March 23rd, 2017
Happy almost Friday! I love this video!!!
It's been almost a month now and I wanted to share some thoughts about this whole dairy free experience.
These past few weeks have been eye opening. Have you ever found yourself speaking with someone that is vegan/paleo/rescuesanimal/doescrossfit? Well, I have, and I found it to be so frustrating listening to them yap on about why they live life that way and why I should too. But a funny thing happened to me this past month - I realized that I was that person. Everywhere I went, I had to somehow work in that I was currently 'dairy-free.' I received my share of eye rolls and head tilts followed by a statement that usually went something like "I don't know how you do that, I live for cheese."
I have to say - I get both sides now. It's really difficult to maintain a lifestyle that is slightly different from the norm. I don't want to continually preach to the world that I do not eat dairy - but the food options are so few and far between, if I am not vocal I would be surrounded by dairy at every social gathering I go to. So I ask - friends and family of those currently observing a different dietary lifestyle than your own - please consider what we are going through. No, we can't just eat that food just this one time - we have made a commitment and are trying our best to stick to it!
Is this dairy free lifestyle working? Honestly - yes. While I have had a few small break outs around my forehead and chin (probably hormonal), I have not had a single episode of the cystic, painful pimples I once dealt with on a weekly basis.
I have been making more home cooked dinners and lunches, planning out my snacks better.
I have been exploring with so many new spices, herbs, and flavor profiles.
Ryan's (the fiance) birthday was this past weekend and he asked me to make his two favorite things - cookies and spaghetti & meatballs. Both of course, I usually make with tons of butter and cheese, respectively. So I had a fun time experimenting in the kitchen to come up with something we could both eat and enjoy. Unfortunately, the cookies were terrible so I do not have a recipe to share. But I do have a killer Turkey Bolognese recipe I will be posting shortly.
Here are some new finds that will make your life that much better...
Pamela's dairy-free gluten-free brownie mix. Noms.
Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar chickpea puffs. Double Noms.
Most of my recipes will be dairy free for the next few months. However, my blog posts will start to cover new nutrition topics after this.
Have a fantastic weekend!!!
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Ashley Shaw MS, RD, CDN