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Dairy-Free Conclusion

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.

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  1. Marc

    Interesting experiment to do on your own. I normally skip bread products and all things made with flour, but will freely admit that when I do indulge, I feel like an alcoholic that has lived like a tee-totaler that wants to fall off the wagon and go on a3 day bender. Five pieces of chocolate is so minimal. Now five bags is another story.

    How was your mood? Did you experience mood swings?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Ooooh that’s not good, Marc! Sorry you feel like it’s a 3 day bender. Thankfully I did not have that issue. No withdrawals, no mood changes. I was a bit cranky in the beginning simply because I didn’t like feeling restricted. But other than that, no difference.

  2. Roz@weightingfor50

    Congrats on seeing the month through Lisa! You did so well.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I was a few days short of the month, but I think I did ok otherwise.

  3. Karla @ Foodologie

    This is awesome! Thanks for your update! I’m starting Paleo challenge today so it means no dairy, grains or legumes.

    I’m really intrigued by the sugar craving aspect. Thanks again for your recap!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’ll be following your paleo challenge. I’m curious if your taste buds/sugar cravings change at all.

  4. Jill @ a Girl in Progress

    A life without dairy is unimaginable for me! I tried giving up dairy for a weekend and didn’t even make it 24 hours. Congrats on sticking with it for a month!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree. I could not give up dairy forever!

  5. Lisa

    Not sure I could do dairy free but I might be able to pull off gluten free. I love rice, so that would be my substitute.

    Did you try any of the dairy-free ice creams??

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I did not! I was going to and I was finding that so much of the substitutes were so expensive I chose to just skip them all together.

  6. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    It’s so interesting how different people react differently to foods like gluten and dairy. I enjoyed reading your honest posts about how it all went!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes, it’s so radically different from each person. My mom had an obvious reaction, yet I didn’t feel any differently. So odd.

  7. Biz

    I could never give up dairy for my beloved cheese! Great job on seeing the month through to the end though!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I definitely missed cheese! What a thought of most was a grilled cheese sandwich. Yet I haven’t had one yet now that I’m done with the challenge…!

  8. evilcyber

    I think the feeling restricted would be one of the biggest stumbling blocks for me if I tried to do this. In my experience, not allowing yourself something makes you almost obsess about it (that was at least what made my first attempt at a diet a total disaster).

    But I’d say you can consider this a success. You went through wit it and the improved measurements are an added bonus.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I am more successful NOW that I don’t feel restricted than I was when I actually did the diet.

  9. Lori

    I laughed when I saw how bolded and capitalized you wrote I MADE IT – makes it seem like you really did miss your dairy 😀

    Even when experiments aren’t always fun – they at least are interesting!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It does kinda feel like I was running up hill in February and then finally MADE IT to the top! I’m glad it’s over. It was interesting, but I’m glad I can eat whatever I want again. 🙂

  10. Trevor

    Congratulations on your successful diet experiment. I’d say 5 small pieces of candy over a month’s time hardly counts as cheating . . . .you did read some of my own diet update confessions, right?

    But I hear you about the cheese and sour cream. They’re just too damn hard to give up. And for many of us, completely unnecessary.

    Enjoy your return to dairy.


    1. Lisa Eirene

      I did read your updates. I know I’m too hard on myself. I tend to set near impossible standards and then feel bad when I fall short…

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