Jun 8, 2012

Gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance and other food sensitivities.

Lately I'very been struggling with food, what was once a beloved bagel with cream cheese, or a double-double with milk; had turned into a stomach distending pathway to incredible pain. About 4 months ago I switched to coffeemate and lactose free milk, but it wasn't until my younger sisters "death-by-chocolate" birthday cake, that I came to the realization that this was way more than a minor lactose issue.
After eating a big 'ol slice I was the only one from the guests who got seriously ill, ill enough to miss work the next day. I decided to research my symptoms and cut out the two biggest culprits from my diet. Lactose and gluten.

These two food issues are diagnosed simultaneously more often than not. Trust me, eating gluten and lactose free is tricky and super expensive. I don't eat anything packaged or boxed unless it's marked specifically: lactose free, gluten free. I use the crock pot an awful lot, and must cook on my days off. Gluten is in everything! Lip balm, shampoo, toothpaste, broth, most sauces, including soy; almost everything!
But every negative has a positive. I'm becoming a much better baker and cook, instead of relying on broth cubes for flavor, I now season everything properly. Instead of always using milk and regular flour, I'm learning to adjust the amounts I use based on the chemical makeup of the ingredients.
I do, already feel tonnes better. Today I'm baking: dark chocolate dipped coconut macaroons, dark chocolate dipped gluten free pretzels, gluten free rice krispie squares and sweet potato muffins. Raw eating is actually quite liberating!

Rib Fest is tonight, wish me luck, I'll most likely need it.
xxstay cheeky

p.s; bel-soy gluten free, lactose free pudding is out of this world! I got the dark chocolate flavor, it's seriously delicious. Same calories as snack pack, but way more flavor! For $3.99 for 4 cups it's worth every penny, if you can find it cheaper, it's an unbelievable bargain!


  1. I've been gluten free for about three years. I feel so much better!