All moms eating habits change when they are pregnant. They need to add to their meal plan, or clean up a less than healthy one.
Some of the “go to” items are yogurt, and bowls of cereal. It’s comfort food; sweet, yummy and totally allowed. It’s not doughnuts and candy but it’s a far cry from kale shakes and egg whites. Many moms loosen up on their strict regime and may go totally rogue and add ice cream and chocolate milk to the grocery list.
This is a fun little habit to cultivate. And, after 9 months of it, it does become a habit. So It’s usually stays in place once the baby is born. So, week 4 postpartum, the baby starts to get a little fussy. First line of defense, eliminate dairy. OK coffee is the first of many problems for most. But, the non dairy options are pretty plentiful. Thank god.
For some, it’s a non-issue. They are not big milk and cheese ladies. But for some dairy lovers it’s a disaster.
So moms have just grown a baby in their body, delivered it through their body and are feeding it with their body. Seems like a fairly substantial sacrifice. But as all moms know, the sacrifice for your children is a lifetime sentence.
Moms have limited time for themselves, maybe a shower and a new pair of yoga pants. There is no more room in their bandwidth for any fun. Perhaps the occasional rented movie that takes a day to watch or the best friend that comes over for a cup of coffee you heat up 5 times.
But the happy little afternoon chocolate chip cookie and milk treat is gone.
Moms are not looking for much. It’s ok they cannot enjoy a glass of wine, sleep like a human, go to the bathroom with the door closed, but now the little cheese and crackers with your non alcoholic wine pick me up in the early evening is gonzo.
Its not really about the absence of the milk product, it’s the lack of time to figure out what the substitution is. They try almond milk because that’s fairly easy. They attempt to read every label to see if there is butter or –ase or -ose anything in it, and interrogate every waitress or coffee barista. Ugh! It’s exhausting.
Soy isn’t always an option either. That little food group attaches it self to a lot of diet eliminating menus. (I’m celiac, so in addition to any gluten containing foods, I have to watch out for soy anything, which, by the way, is in jelly beans and Swedish fish!)
Although it is not forever, I will say that eliminating dairy doesn’t mean eating only fruits and vegetables. You may stumble upon an entire world of new tastes, textures and foods that might not otherwise be part of your diet.
It takes 21 days to form a habit. Maybe you’ll just get used to it? Or maybe you’ll dream of the imported milk chocolate that in the cupboard your friend from Germany sent you.