After almost a week with no cooked food, I set my hopes on eating a meal with organic Basmati brown rice — the rice with that buttery, yummy flavor (actually in the “Beat Eczema” meal plan) – while watching the Cowboys play Minnesota today. Not only did the Cowboys lose miserably, but my rice, after two hours of cooking, using the method described on the Beat Eczema website, was still swimming in water. So I ditched that effort until later and changed my plan.
I knowingly ate something inflammatory but quick! A little pasta never hurt anyone, right? Especially since it was whole wheat pasta. And all I put on it was olive oil and some crushed garlic and kelp for flavor. I also sauteed some fresh spinach with olive oil and garlic. Now that was good. Then, finally my biogenic food for this meal was some live sauerkraut. Yuk! I will have to learn to like this stuff.
Now, the whole point of this discussion is to learn what to do right to beat eczema, and this may mean learning from my mistakes. So, let me tell you that this pasta substitution was a definite mistake. After this meal, the eczema patches on my hands got red and itchy again. It took awhile for this to calm down.
Perhaps I should back up and talk about breakfast. I had a blueberry/blackberry smoothie mixed with some raw local honey, flaxseed meal, organic plain yogurt, pineapple juice and some ice cubes. And, oh yes, remember that I was going to apply the honey to my fingers and wrap them with Saran Wrap overnight? The results were okay but not as great as the Golden Salve (from NSP) I’ve been using. I’ll just stick with that. It has been amazing for preventing infection and healing split skin overnight.
While waiting on the failed rice attempt, I made a snack to munch on: an open-faced avocado sandwich (recipe found in the Beat Eczema diet). I really liked this. You should try it.
I also began my first soaking and sprouting experience with seeds today. I tried some buckwheat groats –soaked 6 hours, then put in a sprouting jar — will have to rinse them before bedtime. There was a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on, since rinsing is required every few hours. Quite a time investment this is. After today, I think I’ll just buy my sprouts.
Okay, for dinner there was more sauerkraut, this time mixed in with my long-awaited buttery-flavored Basmati rice and a salad of field greens and sprouts. My beverage was carrot juice. Not bad.
What is amazing to me, a die-hard chocoholic, is that now when I pass by the good chocolate in health food stores, I am not even tempted. This food I’m eating is so full of nutrients that I am satisfied with very little of it, and I am not craving carbs or chocolate the way I used to.
Can’t wait for my hands to tell the story of how good I’m eating. I guess it takes awhile. I’m not so good at patience, but I’m learning. No change in the hands today, except that short reactive episode in response to the inflammatory food.