I love dairy. I love everything about a milkshake. Yogurt with fruit seriously speaks to my soul in the morning. Cheeseburger, yes please! Even healthy meals like whole grain pasta and home made sauce are better topped with a bit of cheese. So when I found out that my new little baby projectile vomits and is constantly uncomfortable due to the dairy I was ingesting, it was a sad day for mommy. I knew that going without dairy would be hard but I knew putting my little one on formula for such a selfish reason would be so much harder. So we packed the baby up, headed to the grocery store, and bought all kinds of things I never knew existed.
First we started with milk. I love milk in cereal, with cookies, and just by the glass. We have tried coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk, flax milk, and maybe a few others. We have found some we really liked and some we dumped down the drain. Vanilla is a nice addition to make some of them sweeter, but I found out the hard way vanilla flavored milk and scrambled eggs don’t go well together! We regularly buy almond milk as it is the easiest to find and it has a good consistency and flavor. Then the search for good replacement cheese and butter began.
We found some cheese replacement that weren’t too bad. We knew we had to accept the fact no matter what it looked like, soy cheese is never going to be the same as real cheese and we had to enjoy it for the product it was at the time. We usually purchased the shredded type to add to dishes and once mixed it, it wasn’t too bad. We slowly stopped using most cheese alternatives just because they didn’t add much to a dish. This forced us to use more spices and sauces and we now like so many more flavors that would have never found. Butter wasn’t too hard because we could use margarine if we wanted and there are a few other types made with soy or oil.
The biggest struggle we found was that we needed to watch our soy intake. Being vegetarian meant we already had some soy in our diets to help replace some metat protein but adding it again as a dairy replacement was too much. We made sure to only have 2-3 soy products at once so we didn’t have to worry about over doing it. The easiest way to avoid soy was to not buy soy milk and to stick to oil-based butter.
Being dairy free was hard for me, especially when we were not at home. A lot of people don’t understand the extent of dairy being in things and it is impossible to avoid sometimes when eating at a friend’s for dinner. But being aware of what I ate, which wasn’t a bad thing, definitely helped me cut a lot of dairy out of my diet. And helped baby girl keep the good stuff in!
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