Everything you need to know about how and when to reintroduce dairy into baby's diet.
1. What to do when you are feeling overwhelmed
2. The key to get things done around the house
3. How lower expectations can help you get more things done and feel less overwhelmed
Here's what you can expect in the first 4-6 weeks of going dairy-free for baby, why it's so important to make sure you are 100% dairy free, how and when to know if you need to cut more allergens, and how to come up with a plan and reduce overwhelm.
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I’ve heard it over and over, it takes 21 days to break a habit (or start a new one). But I’ve never really thought of myself as someone with strong enough will power.
Yes, I went dairy free for my daughter for 9 months, but looking back I honestly feel like that was more divine intervention. It seems silly, I’ll have to save that explanation for another time…
When I went dairy free for my son, I had a really hard time. Lots of slip ups and giving into temptation. I reintroduced dairy too early and his symptoms, like chronic congestion and digestive discomfort, never fully disappeared.
Last month, after a series of events over a day or two, I decided I needed to cut dairy and now eggs. Cutting eggs from my diet made me nervous – they were one of my favorite go-to foods for breakfast, lunch, and even the occasional dinner. I honestly couldn’t imagine even a couple of days without a single egg for breakfast.
So, I told myself it would be an experiment. Just a month. Cut eggs for a month and then see how Bradley does. I could do a month. Having a goal, a deadline, in mind made it just a little bit easier from the start.
The first two weeks were tough. I was literally counting the days. Most days I like a savory breakfast so I needed to find a replacement for that. I tried savory oatmeal – loved it! I Tried a chickpea and eggplant scramble – it was delicious but it was certainly not eggs. I even started just eating leftovers for breakfast; I’m not sure why I’ve never done that before!
After hitting the two-week-mark, I stopped counting for egg-free days and things just started to fall into place. I didn’t really have to think about it anymore. It made ordering at restaurants a little bit more difficult and made me feel slightly more obnoxious than when I was simply dairy free, but no biggie.
Two days ago I made it to one month without eggs, and guess what? I still haven’t had one! I can’t say there’s any huge difference in the way I feel and I know I’ll eat an egg soon enough, but I just don’t really need or want one yet. [Edit, I had eggs for breakfast after 1 month and 3 days, then Bradley had a rough night so I am back to egg free]
More than anything, my month without eggs has proved to me that it is possible to make a change, any change, in less than 28 days.
When going dairy free, I teach moms that the most important factor is your “why”, your motivation. Without that, it’s hard to stay strong when temptation presents itself. But, from this little experiment I did on myself, I learned a few more tips for making change stick:
Have you tried to break a habit, or create a new one? What was your experience? How long did it take you?
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