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 (sorry Mum), can trigger eczema flare-ups if you are susceptible to eczema. Luckily there are tasty eczema-friendly alternatives ...
Eczema Diet foods for your Christmas table:
Roast Chicken or Turkey: Refer to The Eczema Diet for the Roast Chicken recipe, or simply roast chicken or turkey using low salicylate ingredients to flavour the skin, including rice bran oil (or an oil to suit your allergies), garlic powder, quality sea salt, parsley and chives.
Eczema-safe sweets: white marshmallows, home-made/plain toffee, traditional honeycomb, and Red Velvet Cupcakes.
Fruits: peeled pear, banana (not sugar/lady finger variety), papaya and pawpaw. Medium salicylate fruits that are okay for Christmas day can include peeled red delicious apples and mango (after all, it's Christmas day!).
Drinks: water, mineral water, clear lemonade (ensure it has no additives, no colour, not “diet”, not “sugar-free”), decaffeinated coffee with organic soy milk or rice milk (milk to suit your allergies), “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.
Low salicylate alcohol choices: while alcohol is ultimately problematic for eczema (as alcohol is highly acid-forming), there are some exceptions for special occasions, including vodka, gin and whiskey, which are classed as 'low salicylate', glutamate-free and 'low amine' making them suitable for people with chemical intolerances. On saying this, of course avoid alcohol if you find it gives you crazy flareups.
- Lemonade iceblocks (no colours, no preservatives etc.)
- Baked Pear Crumble
- Dairy free Custard Tarts (see image below)... you can use this yummy base for any type of sweet tart. It would be lovely filled with stewed pear.
How to make Christmas turkey eczema-friendly (it's easy)
Cook the turkey as per instructions (I'm not going to insert cooking instructions here but you can google how to cook a Turkey if you need to), THEN use the following ingredients which are eczema-friendly:
Oil: use only rice bran oil or pure refined safflower oil (no additives, no antioxidant)
Sea salt, to taste (anything quality such as Himalayan or sea salt
Garlic powder, parsley and chives
Stuffing: if you have eczema you can skip the stuffing (leave it for the non-eczema family members) OR try mixing gluten-free breadcrumbs, chives, parsley, garlic powder, salt, sauteed leeks and/or green shallots/scallions/spring onions (and maybe pear jam).
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.
Caramelized Leek Sauce is also another great topping on turkey or any other dish that you have in mind.
Have you got any eczema-friendly meal suggestions for Christmas? If so, let us know in the comments section, below.
Author: K. Fischer, 2017, 'Eczema Diet Christmas Menu', originally published for www.eczemalife.com.au
At Eczema Life, we recommend nutritionist Karen Fischer's low food chemical program (The Eczema Detox) along with additive-free supplements for skin health and wellbeing. Click on the images to view more details: