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Food from friends

OH MAN.  Where to start.

After a month of hard work I fiiiiinally reset my sweet tooth’s chocolate cravings and now I am scared I’m slipping back into old habits.  Blahhhh.  It’s so easy to be like “cut yourself some slack, Elise” – the excuses just roll off the tongue during hard times, but I don’t want to go back to that!!!!

Stress — > chocolate

My friends also KNOW ME SO WELL and hook me up with the good stuff, soooooo, it’s basically impossible to say no.  I want to be strong I really do, but my willpower is definitely being tested right now.

The mini muffin shaped chocolates above are these coconut oil chocolate bombs that my friend made.  The recipe is from another friend (the other Elise) and our group is obsessed with them.  You have to store them in the freezer because the coconut oil will melt if not chilled, but it’s wise to store them there anyway because otherwise you will eat them all at once.  And that amount of coconut oil….well…you know…fortunately, I practiced moderate self control and stuck to two servings at once.  TMI warning: my IBS during the 48 hours we were in the hospital was on par with my old self and I was so anxious I barely ate anything and it took 4-5 days for me to finally have a BM again.  I’m back to “normal” now but I can’t help but feel sad that this all went down after I made such an effort to get my gut back to a more healthy state.  Life, huh!? I’ve started taking some herbs again for digestive support during this time.  No rigorous schedule like before, but when I think about it, once a day at least.

This is the recipe for the curry my friend brought us that first day we got home from the hospital.  It was AMAZING and I immediately texted her for the recipe.  P liked it too (V was not into food at this point).  I will 100% be making this again.

She woke up way too early and because she was in so much pain I held her and rocked her until she fell back asleep, and then didn’t dare move a muscle for the next couple of hours despite being incredibly uncomfortable myself.

As you can see, I’m on the floor, but at least I had my phone.  It was like old times…nursing her and then having her pass out on me.  Only I was able to fit in a chair back then, obviously.

Breakfast!  I had some banana bread in the freezer, thank goodness.  After this I jetted over to target to grab a bunch of essentials.  We had made a list the night before, which included everything from multiple sizes of diapers (one small to tuck in and under the cast and then one huge one to put over the cast) to board games (things to do as a family on the floor) to pain meds (the tylenol/hydrocodone blend was not cutting it).

Kyle was home with the kids, holding down the fort, but I made a mental note of this bad boy!  I have a feeling this will be my friend in the future weeks.

Impulse purchase that I am SO glad we have.  This was the best $35 I have ever spent – at Target or anywhere. We seriously couldn’t live without it.  The angle of her cast prevents her from sitting upright and she clearly can’t stand, so what else is there to do with her?  She’s too big for all the baby items we pulled back out – the doorway  jumper, the activity table, etc. – so we really needed a portable place to put her.  This chair is awesome.  It’s sturdy and soft and actually kinda cute.

My sister came on Saturday and it felt like a superhero came in when we were at our lowest.  She insisted we go out and leave the kids with them.  And she brought us lunch (our fave salmon ABLT sandos from Nugget market)!  I went and got a pedicure and came back feeling much better.  Although to be perfectly honest, I still couldn’t relax enough to get rid of the ulcer forming pain in my stomach. I was aware of it all day and was really trying to chill myself out, but I guess my subconscious was taking it out on my my body.  So. Tense.  But V slept the whole time I was gone and so we took advantage of her well rested state and went for a walk to the park when she was up.  Kinda an aggressive outing for day one, but I wanted baby girl to get some air.

Never thought I’d use these swings for their intended purpose.

The problem is, she isn’t comfortable anywhere for any length of time and wants to be held more than anything. But she is heavy!  Auntie Laura got a work out and my biceps got an afternoon off.  🙂

Kyle grilled skirt steak for dinner and I made a kale salad with avocado, sheep pecorino romano, and dried cranberries.

This was too aggressive and I got way too overwhelmed when the meal was done and I had to clean up everything and P was tired and melting down and needed his doses and we had to figure out a way to bathe V. Too much, too soon.

Chocolate for dessert.

V slept a little bit better, but was still very much in pain so I continued around the clock dosing.  She hung out with me in the closet while I showered…With her matching bear and new purse (thanks to Auntie Laura and Uncle Chris).

