic health sciences student myself. But it grates me that some heartless fools get to decide in what capacity it is ok to control a humans lifespan and I want to know why they can play God themselves by saying yes, use our medical technology to prolong your life even if that makes you have a longer, sicker life as a result but no, you are not allowed to shorten your life . Stay miserable, in pain and suffer. 

Vegan vanilla strawberry cake 

The ultimate treat for a very special day or cake smash. This cake is perfect for vegan diets or those with dairy, egg and nut allergies. All of the ingredients are easily accessible and budget friendly.

The recipe can be adapted for gluten and wheat free by subbing the flour for gf flour, it can also be made soy free by omitting the yogurt or changing it to coconut yogurt.

Ok this is unashamedly girly. I was keen on being as gender neutral with my kids upbringing as possible. I think girls look cool in blue and I even bought my son a doll at age 1. But, in my case, my kids absolutely epitomise their gender stereotypes. I am sure to be eye ball rolled at when my super hero loving 3 year old boy is seen next to his tutu clad 2 year old sister. So, this is how this cake became what it is. And you know what, I love it. My kids are great individuals who I value as they are, tulle and all.

My daughter Daisy knew it was her birthday coming up and she specified a “pink sprinkle cake with a horse and a rainbow” numerous times, then told everyone about the cake she wanted. So, knowing how important this was to her, I whipped it up on a uni student budget.

This is based on the whacky cake or depression cake.

It has sugar in it but I cut the amount in half seems as the yogurt was sweet too. 

First batch, the test batch was made into 12x large muffins to share at daycare and I just doubled the batch for a large cake. I would recommend doing muffins as a test first. It is a pretty easy recipe however you might be keen to adjust the sweetness or tweak according to what you like before diving into the all important birthday cake!


Ingredients (double for a large cake)

  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • Half cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 dessert spoon white vinegar
  • 4 or 5 dessert spoons olive oil (or other veg oil)
  • 1 tsp strawberry essence 
  • A few drops of pink food colouring
  • 1 pottle of soy vanilla yogurt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  2. Grease muffin tray or cake dish
  3. In a bowl, mix flour and sugar
  4. Make three small indentations with the back of a spoon into the dry mix
  5. In one groove, put in vanilla essence
  6. In one groove, place vinegar
  7. In one groove, place olive oil
  8. Pour water over the mix and combine
  9. Add yogurt and strawberry essence and combine
  10. Drop in a two or three random drops of pink food colouring and, using the tip of the spoon, swirl
  11. Pour into dish and bake. A small cake needs about 30min, muffins 25 min and a double recipe large cake is 50min
  12. Skewed test (see if a knife comes up clean) to see if it has cooked

The icing is just dairy free margarine, melted with icing sugar, strawberry essence and pink food colouring.

Top with sprinkles and decorate accordingly.

Simple and delicious.

It was a hit and accounted for the four people with food allergies and our vegan friends. It was such an amazing feeling to not have to worry about my kids food allergies at our party. It was just a little do at home so it could be an entirely a safe food zone. We did kid snacks of bliss balls, fruit, popcorn and crackers then a “sandwich station” with roast meats, salad and veg for the adults.


Much love from my family to yours

Aleshia and little miss Daisy xx

Why do we believe that we are not good enough to have the life we dream of?

Low self esteem and feelings of not being good enough hold us back as humans.

This is how powerful the mind is.

It took my preschooler to make me wake up and look around at my life.

My three year old said to me “Mummy the house is very grey”
“Yes, Johnny, we painted all the walls grey”
“Mummy, I don’t like grey. I want a blue room”

More recently, and significantly, we were stuck in traffic and my three year old asked “Mummy, do we live in a city?”
“Yes, we live in a city. It has cars and buildings, see. A city”
“Mummy, I want to live in a beach please”

At three, he is wiser than me. At three he can see that we can manipulate our lives to achieve favorable outcomes and he KNOWS what he wants from his environment and his life. His world is so black and white, he doesn’t see why we can’t just go and live at the beach in a colourful, vibrant house. We could learn something from that.
Our environments are part of our well being. What does yours look like?

