Skin Conditions: Psoriasis vs Eczema

As you well know by now, both my little girl and I suffer from eczema. Eczema is a condition that I’ve lived with my whole life. There are two main types of eczema or dermatitis. The first is Contact Eczema. In this case skin inflammation is caused by a trigger or irritant from outside the body. This can be anything from grass, fabric softener to sea water (as in my case). This type of eczema can be controlled to a certain extent if care is taken to avoid these triggers. Atopic Eczema is the real bugger. In my opinion at least! This is caused by a problem from within the body. Cara’s eczema will flare up if she eats foods that contain dairy or eggs, therefore she does not eat those foods at all. My poor child. My eczema will flare up when I have hay fever, when I drink too much white wine, when I am stressed… not quite so easy to control. I know I can cut out the wine, but let’s stick to the point of this post ;) It seems that my husband has developed a mild case of Psoriasis. Luckily the flare-ups have been few and far between. We only realised that it is Psoriasis as his late father suffered from the condition. How do you tell the difference between these skin conditions? I found the below article on Skin Online and I thought that you may find it of use. Original article can be found over HERE. Skin Conditions: Psoriasis vs Eczema Skin conditions such as Psoriasis and Eczema are often confused or even...

Garth Taylor will step into the boxing ring for Children Fighting Cancer #YouPledgeIFIGHT

On Thursday, June 30th 2016, Garth Taylor, a constant hit-churner in the South African music industry over the past 17 years, will be churning out hits of a different kind. While most know Garth Taylor for his chart-topping hits, few know that he is an avid fitness fanatic and that kickboxing is his second passion.  In 2014, he won the South African Amateur Kickboxing Champion title in the Light Contact category. #YouPledgeIFIGHT On his latest fundraising effort for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, a Childhood Cancer Charity which offers individualised and practical support to children fighting cancer, and their families, across South Africa, Garth says, “After having my sister, Joanne, taken away from me by cancer, I have even more of a soft spot toward people who are fighting cancer. Having watched what she went through as an adult fighting this disease, I can only imagine how much worse it is for children who are suffering from cancer, to fight this battle. So, I figured, how bad can it be? Me, stepping into the ring and getting punched around for kids who are fighting for their lives every single day. I might as well see what I can do, if not through my singing, then by getting into the ring and doing something more exciting, so that people and companies pledge money and hopefully we can raise enough funds to help these little kids. I see cancer as a big bully hurting these children, and that is what I will be fighting for.” Pledges and donations to get Garth into the ring will be administered via an online fundraising...

9 Signs Of Emotional Eating

My name is Charlene and I am an emotional eater. I eat when I’m sad. I eat when I’m stressed. I eat when I’m happy. Hell, I even eat when I’m just plain bored. And I definitely eat instead of facing my problems. This, along with a few other contributing factors, has resulted that I am back where I was 2 years ago. But more on that in another post… Today I share an article I found on Skin Online. I would love to hear how you feel about this subject. 9 Signs Of Emotional Eating We all know that eating is not just about survival, it is about savouring flavours, colours, texture, and presentation, but it can also be about your emotional state of mind. Food is used by many as a form of escape, especially when stressed, emotional , tired , depressed and the list could go on and on. The repercussions of emotional eating often result in many a health problem, notwithstanding the packing on of unwanted weight. Here are 9 signs that you may be an emotional eater: 1. You eat whenever stressed no matter what time of day. 2. You eat as a response to your emotions i.e. you eat when you are happy , you eat when you are sad and you even eat when you are bored or frustrated. 3. You seek comfort in food, feeling as though food will make it ‘aall better’. 4. Your eating get’s out of control and as a result you eat continually. 5. You become obsessed and fascinated with food. 6. You use emotionally charged language to...

