For lent this year, in addition to my typical no fried food give up, I decided to do something very good for my diet and give up soy and dairy as well.
My mom said that she’s pretty sure I’ve always been lactose intolerant, I was diagnosed, then un-diagnosed in the fifth grade. However, my body has never really tolerated it that well, and it’s been something I needed to quit for a long time, so God was really the best excuse to finally do it. In addition to being lactose intolerant, I found out the very hard way that I was soy intolerant, almost worse than my lactose problem. So I decided to give up both.
This has been a lot harder than I thought and I think I’m only about two weeks in, so I thought I would give you some tips.
What to Eat
- Enjoy Life products are dairy, soy, peanut, and gluten free, along with a host of other allergens. You can also see what places sell what items on their website.
- Annie’s brand products. Be careful depending on how allergic you are because something in the factory use dairy so just be advised. I’ve found snacks at Target and Giant Eagle.
- Almonds. For some reason I have had the most luck with almonds. Almond milk, almond the snack food, and they come in different flavors.
- Subway. While you have to skip the cheese and flat bread, with a simple Google search you can find a complete list of allergens in each item you might want in your sub.
- The more basic the better.
- Buy veggies, go with simple things like chicken
- Make sure everything you’re cooking with doesn’t have soy or dairy, including any oils and cooking sprays.
Anyone else soy and dairy free?