“Give Me Milk!” Living Lactose-Free For The First Time

by Amber

Milk for the dairy free diet

My friend asked me if I had any special dietary requirements and if that makes my life more difficult. I do, but I had never thought about it before, perhaps because it has become habit or maybe because I have no other choice. A few months ago, my doctor told me that I would have to follow a lactose free diet since I was lactose intolerant. I love milk and didn’t want to give it up, but you got to do what you got to do, right? And when I think about it, it has made my life difficult and expensive too! 

Not willing to give up, I started looking for milk alternatives and tried soya and almond milk, the “trendy ones”. It turns out, I will not be following those trends! I just did not like the taste of either of them. While I was craving for a glass of proper milk, I kept saying to myself – No! there must be something that I like that doesn’t contain lactose. That’s when I came across Arla Lactofree milk. Bought it. Tried it. Loved it! And most importantly I still do.

So what is the hardest part about a Lactose free diet?

I realised that the difficult part of intolerances is not using something, it is finding it in the first place! I searched a good number of different grocery shops and only two of them had dairy free milk. Don’t even get me started on semi- skimmed dairy free milk!

The other problem is, before my doctor told me that I couldn’t have lactose products, I would spend £1 on a 2l bottle of milk and now my lactose free milk costs me £1.38 for 1 litre bottle. Being lactose intolerant means I have no choice but to spend more to be able to have what I need. It is not my fault my body developed this intolerance and I wish supermarkets and manufactures could understand this. Just because I have intolerances doesn’t mean I’ve suddenly got more money to spend.

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