Dairy-Free Update #3

Time for the third update. I’m almost done. I can see the finish line from here! You can read the first post here. I encourage you to follow my progress on Facebook and Twitter as I will be posting more updates in those places.

Dairy-Free Update #1

Dairy-Free Update #2

How Am I Doing?

I’ve gotten used to the diet now. I do not miss bread or anything with gluten. I sort of miss other things like cupcakes, ice cream, and oddly enough–banana pudding. I think I’m just craving those things because I can’t have them. This just reinforces what I’ve been doing for 5 years: eating whatever I want but in moderation. Doing that keeps me from getting this crazy obsessive cravings that make me want to binge.

I wish I had something magical to report. Honestly, I still don’t feel any differently. I WISH there was something. My skin is a little better. I haven’t had any acne breakouts this month, but I don’t know if I can attribute that to going dairy-free yet.

What I can report is that Michael feels like a million bucks. He’s still eating dairy but he gave up gluten entirely. He has noticed a lot of changes and like I said in the last update, it helped his snoring. He’s sleeping much better and I’m thankful for that. He wants to continue doing the gluten-free thing long term. I can support that.


I’m kind of sick of eating rice. I feel like I eat it every day now because it’s gluten-free and easy to make. It’s also something “safe” I can order in a restaurant. I definitely need a break from eating rice!

Something I discovered and wanted to share was an iPhone app I found. It’s called “Shopwell” and it’s a free app. You enter your requirements in it: dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, low calorie, diabetic friendly, etc etc. The list goes on. Pretty much any dietary restriction is listed. So you enter that in and then you can scan foods and it will tell you if it fits your requirements.

My requirements were gluten free and dairy free. I’ll give you some examples. I scanned my raisin box:


It was okay for me to eat. I scanned a Fiber One Bar, which I knew I couldn’t eat, but to give you the example:



The app recommends I avoid the Fiber One Bar because it has milk and gluten in it. It also gives better alternatives at the bottom. The app would be good to use while grocery shopping to find the better alternatives. It’s a really fun and useful app. If you have any kind of dietary restrictions, check it out.

Foods of the Week

Michael accidentally bought the UNsweetened almond milk at Costco (i.e. a case of it) and I was worried we were now stuck with like 10 cartons of something we’d hate. Luckily, the unsweetened wasn’t bad. I used it to make chocolate “milk” (how weird is it that chocolate syrup doesn’t have dairy in it??) after the gym, I drank it straight and liked it, and used the almond milk in a bowl of cereal. The sugar from the gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Rice Chex sweetened the almond milk and it was a delicious breakfast.

FSTG Chips

Michael also got some gluten free tortilla chips. We are both fans! They taste just like regular tortilla chips and are salty and crunchy and delicious. Love them! The photo above is what we got, in case you wanted to try them. We tried the multigrain flavor. The jalapeno looks pretty good to me, too.

I made two dairy and gluten free recipes this week. The first one was a fabulous dessert that I will most definitely make in the future. The second was a spicy Asian dish that was also good.

If you’ve never tried spaghetti squash, I encourage you to try it. It’s a fantastic alternative to pasta. Even if you aren’t gluten free, for some people pasta is a trigger food or it wreaks havoc on their blood sugar. The squash has a very similar consistency to pasta. It’s savory and satisfying and a serving is about 40 calories.


It even LOOKS like pasta! Last night Michael and I made spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and sausage. I cut the squash in half, scooped out the seeds, and placed it face down in a dish with some water in it. I baked it at 350 degrees for about an hour. Then I scraped the insides out and it came out like spaghetti noodles.



The sausage was less than 200 calories, the squash was around 60, the sauce was around 100 and I had a green salad on the side full of veggies. Such a great dinner! It’s been years since I’ve done spaghetti squash. I need to do it more often.


The most common question I got was: “Did you phase it out or go cold turkey?” I’m definitely a cold turkey kind of person. It works better for me to just DO something when I have the initial drive and fire of motivation. Phasing it out over a few weeks would have just made me lose interest and desire to try it. I also do better with specific dates. Having something like that to focus on gives me direction. I wanted to start officially on February first and end officially on February 28th because mentally it seemed like a short period of time. I think one of the reasons I failed with the Slow Carb diet was because I didn’t have any schedule in mind. I said “Oh I’ll just do it for a few weeks and see”. I need that specific date!

