My Diet

I discovered my lactose intolerance almost a year ago, when I started getting horrible stomachaches an hour or two after eating breakfast. At first I thought (to my horror) that maybe it was the copious amounts of coffee I was consuming each morning. I was devastated. I was a junior in culinary school, how would I survive without my daily dose of caffeine?? It wasn’t until someone asked if I put any milk or creamer in my coffee, when I realized that maybe dairy was my problem.

So, I decided to experiment, and go without dairy for one week. And what an amazing week it was. (Of course, I spent most of that week eating salad, for some reason I couldn’t comprehend eating something that didn’t have cheese on it- we ate a lot of macaroni and cheese in my apartment) After a few days I felt wonderful. Not only were my stomach pains gone, but also it made me realize how terrible and lethargic I’d felt eating all those dairy products.

It was extremely difficult going dairy free for me. A few weeks after my experiment I started buying cow’s milk once again, (I was living off a poor college student budget) and went back to my dairy consuming ways. It wasn’t until September of 2010 that I finally put my foot down and realized I needed to give this up. I made a delicious goat cheese pizza and it just didn’t settle well with my stomach- I knew it was time for it all to go.

The first few weeks were awful. I felt depressed and all I wanted to do was eat a big bowl of ice cream. I cried over the thought that I would never be able to eat my favorite beer cheese soup again. I spent ages trying to find a suitable lactose free cheese, never finding one that tasted right to me.

But after a while, the sun came out. I realized that I felt amazing, and I started to learn to simply cook things that didn’t need cheese or dairy, instead of trying to find a substitute for it, and I’ve never felt better. I’ve also suffered from chronic sore throats for as long as I can remember. I’ve gotten my tonsils removed, seen an allergy doctor, and nothing really seemed to help. But once I stopped eating dairy, the scratchiness went away too.

I won’t lie to you though; sometimes I do indulge in dairy products. My intolerance isn’t extremely severe, so for me it’s all about balance. A little bit here and there won’t harm me, but I do prefer to stay away. My throat still flares up each time.

I’m also a vegetarian. I do it for health reasons of course, but mainly for the animals. I’ve always loved animals and I had the pleasure of viewing the PETA video ‘Meet Your Meat’ and it just wasn’t the same ever again. I slowly lost my appetite for animal flesh, and switched over to less cruel ways. I’d like to think of myself as an ovo-vegetarian, but I have to admit I’m a lacto-ovo. That small bit of dairy I do eat still counts I suppose. It was much easier to give up meat for me than dairy. I just decided to stop one day, and I never looked back.



7 Responses to “My Diet”

  1. Dionne Baldwin December 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    I’m very glad I found your blog. (Thank you for leaving a comment!) I too am lactose intolerant. I can have cheese in moderation but no milk or yogurt or my stomach acts as a trampoline. Quite interesting about the sore throat because now that you mention it there seems to be a direct relation! I limit my dairy for myself but I do love it. We are also eating a more animal friendly diet, although we have not ceased eating meat. I am always looking for alternatives. I am so excited about the buttermilk substitute! I can’t wait to see what other things you have to share!

  2. Julia December 26, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    That is so crazy that you were studying pastry and baking and found out you were lactose! There are so many great vegan ways to bake too though, I know that is probably not what you learned but there is always time to learn even for yourself. A lot of people actually have allergies to dairy and they don’t know it, some vegans believe we weren’t really designed to drink another animals milk. There are so many other ways to get calcium, I’m not an expert but this stuff just interests me and there are a lot of great books! And if you are into animal rights the dairy industry doesn’t treat their animals so well either! Just food for thought, good luck finding a job, I just graduated too, it’s though of there!

  3. Shelvasha December 27, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    I love your blog! It perfect for me because I just recently found I was lactose intolerant. You are an inspiration for someone getting used to not having milk. I look forward to reading what you post!

  4. hedonistnutritionist December 29, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    I love that you love beer cheese soup – that sounds made for my boyfriend. Do you know how you make it??

    • itsacupcakeworld December 29, 2010 at 11:13 am #

      I do! I have the recipe around here somewhere, I’ll find it and send it your way!


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