So I have been breastfeeding for 4+ months now since my second son E was born. About 2 months ago - he got screamy. Really really screamy. Like 12+ hours a day screamy. He is gaining weight fine and is otherwise healthy - but it was clear that he was uncomfortable after eating. After trying to solve it in other ways, ignoring it, a lot of swaddling and shushing - I decided it was time to step it up. So I embarked on the Total Elimination Diet - which I have read about through AskDr.Sears. After a life of cooking with every spice, garlic and onions, tomatoes and every meat you can imagine - my diet for at least two weeks is limited to the list above. To complicate things - I am at my parents' house. My parents are not great with dietary restrictions - they love to cook delicious foods and as you will note - everything on the list above is well... not so delicious.
I can't lie.
I ate a turkey leg for breakfast yesterday.
You can only eat so much rice cereal with no milk and I was starving.
The result of this elimination is hopefully a happier baby and the identification of whatever was making him so miserable. Since the start of the diet - he has been much better. After a couple of weeks of just the foods above - you can add foods (one at a time) back into your diet - one every 4 days.
So I am not giving up on yummy food even on the diet - so here is a Total Elimination Shish Kebab recipe - made with homegrown organic zucchini from my garden and local farmers' market pears.
1 cup of organic brown rice
2 cups of turkey stock - flavored only with turkey drippings and salt and pepper
Prepare according to package instructions.
Cut 1 large zucchini in large thin strips
Season with salt and pepper
Grill until crisp
1 lb lamb - our cut was from a leg of lamb - all the fat was removed and it was cut into 1 inch chunks
3 pears cut into cubes
1 cup of organic pear juice
Marinate lamb in salt, pepper, and pear juice. Put chunks of lamb and pear onto skewers alternating pears and lamb. Grill to desired doneness.
It actually was prety good... everyone else was eating pizza - homemade - but other than that... it will do!