My last 7 day challenge was to try and go diary free for the week. The main reason for this, is that dairy or more specifically lactose is a known trigger for Psoriasis and having had “P” for a number of years thought I should give it a go. I’ve had tried elimination diets before in relation to my Psoriasis but dairy was one factor that I hadn’t tried as I felt that I had very little dairy produce in my diet.
How wrong I was! It turns out I actually have quite a lot – chocolate, milk on cereal and in my protein shakes, cheese in sandwiches/salads/pizza, yoghurts…….
Over the week I tried a few diary alternatives – Almond, Coconut and Rice milks and “Alpro” Cheese.
The milks weren’t too bad a switch although I thought they all tasted “sweet”. This was fine for my cereal and shakes but I wasn’t so keen using it in my coffee.
The cheese tasted fine and was ok grated on pasta but it’s texture was a little rubbery and not great on a home-made pizza – it’s just not the same as mozzarella!!
At the end of the week it seemed to have made very little difference to my Psoriasis – I did have a feeling that it wouldn’t as I know my trigger is usually stress….. at some point I’ll write a post on my ups and downs with Psoriasis.
Switching to dairy free products was a relatively easy process as there are plenty more options I could have tried – but as the health benefits of switching (for me personally) are very little and they tend to be a little more expensive I don’t think it is a habit I want to continue.
The experience has also shown me that I really do miss my chocolate and at least I know for sure that it is not affecting my P.
Now to think about my next 7 day challenge…… 😉