Living a lactose free life

Lactose free vector stickers and icons for allergen free products

Lactose free vector stickers and icons for allergen free products

When I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance in my mid-twenties, I thought it would be really hard finding food that I could eat. Back then, there weren’t as many dairy-free options as there are now, and suffice to say, it wasn’t always easy to find tasty food to put on my plate.

The good news is that 14 years later, anyone who happens to be lactose intolerant, is now able to find lactose-free food, with very little fuss. Milk, cheese, yogurt and a wide range of other lactose free products are readily available, and they’re not that pricey either.


Lactase tablets

These days I take lactase tablets whenever I’m about to eat anything that contains lactose. Taken just before I bite down on the pizza, chocolate or spoonful of ice-cream, these tablets give my body the lactase that it lacks.


Soy milk

Soy milk is very easy to get hold of, and you can usually find at least 2 different brands of soy milk in most supermarkets. Just as I had to shop around for a new Cloud 9 Straightener, I also had to shop around to find soy milk that was cheap enough, and had a nice taste too.

Sweetened soy milk is much more pleasant than unsweetened, plus it comes with added calcium, which is essential for our bones. Don’t worry, sweetened soy milk isn’t full of sugar, it’s usually been sweetened with apple juice.

If you’re not a fan of soy milk, there are alternatives, such as rice, hazelnut or almond milk, but watch out, these milks can be quite expensive.

Goat’s milk can often be drunk by people with mild lactose intolerance as it contains a lot less lactose than cow’s milk. I found that I wasn’t able to withstand goat’s milk for more than a few days, without it causing me problems, but some people are fine to drink it.


Lactose-free cheese

A few years ago, the only lactose-free cheese you could buy tasted like cheese slices that you get in burgers at fast food restaurants. Although that type of cheese is not hideous, it’s not exactly what I could call ‘Proper cheese’. Now there is some proper cheese available for those who eat a lactose free diet. Some of the lactose free cheese you can buy has been made in the same way as regular cheese, but it has a specific enzyme added to it that gets rid of the lactose. This type of cheese is delicious, and it can be used in the same way you would use regular cheese.


Live yogurt

A lot of people go out of their way to look for dairy-free yogurt, when they could still eat regular live yogurt. As long as the yogurt contains some live bacteria, you should be able to consume it without encountering any digestive problems. Why spend more on yogurt when you don’t really need to?


As you can see, there are a lot of good-tasting lactose free products available, so why not enjoy them as part of your healthy, balanced lactose free diet?


Drink less, but enjoy the party

IMG_0236A lot of people like to enjoy a drink now and again, but the trouble with drinking alcohol is it’s all too easy to drink more than you should. We are advised by the government and various health departments as to how much we should actually drink. Although most of us know roughly how much we should drink, many of us go over that limit when we’re at a party.

It really is easy to drink more than you’d planned, if you’re at some sort of social gathering. We often find ourselves enjoying the drink we already have in our hand, and when a friend offers to buy us another, we usually don’t refuse. Although there is absolutely no harm in enjoying a drink, over-indulging can lead to health problems.

So what can we do to ensure we don’t drink too much? It’s easy:

A good time without alcohol

Even though you may be used to going out and enjoying yourself while having a drink, you can still have a good time without alcohol. If you go to a party for example, and you aim to have a good time, you’ll enjoy yourself no matter how sober you are.

Replace a few drinks with something else

Your body will thank you if you replace a few of your alcoholic drinks with some soda, or an alcohol-free cocktail. Places such as the Spoke and Steele sell none alcoholic drinks that are very tasty. Remember, too much alcohol can age your skin, it can cause a lot of health issues, and it can be quite expensive too.

Be the designated driver

Going on a night out with your friends? Why not be the designated driver? This means you cannot drink very much at all, in fact it may be better if you don’t have any alcohol as you’re getting behind the wheel.

Look for alternatives when you shop

It’s very easy to pick up a few bottles of wine and a few cans of your favorite beer. But, why not look for some alternatives while you shop? Remember, alcohol contains calories, so if you want to lose weight, look for a sugar-free alternative in the soda aisle.

