rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


Just a quick update on the processed food free experiment.

It’s going well.
Really well.
My skin is pretty amazing.

I would share a photo but I have a massive zit on my cheek! I never get spots! This is surely a great sign that my skin is getting more naturally oily and healthy.

I am sleeping better than I have for months.
Every night!

I have had a few mistakes. Went to a friend’s house for a birthday night in and there was plenty of safe food for me including humous, nairns oat cakes, olives, smoked salmon, kettle chips etc. for me to eat but I just had to dig into the beetroot in a tub (not fresh cooked) and the potatoe wedges with herbs. The ingredients looked OK but… they were processed. I didn’t get an allergic reaction but I did get prurigo the next day which is still only just about healing.

Nothing to do with the champagne (broke the one glass of safe wine a night rule that evening). Although I know it could have been the excess alcohol.

But if you can’t have a few mistakes and learn from them you never know what’s causing the problems.

I’ve found a local farmer about two miles down the road and bought a freezer drawer full of beef; minced beef, stewing beef and lovely organic free range chicken from just up the road. You can’t get much more local than that? Check out Terrick Beef for more info. The freezer is full of fresh meet and will shortly be full of lovely ready made meals for me to have when I can’t face cooking.

I have been experiencing some stomach problems and loose stools but this does seem to be calming down. Micki Rose of Truly Gluten Free assures me this is quite normal when cutting out foods or changing diet.

I am still finding breakfast a challenge to make interesting.

And cutting out sugar… it pops up in stuff where I least expect it. So I am keeping sugar to a minimum as I don’t have a problem with it, and using honey, mollases and more natural sources to sweeten rather than processed white sugar.

Eating out has also been problematic but on the whole, I’ve had some good meals out and stuck to simple steak and chips. I prefer to avoid eating out if I can because I detest all the planning, questions and checking but meeting with friends and having a great night out is also so good for the soul and spirit that it’s worth the effort every now and then. The Red Lion in Wendover have been very helpful and I’ve had Ham, egg and chips there and steak and chips in the last month and had no adverse reactions. Very tasty food too so I’d recommend them.

Now nearer the end of a full month and I’m beginning to enjoy it.

It’s normal to grab the frying pan or stick a potato in the oven rather than grab the gluten free bread and make a sandwich for lunch. I’m getting better at planning meals, because I have to, and better and cooking. In another few weeks I will see how I get on with the odd slice of GF bread because I do miss my toast. I have plans to try to make some soda bread but this has a disaster in the past.

Here ends this short litte ramble but my skin is so much better. I don’t need to moisturise during the day at all. I am still lathering it on every evening and morning but my skin is getting stronger.

And I feel great. I feel happier. My body is a temple… if you ignore the wine and the gin (made the sloe gin batch and couldn’t resist having a glass). I have bought Fever Tree tonic water for this particular treat and have it once a week.

So have a weekend one and all and let me know how you’re getting on with the processed food free challenge.



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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