I was running too late and sucked this down before P and I went to church.

It was delicious, in case you had any doubts.

As you’d expect, I cried my eyes out throughout church. Per usual, P and I were snuggling for the first songs of service (before I drop him at Sunday school) and he was so sweet, telling me he loved me when he saw I was wiping my eyes.  My little angel.  After P was with the other kids I went and sat with my girl friend and of course immediately burst into tears when I saw her.  Sometimes you just need a good cry.  And when the lyrics to every song and the message of the sermon seem to be directly speaking to you, it’s hard to hold it in.  I sure felt better afterwards.  And then when we got home grandma was there!!!  What a relief.  Kyle’s mom literally dropped everything to fly in for two weeks and I couldn’t imagine how we would be surviving right now without her.  There were so many times on Sunday that I thought I wouldn’t be able to do this for the next 4-5 weeks.  I literally couldn’t get my head around how we were going to make it work.  And the first few days were still especially hard, even with an extra adult on hand.  But slowly, it’s getting easier.  And we will make it.  I’m seeing it now.

They love each other so much.  I think it’s been hard for them in ways I hadn’t anticipated to not be able to play with each other the way they usually do.

Group trip to TJs!  We were out of everything.  They had people doing face painting, so both kids got flowers on their hands.  And P got to push a small cart with grandma!! Oh boy was he thrilled with that!

Kyle grilled pork chops and asparagus and I made a slaw.  V still wasn’t interested in food and I force fed her two bites and then gave up.  She was miserable with constipation and had no appetite, poor thing.

Kyle didn’t grill the asparagus long enough so they were a little crunchy and I think I actually liked them that way better than normal!  Is that weird?  I had made them in a foil packet with tons of olive oil and salt, so he couldn’t see there done-ness and just guessed.  So even though they weren’t cooked through all the way, I was pretty cool with it.  And P didn’t seem to mind either.

More chocolate to get me through the mental hurdle of accepting that the weekend was over and that Kyle was heading back to work.  Sigh.  THANK GOD Kyle’s mom was in town.  I wouldn’t have been able to cope with both kids and no other adult.

The next morning was more of the same – rotating her position and getting pain meds on board.  For the first time, she kinda ate a little something for breakfast, so that was good. And then we were off to paint and sing. Another activity that in hindsight was pretty adventurous for a casted child, but it was the last day so I didn’t want her to miss out.  Plus!  It was…

Eclipse day!

Kyle brought in glasses for the whole class so we kept the classroom door open and people popped outside over the two hour span whenever they wanted.  Beverly accompanied me to paint and sing too, so we had a decent ratio of adults to kids, but it was still hard to keep V happy.  Teacher Jeanne is amazing though, and set her up with a bunch of lap crafts that she could do in the bob stroller.  It was neat to see, but I doubt the kids appreciated the uniqueness of it.

I took a pic of my food!!  I used the spring greens salad bin to keep dishes to a minimum…and added roasted pecans, hot smoked salmon, avocado, baby carrots, and the small remaining portion of a kale salad from I don’t remember when.

Meanwhile, in the toy room, quiet time got reallllllly quiet.

My friend came by that afternoon for some socialization and we all went to the park behind our house to play and chat.  My friends have been incredible.  I was especially glad to hang out with Angela, though, because she had a spica cast when she was 10 so she had lots of personal insight to share.  Her situation sounded way worse, which made me realize I should be really thankful that V is doing as well as she is and her break isn’t worse.  The kids had a total blast playing together – acting out Lion King plot lines in the “jungle” near the park and then putting on another performance half way through our walk back home.

And then a little later another friend came by with dinner.

See how lucky I am!?!?

These recipes are all from her Whole 30 cookbook.  And I am strongly considering buying it now because every dish was as amazing as the one before it.  The beef was so flavorful.  And the kale salad!  Man oh man.  It had almonds and a citrus dressing and was sooooo good.  She offered me a full menu of options too!! Like, who does that?!!  Of course I chose kale.  And then she made squash from her garden too!!

