Hello world! No cows milk by -Yvonne-


As I find myself sitting here in my pj’s with cuppa (soya milk) tea typing. I think back to 18 months ago and what a journey of growth its been.

I guess from the title of my site, one would be assuming that I must be 100% against cows milk?

Since I realised and it was later confirmed that my little one had a cows protein intolerance. It is true, sure I disliked the pain and discomfort it had caused my little boy. Yes, I have found other sources of calcium and protein that hold more nutrition than cows milk. Yes, I am not a lover of mass milk production and what it does to a lot of animals and Yes, I would like to think that the milk in schools programme was primarily set up for our children’s health and not primarily for protecting the milk industry.

I can only speak in the ‘now moment’ and say at this present time in our house there is little cows milk is on the menu.

As I began to realise the task that lay before me in order to keep my little one safe (I have to add this was before any confirmation of diagnoses) I knew what I had to do. But I didn’t know where to start. The upset of seeing my little boy in so much discomfort and not knowing how I was going to make this better, the anger of countless visits to the doctor, the anxiety of not knowing.

I’m sure there are many of you who’ve sat up as I did, going through food labels, lists and more list of ingredients, with anxiety and fear  setting in.

For those of you who’ve experienced fear, you will know irrelevant whether you fight or flight, one thing you do experience is… energy.

For me, I’ve always been slow reader, yet I found I was reading a couple of hundred pages before bed. I was able to redirect that fear, that excess energy into reading, learning, finding alternative solutions, different ways to cook and learning to live a family lifestyle not revolving around cows milk.

My aim is to share my learning, I believe no parent or family should feel alone and for those of you who have entered on this journey, making lifestyle changes, I’d like you all to know that you’re all doing brilliantly.

I hope my site, offers you non judgemental time and space and what follows is of interest and support.

love to all


Sundried tomato pesto cubes


Expect the unexpected reccipe range. Here it is, my own easy dairy free, gluten free, wheat free pesto which can be made in 10minutes!
I got so sick of buying jars and having to bin them after after a few days once opened. 😦
This way, you can take them and use them as and when needed straight into the saucepan with pasta or other ingredients. Great for busy parents and little tummies 🙂

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Off on a tandom….with minerals and vitamins -Yvonne-

Aloha 🙂

Apart from concluding at this present time, that I’m possibly the worst blogger ever. I can only give assurance that my mind has not stopped working overtime since my last blog!

My mind has been absorbed this week looking at minerals. For many who are unable to tolerate milk protein have found problems relating to mineral absorption especially those suffering from IBD. It is for this reason, that I started looking at salt, not to mention boring some dear friends senseless talking about..yes I’m really sorry…salt!

From the reading I’ve done, himalayan rock salt appears to be one of the best in containing over 80 trace minerals. However, despite the hype around it-I’m not convinced the tiniest amount of trace minerals constitute toward the hyped up health benefits. Surely you’d have to consume a fair amount of it to see health change, not to mention consume a fair amount to see the disadvantages of consuming trace radioactive elements such as uranium, polonium and radium. That said, using it perhaps combined with other minerals in the bath..could be a way forward?

This led my thinking back to to calcium absorption at 2.5 years, it was suggested my lo should take extra calcium which showed up low in tests. However for the amount he was eating which was a lot and a varied diet, the fact he wasn’t putting weight, had become severely anaemic from blood loss due to IBD. Not to mention was barely just keeping energy levels up. It made me look closer at the fact this maybe due to the fact his body was not absorbing what it needed to from food.

As many of you who’ve gone down a similar path, you’ll have understanding that magnesium helps with calcium absorption. It was clear to me after a few weeks my lo was not absorbing the calcium supplement either. So having dis regarded claims on the himalayan pink rock salt. I started to look at other sources of magnesium. This led me onto transdermal magnesium flakes in the bath which are absorbed into tissue and play an important part in the intestine. What I did notice that my lo stopped awaking in pain with cramps in the night, he experienced less headaches and dizziness during the day. Eczema behind the ears cleared, stomach is less distended, and an improved  sensitive flaky scalp for which I had tried using different oils, shampoo’s and swapped for just plain water. I was amazed at the difference. He swims now in the bath like its a swimming pool and will asks each bathtime for the flakes!

One thing I hadn’t realised was that Magnesium also plays an important part in converting vitamin D to its active form. While my sons vitamin d levels so far have been fine. I found myself after pregnancy suddenly found my vitamin d levels at 7,5 followed by 2. This was while being given vitamin D injections along with d3 taken orally. It was pretty clear and perhaps should have been to my Gp at the time, that It didn’t matter how much Vitamin D I was given, it was not raising levels in my blood. Until 1) our English summer hit..good ole’ sunshine although I like a lot of people do every year run out even just to stand in a strip of sunshine left at 4pm in the Autumn..just to catch the last of the sun. I couldn’t put my sudden increase ( a level of 50) down to our sporadic sunshine alone.

