11 episodes

The more I talk to people about living dairy-free, the more I find out how many people have decided to eliminate dairy or take on special diets as a way to manage various health conditions. This was what made me start my podcast - a series of ever-evolving conversations with friends, interspersed with deep dives on topics relevant to people who use diet as one way to manage their chronic health conditions.

Dairy-Free State Sammi Dittloff

    • Alternative Health

The more I talk to people about living dairy-free, the more I find out how many people have decided to eliminate dairy or take on special diets as a way to manage various health conditions. This was what made me start my podcast - a series of ever-evolving conversations with friends, interspersed with deep dives on topics relevant to people who use diet as one way to manage their chronic health conditions.

    Leah Collins - Nurse and CBD by Sea

    Leah Collins - Nurse and CBD by Sea

    Leah Collins - Nurse and CBD
    Hey, everyone! We're here with a special mid-week update. The rest of the blogs will be coming out on Mondays to round out the year, but I didn't want to wait as long to bring you episode 11 with Leah Collins. Leah is a nurse who works with CBD company so we spent a lot of time talking about how CBD is well beyond a trend and what it can do for your life. Some of the resources we cover on the episode include:


    CBD by Sea Nantucket
    Nantucket Mermaids

    If you're interested in what Leah has to offer, those are definitely first places to check out.

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    • 48 min
    Elizabeth Yarnell - Board-Certified Naturopath and Creator of Infusion Cooking

    Elizabeth Yarnell - Board-Certified Naturopath and Creator of Infusion Cooking

    Elizabeth Yarnell - Board-Certified Naturopath, Author, and Speaker
    Welcome back to another week of the Dairy-Free State podcast. To round out 2020, I have quite a few excited guests ahead. This week's guest was so interesting to me! Elizabeth Yarnell is a naturopath, author, and speaker who created the patented (literally!) infusion cooking. So if you're interested in learning more from someone who avoids processed foods and shares her method of Dutch Oven cooking in a cookbook, Elizabeth is definitely someone to check out.

    At the time of publishing this, I noticed that Elizabeth's site is down temporarily (I will update this as it comes) but you can still access her 7-day kickstart guide at bit.ly/eykickstart - so check that out while her site is under construction!

    We talk about Elizabeth's own health history and MS diagnosis, her infusion cooking technique, and some of the experiences her patients come in with when they see her (including some of my own stories for good measure).

    Some resources to check out that we discuss on this episode:


    Glorious One-Pot Meals - Elizabeth's cookbook
    Doing Harm
    7-Day Kickstart Course
    Elizabeth's YouTube

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    • 29 min
    Josh - A Newbie to the Dairy-Free World

    Josh - A Newbie to the Dairy-Free World

    Josh: A newbie to the dairy-free world (and my dear friend) chats with me
    Hey, everyone. I know I keep saying this but the pandemic has really been a trip for me. I've been busier than ever in my personal and professional life. Honestly, I feel very fortunate that things are working in that direction and not the other way around. But because of that, the podcast and other personal projects have definitely suffered. So that's why it took me so very long to get these episodes out. I was finally able to buckle down and publish these, so you'll see these come out through the end of the year, with "Season 1" ending at the end of the year.

    I will be on the lookout for future guests and more topics. I'm interested to hear what you've taken out of this podcast, so if you have notes about things you've liked or things you'd like to hear more about, please let me know! I may include some solo recordings as well in 2021.

    This was a really fun episode to record because I got to do it with a friend! Josh is dairy-free and diabetic and was at the very beginning of his dairy-free journey when we recorded this (which was at the end of May 2020 - see, I told you I'm running so very behind!) We talk about the wonders of milk alternatives, including macadamia milk! And, of course, the new trendy standard, oat milk. An update on the vanilla hemp milk: Yes, it was very good in smoothies.

    This was a different type of episode because it really felt like two friends just hanging out, since it was. I hope this turns out to be a nice bright spot in your day. And if you'd like to be featured on the show, shoot me an email - sammi@dairyfreestate.com.

