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So I’m dairy free

Yup, that’s right, I don’t take the milk of animals, or their by-products. And I love it, but I hate it, I really hate it.

It’s been a month and some since I decided that I wasn’t going to take milk, its by products or any items that had it listed as an ingredient. I thought it would be easy, mainly because I had stopped drinking milk, and only used butter once a week, girl did I overestimate myself.

Why did I stop taking milk you ask? A couple of reasons, I noticed that when I reduced my milk intake, my skin started popping even more severely than before. Also I have been considering becoming a ovo-vegetarian in future, and what better way to start than to cut out milk.

It has been near impossible quitting milk. This is mainly because everyone around me still takes the thing like water. And also because milk is in a lot more items than I expected, but still we persevere. And it’s a bit more pricey to milk free…which doesn’t make sense to me, but it’s whatever.

“So Tiffany, how do you do it? How do you deal with the cravings for cheese, milk, butter, pancakes, yogurt, ice cream etc?” Well I’ll just tell you now, that I don’t know. I really don’t know. It’s like an uphill battle sometimes. And it is very stressful because before I can visit a restaurant, or buy an item in a store I have to read the ingredients. STRESSSSSSSSSSSS

I have slipped a couple of times, due to misleading information on certain websites, like the time I ate a Timmies donut because I had seen a website say all their donuts only contained eggs. Silly mortal. Also there was a time I ate pancake puppies from Denny’s mainly because I hadn’t checked the ingredients. Other than that there are the slips that happen because some food is produced in a place that could lead to contamination, I don’t really care for this, but I’d love if I didn’t have to deal with it at all.

Products I take

  • Lactose free margarine by President’s Choice – I love this so so much. I was really freaked that the only spread I’d be able to take would be peanut butter, so I’m so glad I found this
  • Avocados are also a great AND natural replacement for butter, If you’re not disgusted by the taste then this will be my suggesting as it is healthier than margarine 🙂
  • Silk or So Good chocolate soy milk for my cereal – chocolate milk is bae, and this is even more bae. I love this so much that I can drink a whole glass in one go, and I could never do that for animal milk
  • Silk Cashew for smoothies – I really like cashew milk because of the creaminess. With bananas, peanut butter and some seeds I’ve made the ultimate protein smoothie
  • Homemade nutella – This is better than the real Nutella and I’m not even joking. If you like argue with your wall
  • Coconut Bliss and So Delicious or homemade ice cream – umm, yeah so I hate cookie dough ice cream and coconut bliss managed to change my mind. Homemade ice cream is a hit or miss, and I haven’t tried So Delicious yet, but I heard it’s bae.

I’m not interested in finding cheese or yogurt substitutes, because there’s just too much food engineering going on there for me to get on that train. I know that sounds weird when looking at all the other things on my list, but a lot of them I can make at home, albeit in small quantities.

I have also found a couple of dairy free bakeries in Ottawa, I have to be on a bus for a really long time, but if I’m really craving donuts I will definitely be doing that. There are also places that serve dairy free soft serve ice cream in Ottawa, some are close, some are far, but Moo Shu Ice Cream, is better than most non vegan ice creams I’ve had.

Oh well, that’s just my little update for you. Hopefully in six months I’ll be telling you about how easy it is to be dairy free. See you next time

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