Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Operation No Dairy Results

I somewhat made it through the entire two weeks without eating any dairy. I had a slip-up the day of my trip up the mountain but how could I turn down pizza after that? All-in-all I definitely learned some things during the two weeks. I'm not sure if two weeks is truly long enough to really make a fair analysis but that's the time I set and here is what I learned.

1. I need to stop eating dairy. Just taking two weeks off from dairy improved the way I felt. I was less bloated and less gassy. I don't know if there could have been something else that added to this but I didn't change anything else so I will attribute my improvement to not eating dairy.

2. There is no way I can stop eating dairy, LOL. There are too many things I love that have dairy in them for me to just cut it out completely. I am going to try to limit my dairy to only occasionally instead of eating it every day.

3. I eat dairy everyday! Before doing this if you asked me how many servings of dairy I ate in a day I would have said maybe 1 and sometimes none. WRONG! By really paying attention to what I eat I realized that there are a lot of things that I was eating that contained dairy and I wasn't even aware of.

4. My favorite coffee drink at work has dairy in it, hot chocolate has dairy in it, my new favorite salad dressing has dairy in it, my favorite chips have dairy in them. I mean WTF! Does everything have dairy in it???

5. Tofutti sour cream does NOT taste better than real sour cream. It looks like it might but trust me, it doesn't. I love sour cream and I was REALLY hoping this would be an acceptable substitute, it isn't.

Bottom Line: I am going to save my dairy servings for special occasions but I'm not going to cut it out of my diet completely just yet. There is a popular saying that goes "Change will come when the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain of change." so I guess until it gets worse I won't be changing completely.


Sarah said...

Yep...everything has dairy in it. I tried no dairy a while back when I was having some GI issues and it was so tough! My only saving grace was that I love dark chocolate. :)

Dena said...

Interesting to see you noticed such a difference when you cut it out though. I too am trying to slowly phase out dairy but--like you--can't see myself ever completely giving it up!