I’ve made it a point not to label my diet. I’m not a vegetarian, I eat dairy and gluten right now but sometimes, I don’t. I go in phases where I do avoid certain foods but I try not to make declarations against them, because I often return to them, like beef and coffee.
I do not have any food allergies but breastfeeding, you become hyper aware of how sensitive your baby is to your diet. According to my favorite breastfeeding website KellyMom, ” Cow’s milk sensitivity or allergy can cause colic-like symptoms, eczema, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea), constipation, hives, and/or a stuffy, itchy nose.”
Two out of 8 of the women in my mom’s group have had to try elimination diets, removing potential allergens from their diet until babies’ symptoms go away. They then reintroduce foods one by one to try and pinpoint which one is causing the baby discomfort. Food sensitivities in babies can be scary and frustrating for parents.
At first, I thought that when I would eat dairy, Tommy would get reflux. I was bummed that I would have to say goodbye to ice cream and Greek yogurt but would gladly give it up to keep Tommy from pain. It also doesn’t hurt that I love vegan foods which are dairy free. When I diet for photoshoots, I eliminate dairy to reduce bloating so I’m used to it.
Right now, I’m getting back to how I ate before getting pregnant. This isn’t a photoshoot diet type of thing though. I used to love juice cleanses to jump start a clean diet but with breast feeding, I can’t do that. I am trying to eat a cleaner diet and that means less foods made with sugar, dairy, soy and wheat.
It’s all about finding the right balance and maintaining healthy habits for me. I do still enjoy Greek yogurt for breakfast. One of my favorite things to eat after dinner right now are these frozen low calorie Perfectly Free™ bites. They are between 25-35 calories and free from the big 8 food allergens which include dairy, soy, wheat, peanut, egg, fish, tree nut and shellfish.
They are great for kids with allergies as well as moms who are on a strict diet for the sake of their milk supply and anyone like me who is health conscious. The Perfectly Free™ Salted Caramel & Vanilla flavor is my favorite. They have coconut cream filled inside and are covered in a soft salted caramel layer. Best of all, they taste delicious and are portion controlled.
They do come in 3 other flavors including Cocoa & Vanilla, Blueberry & Vanilla and Cherry & Vanilla. I bought these at my local Star Market and you can find a retailer near you using this store locator.
You obviously don’t have to have allergies or food sensitivities to enjoy these frozen treats. They taste great and are a perfect dessert option for people who like to eat dessert but watch what the eat. It turns out, Tommy is not sensitive to dairy in my diet but I still enjoy my vegan ice cream and Perfectly Free™ bites.
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