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    • 26 min
    Annie Wegner LeFort - Chef, Master Food Preserver, and Certified Yoga Teacher

    Annie Wegner LeFort - Chef, Master Food Preserver, and Certified Yoga Teacher

    Annie Wegner LeFort - Chef, Master Preserver, and Yoga Teacher
    Welcome to another episode of Dairy-Free State! This week's guest is Annie Wegner LeFort. Annie was a pastry chef around the same time she realized she needed to go gluten-free. What a torturous thing to be surrounded by temptation as you're changing your diet!

    If you're looking for food preparation, preserving, and gluten-free cooking tips, go to Annie! We talk about the classes she offers, as well as the restaurants and businesses around Milwaukee that do a great job catering to special diets. Some of the businesses and resources mentioned in the podcast include:


    The Gluten-Free Trading Company (no longer open, but wanted to give them a shout anyway)
    MOR Bakery & Cafe
    Mindful Palate, which is now Eat Move MKE - this is where you can find out about Annie's cooking classes, yoga classes, and other services.
    Tricklebee Cafe
    Dr. Rose Kumar at the Ommani Center
    And finally, my recipe for sourdough starter banana bread

    One note: I misspoke about SIBO in this episode, and I was still learning more about my condition at the time (it's been a few months). While the condition does include bacterial overgrowth, it's not necessarily bad bacteria, just bacteria growing where it shouldn't. I'll be putting out more about SIBO in the months to come in a dedicated blog series.

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    • 42 min
    Jess Marie Larrain - The Meraki Method

    Jess Marie Larrain - The Meraki Method

    Jess Marie Larrain
    Thank you for joining me for another episode! It's taken me a while to get these episodes up and running, but I really wanted to make sure I did my guests justice and took the time I needed to summarize our interviews properly. But, I'm back up and running with 7 new episodes for you, which you'll see come out in the following weeks! I'm so happy to introduce you to my guest for this week, Jess Marie Larrain. We had such a great talk about her journey to veganism, along with the obstacles along the way, and how early she knew that changing her diet was the right choice for her (her IG handle isn't @oldsoulopenheart for nothing!)

    We all have to measure our needs on an individual level and listen to our bodies, but great guides along the way can also be the boost we need. For Jess Marie, The Vegan Starter Kit was an invaluable resource. One thing led to another from there, and she found social media accounts to follow, more research to do, and more products to look into. Much of her motivation to go vegan came from her commitment to all eight limbs of yoga, and she is a yoga and Qigong teacher specializing in practices for trauma and addiction recovery.

    Jess Marie is also a Sacred Spaceholder and a Digital Presence Consultant, which she lays out in the interview as well. You can learn more about how she can support your business on her website.

    Thank you to everyone who has been patient while I've been getting these out, and to the loyal listeners who were eagerly awaiting new episodes. I will not disappoint!

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    • 37 min
    Vanessa Opal June - A Modern Aesthete

    Vanessa Opal June - A Modern Aesthete

    Vanessa Opal June - A Modern Aesthete
    I have been excited about publishing this podcast for a long time! I interviewed Vanessa Opal June in late May, and we had a great talk about such a wide variety of interesting topics. I've been so anxious to share it with you all.

    Vanessa said some things to me during our time together that have been rolling around in my head ever since, especially on the topic of self-care. She is studying for a Master's Degree in Art Therapy, and engages in all kinds of forms of creative self-care with her clients - painting with one, crochet with another - it all depends on the individual and what feels like care to them. (By the way, if you want to learn more about what creative method best suits you for self-care, take the quiz on her homepage.)

    During the podcast, we talked about our similar food upbringings, where we've been finding food during the pandemic, her work as a therapeutic chef, and her yogic meditation and intuitive art services.

    And yes, I mention my damn starter AGAIN in this episode.

    Check out Vanessa Opal June on her website!

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    • 56 min

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