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Replacement for Dairy

I’ve been drinking a gallon of milk a day for over a year as well as snacking on cheese throughout the day. I would say dairy makes up about half of my daily calories. I need about 4500-5000 a day to gain weight and usually 2500 of those come from milk and cheese.

The reasoning for this is because milk is cheap (I’m on a budget) and easy to drink, just drink a glass every few hours.
My problem is that I’m chronically congested and getting sinus infections so I’d like to significantly reduce my dairy intake, but I don’t know how else I can get all the protein and calories I need to grow.

This is my current meal plan:

meal 1:
Coffee
2 slices of toast butter and jam
glass of milk

meal 2:
Chicken breast
glass of chocolate milk

meal 3:
2 string cheese
2 summer sausage snack sticks
glass of milk

meal 4:
Crackers with cheddar cheese spread
Glass of milk

Meal 5:
Chicken Breast
Spaghetti w/ sauce
Brocolli
glass of Milk

Meal 6:
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Ice Cream
Glass of milk

Meal 7:
2 Cheese sticks
Glass of Chocolate milk

I also snack on junk like chips and whatnot between these meals

So yeah, its a boatload of dairy.
Any suggestions on what I could replace most of this dairy with so that I could still get 4500+ calories and plenty of protein without breaking the bank?

I appreciate the help, thanks all.

Oh and also, I don’t tolerate eggs well for some reason, The only way I can eat them is if its just one or two scrambled, any more, or any other way and i get sick.

natural peanut butter, beef jerky, nuts. You could try powdered milk, it may not cause you problems. Gemma protein powder is cheap, it tastes like ass though.

[quote]evansmi wrote:
My problem is that I’m chronically congested and getting sinus infections so I’d like to significantly reduce my dairy intake.
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Drink less milk before you turn into a cow!

Balance and variety in your diet will build more muscle.

Cheap Protein = Can of Tuna