I was recently asked by Lactofree, if I want to take part in their 'Beat The Bloat Campaign' and follow a 7 day meal plan featuring some of their product. I usually avoid cows milk, due to many reasons, but... the main one is the fact that my body doesn't cope well with lactose. I am not allergic to it, but it gives me a sore stomach and makes me really bloated. That's why I decided to give Lactofree a go. Guess what? I can drink it, without feeling horrible afterwards! I am not going to stop drinking nut milks, but it is good to know that I can have cows milk if I feel like it.
My meal plan included very healthy options. It was full of fruit, veggies, fish and lean protein, but I had to adjust it a little bit to suit my diet and lifestyle. Did I beat the bloat? Yep! I felt great! I usually feel good anyway, due to my healthy diet, but if I drank normal milk, I would have been in agony! It just goes to show, that when you avoid things that don't agree with your body, you won't have to worry about feeling tired, ill and bloated. This includes alcohol etc. I simply don't drink it - ever... Anyway... Here are some of the meals I had:
Wholemeal toast with peanut butter, banana and strawberries.
Porridge with Lactofree Milk, cooked rhubarb with honey, cinnamon and strawberries.
Blueberry smoothie with oats, chia seeds and Skimmed Lactofree Milk.
Scrambled egg with lots of veggies and wholemeal toast.
Tomato & Mozarella Omelette with Lactofree Cheddar, cucumber and seeded toast with Lactofree butter.
Mini wraps with tofu, cherry tomatoes, peppers and spring onion.
Butternut squash soup (with Lactofree milk and cream)
Slimrice with trout, courgettes and cherry tomatoes.
Trout fillets, sauteed aubergine and red onions + peppers and spring onion.
Salad with avocado, peppers, cucumber, tomatoes and a tuna steak.
Salad with butternut squash, feta cheese and mixed grains and seeds.
Sweet potato chips, broccoli, tuna steak.
Polenta chips, broccoli, boneless chicken thighs
Pita breads with chicken breast, salad, grilled veggies and Lactofree cheese.
I was snacking on fresh fruit, nuts, Nakd bars and Lactofree yogurts. Yum!
As you can see, I had a tiny bit of feta and mozarella. You might think - OMG, they are full of lactose, what's the point? Well... some cheeses have no lactose in them or only traces of lactose so they are perfectly fine, even for lactose intolerant people. You just have to check the labels.
Are you sensitive or allergic to lactose? Does it make you bloated and unwell?
*I was sent Lactofree products and some of the ingredients used to make the meals.