In with new food, out with nursing

Spring is here!  Finally!  Winter hung on for so long this year.  Hannah kept yelling at winter “Go home winter! Pack your bags and go!”  What a nut!  She loves the outdoors and couldn’t be happier that the nice weather has finally arrived.

Although one Easter celebration was canceled, I did get a few of the Easter menu recipes made and will be posting them/reviewing them in the next few weeks.  Life has been pretty crazy here, with all the cooking and traveling for Easter as well as working on a big fundraising night for Hannah’s school.  Hopefully it will be a little calmer for a while.

Colin is doing really well.  We’ve been able to add peanut butter to his diet!  When he was really little if I ate any peanut butter he broke out in a rash.  He’d always get big hive like spots on his face.  We didn’t actually mean to try peanut butter yet, he stuck his finger in the jar while I was holding him and I didn’t catch it until it was already in his mouth.  After a moment of panic on my part, he did fine and we decided to take advantage of the moment and make it an official trial.  He seems to be doing just fine with it!  Granted he only has a little bit of it smeared on pita bread or on a rice cake, but we are calling it a pass.  We are really excited this highly allergenic food is a pass for him (his issues are so strange like that) and that he has another fat source in his diet. Not to mention more variety!  He is definitely happy to have a new food.

Colin and I are working on the weaning process.  I don’t have a plan or schedule I go by.  I’m trying to let nature take its course.  I did the same with Hannah and my body stopped making milk as we reduced our nursing sessions.   The days Colin eats enough table food he doesn’t really ask to nurse much so it is happening on its own.  However, he almost stops eating when he is teething or sick so he nurses a lot then, making it a slow process.   And he still nurses at night.   It is a sleep crutch but not one we were willing to fight since he has food issues. We are glad he gets the extra calories but would love to make his food trials/reactions easier to understand by removing me from the list of variables.

Part of me is really really happy to be starting down this path with Colin and part of me is terribly sad. I’m an emotional rollercoaster about it all, no doubt due to the changing hormones but also knowing a familiar and well-loved chapter in my life as a mom is coming to an end.   I will miss my little nursling when it is all said and done and the baby days will really be over.  I’ve loved all the quiet moments, those middle of the night meetups for just me and him, the comfort and closeness it provided and the convenience/security of knowing I always had safe food for him on hand wherever we went.  Although nursing has required me to give up my body, my sleep, any independence and my diet, looking back I still feel it has been a wonderful experience for us.  I’m thankful for the opportunity and will treasure the memories we’ve created.

My little baby is growing too fast and becoming a little boy!  On to new phases and new hopefully new foods!



Always Check Ingredients! Case in Point: Grape Nuts

I’ve been eating Grape Nuts cereal forever. I don’t know why- it doesn’t have much going for it.  No, it is neither grapes nor nuts, but is actually made from wheat, barley and a few other ingredients.   There is just something about its simplicity and ability to keep me feeling full that has given it a stable spot in my breakfast routine.  I took a break when we couldn’t have milk substitutes but have been eating it again recently with rice milk. (Yes, I know about rice milk dangers- thats another post.)

I bought a new box this week and opened it up.  As I was about to pour it into a bowl, I noticed a new blue banner on the top of the box, one I had somehow missed in the store.  The banner said, “Now with 8g of Protein!”  I literally yelled,” OH NOO!!!”  I flipped the box over, wide-eyed, knowing what I would find.  SOY!  Now filled with 8 grams of isolated soy protein.  ARGGGH!!  Unbelievable.  Grape Nuts jumped on the “lets add protein to cereal bandwagon” with all the rest of the marketing crazies.  Usually I do read all ingredient lists. My eyes are amazingly good at spotting the word soybean in a long list of ingredients. I didn’t this time, so it is my own fault.

Thankfully I didn’t eat it.  Hannah likes it for breakfast, like mother like daughter I guess, so it won’t totally go to waste.  However I don’t feel that great giving it to her, knowing it is full of processed soy.  The more I learn about soy, the less I like it.

So the lesson here folks is like I say in all my product lists/reviews: Check anything you buy in the store. Every time! (That goes for me too!)

Food Network Magazine April Has Lots Of Dairy/Soy Free Recipes

Food Network Magazine - April 2013

Food Network Magazine – April 2013

Just got my Food Network Magazine in the mail this last week.  I get overly excited when this magazine arrives.  It really is one of the few “splurges” for myself and provides me with a lot of cooking inspiration.

Recently the magazine and I had a falling out.  Last month was the CHEESE issue.  Yes, cheese.  When I already couldn’t partake in all the Valentines day goodies, Food Network had to salt the wound by making it cheese month.  I couldn’t handle seeing all the things I couldnt’ eat so I put that one away to read another time.   Luckily the Food Network magazine production staff has redeemed themselves with the April 2013 issue.

The April issue is a cache of dairy and soy free recipes.  I’m guessing they directed this issue more toward the folks celebrating Passover since its not a huge Easter eggstravaganza issue.   There is a section on flourless cakes, some made with matzo.  Like this Lemon Coconut Matzo jelly roll.   They also have a flourless carrot bundt cake that is dairy and soy free.  Maybe they are making nice with the dairy free crowd alienated by the last issue.  Whatever the motivation, on top of two delicious looking dairy and soy free cakes, I’ve counted at least 15 other recipes I could make.  There are loads more that I could easily substitute some oil in for butter or leave off the “finishing” cheese sprinkled on top.

So basically,if you need some new dairy and soy free ideas I’d highly recommend checking out this issue before it is gone from the newsstands.  As I try things I will be sure to post them here!