Week three and four are blurring together. I definitely noticed a pattern by the end of week 4. I seem to do great during the week and then on the weekends I give in to dairy. It’s like I have no will power on the weekend!
Week 3 and 4 were pretty similar to week 2. I cooked at home more and on the weekends I slacked more. Mostly because of other people or events. For example, my mom came to visit us during week 3 and we celebrated my son’s birthday since she was in town. The dinners I made at home were all meat and dairy free but we did buy cupcakes and ice cream for dessert. She had to pick my favorite ice cream (Häagen-Dazs dulce de leche) and I couldn’t not join her in having some. Even though I did indulge in some dairy, I really tried to limit it and be aware.
Any other time that I’ve had dairy, it really hasn’t made me sick other than that one time I felt congested (more about this in the week 2 post), but I did eat lots of cheese. So even though dairy doesn’t make me physically sick (for the most part), I don’t love the way I feel when I think about where it comes from. I do like the taste of cheese, and I do like butter, and cream! Yes all of those things! But it’s not worth it to me to have those foods at the cost of a baby cow being taken from her mother, or a cow living in terrible conditions. All of that heartache and effort (getting a cow pregnant, taking her baby and then feeding her baby some other way-rather than at the udder, and then eventually those cows will be made into some type of meat product for consumption. What a sad life! If milk is so important to us, why not use human milk to satisfy our dairy cravings?
I didn’t intend this post to go in this direction, but it’s what’s been on my mind. I don’t want anyone to feel bad or guilty for the way they eat but I do think that we should be aware of where our food comes from and what cost it is for us to get something. I’m definitely not perfect and I definitely slip up and will give into a cream puff or something with buttercream frosting, or chocolate chips but I can’t beat myself up over it. I get to start over new every day and try again.
As far as this experiment goes, I would like to continue it and do my best to cut dairy out of my life. I do still eat eggs (I don’t consider those dairy) but the eggs I get are from my chickens, maybe I’m exploiting them but I think they have a better life than any factory farm chicken- maybe I am justifying my egg eating habit but so be it. For now I will eat eggs and if I change my mind, I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. All I can do is worry about me and eat what works for me.
*Giving up dairy for the month has made me aware of how I don’t want to disappoint anyone and how much of a people pleaser I am.
*Fake cheese is not very good-from what I’ve tried. I’d rather just leave it out, nothing compares to real cheese in my opinion!
*Be cautious about talking to people about food- it’s a touchy subject.
*Cooking and meal planning has been a challenge sometimes but, it can be challenge with any diet right?