20 June 2012

Going Dairy-Free: part 2. What I Eat

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.
Other ideas.

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.


  1. The only thing I could add to this would be coconut milk! It's not the kind in a can, but in a carton, and from a brand called Kara - available at supermarkets/Holland & Barrett/Amazon.

    It's amazing stuff. I was very conscious of rice milk containing a lot of unnecessary sugars when I had it, and soya milk tastes like ass. Goats milk was great, but quite pricey and I found it difficult to find it in long-life cartons, and almond milk is pricey!

    Thus, coconut milk. It doesn't taste like coconuts at all - in fact it's really quite tasteless - but it has the same texture as (skimmed) milk, whereas rice milk is quite thin. It works great in porridge and cereals and genuinely doesn't taste a bit like coconuts :)

    Great post, and sorry for the essay!

  2. I use almond milk now, milk gives me spots! xx

  3. I have given up milk in the last couple of weeks so i was really interested in this mini series of posts. I am doing it as my skin has been getting worse and worse (I am nearly 40 ffs) and i was beginning to put 2 and 2 together with the rise in my milk consumption. Haven't gone the whole hog yet but I would say that even just reducing my milk intake has helped my breakouts.