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Gluten Free Recipes?

CaderMacCaderMac Member Posts: 105 Pioneering
edited February 2017 in Coffee lounge
After reading lots about how going gluten free can do wonders for skin conditions like eczema (among many other things), I am now two weeks into my trial month of being entirely gluten free! 

It has been much easier than I expected so far and my fruit and veg consumption has sky rocketed! 

Would be great to hear if anyone has any fantastic gluten recipes that they love or any other hints and tips to keep me on the straight and narrow. 


  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    Funnily enough I got sent an article this week about a gluten free diet when you don't have celiac disease and how it can be damaging.

    Have you been diagnosed with Celiac? If not, what are you wanting to gain from a gluten free diet?  You mention eczema, but the NHS recommends:

    "Some foods, such as eggs and cows' milk, can trigger eczema symptoms. However, you shouldn't make significant changes to your diet without first speaking to your GP. It may not be healthy to cut these foods from your diet.

    If your GP suspects a food allergy, you may be referred to a dietitian. They can help to work out a way to avoid the food you're allergic to while ensuring you still get all the nutrition you need. Alternatively, you may be referred to a hospital specialist such as an immunologist, dermatologist or paediatrician."

    I think it is important to speak to a health professional before attempting huge dietary changes, obviously it is your choice, but do take care  :) 

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  • CaderMacCaderMac Member Posts: 105 Pioneering
    Thanks @Sam_Scope! Lots of interesting reading for me there! There certainly is lots to consider when the internet often offers so much conflicting advice and theories. 

    I understand there are lots of issues with 'fashionable'/fad diets and I am taking great care to ensure I still have a balanced diet. Being covered head to toe in scars from my scratching, I am just desperate to be proactive in finding something that helps my 'itchyness'. I also understand that being itchy is no where near as serious as having celiacs or actual food allergies! 

    I am regularly at my GP's for advice, and keeping a food diary and cutting things out is the next stage before I can be referred for allergy testing etc. Going gluten free worked out much cheaper than paying to see a private dermatologist! 

    Thank you for your advice. 
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    I wasnt suggesting you were doing a fad diet, but I always panic when I hear about someone cutting out a part of their diet, sorry if it came across patronising!

    My daughter has eczema and psoriasis so I can empathise at the awful itchiness! She has had every cream, lotion and potion known to man but there was one cream that worked for us, it was Dream Cream from Lush.  

    When we went in and asked, they gave us a tiny pot to try for free to see how it was for her, when it worked, I went back and bought the big pot.

    I totally get the feeling of wanting to try anything to get a result.  Best of luck to you  :)

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  • CaderMacCaderMac Member Posts: 105 Pioneering
    Not at all,  I really appreciate your advice and thoughtfulness :smile: You can tell you are a mum because it's very similar to what my mum said when i first discussed it with her! hehe

    Dream Cream is lovely stuff, especially when you're used to very clinical non scented creams etc! When I recently moved in with my boyfriend he was very surprised to see the bathrooms taken over with all my white bottle, tubs and tubes!!!! 

    I don't know if it might be helpful for your daughter, but I have found that Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is a god send! It's really pricey and gooey and sticky but works miracles for dry lips and cracked skin. For a long time it was the only product that I could use on my face that didn't make my eczema worse. Plus I think it smells like turkish delight (yum). 

  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    Oh brilliant! thank you I shall give it a go. And yes, I did go into 'mum mode' on you!!!  :D

    The dream cream is great for her body but her scalp is a nightmare to control, she uses coal tar shampoo but it smells so strong and she is 14 and finds it embarrassing and upsetting.  Any psoriasis tips?
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  • CaderMacCaderMac Member Posts: 105 Pioneering
    That's so funny because it was at about 14 that my scalp was hard to control, it has since settled so I do wonder if hormones play a big role. 

    I'm afraid that smelly coal tar shampoo was the only thing I ever found that made a slight difference. 

    Although, I have recently started doing a 'hair mask' with coconut oil and I wonder if that could help moisturise her scalp too? I literally just smother my hair with lovely coconut oil and go to bed (with a towel on my pillow) and wash it out in the morning. The best bit is that I smell like a lovely coconut for the day too!! Might be worth a try as it lovely and natural and pleasant on the nose 
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you! we'll try that.  Maybe it's a hormonal thing with the age?
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