I grew up on a small tropical savanna island in the Kimberly, and a coastal mining town in the Pilbara, so I spent most of my childhood cooling off in the water.
Being at the beach gives me a sense of peace, calm and wellbeing – a natural high. It’s where I go to relax and recharge, I just feel more like “me” after I have been at the beach.
All my boys are water babies just like their Mama.
Maxwell loves the water and is a very confident swimmer, he was touching the bottom of the deep end at our local pool when he was just 4 years old, but for the first 5 years of his life he absolutely hated going to the beach.
Eczema, Dermatitis and More
Maxwell’s skin was covered in eczema, and as he grew older he developed other skin conditions and was prone to infection.
He has spent much of his life inflamed, uncomfortable or in pain, scratching himself bloody, and struggling to sleep. I have spent years (and I don’t want to know how much money) taking him from doctor to doctor, and banging my head against the wall with the prescribed elimination diet. We have tried every eczema cream under the sun, many of them made him cry in pain, and his skin worse! The only relief he would get was from steroid cream (which thins the skin) but had to be used to stop skin infections, which would require antibiotics.
As a little toddler Max would happily follow his brother into the ocean, eager to join in the fun, but as soon as the salt water got into his wounds he would scream and cry in pain.
Even after we rinsed and dried him he would sob until we took him home.
On bad skin days we avoided the beach (sand can also be very irritating) and on not so bad days Cade and I would take turns looking after Charlie in the water and sitting with Max.
Last year we found a brilliant doctor that properly diagnosed all of Maxwell’s skin conditions, and discovered he had multiple allergies not only to different foods, but to four different types of grass, four different types of mould, dust mites and animal dander. He prescribed a different steroid cream to clear up a big dermatitis on his abdomen, Antifungals for a Candida Overgrowth in his intestines, and a new diet.
All Disease Begins in the Gut
After six months the dermatitis on Maxwell’s skin healed, he is 99% eczema free and doesn’t require any creams.
Max had a blood test last week to check if his Candida Overgrowth is back in balance, and if he has healed from any of his allergies.
I am so proud of my brave boy, Max never complains about getting a blood test, he really tries hard to avoid the foods he is allergic and sensitive to, and eat his veggies.
His favourite food is an Omelette, so he is trying hard to do all the right things to get well, so he can heal from his egg allergy, and eat Omelettes again!
Thalassophobia to Thalassophile
Even once Maxwell’s skin was healed he still wouldn’t go in the water, because he equated the ocean with pain. One really hot day a few weeks ago he put his toe in the water, then his foot, then he went a little way out, before jumping into my arms in the ocean, with a big smile on his face.
Max now loves the sea, he would spend all day swimming out there with Charlie if he could. They put on their goggles, swim out, and shout to me in excitement when they find big schools of silver fish, before grabbing lungfuls of air, and going back under again.
I take the boys to the beach in the morning for swimming lessons, and in the afternoon Max asks if we can go back again.
For years the ocean brought Max nothing but pain, but now it’s a source of great delight, just like it is for me. It fills my heart full of joy and peace to see him so carefree and merry. The transformation of his skin is amazing, and life changing – I am just so grateful.
All the struggle and hard work is worth it to see my boy drug & pain free, and happy.
Easy Like Sunday Morning
Now Max loves the beach as much as the rest of us, our family spends as much time as we can there. Our new routine on the weekend is head to the beach in the morning, stop by the Fishmonger on the way home, and enjoy fresh fish for lunch.
I like to serve pan fried fish with roasted sweet potato chips, and veggie sticks slathered in this nutrient rich Avocado and Lime dip. I have found the best kind of sweet potato to make crunchy chips with is the white skinned, purple flesh Hawaiian Sweet Potato, otherwise known as Okinawan Sweet Potato. It hardens and crisps up evenly making it perfect to scoop up dip with.
My boys don’t usually like to eat Avocado, but when I took a batch of this Avocado and Lime dip to meet some friends down at the beach today, Leo was eating it by the fistful.
Lucky I had the ocean nearby to rinse him off in, he had smeared some of it in his ears!
4 Ingredient AIP, Keto, Paleo, Vegan & Whole30 Healthy Dip
This Avocado and Lime Dip is allergy friendly and AIP, Keto, Paleo, Vegan and Whole30 compliant.
It contains only four ingredients, and is quick and easy to whip up.
Avocado and Lime Dip
Easy allergy friendly AIP, Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30 compliant dip
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 lime
- 1 tsp olive oil
- salt to taste
Mash the avocado in a medium sized bowl with a fork.
Squeeze in the lime juice, pour in the olive oil and season with salt.
Mix it all together and taste test if you need further seasoning.