A few days ago, I attended a virtual webinar on lactose intolerance. Interesting type of webinar to attend, no? I was interested in learning more about lactose intolerance since my mother has problems with it, and to raise my own awareness since lactose intolerance is progressive; many people develop a lactose intolerance later in life.
Here is a bit of what I learned in the webinar:
What is Lactose?
• Lactose is the major carbohydrate in milk and other dairy foods • Lactose (milk sugar) consists of two simple sugars – glucose and galactose • Lactose must be broken down into glucose and galactose by the intestinal enzyme lactase before it can be absorbed by the body
What does it mean to be Lactose Intolerant?
Most people produce that natural enzyme, lactase, which breaks down lactose (sugar in milk). The amount of lactase your body produces will determine how much lactose your body can break down.
There are a few options for those with lactose intolerance:
Eat dairy foods that don't typically bother a person with lactose intolerance: yogurt (especially Greek yogurt), cottage cheese, aged cheeses, and butter.
In the grocery store, you may have noticed LACTAID, a dairy product for those with lactose intolerance. I didn't realize, until the webinar, that LACTAID is a 100% dairy product, but with a natural enzyme added to it to help you digest dairy products without discomfort.
To learn more about LACTAID, and to view a few cooking videos, visit the LACTAID Youtube channel. Next month, I will create a recipe using LACTAID, and share the results with you. Since I'm not great in the kitchen, it will be a quick and easy recipe!
Would you like to try LACTAID? I'm giving away a coupon for a free LACTAID product to one of you! Just leave a comment below letting me know you want in the drawing.
Is anyone in your household lactose intolerant? If so, does this cause you to cook differently?
In less than 24 hours, three of the kids (the three who don't have jobs!) and I are heading to DisneyWorld in Orlando. I have been invited, along with about 174 other bloggers, to bring my family to play in the Central Florida sun while learning what Disney has to offer families.
Below is a collage of our 2012 trip down there. I'm so happy to go back but sad our now-17yo can't go with us. He has a full-time job, and the trip across America was what he chose over the Disney trip, since he had never been in the Western states. It was a good choice, but we will miss him very much.
This year, I decided to focus on a theme: how homeschooling families can benefit from going to DisneyWorld. I'll be looking for all sorts of learning opportunities and collecting tips for you! I'll share them on FreelyEducate.com, my other blog, or here.
I was recently given a beautiful craft book to review: Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses (and I have one to give away! Hang on a minute; let me tell you about it first...).
The book has over 25 patterns for t-shirt dresses for little girls. Wait, even if you don't sew much! Here is what I really really like: the dresses all begin with a t-shirt. All you do is add the skirt material and embellishments. And they are cute.
Even though the book's patterns are especially for girls aged 2 to 8, I find the patterns easily adjustable for my 10-year-old. Even just using the concept is helpful!
The book is a glossy, quality paperback with full-color illustrations and photographs throughout, including a 12-page T-Shirt Dresses 101 tutorial.
To Learn More about Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses: Visit
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