August 30, 2009

Elmination Diet- Soy Trial Results

Day 1 with soy baby E had no problems. Day 2 she had a lot of spit-up throughout the day and definite stomach problems that evening. The verdict- no soy for me, at least for a little while.

August 28, 2009

Elmination Diet- Soy Trial

Next up, soy. Before I had to read nutrition labels, I never realized that soy was an added ingredient in almost every processed food item. It seems to be in everything. I miss crackers and Oreo cookies. Mostly I just miss soy milk though!

Elmination Diet- Wheat Trial Results

Wheat causes baby E to spit-up more. For the 3 days prior to introducing wheat she never spit-up. After the introduction of wheat to my diet, she spit-up 1-2 times per day. No extra fussiness in the evenings and no stomach pains though. My verdict, eat wheat in moderation.

August 26, 2009

Elmination Diet- Wheat Trial

Now that baby E is back to her normal non-fussy self it is time to try some new foods and try and pinpoint what the problem food is. First up, wheat. In my experience it is always best to try the new food in its simpliest form and add it into a normal meal. For wheat I chose pasta. Avoid tomato sauce though!

Elmination Diet

Breakfast options

Rice Chex with rice milk, banana, apple

Enjoy Life Very Berry Crunch with rice milk, banana, watermelon



Lunch options

Turkey sandwich on brown rice bread with mustard and avocado

Soup (butternut squash or sweet potato) with brown rice or rice pasta



Dinner options

Chicken

Sweet potato

Potato

Zucchini



Snack options

Enjoy Life cereal bars or cookies

Potato Chips

Fruit

August 25, 2009

Elmination Diet

After some debate, my husband and I decided to go ahead and try the elimination diet. Our main motivation factor was sleep. A happy baby sleeps better. A baby that sleeps better means having a mommy that sleeps better. A mommy that sleeps better is a happy mommy. So the diet began on Friday.

One comment that I see and hear a lot is "well, what do you eat?". So posts over the next few weeks will be dedicated to just that. What do I eat and what don't I eat? How do I still get some diversity in my diet? How do I get enough calories as to not affect my milk supply?

Foods that I am eliminating:
Dairy
Eggs
Peanuts, tree nuts (first 3 had been eliminated during the pregnancy)
Soy
Wheat
Corn
Oats
Beans
Gassy vegetables like broccoli
Citrus fruits
Fish
Beef

Foods that I eat:
Rice
Chicken and turkey
Sweet potatoes
Potatoes
Squash
Fruits

Sounds pretty boring, huh?

August 20, 2009

Wondering

Babies should not be fussy. Babies should not arch their backs, stiffen their legs, and cry in pain. For the first three weeks of E's life she was the easiest baby ever. She nursed well, slept well, and was generally content. H's food intolerance problems began on day 3. H was fussy, cried a lot, and had many stomach issues. E had none of these. My husband and I were thrilled.

Well, 2 days ago that all changed. E has a fussy afternoon with a lot of gas. Next day it was a fussy afternoon, evening, and night. Today was just the evening. Leaves me to wonder, "Is is something that I ate?" Once you have had a food allergy baby that idea constantly runs through your mind. So, the question is, what do I do about it? Do I go through the elimination diet again? Cut down my food options to the bare minimum and then gradually add items back in looking for a reaction. Or do I just eliminate a few additional food groups and see if that fixes it?

Currently I am not eating any dairy, eggs, peanut/tree nuts. Not hard to do since that is H's current diet. Today I eliminated soy. Tomorrow it will be wheat. The next day????

Sigh...I hope that my easy baby returns soon.

August 11, 2009

Stuffed Pasta Shells

This is the first time I have made this recipe using dairy and egg-free ingredients, so it may 'evolve' some over time. I loved the way it turned out though and my husband and daughter agreed.



1 box jumbo pasta shells

1 lb ground turkey

2 cups frozen spinach (approximately)

1tsp Italian seasoning or use fresh oregeno and basil

1 container Toffutti cream cheese

1 12 oz pkg firm tofu

1.5 jars of spaghetti sauce





Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook box of jumbo pasta shells according to package directions.



Cook ground turkey over medium heat until done. Add in seasonings and frozen spinach. Cook an additional 3-4 minutes until spinach is thawed and the mixture is well mixed.



Mix together Toffutti cream cheese and tofu until it forms and uniform 'creamed' mixture. Then add meat mixture and tofu mixture together.



In an 13X9 baking dish, pour 3/4 jar of spaghetti sauce along bottom of dish. There should be enough there to cover bottom thickly (be liberal). Stuff cook shells with meat/tofu mixture. Arrange shells along bottom of dish. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over shells. Bake 30-40 minutes.

August 4, 2009

A New Arrival

One week ago today, I gave birth to beautiful baby girl. I am busy adjusting to my new role as a mother of two girls and may have less chance to post recipes over the next few weeks. I promise to be back though.

So far, my baby daughter is showing none of the initial allergy signs that my older daughter did at this age. My husband and I are hoping and praying for an allergy-free child but at least this time we are more knowledgeable and prepared if she does start showing problems.