It’s just the Veganning!

OK OK don’t stop the presses quite yet!

I’m not quite transitioning to Veganism, but I do want to address the elephant in the room that is my uncooperative 22 year old stomach. Let me explain. After 22 years of a raging cheese-a-holic…I have come to the conclusion… I am Lactose Intolerant. I KNOW! What the scandal!

Let me say that I wasn’t always lactose intolerant. I was basically 75% cheese as a kid. That’s all I ate. And milk…but we don’t talk about that. (gross!) Anyway, the past few months, I would get crippling stomach cramps, bloating, and (yes I’m going to say it) REALLY bad gas… And I could not figure out why!

Well eventually I did. As I was enjoying my mini Baybel cheese circle…it came to me… “Could I be Lactose Intolerant??” PSH!!! WHAT? No, not me! Well I figured I would test the theory. I went 3 days without any cheese, dairy cream, butter…etc. The end of the 3rd day Ryan proposed we “test” my theory and get FroYo…you know strictly for “scientific purposes.”

Well like a ticking time bomb as I ate that delicious first bite of salted caramel frozen yogurt…the cramps, bloating, and gas came. It was definitive. I have adult-onset lactose intolerance.

F.M.L.

Ok…so that brings us to now. What do I do?

Well I stopped drinking milk for about 4 years so that’s no problem. But CHEESE!? Why! Well I know it’s not the end of the world. There is Vegan alternatives. A world I used to scoff at… but now is all too real. I tried my very first vegan pizza over the weekend at Zpizza. And well, Daiya is delicious! Definitely don’t knock it till you try it.

So basically I am cutting waaaaaay back on cheese….(even my favorite goat cheese) coffee with milk (like Starbucks/Coffee Bean) substituting butter for oils, and sweets. I did invest in some lactase incase the cheese thirst is too strong.

But instead of getting depressed,  I feel like this is a way of my body telling me that this is how I need to be, to be healthy. Even though it may seem like I’m making a big deal, it’s not all that bad. I think it affects Ryan the most because he is the cook and feels bad that I have to eat separately from everyone else. So this will be a turning point for my cooking career, I am going to have to start cooking my own “vegetarian/dairy free” meals. But what a world we live in, there are SO many alternatives to things, its not like I’m stuck with salads for the rest of my life.

Some Vegan food blogs for the Vegan cook inside you:

Oh She Glows

Minimalist Baker

Oh My Veggies

Deliciously Ella

More Vegan blogs at:

The Academy of Culinary Nutrition

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7 thoughts on “It’s just the Veganning!

  1. I was in complete denial when I developed lactose intolerance. I too ate tons of cheese growing up so I was shocked when it started to destroy my stomach! After about 3 years I’m just now starting to introduce goat cheese back into my meals, but I’m not one to test the limits too far 🙂

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    1. I found goat cheese doesn’t hurt my tummy at all, well at least with moderate intake. Now if I went “ham” and decided to eat a whole roll or container…that answer might be different lol. Best thing is to introduce little at a time. I still have to watch out for vegetarian food because sometimes it’s made with egg and milk ingredients. And even traces can upset my tummy.

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      1. Haha yeah! My husband who has had lactose intolerance for about 8 years recently started eating pizza with light cheese and having cheeseburgers from time to time and he does just fine. I’m sure I’ll eventually get to a point when I’m more keen on introducing dairy back in my life. For now I’m all about avocados or “fake” cheese when I need some creaminess!

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