Sunday, June 13, 2010

lactose AND gluten free...that's me!

As I shared earlier, my body has decided to be lactose intolerant.
I had a pretty crummy week this past week and ended up going to the doctor on Wednesday.
She really helped me understand a few things and was pretty sure that I wasn't only lactose-intolerant but also gluten-intolerant (if that's what you call it).

So, after running some labs, she put me on a gluten/lactose-free diet for a month. It started out pretty rough on Thursday, as I wasn't prepared (pantry-wise) to kick that diet off and my body shut down on me. It seems as though sugar sends me over the edge as well.

Long story short = I'm now living the gluten- lactose- sugar (for the most part)-free life.
And as of late Friday night, I'm feeling great!
I really haven't had a lot of sweets, minus the nasty lactose/gluten free ice cream. It is NOT good. I purchased some gluten-free flour, which by the way is expensive. Boo.

I got so giddy today when I started to make a soggy cobbler (gluten-lactose-sugar-free style). And it was awe-some!!!!
This recipe is SUPER easy, TASTES great and is pretty HEALTHY! Yippee!

1 c. flour (gluten-free)
1 c. sugar (splenda)
2 tsp. baking powder
2 pinches salt
1 c. milk (lactose-free)
1 can fruit (Great Value brand is naturally gluten-free and no sugar added)
1 stick butter :)

Melt butter in 13x9 inch pan. Mix all remaining ingredients, except fruit; pour over hot butter. Pour fruit over top. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown.


Monday, June 7, 2010

milk hater

or at least that's what my stomach is these days...

Just think back to Ernest Scared Stupid when the trolls experience death by milk. That's pretty much me as of the past 6 months or so. I've become lactose intolerant. Both WebMD (ha) and my doctor have confirmed that "yes" this does happen to many people later in life. yippee.

I'm learning what I can and can't eat. It seems from my reading that I might have a slightly more severe case because I'm pretty much having to cut out all dairy items. I guess it's really not as bad as I make it out to be, but you better watch out if I eat any of the following will be B.A.D. (just ask trey!):

1. Ice cream (Blue Bell is the worst)
2. Cheese
4. Milk
5. Some chocolates
6. Anything that has milk or dry milk product high up on the ingredient list
7. Cream sauces (alfredo, sour cream, etc)...not that I eat much of that anyway

Things I can eat:

1. Yogurt...surprise!

2. Lactaid milk

3. The strawberries on the side of that cheesecake :)

I'll keep you updated with any great recipes for those of you who may be joining me in a life without lactose.