Please, Malcom, Don’t Be Allergic To Tomatoes

Eating Clean Is Working!

I started a diet this week motivated by Malcom’s eczema, which comes and goes. That usually means it’s related to something I’m eating, so I’m following an elimination diet to see if we can figure it out. The main culprits are usually dairy and wheat, but I’m also staying away from refined sugars and highly processed foods. However, I could be better about that last one because it’s taking every ounce of motivation to keep this up in the first place. My hard and fast rules are no dairy, wheat, and sugars. Anything else beyond that is a bonus. I’ve been focusing on veggie-heavy meals, and we eat fruit for snacks. I’m trying to get as many healthy fats as possible through avocados, olive oil, nuts, and coconut. I’m also back to drinking bone broth daily.

My go-to lunch has been lettuce wraps with onions, tomatoes, pesto, chicken, and a healthy fat like avocado. I’ve batch-cooked rice to bulk up my dinners with an easy carb, potatoes are also on rotation (minus the butter), and lots of healthy veggies. I don’t love to cook but love to eat, so I’m trying to get creative with different ways to cook vegetables. That cauliflower rice from Costco is yummy and a family favorite. The girls are eating the same meals I eat but with slight modifications. For instance, for breakfast, we had peaches and cream. They used heavy whipping cream, and I used coconut cream.

My goal is to determine if any of these things are causing Malcom’s eczema to flair up, but also, I’m giving my digestive system a rest so that it can heal. I plan to do this for at least a month, but if I’m feeling great, I’ll keep it up. I’ve quickly noticed some improvement; I’m more regular (if you know what I mean), and Malcom hasn’t needed to be burped after feedings or been spitting up as much.

If you have any tips/tricks/advice on how to help Malcom’s eczema, please leave me a comment. Malcom’s double chin and I would love some suggestions!

Tomato Hack

Pick your tomatoes when they’re still pink, and let them ripen on the counter upside down to avoid getting soft spots. If you do this, you’ll prevent their skin from splitting, and they’ll be off the vine before bugs can get to them.

Chicken Pesto Sweet Potatoes

This is one of our favorite summer meals. It’s so delicious and so healthy! Check out the recipe below!


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups fresh spinach Kale, or other leafy greens
  • 2/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1 1/2-2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes


  1. Cook potatoes in an instant pot for nine minutes on high pressure
  2. While potatoes are cooking, make your pesto. Combine walnuts, garlic, basil leaves, lettuce(or kale/spinach), olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan, and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend on high speed until a paste forms, scraping sides as needed.
  3. Combine shredded chicken and pesto in a large bowl. Once potatoes are cooked, I like to add butter, salt, and pepper to my sweet potato and mash them up, then layer the pesto chicken on top and enjoy!

Watch the recipe Reel on Instagram

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