Being lactose intolerant



Good day!

As every single person, at the beginning of 2015, I made  New Year resolution ( you can read it here) and for the past few months I have been trying my best to hold on to them. The main promise was to loose some weight and sort my eating habits. I have to admit it is going pretty well, I've managed to loose about 15 pounds (7kgs) which is a very big number for me. I have rejoined gym and trying to go at least twice a week. I am taking one step at the time and I am not pushing myself for extreme results, I want to do it slowly and turn this routine in to my lifestyle. I said no to sugar and oily food. No more white bread, only wholemeal for breakfast once or twice a week. I used to feel bloated even if I would have just a small amount of food a day. I could not understand what is causing bloating, so I've started tracking what I eat. First thought that came to my head was bread. I completely cut on all wheat and flour products and expected to see the difference right away. Oh boy, I was wrong. I was still bloated and those bad stomach cramps was killing me. I've joined 'The Salad Eaters' team and ate only greens and a bit of fish all day everyday and nothing elseI've carried on for about 2 weeks and I am not going to lie, results were amazing: my skin was glowing, no bloating and I felt so much better. But then I've realized that I won't eat salad for the rest of my life (who does?) and tried to look for more suitable options for me. While browsing on internet for the causes of stomach bloating I came across one line, which was black on white written MILK. I just laughed and thought to myself 'Naaah, that's not me', all my life I have been having milk and there was no problems whatsoever, so why all of the sudden it can be an issue? I 'googled' more information about it and I found that lactose, which you can find in milk, is the main cause, not milk itself. 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Stomach upset
Irritable bowels
Bloating
Stomach cramps
Diarrhoea
Wind
Nausea

I've experienced most of those symptoms, which made me realize that I am lactose intolerant. Since then, I only buy lactose free products and I still enjoy my cereal with milk in the morning or a nice afternoon tea. I have tried soya milk, almond milk and coconut milk as an alternative, but I found it hard to get use to the taste. While walking around the shop I found lactofree milk and fell in love with it right away. It tastes exactly like milk. Ever since I've stopped buying products containing lactose, my skin cleared out from breakouts and I have forgotten my bloated stomach ages ago. I also noticed that it helped me a lot in loosing weight as it contains a lot less calories. So if you experiencing some or all of those symptoms above, you should try and cut on lactose, it won't hurt if you try. Maybe you will do yourself a favor, discovering that you are lactose intolerant too. 
Let me know your thoughts.


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  1. Congratulations to working towards your goals ! I wish I was able to do the same. But I can't seem to find the motivation.

    I have a few friends who have recently found out that they are lactose intolerant. I don't know what it is but I feel like it is an increasing issue. I never had heard much about it until recently.

    http://milkshakekingdom.com/

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    1. Thank you Christy! xx

      Maybe no one talked about it out loud, I'm not sure. But it's definitely becoming and issue to many people! x

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  2. Hey girly, good to see another lifestyle post, missed those :)) I definitely learnt something new :)) Thanks xxx

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  3. I feel fine with milk and yogurts but whenever I eat cheese, I have the most horrible stomach pains! At first I didn't understand why because why was eating normally but then I realised I had been eating more cheese than usually! The confirm I didn't eat cheese for 4 weeks and all my stomach pains were gone! Then I ate cheese again and the pain was back so now I never eat cheese because it really makes me feel bad! I think that changing the things we eat until we find out what is making us feel bad is a great idea! And congratulations of those 15 pounds! It's amazing! Xx

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    1. I am happy for you that you finaly found out what makes your stomach upset! xx

      Thank you xx

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  4. Is lactofree milk still nutricious?

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  5. Lactofree milk has everything what normal milk would contain, except there is no lactose in it which your body is strugling to digest sometimes. Have a look at the nutritional info of milk that I drink:

    Energy 160KJ/40kcal
    Fat 1.5g
    of which saturates 0.9g
    Carbohydrate 3.0g
    of which sugar 3.0g
    Protein 3.6g
    Salt 0.1g
    Vitamin B12** 0.9µg (36% RI†)
    Calcium** 124mg (15% RI†)
    †Reference Intake

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