I didn't know about chile con queso until I moved to Austin in 2001. I'm not sure how the opportunity to order a bowl of melted cheese in a restaurant (and eat it in public, without judgment) had escaped me for that long. I've been making up for lost time ever since.
|From Homesick Texan. Disregard the sound of me, weeping.|
That is, until two weeks ago.
My sweet angel of a newborn, Sawyer, is allergic to milk protein. This happens to some babies; it's different than lactose intolerance; they usually outgrow it by age 1, if not age 3. Fine.
What that means is that I cannot have any food with milk protein in it. It also means that I cannot have any food with casein or whey protein in it.
And so, as I mentioned, it has been two weeks of a Dairy-Free Heather. Here are the highlights:
-- I don't miss cheese as much as I thought I would.
-- I haven't killed anyone!
-- Coconut milk creamer is awesome.
-- Almond milk yogurt is NOT awesome.
-- I miss yogurt more than I thought I would.
-- Thank God for peanut butter.
-- There is NO DAIRY in Oreos. (Stop and think about that for a moment...)
-- I really like celery. Plain.
-- Vegan chocolate chips are expensive.
-- I am not likely to make vegan chocolate chip cookies.
-- I like Lara bars. Especially the blueberry ones.
The most important observation is that Sawyer is flourishing with my new diet. His cheeks are rosy. He's smiling. His, um, digestion is vastly improved, shall we say. (That is also how we diagnosed there was a problem. It was in his diaper. I'll leave it at that.)
|Happier than Pharrell to be dairy-free.|
I'm also avoiding as much soy as possible. I am having NO dairy at all, and as little soy as I can. Damn, Gina. Soy is in EVERYTHING.
We were already drinking almond milk at our house. No big change there.
When you completely rule out dairy, you get really hungry, really fast.
To be clear, I don't think formula is the devil. But I do know that the formula that is both soy and dairy-free is approximately the price of our mortgage. And that I can create milk for free, and it's better.
Also, yesterday I would have kicked a puppy for a cheese pizza. And then, I saw Sawyer, that little bundle of dairy free awesomeness, and I didn't give a shit (pun not intended) about pizza.
Hope you do what you have to do today.