Today I'm talking about dairy free lifestyle.
So let me just share a little bit about myself .. I have had serious digestion problems in life and pretty much everyday I will feel and hear bubbles popping in my stomach all day long. Like literally from morning to night and I got used to it but it still wasn't fun! My husband always told me " It sounds like there's a talking monster in your stomach! " .. haha
I tried probiotic gummies, enzymes, and few other things but nothing really worked or it just made it worse and I'd suffer with stomachaches.
I also HATE swallowing pills so I always went for the gummies which are probably less effective than pills..
As we all know.. Our mental state can affects our bodies sometimes and for example my stomach monster became more active when I was feeling anxious, stressed or nervous around people.
I'll be dining with my family or friends and suddenly my stomach monster becomes so loud talking to me when I'm trying to listen to others. And then I feel like I have to get home and lay down for a bit to calm this monster.
Last week there was an occasion that really made me think about this issue I have and I decided to address it with a different strategy that I haven't tried yet - Dairy Free!
It's been a week since I started this dairy free journey and I'm feeling so good and wonderful! I have more energy and I feel less hunger throughout the day.
Here's some example of what I'm eating ..
As you all know I have a massive sweet tooth and I love having desserts for breakkie and pretty much anytime for any meal. I can make dairy free desserts but I wanted to eat meals that give me more energy and strength.
So actually for a week I've been having the same breakfast every morning and I love it! Which is ..
One English muffin - I love love love them - one half with two scrambled eggs with 1-2 tbsp of nutritional yeast & ketchup on the side and the other half with natural peanut butter & strawberry jam topped with slices of bananas! Plus a small cup of coffee sweetened with stevia and I add 3-4 tbsp of my dairy free coffee creamer.
This breakfast totally rocks my morning!
For lunch I usually have turkey sandwich packed with veggies and since I can't use cheese, I sprinkle some nutritional yeast - about 2-3 tbsp - on top of turkey meat while I quickly fry them in a fry pan.
I spread mayo and sometimes hummus on whole wheat bread and I always put lettuce, tomatoes, avocadoes, and sometimes beets or olives! I'm totally obsessed with black olives now .. they are so tasty and really good for skin! Packed with Vitamin E ( High-fat plants usually contain the highest amounts of this powerful antioxidant ) Iron and Copper!
And I finish off lunch with a cup of coffee with few pieces of chocolate or slices of bananas with peanut butter or healthy Nutella, just something sweet-ish. And I have a similar thing for my afternoon snack.
Dinner is different every night. For example I had spaghetti few times this week and I used nutritional yeast instead of cheddar cheese & sour cream and I added a side of salad to fill me up more. I used to just use a lot of cheese & sour cream and there will be no space left for salad.
I'm a girl who needs dessert every night - usually Halo Top ice cream - half a pint or more. ( Halo has dairy free flavors! ) If I'm staying up late that night I'll eat hummus, banana with peanut butter or popcorn etc for a late night snack.
Just a little note here to all the wonderful Trim Healthy Mama ladies. Many of my meals have to be crossovers since I don't need to loose weight. My usual breakfast and lunch that I mentioned above are crossovers.
Now I want to introduce you to some of the dairy free products I bought last night from Kroger. I haven't tried the shredded cheese yet but I literally just tried the dairy free sliced cheese with my sandwich and WOW.. it's super good!
My favorite dairy free Halo Top ice cream flavor is Oatmeal Cookie so far, but I also like Chocolate Banana!
If you haven't heard of nutritional yeast you have to try it whether you're dairy free or not!
It's like powdered cheese to me .. it looks like this and it's soooo delicious!
I get mine from Trim Healthy Mama! Highly recommended dairy free product!
So I think I'm going to keep up this dairy free life style for awhile. I ate 95% dairy free this week ( I had few pieces of milk chocolate I bought from the cute chocolate factory I visited in Franklin )
It's not like I'm allergic to dairy so I'm not gonna skip a delicious coconut cream pie or a wonderful scoop of ice cream from a cute ice cream shop when I get to go out to eat with family and friends. But this lifestyle is helping me feel way better with more energy and I find it pretty easy to keep it up.
Praise the Lord for encouraging me to get healthy and He is so good for surrounding me with wonderful family who's so knowledgeable about health.
I find JOY and STRENGTH in the Lord who's teaching me about - balance - and I'm so thankful.
P.S.. Last night I went out with these wonderful Above Ruby girls and my great friend Shaina had her first Waffle House experience!
I actually took my nutritional yeast in my bag with me to sprinkle it on my scrambled eggs and few of the staff were like " What's that!? " and I said " It's nutritional yeast! It's really good for you and it tastes like cheese! " and then an older man said " I hope that yeast doesn't bloat up your stomach! " haha
Kahoru Aliisa Barrett
Kahoru Aliisa Barrett.
Half Japanese, half Australian. Grew up in Japan most of my life and lived on the Gold Coast, AUS for few years.
Blessed with 11 younger brothers and sisters.
Married to a wonderful godly man and living in the pretty woods of Tennessee, USA!
Love baking, Eating desserts, Mexican food, Swimming, Exploring nature, Hiking, Biking, Cross stitching, Reading novels, Photography.
Currently obsessed with trying out new dairy free products / making dairy free meals and desserts!