I’m on day three of having to cut dairy products out of my diet. Q is possibly having some digestive issues so we are cutting out milk to see if it is a sensitivity to proteins in milk. Since I breastfeed, I’ve been told to not have dairy either. This includes lactose free stuff. All dairy needs to go. Many babies with this sensitivity are also sensitive to soy, goat’s and sheep’s milk and beef. Ha, ha, I’m vegetarian so the beef is no problem for me. Soy isn’t a huge part of my diet either. Years ago, with my first pregnancy and breastfeeding, I reduced my soy product intake because of concerns around the amount of estrogen in soy.
Dairy, however, has been a major part of my vegetarian diet. I especially love cheese and ice-cream but I never consciously realized how much of what I ate included dairy until now. Most of my fave staples, cheese and bean quesadillas and mac & cheese for example, are out. My fave snacks, white cheddar popcorn and yogurt, are out. Then there are all sorts of things that contain dairy that you (well, I) don’t even think about. The internet has helped inform me of subtle sources of dairy (for example, check out this link http://www.kellymom.com/store/freehandouts/hidden-dairy01.pdf). Sometimes, I swear, ignorance is bliss. Damn internet.
No question, I am on board to cut out dairy to see if it helps. However, there is part of me that is groaning about it happening in October; October being the month of Canadian Thanksgiving (and yummy mashed potatoes and pies) and Halloween with all the chocolate (milk chocolate being my FAVOURITE). Since it can take 2-3 weeks to get all the milk proteins out of your body, I doubt I’ll be back in business before Halloween.
So, is there life after cheese? A vegan friend of mine assures me there is. All this 23 year veggie veteran can (sulkily) say is there is a reason I did not choose to be vegan. (Yes, I know: “Suck it up, princess”:)
I would love to hear any dairy-free tips or stories of similar experiences in the comments below. Spread some dairy-free love!