Have a budget and stick to it

If you still plan to go out and drink, why not give yourself a specific sum of money to spend, and stick with it. If your friends buy you a drink, take the cost of that drink off your budget, so you don’t over indulge, and you save a bit of cash too.

It’s easy to drink less, while still enjoying the party, so why not give it a try?

Foods that boost the size of your muscles

Dave Kimmerle-Quote Pose Muscle and fitness cover modelMany people think that eating a lot of chicken and other sources of protein can help to increase the size of your muscles. While this is true, there are also other foods out there than can work just as well.

If you’re a bit of a bodybuilder like my Uncle Jay, you’ll know how much food you need to consume on a daily basis, in order to maintain and increase your muscles. There are a lot of products out there that can help your body to get the nutrients it needs in order to help your muscles develop further, but not all of them work as well as they should.

Here are some of the foods you should consider eating if you’re serious about boosting the size of your muscles:

Cottage cheese

Incredibly, this great source of protein is not used by a lot of bodybuilders. Perhaps the fat content of the cheese is enough to put them off. What you should know is that cottage cheese is a slowly digested form of protein and is therefore ideal for anyone who has to wait for hours before the next meal.

Whey protein

We’re all pretty much aware of how well whey protein works and what it can do for us. Drinking a whey protein shake after you’ve worked out can encourage muscle gain, and that can only be a good thing. What’s more is it also gives your body a wide range of nutrients that may be lacking elsewhere in your diet.


Quinoa may often be consumed by those who have chosen a very healthy lifestyle, but it can also help you to boost your muscles. If you’re trying to cut down on the amount of meat you consume, or you simply want to enjoy eating something else, try some Quinoa. High in protein and amino acids, this naturally occurring grain can make meal times a lot more interesting.

Eat and exercise

When you’re working on increasing the size of your muscles, you have to ensure that you exercise and eat enough. You don’t have to go to the gym and workout if you don’t want, to, you can always exercise at home. The body beast review will show you how it’s done, and give you some ideas so you can turn your body into something quite spectacular.

Enjoy your food

Please make sure that you enjoy the food that you eat, as it will help you to get in shape quicker. Find low fat recipes that contain a good amount of protein, and enjoy a variety of meals that help to boost the size of your muscles.

Can smoothie makers help you to lose weight?



A lot of smoothie makers have been released onto the market lately. With extra strong blades and the ability to chop a wide range of foods down to almost nothing, smoothie makers also claim to help you lose weight, but is this true?

If you start to eat a lot more fruit and vegetables in place of other less healthy foods, then you are naturally going to lose weight. Fruits and vegetables are high in fibre which makes them quite filling, and they also contain a good range of nutrients too.

Use them in a specific way

In theory, smoothie makers can help you to lose weight, but you have to use them in a specific way. Ideally you will replace some of the food that you currently eat, with a smoothie full of fruit, vegetables or a mixture of the two. As I mentioned earlier, if you replace something less healthy with something healthier and less fattening, you’re going to lose weight.

What do they advise you do?

The manufacturers of smoothie makers advise that you replace one meal a day with a smoothie. The smoothie in question should ideally be full of a wide range of fruits and/or vegetables so you feel full and you get the nutrients you need.

It’s though that drinking just one smoothie a day can help with weight loss, and encourage you to become healthier. Some people go so far as drinking two a day, but weight loss may be too quick, and you could find yourself preferring to eat meals instead.

What type of people use smoothie makers?

Many different types of people use smoothie makers, including those who aren’t weight loss or health fanatics. Not everyone who buys and uses a smoothie maker will have one for breakfast, and then attend aerobics classes in modular buildings with large windows, before eating a salad for lunch. Anyone who wants to lose a bit of weight, without being left feeling hungry can enjoy having a smoothie once a day.

When should you have a smoothie?

Exactly when you should have a smoothie depends on your preferences. Some people like to enjoy one for breakfast, while others will consume one for lunch or dinner. Smoothies can come in all shapes and sizes and be full of a wide range of different ingredients. They can be sweet or even a little bit savoury, and they can also be very healthy or not as healthy as you may think.

