My heart goes out to you. I don't know that my breastfed 2-year-old son has any food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities, but I do. So, since he was born, I have strictly avoided wheat, gluten, dairy, corn and peanuts. It is tough because my issues are more intolerances and sensitivities, not full-blown allergies. But I haven't wanted to cause him any dietary trouble, so I've really steered clear of all those ingredients.
It is SO hard, as a momma who wears so many hats every single day, to keep your body nourished. Then add dietary challenges to that and it can feel like you're totally not taking care of yourself and that you're eating the same thing every day.
As someone who has avoided wheat, gluten, dairy, corn and peanut products for over eight years now (and much more strictly in the past two years since my son was born), here are a few of my tricks to staying nourished, especially with quick, easy, good fats and proteins that sustain me through the day.
Fats - Coconut oil on Ezekiel bread or millet bread toast for sustainable energy and good nutrients (I can eat sprouted grains because they are "pre-digested" and millet is gluten and wheat free)
- Olive oil on spelt pasta with some goat cheese, lemon juice, garlic salt and pepper - a super-quick lunch or dinner since spelt pasta cooks in about 5 minutes
Proteins - I don't like meat either, so I do lots of egg yolks (because the white part of the egg is the allergic part) in coconut oil on an Ezekiel tortilla wrap
- Goat milk yogurt - great source of protein, calcium and probiotics
- Hemp seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds sprinkled on oatmeal or millet cereal (hemp seeds especially have TONS of protein and omegas)
- Goat cheeses - my son and I both LOVE goat cheese and he eats it with absolutely no bad reaction
- Almond butter and sunbutter on ryvita crisp crackers (rye is gluten and wheat free and sunbutter has a good amount of magnesium)
- And finally, of course, LEGUMES! I love all kinds of lentils, black beans, split peas and garbanzo beans. I eat them over wild rice with sprinkled goat cheese, salt, pepper, garlic and lemon juice.
- I also have a fantastic powdered pea protein that I add to cereal or smoothies (if I have time to make a smoothie). Brown rice protein is good too.
Of course, I try to eat lots of veggies and fruits too, but these fats and proteins keep me going for the duration. And I just found out I'm pregnant with my second, and I'm still nursing my 2-year-old, so I'm even hungrier and in more need of nutrients than ever before. And I have NO time for making five course meals and dilly-dallying in the kitchen. My little man keeps me on the go non-stop and doesn't enjoy being in the kitchen, so if it takes more than five minutes of actual work at the kitchen counter, it's too long for me.
I can't imagine how hard it must be to be a new mom and have to change your entire diet and find new tricks for keeping yourself and your baby healthy. I hope a few of my suggestions help you.
You are doing an amazing job!