Hey there! How’s your week going so far?
Mine has been off to an interesting start. It’s been super rainy every afternoon, which honestly is a welcome break from the sweltering heat and humidity. I almost want this to last, although it does add to my commute in the afternoon. Maybe it’s a worthwhile trade off though?!
One thing I have HAD to trade off (for my health) is dairy. I was telling my dietitian that I have been feeling constantly bloated, like all.the.time. One thing that has changed in my diet over the last couple of months is that I’ve started adding fat free cow’s milk to my smoothies. I used to always use almond milk, but I wanted to switch to something higher in protein.
My dietitian thinks I could be allergic to lactose and/or milk proteins. Blood tests don’t always correctly diagnose a milk allergy so she’s having me eliminate dairy for 30 days. If I have a milk allergy my bloating should go down. If it does, then we can determine what I’m allergic to by adding back in lactose free cow’s milk and seeing what that does.
Remembering to replace cow’s milk with almond or rice milk is easy, it’s all the food based dairy products that are throwing me off!
I honestly didn’t think going dairy free would be that difficult but I have learned there is cheese in EVERYTHING. For the first four days of my dairy free life I messed up because I would accidentally eat cheese in a meal. Or I would just forget that cheese is dairy. I also once forgot that yogurt is dairy too and I added yogurt to my smoothie.
Then I forgot that butter is dairy and I added butter to my bagel, thinking I was doing a good thing by skipping the cream cheese :).
I feel like I’m getting into the swing of it though. I’m writing this on Tuesday night and so far I have not had any dairy (that I can think of) today!
I purchased a bunch of soy, almond and rice based products to try out. So far I’m not really loving anything except just plain rice milk. I like almond milk in small quantities, but not in my smoothies as I don’t love the taste of almonds and berries being combined.
The soy based cheese and yogurt is absolutely disgusting. It literally tastes like eating really out of date products. I could maybe get used to the yogurt but that Go Veggie cheese is just awful.
Rice milk has been the one thing I’ve discovered that I like. If you’re wondering, rice milk basically just tasted like water. That makes it a great replacement for milk in drinks like my berry smoothies.
My raspberry smoothies are super bright red now that the color isn’t being diluted by milk or yogurt. They honestly taste just as good though. Even if I don’t have a milk allergy I may use rice milk in my smoothies for the rest of my life anyway!
So that’s where my life is at right now. What are you up to?
What type of milk do you prefer?
Anyone else prefer rice milk to almond or soy milk?
Anyone else with a milk allergy with any good food substitutes to share? 🙂