Did I already say that I was a little overwhelmed when I found out that I was going to begin on an MSPI elimination diet?! Ummm yeah, no dairy and no soy…yikes! I actually thought giving up the dairy was going to be harder, but really I think it was the soy as it seems to be in almost everything. Now I should point out that I chose to also eliminate everything with soy oil and soy lecithin as well. Some babies don’t require this strict of a diet, but one thing that you should know about me is I’m kind of an all-in sort of person, so I quickly decided that if there was any possibility that either of these soy substances could cause my little man any issues I would rather just cut it out right from the start. Of course you might not find it necessary to be so strict, and if that is the case you’ll have more food choices available to you.
So after it was decided that I would be eliminating both dairy and soy, including all the hidden forms of dairy that I shared with you in my post What is MSPI Anyways. I headed off to Sprouts and Whole Foods to begin this journey. Well needless to say I did a ton of wandering around the aisles reading labels and wondering what in the world I could eat, all the while I was in shock as to how much this new diet was going to cost our family as well! That’s something else that you should know about me I’m quite frugal by nature and the price of many of these alternative foods such as coconut yogurt and vegan cheese had my head spinning just a bit.
I eventually purchased a few things that I thought were “safe” for me to eat, but still didn’t really have much for making actual meals. I begin to scour the internet for resources and recipes, many of which I now have tried…some which have been awesome, and some of which have been pretty awful to say the least. So, my hope is to share some of my tried and true favorites with you so you can save yourself from some of the epic fails that are out there. Believe me your husband and children will thank you as well. 😉
Of course it didn’t take me long to decide that I needed to start making many of these items myself, and not only would I save a TON of money by doing so, but they would be even healthier. I will be sharing all of this with you as we continue on this elimination diet together.