Everyone loved this.  I got all the recipes, too.  THANK YOU ELISE!!!!  [Very blogworthy]

Beverly knows my weaknesses…and she managed to find all my favorites (not that it’s hard, since I have 2000 “favorites”).

Oh and Elise brought me these too, which I had for breakfast the next day, of course.

With cashew butter.

I went for a run too, so I was feeling pretty on top of it.  Sitting down for a proper meal after a good sweat sesh.

Little buddies.

We were planning on going to library, per usual, but then our friend invited us over to a tea party instead, so we decided to give it a go.  I took both kids with me, but regret it almost instantly when I realized it was a big group event.  Yikes.  V was still in full on mama mode, so I basically carried her around and held her for the duration of the time we were there.

The good news was that she ate something!  One slice of cheese.  Not much, but better than nothing.  For a child who’s appetite is usually bottomless, this is so weird.  Normally I’d be cutting her off so she wouldn’t eat the whole tray.

Pacman made up for her lack of hunger, though, and ate a cucumber and cream cheese sandwich, cheese and salami slices, snap peas, grapes, figs, and pirates booty.  SO MUCH DAIRY!!!!  And had no reactions whatsoever.  #oitworks baby!!!

And tea!  Naturally.

Mid way through the play date, I got a call that we had to go to Sac for an appointment for V.  I wasn’t prepared for this and it caused a bit of anxiety because I had three different people coming by to drop things off that afternoon, so I was really flustered. In order to make some calls I needed to put V in the stroller, but she didn’t want that at all and started freaking out.  I was kinda shaking and having a hard time, but Angela swooped in with a book and managed to turn a very resistant V into a captivated audience member.  Phew!  I left shortly after because I was too stressed out.  I brought both kids home and got V to bed right away so she’d get at least some kind of nap in before her appointment.

Meanwhile, P played and I got our afternoon in order.

And then my friend came with Jamba Juice!  LIFE SAVER.

P had his for lunch, which saved me from having to make and clean up anything.  Hallelujah!

And I got an acai bowl that I put in the freezer for breakfast the next day.  🙂

She even remembered to ask for a peanut free blender 🙂

Valley girl got new x-rays and all looks good so no adjustments need to be made to her cast.  I had a list of questions and once again, the MDs were nothing short of fantastic, listening to everything and making me feel like she’s within the normal range for recovery issues.  Honestly, I hope I never have to see them again after this cast comes off, but the team is so great, it wouldn’t be the worst to work with again.  Ha.

As we were wrapping up, V asked for some carrots!!  First time she’s asked for food in days!  I was thrilled.

That afternoon she really turned a corner.  I left her with Beverly to go take P to the library and she was in good spirits and seemed to be returning to her normal self a little bit.  P and I had some much needed alone time to play and pick out new books, including an early learning kit.

And then we had dinner.

We had quinoa chili and sushi – from two different friends.  Both of which we added avocado to.  V still didn’t want too much food, but she did eat a bit more than before, so…baby steps…

And then she slept through the night!  And managed to figure out rolling over!  And when she woke up she was happy and playful!  Yayyyyyy!!

Kyle worked out while I changed her diaper (success down there too!) and then she told me she was hungry so I went and filled her bowl with oatmeal and strawberries.

Which she finished!  Yay!  This was making me so happy to see 🙂

After the kids were fed I left V with Beverly and took P with me to stroller strides.  Many of my friends were there and asking about V and giving me support and encouragement.  It was a great work out too, and then the kids played at the park together.  P brought his magnifying glasses from the insect early learning kit and convinced his friends to go on bug hunts with him.  They were off foraging for a while, but came up empty handed.  So they went to the playground.

We stayed for as long as possible, but I knew I needed to get home to V.  She was in great spirits when I arrived and even gave me a nice “welcome home!” shout from the toy room.

P was a sweaty mess so Beverly gave him a bath (his request!) while I took V in to shower with me.  And then both kids ate awesome lunches (baby girl even asked for seconds of everything).  I stopped her pain meds too, so I feel like this was a pivotal day for her.  CORNER. TURNED.

