Attempting Dairy Free

I read this article on Well & Good about a woman who cut dairy from her diet for a week and what happened. I don’t have acne, so I was mainly interested in the fact that she felt less bloated and crampy. I don’t feel crampy often, but I certainly feel bloated often. 

I thought about it: What would have to change about my diet to go dairy free for a week?

The two things that I think would effect me the most would be my inability to eat greek yogurt and not having whipped cream on my coffee. I’m a weirdo and I really love putting whipped cream on my coffee instead of mixing milk into it. I really, really enjoy it. And Greek yogurt with frozen cherries is my go-to meal when I don’t feel like cooking. 

Other than that I’d have to make sure my salad dressings don’t have dairy in it and I already drink coconut milk at home, so that’s no issue at all. 

As part of my attempt to really reign in my eating and drinking in 2017, this would be a good exercise. To really hone in on how much dairy I’m consuming (every time I have to not have something because there’s dairy in it would be eye opening, for sure) and also to see how differently I would feel. 

I’m not going vegan, ever, because I like chicken, and sometimes bacon. But let’s see if dairy is the root of some of my stomach issues, shall we? I’ll do it from the 2nd through the 9th of January. Game on. 

Foodstuffs for the day:

Breakfast: ½ cup greek yogurt with 2 tbsp of granola, honey, and a half cup frozen cherries.

Lunch: Kale salad with peppers, cabbage, grilled chicken and a cup of sautéed cauliflower.

For snacks: an apple and carrots. I’m probably going to run out and a buy a packet of almond butter too. And I won’t lie: I’m currently drinking a large hungarian coffee (though it’s the size of a small at Starbucks).

Clean eating is surprisingly easy. My dude and I are going to a Mediterranean places for dinner tonight. I’m super stoked for that.

Semi-normality.

I went to bed at 8pm on Monday night – I was exhausted – and woke up at 6am on Tuesday. That was awesome. I didn’t have any coffee all day either (and it was National Coffee Day – so bad). I wasn’t tired at all in the afternoon or at night. I had beaten jet lag! I went to bed on Tuesday night just before 10pm. This time I woke up around 5:45am. I wasn’t tired anymore, so I decided not to try to fight it and I got up and went down to the gym in my building. I ran 1.5 miles and then walked another .3 miles (+ 80 sit-ups). I was exhausted and called it quits.

With all of my extra time, I planned out my food for the day (1 cup greek yogurt with 2 tbsp of granola and 1/2c frozen cherries for breakfast, kale salad with chicken, cabbage, 1/3 of an avocado, and peppers for lunch, and two snacks: banana with two tbsp peanut butter and a cup of grapes) and then did some other food prep. I was a tad more tired than I’d been the previous day, but, duh, I’d run and gotten up earlier.

I broke down and had coffee today, but it’s decaf so it’s not as super caffeinated. I’m still trying to get back to my normal routine after traveling for almost two weeks. Slowly but surely.

(The above photo is apropos of nothing. It’s from my first night in Oslo. Norway has the best sunsets ever.)

Food Cleanse, Post-Holiday

While abroad, I subsisted mostly from carbs (mini croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls), meat, and the occasional carrot and potato. And coffee. So much coffee. They eat a lot of meat over there. They have the occasional vegetarian option (no, I’m not a vegetarian) but mostly all meals include meat. They have a ton of Mexican and Italian restaurants over there too (what) but I did not go to Scandinavia to eat Chiptole. 

So, I ate all of the meat. I ate deer, elk, and reindeer. I handed over the contents of my bank account on my first night in Helsinki for some seriously delicious reindeer. I kid, it wasn’t my whole bank account but it was probably the most expensive meal I’d had over there and it was worth every cent. 

They offered salads at certain places, but it’s rather cold in those countries so I’m pretty sure anything they were serving was being shipped from thousands of miles away so I ate regionally, as much as my body may have hated it. Aside from the occasional yogurt and granola at breakfast, I ate almost entirely differently from how I eat on the regular. I went 12 days without eating peanut butter (seriously, a guy from Hawaii who was working in a shop in the Stockholm Arlanda airport said that peanut butter is very American). 

Anyways, yesterday I started a week-long, self-imposed cleanse. Not a liquid cleanse because those are bullshit, but one with whole foods. I had a beet-carrot-apple juice for breakfast yesterday (okay, with coffee) and a kale salad with a little bit of grilled chicken for lunch (I was so excited for this). I broke down during the afternoon when I was very, very tired and ate the almond croissant that my dude had brought to the airport the night before incase I was hungry after 10 hours of traveling. Then I just had a piece of Ezekiel bread with almond butter on it for dinner. I wasn’t all that hungry anyway.

Hopefully I will have re-adjusted to my normal routine by the end of the week.