What I Ate Wednesday

Things have gotten interesting over here.

Our baby boy is showing signs of food sensitivities (I’ll spare you the details), so I’m embarking on an elimination diet to figure out what the culprit is. I’ve cut out the most common allergens from my diet– wheat, dairy, soy, peanuts, eggs and corn– in the hopes that our little guy will feel better as soon as possible, and then I can gradually add them back one at a time to see which specific food is causing his symptoms. It can take up to 6 weeks to see improvement, as these things may linger in my body, so I plan on following this protocol for as long as it takes. With the trace amounts of allergens found in packaged snacks and restaurant meals, it’s pretty much put all of our “convenience meals” on hold until further notice! Just what a new parent needs right?

Luckily, our doctor believes our baby will most likely out-grow these sensitivities as soon as his digestive system has developed a bit more, so I most likely won’t have to avoid whatever is causing this for our entire nursing relationship. Until then, it’s forcing me to get a little more creative with what I can eat!

Morning

smoothie in a glass with a straw

I started my day with a green smoothie. This one was loaded with frozen cherries, dates, kale, avocado, hemp protein, cinnamon and water. Kale gives smoothies a VERY strong flavor, so I can’t say this was my favorite combo, but I like to rotate my greens for a greater variety of nutrients.

Afternoon

Lunch was a series of leftovers. I started off with a bowl of cauliflower cooked in a sweet potato “cheese” sauce. (My husband and I both loved this the previous evening for dinner!) It was tasty directly from the fridge, too.

sweet potato cheese sauce and maple glazed sweet potatoes

Later, I snacked on leftover maple-glazed sweet potatoes. I ended up making so many batches to test this recipe that I’ve been eating sweet potatoes all week! They’re also tasty directly from the fridge– and happen to be easy to eat with just one hand!

Evening

Here’s a typical look at my kitchen counter lately. I snack on my salad while wearing my baby in a carrier (we love this one!), and testing a new recipe. Multitasking at its finest!

salad in a bowl and a bowl of chicken and vegetable soup

Followed by a couple bowls of Chicken & Vegetable soup, made in the VitaClay.

For dessert, we snacked on a chocolate experiment. Since most store-bought chocolate contains traces of soy or dairy, we’re sticking to the homemade stuff for the foreseeable future!

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Tegan

Megan,
Where did you find the nursing tank tops that you like so much? I am due the beginning of February and I am trying to start looking for all of those essentials. I hope your little guy gets to feeling better soon!

Tegan

    Megan

    I found them at Target! Congrats!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cassie Vaughn

I’m so sorry to hear about baby’s food sensitivities! I hope he feels better soon!

Tasha L.

I’m sorry to hear about your baby boy’s difficulties. I know you said that you’ve been craving chocolate a lot lately. Most of my children were really sensitive to chocolate when I was nursing them. I just looked at a chart on Pinterest that showed what cravings mean. It said that a chocolate craving can mean that you have a magnesium or manganese deficiency. Just a thought.

    Megan

    That’s interesting! Magnesium is the one supplement I regularly take because I have a tendency to be low on that. I was considering giving up chocolate as well, so it sounds like that’s a good idea!

      Cindy

      FYI: I know when I got my “manganese” level up I didn’t crave chocolate as much. Are you able to take the full amt. of supplement with nursing? I wish I could think of the manganese enriched foods off hand…..hope things get better for you and baby! Will keep you in prayers.

Morgan

Aw so sorry to hear that your little guy has food sensitivities but its great that you’ve caught on and can fix it. Our son always had trouble when I ate chickpeas but no other beans. It can be so random like that. Your bean free hummus really came through for me on that one! It sounds like your son has some great attentive parents. Good luck!

Kelly

Oh boy, I can relate to you on this!! I had to cut out everything with my daughter, and in the end the culprits were dairy and gluten. Three years later we are still dairy and gluten free, and I have never felt better! So it turned out to be a good thing in the end, I had no idea how the dairy especially was affecting me. And both my girls were sensitive to chocolate, that was the worst but thankfully they outgrew that one ๐Ÿ™‚ Hang in there!!

Holly

Hey Megan! I just wanted to say that one of my children had colic for 5 months… I cut out everything I could think of and finally discovered the problem was bananas. I guess the “cold property” of the bananas can cause digestive tract cramping. The day I stopped eating them he was fine! Up until he was about 2 he would become severely constipated every time he ate bananas, but he eats them frequently now with no issues. Just wanted to throw that out there!

