Before going dairy-free I thought my only real option would be soy everything, which is not something I was willing to do. Soy is a phytoestrogen, and can cause hormonal problems. In fact, some doctors recommend that menopausal women drink soy milk for its hormonal effects. I am leary of messing with hormones, which is why I will never take birth control pills. I’m especially wary of soy while I’m nursing my daughter. She’s doesn’t need an estrogen boost at just 9 weeks old.
When I learned that my daughter was sensitive to milk proteins and that I was going to have to go dairy-free, I basically decided that I would simply go without things rather than find some strange tasting alternative. I’ve had soy milk before, and it was not good. It was sweet and grainy and nothing at all like milk. Rice milk seems to only come in some sweetened form, and almond milk just sounded odd to me. Vegan cheese is just about the grossest thing ever. Margarine, while cholesterol free, is nasty stuff and is nothing at all like butter.
It’s been almost 2 weeks, and I was missing coffee even more than I was missing cheese. That’s surprising, because I’m a huge cheese fan. I tried drinking my coffee black, and while tolerable it’s just not enjoyable. I drink decaf because I’m nursing, so without the caffeine if I’m not enjoying it there’s just no point to it at all. I don’t sweeten my coffee, though, so there wasn’t much in the way of creamers available to me.
Did you know that Coffeemate is made with milk proteins? It’s not actually non-dairy at all.
Today I found a dairy-free coffee creamer that isn’t sweet! It’s so good, my coffee tastes just like it would if I was putting my standard half-and-half in it. It’s made with coconut milk, though it tastes nothing like coconuts. Not that I would mind that, because I love coconut. If you’re on a dairy-free diet, or trying to reduce your fat and cholesterol, So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer might be for you. I found it at one of my local health food stores, Big Bear Natural Foods. Now that I’ve discovered this, I simply can’t wait to explore all of my other dairy-free options. I can’t believe I’m actually excited about being dairy-free! I still miss cheese, but I’ll get over it. Or, maybe I’ll get used to it, and I’ll never go back! That’s pretty unlikely, actually. Life just wouldn’t be right if I never ate grilled cheese again.
Whatever it takes, it’s worth it. I’m unwilling to put my daughter on formula just so that I can eat dairy. Whatever it takes, I’ll do it. She’s worth every extra expense and every step I have to take to keep her as healthy as possible. If I have to put her on formula I will, but I’ll explore every other possibility first.