What I had started doing around the same time was using magnesium flakes in the bath. What I found was that after 3.5 years, I suddenly had relief from pelvic pain on standing and carrying. I no longer had a shooting pain down my leg every morning on standing.

As a qualified Massage practitioner, I would be interested in hearing if anyone has used a magnesium oil/spray. It is something I’d like to incorporate using in my own practice as I’d imagine it would help a number of complaints relating to muscular/skeletal damage due to injury in both the young and elderly. As well as aiding in my specific systems of special interest, namely digestive, endocrine, nervous and integumentary systems. My first thought, was looking at how it may help those with IBD.

As a Holistic Massage Practitioner, my second thought or rather second flowing half of my first thought 🙂 (for those who are still with me).. was how using it in massage may have a positive effect on the brain, in particular; depression. An interesting testimonial recently sent to me by a close friend, indeed explored how transdermal magnesium assisted with moods. If it is true that those with alzheimer’s have a higher aluminium content found within their brains and this has a negative affect on the blood brain barrier then the use of transdermal magnesium in massage surely would have huge huge benefits.

As far as I have read there are not too many contra-indications using magnesium in massage, there are a few medications it interferes with, some health conditions and obviously as long as clients have full kidney function. But in all  appears an easier more effective and safer option than ingesting it.

To conclude, while many of us are prescribed vitamins and minerals along with glossy articles on how paid research has proven these to aide us in different ways. I find myself being rather dismayed 😦 at how little research, advice and emphasis there is on the best way for our body’s to take in these substances in order to obtain maximum health.

One thing  I find hard to grasp, is the fact that much needed magnesium interestingly is taken out of our water during municipal treatment and fluoride is added…:/

Thoughts welcome…

🙂 to be continued….

‘Expect The Unexpected’ Recipe Range My home made cows milk free chocolates in 20 minutes!


Having read through countless recipe books, one thing that occurred to me was that ‘real life’ busy parents really are in need of quick tasty recipe’s with a short list of ingredients and lets face it..minimal washing up:)

My home made cows milk free chocolates can be made in 20 minutes. Better still these contain no refined sugars, oils or dairy and with first and foremost children in mind, there are no nasty cravings or crashing out after 1-2 pieces of chocolate. The health benefits of pure cacao (which I’ll go into more depth in a later blog) outweigh any brought chocolate. I can honestly say I’ve found my 3rd love and not gone back to ‘normal’ chocolate!

          Yvonne's own 'Expect The Unexpected'          Recipie Range
Yvonne’s own
‘Expect The Unexpected’
Recipe Range

The above picture was my first attempt..so If I, with a general attitude of loving a one bowl cook lol!..anyone can!!

Makes 12 pieces

60 g Cacao butter

3 Tablespoons of Cacao Powder

1 Dessert spoon of agave syrup/maple syrup/coconut nectar

Quarter of a pinch of fine salt


For all you happy campers 🙂 you’ll know what I mean when I say to heat the cacao butter over a bain-marie. (in a glass bowl placed over a saucepan of boiling water) until melted.

Using a balloon whisk-whisk in the cacao powder followed by agave/maple or coconut nectar.

Add the salt and whisk well.

Pour mixture (which I’m sure will be smelling amazing) into moulds. I used rubber trays from the £1 shop. You could use silicone cake cases or even plastic ice cube trays.

Pop in the freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes or longer.


To store..though I’m hoping you’ll all be finding it too scrumptious! But ..you can wrap in cling film and store in the fridge/freezer to use as and when. I’ve used it grated as chocolate sprinkles over cakes and dairy free ice cream.

As always…I’m still playing around with ingredients, while I do not want to endorse huge salt content in children’s diet;  From my time spent in Australia ironically surrounded by salt (though not the edible kind) I am exploring the use of Murry river pink salt/himalayan rock salt for those who like myself are looking for trace minerals to aide in their little ones diets/mineral/vitamin absorption.

A lot of parents have given me feedback in that they themselves loved this chocolate, felt it being quite rich for little ones, though I can say my 4 yr old loves these! After 2 pieces..he’s happy 🙂 I am working on an almond/coconut milk version..so please do stay with me.

That’s it! Please don’t be scared to play around with the ingredients..fruit and nuts can be added pending on taste. Please do feel free to leave me a comment, I’m more than happy to answer any questions and would love to know how you and/or your little ones get on.