Today I am excited to have die-hard Eat-Clean fans, Sarah and Craig Hodgkinson, here to share their story about their daughter, Ema, who was born with Ichthyosis. Their inspirational story tells us how she cares for her daughter by Eating Clean and living a healthy lifestyle. This year, they are also running a fundraiser to raise awareness for Ichthyosis – please see the details below. We are so happy to be supporting them.
Our 8-year old daughter, Ema, was born with a rare skin disorder called Congenital Ichthyosiform Erythroderma (CIE). This is a type of Ichthyosis that presents as extremely dry, red, scaly and hyper-sensitive to many variables – temperature, humidity, nutrition, and hydration to name a few. Ema’s daily routine involves at least one 40-60 minute bath, exfoliating, and the application and re-application of moisturizing lotions from head to toe. She tries to stay out of the sun and drinks lots of water.
Unfortunately, this past September 2012 Ema’s skin was so sore that she was unable to put up her hand in class due to the pain and tightness she felt in her skin. We knew at that time that we needed to work harder at the variable of her life that we could control – nutrition.
We first learned of Clean Eating magazine and Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet Cookbooks through Oxygen magazine. We subscribe to Oxygen magazine (and have pretty much every issue since 1997 when we used to buy the issues off the news stands in New Zealand). My husband and I are both teachers and taught in New Zealand from 1996-2000. We even have the Oxygen special issue of “Nutrition” from several years ago, the premiere issue of Clean Eating magazine and every issue since its conception. We also own every one of Tosca’s cookbooks. We have bought her books for family and friends and have even shipped The Best of Clean Eating to a friend with Ichthyosis in Australia.
Using Clean Eating magazine and Tosca’s Eat-Clean Diet cookbooks, we devised a simple system where Ema read through all the recipes and picked out ones that she would eat to develop our own meal planning routine.
Not only is Ema eating every meal and feeling a lot better but we are also saving money in the process. We no longer throw out expired meats or vegetables at the end of a week. By Sunday afternoon our fridge is bare and it’s time to plot out the next delicious week ahead of us.
Recently we contacted Tosca Reno and Clean Eating magazine to tell them how Eating Clean has helped with Ema’s skin and inform them about a family dance-a-thon we are hosting in our city, Woodstock, ON, at Saturday, May 11, 2013. They kindly donated three cookbooks signed by Tosca and The Best of Clean Eating 3 for our silent auction. This event will raise funds for medical research and awareness of Ichthyosis through the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST ). For more information about our event, please check out YouTube ad or contact us through email: