While the Husband and I have a tendency to pull a Lily and Marshall and tell each other everything we've eaten each day, I'll spare you the dirty details. Here are just my recent go-to items and recipes I've tried.
Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins (recipe)
Arrowhead Mills Steel Cut Oatmeal - with raisins and honey or blueberries and brown sugar
Kellogs Raisin Bran Crunch with Almond Milk (always been one of my favorite cereals, so happy it's safe!)
Van's English Muffins with natural Peanut Butter
The Grainless Baker Bread with Tomato and Avocado
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Quorn Chicken Nuggets (long time favorite!)
Salad - Lettuce, Carrots, Raddishes, Tomatoes, Chick Peas, Almonds, and Craisins
Stacy's Pita Chips and Hummus
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (recipe)
Fruit (bananas, strawberries, plums, peaches)
Shrimp Pasta with Tomatoes, Lemon, and Spinach (recipe)
15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta (recipe)
Crockpot Mexican Chicken and Corn Taco Shells (recipe - easiest ever)
Halibut with local vegan Tapenade, Corn on the Cob, and Brown Rice
Food by George Brownies (every.single.night... with Tazo green tea)
Homemade Dairy Free Ice Cream - aka blended frozen bananas!
Also picked up, but haven't had yet...
Amy's Sonoma Burgers
Nutritional Yeast (specifically for this recipe)
Things I found I have to avoid, mainly for soybean oil...
Salad Dressing (we love Ken's Balsamic with Honey)
Pam Spray with Olive Oil (use on our pyrex and muffin pans before baking)
Naan Flat Bread (we love making Naan pizzas)
Thai Kitchen Noodle Kits (a 15 minute easy meal)
... and soy free Earth Balance and Almond Milk are musts.
We still eat a lot of our usual go-to dishes, which are mainly pasta with whatever veggies came in our veggie delivery order.
Some other quick thoughts...
- Dairy and soy free bread is pretty gross. I prefer it toasted, but meh, not my cup of tea.
- I usually HATE oatmeal, but I really like steel cut oats. Strange, but good news for the sake of my variety.
- I'm so glad I found lots of muffin recipes because baked goods are my weakness.
- And speaking of, the brownies... ohhh, the second highlight of my day. Behind the big gummy smiles my daughter gives me, naturally.
Just like when I first cut meat from my diet over four years ago, I had to find some new 'go-to' meals. Regardless of the baby, I'm not really someone who loves to spend a lot of time prepping a meal. I like quick, easy, with ingredients I usually have on hand in the kitchen. After finding some great recipes on The Happy Herbivore and Oh She Glows (thanks to Tara and Andrea!), I find I'm settling in easily to the same groove I found myself when first eliminating cow, pig, and poultry.
At a birthday party over the weekend, a friend asked, after what the hell are you eating?, if it was hard. I don't remember the exact answer I gave, I probably just said it's hard having to read every single label and realize so many things have milk or soy proteins. However, I had thought about it more on the way home.
If I had just placed this restriction upon myself for diet (as in weight loss) or detox reasons, there is no way in hell I would have left that party without at least eating one, possibly two, of the fancy little flavored cupcakes the hostess made herself. I also would have crushed the frosted sugar cookie party favor that sat sweetly in my center console the drive back. Give up filet mignon, any day! Give up my sugary, buttery, baked at 350 for 12 minutes sweets, awwhellno!
But I did. I didn't even think twice about swiping a lick of frosting or a nibble from the corner of the cookie. Actually the thought never even crossed my mind.
Knowing that I'm doing this for my daughter and not myself. Not my "I really want to lose 3 pounds" vanity or a recent article linking sugar to cancer or some health scare, but for my daughter, has made it almost easier than I could have ever imagined. I've given up a lot in the last 2 years of trying to get where we are today. Over 20 viles of blood. Numerous hours at doctor's appointments getting poked and proded by just more than the needle in my arm each visit. Of course the soft cheeses, wine, and raw fish... and caffeine, hot showers, hot yoga, nail polish (seriously I'm a freak), and probably a lot more that I've since blocked out during the nine months she was in my body. I tried my hardest to ready my body for her then, and I still do now.
It's amazing how willpower can come so much easier given the motivation.