I don’t really know how you’re supposed to welcome in a blog but here goes. I guess I should probably start by telling you who I am and why I’m here.
So I’m Hannah (as you have probably guessed) a 22-year-old newish photography graduate coming to terms with the fact that I am no longer a student and probably never will be again *cry*. Leaving university was tough, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do and felt like I wasn’t ready to move back home.. sorry mum. So I stayed in Nottingham, got a flat with my friend and got a job in a shop.
So that’s me summed up, but why I am here and what is this blog about?
Four years ago, right in the middle of my A-levels, I suffered a horrible virus. I was off school for three months not being able to eat anything. I remember not even being able to stomach a lollipop. The simplest of tasks would exhaust me, even though I would spend my entire day in bed. To and from the doctors and hospitals, I was finally diagnosed with gastritis and duodenitis – the inflammation of my stomach lining and the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine).
I was given tablets to reduce symptoms and these helped for the time being. Whilst at University, my weight fluctuated. Constantly tired, feeling nauseous after food and vomiting occurred at least once a week. I told myself this is just what being a student felt like, the lack of sleep and a bad diet must be it. I dealt with it.
Upon leaving University my symptoms appeared to be getting progressively worse. Now I love good food and eating out, so I decided enough was enough and I needed to do something about it. I was recommended by a friend to an allergen test – a non-invasive procedure that tests for over 175 food and drinks.
On my 22nd birthday last year, I indulged in Italian food and lots of chocolate cake – again I felt terrible and was asleep by 9.
The following day I was booked in for an allergen test and the first result concluded that I was in fact intolerant to milk. For a girl that loves cheese I was heartbroken – only to find next that I was also intolerant to cocoa. NO CHOCOLATE.
For the next few days I was deflated, I couldn’t think of what to eat that didn’t contain dairy Looking at recipes I could only find those that were vegan. I enjoy meat and I love eggs, so again I was deflated. Going dairy free seemed so difficult, however if it changed the way I felt I had to do it.
6 months on – without sounding completely corny – it really has changed my life. I have so much more energy, lost over a stone and a half of weight and my nausea/vomiting has completely gone.
So this is where my blog comes in.
Whether you, like me have a milk intolerance or interested in going dairy free, I want to share with you my dairy free life.
- Dairy free recipes, I have both found and created
- Tips on going dairy free
- Eating out dairy free
- Finding substitutes to dairy.
Comments and feedback are very welcome, I hope you enjoy this blog and keep posted for some delicious dairy free food!
http://www.foodintolerancesolutions.com/ – if you are based in the Surrey area and are interested in an intolerance test, Mary Roe is who I used and has lots of info online!