Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Living Free From: Gluten & Dairy.

I'm sure you all know I've been gluten free for some time. In fact, I think I've been GF for just over 4 years now and although it's a pain at times, I'm pretty much on board with what I can and can't eat. That was however, until earlier this year when my symptoms began creeping back in. The biggest thing for me is nausea and vomiting (TMI, I know), I cannot stand feeling sick, let along being sick. For a few months the nausea had returned and after being physically sick, I knew something had to change. Being a huge lover of all things dairy, I had a sneaking suspicion that lactose was the problem.

A few weeks of being lactose free and no improvement, so I cut out cow's milk altogether and voilĂ  I am completely symptom free. This wasn't the best news, but if I have a happy tummy, it makes me a far happier person. So here I am, now gluten and dairy free and back to square one with discovering what is safe for me to eat. 

As well as sorting out what I can and can't eat, I've been taking Calcium and Vitamin D tablets to make up for the lack of calcium going in from food. The only downside is that they are the size of horse tranquilizers and I have to take 3 a day. Alongside this I have the Koko Coconut milk with added calcium. I've tried a few non-diary milks in my time and almond is probably my favourite, however coconut milk is certainly something I could get on board with, plus it was 84p in Holland & Barrett.

Snack wise I've been filling my boots with the Nakd Fruit and Nut Nibbles* and Coconut Chips. I love the Nakd range and I am forever snacking on their fruit bars, but these nibbles are something else. I love how easy they are to eat during the day, when I want my sweet fix. Coconut Bliss are my absolute favourite and remind me of Bounty chocolate bars, without the unwanted side effects.

Maui & Sons Coconut Chips are incredible. I picked these up for £1 a bag in Primark (of all places!) and I just can't get enough. Unfortunately I think Primark are discontinuing them so I will have to buy plenty to keep me going, when they're out of stock.

If you have any tips and tricks about being GF/DF I'd love to know. What are your favourite DF snacks? Can you recommend a DF cheese?  I miss chocolate and cheese!

Katie xx



  1. Ah Katie you need Lactofree milk in your life. xxx

  2. My boyfriend is gluten free and I couldn't believe how many things had gluten in. I have switched to gluten free pasta and eat more rice, noticed a little difference just from that.

    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

  3. I've been (mostly) DF for years now, some supermarkets do lovely DF ice cream and I love soya chocolate drink, it's just like a gorgeous milkshake but without the upset tummy :)

    Rosy |

  4. I've recently started noticing that some chocolate makes my whole mouth itchy and raw. I rarely eat or drink dairy, so I can't help but wonder if that's what it is. I'm tempted to cut it out altogether and see if it makes a difference. Good luck with your D/GF journey!

    Wild Bear x

  5. This is really interesting as I am trying to find out what I am intolerant too and have narrowed it down to these two!

    JaynieShannon - I follow back :) xox

  6. I have started a vegan diet, not so much diet as lifestyle, so no more dairy for me! Gluten though I'm not intolerant to so will continue to eat it! Too many people are cutting it out without even being allergic or intolerant, and it's not good for them! I love soya milk, and almond milk, there are lots of gluten free and vegan recipes on pinterest :)


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