Post # 1
My favorite food is cheese, my go-to dessert is ice cream and I drink milk like it’s water. Basically, I love dairy in all its various forms. It seems I’ve developed an intolerance to lactose, though. I know it’s not uncommon, but all the foods I love!! And a nurse friend also informed me that if I ignore it, it can lead to fructose I tolerance and that makes me more sad! This is no bueno. Any advice from other lactose intolerant bees?
Post # 3
🙁 I’m sorry about this! I’m sure though that as time moves on you’ll develop an almost equal (if not equal) love of the soy and other non-dairy alternatives.
Take heart in knowing that there are many other lactose intolerant people out there who have no narrowed down which recipes are best.
Plus, on your deathbed you can gorge yourself on all of these foods seeing as “tomorrow won’t matter”.
I hope you get more posts from the Bee, especially those who have firsthand experience.
Post # 4
This happened to me 3 years ago. here are my favs.
Goat cheese you can eat, no lactose in there, i sub it for cream cheese.
Rice cheese is pretty decent
Almond milk for milk/creams.
Almond milk ice cream is really good.
I’ve learned to cook with a lot of dairy free items to get cheese like things and have been successful.
Also its a good thing b/c dairy isn’t good for your body to begin with. Humans are the only mammal to drink milk past infancy.
Best of luck!
Post # 5
Lactaid. It’s in the pharmacy under digestive aids. They also make “lactose free” milk, I’ve tried both the target/market pantry one as well as Lactaid brand and both are good. but honestly pop a couple of lactaid pills before you eat dairy and you’ll be just fine 🙂
Also FYI, an interesting fact…when I was pregnant I had zero issues with lactose. ZERO. I’ve been pretty lactose intolerant my entire life but according to my OBGYN this is a pretty common occurence. Interesting, huh?
Its the only thing I really miss about pregnancy.
Post # 6
I definity feel you. I’ve been allergic to the protein In milk (casein) my whole life. Tried to ignore it through my teenage years and recently decided I would be better off without it .
I am a self professed cheese addict and let me tell you, you’re not alone its really challenging! I struggle, pretty much daily with this. I suspect it will always be a little hard but ii know I’m better off so I persevere!
Although it hasn’t mine away, the desire has gotten way less intense for dairy products.
In short, it’s worth it and it gets easier, hang in there!
Post # 7
Chocolate soy milk is a yummy alternative!
Post # 8
I do love soy milk and soy yogurt. Silk brand vanilla milk is my favorite.
Post # 9
@asianbarbie: Mmmm, goat’s cheese is amazing! That’s great to hear that it is lactose free!
Post # 10
@HonoraryNerd: You can get lactose free diary products here in Australia that taste exactly the same as products with lactose. Surely they are available in the USA since we tend to be behind you guys in the innovative food stakes.
Also replace ice cream with sorbet. Just as nice but less calories and no lactose.
Post # 11
I’m just lucky FI is vegetarian and knows about most of the dairy free stuff. We don’t currently use it, but he’s definitely more knowledgeable.
Post # 12
OP I hear you – big dairy lover & I’ve noticed in last year or 2 that if I have too much at once, I start getting sick. I’ve tried to just reduce intake & this has helped, so I haven’t got a full-blown intolerance/allergy yet. Hope that works in the long run!
Post # 13
There’s hope! I was lactose intolerant for YEARS and then…I stopped. Like I would be doubled over in pain/crazy gut problems if I indulged…and then all the sudden it was gone. I still get some gut issues if I consume a lot of dairy, but I can usually indulge in a small dish of ice cream or bowl of cereal with no problems.
Post # 14
My MIL takes a tablet that has lactase in it about 30 minutes before eating foods with lactose, and she can eat it fine with that! I don’t know what the tablet is called though, sorry.
Post # 15
Many aged/hard cheeses are lactose free! See here from Cabot, IMO the best cheddar widely available.
Also most yogurt is fine because the good bacteria digest the lactose for you.
Post # 16
My LO can’t digest milk protein, so I gave it up completely about 7 months ago. It is really difficult sometimes, there is dairy in things you would never guess and ready labels all the time is a lot of work, but once you get use to it is isn’t so bad. I worry what my boy will do once I am done nursing and go back to eating dairy.
As others have said since yours isn’t an allergy you could try lactaid for when you want to indulge. Just a warning that it doesn’t work for everyone though, I worled with someone that tried it and it didn’t help:(