When I got pregnant the first time around, I figured that the food restrictions during pregnancy would be the most limiting and that after having the baby, I’d be able to eat wherever I like again. This has definitely not been the case for me.
Both of my girls have had digestive trouble. Sienna had acid reflux and Capri has had some colic/gas issues. With Sienna, cutting out dairy helped with her reflux and made her a significantly more happy baby. So I cut out dairy for the whole year I nursed her.
As soon as I noticed that Capri had similar fussiness and gas, I immediately cut out diary, but dairy alone didn’t seem to solve the issue. After talking with my lactation consultant, I decided to cut out gluten as well, since it’s a common offender for nursing babies.
Let me tell you, it’s been quite an adjustment cutting out both gluten and dairy from my diet. The dairy wasn’t too bad to eliminate, especially since I had done it before, but the gluten was tough.
Confession: I really like bread. The first two days after cutting out gluten, my body had withdrawals. I had headaches and felt irritable and tired. I imagine it is what it feels like to give up caffeine. I was amazed to see how much my body was addicted to gluten.
After the first couple days, I felt better, although I did feel hungrier overall. Most of the easy to grab snacks are full of gluten and I now had to figure out alternatives.
Luckily I had my mom to help me. Due to some food sensitivities, my mom eats gluten and dairy free all the time, so she had some great tips on what to eat for meals and snacks that would give me a well balanced diet while sticking to the rules.
I also decided to start a Nursing Friendly Recipe board on Pinterest full of yummy recipes that are gluten free and dairy free. It was in large part for myself, but I figured there may be other moms out there in the same situation as me and other women who need to cut out gluten and diary for other reasons.
If you are looking for some great dairy free, gluten free recipes, be sure to check it out and follow the board. I’ve been adding new recipes as I find them. Here are a couple of the staple meals/snacks I’ve been enjoying lately.
Turkey Bacon – I love this for breakfast and for an easy to grab snack. My favorite kind is from Trader Joes and I just bake up the whole package in the oven. Bonus, Sienna loves it and it’s a great way to get some protein in her.
Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins – These muffins are an easy breakfast, but also a yummy snack. They can function kind of like a granola bar and provide a portable and nutritious snack. You can see the recipe here along with an apple butter version and a baked egg recipe.
Potato Bacon Corn Chowder – This soup is downright delicious and so creamy for being dairy free! I use the same turkey bacon I described above for this and it’s a very filling meal! Recipe here.
Quinoa Enchilada Casserole – Lots of other recipes can be tweaked to be gluten and dairy free with a couple simple omissions. Like this recipe, which has become a staple at our house. I just leave the cheese off my portion! Recipe here.
Well, I hope these tips and recipes help any of you who are eating this way. Do you know of a good gluten free, dairy free recipe? Email it to me!