When all is said and done, it will have been over 10 months since I first stepped foot in the ER and was sent home with the diagnosis of a “stomach ulcer.” That same ER doctor also reeked of cigarette smoke and told me to eat more complex carbohydrates (because that was my problem, obviously!). Ahem, sarcasm. During this "saga," I also had a gastroenterologist accuse me of smoking pot, because some of my symptoms mirrored those of people who do. Hmm.
Luckily, I’ve managed to find two great doctors. First, my GP (who has been my GP forever), who has encouraged me to take a holistic approach to this situation. My GP requested the test that was the stepping stone to the right diagnosis. And if that wasn’t enough, he worked hard to find me a nice, young (I actually don't know how much older he is than me) surgeon to help me further. My GP also made sure this surgeon was a good listener, nice guy and had an open mind. These two great doctors have given me the time of day. They haven’t shoved me out the door when it’s my turn for an appointment. They've never once accused me exaggerating. And they’ve never been hesitant to order more tests to make sure their diagnosis is the right one.
So, for all you youngins out there with health problems who conduct a healthy lifestyle and still become ill, persevere until someone listens. Finding the right doctor(s) for your problem can take some time, but it will happen. Be assertive, well-educated with a list of questions about your condition and for goodness' sake, stay off Dr. Google!
I'm really unsure of how to tie this into my vegan yogurt recipe, so I'm just going to go ahead and jump right in after the photo. :) (Emoticons do the trick every time.)
Goat and sheep dairy are becoming popular alternatives for the no-cow-dairy crowd. However, goat and sheep dairy products are just as high in lactose. Until more research is done, the evidence for these products as a suitable, digestible cow dairy alternative, is sketchy at best. Cow dairy contains 4.8% lactose, goat dairy contains 4.7% lactose and sheep dairy contains 4.6% lactose.
If you're included in the 60% of people who can't digest lactose and dairy, you may notice the following if you cut it out of your diet: opened nasal passages, fewer colds, reduced gas, disappearance of belly bloat, elimination of red cheeks, reduced acne and the disappearance of keratosis pilaris ("chicken skin") on the back of arms.
If you’re looking for some books to help you transition away from animal products (including dairy) to help with the above issues, your overall health, the environment and the betterment of animals, I’ve written about that here.
Luckily, you can still eat yogurt -just use nuts! This recipe is luxuriously creamy, soy-free and made with almonds. The longer it sits, the more it tastes like the "real" deal. Feel free to use any fruit in this yogurt to suit your taste and the season (banana yogurt, blueberry yogurt, raspberry yogurt, mango yogurt, strawberry-banana yogurt -you get the idea).
I’ve been playing around with a homemade coconut yogurt with probiotic powder the last little while, but it’s definitely not ready to share. Until then, if you’re looking for an easy, satisfying, kinder way to eat yogurt, look no further. I give you, Strawberry Almond Yogurt. This recipe was inspired by Amy Chaplin's raspberry smoothie bowl, which is oh so good.