Exactly when you drink a smoothie is entirely up to you, you may find that it’s easier to have one as you rush out the door to work in the morning. Alternatively, you may find it ideal to take to work so you can enjoy it at lunch time.

There are no set rules

There are no set rules as to when and how you should have your smoothie, it’s pretty much left up to you. As long as the smoothie you drink is not too fatty or sugary, and contains a lot of good fruits or vegetables, then you should start to benefit from it.

It’s relatively easy to incorporate a smoothie into your day life, so why not give it a try and let them help you lose weight.

Why can’t you take your pets into restaurants?

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When we go out for a meal, we often see signs that state only guide or service dogs are allowed in restaurants and other eateries. This is because according to some regulations, if all of us took our dogs or other pets there, they could present a public health risk.

The reason behind this issue is pretty much related to what the dog is likely to do in a restaurant. We all know that dogs like to poop a lot, and this is one of the reasons why they are banned from restaurants. Service dogs are working dogs that have been specifically trained to behave a certain way, which is why they are often permitted in restaurants and other places.

The fact of the matter is that if a dog has had all of its vaccinations, and has also been de-wormed, it won’t present any risk to the public. But, because dogs have been known to go without any of the above, banning them seems to be the way to go about it.

Doggy cafés

If you’re a real dog lover, then you may be interested to know that there are more and more doggy cafés springing up all over the place. These cafés have been created by dog lovers and sell dog treats, specifically made dog muffins and other treats. This type of establishment positively encourages owners to bring their dogs into the eatery in question, and they have to be seen to be believed.

Giving your dogs the best treatment

If you are mad about dogs particularly your pooch in general, then you may want to treat your dog the best that you can. Many people spend hundreds of dollars on their dogs each month, buying them new coats, feeding them tasty food, and even taking them to a special doggy grooming salon. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are spoiled by their owners who treat them almost as if they were a child. It’s all too common, and the pooches in question end up being covered in bling doggy coats to keep them warm, or subjected to a massage (Which they love) now and again.

If you’re busy, you have the option of hiring someone to take your four-legged friend on uptown dog walks, ensuring that your pooch is looked after while you’re at work. This is a good way to spoil them, and make up for the fact that you cannot take them with you when you dine out.

Dining with us

Maybe one day we will be allowed to bring out dogs with us when we visit a restaurant. Some restaurants allow you to leave your dog on the patio, but it’s just not the same. Until we can enjoy taking our dog with us into a restaurant or a café, I guess the only place you can eat together is at home.

Dogs are so much cleaner than they used to be, perhaps someday someone will realize this and allow us to book a table for two: your good self, and your four-legged friend.

How kosher certification works



If you are looking to sell Kosher food, you will need to have a Kosher certification. This certification shows potential customers that the food you produce or sell, has been made to a specific standard. Although Kosher food is made specifically for the Jewish community, it’s thought that only 20% of the goods sold have been bought by Jewish people. This is because some people have specific dietary requirements, which results in them needing to buy Kosher food.

So how can you get a Kosher Certification?

In order for your business to get a Kosher certification, you must undertake the following steps:

  1. You need to apply to the Orthodox Union (OU).
  2. The OU will then examine the ingredients that are used.
  3. All of the ingredients should be Kosher, which means:
  • None of the ingredients should be processed on equipment used to make non-Kosher food. If this occurs, the food will be considered non-Kosher.
  • Animal derived products should only be slaughtered by a Rabbi.
  • Animal derived products will have to be examined for internal wounds.
  • If pork is found in the food, it will automatically be considered non-Kosher
  • Milk and meat products cannot be mixed

The next step to Kosher certification

  1. The Orthodox Union will send a rabbi out to visit you. The rabbi will assess how the OU can create a Kosher program at your facility.
  2. When a Kosher program has been established and agreed upon by means of signing a contract, your business will now be obligated to follow the standards set out.
  3. In order to determine whether or not your business is maintaining the required Kosher standards, a rabbi will visit your business periodically. Visits will be unannounced, and they can take place as often as the rabbi sees fit. This could result in daily visits, or twice yearly visits.