Aimee

Hi Megan, sorry to hear that I know it makes things really hard. My first boy had this issue and baby probiotics worked amazing for him! Also, just wanted to thank you for having a great site..good luck!

misa

Hi Megan

I just wanted to let you know that I have problem with citrus fruit in my daughter also with strawberries and tomato (she had rashes on skin after I ate it) also with food like broccoli, cabbage etc (colic from this one).My holistic doctor helped me a lot. Also be carefull about too much nuts.

I know it is hard but it will be better promise:-)

Jessica

Hey Megan, sorry to hear about the food allergies, I went thru that with my first. He started showing signs within days and I knew something was wrong. I cut out the top 8 allergens and corn for months and was never able to figure it completely out but I suspected corn even though the gi dr didn’t think corn was likely. The good news is that cutting stuff out helped a lot with the colic behavior and at 6 months I started adding things back in to my diet and then to his and he had outgrown it by then. He is 2 now and has no issues with anything although I still try to avoid dairy just because I don’t think it’s that good for you. I am now nursing my two week old who hasn’t shown the same signs but still tends to have occasional issues so I just cut dairy, soy and grains from my diet and looking forward to new recipes from you! I’m hoping to keep the eggs and nuts in since it limits you so much more, but well see. Good luck with it all and please post if you have any tips throughout the process!

Rebekah

Hi there, love your website! I have 7 children and I have nursed all of them. Onions always seemed to be culprit for baby tummy troubles. And I love onion!

Abbi*tarian

Megan, I hope your little guy feels & gets better really soon!! I also hope that the elimination diet becomes easy for you & that you figure out the culprit very soon!! My brother had so many allergies when he was little. He even needed a flavor & dye-free liquid medicine to take when he did have an allergic reaction, because new ones were always popping up & the regular medicine for his reaction gave him a reaction because of the dyes & colorings! BUT he outgrew it all & doesn’t have any food allergies or intolerances, now! So, I hope your guy does that, too, just like you & the doctor hope he will!! Best to you all!

Rande @ The Vegetable Centric Kitchen

Your sweet potato cheese is one of my favorites! Good luck with the elimination diet!

Mndy

Hi Megan, sorry to hear about your little guy’s sensitive tummy. I cannot have gluten, dairy, corn, or soy and there are a few chocolate bars out there that do not contain soy lecithin or milk. If you have the grocery store central market (fancy HEB basically) their brand of dark chocolate doesn’t contain either. the health food store has a few other brands called theo and alter Eco that are safe as well. Not sure whether they would be available in your ares, but they definitely help me get my chocolate fix! BTW, I LOVE your blog! Have enjoyed every recipe I have tried on here so thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

Carmen

There is an excellent group on Face Book called the Magnesium Advocacy Group with loads of helpful information on the many ways to increase magnesium w/out oral supplementation. If you are low on Mag your baby may be as well. Magnesium deficiency can cause digestive issues. Hope this helps–blessings to your family.

Lisa

Chocolate was a no-no when I was nursing. One brownie with chocolates icing could mess him up for a couple days. Good luck.

Alice

My son had the worst tummy problems until he was about a month old, turns out it was from the broccoli and green beans I ate daily! Just a rh

Alice

Oops, I meant to say just a thought in case you eat those foods a lot!

bree

Im sort of excited you are on an elimination diet because it means youll be sharing more recipes I can eat. Ive been off all of the same allergens for 12 weeks. My daughter is 7 months and doing so much better. I recently started taking digestive enzymes and I really think theyre helping. Good luck. I hope your son improves quickly.

bree

ps… chocolate was an allergen for us. Made my daughter bleed every time.

SandyNCali

Hi, yes both of my children were extremely sensitive to chocolate while I was nursing. I had to completely give it up, I believe until they were past 6 months. Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚ ~

Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen

Your sweet potato cheese sauce looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

Penny

Hi, mama! I hope that you are able to figure out what your baby is reacting to relatively quickly and easily!

