Happy May Day. Today HP and I start our ‘fun-free’ diet. I know, I know – what kind of name is that? So here’s how it came about…
Last year after BP was born — Let me back up just a second — While I was pregnant with BP I discovered I was allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. Not a good thing to discover when all I wanted to eat was peanut butter from the jar.
Back to today. Last year when BP was born, we had a tough time adjusting to life. BP spit up every.single.time she ate. I felt like I was feeding her all of the time. And I was. I also was covered in spit up all of the time. I felt like I should wear a big sheet and just keep turning it until the whole thing was covered in spit-up. Then, and only then, would I put a new one on. Instead I just did lots of laundry.
Back to the fun-free diet… In an effort to figure out what was ailing BP I cut out of my diet: dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, soy, and shellfish. I already had cut out the tree nuts and peanuts. Yep, we had gotten rid of all 8 major allergens from our diet.
The spitting up stopped – the rash (that I neglected to tell you about – she looked like a giant strawberry) went away too.
But we were hungry!! Very Hungry. Eventually I collected enough different recipes that I could feed us a different meal every night and have us be full (at least remotely full), and BP would not react poorly to something I ate.
The benefits of the fun-free diet: I had more energy, HP (and MP) lost weight, we were eating healthier (because let’s face it – all that is left is chicken and vegetables (well, it’s not that bad…)).
But then, BP outgrew her allergies (and so did I) (except for my allergy to medicine, and metal (I still can’t wear my rings 😦 )). So we stopped the fun-free diet. My weight stayed the same. HP gained some weight back. I had less energy, and so did HP (I think?).
So in an effort to lose weight/regain energy for the month of May (and maybe longer) we are on the fun-free diet. 🙂 Here is the menu (in alphabetical order-sorry about that) for the month:
|Fun Free Diet|
|Chicken||1-2-3 Mushroom Chicken||1|
|Ground meat||American Chop Suey||Crockpot||2|
|Pork||Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork Chops||3|
|Chicken||Cinnamon Chicken Recipe||5|
|Chicken||Cranberry Chicken and Rice||6|
|Pasta||Elbows & Sauce||7|
|Ground meat||Frito pie (Robyn’s recipe)||8|
|Chicken||Ginger Sweet Potato Chicken Bake||9|
|Chicken||Lemon Pepper Chicken with Chili French Fries||10|
|Pork||Lima Bean Casserole||Crockpot||11|
|Ground meat||Meat Loaf||13|
|Chicken||Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup||Crockpot||14|
|Chicken||One-pot chicken and vegetables||Crockpot||15|
|Sausage||Overnight Breakfast Potatoes and Sausage||Crockpot||16|
|Pork||Pork Chops with Dijon Herb Sauce||17|
|Pork||Pork Chops with Peach Salsa||18|
|Chicken||Potato Chip Chicken||19|
|Sausage||Red Beans & Rice||20|
|Ground meat||Rice and Meat Casserole||21|
|Chicken||Roasted Garlic Chicken with Red Potatoes||22|
|Ground meat||Sweet Potato Chili||Crockpot||25|
|Chicken||Turkey and Wild Rice Soup||Crockpot||27|
|Chicken||Turkey Cutlets in Mango Salsa||Crockpot||28|
|Sausage||Turkey Sausage and Sauce over Pasta||29|
|Sausage||White Bean & Sausage Soup||Crockpot||31|
See: it is more than just chicken and vegetables. 😀