Other options

Not every business has to apply to the OU in order to obtain Kosher certification, it is possible for them to get kosher certification from an agency. This can be a rather uncomplicated process that has the same result: Kosher certification.

A little more about what is required

If you’re planning to start from scratch and obtain Kosher certification, you should be aware that there are some strict rules.

Some of the rules include:

  • Using a Shochet, also known as a ritual slaughterer to slaughter the animals
  • Knowing what animals cannot be used for slaughter: pigs, horses, camels, tigers and lions
  • Ensuring that all fish have scales and fins
  • Knowing where all of your pre-manufactured products come from
  • Assigning a specific area of production to the packing of the Kosher products
  • Knowing what all of the ingredients are
  • Knowing what kosher food is considered to be ‘Highly sensitive’ ( Cheese, flavoring, oils, glycerin, vinegar)

As you can see, there is a lot for you to consider, but it’s absolutely vital that you know what you’re doing, and how important it is to ensure all of your products are Kosher.

Is homemade bread better than shop bought?



Most people are happy to buy a loaf of bread whenever they need it. Loaves of bread can be relatively cheap, and they can also be pretty tasty too. However, homemade bread can be so much tastier than a shop bought loaf, but that’s not the only reason why it can be better:

It works out cheaper in the long run

Even though you may have to pay money for the ingredients, you’ll get a lot of loaves of bread out of them. You may spend about $5 on the bread flour, yeast, sugar, salt and oil, but you should get at least 4 good sized loaves out of them.

The smell of the bread cooking is wonderful

As soon as you smell your homemade loaf of bread cooking, it will all seem worthwhile. Have you ever stood in a bakery and enjoyed the smell coming from the kitchen? You can enjoy this wonderful smell in your own home.

You can make your own loaf as and when you need it

If you only get through one loaf a week, or one a month, it doesn’t matter, you can have a fresh tasty loaf to hand whenever you want one.

You can pretty much decide on what type of loaf you’re going to make

As long as you have the necessary ingredients, you can make whatever loaf you want. From whole wheat, to white, bran, to a cheese and onion loaf, and so much more, if you want it, you can make it.

Want to toast it? That’s no problem

You don’t have to stick with having sandwiches the whole time, why not toast your homemade bread? Read the best toaster review to make sure that any toaster you buy can cope with you putting thick slices of bread in it.

You don’t have to cook it by hand

While a lot of people enjoy making bread by hand, you can easily by bread machines that do the hard work for you. All you have to do is follow the recipe, select the appropriate program, and your delicious loaf of homemade bread will be ready very soon.

Enjoy the bread as you wish

Remember, you can use the best toaster to enjoy a cracking bit of toast, you can have sandwiches and so much more. Basically, you can enjoy eating the bread as you wish, and if you want to eat it as a savory dish, or even as a sweet one, the choice is entirely yours.


As you can see, homemade bread is so much better than shop bought, so why not think about making some today?


Can food brighten up your life?

S7303534If you’re feeling as if you need a bit more excitement in your life, you may be looking for a new hobby. A lot of people read, go cycling, or take up a night class, but some learn to explore food on a whole new level.

A lot of people enjoy cooking meals, but not everyone has the chance to really enjoy creating dishes that will excite the senses. Food really can brighten up your life, it really can make it more exciting and offer you the chance to discover a world of flavor, texture and smell.

It can be a massive part of your life

Food can be a massive part of your life, no matter what job you do. Whether you’re a school teacher, a gardener, one of the many Toronto dog walkers that I’ve hired to walk my pooch, or a stay at home parent. Food, can brighten your life up, you just have to realize that it can, and understand how it can.

How you can make your meals more exciting

Every one of us can learn how to make our meals more exciting. There are literally millions of recipes out there that will add a touch of magic to the food that you eat. One of the easy ways to make your meals more exciting, is to ensure that you don’t always eat the same things. Try to eat something different for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t stick to the same old things, because there’s absolutely no excitement in that.

Buy a recipe book or two that you like the look of, and get cooking. You don’t have to be the worlds’ best chef in order to cook something nice, you just have to give it a try.

