- Phase one, remove all cheese, butter, whipped creams, yogurts, and milks (not that we use milk, I have been using almond milk for years) from the house. The only dairy I am not removing from our house just yet is the natural coffee creamer that I drink just because I have a lot left in the bottle and I don’t want to be wasteful.
- Phase two, that I am going to focus on after the first of the year is removing dairy products from my diet outside of the house. I always feel really bad trying to start a new habit right before the Holidays because then people feel the need to cook foods I can eat. I would rather wait until after the Holidays to do this so I don't stress anyone out. Although when we go out to eat I have already started removing/requesting no dairy.
I can already tell quite the difference… no more feeling extremely bloated and full after eating and my stomach is feeling (hopefully looking) flatter. I don’t think going dairy free is for everyone- nutrition is not a one size fits all. My husband is not ‘dairy-free’ so we have both types of products in our house. I just know personally for me something has to change so I can go back to feeling ‘normal’ and this is the first step! I also read a lot about the hormones and the process that is used to create dairy products and I don’t agree with it here in our country (but I will save that for another post). In the meantime, if you would like to know more about food production in the US look into the links below (this is just the tip of the iceberg): In Defense Of Food. By: Michael Pollan The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick. By: Robyn O'Brien Videos: Forks Over Knifes Food Inc. Now on to that yummy recipe for today!!
Vegan Ice Cream
- 2 bananas, peeled/sliced/frozen
- 1 cup of strawberries (5 large)
- 2 tablespoons of (vegan) whipped cream
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1. The night before, peel, slice and freeze the bananas.
- 2. Once the bananas are frozen, put all ingredients into a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
- 3. Scoop into a bowl and enjoy!
To Die for!
I absolutely adore this recipe! I like to make it at least once per week for when my husband goes to get ice cream I can have my 'ice cream' and feel like I am not missing out on all the fun!
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Don’t worry I am not trying to become vegan but I am trying to cut back on my dairy intake and thankfully there are a lot of great dairy free cheeses, whipped cream, cream cheese and butter products out there that are vegan friendly and still taste great! Dairy and I just aren’t friends anymore and this breakup has been a long time coming but I am not going completely cold turkey.. I am trying to do it is stages so I can figure out if dairy really is what has been upsetting my stomach!!! So here is what my stages of cutting out dairy are going to look like:
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