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    Alright so I haven't posted in a very long time. I got pregnant and bailed on primal for the most part, still gluten intolerant so I really never went back to grains - just ate a ton of garbage... Now that our little bundle of joy is here, we are finding out that she is very sensitive to what I put in my body. I have had to cut out Dairy, Soy (even fermented), Nuts, chocolate, caffeine and now berries - that leaves me with meat and vegetables.

    I work during the day and the hubby works at night. With baby in hand, I have no time to cook - so I have been just eating mass quantities of boiled eggs, no nitrate organic deli meats when I can find them, and vegetables.

    I am bored. And my stomach hurts constantly from the increased fiber. (on the up side... I am shedding the baby weight faster than I expected, but owww!)

    What can I do? I am going mental. My diet lacks variety and I need quick solutions because the baby is in cling-to-mom mode and won't tolerate entertaining herself for very long. I know if I can make a good dinner, I will eat it the next day. I just need some ideas. We just bought a pig from a local farmer, so there is plenty of pork in the freezer - the bacon is uncured though and that makes me sad... pork-chop flavored bacon isn't as awesome.

  • #2
    Here's the WAPF's suggested dietary advice for nursing mothers. Fairly similar to primal:

    Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers - Weston A Price Foundation

    Or there's the Healthy Baby Code:

    http://healthybabycode.com/signup

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Lewis View Post
      Here's the WAPF's suggested dietary advice for nursing mothers. Fairly similar to primal:

      Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers - Weston A Price Foundation

      Or there's the Healthy Baby Code:

      http://healthybabycode.com/signup
      Spot on, Lewis. +1.
      The Champagne of Beards

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      • #4
        She is seriously allergic to dairy proteins ...vomiting and screaming for a day or two after I ingest it, same with any soy products.
        When I eat nuts, she sheds intestinal lining.
        When I eat berries, she gets horrible diaper rash.

        I will not subject her to those things. This has been a long process to find out what is bothering her and I am not about to go backwards.

        I guess I just need some help figuring out what I can do with what I know I can eat... Meat, eggs, vegetables.

        Thanks for the attempts though

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        • #5
          If you don't have a crock pot, get one! In fact, get two~ one oval for roasts, whole chicken and things like ribs, and a regular 6qt. one for soups/stews and bone broth. Best invention ever for a busy mom!

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          • #6
            Get a baby carrier and carry her when you're cooking (but be careful of fat splatter). Or have DH watch her and entertain her so you can batch cook on the weekends or something. Or, even better, make DH cook!!

            But, my serious suggestion is the baby carrier/sling. She'll be close to you and you'll have your hands - and if you get the right one, you can even breastfeed with her in the sling! Talk about multitasking!! Cooking, breastfeeding and holding baby at once! That would qualify you as super mom, I think.
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • #7
              Thanks! I forgot about the crock pot. How do I make variety in a crock pot though? There are only so many things I can do with meat and vegetables. I guess my view may be somewhat limited. Life is boring without butter and pink-salted bacon.

              No can - do on the hubby pitching in though, he works nights and weekends. Self-employed handyman. He watches the baby during the day and is maybe able to get a load of laundry done.

              I do have a carrier, but she hates it unless we are outside and there is something to look at. Otherwise she needs to be propped on my hip. High maintenance. I must be being punished for the trouble I put my mother through

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bunnyfoot View Post
                what I can do with what I know I can eat... Meat, eggs, vegetables.

                Thanks for the attempts though
                Well, you can't get the latter attempt without signing up for it -- I don't know if it's worth it or not, but what I know of it sounds good, and it seems highly regarded in the community.

                As for the WAPF's suggestions -- mightn't liver, seafood, coconut oil, lacto-fermented vegetables, and bone broths all be worth trying?

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                • #9
                  Yes, to all the remaining. It is just a matter of being able to prepare all that one handed without destroying it. I am notorious for burning meat, our stove only has two settings when I cook...on or off.

                  I am allergic to shellfish so kimchee is out

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                    Get a baby carrier and carry her when you're cooking (but be careful of fat splatter). Or have DH watch her and entertain her so you can batch cook on the weekends or something. Or, even better, make DH cook!!

                    But, my serious suggestion is the baby carrier/sling. She'll be close to you and you'll have your hands - and if you get the right one, you can even breastfeed with her in the sling! Talk about multitasking!! Cooking, breastfeeding and holding baby at once! That would qualify you as super mom, I think.
                    I was going to say this too! Find a good baby carrier retailer and get them to show you how to do a hip-carry with a ring sling or Ergo-type carrier. It's easy! With both hands free, you'll find it much easier to take care of yourself. I loved the freedom my Ergo carrier gave me, and I had no help at home so I understand where you're coming from!

                    Also, it's okay to eat other fruits besides berries. Strawberries especially can be very allergenic. Try apples, pears, and bananas - things that are lower on the allergy scale... so you can get a little flavor variety. Look for recipes you can put together and stick in the oven or crock pot, so you're not spending as much time actively standing at the stove (google "primal roast", "paleo crock pot", and other such phrases - there are tons of good recipes out there). Make large quantities of recipes you love while she's napping, and divide it into single portions to freeze or refrigerate. Buy a variety of veggies you like to eat raw and cut them into bite size snacks so you can grab and eat one-handed.
                    Last edited by Danielle5690; 06-06-2012, 12:36 PM.

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                    • #11
                      What about ghee if you're missing butter? It has all of the milk proteins removed. It is pure fat! As far as I know, it is very well tolerated, even among people who have problems with dairy.

                      Also, how about starches? Sweet potatoes, plantain, bananas, taro, yucca, etc?

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                      • #12
                        Spices, sauces and pastes are your friend. You can even use leftovers to flavor your morning eggs.

                        Asian curry pastes

                        My favorite are Thai curry spice pastes. There's green curry, red curry, yellow curry. I use coconut milk as the base and add the curry. Some are hotter than others. Asian stores will have all kinds of Korean, Chinese, Thai or other spice pastes. All come with a recipe.

                        Indian spice pastes

                        Tikka masala is a favorite and works great in a tomato-based sauce made with canned chopped tomatoes and lots of ghee. There are other rich curries, sauces and spice blends for Indian food. An amazing spice blend uses okra and has pictures of okra on the package. I hate okra but I love the dish that's made with it and the spices. I like to get the concentrated spice pastes. They go further and you can control the strength.

                        Trader Joe's various sauces

                        Trader Joe's has a lot of various "simmer sauces" some of which are fairly good. Another yummy Trader Joe's thing we get is Aioli garlic mustard sauce. We put it on salmon.

                        I don't worry too much if these condiments have a little soybean oil or sugar in them. I know that's wrong to some people, but it's not a lot of oil or sugar and I try to find the ones with the least and with the healthiest ingredients.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          Thank you for the suggestions, I will see what I can find. I am still weary of gee, if I don't make it properly, the baby will suffer. Same goes for a "little bit" of anything she is allergic to. It can take weeks to get the proteins out of her system.

                          I love Indian spices, I will start experimenting with those again!

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