If you read my post couple weeks back where I explained my experience giving up dairy, you already know why and how I did it. Over the years of talking to others about this subject, I’ve heard a lot of people say how hard it must be to give up such an ingrained food group. “I could never give up cheese!” or “How do you live without ice cream?!” and I get it, I really do! It’s kind of rough in the beginning, but I’ve figured out ways to make sure I’m not missing out. The benefits definitely outweigh any inconvenience for me.
The great news is, over the past few years, dairy-free products have gained popularity, and food companies are taking notice. Dairy alternatives are getting better and better, and there are so many options for me to continue to enjoy all the dairy foods I used to love.
Inspired by the holy grail of ice cream – Ben & Jerry’s – finally introducing their dairy-free version of the treat, I thought I’d share some of my favorite dairy-alternative products today! This way, if you are considering trying to reduce or eliminate your intake of dairy, you have some options to help ease you into it.
When I heard about the Think Dirty app a couple of weeks ago, I was intrigued and excited. After learning, years ago, that beauty and personal care products can contain potentially harmful chemicals and ingredients, I began to scour the ingredient lists of all the products I’d buy. However, it’s hard to know what’s good and what’s bad! I mean, I understand the big ones: parabens, sulfates, petrolatum and aluminum (all ingredients that are very common in beauty and personal care products, but have been shown to have direct links to cancer or other scary health side effects.) Beyond that, I’m kind of lost. You might even be lost with those ingredients alone! It’s difficult to keep up, and the U.S. has the least amount of regulation than almost any country in terms of what is allowed to be in personal care products. Other countries have a slew of banned ingredients that are a-okay by our standards….scary. So, we can’t rely on companies to make the right decision. Really, we can’t trust that something is safe just because it’s available for purchase. I wish we could, and maybe someday we will. So, every time I buy a new product, I kind of just look for the shortest ingredient list and then cross my fingers and hope I’m making the right decision. Well, I won’t be doing that any more with Think Dirty! It does a lot of the work for me. It’s a free app, and its motto is: “Think dirty, shop clean.”