Being dairy-free for me is not a choice but a lifestyle. Many moons ago in my teenage years, I would happily chow down on a stuffed crust pizza or tub of ice cream, just as much as the next person. Unfortunately, as it does for so many people, lactose intolerance struck when I was 17 and I gradually lost the ability to digest lactose. This was a difficult experience (both mentally and physically!), with stomach cramps and bloating a painful enough occurrence on their own. The headaches, stomach issues, joint pain and lethargy were even worse. I tried reducing my lactose intake and taking lactase supplements to aid digestion, but the pain was so great that I decided to give up dairy altogether.
My discovery of a dairy-free diet coincided with a handful of brands launching dairy-free (and some lactose-free) alternatives in the UK, and throughout Europe. These brands now offer easy cooking substitutes in the form of dairy-free milk, butter, cheese, yoghurt, and cream. Most of these are vegan products too, so there are plenty of mentions of vegan alternatives throughout the pages of this blog. From here stemmed my huge interest in health food and vegan alternatives. It’s a baffling industry though, and who knows where to start?
That’s where this blog comes in, and I hope I can help you out! Whether you’re giving up dairy due to lactose intolerance, milk allergy, a vegan or paleo diet, or totally different reasons altogether, I hope I can make your journey even just a little bit easier from sharing my experiences with you. See this blog as a quick and easy database of dairy-free hints, tips, treats, and delicious, nutritious products. I’m excited to share all my best tips with you!
I’m not a trained dietician, chef or fitness coach, but I know how it feels to be lost in a world of branding and packaging, without a clue where to start. I also know how great I feel now I’ve cut all that aggravating dairy out of my diet, and what a difference it made my body and mind. It’s so daunting to think you’ll never eat chocolate, ice cream, cake or pizza ever again, but once you see and taste their amazing dairy-free alternatives, you’ll forget you’re eating differently at all! In fact, I often think we dairy-free people have it better.
Enjoy your dairy-free liberation!
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