Jumping right in for my first blog post!
The idea of a life without dairy is a sad one to me. My feelings for cheese and chocolate are intense and verge on the side of obsessive. Six months ago when I’d buy a block of cheese for my family it would last for a week, maybe 2. Now that I can’t eat dairy the same block of cheese has been in our fridge for 2 months. I’ll admit it, I had a cheese problem. In my defense I’m nursing a very hungry baby and I am hungrier than I’ve ever been in my life so it wasn’t unusual for me to have a big bowl of cheesy pasta for dinner and then end the night with an equally big bowl of ice cream. That was until my daughter started showing signs of a milk protein intolerance.
The short story is that one morning I noticed some blood in my daughter’s diaper. I took her to the doctor right away and was informed that the most likely cause of the blood was a milk protein intolerance. If I wanted to continue nursing, I was going to have to give up my precious dairy. My doctor apologized for taking dairy away from a nursing mom and wished me luck. I went home and when I went to make myself lunch I had no idea what to eat. I realized then that a) I basically live off of dairy products and b) there are milk products in everything! The safest meals for me to eat are plain old meat and veggies. I have had to make some pretty big changes to my diet, it has not been easy and I’m looking forward to reintroducing milk products when my daughter is cleared by the doctor. Until then here is a list of foods that have become my go-tos for non-dairy (but dairy-like) snacks and meals.
- Hummus – I put that shit on everything. At the beginning I was going through hummus like it was cheese! But seriously it is a healthier option to cheese and just as filling.
- Popcorn made with coconut oil
- Vegan cheese – There was one night that I was really craving pizza and my wonderful husband made me pizza with vegan cheese. It did the trick but make no mistake it’s not cheese. https://daiyafoods.com/our-foods/shreds/mozzarella/
- Vegan chocolate bars –I can’t live without chocolate. My favourite is http://zazubean.com/chocolate/lunatic/
- Annie’s vegan mac and cheese – Are you seeing a theme here? If it says vegan, it’s safe to eat. http://www.annies.com/products/pastas/organic-gluten-free-vegan-elbows-creamy-sauce
- Red Thai Curry – It’s creamy and dairy free! http://www.jocooks.com/recipes/thai-red-chicken-curry/
- Dairy free pancakes – shout out to another milk free mom. These are so good that I actually prefer them to the original dairy filled recipe! https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.milkfreemom.com%2Ffluffy-dairy-free-pancakes%2F&h=ATM7BUMEYrZ-9PXcSoppsEPcWh_N3vj4t2q7I6umqM0DzebqB7de3bpUx0EYSTnrtNlhAkT0WjkHdlS5Db-WBRCsXvCpE8VIqmGG4d7f5Vb4rcso2SLw_ukYz2OQXAGhP2fPoB8jaKwDIHQ
- Creamy butternut squash soup – http://www.finecooking.com/recipe/butternut-squash-soup-with-apple-bacon
- Ben and Jerrys vegan ice cream! http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/non-dairy PB & cookies is the best.
- Crisp! The perfect summer dessert. Exchange the butter for coconut oil and it’s just as tasty! http://buildyourbite.com/vegan-blueberry-peach-crisp/
For those of you that are also going dairy free for your babes, I feel your pain, it sucks and it’s hard to change your diet when everything else is so chaotic in your life with a new baby, but for me it’s worth making the change to continue nursing. And if anything is going to make me stick to a special diet it’s for the sake of my kiddos.
Oh and Oreos are dairy free…