Friday, March 9, 2012

Soul Food

I had hummus for lunch today.

Ok, not soul food by definition, but it makes my soul feel good, so whatever.

After we discovered Michael's many food allergies/sensitivities I was pretty devastated because they were all the foods I love to eat. Soy, beans, chickpeas, hazelnuts, pistachios. When I was pregnant I craved hummus so badly I was checking airfares to the mid-east for real hummus. But I gave them all up when I realized the problem.

But now Michael is older and I'm hoping that he's outgrowing some of these sensitivities but I haven't really pushed to test it yet. I have, however, resumed eating a few of these foods myself. He's still nursing just two times a day (before nap and bed) so his exposure through my breastmilk is pretty minimal, but I'd still hate to cause him problems.

So far I've been dabbling in beans. Oh, how I've missed beans. How can one be a vegetarian and not eat beans? It's been sad around here.

When I do indulge in the forbidden foods I usually try them kinda on a rotation diet schedule. I'd rather limit myself to enjoying them in a rotation diet than go whole hog and end up with miserable toddler. So far so good.

So today, after about a year and a half of craving, I fixed hummus for lunch with onion and tomatoes and feta on a whole wheat pita. Oh Lord, it was delicious. There was this wonderful full feeling in my stomach that I haven't felt in so long. I find myself dreaming about discovering local hummus restaurants in Israel again. This is going on the bucket list.


birds and squirrels said...

Oh that pita sounds good! It must have been so hard to cut those foods out of your diet. I can't imagine life without hummus. Birdie eats a ton of the stuff. Now if I could only get her to eat any vegetables...

Jessica White said...

Haha! Funny how there are some foods that just do it for us :-)

Our "soul food" is avocados...yum!

Unknown said...

I have some food allergies too! It can be tough sometimes:)

White Picket Fences said...

One of the best part of my job is that most of the docs that I work with are from the middle east ...oh the foods that they bring in. Amazing hummous. Gives me wanderlust.

I think I'm dealing with similar sensitivities with my nursling. A2 would turn red and blotchy sometimes when I was nursing - but because he was drinking some frozen milk, I could never pinpoint what he was having issues with. This baby is doing the same thing ...but started before I went back to work and frozen became an issue. I think he definitely has a dairly issue ...but beyond that I'm lost. I'm struggling with the no dairy thing!