7 surprising things I wish I knew before going dairy-free


Maggie Angst

You need to be open to switching up some of your priorities.
A dairy-free diet has great health benefits, especially if you deal with digestion issues.
After a while, you won’t even miss dairy.

Growing up in my household, dairy was one of our main food groups. To this day, there’s always a refrigerator drawer full of fancy cheeses at my parents’ house.

But just like celebrities Victoria Beckham, Megan Fox and Beyoncé, one day I decided it was time to give dairy a break.

About three years ago, I became a vegetarian. Watching one too many documentaries about slaughterhouses and how the industry affected our environment made the decision easy for me.

Shortly after making that change, I met a vegan friend while studying abroad. Although the idea of veganism and giving up dairy always seemed a little too “extreme” for me, she convinced me to give it a try.

I’ve suffered from severe stomach aches for years and I always considered cutting out dairy, but I never quite had the ambition to follow through with it. Having a friend in it with me made the transformation bearable though, and I soon saw my stomach pains almost disappear entirely.

Still, I don’t think I fully knew what I was getting myself into at first. Here are some things I wish someone told me before I tried to completely eliminate dairy from my diet.

Not all dairy-free products are created equally.

When experimenting with products made from dairy alternatives, be cautious. Although you might love one dairy-free yogurt brand the next may taste like straight up chalk. I learned that lesson quickly.

So, when I do decide to go outside the box and experiment with a new dairy-free product, I’ll buy the smallest quantity possible. This way I can give it a try without wasting too much money or food.

Brunch will no longer be your favorite weekend meal.

In case you haven’t learned by now, dairy is a pretty essential ingredient for any menu item at brunch. Once you eliminate eggs, butter, milk, yogurt and cheese, there’s not many items to choose from. But don’t fret. You still have plenty of options if you want to meet friends for lunch and dinner instead.

It’ll take more work to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins you need.

Since dairy products are some of the best sources of calcium, it is important to ensure you’re still getting those essential nutrients. In order to make sure you’re maintaining adequate levels, track your diet for a few days.

If you are not reaching the recommended intake (about 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day), add alternative foods that are high in those nutrients or try taking a supplement if you need to.

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