My life without wheat and dairy // This is how to get rid of gluten and lactose intolerance
The other day I told you about how I quit sugar and how that made my life just that little bit sweeter. Today, I am all about quitting dairy and wheat. This may sound pretty drastic and to be honest, I never thought I could do it, nor did I ever plan on ever taking my diet to these measures. It simply happened and all I can say is, that my body has never felt this good!
Did you know that wheat and dairy products are the cause for plenty of problems such as Alzheimers Disease, cancer and skin diseases? Well, neither did I but what I do know is that at some point, which by the way was a couple of years back when I moved back home to Germany from Dublin, my body had somewhat become unable to process dairy! And by that I am not talking milk and yoghurt only, but everything containing the likes of milk powder (which goes as far as cookies, bread, sausage and so on). All of you reading this, who are lactose intolerant, and I presume there are a good few, will know exactly what I am talking about.
It’s well known that cows milk wasn’t made for people to drink but at some point, around 7500 years ago, farmers in central Europe started doing so anyway and with times, we somhow managed to adjust to it. Did you know that people living in countries such as Asia and Africa actually can’t handle cow’s milk at all? They are missing the enzyme that splits the lactose which is exactly what I was missing somehow having lost it along the way.
Anyhow, more and more people seem troubled by the intake of dairy as well as gluten. There literally seem to be intolerances popping up left, right and center with those suffering not knowing what to do and those who have no trouble thinking of intolerances as ridiculous. Well, I can tell you intolerances don’t come from nowhere and it’s a pretty tough situation once you have them. Doctors tell you that you won’t be able to get rid of them and only few people take to holistic measures. Understandably, as there is rare medical prove they work and all you do is rely on people who have been there before. I am glad I gave it a go, which meant that I had to change my diet completely, as it turned out I was not only lactose intolerance but having the likes of gluten as well as various other foods giving me trouble at the same time.
I went back to square one, only buying food at the health food store, preparing all of my meals myself and eating the following: My breakfast would (and still does) consist of gluten free porridge topped with fresh berries, banana and cinnamon;
Lunch and dinner consist of something like salad, sweet potatoe, pumpkin or buckwheat pasta. Whilst I would take to dates, dried apple chips, nuts, corn chips and cocoa nibs regarding in-between-snacks.
Most importantly cutting out sugar (fruit sugar is all right in moderation)! Adding more and more vegetables and fruit as the weeks went by, cutting back to the basics has put my body back into balance and will eventually cure most of my intolerances. I could keep going on about this problem for hours but this will have to do for now. More to follow – until then, try and avoid wheat there are plenty of options at the health food store or local bakery, you only have to go back in time, opt for the likes of amaranth, rye, spelt and prep your own meals.
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