Tips on Cutting Out Dairy
Everyone has different reasons for cutting out dairy, be it for health purposes, environmental purposes, or any other purpose. For those that are just starting, however, it can be difficult to jump right in. On the blog today: tips on cutting out dairy to make your life easier! Here they are:
- Find adequate replacements: Nutritional yeast, soy, and nut-based milks are all great ways to get that creamy dairy taste without actually eating dairy. Make dairy-free banana ice cream instead of splurging on a milkshake. Prepare your cereal with almond milk instead of whole milk. Put nutritional yeast on your avocado toast instead of a slice of gouda. This is a great way to curb the cravings without actually eating dairy!
- Always keep your kitchen stocked: By keeping your favorite dairy-free food options stocked, you avoid caving and eating dairy. You are more likely to say "no thanks" to a slice of pizza and snag some hummus and raw veggies if you keep them in your fridge at all times. Make convenience your ally!
- Don't cheat: If you fall off the wagon, it can be difficult to get back on. After you cut cheese out for a while, your body stops craving it, so you don't want to kick that habit back into gear if you can avoid it!
- Learn new recipes: By cooking delicious meals without dairy, you accomplish several things. First, you make a meal for yourself without dairy, instead of springing for an option with dairy. Second, you begin to learn how to make delicious food that you can recreate in the future, making it less likely that you will go back to eating dairy when the time calls. And finally, you avoid eating a food that might sneakily contain dairy, because you control the ingredients!
- Meal prep: By making your meals earlier in the week, you will give yourself a whole 7 days of dairy free meals to munch on, leaving little room for you to fall off the wagon. You're less likely to pick up a cheeseburger if you already have a salad in your fridge. It makes life much easier!
- Go dairy-free with a friend or family member: Let's be honest, things tend to be easier in twos! By having a partner jump on board with you, you can both encourage each other, swap tips, tricks, and recipes, and compare results.