So, I blogged a couple of weeks ago, that I had recently discovered I was Lactose Intolerance, and I just wanted to let you know how it was going. The good news is, it’s going well.
The doctor told me to basically cut out all lactose and then re-introduce certain things to see what I could or couldn’t tolerate. So I didn’t have any cow’s milk for 2 weeks and then last weekend, we went to Costa Coffee. I hadn’t had much to eat and so we decided to have a sandwich, which was a problem. EVERY sandwich, without fail had cheese on it and without an alternative, I decided to give one of them ago. I had a sausage sandwich with cheese on top with a cup of tea with skimmed milk.
On the ride home from Tesco I started to feel a little unwell and then within 30 minutes of getting home I was running to the loo. So what was the culprit?
- The Cheese?
- The Milk?
- The Flapjack?
Oh didn’t I say, I had a flapjack too, which had dried fruit in it. Any of the 3 could have caused me to be poorly, I am tempted to avoid all in future to be safe.
But apart from the Costa incident, I have been free of any issues. I’ve basically stopped having all sorts of milk containing products and so far so good. I have also started trawling through different supermarkets for dairy free alternatives, concentrating initially on M&S and Tesco.
Faves so far
Marks & Spencer: Coconut Cream Dessert
Amazing Flavour, like eating a frozen bounty bar (without the chocolate).
Tesco: Lactose Free Milk
These long life Lactose Free milk pods have allowed me to still enjoy a cafe at the weekend.
Actually so far the Arla Lactose Free milk is my favourite in tea. I’ve tried both Soy Milk (yuk) and Almond Milk (ok) in my brew, but the Lactose Free is the winner. Michael was very ver lovely and got me Oat Milk and Rice Milk from M&S to try, so I will give them a go over the weekend and let you know how I get on.
Finally, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Janine from ChouxChouxbedo for being to helpful and sending me lots of information and suggestions for alternatives as well as the lovely Jane, who is also LI and had a million suggestions and top tips! My favourite being that larger coffee shops that do Soy Lattes, don’t have LF milk out on their “milk & sugar” table, but apparently they will lob a bit of soy in your tea on request. Brilliant – pity it’s a bit minging!
I would LOVE to hear if you guys have some tips or anything dairy or lactose free that you’ve discovered. Let me know in the comments, or you can email me via my contact page.