What’s for Dinner: Week 13 and Steps to Reduce Dairy In Your Diet

Reduce Dairy

These last few weeks I have somehow managed to keep dairy out of my son’s diet, and in doing so have drastically reduced the amount of dairy in my own diet. This has been a really good thing for me because I have wanted to take steps to going dairy free for awhile to see if it would help me have less abdominal pain caused by my endometriosis. (Dairy is just one of many “trigger” categories for this).

The biggest contributors to dairy in our diet are milk and cheese….and maybe ice cream. But it’s been too cold for me to even want ice cream. I figured if we can reduce, or completely eliminate  these items, it would greatly help my personal journey toward a dairy-free diet.

There are three things that have helped me reduce dairy in my own diet:

1)  Not wanting to eat it in front of my son

…especially since he is the reason why we have had to eliminate dairy. My son is not at an age where he understands that milk or cheese might be hurting him (I have yet to add it back to his diet to see how he reacts). So it just wouldn’t be nice of me to eat it in front of him.

We eat breakfast, lunch and dinner together. And if I’m eating it, he wants it. I’m not a milk drinker, so that wasn’t a problem for me. However, we no longer have grilled cheese for lunch, and I didn’t put cheese cubes with my lunches either. We also eliminated “Friday Night Pizza Night” and I started making a Chinese themed Friday night instead. Although, I do admit, my husband and I had some pizza with out-of-town guests one night after my son went to bed. After all, it’s not every day that our friends could enjoy Chicago style pizza!

2.) Buying blocks of cheese instead of shredded

Buying blocks of cheese meant that I may need to actually shred cheese to use it for various dishes. One of my favorite snacks is melted shredded cheese on tortilla chips. But if I had to take out the cheese, find the grater, and pull out a cutting board, I thought twice about it. Call me lazy, but that is just too much work. Plus I didn’t want the extra dishes that the extra effort created.

However, I have to say that freshly grated cheese tastes soooooo much better than pre-packaged shredded cheese. Plus it doesn’t have the extra plasticky stuff (or whatever it is that I at some point read about) that shredded cheese has.

3.)  Not buying it

Yep. It’s that simple. If I don’t have it to eat, then I’m not eating it. I have only bought cheese for dishes I needed to make for guests (what is a Super Bowl party without a cheese dip?) or to bring somewhere.

Since I do plan to try adding dairy back into my son’s diet this week, I was so tempted to choose a cheese dish for one of our dinners. However, for the most part (other than some pizza here and there) I have been doing so good not eating cheese. And after three weeks of limited amounts in my diet, I no longer crave it. So I think it’s best to keep away from it for now!

Weekly Menu Plan

What' for Dinner

Thursday:  Toasted Chicken Salad sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries and fresh fruit and veggies

Friday:  Dinner Out!!!

Saturday: Dinner out again…woohoo!

Sunday:  Beef Taco’s with brown rice and fresh fruit

Monday: Mediterranean Chicken (from Plain Chicken) with salad and garlic bread

Tuesday:  Barbecue Meatballs (from Money Saving Mom) with roasted potatoes, homemade biscuits and green beans

Wednesday:  Leftovers


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10 Responses to What’s for Dinner: Week 13 and Steps to Reduce Dairy In Your Diet

  1. Thanks for the ideas! I like the idea of just buying block cheese. It would make me stop and think if I really wanted the cheese or not.
    Oh. and thanks for doing pizza night for your friends…….. I am sure they really appreciated it. 😉
    We have fallen in love with Chicago pizza.

  2. Sandra says:

    I’ve actually been looking at reducing the amount of dairy in my diet as well. I just notice how my body feels after drinking/eating it. How do you feel about the nut milks- almond, soy, etc. do you get the same feeling as with cow milk? Just curious! Thanks for sharing- following you on facebook!


    • Christie says:

      I’ve not really had the nut milks. I’ve never really been a “milk” drinker…though I do need to find something to put in cereal when I have some! My son is allergic to nuts so I have not bought Almond Milk. I use coconut milk for smoothies and oatmeal and that tastes really good! It also has more nutrients than regular milk. While my son now drinks Soy, I have not as soy is another contributor to Endometriosis…so it’s something I try to minimalize.

  3. Virginia says:

    I am also trying to eliminate dairy from my diet as I’m pretty sure it is part of the reason I’m experiencing some gastrointestinal issues. So this was a great read for me – thanks for sharing your meal plan! I hope you post some more 😉

  4. Becca says:

    Thursday’s meal sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing your post at the Healthy Tuesday hop. 🙂

  5. I’m not sure if goat milk would be an option, or of interest to you, but goat milk and goat cheeses are becoming more and more available. If you can’t find it in your local stores, there is always the option of buying dry goat milk online.

    Also, I just recently posted my recipes for goat milk ice cream bases, which might be of interest to you: http://ouroneacrefarm.com/goat-milk-ice-cream-bases/

    I also posted a really great chocolate coconut milk ice cream. I’ve tested it many times, and it’s pretty much no fail for a very creamy and rich flavored ice cream, as long as you follow directions carefully: http://ouroneacrefarm.com/chocolate-coconut-milk-ice-cream/

    Good luck in reducing dairy in your diet!

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