Oh, Dairy…

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*Warning – long, blabby, somewhat TMI post ahead… You have been warned.*

I’d be lying if I  told you I wasn’t thinking of this song when I wrote the title to this post:

Oh, dairy, our love, holds on…

But I have to break up with you. You see – you make me sick to my stomach.

You make me bloated, and gassy… (TMI?)

It all started … well I don’t know when it really started. I’ve never been able to eat things like fettuccine alfredo, or any food smothered in butter. So I guess it started in 1981…?

More recently it started when I convinced my mother to replace her Coffeemate Nonfat Non-Dairy creamer with the real thing. So, she bought organic half and half.

And I immediately started having stomach troubles. (I like my coffee LIGHT)

I went through a few options before settling on Coffee Mate Bliss as my go-to coffee creamer. It’s all natural. It’s also all dairy. Crap.

Then, when I quit eating red meat and pork, back in January, I started supplementing with more dairy products (yogurt in my smoothie, yogurt as a snack, yogurt with meals…).

Enter the stomach troubles I talked about a few paragraphs up. I thought maybe I had increased my fiber intake (wouldn’t YOU think that?). I eat salad 6 out of 7 days (if not more), I eat PILES of fruit. There’s no way my body isn’t used to the amount of fiber I ingest.

Well what could it be?

Last week I stopped eating so much yogurt, because I was sick of it. I was in yogurt OVERLOAD. Like magic, my stomach felt better, but still not “normal.”

So then I took the yogurt out of my morning smoothie – and replaced that protein source with chia seeds, a piece of whole grain toast, and peanut butter.

(Really this is just an evil plot to eat more peanut butter…)

I didn’t eat dairy products for a couple of days – not even really on purpose – it just sort of happened. I didn’t feel so bloaty or gassy or generally icky at all.

I convinced myself, by process of elimination (ooh, no gross pun intended), that I have a dairy sensitivity.

Then tonight I went out to dinner with my friend Rita, and I ordered clam chowder. By the time I got to my car about an hour later – mega stomach ache. MEGA OOPS (Damn, I LOVE clam chowder).

Okay now I’m fully convinced. Time to strike dairy products from the diet.

The little bro wants me to seek a professional’s opinion on this – I think I’ll just wait until I really have to see my doctor again.

I bought two containers of coconut yogurt as a starting point – I’m going to put them in my smoothie. They still don’t have near as much protein as my beloved Chobani, so I’ll still have to have the whole wheat toast and PB (oh gee, that’s terrible, more peanut butter).

So, that’s that.

I’m, *sniff sniff*, giving up dairy, *sniff sniff* (except goat cheese)(and the occasional ice cream cone in the summer).

So naturally the question of the night is:

If you don’t eat dairy – what DO you eat? Especially for protein. Do you like coconut and/or almond yogurt? Vegan cheese? Enlighten me for I am uneducated in the no-dairy department.

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30 thoughts on “Oh, Dairy…

  1. Lots of people have some sort of dairy intolerance, so you are definitely not alone. Good for you for listening to your body and realizing what it needs/what it craves/what it’s rejecting. The good news is you may not have to give up dairy FOREVER.. sometimes it’s certain dairy products that may trigger tummy troubles, mostly whole milk products but it’s different for everyone – some people may be able to handle a little feta, and some natural mozzarella cheese or greek yogurt, while other’s may get bloated from those exact things. It’s interesting – one person’s poison can be another person’s medicine.

    As for non-dairy favorites, coconut milk, almond milk and hemp milk are all delicious! There are also delicious rice and coconut based ice-creams out there, and many recipes you can alter without dairy to taste just as delicious. For instance, creating a olive oil, herb, garlic sauce with crushed nuts as a sub for “alfredo.” You can get really creative with it too!

    Sorry for the rambling…hehe.. But don’t worry, things will look up! I found your blog through Jess at EatDrinkBreatheSweat. Excited to have another new blog to browse ;)

  2. My husband has a dairy allergy. And when it comes to dairy it could be just the lactose or a full casein allergy. He does take the lactade pills if he’s going to have something like pizza, and it does help, but only to an extent. We are a household of almond milk, Daiya vegan “cheese” and Toffuti for cream cheese. I also discovered that silken tofu makes an amazing cream sauce, sub for mayo and/or sour cream

  3. its okay, you will find alternatives! try the almond yogurt. Or maybe its just lactose. Maybe lactose free yogurt? I also love almond cheese and daiya!! so good. You got our support!

