Friday, February 12, 2010

Finding Bliss

Seventeen months ago, I gave up dairy. I never determined whether or not I'm lactose intolerant. In fact, I've never bothered to look up exactly what lactose intolerant is. I just knew that my body was unhappy and needed some time to relax without dealing with foods that I knew I had at least a mild allergy to.

I expected to go without dairy a month or two, then reintroduce it back into my diet. To my surprise, I felt so much better once dairy was removed from my usual foods, that I didn't want to add it back in.

After the initial cravings for cheese faded and I learned to be very careful when eating out, I've gotten along great without dairy. The only thing I've missed, is all the dairy desserts. Specifically, frozen yogurt, ice cream, and gelato.

A wave of yogurt and gelato shop openings seemed to coincide with my choice to eliminate dairy, making my decision that much more difficult. It was like the very city was mocking me, each shopping center testing my resolve to remain dairy-free.

I buried my intense cravings for these creamy good desserts under reassurances that my body was much happier without them (it is), and pretended that I didn't miss them (I did).

Then I read about LaLoo in February's edition of O magazine.

Ice cream made from goat's milk. I started drooling just looking at the picture. I dreamed of ice cream that night. I haven't dreamed of eating dairy products since October of 2008. I drooled over LaLoo's website the next day.

Yesterday, Cody and I made a special trip to buy some. Last night, I had my first bowl of ice cream in 17 months. The first bite of LaLoo's Deep Chocolate was bliss. So was the next, and the next. It's a wonder I didn't eat the whole mini carton in one sitting. It was so delicious! Thank the universe for happy goats!


Alyse said...

I think it's wonderful that you listened to your body and eliminated dairy from your diet. But I doubt whether the goats who suffer to provide the milk for your ice cream are very happy. Why not try some of the delicious cruelty-free alternatives available, like ice cream made from soy, rice, oats, almond, hemp and coconut? Many of these are so rich and creamy, you may like them even more than any ice cream you've tasted before.

Monica said...

Laloo's Goat's Milk Ice Cream was actually started for that same reason. Our founder, Laura Howard, gave up dairy but missed ice cream - until she discovered the benefits of goat's milk. We're glad that Laloo's can fill that void for you too! And it's incredibly important to us that our goats ARE happy. We buy milk from co-ops of small farms, where the goats roam and graze freely on vast expanses of land. Goats are not treated with growth hormones or antibiotics, and Laloo's products are Humane Certified.

Rebecca Chastain said...

Alyse, thanks for the other alternative suggestions. I'm allergic to soy, but I'm happy to try ice creams made from almond, hemp, and coconut. In fact, I did get a coconut milk chocolate ice cream, but Cody ate most of it before I could...

Monica, thank you so much for providing a little more facts about Laloo! I love the fact that the goats are free to roam about as they're meant to and aren't being pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics. I personally picture them doing little frolicking dances ever time they think that their milk is getting used in ice cream, but maybe I'm being too fanciful. :)