Running fuel….

imageWow….these pancakes look yummy. Eating wheat and dairy free is becoming so much easier. Even in the short time we have been following this diet I have noticed a difference.

Ingredients are more accessible, every supermarket has a ‘free from’ aisle….even the Co-Op! And sports, health a nutrition fanatics are all taking on wheat and dairy free as ‘clean living’.

I just like finding recipes that are great for the whole family. And super yummy.

I have just found these on Runners World!!! Might try them over half term :-)

These indulgent pancakes make for a perfect post-run brunch or perhaps a hearty pudding for special occasions. They are quick and easy to prepare – you can even blend all the ingredients in a food processor. Banana is a natural sweetener, so there’s no need to add sugar, and the almonds and pecans pump up the protein power, giving a 3:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein – which is perfect for recovery purposes.


2 bananas
45g ground almonds
15g desiccated coconut
1 medium egg, beaten
1-2 tbsp non-dairy milk (use dairy milk if you prefer it)
Olive oil for frying
1 tbsp chopped pecan nuts
1 tbsp honey

Mash one of the bananas in a bowl and stir in the ground almonds and coconut.
Beat in the egg, adding enough milk to the mix make a thick batter.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and place four spoonfuls of the batter in the pan, keeping them separate.
Cook for 3-4 minutes until golden underneath, and then flip over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes on the other side.
Slice the other banana and serve on top of the pancakes, sprinkled with the chopped pecans and a drizzle of honey.

A great food for refuelling – bananas are packed with carbohydrates and they’re rich in potassium, fibre and vitamins C and B6, which is needed for protein metabolism.


Pecans are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and high in vitamin E, an antioxidant. They are also a good source of manganese, a mineral that plays a role in bone health.


While it’s true that coconut is high in saturated fat, it is mostly lauric acid, a medium-chain-triglyceride that raises levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and also has antibacterial properties.

Serves 2

Prep time 5 mins

Cooking time 7-8 mins

Vital statistics (per serving)

520 calories,
35g carbohydrate,
12g protein, 36g fat,
10g fibre

Fuelling the family….

Life in the fast lane!!

Life in the fast lane!!

I have been thinking about my blog and the fact that I have not really posted regularly for quite a while. I think the main reason is that eczema and allergies have just become a normal part of our family life. I barely think about it anymore. Even when the husband was formally tested for allergies, and we found that he too is allergic to dairy, it was no biggy!

But then recently a friend questioned me on how we deal with Ayla and her allergies as a family, as it had been recommended that her young daughter eliminate dairy from her diet. I realised that things we now do automatically would seem and indeed were quite daunting when newly faced with a restrictive diet in a child.

So it left me thinking there is so much more to share. How we eat and cook when on holiday, when abroad, when camping, children’s parties, school dinners etc.

But added to this Ayla has made me so much more aware and interested in healthy living and nutrition. I would say I have always been healthy but as I have competed in more and more endurance events (half marathons, marathons, half ironman…) I am more and more conscious of how I fuel my body. I have read several books about ultra runners who have converted to plant based diets and much of what they suggest is in fact already part of our family diet due to the allergies. So I shall also include some super healthy recipes for the mums and dads or older kids.

After all…you are what you eat…!!!

Love Summer…..


I have always loved summer….the sun, holiday, less clothes to wear, to wash, to dry!!

This summer we decided to stretch it out and spent 3 weeks in the South of France. There is absolutely nothing better for Ayla and her skin. The sun and salt water worked its magic along with a Mediterranean diet….she was silky smooth in no time. Seeing her on holiday you would never know how badly she has and still does suffer with eczema.

But it takes work….no wheat, no dairy, constant creaming up and a good healthy lifestyle.
It’s not hard work though, when you reap such wonderful benefits!

We have been lucky this year. The Summer in the UK was really quite good and only today 4th October does it look a bit grim outside. We can cope with this!! And will look forward to around three weeks in Europe next August :-)

Suits are back :-(

This is Ayla all ready for bed in her cotton sleep suits.  For the first time in 3 years she stopped wearing them over the summer months. However the colder weather is back so we are slapping the cream on and then put the suits on which hold in the moisture for much longer. It also stops her PJs getting as creamy!

I guess it is quite time consuming and most 5 year olds can get ready for bed themselves but the effort is worth it.

For anyone reading this, we get them on prescription from the Doctors. So ask!! Ayla also wears the top under her clothing if she has a bad flare up as they are comfy on her skin :-)


Eczema Flare Up :-(((

I have well and truely had enough of this cold cold cold weather. It feels like it has been a six month long winter. Not only does it mean we have spent little time outside, it has been mean mean mean on Ayla’s skin.

The lastest cold spell (March!!!) has really hit Ayla hard. Just when we should be thinking of stripping off and getting some fresh air Ayla has had a massive flare up. Probably the worst she has been for 2 years and has reduced me to tears.

It has not been like the flare ups of old though. Ever since Ayla has been dairy and wheat free she has pretty much been flare up free too. This flare up wasn’t all over but for the first time ever her poor little face has been soooo sore. She has had cracked skin under her ear lobes, an infected sore above her lip (where she has licked her dry lips, causing them to become dry and cracked…which then became infected) and eczema all along her hair line.

