By Lotus Head from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa – sxc.hu, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=134636
Yes folks! It’s true. I’m dairy free. I avoid dairy because through trial and error, I discovered it really affects my baby (now 6 months old!). The one exception I make is butter because well butter is delicious and I don’t think it affects him when I nurse. I started all this in May for two reasons. The first reason was really that I was trying to cut all forms of sugar out so that I would heal my body of some issues. I also discovered I was VERY much addictive to sugar. I craved it and depended on it to get me through the day. Milk products contain natural sugar so I needed to cut those out. 😦 An unintended pleasant discovery was that taking our dairy temporarily helped my little one’s belly issues. The incessant screaming and hard tummy and evening discomfort no longer became such a huge issue. Things have improved greatly.
At first avoiding dairy was so hard. I longed for slices of cheese on my sandwich and I missed Greek yogurt, and real ice cream. I needed to totally revamp my typical go to dinner menus to make sure there was no cheese or dairy. The thing I missed the most was (and still is) pizza. Because cheese is what makes pizza…well… pizza. I also learned to substitute things in recipes. Almond milk and I have become quite friendly. I use unsweetened almond milk in recipes like egg bake, banana bread, and white sauces. I’ve even learned that there is something out there called dairy free dessert (aka ice “cream”). My favorite is almond milk ice “cream”. It costs quite a penny so I learned to make almond milk custard in my ice cream maker. It is pretty time consuming to prep so I’ve made it… once. Here is the link to my favorite recipe. https://www.cuisinart.com/recipes/desserts/5835/ . It is awesome. I also discovered many frozen yogurt shops carry a flavor or two of dairy free. My favorite is always key lime!
Dinner recipes have been fun as well. It’s amazing how many recipes out there that are dairy free. Some of my favorites are fish tacos, taco stuffed sweet potatoes, and salisbury steak -all from one of my favorite websites called Paleo Leap.
I plan to be dairy free until my son is weaned. After that point I plan to add back in dairy products. Once I do, I hope to have whole milk products that are free of extra added sugar because I think I can eat way to much added sugar if I’m not careful. But I guess that’s a topic for another post. In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying my almond milk custard and a happier baby.