Your child can get 5 a day with a little help from SOLAL

Cara is a picky eater. Add to that her food allergies and sensory sensitivity, and you can only imagine the struggle. Getting her to try new foods is a huge challenge which often ends in tears and a bribe… you gotta do what you gotta do. Moms, I know I’m not alone! Last night was a good one; Cara polished a bowl of chicken, couscous and pumpkin. They day before that she ate a whole banana. Victory!! Those are exceptions to rule I’m afraid. Most days my little girl lives on jam sarmies and Weetbix. And Ouma’s spaghetti bolognese. I try my best… I hide bananas and carrots in bran muffins, I blend veggies beyond recognition and add them to pasta dishes, but it isn’t always that simple. Or easy. Some days I am just glad that my child goes to bed with a full tummy. Ensuring that Cara eats 5 fruit and veg portions a day is near impossible, but thanks to SOLAL, I can now stress a little less. And thank you to the lovely Eleanor for the tip! She also has a picky eater and has some great tips on her blog Just Ella Bella. SOLAL 24-in-1™ SuperFruit & Vegetable Drink The SOLAL 24-in-1™ SuperFruit & Vegetable Drink provides 18 fruit and vegetables, 5 antioxidants and 500 million probiotics for optimum nutrition. This yummy (really!) fruit and vegetable concentrate contributes towards the recommended 5 fruit and vegetable portions you need per day for optimum health. And if you have a picky eater like me, it is worth it’s weight in gold. It contains 5 SuperNutrient™ antioxidants (grape seed extract, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin...

Win with Kellogg’s and make breakfast the most important meal of the day (CLOSED)

Congrats Kerry and Lelani! I have to eat breakfast. Without it I can be beyond cranky. My mom forced me to eat my cereal in the morning when I was at school and I am eternally grateful. I can remember a friend of mine in Grade 1 could not keep his eyes open in class and teachers thought he had learning difficulties… turned out it was because he refused to eat breakfast! Once his mom made sure he went to school with a full tummy, he had no problems keeping up with the rest of the class. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Especially for school-going children. Did you know that almost one in five children go to school without breakfast? Studies indicate that children who attend school hungry have problems with their health and performance in school. Without having breakfast it is impossible for children to feed their minds and reach their full potential in school. Below, Kellogg’s South Africa shares more about why kids should not skip breakfast and how they are filling tummies with their amazing Breakfast for Better Days™ initiative. Feeding young minds: make breakfast the most important meal of the day It is said to be the most important meal of the day, but what makes breakfast so special? During the daily chaos of life, it is easy to sometimes miss out on your morning meal. However, registered SA dietician Kelly Francis believes that spending breakfast time together as a family has a noticeable, positive effect on the children’s learning and wellbeing. “It is important that families sit down at...

Tips to Prevent Dehydration in Babies and Children

Winter is fast approaching and it seems that colds and flu have already hit the kids hard. Here in Cape Town at least. There is also a tummy bug doing the rounds. Three of Cara’s class mates were at home last week with severe diarrhoea. It is very scary when these little ones, especially babies, get so sick as the chance of dehydration is so real. Dehydration occurs when fluids leave the body faster than it is being replaced. When this happens, it upsets the balance of minerals that enable all parts of the body to function optimally. Babies and young children are very sensitive to fluid loss and it is extremely important that parents are aware of the signs. What are the signs of dehydration in babies and young children? A marked decrease in the number of wet nappies Cold hands and feet Urine that looks darker and smells stronger than usual A dry, parched mouth and lips and less elasticity in the skin Fewer or no tears while crying Eyes and fontanelle (the soft spot on the top of the head) appear sunken Lethargy, excessive sleepiness or fussiness. Severe dehydration occurs when more than 10% of bodily fluid is lost. It can have serious medical consequences and can even lead to death. Immediate medical intervention is needed, but if parents are aware of the signs of dehydration, they can take steps to prevent it. Always contact your doctor if you have any reason to be concerned, as they will be able to give you the best advice. For mild dehydration, doctors often recommend an oral rehydration solution (ORS) in small...

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