  4. I second everything Heather said.

    Also, don’t get so hung up on protein. Surprisingly average protein intake amongst humans isn’t all that high. And so many people think you need to load yourself up when oftentimes this isn’t the case. As athletes we do need more, but not excess. Not to mention, so many green vegetables are a fantastic (and oftentimes better) source of protein.

    My smoothies consist of fruits, greens, and water. Workout days I’ll add Vega One (or some other protein powder) and possibly Maca and Chlorella. Real basic and yummy.

    I’m working on some blog posts so stay tuned! In the meantime, just holler with any questions.

    • I read your comment about protein before I had breakfast. I made a smoothie with oj, blueberries, spinach, and coconut yogurt, and paired it with a slice of whole wheat pb toast. I lasted as long as I would with the protein powder!

      I can’t wait to see your posts about this! :)

  5. I drink almond milk, it’s very good. I eat soy or almond yogurt. Don’t eat any of the vegan cheeses. The ones I tried don’t cook very well. So I just go without. Cheese was the hardest thing to give up when I went vegan. But now I don’t miss it at all.

  6. I would say maybe you’re lactose intolerant but Jo is and she can eat yogurt (the live active cultures help the issue I guess??) so I’m wondering if its more of an overall dairy allergy forming instead?? In which case something like taking a lactaid pill wouldn’t help. Hmm. I think you should go to the dr to get checked out, just in case they can fix you (and your calf while you’re at it!). Just sayin ;-)

    • I could go to the doctor, but you realize that I’m avoiding doctors because I just don’t want to go right? ;-) And the calf is getting better. Today is No-Run Day 4.

  7. Not sure if you ahve seen any of the march Vegan Challenge posts on my blog, but there are a ton of guest posters and all have links to great recipes. you can find them under the 30 day challenge tab.

    I have found it is actually pretty easy to go dairy free with a few subs like coconut ice cream when I’m really jonezing or nutritional yeast can taste like cheese on some dishes

  8. So if it is lactose, then definitely get some lactaid pills and experiment. Take it before you have dairy and if it helps, then there is your solution :) I WAS lactose intolerant but could eat yogurt because of the live active cultures. But I would also try lactaid milk and cottage cheese (both are great and taste normal, I swear!) and also – cabot cheese has NO lactose in it naturally. Just a tip :-) I hope it’s just lactose and not an allergy, because the pills should do the trick and you can still have some dairy!

    • The thing is I think it’s something *more* than lactose, because yogurt was doing it too.

      I think I was seriously OD’ing on dairy – so I’m just cutting it out/down. I’ll still eat pizza, ice cream, etc. just plan around it, and avoid really high-dairy items.

  9. It’s kind of funny that you post this because I have recently gone dairy free myself. I gave it up for about 10 days and then ate some dairy (to see if it really was causing problems) and I had some stomach issues and my face/eyes really swelled up, so I went back off of it and I have been dairy free for another 2 weeks now. I feel pretty good and a little less tired too. As far as protein, I like to eat egg whites more often (really good on an english muffin or for an omlette) and I eat more nuts (and peanut butter) too.

  10. Hi Samantha-
    I am also a dairy-free girl. Come check out my blog sometime, I keep things dairy-free. If you do morning shakes, I am a BeachBody coach and sell Shakeology. I am going to be getting some vegan (completely dairy-free) samples in soon, so contact me if you’re interested.
    Though I am lactose intollerant, I can still handle the regular shakes too. There is a big world out there with no dairy, so don’t worry. :)

  11. I have a slight dairy issue, but it’s nothing I need to do anything about other than complain. Ha. I’m allergic to coconut and not a fan of the tree nut stuff so I’m glad! It’ll be interesting to see what you come up with. Good luck

  12. I think it’s fantastic that you were reflective enough to take note of these changes and to tweak your diet accordingly. Too many people take stomach pain for granted! As a given! I’m just starting to learn how to tweak my diet by trial and error, just like you did here. I also like that you concede you’re not giving up ice cream forever :)

    I appreciate these tips on other substitutes, because I, too, LOVE my Chobani, and sometimes cheeses, but I’m not sure dairy’s the kindest to my tummy, either. I definitely have more Greek yogurt than I should; Perhaps I’ll have less and see if I notice a difference!

    Thanks for sharing your experience — it’s never TMI when it helps others in their own health journeys!

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