Lunch ingredients!  Have you seen this kohlrabi blend from TJs?  It’s new to our store, and I was excited to try it. Verdict: like!  Wish it was organic though.  🙁

I blended it with kale, and cabbage, and miso dressing before adding my usual toppings – avocado, smoked salmon, and carrots. Seems like I swapped salmon for nuts these days.  Just rolling with my taste buds’ preferences.  Both are pricey options.

We spent some time that afternoon playing with things in the insect early learning kit, including this science viewer which really reminded me of my youth.  There are a bunch of cool things in the kit, including glass encased insects for them to learn to identify, and watch bands with little cases for bug catching.

Off to market!  It was hotter than I was prepared for, and V wanted me to hold her and dance with her a little bit more than I wanted to, but you can’t deny a casted kid much of anything, let alone loving snuggly dance time. So I obliged.  We were celebrating a first birthday there too, as well as a goodbye party for friends we are sad to see move away.  But the best part of all was that I didn’t have to cook and Patty-cakes ate a hot dog from the vendor!!!!

He even liked the ketchup!  Wow wow wow, is OIT making our lives infinitely easier.

In the past week I have talked to at least 6 different people about the clinic where I take P for his desensitization. A few people called on the phone to chat and others I’ve emailed with or added to my facebook group.  I feel like I should get a referral discount or something!!!  Kidding, of course, but I have been amazed by this whole process and want to shout about it from the rooftops and hook up every other allergy kiddo and family out there so they too can see the benefits we have seen.

I got a kale salad and tri tip and fries for me and V to share.  She didn’t want anything to do with the kale salad after the first bite, but she was ALL ABOUT the fries.  Duh.

I shared some with him too. [Don’t worry, they fry them in soybean oil]

I skipped dessert and had kombucha instead.  Working on that willpower.

Another morning, another bit closer to normal!

I changed her when she first woke up and she was a perky little thing.  Empty gut, clean diaper, pretty dress, and then she rolled around the floor and attempted crawling while I cheered her on.  Couldn’t be happier!

I tucked into my acai bowl after the kids were fed.

It was P’s welcome day for school, so Kyle and I both accompanied him while V stayed home with Beverly.

Sweetness.

I barely had time to enjoy much of this, but I put the rest back in the freezer for later because it was so good.  Especially because I added heaps of mixed nut butter on top.  It was the mixed one from TJs which has a blend of pecans, walnuts, cashews, and almonds in it.

First day!!!

Besties coloring together.

Since it was welcome day, the parents stayed and did a scavenger hunt with the kids and got oriented to the room.  P had no trouble adjusting though, since he goes here for Sunday school.  And is in the same class as several friends.

More of the same.

After lunches, V took a nap and P had quiet time.  We are slowly getting back to our routine.  I managed to remove TV for the past three days, so it’s looking like our lives will soon be back to a new kind of normal. And with him starting school, it will be much easier to focus on V without feeling like I’m leaving P neglected.  Until Beverly came we were having a tough time because I know he felt sad about his sister demanding all our focus.

I’m now in Fremont with him, tackling another round of updosing while we have the support of Kyle’s mom. I’ll try to keep more current going forward.  V is definitely feeling MUCH better…thank you all for your comments.  I have no doubt she will continue to regain her strength and confidence and work out how to be mobile enough for the next ~5 weeks.

It’s Friday, I’m in love

With Stroller Strides.  Ok, I promise I’ll stop waxing poetic about this amazing group after this.  I only got the once a week membership, but here I am two weeks in and I want to go ALL THE TIME.  I went twice the first week I joined, and now twice again this (second) week…soooo let’s do the math.  One extra $10 class each week adds up to enough to tip me over into the unlimited category.  So clearly I should just buy the unlimited pass and go all the time.  Except that the only reason I could go back to back Fridays is because we had to skip OIT this week.  🙁

So aaaanyway, I did stroller strides on Wednesday and had an iced chai tea latte (that I made myself) after while I hung out at the park with everyone.

For lunch I made this salad.

I massaged a bunch of kale and romaine and shredded carrots with avocado oil and salt so it would be ready for whatever salads I may want throughout the week.  A choose your own adventure with dressings and toppings, if you will.

This time I added balsamic dressing, avocado, and roasted marcona almonds.  And OF COURSE baby carrots on the side.

