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Dairy-Free Update #1

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Lori

    Have you tried the 1-minute muffin? That is really good GF, DF item for breakfast. You can make it sweet or not.

    I have never had withdrawals other than when I went caffeine free. Even when I ditched sugar I didn’t get withdrawals. Maybe a little cranky, but that was it.

    I get the unsweetened vanilla almond breeze. I don’t love it, but I use it in my coffee to save calories since I have a latte later in the day. I find the Blue Diamond brand to be smoother than the Silk brand. I don’t know why, but it also has less tendency to curdle in my coffee, which sometimes happens with the Silk brand.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Is the recipe for the muffin on your website? I’d give it a try.

      OH yes, caffeine withdrawals. Definitely have had that!

      I haven’t tried the vanilla almond breeze yet. I got the trader joe’s brand for both.

  2. Marc

    Good luck in your February goal. We also drink Almond milk, but the vanilla one.
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  3. Carbzilla

    Breakfast is always a challenge because the Standard American Diet has always been based on eggs and bready foods (pancakes, pastries, waffles, etc.). In many other countries, they tend to eat what we’d call lunch and dinner foods for breakfast – like soup, meats, vegetables, etc. So it’s a good start to change your thinking about breakfast to be just like any other meal. Problem is that it seems like those other meals take longer to prepare and who has time in the morning to grill up a burger?

    Sounds like you’re doing great. As of this morning, I was down 7 lbs so I’m happy. 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Very true and over the years I’ve gotten out of the habit of sticking to “normal” breakfast foods. Sometimes I just eat leftovers!

      Congrats on 7 pounds!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you! Checking them out now.

  4. Trevor

    You should look into some of the Paleo websites/blogs out there. There’s a whole community devoted to eating “primally” and you’ll find a ton of recipes for gluten and dairy free meals. Just google “Paleo Diet” or “Paleo Blog” or “Paleo Recipes” and you’ll get a slew of good info. I would start with “Mark’s Daily Apple.” It’s probably the number one paleo site out there.

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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I did print out some Paleo recipes that were on my plan. I’ll check out the one you suggested. Thanks!

  5. Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

    I love that Trader Joe’s labels their foods so well for people with different dietary restrictions. It’s so handy. For breakfast, have you thought about trying to use quinoa like you would eat oatmeal or granola? I’ve heard that some quinoa with fruit can make a really great breakfast, and I think that would be dairy- and gluten-free.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I love it too. It makes it so much easier to buy things according to this diet.

      I’ve heard of the quinoa for breakfast thing but haven’t tried it yet.

  6. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    I’m doing a whole30 soon and it will be dairy free! Kinda nervous!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      What exactly is the Whole30?

  7. Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not

    I love almond milk! I’m not a fan of regular milk…so this is the only stuff I will drink. I’ve done some no-dairy challenges and I miss Greek yogurt (and froyo) like crazy. Good luck!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      See, I love regular milk. I didn’t think I could give it up but I like almond milk so much I just might.

  8. Scarlet

    For breakfast I always have an organic sausage patty and an apple or pear or I will make a smoothie with hemp protein powder.

    When googling recipes, I always just search for grain free. Then, if there is dairy (and also in my case, sugar) in the recipe, I figure out my own substitution. So, you could just search for gluten free and if there is dairy in the recipe, either omit it (if its cheese) or then do an additional search for replacing the dairy in whatever you are making. You can sub out dairy milk for almond or soy. You can sub out butter for applesauce or oil. You could also just search for “Paleo ___” because that takes care of the gluten and the dairy.

    I didn’t have any withdrawals from dairy or gluten, but… flour tortillas!! I ate a lot of flour tortillas growing up, they were a comfort food. I loved them with butter, cheese, plain, as burritos, as wraps, you name it. I don’t miss them much anymore, but every now and again I do find myself dreaming of them.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you so much for all the great tips and suggestions. I guess since I’m so new to this stuff I didn’t think that I could just take regular recipes and substitute the items with non-dairy things.

  9. Jess

    I was dairy free after I discovered I was lactose intolerant, but it has gotten better over the last few years and I can now enjoy a little dairy everyday without trouble (although I mainly stick to Greek yogurt which is low lactose). So I know it can be a pain! Just keep looking at labels, and eating lots of fruit, veg, and lean meats!

    A dairy and gluten free option is bacon and egg cups.

    2 eggs wisked in milk alternative
    3 slices of chicken bacon (or normal bacon – is bacon gluten free?)
    Salt and pepper.

    Spray some oil into muffin tins. Split the egg mixture between 4 tins. Add diced bacon. Bake for 15ish minutes on in a moderate oven.

    These keep well, so you can triple or quadruple the recipe and have some for breakfasts for the week. Low calorie, filling and delish!! And so quick and easy!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I will try your little quiche idea. I love it!

      1. Jess

        You could even add some diced veggies. I don’t because I am weird about food combos and I’d rather have them on the side.

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