I have two toddlers, and neither of them can tolerate dairy. After the experience that we went through with my son, I am very skeptical that children outgrow intolerances / allergies. Maybe some do, and some don’t. My son appeared to outgrow his intolerance / allergy ( we aren’t sure which, but he has allergy testing scheduled for February 2014 ), but in reality, the symptoms just got more difficult to discern. When we took him off again, so many things cleared up – sinus issues ( he could never breathe properly because he was so stuffed up ), frequent colds, eczema, tummy problems ( the one problem stemming from his baby days ), etc. Dairy and soy allergies usually go hand and hand, so I also eliminated soy. I learned recently that people who are allergic to soy can often tolerate soy lecithin, so even though my daughter can’t tolerate dairy either ( she is 16 months and nursing ), I will occasionally allow a bar of dark chocolate with soy lecithin in it, and I have also started cooking with tamari sometimes ( mainly because I can’t find coconut aminos locally ).

We are also gluten free ( wheat causes me digestive issues and my son’s eczema increases ), tomato free ( also upsets the babies’ tummies ) and we don’t eat anything with additives ( just to be safe! ). I’m actually thankful that my son’s intolerances / allergies led us down the path of much healthier eating.

There are a few brands of dark chocolates that don’t contain milk or soy. My favorite is giddy yoyo. Raw, fair trade, and refined sugar free = delicious and amazingly healthy!

Andrea

Sorry to hear about this. Unusual things can be an issue, too. I can eat plain almonds (or any nut or seed) but when processed into milk or flour or butter – major inflammation. Also, my husband reacts very strongly to flax and coconut. Go figure. We would not have known these issues without an elimination diet. It is a process that requires a lot of work but is worth it!

Andrea

OH yeah – tomato sauce / paste you name it – inflammation!

Tiffany

Sorry to hear about your boy’s allergies. I’m also on an elimination diet due to my almost 4 month old’s allergies. I’ve pretty much pinpointed that it is eggs for him, but not 100% positive because he is still too young for allergy testing.

Johanna

I’m so sorry to hear about your son’s food sensitivities. My youngest brother started having those as well, a few months after he was born. Looking back, we had better started eliminating gluten and diary earlier…
It’s also interesting to look some more into vaccination and what a simple injection can cause. There is this book “Vaccine-nation, Poisoning the population one shot at a tim” and it’s really interesting to read.

I sincerely hope your son gets better, I wish you and your husband a lot of strenght in these sometimes confusing times.

Andrea

SO, I did a complete elimination for 8months nursing my daughter. be careful with hemp too, it’s a seed. I lived on coconut milk, fruits, veggies and grass fed organic protein. Lamb is the most hypoallergenic meat FYI

kelly

We had food sensitivities too. I went down to 10 ingredients for 5 months. My little guy got rashes, so we even had to cut out many veggies as the liver cleansing properties were very strong for him and we had to balance cleansing with steroid use. We did a lot of muscle testing to determine what the trigger foods were as some were so random we would have never figured it out on our own. Finally at 4 yrs old, we can add back in some of the last fruits such as strawberries…in moderation of course. But processed food definitely sets him off….so we avoid highly processed food at all costs, including naturally derived processed ingredients. Good luck…this too shall pass and breast feeding is tgd best gift you can give him.

Jill

I will be really interested to hear about your allergen-avoidance eating. I eat a vegan (mostly) diet and love to find food that do not include soy or wheat as I don’t want to rely too heavily on those. Thanks for sharing!

Kelly

I am sorry you are going through this as I know how hard it can be. My total elimination diet is actually what led me to your website about a month ago! At one point I was down to eating just three ingredients when my daughter was about 2.5 months old. I slowly trailed foods back into my diet. I am still nursing at 11 months, and she is doing amazing! I have added so many foods back to both of our diets, but I am very diligent when it comes to staying dairy and soy free. I have no idea if those are even our issues, but since they take so long to leave your system I stay away. We only had GI issues – we did not have weight gain, behavior or skin issues which usually go hand and hand with food intolerances. So we aren’t the typical case. We both have used hypoallergenic probiotics which I think has helped. Good Luck!!

JeiJei

If those foods were in your diet on a regular basis but the frequency did not change it may not be that. You mentioned that you were eating a lot of sweet potatoes – that could very well be the cause of your baby’s troubles.

Lauren

Hey pretty girl,
I am sorry to here about your cute little guy.
Have you considered Food Combining again? It really helps to decrease inflammation.

Additionally, as much as I used to love it, I think Nutritional Yeast can create severe reactions. I have seen it in myself and my clients.

I know you are recieving so many “What Ifs” but being that I am always checking out your creative dishes when I need inspiration, I thought I would chime in.

Regardless, have an excellent Happy Thanksgiving!!

xx,

Lauren

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