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Old 02-25-2009, 03:28 PM   #1
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help with dairy and soy-free diet

So I was 99.9% sure that DS was allergic/sensitive to dairy (I'm breastfeeding). He was experiencing cold symptoms, colic-like behavior, and then started with blood in his stool. Long story short, I eventually pulled ALL dairy and the symptoms went away. DH was deployed and I was really struggling making healthy meals without dairy and resorted to lots of PB&J crackers/sandwhiches (dairy-free of course). He then started with the same symptoms, so it started to occur to me that maybe he had developed an allergy/sensitivity to nuts. I pulled them and again his symptoms cleared. I had debated a soy allergy, but nothign was conclusive and he'd continue ot have good and bad days (but nothign like how he was before I pulled dairy and nuts). Today he had a diaper that was literally all mucus and blood. I debated that it was the oatmeal cereal he started (on Friday ), but then it occured to me that I had had green beans last night. I googled it, and of course they are in the nut/legume family, so I'm fairy certain he's got a soy/nut allergy as well. Does this sound logical? Anyway, what the heck do I eat now? I had been using a soy-based butter for cooking, and now I can't use that. I just found out that cooking oil is soy-based. What are my options here? HELP, please!!!!

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Re: help with dairy and soy-free diet

I had the same issue with my DS, avoid veggie oil since there are soybeans in that. You can use olive oil for your cooking, also if you make white rice put alittle olive oil in it to sub the butter (I also used to use A1 sauce to season it, I was desperate, but it tasted good ) You can have Lays potato chips, most of the Brianna's salad dressings there is a vinegrette one that has a pic of an artichoke on it that tastes really good, and also is good as a marinade on chicken. I wasen't able to find any type of "milk substitute" other than oat milk. I only found it at 1 natural food store, but googled it and found the recipe to make it. (its the water that forms on the top of oatmeal when it sits I know it sounds gross, but again, I was desperate for a cup of coffee every morning.) Also, if you buy any frozen meat or the hamburger/turkey burger in the tube, check the ingredients alot of them have chicken broth in them which has soy beans in it ( so no chicken broth) I used to have a list of what dairy and soy products are listed as on ingredients, I'll try to find it again. Just make sure you watch your calorie intake. I was so preoccupied with reading labels and trying to figure out what to eat, I wouldn't eat, and ended up drying up. Oh, I had also found a marinated jennyo turkey breast that was really good I would cook 1 a week and eat that for lunch. You cant have lunch meat either.
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Re: help with dairy and soy-free diet

I forgot to mention, DS's GI Dr advised me against using any cereal other than Beechnut, Gerber cereal has soy or dairy in it.
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I just found this website, wish I would have found it when I needed it

http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.c...bstitutes.html
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:33 PM   #5
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Re: help with dairy and soy-free diet

Thank you so much! I too am struggling with eating enough, because I just can't find enough quick foods that I can eat. My supply is dwindling. I think I need to make a trip to a whoel foods store adn start cooking again. Can you bake with the olive oil? Also, I remember hearing a long time ago (for weight loss) people using apple sauce in place of vegetable oil??? I am currently drinking rice milk and that seems to work okay. Any reason why I shouldn't? The cereal I bought for DS was Earth's Best organic. Doesn't SEEM to have any soy or dairy. I hope I'm okay with that.

If you don't mind me asking, ddid you deal with blood in stool as well? Did you ever see a specialist?
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I forgot to mention, DS's GI Dr advised me against using any cereal other than Beechnut, Gerber cereal has soy or dairy in it.
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Re: help with dairy and soy-free diet

I didn't use rice milk, because I couldn't find any w/out soy in it. DS had major blood in his stool, he also got a prolapsed rectum (part of his rectum came out every time he poo'd) and since he was pushing so hard and crying all the time (he also has acid reflux) he ended up having a hernia removed when he was 4mos old. It was 2inches long and 1/2 inch wide. I insisted on seeing a GI dr, they are the ones that confirmed DS was allergic to dairy/soy. I always use olive oil in my cooking anyway, I've never used anything else. I have heard of people using applesauce in cooking, but I never tried it. I started making alot of Big meals and had that for lunch. Pasta salad w/brianna's dressing chicken, and veggies. I'd have it hot dinner w/no dressing, then add some dressing and keep it in the fridge for lunch. Also homemade pasta sauce. Also, for bread I know "when pigs fly" has a bread that you can eat but its almost $6 a loaf here. I have a bread machine and on the king arthur flour website, they have a whole wheat bread recipe that has no dairy/soy in it (it was the only one I found) it uses olive oil and maple syrup. I used to make a loaf everyday, and still do!! Then I'd make a bunch of chicken or turkey and have chicken/turkey sandwiches. Also, if you eat tuna, be careful, most tuna fish has veggie broth in it which has soy. I only found a couple cans of tuna I could eat. I also was able to find a mayo I could use, but it was towards the end of my BFing days, it's made with canola oil. I found it at shaws in the natural food section. It was kinda pricey, I just told everyone in the house not to touch it and I was the only one to use it... Also, to sub shake and bake I used plain breadcrumbs that I seasoned myself. Let me know if you need anything else, I did this diet for almost 2 mos. And my DS wouldn't latch so I was strictly pumping at the same time....

For the cereal, DS's Dr didn't want me using that due to the texture. Since beechnut is cheaper I switched to that. DS was put on Neocate formula since I dried up and its $150.00 for 4 14oz cans so every penny helps...
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Re: help with dairy and soy-free diet

I used rice milk and cooked with olive oil when DS showed sensitivities. Both worked well for us. I've also baked with applesauce and had great results. Good luck, mama!
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Re: help with dairy and soy-free diet

My ds has allergies to dairy,soy,eggs and nuts. He had ezcema and wasn't growing like he should have been. 17lbs at 11 months (he was 8.9 at birth). The doctor ordered a blood test and that how we found out. We go see an allergist at the end of the week.

I have actually found a chicken/veg stock that does not contain soy. I also use olive oil to cook with or coconut oil (works good on the eczema too). Of course can't eat any cheese because what isn't dairy based is soy based, but oh well. I have found that my son like ground meat (turkey) and pasta (brown rice pasta is so yummy, I would have never thought that). I have also found some frozen foods (chicken nuggets, fish sticks and mac and no cheese) that ds loves, they are Ian's brand. This adjustment to our diet wasn't as hard to make for ds since he just turned one and really had not had many of the foods on the no list, however for me...Its been tough. But in another week and a half we'll go see a nutrionist too; that should help a lot. Good luck!
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Re: help with dairy and soy-free diet

My son has dairy and soy sensitivities and is on Neocate formula because of it. I just wanted to mention that his dr's recommended Earths Best cereals since they are considered 'hypoallergenic'. Also, they said that soy lethicin products are ok to eat.

Good Luck. I hope your LO is doing better soon!!
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Re: help with dairy and soy-free diet

you can substitue ground flax seed for butter in baking- but i am not sure if that is considered a nut- as for mayo- making your own is SO easy and you have total control over what goes in it- i'll get back with the recipe.

we dont do dairy or gluten around here, and i limit my soy.
good luck mama- i'll post more later- currently nak...
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