One of the first questions people have after finding that they're dealing with a food intolerance is, "So . . . what CAN I eat?" It's totally normal to feel like there's nothing safe to put in your mouth!
Especially if you're breastfeeding, it's so important to be sure you're getting enough calories each day. It helped me to focus on what I could eat, rather than list the things that I couldn't eat because of my baby's food intolerances. I encourage you to write out a list of foods, snacks, and meals that are safe for you to eat, and post that list on your refrigerator. It cuts out some of the stress of trying to stay nourished when you're dealing with food intolerances!
In addition to this list of safe foods, it also helped me a lot to have a list of resources where I could find food intolerance-friendly recipes. Pinterest is FANTASTIC for this! Because most of the food looks so delicious, it makes food-life with intolerances more interesting and positive. Here are a few of my favorite resources for food intolerance-friendly recipes!
Dairy Free for Baby is a blog written by a mama who breastfed both her babies through their MSPI struggles. Good recipes and encouraging posts!
MSPI Mama has a board on Pinterest of just main dishes that are dairy and soy free. Yum!
Actually, MSPI Mama has a bunch of DFSF boards!
I've made some recipes and used lots of ideas from Empowered Sustenance. LOVE her blog!
The Humbled Homemaker has lots of allergy-friendly recipes here.
Many sourdough recipes are dairy and soy free, so once I found that Daniel tolerated sourdough well, I started eating a LOT of sourdough foods!
We love these sourdough pancakes.
This is the same sourdough bread I'm making two years later, that's how much we like it!
These sourdough crepes, using melted coconut oil instead of butter, and water to thin as needed.
A few more food intolerance-friendly recipes we still love:
Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies. Use MSPI-safe chocolate chips.
Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal (DF, SF, GF) Pictured above.
Coconutty Chocolate Balls
Harvest Sausage Hash (Slow cooker meal!)
Dairy-free Creamy Coffee
Once you make a list of what you CAN eat, keep your house stocked with safe foods, and find some recipes you love, dealing with a food intolerance isn't so terrible as it can seem at first.
Do you have a favorite food intolerance-friendly resource? Please share in the comments!