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:
Almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk
Yoghurt & Creme Fraiche
Yoghurt made with coconut milk
Dark chocolate (80% +) or Green & Black mint chocolate
|Free from bread|
|Biscuits / cakes|
Free from biscuits / cakes
|Various dairy free options available at Ocado e.g. Coconut Collaborative, Booja Booja|
|Butter / spread|
Sunflower or olive oil spreads
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:
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!