Trying Dairy Free

Bye-Bye. I will miss you!

Two weeks ago, when my husband was experiencing yet another bout of tummy problems, I suggested he try gluten-free, dairy -free and sugar-free for 3 days.  To my surprise, he agreed, and is now on his second week and feeling great.

Though I could convince my husband to give these foods up, I was reluctant to try it myself.  After all, I am already an uber clean and healthful eater.  Hardly ever touch white flour or white sugar.   Eat a mostly vegetarian diet, chock full of grains, fruits and vegetables.  Why should I give up whole grain bread or my almost nightly blueberry chobani greek yogurt and peanut butter concoction (its delicious — go ahead and try it),

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am here to say that as of today, I am going to give dairy- free a shot for one week and I will report back to let you know how it pans out.

Why dairy-free?  (1) for me, I realize that every time I eat that delicious greek yogurt, my stomach gets upset, and (2) I have read and heard from many who say that dairy is really not intended for human ingestion (kinda makes sense that only calves should drink cow’s milk) and (3) as someone who works out hard and eats well, but still has that layer of momma middle (translation: belly fat) on top of her rock-hard core  :) its intriguing to hear that dairy may be the culprit and that cutting dairy could help me get rid of that fat.

So, today, at the co-op, I just bought almond milk, and I walked right by the greek yogurt (well, that’s not entirely true — I did buy some for my kids), and now I am blogging about it, so I’m kinda committed.

Have you ever tried dairy free?  Let me know in the comments below.  And yes, I will report back with my “findings.”







5 Responses to Trying Dairy Free

  1. Linnea September 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    I have gone dairy-free for a few weeks at a time in my adult life and I found that it’s really hard! Mostly it was hard to avoid baked goods and eating out, but when my husband and I both did it and committed to making food only at home, it was easier. And yes, I felt much better. I have kind of determined that I have some lactose intolerance which is increasing rather than decreasing with age, so I know what to do to deal with it…but it’s hard to commit! I am curious to hear how your trial goes. Good luck!

    • Chana September 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      So far (3 days in), its going well. Thanks for your comment…I will blog about it for sure.

  2. Nandi September 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    I tried dairy free because my breastfed baby seemed the most upset (hollering, kicking) when I fed her after eating dairy. It sucked at first because I’m use to eating whatever I want and I love yogurt and cheese. Just about the only thing I didn’t put cheese on was yogurt. But I started to notice a difference in her pretty soon so I kept on it. It was hard at first but after a couple of weeks I found my new circle of substitutes. Instead of ice cream, I made sure the freezer was stocked with fancy sorbets, I totally accepted Almond milk in my heart and and stalked dairy free baked good. My big scores were the bakery section at Whole Foods. And there’s a dairy free bakery in Clinton Hill called Clementine. For store bought stuff, Perelandra is a good market by the Borough Hall train station. I got tons of stuff there. But go online and try to research what’s tastiest first because experimenting can be a little expensive. Good luck!

  3. April September 25, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Good luck! A few years ago, I realized that I was lactose intolerant and it has been a journey ever since. It is tough in a world that loves its dairy but you can do it! There are so many delicious alternatives to milk, like hemp and cashew milk, that will help make it easier. It takes a while to get used to the new taste but once you are hooked, that is it!

    By the way, you are amazing and you inspire me so much! Thanks :)

    • Chana September 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      Thank you April. So far, dairy free has been a success. I’m sticking with it.

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