Lacto-Free Milk (Normal, Sachets and Chocolate!)
- This is my all time favourite go-to milk. It’s the one I always have in my fridge and it tastes exactly the same as normal milk. Unlike quite a few dairy free milks, the lacto-free milk doesn’t congeal or separate.
- It also comes in long life little sachets, so you can carry it with you wherever you go.
- The chocolate milk is a perfect treat and I seem to consume far more when I have deadlines. What can’t chocolate fix?
- Soya milk is sweeter than lacto-free milk and has a thicker consistency than almond milk. Whenever I am out and about, and I fancy a drink from a coffee shop, I always order soya or almond milk.
- Soya is fattier than almond milk, but more nutritious. If ever I have something chocolate based, such as a Frappe, I choose soya, as it’s the creamier alternative.
- I don’t, however, enjoy having it on my cereal, and sometimes it has the tendency to separate in drinks- so I make sure to keep a spoon by my side if ever I use soya.
- This is the bees knees in a Frappaccino- almond is even sweeter than soya milk. I prefer having almond milk in warm drinks or on ice. Again, it can have the tendency to separate, but tastes delicious. Starbucks is the best.
Lacto-Free Cream Cheese
- Is the boss. It’s great for cheesecakes and with crackers. I have (over the last year) got into chutneys, and lordy the cream cheese and chutneys go together brilliantly. This is a dairy free diet must-have.
Alpro Soya Cream
- It can be simply poured, put on deserts and in main meals. Sometimes it quite easy to rule certain meals out, whether they are cream, milk or cheese based. But these alternatives are so good.
- This is my preferred milk (other than lacto-free milk) in cereal. Though, once again(!), it can separate- but for some reason it doesn’t in cereal!
- This is my entire family’s favourite milk to use with our coffee machine- it froths so well and tastes just as good as any alternative milk.
- This with granola, as a snack or even to have with fresh fruit is so scrummy. It’s coconut based, really smooth and the berry yoghurts are my favourite.
- This is a vegan alternative to cream cheese. I love the taste, but the consistency is a little bit jelly-like. That’s my only complaint.
- Feta is so fresh and actually quite a strong flavour, so you don’t need much on top of pasta, or as part of a meal.
- It also lasts a long time.
- Plus, I prefer feta to goats cheese. I do eat goats cheese, and quite often, but feta is creamier! My all time favourite salad (of which I have uploaded the recipe on my blog) consists of feta, watermelon, cucumber and fresh mint. It’s the best combination.
- This is super yummy and super creamy, You can heat it in the microw
ave or just have it cold. Some things I really missed when I first started a dairy free diet, things such as cream and custard on deserts were one of the big ones. This is so yummy and is by the same brand that creates the lacto free milk!
I think that when you have to rule out such a seemingly large part of your diet, it can sometimes seem rather limiting. But I think, especially in today’s food domain, having a dairy free diet is actually pretty easy. If anything, you learn more about flavours, about nutrition and alternative food groups. Whether you are trying new foods, getting used to a dairy free diet, or simply want a healthier lifestyle, try some of these products. They are so yummy- trust me.
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Today’s blog is a little bit different to my usual blog- I am going to be talking about my lactose intolerance!
What is a lactose intolerance?
- It basically means that my body does not like as much dairy as other people. But I think it’s important to highlight that there are different levels of lactose intolerance. I am pretty lucky and my intolerance is pretty minor. That basically means that if I have a cup of tea with normal cows milk in, or maybe a cheeky slice of cake on a day out, I won’t necessarily have stomach cramps. So my body can deal with a small amount of dairy.
- However, if I pig out and have a heap of dairy- I get the worst stomach cramps. The longer I have had this intolerance though, the more I have been able to judge how much dairy I can have.
When did I realise I was lactose intolerant?
- There was a bit of a journey to figuring out what was going on and why I was having stomach cramps- but we got there eventually.
