I’m Lactose Intolerant

I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome more than 10 years ago and have struggled with it all that time. I’ve developed some pretty good coping strategies as I blogged about a little while ago >>here<<.

But there has been a change for me over the last few weeks when after eating fairly healthily I went to Astley Park in Chorley, where in the cafe I had a cup of tea. When I poured the milk, I mentioned to M that I thought it was full fat, but drank it anyway. Within an hour of us getting home I was running to the loo, very poorly. A similar thing happened to me a while ago when I went to Tarn Hows and was poorly – the route cause of that was some scrambled eggs I had eaten earlier in the day that, unbeknownst to me, had cream in them.

So after a visit to my GP this morning, we agreed that I am probably lactose intolerant. She said that there is no definitive test for adults, so the best thing to do with my symptoms is to cut out milk and cheese and things and hope that things improve.

So, if anyone has any suggestions or things for me to try, then I would love your help. My main concern is tea as I just LOVE having a cup of tea whilst we are out and about. Does this mean I will have to start to carry a mini bottle of soy milk around with me for extra terrestrial brews?

It’s a new world for me. Today is Day 1. I will let you know how I get on.

G x

4 thoughts on “I’m Lactose Intolerant

  1. Most places now do soy milk on request: Leon has bottles of almond milk out alongside the moo juice. All the coffee chains will do soy lattes and therefore will lob it in tea. Although v often I have my tea weak and black anyhow.

    Different milks work well on different things. Rice milk I love on cereal and in tea. It’s rubbish for coffee and hot chocolate. Soy varies massively according to brand and sweetness. It makes good custard. Almond and oat milk are ace on most things, but almond separates badly when cold. Experiment!

    Last time I checked, sainsbury jam doughnuts in a bag were dairy free. Chocolate brownies in itsu are dairy free (iirc). There is a superb dairy free frozen yoghurt place in London, Yorica. I love it. Totally vegan and gluten free too!

    • Oh Jane, I have only just seen this! thank you SO much! It’s definitely going to be a voyage of discovery. But some great tips – thanks xx

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