Farmer’s market for dinner because it wasn’t 107 degrees and all our friends were in town.  Hooray!  I got the chicken tikka masala from Kathmandu Kitchen and it was heavenly.  Seriously, amazing.  And get this…BOTH kids ate some of my rice!! This is especially cool because (A) they’ve never had Indian food and I wasn’t sure if they’d like it; and (B) pacman can eat food from a farmer’s market food stand!!!!!  I asked beforehand if they used peanuts or peanut oil and they said no, so it’s not like I went in blind.  Very happy for this development.

Guess what I finally had for dessert!?!

My mom’s pecan pie!  Decadent and delightful way to end the day.

On Thursday I went back to this baked zucchini lover. With cashew butter.  And despite breaking my word and eating it straight out of the casserole dish, I managed to keep my portion to a respectable size.

These were not good.  I’m not sure if they were stale or what, but they were not good at all.  I bought them last week so they can’t be too old, and yet, they tasted so blech.

I ended up eating extra salmon to compensate.

Tough decision.  😉

Since our dinner plans fell through (WF at my parents’ house) I made a last minute meal pulling ground beef out of the freezer.

I have been having a super bizarre* craving for creamy tomato soup for the past couple of days, so I was excited to find this in the back of the pantry.

*Only bizarre because normally I don’t love tomatoes.  I think I ate more tomatoes (in the form of marinara/tomato soup/pizza, lasagna, etc) during my 10 months of pregnancy with P than the combined rest of my life.  Not exaggerating.  And no I’m not pregnant.  Perhaps my body needed a little vitamin C.

It has cream in it, but ever since doing my 30 day SIBO reset, I’ve found certain dairy to be ok.  I haven’t tested it a bunch or anything, but since P has been dabbling in dairy, I’ve been testing the waters out myself.  With dairy that’s mostly fat and/or protein (cream, butter, ghee, certain cheeses), the amount of lactose is a non issue.  At least for now…

 

I made meatballs in the oven for the first time. It was super easy and hands off even though it did heat up the kitchen more than I’d like on a summer day.

The rest of the family got wheat pasta with marinara and meatballs, but I had my meatballs with the Amy’s soup.

And this kombucha for late night digestion aid.  Feeling good about my gut these days.  Maybe the 30 day diet did more than I have given it credit for.

On Friday I had a tiny cup of coffee before stroller strides.  And then I brought along an iced chai with almond milk to enjoy afterwards.  The park we exercise at is adjacent to the library and since the Spanish program starts just after SS ends, it’s kinda perfect.  I just parked in the library lot and as soon as we were done stretching I high tailed it to get our espanol on.  I guess that’s the sliver lining to having to skip OIT sue to his cold. We used to go to the Spanish program all the time but ever since we began desensitization on Fridays we’ve had to miss them.  I was hungry and chugged the chai in seconds and then on our way home I went through the Starbucks drive through for a decaf misto.  I haven’t been to Starbucks in SO LONG.  OIT Fridays are really the only time I allow myself to go anymore.  I showered and sipped my coffee while the kids played (together, nicely, for hours!).  I didn’t want to mess with the happy sibling play so I left them be until almost 1:30 when they finally wanted lunch.

Since I didn’t have much of a breakfast, I made a big lunch.

This tuna salad had 2 cans of wild planet albacore (I discovered they sell it at Costco for less than elsewhere, although that amazon link may be even better), Sir Kensington avo oil mayo, 4 diced celery stalks, salt and pepper.  And then I mashed half an avocado on top.

I ate the rest of the Siete chips with it, as well as this bag of kale chips.  I’m out of carrots (!!!).  🙁

These were ok, but not my favorite.  They weren’t super crispy.  Weird right?

Massaging lettuce.  My favorite nap time activity.

For dinner I was inspired by this kale and brussels sprouts salad.

I’m getting cravings for it again now just looking at the pics. It was really good.  I’ll share the recipe below.