- Period Pains- I first started getting cramps when I was about 13 or 14, at which point my Doctor’s were putting it down to my time of the month. I started my period when I was 12, so I had had some time to figure out what was ‘normal’ for me, and these pains were different. My stomach cramps are like stabbing pains that make me want to curl into a ball- not a constant ache like periods.
- Appendicitis- I started passing out when I was 14 from the pains and I can honestly say it was mortifying. So after this happened a few times and started to be super embarrassing, I was taken to hospital to have some tests and I stayed over night. The tests came back negative.
- Gall Bladder- they then tested me for problems with my Gall Bladder. I can’t really recall much about the tests, it all sort of merges into one in my head- but long story short they came back negative too. So yay for my appendix and gall bladder working!
- Celiacs Disease– this was a quick test, but luckily this was negative too. The Doctors were basically ruling out different illnesses and allergies.
- Gluten Intolerance- IBS– for YEARS I was convinced, and was diagnosed, with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Though originally this made a difference and the pains died down, it wasn’t a long term fix. I completely changed my diet to be Gluten Free- which is surprisingly easy as loads of supermarkets accommodate for this diet. But the pains came back.
- Dairy Intolerance- BINGO. By 18 I was still having the stomach cramps and I was getting pretty irritated. I ended up not knowing what to eat and what not to eat. At the same time my sister was told she was dairy intolerant, and so my family changed our diets again to accommodate her. This meant lacto-free products- and the cramps started to die down. Though I was eating less dairy, I hadn’t completely cut it out of my diet. At this point I was about to go to University and my Mum suggested, with me shopping for only myself, to try a completely dairy free diet. That was that really, I went to University, bought only dairy free products and my cramps have been so much better!
Now I eat a mostly dairy free diet and occasionally have some dairy if I really have no alternative (or the food, usually cake, just looks too good!).
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With my holiday to Portugal in two weeks time, I am starting to think that I should do a last minute health surge to (hopefully!) make me feel that little bit better in a bikini! I wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘detox’, but I am definitely trying to avoid foods that will make me bloat, and am trying to eat as much fruit and veg as I can. I have never had the flattest of bellies, and I try to do sport as much as I can, but I can confirm that I notice a big difference if I cut out all wheat and limit the amount of dairy (or lacto-free dairy) in take I have. Downside: this can make me a lil grumpy.
So this morning I thought I would try some Banana Pancakes- I had heard of them before and thought I would give them a go- and they were pretty damn good!
Serves 2 people: makes 4 pancakes- don’t worry they’re pretty filling!
- 1 banana
- 2 large eggs
- A pinch of baking soda
- A dash of vanilla essence
- Oil- I used olive oil
Beat the eggs in one bowl and mash the banana in another. Make sure the banana is pretty well mashed, more of a paste. Then mix the banana with the eggs and add the vanilla and a pinch of baking soda. Mix it all together and you have your pancake batter.
I always seem to add too much oil so today I brushed it onto the pan, so I had a thin coat of oil on the pan. Heat the pan on a medium heat. When the pan is nice and hot, spoon out enough mixture for two pancakes- so half the batter.
Leave them to cook for one to two minutes on each side, and then flip them. Once they’re done, put them to one side and do the other two. Remember to add another coat of oil on the pan, and remove any burnt or excess pancake from the last lot- burnt pancake can smell pretty gross.
Then enjoy with whatever toppings you like, or even plain! They’re pretty sweet due to the banana and the vanilla.
Here are a few of my favourite toppings:
- Cinnamon and sugar sprinkled over the top.
- Honey, maple syrup or golden syrup- depending on how healthy I am feeling.
- Nutella- for my cheat/treat days!
- Caramelised apple with cinnamon- I have blogged about these before and OMG they taste insane, however do contain a bit of sugar, so probably not the healthiest option.
- Lemon or orange and sugar.
- Chopped fruit- strawberries and raspberries are the bees knees on pancakes.
