I have been on and off with dairy for a little while now for a few reasons. The first ‘off’ was when I had winnie (now 11 months). She was dairy intolerant and breast fed so I had to give it up. I didn’t actually mind and it gave me a new awareness of how milk in one form or another is in most things. Usually it is as some kind of milk powder on the ingredients list, even in Turkey bacon! (there’s just no need for that!)
I cut out the biggest quantities of dairy easily by swapping to soy milk and various yogurts (I kept swapping because they tasted like paper). I now actually preference soy milk in tea but still struggle with other areas like on cereal, blah. So since then I have tried to be more conscious of how much dairy we are all consuming.
Recently both Noah and Winnie seem to have permanent coughs. Noah has been given both brown and blue inhalers for ‘when he needs them’, he hasn’t been diagnosed with asthma but apparently he can’t be until he’s five. So they don’t really help and he coughs most of the night but the doctors don’t really know what else to say. Winnie on the other hand has been given a green inhaler for her baby lungs and has had 4 ear infections, with antibiotics, and croup 3 times in the last 6 months.
I am not a big fan of antibiotics, especially in little ones, I would much rather know why she is getting these infections and coughs that keep her up all night. So we are trialing no dairy for all of us for a month.
I did a shop today and made sure to not pick up regular cheese (my oh is going to cry) and alternative yogurts. I’m going to make Winnie and noah custard with hazelnut milk and birds powder as well as sugar free Jelly to help with his yogurts addiction. I don’t think he will mind but I’m sure the fact that he can still eat jaffa cakes and party rings will come in handy at some point!
Let me know if you have any tips, I think we will mainly struggle with cheesy things and snacks rather than meals, but any help is welcome 🙂
Wish me luck! X
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