Dairy intolerant, the good the bad and the ugly

This has been a personal struggle for me, that has recently peaked as we slowly slide and then tumble into winter. Throughout my life as far back as I can remember, the change of season meant itchy hands, itchy arms and itchy legs. No, I wasn’t constantly attacked by sandflies or God forbid fleas, I happened to inherit the trials and tribulations of Eczema. It’s something I’ve grown up with and thanks to what now seems like buckets of different creams, skin-friendly soaps, mittens and washing up gloves, it never presented itself as a HUGE problem, until recently. This time, I just couldn’t get rid of it, and it was getting to the point where it was affecting my self esteem.

So I gave in and plodded along to the doctor and after a few tests and a few “ah, yes, of courses” the doctor informed me that my eczema was, among other things brought on by dairy products and I was in fact, dairy intolerant. If you are still reading this and you have no idea what ‘eczema’ is, it is a chronic skin condition that causes dry, cracked and itchy skin. Basically, it’s an annoying red rash that is as itchy as hell and can get significantly painful. 

So having recently embarked on a journey to a healthier and more sustainable life style (read down a couple of posts), I am starting a second journey to a dairy one. This journey was not started willingly or happily. After refusing to wear shorts and noticing that all my t-shirts had been pushed to the back of the draw, simply because I was too embarrassed to show my skin, I’ve realized that this was a journey I was going to have to embrace. So goodbye cheese, goodbye butter and goodbye milk, you’ve been somewhat good to me.

Just as I asked when I jumped on board with the green-living way of life, does anyone out there have any dairy-free cook book suggestions or eczema remedies you have tried? I would really appreciate any tips, thank you in advance, you are awesome.



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