the dairy-free adventure, week 1

it's an obvious understatement to say that giving up dairy is hard for me.  and it's also obviously fair to say that i am pretty inexperienced at this.  it kind of feels like moving to another country where the unfamiliarity is exciting, yet also, well, very foreign.  and we all know (i'm assuming) that the unfamiliarity of foreignness can be one of the hardest things to get beyond.  and yet, that getting beyond it is precisely what can lead us to beautiful new discoveries and things we never knew we could love as much as we do...

but i'm pretty sure tofu cheese will not be one of those beautiful new discoveries. ever.  and i really like tofu.  i just like it the right way: fried up in sesame oil, topped with green onion slices and dipped in soy-pepper-vinegar sauce.  there's just something very, very odd about normally-made-with-dairy items that have brand names like tofurky and tofutti and are made to taste like dairy.

anyway, despite all of this, here are a few of my first dairy-free purchases and my former-dairy-consumer-and-now-dairy-free-newbie thoughts on each...


1. so delicious coconut milk - this stuff was good.  i had a small glass to drink and thought it tasted like milk, without the slight feeling of throat congestion that cow's milk can give (which i could do without anyway).  i also had it with cereal and in my coffee and enjoyed it.  winner.

2. tofutti cuties - these are pretty good little things. don't let the lame-o 'tofutti" name fool you.  though they are almost smaller than my 7 month old's hand, they taste good and pretty much just like any quarter of a real vanilla ice-cream sammy. 

3. amy's burritos (non-dairy):  these weren't so bad taste-wise, but i think i'd rather make my own burritos instead of buy these again.  they aren't worth it for the price and and though they claim to be "non-dairy" in large writing, their pre-packagedness doesn't guarantee that and at the bottom of their ingredient list it, of course, says they were made in a facility where there's milk, soy and the rest of the allergy clan.  won't be buying these again.

4. daiya cheddar style shreds - these were okay.  they weren't necessarily bad but you'll have to get back to me on this one.  i think i'm still a bit in mourning over the death of real cheese in my life...

i had some good tips and advice from a lot of friends over the last few days since making these purchases. i had no idea so many people were living without dairy or had for some time.  as for any noticible changes in timothy or me?  none that i can see just yet.  but, i know it takes more time to get everything out of my system.  so,  stay tuned for more to come on this dairy-free adventure in the days ahead...
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