September 29, 2009

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

While on my elimination diet, coconut milk yogurt has been my one indulgence. I love it! Here is a simple treat that I came up with using the yogurt.

1 container coconut milk yogurt, any flavor
approximately 1 cup of granola (Cascadian Farm Organic granola is dairy, soy, and wheat free)
1 banana or 1 cup frozen berries or both

Layer the coconut yogurt, granola, and fruit in alternating layers.
I used blueberry yogurt, banana, and frozen mixed berries in mine.

Can be served immediately or put it in the fridge for a snack for later.

Serves 2.

September 24, 2009

Outback Steakhouse

My new diet is making it nearly impossible to actually eat out. However, for my husbands birthday we decided to go to Outback Steakhouse. We have had good success eating there before as the nutritional guide online helps with food allergies. I have found that I can order salmon, chicken, or steak with a side of veggies and a sweet potato and have an allergy-friendly meal. Recently my husband e-mailed them to find out more allergy info and they promptly responded with a complete list of 'don't eat' and 'safe to eat' suggestions.

FYI- the bread is both dairy and egg free!!! Just avoid the side of butter.

September 22, 2009

Oatmeal cookies-gluten free

My friend went through this same elimination diet just last year. At one year, her daughter is still sensitive to cow's milk protein but at one point her mom was dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, and nut free (a few others too). She developed this oatmeal cookie recipe as a spin-off of the one that I posted.



1 banana

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup brown rice flour

1/2 c. gluten free flour mix (I used Bob's Red Mill)

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 of a teaspoon of salt

2 1/2-3 cups oats

1 T. milled flax seed

3 tablespoons hemp milk

1 bag enjoy life chocolate chips

Mix the brown sugar, sugar, oil, and milk. Add the banana, flax seed, and vanilla. Then mix in the already pre-mixed together mixture of flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the oats. If it is too thin, let stand a bit so the oats can absorb the excess liquid. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 13 minutes.

September 21, 2009

Elmination Diet- More Results

Baby E slept 8 hours straight last night. If that is not encouraging I don't know what is?

She still has green poop. Most of the time it is seedy, however, mucous is still present. E is gaining weight well and is a very happy baby. So for now, I will continue to be dairy, egg, wheat, soy, and peanut free.

September 17, 2009

Elmination Diet- More Results

My elimination diet has been at a standstill for the past week. Baby E is much improved, not gassy, not fussy, no belly problems, and sleeping great. However, her poop is still green and mucousy (should be yellow and seedy). This is a sign of diarrhea is a breastmilk fed baby.

There are 3 commons causes for green poop.
1. Food allergy/sensitivity- most commons causes are milk and soy
2. Foremilk/hindmilk imbalance- if the baby is not fully emptying the breast with each feeding then the baby gets too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk. The hindmilk is higher in calorie/fat.
3. Virus- would be self-limiting.

I have been very aware of how baby E eats and I make sure that she empties the breast completely before moving to the next one. If she doesn't, then she starts on that same side at her next feeding. Therefore, I don't think that this is a problem. For more info on this cause go to http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html

So I have to think that is is something that I am eating. So I eliminated wheat again, changed my chicken consumption to turkey, and have simplified the fruit intake to just apples, pears, and bananas. So far this has helped some. Baby E is sleeping even better and going to bed earlier but this might just be her age. So I will keep this up for another week or so and then decide what to do next.

September 8, 2009

Chicken Salad- Dairy, Soy, and Egg Free

1 can (12.5 oz) cooked chicken (or cubed cooked chicken)
1 apple, pealed and diced
1 cup grapes, chopped
1/4 cup Craisins
Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Yogurt- plain
1/4 tsp thyme
pepper to taste

Mix chicken and fruit. Add yogurt one spoonful at a time until you get the desired consistency, mixing well. Add in seasoning and mix well.

September 3, 2009

Elmination Diet- More Results

Baby E seems to be doing well with oats and corn. I also tried fish with no problems but I need to try it again to be sure.