from cheese-lover to (mostly) dairy-free

As a society, we are so intelligent, we know so much, yet we have trouble taking care of ourselves. We believe we are separate from our bodies and the earth and the animals whose milk (and lives) we use so freely. But we are not separate, we are one, and we are losing the delicate balance that allows so many fingers of creation to co-exist in relative peace.

Personally, cutting back on my dairy consumption is a step in the right direction. It is a step towards greater health, towards a smaller carbon footprint, and towards a clearer mind.

Today marks the first of a series featured on about my journey to a mostly dairy-free lifestyle. (Hint: it’s taken me 2 years.)


  1. good for you lucy! i have really tried to cut down on my dairy products in the past but have gotten lazy about it. we are really good about cooking ground turkey instead of beef & for a long time were using buffalo meat for burgers instead of cow. i will say that when i do buy these products i make an effort to buy local and/or organic & feel like, hey, if i’m gonna eat these things, at least i’m making some sort of statement with my dollar, right?


    1. I think that’s exactly what happened to me. I got lazy about it. But then I kept getting sick and I couldn’t ignore it any longer! The changes you’ve implemented for your family sound wonderful and I love how you said you try to make a statement with your dollar. I feel the same way. Besides the health benefits of organic and sustainable food, those are also the food producers I like to support!


    1. Awesome! I bet you have tons of dairy-free recipes that I never noticed before. I love knowing that I am *not alone.* Of course, there’s a huge dairy-free and vegan community out there, but I haven’t really delved in yet.


      1. Thanks, girl!! Yes, I’ve taken to search “vegan” on Yelp. It took me to Loving Hut in the International District. I liked it, but I didn’t like the fake meat made from textured vegetable protein. Totally gross. I thought my curry consisted of tofu and veggies only!


  2. I can’t wait to read your piece! And congratulations! I was dairy free for almost three years. It was tough in the beginning but with time, I figured things out. Since so much food contains dairy, I got into the habit of making everything myself. And at that time in my life, I couldn’t even cook! But I survived.


  3. I had to stop eating dairy pronto because of gallbladder issues. And it is so hard because there is dairy in so many things.
    But I think that when I can start eating normally again, I don’t know if I’d go back to eating the way I was used to.


    1. I know what you mean. Once we’ve experienced better health, and once we’ve re-trained our brains to see dairy for what it really is, why would we want to return to our pre-enlightened state? That being said, I’ve done it many times 🙂 It’s a huge relief to know there are other people on the dairy-free road, so thanks for sharing. I feel a little less crazy 🙂


  4. I’m lactose intolerant, So I eat mostly dairy free, and my kids eat dairy free to. But lately my toddler is all about dairy, she wants to drink nothing but milk all day 😦


  5. It was tough in the beginning but with time, I figured things out. Since so much food contains dairy I couldn’t even cook! But I survived.


  6. Oh my! So we have to refrain drinking milk? As far as I know it’s good for our skin. My dermatologist told me so. Now, it’s bugging me..


  7. Although macaroni and cheese traditionally features elbow macaroni, you can use any type of small, bite-sized pasta such as shells, bow-tie, corkscrew or penne.


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