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10 Foods I Can’t Wait to Eat After I Wean My Son

Many breastfeeding mamas are forced to eliminate some type of food from their diets in one way or another. For me, it ended up being several different foods. For almost twenty months I’ve given up some of my favorite foods – eggs, dairy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, corn, barley, oats, and peas. Some of the food groups I’ve missed more than others. Some food items I’ve been dreaming about eating for quite some time. So much so, that I found myself making a list. And today I’m sharing that list with you.

 

10 Foods I Can't Wait to Eat After I Wean My Son

1. Pizza – Technically I could list pizza for all ten, but for entertainment value, I’ll list nine more.

2. Tomato Mozzarella Salad – Tomatoes & basil are delicious, but without that mozzarella it just isn’t complete and I’ve been craving this combo for too long.

3. Peanut Butter Oatmeal – One of my favorite pre-race meals was eliminated from my diet during my training for the NYC marathon. It was tough giving this up, but I managed somehow. Even though I’ll be done with marathons for the year, I’ll be happy to reintroduce peanut butter oatmeal back into my pre-race meals.

4. Milk Chocolate – Easter, Valentine’s Day and the Christmas season were all very tough for me. My self control was definitely tested. Typically I don’t crave chocolate, but you know what they say about wanting what you can’t have. Godiva, I’m coming for you!

5. Sushi – Sushi without soy sauce?? Not so much. Unfortunately, I’ve been holding back on my favorite dish because it’s just not the same without that salty sauce. Dry sushi just doesn’t taste as enjoyable. And with all my favorite rolls, there’s always a mayo or egg substance that I had to avoid. That being said, as soon as I am able to eat sushi again, I have found an amazing cooking class on the CocuSocial website that teaches you everything you need to know to make your own sushi at home. Cookery has always been a passion of mine and I cannot wait to get cooking all of my favorite dishes again really soon.

6. Shrimp Pad Thai – Another one of my favorite dishes that contains peanuts and soy sauce. Hubby has even avoided our favorite Thai spot to help support my elimination of this one.

7. Chicken Nachos with All. The. Cheese. – Sour cream, salsa, guacamole and all that gooey cheese sounds like heaven. It may give me a tummy ache, but at least I’ll enjoy the process.

8. Au gratin potatoes – I’m so sick of plain potatoes. But a loaded baked potato or potatoes au gratin sounds so tasty compared to the plain potatoes I’ve been eating for the past 10 months.

9. Breakfast burrito – my hubby makes the best breakfast burritos and I’m so going to enjoy one of those as soon as possible.

10. Coffee Creamer – I’ve been drinking black coffee for about a year and I still haven’t been converted. I miss my creamer probably the most out of everything.

 

Is there anything that you have eliminated from your diet that you just cannot wait to eat again?

Parental Food Hypocrite

Being the parent of a picky toddler is extremely frustrating sometimes…. well, a lot of the time…… like at every mealtime.  

My daughter started off extremely adventurous with food when we initially started her on solids.  She ate everything from meatloaf and mash potatoes to arroz con pollo.  We were thrilled to have such a hearty eater.  And then she hit a wall.  Actually, she didn’t hit a wall, she completely reverted back an entire phase and stopped eating solid foods all together.  We back tracked and had to rely on the bottle for nutrition at that time, but eventually saw some improvements, little by little. 

Now, here we are right before her second birthday, and I feel like we haven’t made much progress.  She eats a much wider range of foods now than previously, but none of which are super nutritious.  We have implemented all the suggestions from our pediatrician, friends and family, but we are still having major issues getting her to try new things.  At this point, she lives off a simple diet and eats pretty much the same things every day.  

 

  • Oatmeal – Either overnight oaks or instant depending on the preparedness of each parent for the morning.
  • Greek Yogurt – I’m so thankful she eats these.
  • Cereal – Although I’m attempting to step away from General Mills’ Cheerios (Big GMO Company), she loves and eats them so I give in for now
  • Fruit  – She’s like her Daddy, they could live off fruit.  Pears, Apples, Grapes, Watermelon, Pineapple, Oranges, Blueberries, 
  • Chicken Nuggets – She won’t eat my homemade chicken nuggets, but she loves Chic-fil-a and Purdue’s frozen selection.  IDK
  • Nutella – She will eat this by the spoonful.  I’ve tried to top a rice cake or graham cracker with it, but she just licks it off.  
  • Fruit Snacks –  I hate that I give her these, but she loves them and at this point, I’ll give her almost anything that she will actually eat.
  • Breads – I make this veggie bread from the leftover pulp after I juice my veggies and my Aunt makes her banana bread every week or so.  The veggie bread is pretty much the only way I can get her to eat vegetables.  
  • Crackers, Chips and Popcorn Snacks 

 

I feel like such a food hypocrite when I go through the checkout line at Publix.  More than half of my purchases are organic fruits and vegetables and whole foods, but then I line up a small selection of fruit snacks, crackers and frozen chicken nuggets and I want to cringe.  How can the mother eat so healthy, but then give such crap to her kid?   

I’ve been checking out some literature and blogs on this topic to learn other ways to approach the situation.  A girlfriend posted this recently and I found it to be somewhat valuable.  

I took away a few rules to implement with our daughter.

  • Limiting Snacks to only one or two a day
  • Not Eating an Hour Before Meals
  • Eating Real Homemade Foods instead of processed foods
  • Avoid emotional eating.  Food is not a pacifier, a distraction, a toy or bribe, etc…. (We are horribly guilty of this.)