The spouted kitchen (linked above) calls for quinoa, but I roasted sweet potatoes for a different carb-y component. And then I made a bunch more tweaks since it’s actually written as a winter recipe (and it’s obviously August).  So here’s my recipe…

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Summer Salad

For the lemon dressing:

  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1 tsp garlic infused olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

For the salad:

  • 10 oz shaved Brussels sprouts
  • 5-6 oz chopped kale (~4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup roasted hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 4 oz shaved parmesan
  • 3 small sweet potatoes, diced and roasted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Add all the dressing ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix.  Add Brussels sprouts and kale and massage well so that everything is totally coated in dressing.  Refrigerate until serving.

Meanwhile, wash and chop sweet potatoes.  Toss in ~3 tbsp olive oil and generous pinch of salt and roast on a greased baking sheet for ~30 minutes, or until turning brown/golden on top.

To assemble the salad, add potatoes, strawberries, nuts, and cheese to greens and serve.

Have you ever seen or heard of pecorino romano from raw sheep’s milk?  I hadn’t, but look it has no carbs! That means the lactose content must be negligible if any!  And it was SO good.  And my gut felt 100% fine after!  And I even gave P a (tiny tiny) piece!  Parmesan and pecorino romano are some of the highest protein cheeses so I’m proceeding very cautiously with the amount I give P.  Oh!  Side note: I gave him half a string cheese today (4 g milk protein) with no reaction.  Yay!!  So two kinds of cheeses at two separate meals PLUS his milk doses PLUS his peanut doses WHILE he has a cold and his immune system was fine with it all.  Amazing. Just amazing.

Gonna keep this stocked in the fridge for sure.

Kombucha at night while watching Big Love.  I know it’s super old but we have never seen it and I’m already way into it.

Maintenance for a month

Since P reached maintenance for his cow milk OIT, we have been waiting for a full month to try out dairy…

Per our MD’s protocol you should wait at least a month after graduating before adding in new dairy.  And from there you should start with amounts of protein <4 g (because his dose is 1/2 cup whole milk which is equivalent to 4 g of protein).  After that you can proceed however you wish.  This is freeing and exciting and nerve-wracking all at once.  But mostly exciting.

On day 1 he tried: 1 tsp of butter on top of his pancakes (not a true challenge since butter should have TRACE amounts of protein if any, but still…he’s reacted to it in the past so it’s a challenge)

Verdict: no reaction!

On day 2 he tried: 1/4 a string cheese (2 g protein)

Verdict: no reaction!

On day 3 he tried: a bunch of goldfish crackers (55 is considered one serving but he didn’t have close to that many, which means the protein count was significantly less than the label’s 3 g listed)

Verdict: no reaction!

On day 4 he tried: a bite of my tomato soup (one bite with a tiny bit of cream in the whole bowl is hardly a challenge at this point but he was sick so I didn’t want to add too much else beyond his dairy and peanut doses)

I will keep noting things he tries as I blog about this journey (which are always tagged as allergy FYI), but I’m already AMAZED at what oit has afforded us.  The sense of safety and peace of mind that comes from doing this is invaluable.  We can eat at restaurants! We can have friends feed him!  We can send him off with family!  I was scared to let myself dream that we’d get here, but here we are!  Funny enough, last week the “dairy” charm on his allerbling bracelet broke.  It was destiny.

Peanut OIT starts

Wellllll well well.  Day one is officially behind us.  And I will admit I had a bunch of anxiety leading up to this day.  Obviously since we completed dairy I trust the process, but having been hospitalized for peanut ingestion before, it was a major mental hurdle for me to do this voluntarily!  We are lucky to have a huge support system, including my family, and friends, and facebook group…all cheering us on and lifting me up through this.  And now we have done it!  We have begun!

We had a normal start to the day with a bowl of oatmeal followed by his milk dose and then we were off to Fremont.

Kyle came with us for this first one, so that was nice.

He started with a 1/1000 dilution of peanut powder (in cellulose powder) which he had a minuscule amount of, and he completed four (!!) updoses in that first appointment on Friday.  We will likely go every other week to really allow his body an extra long time to desensitize to the dose they send him home on.

So now I have a bunch of these little cups of powdered cellulose/peanut to mix into applesauce or yogurt or whatever.

So far so good (some nasal drip but no congestion or meds needed after Saturday morning’s dose).

