My step-daughter was recently diagnosed as lactose intolerant after experiencing some extreme physical symptoms like overwhelming fatigue, cramps, irritability, and more. It made me wonder – if dairy affected her body so much, is it doing anything to mine that I don’t realise? I decided to do a one week test of having no dairy. I don’t have an extreme amount of dairy in my life, but enough that I know i’ll miss it. I have at least two cups of coffee with milk per day, and I start every day of the week with Greek yoghurt and fruit. I have cut back on cheese lately, but I still do have it occasionally throughout the week (especially on pizza Sunday!). And there’s that bag of milk chocolate hearts in the fridge from Valentine’s Day…

Day One: Breakfast
My coffee is going to be the biggest challenge. I have a Nespresso machine, and really covet my morning coffee (who doesn’t?!). I don’t think i’ve mentioned before that I HATE soy milk. Passionately. Nevertheless, I bought some unsweetened soy milk this weekend for my coffee. I looked at the various milk substitutes and soy milk seemed the healthiest. I heated the milk first in the microwave (like I do with regular milk), and then brewed the coffee into it. The first thing I noticed was the lovely ‘creme’ which is usually at the top of a Nespresso, was replaced by a blotchy, frothy, unappealing foamy mess. It didn’t taste nearly as good as the coffee usually does. But that’s probably because I’m not used to it. Hopefully I’ll feel differently as the week goes on. I substituted my Greek yoghurt with plain soy yoghurt. This wasn’t too bad! I added grapefruit, pomegranate and kiwi, and that really helped flavour it and make it palatable. Since soy yoghurt has a lot less protein in it than Greek yoghurt, I also had a boiled egg.

Coffee with soy milk, soy yoghurt with fruit

Coffee with soy milk, soy yoghurt with fruit