Try recipes from foreign lands

Try to find foods that originate in other countries, as this will help to add a touch of excitement to your meals. Who says that you have to continue to eat traditional American meals? Try something new, and brighten up your life.

If you’re not a cook, and you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, look for simple meals to make. If this seems too much for you, then try different TV dinners, and you’ll soon see that they taste different too.

Food really can brighten up your life, you just have to give it a chance. Try new foods, it’s what they are there for, and who knows, you could be about to try your new favorite dish.

Eat to boost your energy levels

kz7AsB4xIf you always feel low on energy, then you may need to take a look at what you’re eating. Food is a great source of energy, but you need to consume the right ones in order to boost your energy levels.

What about energy drinks?

A lot of people seem to like using energy drinks as a means to increase their energy levels, but they aren’t always the best things to consume. Energy drinks are usually full of sugar and caffeine, and while they can make you feel better for a short while, they are known to have some nasty side effects. There are better ways for you to increase your natural levels of energy, without having to put up with the slump you get when the energy drink wears off.


So what foods can give you energy?

Any foods that ae high in carbs can give you energy. I’m not talking about the sugary foods that are sold and packed full of sugar, I mean the foods that contain slow-releasing carbs. It’s these foods that can help to increase your energy levels over a long period of time. Foods like:

  • Bananas and other fruits
  • Potatoes
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Meat and fish
  • Vegetables
  • Dairy products

All of the above foods will help to boost your energy levels and ensure you can be more active.


Always have breakfast

One of the best things you can do to ensure you have more energy, is to always eat breakfast. Known as the most important meal of the day, breakfast can help your body to wake up, and get your metabolism going. If you have a healthy breakfast, you can be sure that your energy levels will increase.

Eat frequently

Eating frequently, rather than missing meals, can help to keep your energy levels topped up, simply because you’re giving your body enough fuel. You don’t have to eat all the time, have 3 meals a day, with a healthy snack in between.


Stay active

Staying active can help you to feel as if you have more energy. If you start to add exercise into your day, you will soon find that you’ll have more energy. Visit tigerstrike and look for some work-out gear, and start to get moving.

You are likely to feel more hungry if you up your level of exercise, so just continue to eat well, and your energy levels will not falter.

Decorate your restaurant in style

DSC00073If you’re about to open a restaurant, or you simply want to change your décor, you should think about making sure you use as much style as possible. The good news is you can ensure your restaurant is stylish, without spending a lot of cash, and that has to be a good thing.

So how can you go about decorating your restaurant without breaking the bank? It’s easy:

Look for pre-used tables and chairs

This is a great way for you to get the furniture you need, without having to pay a lot of money for it. Used tables and chairs can add a touch of something special, and they can make a huge difference to your restaurant, without you even having to redecorate the walls.

You don’t even have to make sure that the tables and chairs match each other, as long as diners can sit comfortable and reach the table, they will enjoy using tables and chairs that may have been bought in a second hand store.

Add a touch of nature and unique style

If you want to add a touch of nature, as well as style at the same time, then you won’t go wrong with Topiary Letters. They can be used to spell out any words you want, and can be placed in front of a plain colored all, or the entrance. Use words like ‘Eat’ ‘Food’ ‘Drink’ ‘Taste’, and anything else you think will look good in a restaurant.

Don’t forget the lights

Sometimes simply changing the lights can add a dramatic or completely different effect to your restaurant. Experiment with lots of different types of lights and see how they can create different effects. Please make sure that you don’t make your restaurant too dark, your diners want to be able to see their food, the menus and each other.

Make a feature wall, or two

Some restaurants use feature walls, whereby they will only put wallpaper, or a certain color of paint on one or two walls. This makes the walls stand out, but it doesn’t make the dining area too dark. If you have a large dining area, you can make some walls quite dark, but if your area is small, try not to use too much darkness.

As you can see there are some great ways for you to decorate your restaurant in style. Try to make it your own, rather than copying other restaurants that you see, and bear in mind that some people may just dine in your restaurant, simply because of the way it looks.