While in California I was able to meet with not one, not two, but THREE infertility bloggers! It was spectacular to meet these strong women in person and to have a real face and voice to put to their name. While having lunch with Izy and Steph our conversation drifted to living dairy-free.
So many women dealing with infertility try a diary-free and/or gluten-free diet and few find long-term success. I have had the fortune of being forced into a permanently dairy-free lifestyle. Yes, that’s right, I said fortune. For me, dairy-free is not an option. I’m allergic to all dairy and while it will not immediately kill me (think anaphylaxis) it could in time lead to lovely things like colon cancer.
Colon drama is not my idea of a good time so I choose to live dairy-free forever – no cheat days, no occasional Gruyère cheese on my humus sandwich. Nada. For me this works best. Much like there is no “just one drink” for a recovered alcoholic, there is no individually wrapped slice of American Cheese for a recovered cheese-a-holic.
My transition to dairy-free living has not been easy. As a resident a small town in the south, true vegan cuisine is few and far between and asking a waiter or waitress to please hold the cheese, cream and butter is cumbersome and occasionally embarrassing (think: fancy business lunch with the CEO).
Cooking at home can also be a big challenge. I
like love cheese. Surprisingly the ready-made vegan cheeses and creams are pretty damn tasty The problem comes when you look at the ingredients. These are not things I can find in my pantry, which leads me to wonder if this is doing anything to help my long-term health? Maybe not!
As we chowed down on our delicious vegan lunches I explained how I have spent the past 3 years really perfecting dairy-free cooking. “I’ve even perfected a hell of a good substitute for a savory grown-up mac & cheese,” I boasted.
Their eyes grew wide. “Belle, you should really blog this stuff. It could REALLY help folks out!,” Izy and Steph urged.
During the long flight home I started thinking about this. I am struggling with exciting blog fodder lately. At 15 weeks pregnant I don’t have a whole hell of a lot to report symptom wise, nor am I anywhere near starting nursery plans or birthing classes (although I have picked out a fabulous cradle!). I have great plans for Scrambled Eggs as the Chicken grows and makes his or her debut but in the meantime I’m often at a loss.
Rather then fill the days with random posts on pregnancy gripes and worries, I think I will take some time and put together a few posts on my top dairy-free secrets. I’ll start tomorrow with a post sharing my favorite dairy-free creamy pasta bake that even the dairy-loving Professor raves about! In the meantime, if you have any particular dairy-free questions or a particular recipe you are curious about leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to address it!