 

 

Another post I found interesting was this one with the idea for a Nibble Tray.  

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Essentially, I just prepare and leave a mix of healthy food items out on a little tray for her to “nibble” on for lunch or a snack.  I am definitely going to try this out asap.  

Something that I’ve seen consistently throughout most of the websites and literature is to remove all distractions during  mealtime.  This is something we are failing at terribly.  Adversely, we have always used the iPad to distract our daughter during mealtimes.  It started as a distraction while we prepared the meal, then it just carried out into mealtime while we tried to eat our meal ourselves.  So shame on us.  🙁  

In the next few weeks, I am going to attempt to change this behavior.  I will not lie.  It’s going to be tough on me and her, but I am so desperate to get her back on track that I will try anything.  I will also attempt to taste her on one new food item a week.  I’ll start keeping a log and I will share it along with my success stories {when and if I have them}.  

For now, we will continue to try, try again.  Our little girl is so worth the effort, and it’s such an important part of her health and growth.  One day, I’ll be proud to have her eating well, but for now, I’m just happy to have her munchin’ on the few things that she does.  

Do you have any suggestions for us?  What worked for you?

#TBT Revelations

A few weeks back when I was running at my parents house in Anna Maria, I ran {literally} across a situation that got me thinking.

Let me set the scenario for you.

Anna Maria Island is an ordinarily quiet, little community with a few well known restaurants and landmarks. One of the most recognized locations is the city pier {I talk more about AMI and share a picture of this pier in my post here} Usually, the pier is crawling with tourists and locals fishing for whatever their bait draws in, but this evening, evidently, had attracted more than just the casual sightseer and anglers. It had lured a couple of rowdy folks, one of which had gotten herself thrown in the back of a squad car. As I ran past the paddy wagon with the cuffed woman in the back seat, I couldn’t help but remember the night when I sat in that very same position. Needless to say, I finished my run that night in deep thought over how far I’ve come in the last 6 years.

If you are feeling a little out of the loop, allow me to explain.

Several years ago, I was arrested for a DUI. I was pulled over for speeding on my way home from a bar early one morning – around 4:30am to be exact. I hadn’t been drinking heavily, but that was a rarity. This particular night I had only consumed enough alcohol to result in a 0.136 on the breathalyzer – legal limit in Florida is 0.08. I ended up spending the rest of my Tuesday morning in jail waiting to make bail, wondering how to find an online bail bonds service at quick notice, so I didn’t have to bother my parents. But they ended up saving my life, as my relief came at the hands and wallet of my merciful parents. I don’t think I’d ever been so grateful to them as I was at that moment. They truly saved my life. I thought they’d have to use somewhere like Riverside Bail Bonds to help them post the bail because I thought they may not have been able to afford it otherwise. But I was wrong, and I guess they must have some money stored away for emergencies like this one. It was a truly humiliating and expensive situation {it cost me over $5,000}, but it was the necessary catalyst that transformed my life. It was my rock bottom moment when I realized that I couldn’t keep partying and wasting my life away doing these kind of things. I couldn’t spend every night in a bar and every afternoon in bed.

First, I began to make changes with my eating habits. I had to modify my meals drastically. I chose to cut out all late night eating and alcohol consumption and started a fitness plan. I started setting my alarm for 8:00am – which is early when you work in a bar don’t get to bed until 2 am – and going to the gym and the cycling studio. I discovered a love for HIIT, Spinning, Yoga and Pilates, but my passion for running didn’t come until after I had my daughter. I would run on cardio days, but I never ran longer than I had to and I definitely didn’t start tracking my mileage until much later.

During my reform and transformation process I lost 35 pounds, I went from a size 12 to a size 6 and discovered my passion for fitness; I became a certified spin and Gravity instructor and met my husband along the way. As you can imagine, it was one of the best things I could ever do for myself. The benefits have had a positive domino effect on my life ever since.

That night in Anna Maria when I ran past the police car, it was a real revelation. All I could think about was where I’d be now if I hadn’t been pulled over that night long ago.

Wanna know what I think ??? In my gut, I believe that God had a plan for me. Period. I believe it was his will for me to experience that moment of “revelation” so that I would want to make the changes I needed towards a better life. In any situation, you have to want to change. It can’t just be about other people wanting it for you. You really have to want it bad. And I did.

And you wanna know something even greater about it? When people began to see me making those changes and getting healthy and fit, they started to ask about how I was doing it, and that fueled my desire even more.

And now here I am years later, living and loving the healthier version of myself, feeling great about how far I’ve come.

And the icing on the cake? It keeps getting better. It’s always nice to get compliments, especially from your friends. Just a few weeks before my encounter with the police car in Anna Maria, my best friend sent me this text message with a picture of me from 2006 – possibly at my heaviest and unhealthiest. Her comment really filled me with pride and made me realize just how influential the people in your life can be to your lifestyle. If it hadn’t been for her positive influence in my life, I might not have established myself as a runner. In a very poetic way, the contagious concept of healthy living and specifically running was cycled through our little group of friends over a period of time. She was encouraged by Geddy to run a half marathon, then the completion of her first 13.1 and success in the sport was transferred to me…… and that’s what we call the Trifecta!!!

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I’m not the type of person who is comfortable showing unflattering pictures, but in a situation like this, I feel it’s necessary to tell the story. {This will probably be the only time I do this} I hope it finds someone who needs to see it, and I hope it helps them realize that anyone can make the decision to change – it just has to be the right reason.

Did you ever experience an “ah-ha” moment of revelation that lead to a fitness or healthy lifestyle change?