After discovering TJ’s multiple food allergies, we decided it was best to continue breastfeeding at least until he had more options for a milk source. Therefore, I breastfed TJ on an elimination diet from December to June until he was 13.5 months and had “passed” a soy challenge. That meant no dairy, eggs, wheat, oats, barley, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and sesame products, and a limited amount of coconut only in morning coffee. Aside from those first weeks of the diet change when I felt all out of sorts aka “crazy,” I actually did not mind the diet. In fact, I enjoyed it. However, the only things that I missed were my favorite dairy creamer, pizza, and chocolate.
Before having TJ, I was never a chocolate person. In fact, being more of a vanilla person, I barely ever ate it. However, those early weeks of motherhood changed me in more ways than one. I now craved chocolate. I found myself wanting to have some kind of chocolate a couple of times each day. Even if it was as simple as a tootsie roll lollipop, it did the trick.
However, dairy free means no chocolate! I did not realize this at first. A few days in into the diet when reviewing everything I was eating now, it hit me. After throwing away my candy stash, I looked for different options to replace it with.
That is when my husband found Enjoy Life products at our local Shoprite. These products are sooo delicious while being free of the top eight allergens (wheat/gluten, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, egg, soy, fish, shellfish). In addition, these products don’t contain casein, potato, sesame, or sulfites while also being free of GMOs. While they may not know it, this company definitely helped me through a challenging time, giving us all a reason to smile on….
Here is one of my favorite Enjoy Life products.