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Hi friends! I hope that you are having a great week thus far. It is finally October and I am so pumped! October is my favorite month of fall. I love Halloween, it is my birthday month, and this October I have a LOT of blessings to celebrate (more to come on those later!). Now, I just wish that the Georgia weather would be more fall-ish. Today, it will be 94 degrees, so needless to say, I am not wearing any real “fall clothes” yet. I would have a heat stroke if I tried to do that.
A few days ago I took my Instagram stories to discuss implementing a dairy free diet. I know that this is quite controversial, as many things in our world today are. There are so many different lifestyles, and many people are very passionate about their way of living. With that being said, this is something that I feel is best for me right now and I am willing to implement this way of living into my life.
Why I am going Dairy Free
So, for me personally, I have had issues with my hormones for about as long as I can remember. From PCOS to adult hormonal acne, and painful periods since I was in middle school, I am truthfully looking for a way to completely resolve my issues. Now, I say that I am attempting to completely resolve my issues. While eliminating dairy might not resolve everything, I am willing to give it a try. I have spoken with many other women who have eliminated dairy from their diet and overall, the results seem to be remarkable. What outcome am I hoping for? I am hoping that my skin will clear up and the pesky, repetitive breakouts will disappear, I am hoping for a decrease in bloating, better sleep habits, and increased energy. These are all side effects I have read about in regards to taking dairy away from one’s diet, and also, I have done so much reading on the internet (I know, you can’t believe everything you read).
I am also currently working on healing my gut. I have incorporated bone broth into my regimen, digestive enzymes, kombucha, and kimichi. After a few trips to the grocery store over the weekend, and countless time spent reading and researching, I have some great alternatives to items we all use and love. Salad dressings, dairy free mayo, condiments, protein, etc. I really want to share my finds with you all because I feel that what I have stumbled across are all items that would make this transition easier for you, should you ever decide that this is the best choice for you. Personally, I feel like the substitutes that I have discovered will definitely help ease the transition to dairy free.
Side note: do I intend to be dairy free forever? Probably not. I fully anticipate that I will eat a McDonald’s cheeseburger again one day, or indulge in a Domino’s pizza (my absolute favorite), OR lose my soul in queso at a Mexican restaurant. This is simply something that I am trying out. It is a bit of an experiment actually. I am not sure how my body will respond, I am not sure how I will be able to keep this up, or if I will even find it to be worth it. In the meantime, here are some great finds that I have found that I am intrigued in trying out and seeing if they pass the test(s).
Salad dressings, condiments, and marinades.
Coffee and/or coffee creamer
I am fully aware that the products might not be for everyone, but if you are considering cutting out dairy from your diet, I personally do not see the harm in trying these alternatives. Please note: I am not a medical professional. I recommend seeing your general practitioner should you have any specific medical conditions, or if you have any particular concerns with adapting of this lifestyle.
Also, I found a lot of these items on Amazon. I do know that some Primal Kitchen products are sold at certain grocery stores. You would have to check online by entering your location on the company website to find out if it sold locally or not. I definitely recommend checking out their website and educating yourself on their products.
I hope y’all found this helpful. I will be back at ya later this week with another blog post. Stay tuned!