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Dairy-Free Update #3

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. Yum Yucky

    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.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s so cool you noticed a difference. Keep at it!

  2. Cindy

    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.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      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. Cindy

        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.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          That must make it really hard to stay healthy when everyone around you isn’t.

          1. Cindy

            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.

          2. Lisa Eirene

            That’s great to hear your roommate is so supportive. It really makes it easier. And going to the gym with a friend is fun. 🙂

  3. Roz@weightingfor50

    That app is SOOO cool. You’ve almost there Lisa, hang in. Have a great Friday.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s a great app. Check it out. It’s even better that it’s free.

  4. Lori

    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.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      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.

  5. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    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!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oooh! Can’t wait to see what you did.

      I’ve seen other bloggers do a zucchini pasta and I really want to try that. How fun!

  6. Deb

    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?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      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.

  7. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    I’m losing steam on this whole30! It’s not really a diet, but a lifestyle.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I feel ya, Matt! I started losing steam this week. I guess knowing I was almost done made me want it over with!

  8. Trevor

    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?


    1. Lisa Eirene

      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!

  9. evilcyber

    Ok, it does look like pasta indeed. But what does it taste like? 🙂

    As for burning out on a diet: that happened once, because I was stupid enough to try following a popular diet that clearly wasn’t for me.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      The spaghetti squash is al dente, so it’s not super squishy like regular pasta but it’s so similar that you really don’t notice a difference.

      1. evilcyber

        Hm. I may just try it. Although the pasta connoisseur in me still rebels at the thought 😀

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Tell me what you think if you try it.

  10. I ❤ 2 Eat

    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.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oooh! That’s not good! Glad you stopped the juice fast.

      Now I’m going to go look at your pasta. 🙂

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