QUESTION: How long do you last on a diet before you are burned out?

Author: 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 Glamour.com.

27 thoughts on “Dairy-Free Update #3”

  1. That spaghetti squash looks mahhhvelous. I’ll have to pick me up one for the weekend. I had bread on 1 time this week and only a miniscule spot of dairy. I feel much lighter (no bloat) and have a much leaner look this week. I didn’t intend on avoiding certain foods — kinda just fell into it. Even so, I’m loving the results. Gonna keep this going for sure.
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  2. I wish we could get spaghetti squash in Scotland!

    As for diets, it depends on the strictness. I’ve been doing Paleo-lite (where I have dairy) and no white or processed carbs. However, when I was at uni yesterday the food choices were less than spectacular and I ended up eating well- crap. And I felt awful. Now that I’ve found something I can do long term I feel good, but I do know I can choose to have something off plan if I choose to if I’m out with friends, but long term I think it will be beneficial to stay on this plan longterm.
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    1. You can’t get squash in Scotland?!

      I think you are right…long term is better. Giving up too soon isn’t helpful. You don’t see results in one week and give up? Then nothing will work!

      1. For some reason there isn’t a big market for spaghetti squash. I’ve found summer squash and butternut squash, but no spaghetti squash. I’ve asked around and searched online and I think one was spotted once at a Waitrose (a higher end supermarket) a few years ago.

        Other than the people I see at the gym, people in Glasgow aren’t big on health foods. I see long lines at the chippy/pubs and so many people smoke.
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          1. My friend and flatmate is good; we eat healthy at home and go to the gym together. I only have one other friend here, and I don’t socialise a lot, so it doesn’t really bother me. I think it would help if the university offered better food choices instead of processed deli meats on white bread so that it would be easier for me to make good choices when I am on campus.
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  3. Actually, aren’t you a little glad that you aren’t seeing something huge so that you can go back to eating at least dairy again? I would always get a little sad doing an elimination diet finding out that something I love isn’t the best for me.

    I love, no LOVE, the sweet potato Food Should Taste Good chips. They are wonderful, albeit kind of pricey.
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    1. Yes, actually I am. Part of me is disappointed that it wasn’t some magical cure (I know, I know) for losing weight and acne, etc etc…but the bigger part of me is looking forward to eating cheese again very soon!

      I’ll look for those chips. They sound wonderful. I love sweet potatoes.

  4. Oh my gosh, I made my best spaghetti squash recipe ever this week! I’m going to post about it next week. I think you’ll like it! For a noodle substitute, my favorite (and my husband’s) is actually using zucchini. I use a spiralizer to make noodles out of the zucchini. It’s delicious!
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  5. Have you tried any of the gluten-free rice-based pastas? I’ve been curious about them but haven’t tried them yet. Wondering if they just taste like rice! Our local health food store carries them but everything is pricey there and I don’t want to be disappointed after spending a bit, you know?
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    1. I haven’t tried it. For the most part I wanted to eat natural foods and not just substitutions of “regular” foods. I did try gluten free pasta at a restaurant and supposedly it was made from rice. It tasted pretty good to me.

  6. I love spaghetti squash. Your’s looks great! It’s definitely a wonderful alternative for those who are eating paleo or low carb. And it always seems to come out perfectly al dente.

    Good luck on your last week Lisa. Are you planning any sort of feast afterwards when you go back to regular eating?

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    1. I’m really looking forward to eating dairy. I don’t plan on going nuts or bingeing after this month challenge is over. My boyfriend and I are going out for pizza a few days after the diet. He wants to test out eating gluten to see if he feels a change and I’m looking forward to CHEESE!

  7. Typically it’s 2 weeks for a diet for me – the only one I’ve ever tried is the South Beach diet, and then the juice fast I was trying. The juice fast lasted 3 days because I developed rashes and decided that it wasn’t for me. It would have been easy to do the 10 days, had I not seen skin problems. After all, if I’m juicing to improve my skin, then why ruin it in the process? 🙂

    Glad you’re almost at the end of the line for your dairy free/gluten free diet! You won’t like the pictures I just posted of pasta on my blog….haha.
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