A friend was reading my blog and is interested in possibly trying LCHF, but is lactose intolerant and wondered if one could still eat LCHF minus any lactose products.
While cheese, cream, and butter help make our recipes rich and delicious, they are certainly not the base of the diet. There are also no nutrients that are found in dairy products that you can’t find in other foods. Calcium, for instance, can be found in kale and almonds.
It may seem like after endless label reading, you can’t stand cutting out anything else from your diet, so LCHF seems limiting. After all, if you cut out sugar and grains out after you already have a dairy allergy or lactose intolerance, what foods are left?
- Meat: Beef, lamb, chicken, pork, squirrel, rabbit, whatever floats your boat.
- Fish and other seafood: salmon, shrimp, lobster, cod, halibut, herring, and so on.
- Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, etc. Don’t go “nuts” on nuts, but they sure are nice for a snack or munching. I keep some tucked in my desk at work at all times.
- Veggies that grow above ground: Zucchini, leafy greens, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, squash, etc.
- Berries (in moderation): blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries
- Eggs, yolk and all
- Oil and ghee (Purity Farms has a great certified batch tested lactose free ghee)
- and of course tons of seasonings and herbs
This leaves you a TON of cooking options!
I hope if you are someone who is lactose intolerant, you feel a little more confident in your ability to still pull off a low carb diet! And if you have a lactose sensitivity but you’ve been pushing through intestinal distress because you thought you had to eat dairy, consider this your official permission to back off the cheese.