The struggle is real

I need to be honest with you here, I absolutely looooove everything that has to do with dairy: Cheese, Yogurt, Pastry, Milk, etc.
When I was still living with my mum who “only” has a lactose intolerance I still got everything I wanted, after that living with my Dad I didn’t even need to think about dairy  problems at all!
Now I’m living together with Alex who is allergic to dairy. This means when I make food and I want to eat cheese or any other dairy product for that matter, that I’m preparing his meal first to avoid any contamination of dairy. Because even the slightest bit can cause an allergic reaction.
At the beginning I still bought normal milk and cheese and all the stuff I would usually eat, but making sure that it doesn’t get in touch with the food Alex is eating can be quite exhausting. So by now whenever I’m grocery shopping I check the ingredients label first to make sure that there is no dairy involved.
Thinking about it, I also reduced my dairy intake drastically. Mostly I try to cook and bake without dairy, but every now and then I have a french friend over, who is bringing the good cheese from France and we’ll cook a nice cheese dinner with it. 😂
There is also a very positive part to this, as my chocolate actually stays my chocolate and I don’t need to worry about it being eaten whilst I’m out of the house. 🍫😂
Overall it really isn’t too bad, it can just be super exhausting to always check the ingredients and I know that Alex hates that allergy too, so I’m trying to make life a little bit easier with cooking and baking food that he usually wouldn’t be able to eat.
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There is a difference between lactose intolerance and dairy allergy?

Milk is good for health and bone strength, but it is also one of the most common food allergies.
So what actually is the difference between being allergic to dairy and having a dairy/lactose intolerance?
First of all dairy allergy and lactose intolerance are NOT related!
Say what now? Yes you’ve been reading correctly. They are absolutely not related.
Let’s talk about lactose intolerance first.
If you are lactose intolerant your digestive system can’t digest the Lactose (which is basically the milk sugar). This is because you have a lack of the enzyme called “Lactase”. Sounds very similar, I know but it’s not the same. Basically because of the lack of this enzyme you can get symptoms like abdominal gas, diarrhea or abdominal cramps.
It’s gross I know, but it needs to be mentioned.
Now let’s see why a dairy allergy is so different.
If you have a dairy allergy your immune system thinks that milk and other dairy products are dangerous invaders! Shocking right?
Just because your immune system doesn’t know the difference between dangerous invaders and dairy you might suffer from hives, an upset stomach, vomiting and even an anaphylactic shock (which can be life threatening), if you consume something containing dairy.
As someone who loves dairy and everything related to it, this is just sad. One more reason to give you all those good recipes to enjoy your life without dairy (even if it is still sad).

The first post of the rest of my life

Well here we are … finally ready with my blog.
Everyone is saying the first post needs to be this massive thing, that goes viral immediately, but to be honest with you, I think it should give you some information about the what, who and why of this blog.
Let’s start with the “what”. On this blog you are going to find healthy (and sometimes not so healthy) recipes without any dairy in them.
In addition to the of course super tasty recipes you will also find some nutritional facts about the Vitamins and Minerals that Dairy contains and how you get them in your body without the actual Dairy.
Next in line we have the “who”. Well in this case, the who would be me, Jess. I grew up in Germany, finished school and my apprenticeship there and then moved to England, which should have been only for a year, but here we are two and a half years later and still in England!
My mum is lactose intolerant, so that was the first time I realized that not everyone can enjoy the taste of food with dairy. Now I live together with my partner who has a real allergy against dairy, so when I cook or bake I need to find tasty workarounds.
Last but not least, we have the “why”.
Some of you might be wondering, that it all sounds nice, but why would she create a blog about this? I have an easy answer for you: I want to make the life of people who can’t enjoy dairy a lot easier with providing them with all the information I gathered over time.
But this is enough for today, let’s get this party started!!!