Summary: Aleshia shares a meal plan she used on her son, Jonny, that helped heal his severe eczema. If you’re looking for ideas to use of your kids, read through Aleshia’s story and her healing eczema meal plan!
I used to be that Mum who was stopped in the street by strangers every time we went out. They would notice his skin condition, then gasp and say, “Oh my goodness, what is wrong with your baby!?” I used to be that Mum who was at the GP’s office every week loading up on steroid creams. That Mum who would wake up at 2am every single morning to bathe my son and wet wrap him to help him sleep.
Now, I am that Mum who sometimes even forgets her son has allergies/eczema. We have developed a gut and skin health-focused diet in order to complement strategies we have learned through doctors’ visits. Thanks to this major lifestyle overhaul, along with a few environmental changes (e.g. eliminating chemicals used in the house), my son is finally both happy and healthy!
My son’s eczema has dramatically improved since avoiding wheat, sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, nuts, nightshades, corn, yeast and mushrooms, as well as incorporating specific probiotics and supplements into his diet. Even with all these restrictions, there are so many great foods we can still eat!
Take a look at my diet guide for managing my son’s allergies and eczema through food.
Organic Coconut Milk or Organic Rice Milk with ½ teaspoon dietary supplement.
**Before his nap, Johnny has a bottle of either rice milk or coconut milk with a half teaspoon of a dietary supplement. This is important as he is no longer breastfed, so I am concerned about his fat intake. He is not a fussy kid, and even though he doesn’t like the allergy-friendly formula, he still likes a bottle before naps and bedtime.
Avocado slices, pumpkin seeds, left over chicken pieces from the day before
Dessert / Snack
After a bath, Johnny always has another night time snack. I like to make him a banana nice cream as I have read that potassium can help people with sleep.
Night time bottle is coconut milk or rice milk with probiotics.
Banana Buckwheat Pancake with DIY Coconut Yogurt
Leftover lamb steak and pumpkin seeds
Coconut Water (from yesterday’s coconut)
4-Ingredient Easy Chocolate Chia Seed Bars (I make these in a big batch– they last about a week in the fridge).
Same as Day 1, midday bottle
We do fishy Fridays! This means every Friday we have salmon. The essential fatty acids in salmon are great for Johnny’s eczema and brain development. This fishy Friday we did salmon, spinach and avocado on brown rice.
Same as above, night time bottle.
Breakfast It’s Saturday! This means bacon.
Johnny and I are at my Mum’s house today. She makes “Healing Kitcheri” for him.
Same as above, midday bottle.
Roast chicken pieces (My Dad’s contribution to lunch)
Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Mash with Pork & Veggies
Night time bottle
Note: Generally we do drink a lot of bone broth, although I didn’t use it in the past three days! Bone broth is excellent to use in soups, casseroles, in the slow cooker or even just with sauteed vegetables.
A lot of what I bake and cook is done in large batches so that there are always leftovers, which last another two to three days and sometimes are used as the basis for new meals.
I also have a million Ziplock bags to throw food in when we go out– seed bars are excellent to take out and about for unexpected snack attacks.
Our whole family has made the switch to clean eating since my son’s diagnosis as it has helped immensely with controlling his previously severe eczema. My husband and I have also benefited from this lifestyle change too in that we have both lost a lot of weight; our skin is clear; we have more energy than ever, and my own asthma seems to be nonexistent!
Learn alternative ways of healing your skin by reading Drs. Grossbart and Sherman’s book Skin Deep: A Mind/Body Program for Healthy Skin
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