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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Goodbye Chocolate, Ol’ Pal

So I hadn’t really been watching what I ate as far as breastfeeding goes with Levi because he had been so mellow. And maybe subconsciously I was just a little tired of all the restrictions. With Samuel I couldn’t eat so many of my favorite foods because they would give him gas or upset his reflux. When he turned one and I was no longer giving him my milk, I was so ready to load my Mexican food with hot sauce once again and my breakfast tacos with Tabasco. I was also ready to not have to order the non-chocolate desserts at restaurants again. And don’t get me started on alcohol. Much to my surprise, I lost my tolerance for spicy foods and became a very cheap drunk (calm down, I’m exaggerating).

Well, Levi’s reflux issues are getting worse, so it’s time to start enforcing restrictions on my diet once again [defeated sigh]. I would do anything for that sweet little boy, though, so it’s not going to be all too difficult [I say trying to convince myself that the chocolate brownie I had at On The Border tonight was really overrated]. At this point, though, his colic has gotten so bad I feel like it would be child abuse to not make a few dietary changes. He’s on medication, too, but that doesn’t clear it up completely.

So I looked up the list from The Baby Book of foods that aggravate reflux. I used to keep this list on the refrigerator with Samuel, and I just printed it up so that I could repost it to the frig door. Here it is:

  • Acidic foods, citrus fruits and juices (orange, grapefruit, lemon), tomatoes, peppers, onions
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine – coffee, tea, soda
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Chilies
  • Chocolate :(
  • Fatty foods
  • Fried foods
  • High sorbitol fruit juices (prune, pear, and apple)
  • Meats with a lot of gristle
  • Peppermint and spearmint
  • Spices
  • Stringy foods: seeds, skins, stringy fruits and vegetables

So I’m going to leave them out of my diet. It’s not too bad; I already leave most of them out of my regular diet anyway. Although, if that doesn’t work then I have to work off of the gassy baby fuss food list, which is much more restrictive:

  • Dairy products
  • Caffeine – coffee, tea, soda
  • Soy products
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Wheat
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Corn
  • Prenatal vitamins (The iron may be irritating to baby. Ask your OB for an alternative if this is the culprit.)
  • Gassy vegetables:
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Cabbage
    • Onions
    • Green peppers
    • Tomatoes

If I have to resort to this list I think I’ll cry.

Ah, the sacrifices of motherhood. I’ll be sure to remember to tell him of this to use as ammo as needed when he gets older.


  1. "I didn't eat chocolate for you and you're not wanting to clean your room?!?!?!?"

    You're a good mother, sweetie.

  2. You are a fabulous mother for making so many sacrifices for your babies.
    I just re-introduced broccoli back into my diet, its been fun for me too!
    I hope you find the culprit soon. This is about the same time Cooper started getting colicky-its so hard.
    Love you!

  3. Ha ha! The funniest things about this blog are you being a "cheap drunk" and Michael's comment. Ha ha ha!

  4. Are you really going to give up chocolate? I guess you have to if the baby doesnt are a good mom Annie. I am very proud of you...I was looking at Samuels blog and he is so cute..and getting to be such a regular 'little boy' now. A big brother! Wow! Thanks for sharing your family. Love ya'll,
    Aunt Diane


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