It’s Been One Week Since I’ve Had Sweet Potato or Zucchini

After a solid month of eating NOTHING but turkey, sweet potato, zucchini, squash, pear, avocado (added in after 2 weeks), olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary (added in after 2 weeks), I am FINALLY eating real food again. I’m still unable to eat wheat, eggs, dairy (ugh… it’s been over 2 months since I’ve sunk my teeth into a delicious piece of cheese), nuts, or soy. BUT, let me tell you, I really don’t even mind those exclusions at this point.

I’ll get back to the whole food thing in a minute, but the REAL news here is that we went to the pediatric GI doctor and while he believes Charlotte has a protein allergy, he is not too concerned with it (despite her green poops and the random blood streaks we’ve seen). In fact, he said that green poops are a total non-issue. He said that the benefit of me eating a more well-rounded diet far outweighs the benefits of the total elimination diet. So, that’s good news!

Since I’ve welcomed all of the brightly colored, delicious fruits and veggies back into my life (in addition to rice/corn/other non-banned food items), Charlotte’s poo seems to be looking pretty good still. We have had a couple of random poops that look like they could have blood, but other than that, the color seems good and Charlotte seems great.

The doc also gave us the okay to start solids. In fact, he said that she looked more than ready! And right he was.

As for my diet, I’ve been enjoying healthy food like crazy these days. Mark has been on this 21-day detox, so our meals work pretty well together. He can’t have salt or sugar or oil… or a lot of things, but generally speaking, my meals are pretty adjustable to fit his diet.

I’ve been using this cookbook from Real Simple and I absolutely love it (thanks, Kate!). The recipes are simple with clean ingredients, and the food is flavorful and tasty. So far, I’ve cooked Asian Beef & Cabbage Salad (I substituted ground turkey for the beef and used 2 TBPS of olive oil instead of 4 TBSP of canola, I also added a little more rice vinegar) and Salmon Tostadas (I cooked the salmon in 3/4 TBSP of coconut oil, instead of serving the beans/corn/lime separately, I combined all of them and added tomatoes and cayenne pepper to make a salsa… it was awesome). I’m planning to tackle the chicken curry this week, too!

Since the start of my elimination diet, I’ve lost 7 lbs… so, I was able to keep my baby boo safe and drop those pesky last pregnancy pounds! And now, with my current diet, I feel like I’ll easily be able to maintain my weight loss and even better, I feel really great. Energetic, not bogged down by a full and uncomfortable stomach, just good all around.

Total Elimination Diet (TED)

The poop saga continues. Last time I posted, I was struggling to figure out how to solve sweet Charlotte’s green, mucousy blood poops.

Since then – just under two weeks ago – I have been on Dr. Sears’ Total Elimination Diet. The diet consists of literally turkey (range-fed), yellow squash, zucchini, pear, sweet potato, olive oil, salt/pepper and rice. That’s it! However, as of a week ago, I eliminated rice, as it seemed to be bothering Charlotte. So now, I’m surviving on turkey, sweet potato, pear, and squash/zucchini.

The point of the diet is to totally strip down your intake to make it easier to identify what is bothering her tummy. Once her poop has become regular, the idea is to add in one food every 4-5 days and track what is okay and what bothers her.

BUT, of course, it’s not so simple. I was on the diet for a week with no real change, so I did end up putting Charlotte on prescription formula (neocate) for a little over 2 full days. Once on the formula, Charlotte’s poop FINALLY became regular. It was yellow, no mucous and no blood.

On that third day – after 1.5 weeks of clean TED eating – I went back to breastfeeding. However, 2.5-3 hours after nursing her for the first time since formula, she had bloody mucous.

Her poop since then has been really pretty varied. Diarrhea this morning, yellowish green, yellowish brown, mucousy, no mucous. Jury is still out I guess.

I’ve spoken with two lactation consultants, multiple people from La Leche League, and women from my mom’s group… Consensus? Nobody has any real idea.

It could be an allergy, it could be an over supply… Or maybe she just has an intolerance to my milk in general?? I don’t know.

Most people say that if it doesn’t seem to bother her, just keep breastfeeding. Although they aren’t sure if that has any long term effects.

Unfortunately, that’s not really settling our minds. So, we scheduled an appointment to see a pediatric GI specialist in two weeks… And until then, I will continue to choke down sweet potatoes three times a day.

I’ve been trying to spice things up in terms of meals, but it tends to be quite similar day to day.

Sweet potato/zucchini hash browns and/or turkey & pear sausage (aka cut up pear cooked in a mini homemade turkey burger)

Turkey breast (cooked in olive oil and water in the slow cooker) with zucchini/pear slaw (aka chopped zucchini and pear) on sweet potato peels (I microwave a sweet potato, scoop out the insides, and use the skin as bread)

Homemade turkey burger with shredded zucchini and/or squash in it with either zucchini hash on top or zucchini slaw and sweet potato dipping sauce (aka puréed sweet potato, water and salt), sweet potato crisps (chopped sweet potatoes tossed in olive oil and salt and cooked at 450 until crispy), and sautéed squash