DF and Me

6 Feb

DF is an abbreviation I’ve come to know well. It stands for dairy free and that is just what I have been for the past thirteen days.

Not that I’m counting or anything.

Why have I started another dairy free diet? Well, Miss Rilyn’s diapers have become more worrisome to me lately. She’s not fussy, is growing and developing the way she should be, and doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable, for which I’m thankful, but those diapers are not normal. I’ll leave it at that.

Like I said earlier, I’ve been DF for almost two weeks, this time being careful to cut out every. little. trace of dairy. I can read food labels like a pro!  While I’ve been good at keeping at it, I can’t say that I’ve noticed a difference in her diapers. After researching and talking with the pediatrician, I know that it can take a while for the cow’s milk protein to leave my system. I’ve also found out that 30% of babies with dairy sensitivities also have soy sensitivities.

So cutting out soy is my next step and I’m starting this weekend.

I’m holding back tears while I type this.

I love food so much and having a restricted diet is so hard for me. Oh, the things we do for our children! While I still need to research more recipes and ingredients, I can’t say that I’m not a little depressed about my new up and coming diet. While dairy was hard at first, I’ve learned that there are actually still a lot of things that I can have. I can still have my chocolate. And I can still have my bread. I just have to find the right ones.

Unfortunately, I’ve been finding that if a certain chocolate or bread doesn’t have dairy in it, its got soy in it instead. Bummer. I’ve yet to find a dairy free and soy free chocolate or bread. Of course, remember I mentioned above that I still have lots of looking around to do.

At this point, though, I feel like my diet will consist of grilled/baked chicken, fresh veggies, fresh fruits, and nothing else.

Except Dr. Pepper. Thank the good Lord above for DP!

If after a couple of weeks being dairy AND soy free, I still haven’t noticed a difference I’ll cut out nuts as well. If still no change after that, the pediatrician and I will have to go back to the drawing board. My main concern was whether or not having diapers like the ones she’s having for this long has caused any sort of harm to her. The ped said that wasn’t a concern.

Whew. Momma guilt faded a little with that!

At this point I’d like to give a shout out to my man. He’s noticed, as have I, that I’ve been cranky since going DF. I blame the constant cravings for all things cheese. Thanks for putting up with me Babe. Love you.

2 Responses to “DF and Me”

  1. Tylie February 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    I was SO cranky when I first got off dairy, too! I was so hungry all the time and actually took a preg test bc I felt so weird (it was negative btw…lol). So I totally hear you on that one! I am going to forward an email to you from Mandie. She had to go on some pretty crazy diet changes and gave me some awesome recipes. I bet she would even give you more if you ask (and she is an amazing cook..so do ask). Hang in there friend! You are an awesome momma and can do this! Hugs!

  2. Jody February 6, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Wow! You’re amazing! It’s an amazing thing to bf a little one, yet alone totally change your diet to help out your girl! Look on the bright side, with a diet of grilled chicken, fruits and veggies, you’ll be super skinny in no time!

    PS I seem to have found the same love for DP, that stuff is good!

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