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  • Writer's pictureHolly Daniels

Me, Myself, and I.

Hello, only me again folks...Chatting about Intolerances.

I meant to write this post last week, but I think it's fair to say, like in the photo, I've had a few clouds overhead, except I’m no longer on holiday in New York 👎🏻

Last week, I finally had it confirmed by my doctor, I am lactose intolerant. Oh whoopee for me...*sarcasm*

I've known for over 6 years, I don't do well with very milky or creamy things, but I had been conscious that if I stopped having dairy all together, that I would become completely intolerant, so I still had skimmed milk in my tea and coffee (turns out my plan didn't work though).

It was during my last 'doubled-over in pain' scenario that my husband said enough was enough and I had to go to the doctor to find out what was going on.

So, after blood tests, and scans, I was sent for a lactose test. Two days later, it was confirmed. So I went back to the doctor's with two questions;

- Can I carry on having dairy without damaging my body?

- Can I make myself lactose tolerant again?

The answers weren't all bad. I'm now on a dairy-free diet until October, when I can start introducing dairy back in to my day-to-day life. We are going to experiment with my idea of reversing the intolerance. If it was hereditary, then there would be little chance of succeeding, but as I used to eat cream by the bucket-load, we're crossing our fingers.

So, there I was, embracing the dairy-free lifestyle. Now, I've mentioned before, I don't like to make a fuss, so this is particularly hard for me, but with coffee shops now stocking soya (although I'm not a massive fan), oat (which thankfully I can drink), and coconut milk, I was looking on the bright side.

Then last Sunday, we went for breakfast, I added the soya milk to my coffee and it split. Then, it hit me. I found myself crying in the café. Actual tears (I blame the soya). I don't know if it was the realisation that I can't just have a coffee with milk anymore, or the bigger picture. But we'll glaze over that and get back to looking on the bright side.

It took a while to take my mind off things. But this week, I've started afresh. I'm broadening my recipe horizons and creating great new gluten free and dairy free bakes. Check out my instagram or facebook pages to follow my recipe journeys.

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So to all those who can relate, and perhaps have had a low moment, just remember to embrace it. And warm up your df milk before you add it to your coffee!

FYI These ginger biscuits are dairy free, and my new favourite go-to biscuit to bake. I'll add a recipe for these soon, so keep those eyes peeled 👀

But for now, I'm just going to leave a picture of Poppy here. Because she's always smiling.

Holly @ TBD x

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