I did it. I successfully convinced the triathletes staying with us last week to go DAIRY FREE and Gluten free pre –race week. And you wanna know the best part? They didn’t even realize it until I told them. Silk Almond Milk to the Rescue!
Why the dairy free part? Well, to be honest, the mold air allergy in Austin is very high at the moment. Foods like dairy and peanuts can aggregate it more and suppress the immune system. Also, dairy contains lactose — the sugar is hard for the stomach to digest, especially when your gastrointestinal tract is already under stress from the hard training or running. So it’s best to avoid close to a big workout or race.
That’s why most runners tend to avoid dairy at least 24 hours before a big race.
I didn’t want these boys (I mean triathletes) to have any chance of that, ya know? We had to keep them healthy, and absorbing LOTS of good nutrients to fuel the body!
I fed them my gluten free and dairy free Thai Rice Salad
I MADE A TON!
I fed them smoothies with good carbs and protein and omegas!
Pumpkin puree, banana, silk almond Vanilla, protein powder, and a coconut omega swirl mixed in!
I fed them gluten free oatmeal cooked in Silk Vanilla Almond, and… nope; they didn’t even realize there wasn’t milk in there. In fact, they loved the “creaminess!” Their words! Haha, Sherpa Wife work at it’s finest!
Come race morning, everyone was healthy and ready to GO FAST! That’s a good sign!
Post race, I let them in on my SILK TASTE TEST SECRET.
Verdict is in… SILK APPROVED. My job is done!
Have you tried SILK almond milk? Do you eat/drink dairy free before big races or events?
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I love almond milk! What an awesome sherpa you are (and awesome lots of things).
Danica @ It's Progression
I love this! The push for eating so much dairy is starting to fade, and I’m honestly glad for that….I eat dairy occasionally (mostly in the form of full-fat(always!) organic cheese on pizza ; ) but most of the time I don’t have any – I feel so much better without it!
yes, real dairy is good! but i’m glad we have REAL FOOD options as well for Dairy free, ya know?
Love this! So amazing how dependent people, even athletes, can be on dairy, but it’s so easy to replace and tends to be much better for training! Props to you for feeding all those boys the best 🙂 And I love Silk!
Well i think SILK really helped, phew! hehe
Silk is the only milk we buy. The athletes are lucky to have you.
Taylor @ LiftingRevolution
Okay I have got to make the pad thai soon! I used to sneak almond milk into everything until Dan finally realized and also came to accept that we don’t have to have dairy in the house. He’s the almond milk drinker, I’m the almond milk… adios cow milk.
same! we make a good NUTTY pair. hehe
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
I love almond milk- it was a game changer for me, who is allergic to soy, and lactose intolerant! I used rice milk, but only when I really REALLY wanted cereal, because I never liked it.
I love Silk- but here I’m lucky if I can find Almond Breeze. Sometimes it’s just Pacific, and I am grateful I can find that! I have my brother and sister in law hooked on Silk now.
Joanie @ ZagLeft
I love Silk Almond Milk, we drink it all the time at our house.
You’re incredible. Taking care of all these athletes even though the kiwi wasn’t competing. They’re lucky to have you.
i definitely needed about 10 other hands, or you here. haha!
Jody - Fit at 56
You are the best Lindsay!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I need it all. Especially that pad thai!
bro, we just need to be neighbors
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy
What a fantastic trick you played on them and gave their health a treat! 🙂
could have used your banana ghosts too! haha
i love almond/coconut milk, but for some reason it causes me some GI distress!
hmmm is it just coconut? wonder if you have FODMAP sensitivity?
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Yea! Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Life!
you know it sista!
Erin @ The Almond Eater
Haha! you’re hilarious and go you for tricking them 😉 YAY almond milk!
Heather (Where's the Beach)
Yep, we drink Silk in our household. And honestly, I love cooking with it b/c it’s thicker like a whole milk so it adds a nice richness to anything “creamy.”
i totally agree!
Oooh…love this post. I’m so wanting to make a change with my diet although I was looking at gluten but not noticing the dairy. Lately I’m feeling sluggish and bloated and you know the rest. This whole week I’ve just been examining what I ate. So, after reading this post I’ve decided…I’m moving to Texas and hiring you as my personal chef. Seriously, impressive!
do it!!! yeehaw!
Amy @ The Little Honey Bee
Love this! I have been dairy free for about a year and have noticed huge differences. So glad you did this experiment with the “boys” and hopefully they adopt some dairy/gluten free living in their day to day lives.
i think they are convinced. Although sometimes you just need a good slab or cheese or ice cream.. not before a race though. haha
You rock, my friend!! Way to go! 🙂
Michele @ paleorunningmomma
Since paleo I haven’t had almond milk because I haven’t found a brand without additives and I haven’t made my own. I used to drink silk almond milk often though (had to avoid dairy for various reasons) and used to love it 🙂
i’ve actually made pecan milk before. it was easy but it didn’t make a lot. haha
D*MN that’s pretty impressive!!:-)
Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
I love almond milk! I have to admit, I’ve tried other kinds like soy and hemp milk, but Almond Breeze is my favourite and I always have a carton in my fridge. Love it in my oats, smoothies and all sorts of kitchen creations!
Lisa @ RunWiki
I gave up both dairy and gluten for good about 45 days ago. I was so nervous about how it would effect my running, but I feel better than I have in many years. These athletes are so fortunate to have such a devoted, knowledgable and nurturing sherpa to care for them– but I’m sure they already know that! xo