Monday, 14 April 2014

A to Z Challenge: L

A to Z Challenge


L is for...Lacto free diet!

About 2 years ago I started to get really weird and painful side effects when I ate certain foods, more so when I ate or drank anything that was rich in dairy. I would get cramp like pains in my stomach and bloating that made me look like I was about to give birth, the pain would become so bad that I coudn't even stand up straight for well over an hour. Sometimes it would get so bad I'd cry with the pain. No fun. At all.

This would happen a couple of times a week, if I had an extra cheesy pizza, or anything cooked in oils. I couldn't eat KFC, or Dominoes, or even chips from the chippy. Ice cream left me paralytic and even too much white bread would cause my stomach to twinge. Eating started to scare me - and we all know how much I love my food! It was so frustrating!

After a chat with some medically minded (and qualified) people, I decided the best course of action was to just stop eating the foods I knew would cause me trouble. I kept a food diary and started to say no to take aways and ice cream. Lasagne was off the menu and I stopped drinking regular tea with milk in. I know it might sound like an easy thing to do but it wasn't. A combination of lack of support and little self restraint made it a difficult transition.

Over the last year or so I've been making lots of changes and one of the changes that's helped to most is going lacto free. I always thought that lacto free cheese would be awful - that it wouldn't taste like cheese or melt properly, that it would be like chewing chalk covered cardboard - no idea where these ideas came from but I couldn't have been more wrong. This stuff is heaven sent for anyone with a lactose intolerance! It is cheese! In every imaginable way possible, there is very little difference between regular cheese and lacto free cheese. I even went ahead and gave the lacto free milk a try and yep, you guessed it, no difference in taste there either!

*insert happy dance*

I still avoid greasy and oil cooked foods, especially take-away, and I discovered that Dominoes have a 'less to no cheese' topping option. I order boiled rice at the chippy instead of chips, and fish cakes seem to go down better than battered fish. Finding alternatives makes me feel like I'm not having to miss out and totally avoid my favourite foods!

Do you have a food intolerance? Let me know how you deal with it in the comments below!

Until next time,

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