So following on from my first post, discussing the fact that I've eliminated dairy products from my diet and why, it's time to tell you what I eat these days. I've kept a photo diary for today, a typical working day, so you can see what I'm actually eating when I'm really dreaming about smoked cheddar.
Carrots and houmous. I have never been one for eating a large breakfast, preferring instead to graze throughout the morning. Today, I was Bugs Bunny on speed. I ate these between 10am and 12pm, at my desk. I also ate a small bag of Twiglets. Man, I do love me a Twiglet.
I just ate a multi-grain roll with some wafer thin chicken and mustard, but forgot to take a picture of it because I was starving. Sorry. But I made it myself (just bought the roll and chicken from the supermarket and I always have a couple of condiments at work).
Tonight I made a stir fry. One small onion, a few leaves of savoy cabbage, stir fried with soy sauce, fish sauce and some fresh lime juice, add in some noodles and then I doused it with Tabasco sauce, as I do with most meals. Lovely. Quick. Easy. Thank you please.
If you're a cereal eater at breakfast (or any other) time, the easiest thing to do would be to swap your regular milk for goat's milk, soya milk, rice milk or almond milk, depending on your preference and the availability of the items. Same goes for tea and coffee drinkers (which I have never been). Good dairy-free and filling breakfasts include toast (obviously without butter) with any topping (olive spread can be used instead of butter), eggs however you like them (including a goat's cheese omelette), fruit salad or you could go continental and have cold meats and tomatoes, something like that. Or peanut butter! As I have kindly been informed by Mizz Worthy, it's dairy-free. This is a good day.
If you're a devotee of the sandwich for your lunch, I would suggest making them yourself and using olive spread, houmous, mayonnaise or mustard in place of butter, or pickle or any other type of relish you like, just something to stop it being dry.
If you buy your sandwiches, well, you need to stop, as basically all of them contain butter (and cheese if you're looking at cheese sandwiches). Wraps are a little more dairy-free-friendly although beware yoghurt, which seems to feature in quite a lot of them. Pret-a-Manger, for example, has a Hoisin Duck Wrap which is fine, as well as a Sweet Chilli Prawn Salad Wrap. Where possible when buying lunch, however, go with salads or sushi/Asian-based cuisine.
My third post about going dairy-free will be about eating out and how to manage when faced with an evening of Pizza Express and the like. Hope this is turning into a helpful mini series. If you have any questions at all, or experience of changing your diet to benefit your skin, please let me know.