Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 2-No dairy

Day 2 of a "2 week no dairy" challenge and I am completely fascinated by how many things contain dairy and how this is forcing me to be more mindful of what I put into my body. I am very guilty of boredom eating and reward eating, but this challenge is a good step away from all of that.

Every item I consider buying at the grocery store has to be thoroughly inspected for dairy of any sort and the best part is that after inspection, I put half the things down because by that point I'm disgusted with the ingredient list. The concept of "if you can't pronounce it, don't eat it" is making more and more sense to me.

Dairy is hidden everywhere. I've noticed that most things contain "milk ingredients"-whatever that means-and/or straight up milk, butter, cheese or casein (specifically in processed meats). So, to do a true dairy elimination, you need to be hard core about it.

This whole thing is making me increasingly aware of how well I thought I was feeding my kids, especially in regards to my son's school lunch, when really I was giving him way too much dairy and way too much sugar. By cutting out the dairy products in his lunch alone, he is consuming 5 less teaspoons of sugar a day. That's a huge deal!

It's also forcing me to rethink how I eat "healthy" things, but then corrupt them in one way or another. The perfect example is my salad of romaine, walnuts, sunflower seeds, apple, homemade dressing (extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, garlic and mustard) and top it off with a bunch of cheddar cheese cubes. I'm delusional!

I generally think of myself as a fairly healthy eater, but this challenge is showing me how much I can improve. I don't think my favourite blue chip nachos and cheese snack was doing my post-baby figure any good, but neither are my dairy-free Hello Dollie squares.

Time for a change!

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