Added to this she had an infection to the eczema behind her knees from scratching at the dry skin. But thankfully after a few weeks hard work she is looking good again. This is what we did to clean it up!!!……

1) Emuvate on skin infection behind knees twice a day for two days.

2) Creaming up every two hours (luckily it was the weekend!!) and wearing of sleepsuits all day and night for two days.

3) Germolene cream on cracked skin behind knees after infection had gone to help healing process. Also used on ears.

4) Cold sore cream on lip to stop infection every hour for two days. Then normal cream as dry.

5) Anto-dandruff shampoo every other day/every three days. Relieves itching and helps with flaky skin.

It has been hard work…but I am sure like any parent reading this blog I would do anything to make Ayla’s eczema away!! So please hurry up warmer weather…we need some naked time!!

Ayla Friendly Frosting!!!

My niece is totally addicted to buttercream. Seriously if she bakes a cake we are lucky if the buttercream makes it to the cake!! My sister stubbled across these and got her three tubs as a birthday treat!! When we looked at the ingredients, imagine our excitement when we saw they are Ayla Friendly!!

They do say ‘may contain milk’ due to factory handling methods but no wheat or dairy in the ingredients list, even the chocolate flavours. Yum yum – I can not wait to try!!

We don’t like the cold!!! :-(

Sorry it has been a while since I posted, but I am still settling back into work after maternity leave with Baby Bro. Boo hiss boo hiss (work!!)

So it has suddenly turned mega cold. It makes me miserable and it makes Ayla itch. Her poor skin gets so dry in this weather, mainly her neck and joints but everywhere really! We are still trying out the salt baths and I am sure it takes the redness from her skin at the end of the day but I have found I can not bathe her and Baby Bro together so he has his bath first before we chuck the salt in! She did say it stung at first (but that’s like the sea so I guess maybe its working?!).

Let’s get through winter and dream of warmer days……and the motto for Winter is



A cotton onesie!!!

Oh the excitement!!!

Now the evenings are drawing in there is nothing better than locking the doors and jumping into your onesie!! Yep that includes mummy. Baby Bro was brought a super cute Giraffe Onesie for his 1st birthday with a tail and ears. Ive got a nice fleecy number with feet and poor Ayls has grown out of hers. Now I like her to wear clothes with a high cotton content as it much kinder for her skin – especially in a warm bed with all that nasty bacteria lurking about.

Well she spefically requested one with feet!! So I have searched high and low for a cotton onesie with feet for a 4 year old!!! And HOORAY I found one in Matalan and she has been wearing it every night since. She can scratch her ankles and is all tucked up and  she looks sooooo cute!!!

Now the only problem will be washing and drying it before she notices it missing!!

Sun, Sea and Skin…………

We have recently returned from a week in Lanzarote. This is Ayla’s first ‘hot’ summer holiday by the beach since being on her ‘Ayla Friendly’ diet. Now I knew from previous experience that both the sun and salt water have a really positive effect on her skin. So I couldnt wait to bring the two things together and see if her skin improved – as well as sticking to her diet and creaming regime.


It took about 3 days for her skin to firstly calm down (she had a minor flare up before we left), then from day 4 it just got better and better!!! Luckily she tans really easily and doesn’t burn so although I kept cream on her during the hottest part of the day. But for an hour in the morning I left cream off and we were vigilent with her emoilients and bathing at the end of the day. The result of a week slashing around in the sea and running around with little on……….beautiful skin!!

The redness went down, the scratches which are seem to be permanent on her ankles have gone. It brought tears to my eyes!!! By the end of the holiday we even let Ayla have a small scoop of icecream….and she was fine!!

10 days on and Ayla’s skin is still looking great. Reason enough for a holiday by the seaside at least once a year I say!!!

Not again……………..

Sorry it has been a while since I have posted, school holidays, Olympics (additcted to watching!!) so things been side lined.

Just a quick one today. Ive been hoping that we were in the clear, that we wouldn’t have to go through it all again but today I realised I am kidding myself – I think our little boy has eczema. Boooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

He has had dry patchy skin on his back for a month or so (he is 11 months) but i figured maybe it was from sweat, heat when sleeping, lack of fresh air (!!) etc. But no its pretty obvious this weekend - its eczema. Over his back and tummy and around his neck but no where else, He has been suffering from ‘molluscum contagiosum’ for a few months, and I have read that this can cause eczema whilst the child is suffering from it. Fingers crossed!!

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral skin infection. The most common symptom of MC is small, firm, raised spots on the skin, which usually form in little clusters. MC is usually painless, although some people may feel mild to moderate itchiness. The condition is not a serious threat to health, but it can be annoying and, in severe cases, it can look ugly. In most cases, MC will go away within 18 months without the need for treatment. The condition is highly infectious. However, most people are resistant to the molluscum contagiosum virus, meaning they are unlikely to develop MC if they come into contact with the virus.

If anyone has any experience of MC then please share!

But I am so gald we are signed up for the Eat Study. Next month he will be down int London for his yearly check up so he will get looked over and advised. Not sure we can fit in more creaming!!!