I’m Melissa! I create dairy free recipes with simple ingredients because I know how hard living dairy free can be, especially in the beginning.
When we first quit dairy, I quickly realized that there weren’t a lot of just dairy free recipes out there. But, at Simply Whisked that’s all you’ll find. Recipes that are dairy free and nothing more.
We still eat meat, wheat and sugar, but we also want our kids to grow up eating healthy, real foods.
I believe in enjoying everything in moderation and that you can live a completely satisfying life without dairy, and I want to teach you how.
Does this sound familiar?
You know it’s time to give up dairy
You’re ready, but have no idea how to integrate your new dietary restrictions with you love of food. You know that dairy free life must be doable, but you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin.
You want cooking to be easy.
You don’t have the time to make complicated dairy free substitutions, and you don’t want to rely on dairy replacement products.
You want recipes your whole family will love
regardless of their diets. You don’t want anyone to feel like they’re giving something up, and you don’t want to cook two meals every night to make your family happy.
Our family’s journey to dairy free living
One afternoon, my husband came home from work and told me he wanted to give up dairy. At the time, we were living in France, land of all the cheese, and I was 9 months pregnant with our first child.
Honestly, I was not emotionally equipped to handle such a request. He explained that he thought it would resolve the unexplained symptoms that he’d been suffering from for years, and I hesitantly agreed to give it a try.
Within two weeks, the majority of those symptoms were completely gone, and he felt healthier and more energetic than he had in years. There was no use in fighting it. I knew right then that we would be embracing this “lifestyle” for the foreseeable future.
I had already been blogging about food and passionate about cooking for years at this point, so I knew that I could find a way to accommodate these new dietary restrictions.
Living abroad made it a little harder, but we slowly figured it out. It hasn’t been easy, and we’ve definitely stumbled along the way, but we now live a fully satisfying life without dairy.
Four years later, we’re now settled down in my hometown in Wisconsin, also land of all the cheese, and we’re still happily dairy free.
A few things I’ve learned along the way.
Dairy free cooking requires effort
So give yourself a break and use shortcuts where you can. There’s nothing wrong with store-bought pie crust and pre-washed vegetables.
Cheese is the hardest thing to give up.
Substitutes can help, but they are hard to get used to. Try waiting a month or two before trying them to avoid being disappointed.
Find new things to get excited about.
Stop dwelling on the things you can’t have anymore, and start embracing the truly amazing things you can have.
Be extra patient with yourself.
It takes time to get used to a new lifestyle, and there is a lot to learn. So take your time, let yourself grieve your former diet, and do the best you can.
You can do this, and I’m here for you.
Please don’t hesitate to email me or get in touch. I’m here to help you, cheer you on, or talk you down if you’re feeling overwhelmed. I’d also love to hear what kind of recipes you’re looking for in the future.
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