Is Dairy Free the Way to Be?

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great Monday! I had planned on going to yoga class last night, but decided that grocery shopping was more important. So, off to Whole Foods I went… Remember that gift card? Well this is how I used it:

This is what $90 at Whole Foods can buy you...

As I mentioned, I used this shopping trip as a bit of a splurge since I had a $50 gift card. I bought things I don’t usually buy like goji berries, Tera’s whey protein powder, and yes, lots of bars. I usually try not to eat so many bars, but I have been finding myself starving during late nights at work and need to keep something in my purse for those times. What you also might notice, is the theme in my purchases: soy yogurt, almond milk yogurt, coconut milk yogurt, coconut milk, almond milk and coconut milk ice creams! This week, I’m going dairy free for the week to see if I have a lactose allergy.

For at least the past 6 years, I have had an issue with full fat or 2% milk. As the only time I really have milk is in my coffee, this was a problem when I went out to coffee shops.  I used to always order nonfat lattes (ok, if you must know my order was a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte with 2 pumps of sugar free vanilla, extra hot) but sometimes the baristas mess up. While that is understandable, I have endured many eye rolls and incredulous responses when I politely inform that the milk they have used is not nonfat. For me, it was never only a calorie thing, rather, that after drinking it I would end up feeling sick.

Fast forward to the past couple of weeks and I have been finding myself with horrible stomach aches and GI issues. I’ve been to enough doctors in the past to know that it isn’t something else and I’m pretty sure that it is coming from my diet. So this week, I’m going dairy free to see if I start to feel better. To be honest, I’m pretty bummed about not having my daily Greek yogurt or my splash of nonfat milk in my Americano or my beloved frozen yogurt but I want to figure this out, once and for all! Luckily, there are so many great dairy replacements on the market, I’m excited to try a bunch and report back!


-Are you vegan/have you gone dairy free?

-Have you ever had lactose issues?

-What’s your Starbucks order?

P.S. Look out for my first ever GIVEAWAY tomorrow!!


21 thoughts on “Is Dairy Free the Way to Be?

  1. Wow! This is like heaven in a post. You must’ve been SO excited to win that gift card, Emily! Those kinds of giveaways are my absolute favorites because you can actually decide what exactly you want to spend your money on.

    Oh, and wise decision buying Mary’s Crackers. Have you tried them before?

  2. Oh Emily, I hope that this will help with all those not so fun things! If not this then you stumble across the answer really soon! ….My order at Starbucks is always long and it changes ever time I’m in (which isn’t much considering 60 miles to the closest one….) Oooo, here’s hoping to no greek yogurt withdrawls. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
    How long are you planning on cutting it out? I never know how long to cut something!

    • Thank you so much for the encouragement!! But omigosh, 60 mi to the closest Starbucks?? I hope you have a good local coffee place near you! And I’m planning on cutting it out for a week and then starting to reintroduce things one by one, that way I can see what bothers me!

  3. I hope that helps with your stomach! I’m not vegan or dairy free but I totally prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk in my smoothies! Not sure why, I just love the taste!

    My Starbucks order is a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte (1 pump!) or in the winter a Cinnamon Dolce Latte!

  4. I’m with Christine, I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk because it’s lighter than dairy. That being said, I started adding 0% Fage Greek yogurt to my smoothies with the AM and I’m never going back, they’re so much creamier with yogurt!

    I don’t drink that much coffee (I’m a tea girl), but if I do, I go for a plain ‘ol cappuccino or latte (not non-fat).

    Hope you feel better after this week so you’ll at least know what’s going on!

  5. I don’t have a problem with dairy, but I do try to use it sparingly {mostly because of animal cruelty and I find it unnecessary}. I hope this dairy free test helps you get to the bottom of things and you start feeling better!

    Lately I have been trying to drink more tea and less coffee so I have been getting a Chai Soy Misto sprinkled with cinnamon {it’s a chai tea bag brewed and topped with foamy milk}.

  6. I hope you get to the bottom of your tummy issues! I’ve never had to give up dairy, but I think seeds upset my stomach at times. My Starbucks order is a lot like yours! I usually get a grande skinny vanilla latte or a grande hazelnut coffee with skim.

  7. I used to be lactose intolerant when I was little but ‘kinda grew out of it.’ I think. But now I do notice that when I eat a large serving of mid- to full-fat dairy, my stomach still gets upset so I don’t know what to think. I try and do mostly soy and almond milk and keep my dairy intake to a minimum to avoid any digestion issues : )

  8. I have a slight food allergy to dairy but I still consume it. I love cheese but I’ve cut it out so much now! I also hardly drink milk (maybe a tablespoon a day in my oatmeal) and gave up eating greek yogurt. I found that I had less headaches when I gave up most of my dairy products. : ) SO, I hope it helps you!

    • Interesting about the headaches + dairy products?! As a migraine sufferer, I always love to know things that are triggers for people! And I’m such a cheese lover too! That will be the hardest part!

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  10. Nicole went vegan for 30 days and she was able to get through it fairly easily (much more easily than if I had done it – I just love fro yo too much). I don’t have dairy problems per se, but I could never get myself to straight up drink milk. Like a lot of the other commenters, I use almond milk in everything now and only use cow’s milk while at Starbucks or work…. But that’s going to change because I just got upgraded to the green level with my Starbucks card and that comes with free soy milk upgrades! Wahoo…. (it only takes 5 visits so definitely not hard – I just wish I had registered my card in college!)

    Starbucks order: china tip green tea misto (soy milk plz haha) with 1 pump sugar free vanilla.

    My bff Fran worked at Starbucks and she always comes up with the best combos… that’s one of her inventions. I crave it every day!!

    Good luck getting to the bottom of your tummy troubles Emily!

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