Just wanted to give you a quick update on how I’m doing dairy-free, a week in to my experiment.
The first week has been pretty good; I’ve only had a couple of overt cravings, mostly for pizza and chocolate. And then one sneaky craving where I was peaking in the pantry, looking for dinner, and came out with a box of Annie’s mac and cheese. I honestly don’t remember the last time I ate macaroni and cheese. I didn’t make it, but it was weird to want it.
I have had to make a couple of substitutions; I made hot chocolate the other day and had skip my delicious mixes to make my own (cocoa powder, sugar, and soymilk). I also made a White Russian (a White Vegan?) with vodka, homemade coffee liquor, and…soymilk. I honestly can’t taste the difference when I use soymilk in drinks or baking. I try to buy organic, and I’ve got plans to make my own almond milk, but for now, I use what I can get.
Honestly, the hardest part has been realizing that when I go veg, how much I do rely on dairy products. It’s easy to go meat-free when you can get veggie pizza or bean burritos or grilled cheese and veggie soup. It’s a lot harder to make up interesting meals, and I feel like I’m definitely eating a lot more meat, which is not what I wanted to happen.
(Kyle is reporting that he’s having no problem with cravings, and feeling good about not eating pizza all the time.)
So for the next couple weeks, the experiment continues, with an emphasis on trying not to fill that empty dairy void with processed foods and other animal products, but really keep the focus on whole foods and plants.