As I write, I’m already back home in the UK. I thought about sitting down to write this last diary entry whilst I was still in New Zealand but, honestly, the last few weeks were just a bit manic and I thought I’d have a different perspective on it once I was on the plane home.
That’s certainly true.
See part 1 of my dairy free diary here.
So, part 2. This is where I tell you what I’ve been eating during my ‘dairy intake reduction’ attempt.
Pretty much all of my favourite meals include some kind of dairy. I love to eat granola and yoghurt for breakfast; a comforting bowl of cheesy pasta for lunch; and is there anything better than buttery mash?
I’m very realistic when it comes to my diet, and I know that any kind of ‘cutting out’ diet doesn’t work long term, so I knew that as soon as I took this kind of food that I love off the table, I’d want it more.
So, I needed ideas of comforting, satisfying and healthy food that didn’t include dairy. Normally, in such situations, I would turn to Pinterest. Which I did, but I couldn’t find an awful lot I fancied. So I’ve had to use my actual imagination, like in old times.
I ended up eating things like this every day:
A few weeks’ ago, I forgot that I’m not 18 any more and I went out with my boyfriend and drank double vodkas.
You know how everyone has at least one drink that is just not safe? Vodka is that drink for me.
Of course, I wake up feeling like I’m on a Ferris Wheel despite lying perfectly still in bed with my foot on the floor to ‘ground’ me.