So today after allowing myself a little transitional time to move from dairy to entirely dairy free, I am now free at last. From dairy. There isn’t any in the house anymore. When I came down to breakfast this morning, I couldn’t have milk in my morning tea because there was no milk to be had.
And now here I sit with a black coffee with a few tiny sprinkles of sugar in it to aid the transition still further. Eventually I’ll go sugar free too but not quite yet.
Facing the next weigh-in
One thing that is incentivising me to go dairy free is the next weigh-in coming up. Not quite sure when it will be but I need to assess my progress, if any, to ensure this is working. And the only way to know is to weigh. Naturally I am dreading it but it does somewhat focus the mind.
One good thing about black tea and coffee is that it stays hot for longer! And I find I’m not tempted to gulp it down quite so quickly. More a ladylike sip sip than a chuck in down in one.
I promised you some more science! But I’ve checked out this whole dairy is bad/dairy is good on a diet and all I’ve come across is conflicting advice! To be honest, I’ve absolutely no idea if cutting dairy will make this diet work better or not. Which is why I thought I’d give it a go. See if it works for me.
Doesn’t mean will work for you of course. We’re all different. One thing cutting dairy does do is inevitably cut calories and cut calories gained from sugar and so boost the percentage of protein and animal fat in the diet which on this regime is a good thing.
However as I said at the outset I’m still bit of a sceptic about the whole thing. I DO like milk in my tea and coffee; well, tea especially. Coffee is fine black though I prefer it with milk. Especially first thing in the morning. Feels to me bit harsh on an empty stomach to chuck pure unadulterated caffeine down it. Milk in your coffee, or tea, first thing surely helps line the stomach first to prepare it for goodies after?
So as you can probably tell, if you’re still with me, I’m more than a bit confused as to whether I am doing the right thing or not. I guess the scales will tell me soon enough. Meanwhile I am eating well. Last night I had a lovely meal of fried chicken thighs and salad with olives and avocado. Plus a few Parmesan shavings. Now I know Parmesan is cheese, thus dairy, thus currently off the menu. But it’s made with unpasteurised milk and that’s supposed to be better than pasteurised and no, I don’t know why either. It adds flavour rather than bulk so I’ve made the executive decision that it’s okay.
Curse of nibbling
I think cutting cheese and especially the Babybels I used to nibble several times a day will make a difference. Nibbling is one of the reasons I struggle with my weight. Having to eat proper cooked food every day cuts down wonderfully on nibbling opportunities as it cuts out availability of said nibbles.
If you’re eating good meals three times a day, you shouldn’t need to nibble. Nibbling is the curse of the dieter. If nothing else, cutting cheese from my diet should cut down the nibbles considerably. No one nibbles Parmesan shavings so feel quite safe having a small tub of them in the ‘fridge.
Keep buggering on!