Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bye Bye Milk, Cheese, Butter, Ice Cream, Sour Cream, Yogurt....Chocolate......

Willow has baaaad reflux. We're talking an overwhelming amount of spit up, painful gas, burps, and general discomfort.  We've talked to her Pediatrician, but since she is growing just fine and not colic-y, we decided not to give her medication (that just treats the discomfort, not the cause, anyways).  Well meaning friends have suggested giving her rice cereal in a bottle mixed with breast milk.  While this can potentially help, recent studies have found that early introduction of any solid food can increase the chance of diabetes.  So, we've decided that's a last resort since diabetes runs in our family.

In doing some research, I've found that there is a high chance that she might have an allergy to something I'm eating...  and herein beings the great experiment of 2012.  I'm going to attempt to go without any milk protein for the next 3 weeks.  (Not lactose... milk protein.)  Milk allergies are the most common allergy that babies can have, so we figure we'd start there and see if it makes a difference.  The problem is that it takes between 2 and 3 weeks to get it completely out of my milk supply, so we won't know until midway through October if it's helping at all.  Also, substituting soy isn't necessarily helpful, either, since the majority of babies with milk allergies are also sensitive or allergic to soy.

This morning I woke up and opened the fridge... and realized that I could barely eat anything in it!  No milk for my cereal (I think I'm going to try that almond milk, though...  gotta head to the store!), no cheese for a bagel, or butter for toast.  Yogurt is out, too.  Drat!  This is going to be a long 3 weeks.

So far I've had turkey bacon and eggs, with an english muffin.  Not bad.  A bagel with peanut butter for lunch.  And I'll figure out something for dinner. 

Do you have any great dairy-free recipes?  Have you ever given up a food completely that you suddenly realized is in everything you eat?


  1. Reminds me of eliminating sugars and simple carbs from my diet. It's crazy how much sugar is in a "normal" American diet. When you take away honey, fruit juice, white flour, white potatoes, white rice, and corn too...

    I've learned to cook around my restrictions, so eating at home isn't bad, but going out is still a challenge.

    I"m sure I can come up with recipes for you. What kind of things are you looking for? Breakfast? Main dishes? Desserts?

  2. coconut oil on toast with a tiny bit of salt on top (or jelly or whatever) is my favorite. The other spread I use is Earth Balance. I usually get the soy free one and it is delicious/tastes just like butter. You can get it at Central Market