Shortly after my son was born, we discovered that he was intolerant to cow’s milk protein. That meant that for as long as I chose to nurse him, I would have to be completely milk free. Problem….No cheese, No ice cream, No butter, Oh my!
What would I eat?
What was left?
I quickly became an obsessive label reader searching for the hidden milk in my favorite products. If any of the following words appeared in the label, then it was out of my diet:
- ammonium caseinate
- calcium caseinate
- magnesium caseinate
- potassium caseinate
- sodium caseinate
- rennet casein
- delactosed/demineralized whey
- milk derivative/protein/fat
- modified milk ingredients
- hydrolyzed casein
- hydrolyzed milk protein
- lactalbumin phosphate
- whey protein concentrate
I carried a cheat sheet list of no-nos while shopping, checked online at such websites as www.godairyfree.org and just generally ate less processed food for fear that my son would break out into a rash with a distended, gassy belly! What I discovered while going through this process is that by cooking with fresh, locally, organically grown food and not eating out I felt better! I lost weight (a lot of weight!) and I was shaping the way my children would eat for the rest of their lives.
I am no longer nursing and I have begun to add dairy back into my diet, but only a little and very judiciously. I continue to keep processed foods out of my family’s diet as much as possible and am very happy with the results.
Next up: What my family actually eats now!
Grab an apple, steam those vegetables, and spread some hummus!