Christmas is a time for celebration, and if you’re like me and my family it involves eating a lot of food. However many typical Christmas dishes, such as ham, gravy and mum’s amazing trifle dessert, can trigger eczema flare-ups if you are susceptible to eczema. Luckily there are tasty eczema-friendly alternatives which I have been cooking over the last week or so. Here is an eczema-friendly Christmas menu plus one of my favourite dessert recipes, Baked Pear Crumble, which uses The Eczema Diet ingredients.
How to make your Christmas turkey eczema-friendly (it's easy)
Cook the turkey as per instructions but change the following…
Oil: use only rice bran oil or pure refined safflower oil (no additives, no antioxidant)
Season with sea salt (but don’t add any other seasonings to the skin)
Stuffing: if you have eczema, skip the stuffing (leave it for the non-eczema family members)
Serve the turkey with eczema-safe vegetables including roasted potatoes and carrots, sweet potato, garlic, red or white cabbage and green beans. Garnish with chopped parsley or chopped chives.
Gravy: try this new Eczema Diet Gravy recipe – all other gravies are (unfortunately) terrible for eczema so if you love your skin don’t use normal gravy mix or other home-made ones, or simply eat your turkey without gravy. If you are highly sensitive to amines skip the gravy as it can accumulate amines during cooking. Click on the photo to read the recipe:
More Eczema Diet foods for your Christmas table:
Eczema-safe sweets: white marshmallows, home-made/plain toffee, soy carob buttons
Biscuits: Anzac Biscuits from The Eczema Diet (these are dairy-free, egg-free and wheat-free)
Fruits: peeled pear, banana (not sugar/lady finger variety), papaya, pawpaw and peeled red delicious apples
Drinks: water, mineral water, clear lemonade (ensure it has no additives, no colour, not “diet”, not “sugar-free”), decaffeinated coffee with organic soy milk, “carob milk drink” (made with warm soy milk or rice milk, carob powder and rice malt syrup), or make The Eczema Diet juices 'Tarzan Juice' and 'Healthy Skin Juice' as they are fantastic for reducing the itch of eczema (see photo, below).
Low salicylate alcohol choices: while all alcohol is ultimately problematic for eczema (as alcohol is highly acid-forming) vodka, gin and whiskey (in moderation), are the low salicylate/low amine choices.
Author: K. Fischer, 2014, 'Eczema Diet Christmas Menu', published for www.eczemalife.com.au
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