He is probably getting the equivalent of a grain of flour’s worth of peanut protein but you have to start somewhere right?  This is going to be a long road, but if the end is freedom then I am all in!  I will happily trade in my fear of hospitalization for a year or so of these MD appointments.

Day 9: up and downs

Here’s that beautiful baked dish that I made the night before.  I was literally throwing things into a mixing bowl while I was coming up with a concept of what I was going to make.

I had about a cup of shredded zucchini left and a very brown banana, which is why I needed to do something. Add in coconut oil, eggs, almond flour, stevia, salt and baking soda and you have a lovely little casserole bake.

Clumpy almond milk in my coffee…booo.

Mega cashew butter.  Yayyyy!

Like, MEGA cashew butter.

I smeared it everywhere and dug in.  I ate way earlier than I usually do because we had plans in San Francisco so I wanted to get on the road asap.

Seriously so perfect.  I am especially pleased with this breakfast and will be happy to eat it for the next week, or however long it will last.  The more nut butter on top, the better!

Field trip day!

I have no more of my food to share with you until dinner and that’s because I was distracted by these guys. And all the fun we were having.

Here they are having a snack break while we learned about pterosaurs.

Thank you California Academy of Sciences for having an allergy friendly cafe.  🙂

The “kids meal” comes with fruit and milk (but you can sub the milk for apple juice).  They get juice next to never, but it was a special day so why not.  Also, they were totally melting down due to thirst and hunger so I just needed to get food stat.  The lines were way long but the grill was the fastest, thank goodness, because it was looking to be the safest option for P.  They had a bunch of stations – pizza, salads and sandwiches, bowls, sushi, and grill.  Plus a dessert stand, coffee bar, grab and go fridge, and other random snacks (chips, pretzels, fresh fruit, etc).  By process of (allergy) elimination, I chose the grill station…which was good since the kids MIRACULOUSLY agreed on getting a hot dog (to spilt). I spoke with one of the chefs who seemed very knowledgeable about the items on the menu and told me the bread had dairy in it, so she showed me the GF option (udi’s) and I went with that.  Perfect!  Two slices of bread, one for each kiddo.  They also shared the fruit and hot dog.  Nicely, to boot.  V took the tomato and P took the lettuce, and the plate was basically left empty (both tried and disliked the pickle).

Once they were part way through their meal (and their blood sugar had stabilized) I took them with me to go to the coffee bar.  Then we were all happy.  Sitting with my almond milk decaf latte, hanging with my big kids, eating like a party of three.

I got this for myself too…because when this diet is done, I’m going to want this flavor.

We stayed way too late at the aquarium and didn’t get home til after 5 pm.  Oops!

I was beyond hungry by the time we got home.  Like my body had shut down.  Big time fail on my part.  I packed my pills and took them while we were out, though, so at least I didn’t totally shoot myself in the foot gut. But have you ever waited soooo long to eat that your body is beyond the hungry phase and then acts like it forgot how to work at all.  It’s like it’s shut down altogether but you know the second you get food it’s going to freak out and overreact and feel horrible.  Yeah. I’m ever so slightly familiar with this phenomenon and it is the worst.

Lucky for me I had a 2.5 hour drive home (Friday traffic, yay!) to brainstorm what to make for dinner. Taco salads!

Daiya cheese probably has things not fodmap friendly but I wanted it anyway, dangit.  Plus, I already knew my gut was going to react to food, no matter what I ate.  I have lived with this digestive system for 30+ years and there are certain parts about it that I have definitely figured out.

Almost forgot the avo!!  Phew.

I definitely had 30 minutes of weird pangs and gurgles and digestive discomfort and then it basically went away.  Odd.  That’s been the biggest change since doing this diet.  Any GI “issues” I have with my gut after a meal are so short lived!  I’m used to feeling gassy around the clock, to be honest, so it’s nice that it goes away so quickly.  I’m not sure if that’s related to the herbal supplements or the low fodmap diet.

I had kombucha later, and went to bed feeling quite good.

At some point I’ll focus less on killing the bad overpopulated bacteria and more on repopulating the good bacteria (meaning taking probiotics and prebiotics, some of which contain fodmaps, and increasing my carbs to include more starches).  IBS is so tricky that it’s hard to discern “die off” symptoms from my usual GI woes.