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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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