Health & Lifestyle

What does dairy free actually mean?

Through the York Test I got access to a nutritionist who gave me a call to tell me what I can and can’t eat. Basically for the next three months, I need to be on a strict dairy and cashew nut-free diet. After those three months, I’ll have another consultation where we will discuss slowly reintroducing the problem foods.

So back to what being dairy free actually means. Well, here’s the list of foods which my nutritionist told me I need to cut out for the next three months and what I can replace them with:

Out

In

Milk

Almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk

Yoghurt & Creme Fraiche

Yoghurt made with coconut milk

Milk chocolate

Dark chocolate (80% +) or Green & Black mint chocolate

Bread

Free from bread
Biscuits / cakes

Free from biscuits / cakes

Flavoured crisps

Plain crisps

Cream

Coconut cream

Ice cream

Various dairy free options available at Ocado e.g. Coconut Collaborative, Booja Booja
Butter / spread

Sunflower or olive oil spreads

Cheese

Soya cheese, nut cheese

For more inspiration, my nutritionist advised I went on the Ocado website as they have a great dairy free section.

It’s also important to note that milk is often given other names (just to be helpful!) on packaging including:
Lactoglobulin
Lactalbumin
Caseinate
Lactose
Casein

My final thought for this post, I think it’s important to note that I am not doing this for any other reason than the fact I am intolerant to dairy. I know there’s a lot of press out there at the moment around the cruelty of dairy farming however I do not condone this notion in the slightest. My father is a dairy farmer and my brother has followed in his footsteps. They are the hardest working and most decent people I know and they don’t do anything that I believe could be classed as inhumane. I know this is a controversial topic but I want to make it clear that if I hadn’t found out I was intolerant to dairy, I would be sat here eating a bar of chocolate with a milky coffee right now!

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