Friday, October 4, 2013

Saying Goodbye to My One True Love: Cheese

About 1 month into little BK's life, we started to notice there was something odd happening with his poop and mood, which most likely meant something in my diet was wreaking havoc on his precious milk supply (and his poor little tummy). I did some research, and it turns out one of the most common offenders for little upset tummies' is cow milk protein that the mom is ingesting. We contacted our pediatrician and he confirmed my worst fear... I'd have to give up dairy until BK was 6 months old.

If you don't know this about me, I am OBSESSED with cheese. I used to be pretty obsessed with cow's milk as well, but since I ate so much cheese I decided one had to go and made the switch to almond milk. Some of my sorority sisters even recall watching me drink glasses of milk in the morning after a fun night out, in horror, but that's how much I loved it. That doesn't even compare to how much I love cheese. It's such an integral part of my life/personality that we've mentioned it on three. separate. occasions. My friends know I'm coming over, and make sure to have cheese as part of the snacks, as was the case this past weekend when I had to abstain despite her being so thoughtful!
I'm sorry but this cow is just mean.
So, after my initial devastation and subsequent pity party, I had to make a plan. It wasn't like this was a choice for me, I am going to do ANYTHING to make sure my sweet little baby is in tip top shape! The problem, I soon realized, is that most vegetarian recipes have cheese in them (I'm not much of a meat eater) but I wasn't really ready to commit to vegan food since I was still allowed eggs and didn't mind some meat products (like broths). Well here I was, and still am, between a rock and a hard place. Luckily my part-time vegan mama let me borrow some of her cookbooks, and my TH was quick to do his best to make sure I had plenty to eat. Part of the problem is that I get hungry very easily, which derails any logic when deciding what to eat... I didn't even know what to order out anymore! The ironic part to all of this, was all of the sudden I was eating a lot less because I just didn't know WHAT to eat. Sounds like a great post-baby diet right? Well not if you are breastfeeding, because the minute my calorie count dropped so did my milk supply. So off I went to get some meal replacement shake mix until I sorted out my meal planning.

Her face says it all... I know how you feel, creepy little girl. Enjoy that grilled cheese for me.
It's going a lot better now, TH has pretty much taken over the cooking in our house, and always makes sure to shove a huge lettuce-less salad down my throat (I hate lettuce... did I mention I'm also the world's weirdest and pickiest eater???). I've also got my trusty new Crock Pot on hand to whip up some meals that will leave me with leftovers for days, to take some of the guesswork out. By the way did you know that vegan cheese, especially vegan mac & cheese, is just as disgusting as it sounds??? Ugh.

Have you ever had to give up your favorite food? How do you lactose-intolerant people do this? Any advice/support would be great! Until then, I'll just be counting down the days until BK's half-birthday when I can reward myself by bathing in fondue.

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