Diet update. Going dairy-free
Hello, you lovely lot. I’m back, again. And today, I’m giving you a little update on my diet.
Towards the end of last year, you may have seen a post from me where I was discussing my pescetarian diet and whether I was in fact on the road which led to veganism?
I wrote that post back in October, after a summer of unconsciously making more vegetarian choices and eating a lot less meat.
Six Months On
We are almost six months on from that post and as predicted, I am much further along the path towards full veganism.
So where am I now? When I last wrote about my diet, I was mainly following a plant-based diet, apart from eating fish and animal by-products, such as milk, eggs and cheese. Since then, my ethical conscious has nagged at me. A lot.
You see, I have always loved animals. More so than humans at times, I would say. And I am a deep thinker. I am positively unable to ignore my thoughts. I’ve always known the dairy industry wasn’t free from neglect and abuse, but somehow I had managed to convince myself that I wasn’t eating the meat, so no animal was dying for my own needs.
I was wrong. I started to research. And I what I found hurt my soul. Which is nothing compared to what these animals endure.
Saying no to dairy
I am not here to preach about the abuse the industry inflicts on animals and neither am I going to go into further detail. I am a true believer that we are all free to come to our own ethical conclusions. My views are not to be projected onto others. You are free to do your own research.
I will explain my reasons why though.
The final push for me was coming across a local farm near to my home town that is currently under investigation by the RSPCA for animal cruelty to their dairy herd. It was enough for me. Enough is enough. I cannot and will not actively fund the level of abuse I witnessed. Full stop. I am now also educated on how just days old male calves are ‘disposed of’ like a commodity, not a life. And not in a very humane way.
Not all dairy farms are like this of course. And I am fully aware there are many “ethical” farmers who try to do things differently. But they are unfortunately, a minority.
I don’t blame the farmers solely for this. Here in the U.K. supermarkets have driven the prices down so low farmers are forced to do more with less to make a living.
So where does this leave me?
Since making the decision to go dairy free, I also haven’t eaten any fish. Does this make me fully vegan? I wouldn’t say so yet, as I don’t believe I am educated fully on what is and isn’t vegan-friendly. My research will continue. I am, however, 99% following a plant-based diet.
At this moment in time., I am by no means an expert on this subject, so until I know more. I will not advise on how to go plant-based or vegan for that matter.
My new best friends were EASY switches to make. Going dairy free is actually a lot easier than you may think.
I am a massive coffee fan, but not black coffee. I have found a new love for Oat Milk, it gives a really creamy taste.
Soya yoghurts are tasty and can be found in a variety of flavours at local supermarkets. I am, however, a little concerned with the sugar content. So my search will continue.
I have found awesome dairy-free ice cream. Swedish Glace. Cinnamon flavour. It’s dairy-free, lactose-free and vegan and is delicious. I found this in Waitrose, but I believe it is also stocked in Tesco and Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons.
Chocolate. Now. Chocolate is my thing. It’s probably the sole reason I will never be skinny. It is my kryptonite. This is a compromise for me. So far, I’ve not found anything close to my favourite bar. I have however found a nice, palatable dairy-free alternative. Kinnerton Just Chocolate. It’s rich and smooth and free from eggs, dairy gluten and nuts.
Cheese. Will never be the same. Full-stop.
The upside to this, apart from doing my small little bit for the plight against animal-cruelty. I cannot eat office snacks, I must be saving on some calories. I am also finding some new ways to be creative with quinoa and home-made ramen is now a staple.
But will I get all of my nutrients
You do not need to eat dairy to remain healthy. You can still obtain all your required daily nutrients whilst eating dairy-free.
As I have said, I am no expert on this matter as yet, but I will link a really good article below from nutritional expert Christine Bailey.
I have in the past, always tried to use as much cruelty-free beauty products as I can. however, I will be using up any product I have and only purchasing or working with brands that are completely 100% cruelty-free. Any gifted items that I have not used will be donated or given to friends.
Well that all from me for now. If you have any questions regarding going dairy-free, please do contact me and I will try to help as much as I can.
Disclaimer, I have not been paid to write for any brands featured in this post.