Whether you’ve decided to go dairy free because it interferes with your digestion or contributes to your acne, we have some tips and tricks for you to make your dairy free transformation easier.
Explore Non-Dairy Milks
Thankfully, there are many dairy free milk alternatives currently on the market; almond milk, rice milk, soy milk and oat milk to name a few. Explore drinking and cooking with these milk alternatives, find your favorite, and before you know it you will get used to the new taste and won’t miss traditional cow’s milk. All non-dairy milk alternatives are non-inflammatory, naturally lactose free, and lower in calories too.
Grated Parmesan – Grated Nuts
Cream Cheese – Cashew Cream Cheese
Yogurt – Coconut Yogurt
Ice Cream – Sorbet
Watch Out for Other Sources of Calcium
Cutting out dairy means you need to pay particular attention to getting calcium from other foods, of which there are plenty. You can increase your intake of broccoli, almonds, spinach, oranges, and tahini. As long as you are eating a varied diet with 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day, you should definitely be meeting your calcium requirements.
Focus on Your Reasons
We would be lying if we told you giving up cheese and ice cream for good is an easy commitment, but like any diet or lifestyle habit, the better reason you have to stick to it the easier it will be to stay on track. Think of why you chose to give up dairy in the first place, keep your purpose right in front of you when you feel like giving up, and track your changes. You are your biggest motivator, so if you note your changes you can motivate yourself to keep going even when it gets tough. Always remember, sometimes by losing something you could be gaining your health, which is the most precious prize of all.