Hello Pancakes, Goodbye Lactose


Pancake Wednesday is back (except I moved it to Tuesday). We finally ordered more Kodiak Cakes, a phenomenally easy and delicious whole wheat pancake mix discovered by Kath.


Matt is always in charge of making the cakes because I take a while to get ready in the morning. He does a great job!


I usually top one pancake with AB or PB and one with Nutella, but I switched from Nutella to this organic hazelnut butter with a more friendly ingredient list…


Drizzled with honey…


The best.breakfast.ever.


Lunch was a leftover lentil-walnut burger on a salad. I added some hot sauce to my usual balsamic dressing today and it was spicyyy.


After work, I had an appointment with a GI doctor because of my frequent stomach aches and running problems. As I expected, there’s not one miracle solution so we’ll have to do some trial and error because I’ve already been screened for everything under the sun. Until I can get to an allergist for testing (they are backed up until November), my doctor recommended a lactose and soy elimination.


While annoying, I’m happy to try anything that might make me feel better in the long run. This was the cheapest milk I could find and it was soo delicious. I had a bowl of cereal with it and I kept telling Matt that the Lactaid milk is so good. Then I realized it was 2%. I guess a little fat goes a looong way in milk:) Yumm!

After I left the doctor’s office, it was pouring rain and I wasn’t in the greatest of moods, so I skipped the gym and took a walk inside the mall where I stumbled upon a little fashion…

I have to go eat dinner, but I’ll tell you the rest tomorrow:)
  • solongfattypatty
    September 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I don’t know what I would do without milk! I go through a gallon every 4 or 5 days. Good luck!

    • Laura
      September 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm


  • Kristina
    September 29, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I’m very impressed that people eat pancakes during the week. I consider them to be “weekend treats”, but maybe it’s because I’m the one who makes them and I usually don’t have time in the morning?!

    • Laura
      September 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm

      These are pretty quick to make and they’re pretty healthy as well. But, I prob wouldn’t have time to make them during the week if Matt didn’t insist on having them:)

  • Amber's Notebook
    September 29, 2010 at 2:17 am

    umm yum you make me want pancakes! I have Chron’s disease so I totally feel you on tummy issues =( hope you figure out your aliments.

    • Mom
      September 29, 2010 at 6:55 am

      Kristina, Kodiak Cakes are so cool because you just add equal parts water and mix. So easy!

    • Laura
      September 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      Aww, I’m sorry to hear that:( You should order some Kodiak cakes! Although I’ve never tried it, Kath says the batter is good for savory stuff too.

  • Lindsey Morningstar
    September 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I had similar stomach pains last year and my doctor told me to eliminate dairy completely from my diet (no cheese, what???) and it turns out my stomach pains were actually related to stress and not a food allergy. So do a trial run and then bring dairy back into your diet and see what happens. Best of luck!

    • Laura
      September 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks for your comment! So after your re-introduced dairy you felt better or do you still get sick when stressed? The weird thing about my problem is that it’s been getting progressively worse over three years and often flares up when I have NO stress in my life (aka over the summer).

      • Lindsey Morningstar
        September 30, 2010 at 1:11 am

        I didn’t feel sick after I started adding dairy back into my diet. But my stomach pains tended to be worse during the school year and not the summer. And I think some of my stomach issues were related to other hormonal things going on which I later got checked out. So keep a record of your symptoms because stomach issues can be related to a million things. I (literally) feel your pain!

  • Anne @ Your Kind of Salad
    September 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I had a similar experience as Lindsey; after taking a lactose test ((shudders)); and eliminating gluten and dairy from my diet; I realized my stomach ailments were all stress related! I happily returned to eating wheat and dairy. I still can’t handle too much dairy at a sitting; but I think that might be true of most people? Good luck!

    • Laura
      September 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks! I’m assuming you feel better now?

  • Jenny
    October 5, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Hi there – stumbled over here from kath’s blog!
    The other thing my gastro doctor told me to try (after a colonscopy ruled out chron’s) was cutting out high fructose corn syrup (also known as glucose-fructose syrup in Canada).
    Apparently it can really agitate sensitive stomachs. Its was in a lot of things I was eating and I didn’t even know it. Granola bars, salad dressing, breads etc. Cutting it out has helped me tremendiously – may want to ask your doctor about that?
    Like the blog! Hope you figure out what works for you!

    • Laura
      October 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Jenny,
      Thanks for reading and thanks for the advice:) I already try not to buy anything with high fructose corn syrup and now I’ve found out everything has soybean oil too, so I’m just avoiding over-processed foods in general. I wish food ingredients weren’t getting so weird! Hopefully, I know more after the allergy testing…

  • Cari
    October 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I was told by Gastro Dr. that I have “IBS” which can be so many different things. It’s horrible to have stomach issues, I feel your pain. I have a Colonoscopy in December to see if there is anything going on there (I really hope not) and then we’ll go from there.

    Tonight I made the mistake of eating a slice of pizza. It could the bread, the dairy or the spices but I’m feeling yucky! Good Luck with your issues. I’ll be keeping up with you.