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Enter the Carni-Vegan, Stage Left

Fresh Milk
After two wonderful girls, who spread happiness and sleeplessness at the same time, the pregnancy of A. convinced me that hope and change was needed.  Not the false Hope and Change spread out on Che-ripped billboards, but the kind that might actually change the course of mine and Husband’s lives for the first year and a half of our children’s lives.

Armed with the knowledge that food allergies are prominent in our family (both in me and husband, as well as L. and S.), I decided to take the grand leap into the land of the dairy-free.  Previously, I had toyed with this idea briefly when both L and S were in their first years.  However, I had only half-heartedly given up dairy, as they had slept no more than two hours at a stretch, had spit up so profusely that they had required bibs all day long, and had egregious cradle cap.  I  still had yogurt, ice cream, and butter( in my oatmeal), all the while my mother’s intuition was telling me that this was not enough.

So here I am:  6 weeks into the blessed life of newborn A., having withheld all cow’s milk since the moment she entered the world.  My assessment:  Success! A. sleeps through the night, does not spit up, and has no cradle cap.  She cries only when she’s hungry, wet, or wants to be cuddled, which all seems perfectly logical to me.

I can say unequivocally that it is not worth the risk to see if she is the first of our children to not have a dairy problem.  After having read that cow’s milk can stay in breastmilk up to two weeks, taking that risk seems almost silly.

So what am I actually eating?  Let’s start with what I’m not eating.  At first it seemed quite limiting, especially considering the aspects of eating out.  Chick-Fil-A, Cane’s Chicken, Twisted Root Burger Co., pizza, donuts, cookies or desserts from anywhere but my home….all of these are off the menu.  My butter substitute is Soy-Free Earth Balance, and I go through about a tub a week.

So again, what am I actually eating?  Here’s a sample of what I eat, from yesterday:

Breakfast:

  • 2 cups of oatmeal with frozen blueberries, strawberries, or peaches added in with some brown sugar (L. and S. have fruit choice rights);
  • 1 large glass of orange juice (unfortunately pulp free – this is what motherhood does to people); and
  • 2 pieces of whole wheat bread from scratch, courtesy of bread machine (see recipe section) with generous coating of Earth Balance.

Mid-morning snack:

  • Banana or strawberries (if strawberries, the girls alone will consume a whole package, so I have to have time for lots of slicing).

Lunch:

  • Turkey and ham sandwich (the fresh turkey from Central Market is my favorite) with Vegenaise (dairy-free, egg-free mayo) and pickles;
  • Potato chips; and
  • 1 sweet potato with Earth Balance.

Mid-afternoon snack:

  • Orange;
  • Crackers; and
  • 2 molasses spice cookies with vegan buttercream icing (see recipe).

Dinner:

  • Homemade turkey fingers (see recipe);
  • Romaine salad with tomatoes, dried cranberries, and creamy balsamic viniagrette; and
  • Green beans for the girls.

Dessert

  • 2 homemade Raisin Bran muffins with Earth Balance; and
  • ½ c. fresh blackberries.

And calcium?  Well, I drink fortified orange juice, usually have spinach at least once a day, loads of sunflower seeds, hummus, and salmon once a week.

 

Kelly
Homeschooler. Mother. Worker Bee. Wife. Christian. Chef. Allergy-expert extrordinaire. Dog lover. Soul-mate. (w)Riter. Reader. Runner.
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