- Yoghurt- I have lacto-free yoghurts, or soya yoghurts, but my favourite is the strawberry flavoured.
I hope you love these as much as I do- kick start your day with a healthy, non-bloaty breakfast and experiment with your toppings.
I have found that staying healthy at University is not an easy task, with take outs on every corner, alcohol being pretty central to nights out and even with the amount of physical activity my History Degree demands. Having to avoid dairy, gluten and the majority of fruit has made this task even more difficult, but I have recently found an App that really does work for me- Lifesum.
I am by no means a large person, but have not felt brilliant about the way I look for quite a while and have tried several methods of losing weight… that really haven’t been successful. Even when I have been avoiding both dairy and gluten my figure hasn’t changed and I haven’t noticed a different in the way I feel.
I decided to download the Lifesum App onto my phone and can honestly say it’s really really good!
- What should I eat? I am not educated on what is good and bad. I thought I was, but the app has shown me that that might have been where I was going wrong. You simply enter manually or scan the barcode of whatever you have eaten and it tracks your daily intake of carbs, protein and fat, showing you how much of it you can have.
- Footfall: The app links to any exercise app already on your phone that records your foot fall, automatically adding it onto how many calories you have for the rest of the day.
- What do you want to achieve? When you activate the app, it asks you to enter height, weight and what you would like to achieve, either: lose weight, get healthier or put on weight. It then asks your desired weight and spreads the ‘diet’ over 22 weeks, each week is therefore different.
- Recipes in line with your health goals: The app offers healthy recipes for every time of the day, whether that is breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snacks.
- Water: It tells you how many cups of water you should drinking a day, and even reminds you if you haven’t drunk for a while, or when it is best for you to drink in terms of losing weight.
- Statistics: the app records every day on a calendar and suggests that you weigh yourself once a week, to really see the difference.
It really does make me feel more in control of my diet, and is really flexible with the foods I can and can’t eat- I eat what suites me, unlike strict diets that give you recipes for each day. I don’t feel like I am constantly thinking about what I am eating, but I feel like I have a plan that is sustainable.
I really do recommend this to anyone who wants to notice a different in a week.
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I have recently come to notice that most of my blogs revolve around the food I eat and the drinks I consume, so I am going to dedicate this blog to discussing my diet!
- When I was about 7, I had my first anaphylactic shock to artificial food colourings, in particular: green, yellow and orange. I think this was primarily down to greed. Mum always rationed the amount of sweets I was allowed and so given the opportunity to stuff my face- I did! Hence birthday parties being a tad hazardous. Long story short and several anaphylactic shocks later, I have learnt to avoid everything artificial, including: bacon frazzles, icing, starburst, cherryade, sprinkles and many more.
- Peaches. My ultimate nemesis. Having been able to control my anaphylaxis I avoided having any trips to A&E for about a year. But I one day at work I had a peach and within seconds I looked like I had Botox and was struggling to breath. Turns out, though similar in symptoms, I have oral mouth syndrome, which is an allergy to certain fruit families so to speak.
- In 2010 I was told I had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) having had excruciating stomach cramps and was hospitalised with suspected appendicitis. Changing my diet to suit this included avoiding wheat entirely. Though a drastic change, it did help, to start with. I have to say avoiding wheat can be really hard, though in terms of health- it’s pretty good for you. Despite avoiding wheat, I still had stomach cramps.
- So University was an opportunity for me to really monitor my diet. My sister had been told she had an intolerance to dairy, and I thought I’d give it a go at avoiding that. This was a total success and I haven’t gone back. It’s actually unbelievable how many alternatives to dairy products there are. There is probably a substitute for everything. I honestly cannot taste the difference between dairy and non-dairy. I often use one of the following: Lacto-Free milk, soya milk, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk or goats milk as alternatives to cows milk.
It’s a much healthier lifestyle and so easy to adapt to. You honestly don’t miss out on anything.