Oct 22, 2014

Dairy Free Diet: Week 3

I started out the week by cheating. Accidentally. The barista made me do it.

There is a Starbucks directly across the street from my house. I never go to it. Instead, I drive a mile out of my way to get to the one with the drive through. Even when I plan to go inside and sit awhile, I still go there.  It's my Starbucks.

When I do go inside, I almost never need to order. The baristas know my drink; I'm there that much.  Actually, that's sad that I'm there so often; I shouldn't tell people that.

Anyway.  I cheated on my usual spot and swung by the nearby shop on Monday.  It was a mistake.  My drink tasted funny, but when I asked if it was soy the barista assured me it was. I tend to be a bit insanely paranoid about food, so I tried to overlook it and ended up drinking about half of it.  Yeah, it was totally milk. I was sick the rest of the day and still felt "off' the next.

There are two morals to this story.  First, going dairy-free is the absolute right thing for me to do.  It's been hard and I've complained a lot, but the reminder of how dairy makes me feel was the kick I needed to get over the grouchiness and feel more positive and committed to the whole thing.  I'm still focused on the 30-day elimination, but I have a strong feeling it's about to be a lifestyle.  Second, I will never forsake you again, Starbucks on PCH.

Day #15 - Monday
Breakfast: Chi Latte
Lunch: Apple & Peanut Butter
Dinner: Texas Fried Rice

Dinner was a moment of desperation that turned out amazing. I'll be perfecting this and sharing it soon.

Day #16 - Tuesday
Breakfast: Banana & Peanut Butter
Snack: Pistachios
Dinner: Shrimp & Squash
Snack: Cookies & Cream Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Coconut milk ice cream is better than soy, but still not good.  I suspect my quest for good dairy-free frozen treats will be long and sad.

Day #17 - Wednesday
Lunch: Burrito Bowl
Snack: Chips & Guacamole

Chipotle has always been a favorite, but it's also perfect for grabbing a fast, inexpensive dairy-free lunch.  It will probably become my go-to for takeout.

Day #18 - Thursday
Lunch: Antioxidant Salad
Snack: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie

I needed to grab a quick bite at the grocery store deli between errands and found my options surprisingly limited. They also didn't have a good understand of the term "Vegan" since everything with that label also had a sprinkling of cheese on top as a garnish. On vegan chocolate chip cookies... ditto what I said about ice cream.

Day #19 - Friday
Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats & Peach
Lunch: Crackers & Hummus
Dinner: Burrito Bowl

Clearly Chipotle is my new go-to takeout since this is the second time I was there this week.

Day #20 - Saturday
Snack: Raisins & Dried Apple Slices
Dinner: Hawaiian Chicken & Fries

We started out the day by saying, "Let's go to brunch." But we kept doing "just one more quick thing" at home and brunch got scooted to lunch and then dinner.  We ended up a favorite seafood place by the water, where apparently everything is cooked with butter or contains whey. They have amazing mai-tais though, so I'll forgive them.

Day #21 - Sunday
Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats & Peach
Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Scallops & Delicata Squash
Snack: Coconut Milk Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Bacon wrapped scallops are my new favorite meal.  Delicata squash was a new pick, and it did not disappoint. However, coconut milk ice cream still does.

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