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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.

4 comments :

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

    You're a good mother, sweetie.

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  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!

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

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  4. Are you really going to give up chocolate? I guess you have to if the baby doesnt like...you 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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