For 25 years I enjoyed butter, milk, cheese, yogurt and icecream and then suddenly...WHAM...no more. Sad face? YES! I LOVE dairy! I always used to say I had the "icecream gene." I was so bummed...how can I bake now? How do I cook in general? What do I put on my cereal????!!! (That stuff they claim is milk is NOT milk!)
Sadly there are some things I just can't replace...milk. But I am finding I can work aroud the dairy issue pretty well! So this blog is about my journey to discovering how to be lactarded.
I met my now fiancé Jesse about a year and a half ago, quickly learning he was lactose intolerant. I was immediately bummed because I didn't know how to cook for him! I had limited recipes that were completely dairy free and I was also quickly developing an aversion to reading labels...annoying. Long story short, we went out to eat a lot. I would sometimes come home and be very uncomfortable and Jesse would tease me and say I was lactose intolerant. Eventually he stopped teasing and was serious. One night after making an AWESOME cream cheese + ranch dip (plus many other things but you get the dairy idea) I was MISERABLE. Jesse convinced me to try some lactose pills and amazingly (and to my dismay) they worked. :'(
I quickly learned that if I ate dairy free I felt better. It was a struggle though because I would auto-pilot to foods I usually ate and would discover that yes there was milk in it. I have begrudingly become a label reader and very much miss things I used to eat. In fact lets say a formal goodbye to some of those things:
majority of bread products
So that being said...I refuse to let it affect me so much! I want to bake and cook! I have found some ways around dairy and everything is a work in progress. The recipes I intend to post are adapted from other recipes and I will try to post where the originals can be found. Please try these recipes out and let me know how you tweaked them! Let's work on some amazing lactarded recipes!