Thanks for all of your comments on yesterday’s post. I’m off in search of Turtle Mountain So Delicious frozen goodness (and wishing I still lived in a place where Nada Moo! was sold). Also, thanks for the reminders that we should eat real food and not overprocessed, ‘made-in-a-lab’ faux sustenance. Since I tend to overshare–rather than the other way around–I guess I figured I’d already revealed a number of incidents where I definitely did eat ‘real dairy’ and had some unpleasant side effects.
For now, I’m just going to avoid milk as much as I can, and since the only real craving for dairy products does come in the way of yogurt and its frozen counterparts, if I succumb, I’ll just do so with caution.
Oddly enough, months ago, before I even thought about having an issue with milk and all of its by-products, Alisa Fleming, author of Go Dairy Free (and blogger at the site of the same name) sent me her book to review. I, of course, have waited until now to do so. When I received it, I thought, “Oh, well, at least this will maybe help me during the Vegan Month of Food, if nothing else.”But now, facing a potentially dairy-free (or at least dairy-limited) life, I am finding it supremely helpful. Not only does it have the basic scientific/biological background information I need [like the fact that it really IS common for lactose intolerance to develop with age; milk allergies are entirely different from the trouble one has digesting lactose; and that even mild discomfort can be signs of intolerance.
It also taught me the lactose levels in various dairy products, including the fact that yogurt is generally low.
I also learned that whey has lactose in it…in its dry form, it’s even higher than regular milk! No wonder I was in such pain with the Arctic Zero.^
Although there are no pictures–what can I say? I like pictures in my cookbooks–there are tons of delicious, intriguing, dairy-free (and vegan) recipes to be had within this tome. Soups, sides, breads, alterna-cheese, and desserts, there are many I’d like to try.*
*Denoted with Post-Its.^
^Arguably my favorite office supply.I am particularly drawn to Carrot Cake Salad, Chinese Five-Spiced Noodles, and the Spiced Autumn Soup,*
*It has butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin, and a melange of delicious fall-scented spices. How could that not be a beautiful beta-carotene bomb of greatness?I’m still working my way through the book, but I am eager to utilize it further…especially now that it’s more of a necessity, and not just ‘for fun.’