Is there anyone who is/has been on an elimination diet for their babe while BFing? I am currently dairy, soy, wheat, egg, fish, shellfish, peanut & tree nut free. I'm having a hard time staying full -- need more protein. I'm not a big meat eater as is, so having it for lunch & dinner is a bit much already, don't really want it for snacks. Beans are good, but too much makes Preston super gassy. Ideas???
That amount of food avoidance all at once sounds really stressful and extreme! I obviously know nothing about your/Preston's medical situation but aren't elimination diets usually one thing at a time so you can tell what's making a difference? I'm sure you know what you're doing but I hope you don't have to be on this strict of restrictions for long...that sounds miserable, and not very healthy for a BFing mama!
Suggestions: quinoa is a grain that is also a complete protein, and can be used in a lot of different ways (including pasta, usually mixed with corn--it's delicious!), and I know black beans and corn together make a complete protein. Also, I wouldn't normally recommend protein powder as a dietary staple but in this case, it might be one of your only options to really boost your intake...
I'm cutting all of them out for two weeks and then reintroducing one at a time. It does suck and it's been almost a week so I'm almost halfway there!!! I will likely reintroduce a protein like fish or tree nuts first, but I gotta make it through the next week.
I had quinoa for the first time the other night. It was good!
No advice but wow that's a lot a stuff to cut out at once, you go Kristen! Hopefully you'll be able to find out exactly what the culprit is so you can start feeling full sooner.
I'm so sorry that you had to cut out so much, that is hard. I was going to mention mixing a legume with a whole grain to make a complete protine and fill you up better. Like beans with rice, edamame with rice, lentil and rice soup, hummus with something maybe. That's a hard one because I keep running into things with soy or beans. Maybe a rice milk smoothie with berries and banana. GL!
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Are you eliminating seeds too? If not sunbutter is great and less of an allergen than tree nuts. You can use it in recipes just like peanut butter - I have used it to make a dressing for a noodle salad (you can use rice or quinoa based pastas). There is also a company (I am blanking on the name right now though) that makes black bean pasta and it has a ton of protein. It comes in a bag.
You could add hemp protein powder to smoothies also.
Be careful with using corn though - GMO corn (which the vast majority of corn in the country is) is more allergenic than non-GMO corn (same thing with soy)>
Also - have you tried goat or sheep milk - when/if you add in dairy those might cause less reaction than cow's milk. Also - if you can find a source for raw milk/cheese products they might be better.
Elimination diets are really rough, but hopefully you can find out what causes the issues.
Is coconut actually considered a tree nut? That would be a way to make smoothies.
This website has some, though I know you aren't eating a lot of them.
I don't know how much protein coconut yogurt has but it may work if you're eating coconut. A dairy free, gluten free, soy free "cheese" that could help flavor some of your restricted meals is Daiya. It melts and is so good, almost tastes like nacho cheese. It makes a delicious quesadilla with black beans and corn.
At least the restrictions are temporary, good luck!