Last month I gave up several food groups as part of an eating plan called Whole 30 (see www.whole9life.com for details). Giving up dairy was something I had wanted to try for a while -mainly because of the calories involved in foods such as cream and cheese – but after further reading I realised there were other health benefits in avoiding dairy. Here’s an account of how I survived without it for 30 days.
At first: I was stumped as to how I would be able to make scrambled eggs, a staple meal on the Whole 30 plan which encourages the guzzling of eggs in every form imaginable. I ended up making it with only eggs and seasoning which tasted great; the only downside is that using milk stretches 2 eggs further so I now have to use 3 eggs to satisfy my appetite. Giving up other food groups associated with milk was helpful in my battle. I didn’t eat cereal, grains or processed food so no hidden milk powders were coming my way!
After a while: I got used to never having milk in my coffee. I generally drink it black anyway, but would sometimes have a latte as a treat at the weekend or have a milky tea when I was feeling ill. After a few weeks I grew to enjoy my black coffees and herbal teas in the knowledge that I wasn’t consuming any unnecessary calories. I noticed I hadn’t had a headache, upset tummy or felt bloated since starting my dairy-free journey.
Today: The only thing I really miss is ice cream, and to be honest I have jumped off the wagon for Ben & Jerry’s once or twice. But not having to stock up on fresh milk every couple of days is a blessing, and without the temptation of cheese in the fridge I have definitely avoided a few late night migraines as well as experiencing the joy of losing weight. I have also noticed my skin is much more predictable and I have fewer spots!
Is there anything you are trying to live without to improve your health?
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