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Paleo and Rosacea, Perioral Dermatitis, Seborrheic Dermatits AND 38 wks Pregnant

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 03, 2013 at 9:54 PM

38 weeks pregnant with first child; suffering from severe (at least to me) skin reaction for several weeks. Dermatologist 2 days ago prescribed 4 different topical medications (wash, antibiotic ointment, steroid ointment, and Finacea - rosacea treatment?). I listed all 3 conditions in the subject line because it's unclear as to what the doctor is treating - we discussed all possibilities and planned a 3 week recheck.

My "paleo" question is... I dramatically changed my diet last Tuesday evening after hours of research and deciding to try to help myself without a bunch of medications, etc. Plus, I don't want to look hideous for the photos ops when baby girl arrives (D Day in 10 days!!). I eliminated all dairy/soy, breads/grains/flours, juices completely and I'm avoiding/limiting sugars and other starches (ie: beans, etc) - not eating any sugar is not an option - I'm missing fruits like crazy so I have a couple "pieces" in my smoothies. My goal is not feed the bacteria that may be on my skin and/or my gut (I've learned that GI imbalances can affect your skin?). Thus the reason I've cut out fruit for the most part. I'm not a "Paleo" person and would not have tried this elimination diet and lifestyle change if it were not for the hideous skin. I have also started taking probiotics, increased Vit C and Vit D, and drink a few sips of Kombucha daily (limit amount due to sugar and alcohol).

I'm only drinking filtered water and organic unsweeted almond milk (I need calcium!). I'm desperate for help with diet suggestions, especially snacks and smoothies... pretty much all I'm eating is leafy greens, garlic (lots of garlic - to kill the bacteria), eggs, other proteins (chicken, tilapia, venison - so far), and smoothies with: organic coconut milk (Native Forest), maybe a few pieces of fruit (sugar, I know, but I need something to get the smoothies down), a raw egg (my baby is full term and eggs are from my grandparent's chicken coop), Super Greenfood supplement, ice, raw organic coconut oil, few drops of stevia extract, teaspoon of vanilla extract, and that's it... no, they aren't "great" but I keep thinking about how I'm trying to help myself.

In one week (Tues to Tues) I lost 5 pounds... checked my weight on 2 scales at the OB's office. I am NOT trying to lose weight and am eating throughout the day. I simply am struggling with variety and finding foods that I "can" eat and that I like (typically I do not care for veggies, but will force them for my health and the baby's health). Other issue is finding good snack choices that do not contain grains/sugar/dairy, etc... what can I eat and/or prepare ahead of time for a quick grab when heading out the door? Are nuts and/or beans ok? Or not "paleo friendly?"

I'm very open to all suggestions and really appreciate anyone's help/advice.

Thanks,

MommaToBe =)

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on April 23, 2013
at 07:04 AM

I found that buying pint sized premium ice cream is good for portion control in that phase too. It has a better milkfat to sugar ratio than the big gallons too, where they usually fluff it up with sugar and air. This is probably dangerous info too, but you can make your own magic shell that is actually pretty good for you by melting a tbsp. of coconut oil with a dark chocolate bar, and then drizzling it on anything cold. Good luck with the delivery, we'll all be here cheering you on from the sidelines. You can do it!

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on April 23, 2013
at 06:54 AM

I found that buying pint sized premium ice cream is good for portion control in that phase too. It has a better milkfat to sugar ratio, than the big gallons.

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on April 23, 2013
at 06:52 AM

This is the one time in your life that the little person inside you is taking so much of your energy that ice cream is likely just fine. I generally don't go carb crazy, but the last 2-3 weeks of pregnancy I felt like I NEEDED them. You are training for a marathon, it is okay to carb up a bit.

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at 03:27 AM

Sondra, thank you for sharing the link to your site. I just left you a comment there inquiring about best foods/snacks to take the hospital with us to avoid the awful cafeteria food.

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at 03:25 AM

My "instincts" are being naughty and telling me to eat a gallon of sugary icecream topped with caramel sauce! haha, jk! I promise. I've been strictly paleo eating for 4 weeks now (but, not eating honey - in case I had a sugar issue w/ the skin breakout). Baby girl is now almost 10 days past due, but we checked her out today and she's doing just great in the belly! Face is only very mildly improved - probably all the harsh topicals the dermatologist prescribed (I was/am insanely desperate for help). My only "cheats" have been extra fruit or a couple pieces of super dark chocolate.

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at 03:22 AM

Appreciate you finding that thread for me... helpful!

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at 03:21 AM

Thank you, Sondra. I just left a comment for you on your site asking about foods/snacks to take to the hospital to avoid the awful cafeteria food.

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on April 03, 2013
at 10:09 PM

Oh eek, please don't do a major diet revamp or start taking a bunch of meds for cosmetic things at 38 weeks pregnant. The last thing you want right now is a fungal die off.

Rosacea flare ups and weird skin things are totally normal during pregnancy, it is hormonal. Wear some make up if you are worried about your appearance for those post baby photo ops.

Eat instinctively right now, the main thing is to get enough energy so you can birth that baby like a rock star. Congrats and good luck!

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on April 23, 2013
at 03:25 AM

My "instincts" are being naughty and telling me to eat a gallon of sugary icecream topped with caramel sauce! haha, jk! I promise. I've been strictly paleo eating for 4 weeks now (but, not eating honey - in case I had a sugar issue w/ the skin breakout). Baby girl is now almost 10 days past due, but we checked her out today and she's doing just great in the belly! Face is only very mildly improved - probably all the harsh topicals the dermatologist prescribed (I was/am insanely desperate for help). My only "cheats" have been extra fruit or a couple pieces of super dark chocolate.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 23, 2013
at 07:04 AM

I found that buying pint sized premium ice cream is good for portion control in that phase too. It has a better milkfat to sugar ratio than the big gallons too, where they usually fluff it up with sugar and air. This is probably dangerous info too, but you can make your own magic shell that is actually pretty good for you by melting a tbsp. of coconut oil with a dark chocolate bar, and then drizzling it on anything cold. Good luck with the delivery, we'll all be here cheering you on from the sidelines. You can do it!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 23, 2013
at 06:52 AM

This is the one time in your life that the little person inside you is taking so much of your energy that ice cream is likely just fine. I generally don't go carb crazy, but the last 2-3 weeks of pregnancy I felt like I NEEDED them. You are training for a marathon, it is okay to carb up a bit.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 23, 2013
at 06:54 AM

I found that buying pint sized premium ice cream is good for portion control in that phase too. It has a better milkfat to sugar ratio, than the big gallons.

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on April 03, 2013
at 10:44 PM

Agree with Happy Now. Just eliminating the grains may be enough, so do be gentle with yourself.

Here's my blog post on pregnancy nutrition, in case it is helpful:

http://www.sondrarose.com/optimal-pregnancy-nutrition

D00f90bcd03ad3d6333f4545c7ae2849

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on April 23, 2013
at 03:27 AM

Sondra, thank you for sharing the link to your site. I just left you a comment there inquiring about best foods/snacks to take the hospital with us to avoid the awful cafeteria food.

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on April 23, 2013
at 03:21 AM

Thank you, Sondra. I just left a comment for you on your site asking about foods/snacks to take to the hospital to avoid the awful cafeteria food.

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on April 03, 2013
at 10:44 PM

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on April 23, 2013
at 03:22 AM

Appreciate you finding that thread for me... helpful!

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