- Gluten-Free - Thankfully, things are much better here. The little one seems to be all healed up, and she's practically nonreactive on the rare occasion when she gets the stuff. I know how I feel (cruddy, to say the least) after I eat it and I can only imagine what her little body goes through, so we're gluten-free at home; however, I've relaxed a little when it comes to the kids having a bite or two at family gatherings, birthday parties, or the rare dinner out. We load up with probiotics and enzymes and keep an eye on things. This seems to work for us.
- Vegan(ish) - While I've been a vegetarian on and off throughout my adult life, I've never been opposed to good dairy (my grandparents had a small dairy farm, and we know lots of people around here with very happy cows) or eggs (we hope to have chickens here soon). And we're coastal folks . . . seafood is gold. But I do love the benefits of vegan baking, and I use vegan recipes quite often. My kids and I have a little trouble with dairy, so we stick to almond or coconut milk. I've also cut way back on our cheese consumption, but it's always been a weakness of mine.
- Grains - I mentioned gluten-free, but I know a lot of people are also grain-free now. I'm slowly using more almond flour in our baking. Plus, I always soaked my beans, and now I'm soaking them even longer, draining and rinsing them a couple of times during their soak time. Other than that, my little one loves oatmeal. She even asked for it for her birthday dinner. And . . . well . . . let's just say one does not give up rice so easily in South Louisiana. Rice is epic in these parts.
Basically, we eat mostly unprocessed foods (pasta is still on the weekly menu, and it would be great if I could break my Nerds addiction), mostly plants, with a weekly fish dinner. I try to incorporate something raw every day to get those beloved enzymes, and I am super grateful that my kids love vegetables as much as I do. We try to eat seasonally as much as possible, and eat local and/or organic when we can. In some ways, this has made our eating easier. Limiting our choices streamlines the whole process. It's about the quality, not the quantity of choices.
Now, when I figure out the whole gluten-free, vegan breakfast and lunch menu planning thing I'll be a much happier person. And travel. I still struggle with food on the go. But that's a post for another day. One that will involve a lot of whining and requests for help. Boatloads of help.