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Gettin’ Naked Series: Quinoa Chili and Too Much of a Good Thing

The last 2 weeks have been research, read, and experiment weeks.  Going dairy-free for my nursing baby is new to me and I needed to find and replace some dairy favorites and discover some new non-dairy ones.  Happy to report I’ve found some new yummy things.  I am also going to be really honest with you too.  I’ve tried 4 different homemade creamer recipes and their variations as well as a So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer and I still haven’t found one that matches the flavor and creaminess of the crappy dairy, preservative filled creamer I was using. The one that I like best is the So Delicious creamer, but there are still some ingredients in it that I can’t pronounce so I’m not sure it’s any better for me except that there is no dairy.

So far, I haven’t noticed any difference with the little one’s reflux. I’m not giving up. I want to try it for at least one more week to see if there are any changes. I also haven’t noticed any difference in my health. I think the true test would be to add it back in and see if I notice anything then. That’s how most food allergies or intolerances are best tested. Remove the item for at least 2 weeks and then add it back in and take note of any symptoms. So really, the only good things that have come from this dairy-free experience is that it has forced me to do more research on this diet trend and has also prompted me to find some new recipes and new ways of looking for calcium, protein and nutritious recipes.

One of the recipes that I LOVE and it got a “pass” with my boys is the Quinoa Sweet Potato Chili. The recipe was inspired by a vegan recipe by Because I’m not a vegan, I changed a few things. It was good enough to share!

protein packed quinoa chili

While testing new recipes, I think I’ve had way too much coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut blah blah… I’ve also had too much dessert. I had to find dessert that was dairy free so I didn’t feel like I was going to miss out on everything. :) Fortunately, the brownie recipe and sweet potato cookie recipe were so yummy, I don’t feel deprived. Unfortunately for my losing weight goal, we’ve made the cookies once and the brownies twice. Too much of a good thing. So I haven’t tracked my food because I was spending that time doing research for all of this dairy free business. I haven’t weighed myself in almost 2 weeks either. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten smaller.

There have been times when I would’ve said I was “off track”. But, am I off track? No. I am still focusing on my health, and the health of my baby. I worked out hard and even went up in weight this week. I am so close to my pre-pregnancy weights that I was using. I am making progress and I am still focused on my health. Did I eat too much coconut oil and treats? Yep. Have I tracked my food or weighed in? Nope. Will I be able to refocus soon? Yep. Make sure you view your progress the same. Sometimes, we have weeks when we are able to be spot on in every area. Some weeks, one area or another needs more focus which causes a little less effort in another. That’s OK. That’s life. Health is a journey, a lifestyle. Progress comes in all kinds of packages. My progress this week was that I am stronger than I was 6 weeks ago and I have found some healthy recipes and alternatives to add to my family’s meal plan.

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