My daughter will surround herself with anything she finds pleasing to look at – flowers, ribbons, glitter etc. When did I stop doing this for myself? When did that part of being a female who likes pretty things become less of a priority to me? I want flowers, they make me happy, so I should damn well buy the flowers. I am always thinking of what others want, what will nourish their well being, but rarely do I treat myself in this same manner.

Imagine the life that you have always dreamed of, what does it look like? Who is in it? Who is NOT in it?

Where are you living?
Are you happy in your occupation?
Are you healthy? What are you doing to maintain good health?

Are you worried about the future? Are you always looking back into your past? What about right now. Right now is all we truly have and it is yours to build the life you dream of.

You can picture it.

Why do we get stuck in a rut? Finances? Health? Jobs?

Why can’t we just throw away multi tasking and focus on uni tasking to move forward to that which we want? In this case, it would be uni tasking towards moving to the beach. It makes the decision black and white. It means that you sit down, figure it out, and do it. Uni tasking is tunnel visions where the excuses of why you should not prioritize one thing fall away – they don’t fit in the tunnel with your vision.

Is it low self esteem holding us back? I know my Dad has always put down my achievements by saying “I never thought my daughter would be able to do that” and that comes from his low self esteem. He never believed in himself. You can have all the intellegence in the world but if you don’t believe in yourself then you wont have the confidence to take a step in the right direction. That’s why some smart people stay in their comfort zones, not progressing, and other less intelligent people lead epic lives. I know my Dad wanted a better life but he never believed he deserved it, he would roll his eyes at people who owned boats or nice cars etc. He catagorized people as “us” and “them”. This is such a common concept. We think nice lives are for other people, the people we see on instagram, not for ourselves. But screw that, you lead your own life, never mind them.

You owe it to your three year old self to know what your dream life is and be unstoppable in the pursuit to obtain it.

House on the beach illustration

 

Natural birth does happen

Posting here to remember this story forever and also to fill up the World Wide Web with more stories of positive, natural birth with the purpose of helping to remove fear from childbirth.


Two years ago I was 38 weeks pregnant with who I thought was “Eleanor” and then a little flower landed on my tummy (in the pic), then as my Dad was talking to me about the baby later that day the song came on the radio “That’s not my name”, then everywhere I looked I saw fields of beautiful Daisy’s. I said to my husband Scott, “I don’t think her name is Eleanor”, and he said he had been thinking the same thing that day. At 39 weeks she was born in a full hippie, sunset-over-the-Auckland-harbour hypnobirth, laughter in the room and smiling faces, no drugs, water birth, two hour labour with 7 min of pushing. Peaceful and calm, dare I say easy (in what I call a healing birth, as my first birth wasn’t straightforward however it was still a natural birth). This baby didn’t cry, instead she simply looked up at Scott and I. That natural birth experience sealed it for me, this 2kg dot was a little Daisy.

I believe babies pick their own names and our crazy little wildflower with a love of crystals, Buddha statues and kefir water most certainly picked hers out for herself!

When Daisy was newborn, I was told by a Mum at a toddler music class, “oh but she is so pretty and a daisy is a weed”. I told this a Mum that the only reason a weed is called a weed is because of its inability to grow in a straight line and there is something I quite like about that. ❤️🐣🌸🌼🍃🌈

“Leave medicines in the chemist ’s pot if you can cure your patient s with food”. – Hippocrates

Eat Well Be Well Poster

Poor diet, inadequate physical activity and poor quality of nutrition are detrimental to our health and well being.

Yet diet related diseases are on the rise.

Choose to eat well, be well.

 

Reference –

Public Health Intelligence (2012).
Nutrition and the Burden of Disease: New Zealand
1997 – 2011.
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