I think I might be lactose intolerant.
I was getting near-daily stomach aches, like clockwork about half an hour to an hour after I’d eaten.
Also about 1/3 of my family is intolerant to either dairy or gluten I figured it had to be one of those.
I thought I’d try cutting out dairy first – I figured it’d be easier to work around than gluten. Pretty soon the stomach aches dropped off.
After I’d already been on the dairy free for about a fortnight (although I was still using up the dairy items I still had in the house for the first week and a half) I mentioned it to my parents and they, in return, mentioned that as a toddler I had to go dairy free for over a year because it was making me ill. Although apparently that was something to do with childhood eczema, so I don’t know if that’s related.
So that’s a thing.
I’m going dairy free properly for all of May, now Ive used up all my residual dairy in the house, and in June I’ll eat a Mac&Cheese pizza or something (god I miss pizza) and see what happens. I talked to some other members of my family, and whilst apparently in children you can go dairy-free and get an answer in two or three days whether it was the right thing to do, for adults you need to go dairy-free for a month or so to be sure.
One positive side effect: I’m making delicious, delicious, smoothies. I tried some coconut milk and the first thing I thought was “that’ll make a great smoothie”.
So now in the mornings I’m blitzing fruit instead of making porridge – a welcome change with the warmer weather. A conveniently large number of ingredients can be shared between porridge and smoothies, actually. I’m still using the frozen fruit mixes I was buying and stirring into the porridge, I’m just adjusting the ratio a little.
I was having trouble at first, I could make the smoothies delicious, but not filling. But I figured it out.
- Frozen strawberry and banana mix, about 2/3 to 3/4 of the mug size I drink out of the next day
- Frozen forest fruits mix, about 1/4 to 1/3 of the mug size I drink out of the next day
- Almond milk (or coconut milk), one of the mug size I drink out of the next day
- Porridge oats, a full measuring cup
- Walnuts, one handful of all the nuts mixed together
- Pecan nuts
- Desiccated coconut, a full measuring cup
- Vanilla essence, two caps
I blitzed all that in a blender this evening and gave it a taste – that’ll be a more satisfying meal in the morning.
Not long now before I need to do a test after a month of dairy free! Craving pizza SO BAD.