It’s been three weeks now since I completely cut dairy out of my diet. As a reminder, or if you haven’t read my previous posts, the reason for doing this is due to an intolerance to dairy, not because I am against it in any way, shape or form.
I have a tendency to be an ‘all or nothing’ type of person so, as you’d expect, I’ve followed the dairy free lifestyle very strictly and not a drop of dairy has passed my lips over the last three weeks.
Prior to cutting dairy out of my diet, I suffered from daily stomach cramps and bloating which impacted my energy levels and just generally made me feel a bit crap.
In week one, I did get the occasional stomach cramp but nowhere near to the extreme I had previously. I did also feel slightly bloated in my first week and didn’t have a huge appetite, but overall, I was already starting to feel considerably better.
In week two, again I felt slightly bloated still but the stomach cramps had completely subsided which was such an amazing feeling.
I’ve now come to the end of my third week dairy free and I can’t believe the change I’ve felt. No stomach cramps, no bloating, higher energy levels and just generally feeling happier in myself. Interestingly, I have actually put on weight but that may be down to doing more exercise rather than diet related.
There’s probably no science whatsoever to back this up but it’s almost like it took two weeks for any ‘dairy residue’ to leave my body and now that it has, I feel so so much better.
And the even better news is, I’ve found it relatively easy to cut dairy out of my diet. Luckily, I’ve never been a fan of milk and cheese, and even less so of cream (I do wonder whether this is a result of how it made me feel when I was younger which put me off the taste but I’m not sure) so that wasn’t an issue. The main area that it has impacted me has been eating out but actually, more and more restaurants cater for us ‘difficult’ folk these days and, as you’ll see in this post, it can actually have it’s benefits! Take a look at my top tips for dining out when you have an intolerance here.