Monthly Archives: September 2013

Eczema in the Heat

Well 37 degrees is uncomfortable at the best of times but with Eczema it is worse!

One in three Australians suffer from Eczema and the onset is usually in early childhood. Mainstream medicine usually prescribes a range of medicated lotions & ointments and steroid creams that often provide limited relief and a host of possible ill-effects. Many natural alternatives simply do not work, so what is the best plan of attack if you or your children are facing this painful and itchy condition?

The best course of action is a two-step plan. It is about managing the skin and easing discomfort while trying to figure out the triggers to minimize future flare-ups. Common triggers are wool, synthetic clothing, soap powder, detergents, soap, shampoo, perfumed products, food preservatives, air conditioning, dust mites, grasses, plant pollens and pets. Emotional stress has also been linked to flare ups (Australian Family, p.35). Both my daughters suffer from eczema in varying degrees. It manifests in both of them with a high consumption of dairy as well as skin reactions to lotions & chemicals. To limit the incidence of outbreaks I cut out all dairy at home and bath them only in coconut oil or the Arbonne baby range.

In the heat managing their flare-ups becomes increasingly more difficult. A swim in the pool – outbreak. Sweaty hair -outbreak. Humid Rockhampton weather – outbreak and longer healing time! I find barrier creams can help but the key is really in consistency. Making sure that they have a bath after a swim, that hair is washed and dried thoroughly, that outbreaks are treated promptly and that I am diligent about what food goes in their mouth! I can only say what works for us so my top tips are below!

Top 3 Tips

1. Treat flare-ups fast and keep skin moist & clean

2. Don’t use commercial cosmetic moisturises EVER! (even if you don’t have eczema)

3. Use an elimination process to try and determine triggers and then limit exposure.


The Wind Is Changing!

Well the last few months have been a whirlwind! My mind has exploded with ideas and the confidence to follow my passion for  health & well-being!

This has taken me down 3 different but complementary paths. 1. Arbonne Pure Skin Care 2. The Odd Spot Blog & today number 3. Janet (the organic guru) and I received our council approval to produce fresh organic cold pressed juice & other delicious organic snacks!

I am super excited (and nervous) about what the next few months will bring for us! My passion is to provide nutritious, safe & delicious juices and snacks that are suitable for people with allergies/intolerances and are produced in a peanut & gluten free environment. This I hope will give peace of mind to families trying to manage allergies whilst out & about as well as provide a healthy alternative for everyone in Rockhampton!

I have a great deal of work to do before we are up and running but with approval it is now all systems go! I look forward to updating you all on our progress & making safe healthy food available very very soon!

Cacao Protein Muffins Cold-Pressed Juices


iLabs: Twins & Allergies

Had to reblog these findings of allergies in twins! Very interesting results!

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education Blog

We had a visitor pose a very good question today in our lab.  She and her child were doing the table activity to determine which of two twins has a peanut allergy.  Her question to us was:

Would identical twins both have the peanut allergy since they share the same DNA?

For certain, fraternal twins, who develop from two different eggs, have different DNA and hence there is a good chance they do not have the same allergies. However, given that allergies have a strong genetic component, it seemed entirely likely that identical twins would share the same allergies.

A quick search of some articles showed that the answer is not as clear-cut as that though.

An article in the New York Times Science column, Twins and Allergies, as well as an article in ScienceDaily’s Science News column, Identical Twins Not As Identical As Believed both dealt with this…

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Spring has sprung! Helping with Hayfever…

Eyes watering, persistent sneezing….you guessed it! Spring is upon us and with it comes dreaded hayfever. Did you know a good dose of vitamin c can help?

How to maintain a gluten-free diet

Great blog! I think many of us get pigeon holed for our dietary choices! I eat a paleo diet because I have never felt better, and my daughter doesn’t eat peanuts because yes actually they can kill her! I think people who are not intuitive to their bodies and their own health are the first to judge others.


In the last couple of weeks I have read and heard several comments that seem to imply that those who eat gluten-free diets, or most special diets, do it to be trendy, difficult or that only the wealthy can afford to have a special diet. Some of these comments are hilarious, and honestly, there is truth behind them. The strain that eating a special diet can put on your wallet is serious. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

I eat gluten-free because if I didn’t I would not only be sick all the time, but also a terrible and inactive person. I am also able to do it without spending a lot of extra cash, and without crying over the bakery counter at the coffee shop.  This list I have compiled after four years of eating gluten-free can help you do it and be happy about it.

1- Realize…

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Benefits of Juicing

Love my juice!


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Why shouldn’t we eat Legumes?

I like this blog! I too have had great health benefits since cutting out legumes! Paleo has changed my health inside & out.


close up of dried legumes and cereals

What is a Legume?

Legumes are a pod, such as that of a pea or bean, that splits into two valves with the seeds attached to one edge of the valves. These are also known as Pinto beans, Black beans, Red beans, Navy beans, Kidney beans, Garbanzo beans, Great northern white beans, Lima beans, Mung beans, and Soybeans.  And they all contain lectins (specialized proteins). All plant foods contain lectins but the lectins in grains (such as wheat), dairy and legumes cause an inflammatory response in your body (skin, joint, reproductive, allergies and more health related issues) by allowing undigested protein molecules to infiltrate your digestive tract and trigger an autoimmune response which is a situation characterized by the familiar term, leaky gut syndrome.

Leaky gut is a condition where your intestines become permeable and larger particles are able to enter the bloodstream.Our body then sees that those particles are…

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