For those who didn’t know, I was blessed with the birth of my son Nolan in February of this year. He has been a joyous addition to our family and makes every day more amazing. That being said, his first few months were not easy ones. He was born three weeks early, or more evicted because I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, and then while at home he had been very colicky and hard to settle.
Fast-forward two months, and we were able to determine that he has food allergies! Which, I had no idea that babies only drinking milk could get. Unfortunately, what that means for me is a diet free of dairy and soy! This ended up being far harder than one would think. For some random reason, the food industry lobbied congress for subsidies in Soy products, and so it is found as filler in everything. What we have had to do then is eliminate all processed foods from our house replacing them with good old fashioned home cooking. But, how do you cook without dairy?
This is where the internet has become an integral part of my daily life. Apparently, this diet is not that uncommon and happens to enough new moms that there are a ton of helpful recipes and resources for those trying to go dairy and soy free. While the new textures and flavors took some time to get used to, I am grateful for the new recipes and ability to step away from boring meals and keep breads and desserts in my diet. (Mostly the desserts!) So here is a big thanks to the many mom’s out there keeping blogs about their experiences and proliferating useful recipes.