theunplannedlife

Very accurate blog name

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

Things I wasn’t planning on doing this year… or ever

1.  cutting out dairy

2.  joining a convent

Well, I think I’m good on #2.  They don’t typically let women with 3 young children in.  But I have no personal experience on the matter, so I could be wrong.

But that first one for me is a doozy.  I am a cheese obsessed loving vegetarian.  Most of the meals I make involve a healthy dose of cheese.  Like this past Sunday I made Lasagna with Broccoli and Carrots from The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook.  It is yummy and I’ve got leftovers in the fridge for lunch.  Mmmmm.

So me and the kids are sitting eating dinner.  I look at my son and his face is all red and blotchy.  I take his dinner away, clean his face off and give him a healthy dose of vitamin C.  My sister, the doctor in training, thinks it was contact dermatitis since he reacted where he had smeared food all over himself.  After a few minutes he was fine.   Now he has had this dish and everything in it before.  I didn’t get creative and try any new ingredients.

While it could be any of the ingredients that he reacted to I have a strong feeling it is the dairy.  As a nursling he was so sensitive to dairy that I couldn’t have any.  Unless I was ok with a screaming child and no sleep.  Since that was not ok with me I eliminated dairy for the first year of his life.  After a year I could have my beloved cheese again, but we still waited to introduce it into his diet.  We did eventually and thought all was good.

So here we are today and we’re going dairy free again.  Yes I could still have cheese, when the kids aren’t around but I only cook one meal.  If you don’t like it you don’t have to eat.  I do not cook kids’ meals and adult meals.  I feel that if I want my kids to eat a variety of healthy foods I have to offer them that and they have to see me eat it also.  Plus if I have it in the house little man is going to scream and cry climb in the fridge and get it.

Today we are going to restock the pantry and fridge with all the dairy free goodies that I was forced to buy before.  Back to the label reading and trekking out to Whole Foods.  Anyone want 12 sticks of butter?  There have been some good sales recently so I stocked up.  Sigh.

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