We have a lot of mosquitos in this area right now. We didn't have our winter freeze, so they never died off. My daughter is very allergic to them and they are very attracted to her, so it's never a good combination. I tell her she's my natural mosquito repellent. As long as I walk about a foot away from her, they leave me alone.
I've been buying the California Baby brand natural mosquito repellent. It doesn't smell too bad and it works really well with no bad chemicals.
So we've temporarily switched the Paleo diet. This is a huge change from vegetarianism, so it's definitely an adjustment for us. We decided to do it because we found out last week that James is allergic to oatmeal. We had been having it every day for breakfast and his eczema kept getting worse. We had no idea it was the oatmeal so I told him to take an oatmeal bath and he broke out in hives.
I had been looking into the diet anyway as an answer for Elliot's teeth. He still breastfeeds and we eat ridiculously healthy, but his teeth kept getting worse and worse.
So we thought back and realized the James' skin was the healthiest back when I was on a gluten free diet. He wasn't fully gluten free himself, but since I cooked, his gluten was considerably reduced. But oatmeal is pretty low in gluten and only has it because of cross contamination. So we began to think it might be all the grains we're eating (whole wheat flour, spelt flour, brown rice, oatmeal, etc.) that were causing his skin issues. Which also points to the paleo diet.
So we've been eating meat! And avoiding grains. I'm doing grass-fed, or pasture-raised animals, so I don't feel so terrible as a recovering vegetarian. But, I have to admit, the food tastes sooo good. Plus, it's still lot's of veggies and fruit, so it's all good.
And I've lost 6 pounds so far (in 3 days) ... and it wasn't just water weight. The fat around my hips is shrinking. Weird. Also my acne is clearing up, I'm not achey anywhere, and I have so much more energy. So far so good. But since it's only been two days, it's hard to tell the long term affects. James' skin is looking much better though.
"At the intersection of all the major world religions, you will find the Golden Rule." - Helen