Hi! I’m Kate. A twenty-something year old making the most of living in Leeds City Centre with my boyfriend before maturity catches up with us and we end up buying a house in the suburbs (hopefully with a dog but he still needs some convincing…).
In the past I have had a somewhat unhealthy relationship with exercise and food. Fortunately over the past couple of years (albeit with a little resistance at first), I’ve learnt a lot more about the concept of nutrition and fitness which has led me to be a lot healthier in both mind and body.
For over two years now, I’ve struggled with regular bloating and stomach cramps, as well as other embarrassing side effects related to digestive problems. However it wasn’t until I collapsed on holiday last year due to a lack of appetite related to persistent bloating that I realised I needed to do something about it.
Fed up of being told to take a Rennie by the doctors, earlier this year I splurged on a York food intolerance test to try to finally get to the bottom of my issues with food and digestion. I was extremely surprised to find that I have an intolerance to the protein in cow’s milk, not least because my family are dairy farmers! I also found I have an intolerance to cashew nuts…a shame, but not quite on the same scale as dairy!
I decided I would give myself a week to slowly cut dairy out of my diet before being really strict. What I found in that week was that it was all too easy to forget how many edible products actually contain dairy. Someone would offer me a chocolate at work and before I knew it, it was in my mouth before I realised I shouldn’t be eating it!
So, I decided to start a blog. And if you’re reading this, you’ve found it! Initially, the reason for starting this blog was purely selfish. I felt that, by putting my journey to becoming dairy free in the public domain, it might just force me into being more strict about it. As my boyfriend would say, the best way to hold yourself to account is to put a (hypothetical) mirror in front of you.
I was amazed by how many people got in touch to let me know that they were experiencing similar issues to those that I was describing in my posts. It became clear that the number of people who were suffering in silence as I had done was far greater than I could have ever imagined. At this point, my aim changed. My hope now is that, by writing this blog and sharing my experience, it will inspire others, like you, to take control and realise that you don’t have to put up with daily discomfort caused by potential food intolerances.
Thank you for reading and if you have any questions or would like to share your experience, please do get in touch.
Love, Kate x