- Posted September 14, 2013 by
How to Make Life Dairy Product Free?
Do you have a condition which entails your phasing out dairy products from your diet? Whether you're lactose intolerant or have an actual allergy to dairy products, it's important to review your eating habits and determine which foods may aggravate your condition. Here's how to start saying goodbye to dairy.
Polish your willpower. You may love cheesy pizzas, creamed butternut squash recipes, fettuccine alfredo, and ice cream. It can be hard to try to resist those favorite foods in the beginning, but you just have to keep telling yourself, "It's just not worth the agony of eating dairy." This will become your new mantra.
Make sure you're getting enough calcium. Luckily for you, fortified nut and grain milk offer similar key nutrients as dairy milk. You can also buy calcium-fortified orange juice. This is also a good time to get acquainted with some calcium-rich foods like dark leafy greens (kale, bok choi, collards, broccoli), sardines, and almonds.
Know where to eat out. Where do you dine? Where can you take your date? Well, Italian is pretty much off your list. Indian food is too, as ghee (ghee is clarified butter, which means the dairy is naturally separated from it, but those with a low tolerance to dairy should be careful just in case) is a common ingredient. Think East Asian: Chinese , Korean and Japanese foods are generally speaking; free of dairy, but always ask about the ice cream, as it's not always made of soy. Vegan restaurants are reliable for not using dairy ingredients if you can find them, and most vegetarian restaurants have non-dairy alternatives. It is also possible to eat out at chain restaurants. Grilled chicken, fresh fruit, and steamed vegetables are usually okay. Beware of steaks that are finished with butter (usually added at the end of cooking for flavor). If you are unsure of ingredients and seasonings, ask your server or a manager. Salad bars are an excellent option -- just bypass the cheese and choose a dairy-free dressing, such as oil and vinegar.