Post # 1
As I get older my stomach/skin is becoming stupidly sensitive. About a month ago I realized dairy was the main culrprit for a lot of my stomach issues so I had a doctor confirm it last week and now I’m just depressed because the lactaid supplements dont help at ALL and everything good in life has cheese or dairy products and I’m having a really hard time making the transition to a dairy-free life. As someone who loves to cook and truly just enjoys the art of a meal this is proving to be veery difficult.
If you have a allergy to dairy or an intolerance what are some of your favorite dairy substitutes?
Ive always drank almond milk because I just liked it better but I can’t find a decent cheese subsitute…they all seem…unnatural and overly processed.
I eat organic 95% of the time so organic options are MUCH appreciated.
Post # 3
My FI is a vegan because dairy and meat are too hard on his system and they make him sick. Therefore, when we moved in together I had to completely change my way of thinking and cooking. It was really difficult at first, but now I don’t even think about it and it has become completely natural.
For a butter substitute, we use Earth Balance whipped. It’s delicious! They also have an Earth Balance coconut spread, which is also sooo yummy!
For cheese substitute, you are completely right that it is hard to find something decent. Daiya cheese is one of the better ones because it actually melts like real cheese. We can find it at Ralph’s sometimes, but definitely at Whole Foods. It can have a little bit of a ‘taste’ sometimes, but it is great on pizza. Daiya also makes a havarti ‘cheese’ with jalapenos, which is my favorite. I like to put it on crackers, in mashed potatoes, in stuffed peppers…etc. It’s delicious.
At Trader Joe’s, we actually really like their fake mozzarella cheese. I use it for paninis or bake it on Italian bread. It doesn’t melt quite like real cheese, but it tastes pretty yummy.
Trader Joe’s also has a cheese called Soysation. It’s grated and we use it in tacos or burritos.
Post # 4
@lulu_honey: thanks so much! Have you tried the vegan sour cream by chance? I use it in my mashed potatos and im scared to buy the tub if I’m going to hate it and just throw it away
Post # 5
@Laurenskii: I’m sorry you’re dealing with that 🙁 I adore dairy products and can’t imagine my life without them.
Are there any other pills you can try? Or you’d just rather avoid dairy altogether just in case? No cheese would cramp my cooking style, that’s for sure!
Post # 6
@Laurenskii: I have not tried it, but it’s been on my list of things to try. I have tried the vegan cream cheese from Trader Joe’s, and I did not like it. I felt like it had too much of a fake taste. I’m going to the grocery store this week and if I pick some of the sour cream up I will let you know my verdict.
Post # 7
I know how you feel. I recently developed an allergy to bananas, which I love. I’m having a really hard time breaking myself of all of the banana options I would normally choose (why does nearly every smoothie contain banana?).
I’ve got a friend with a milk allergy and he says that coconut milk yogurt is really good.
Post # 8
@MrsPanda99: there are lactaid supplements that are supposed to help but they haven’t done anything for me.
i had just a little cheese on my salad the other day (I didn’t think so little would hurt) and I spent the next two hours in the bathroom and was left feeling bloated and gassy the rest of the day. It’s just not worth the pain it causes as much as I love it so im trying to cut all dairy out…sadly.
Post # 9
@lulu_honey: oh gosh thank you! You’re such a sweetheart.
@Eckle: so dumb how you just develop allergies to things that never used to bother you. I got 3 dif kinds of yogurts last week and yes, the coconut one was the best. (At 2.00 per yogurt -_- figures.)
Post # 10
What supplements have you used for the dairy? I am also lactose intolerant but I pop a Lactaid pill or two every time I eat dairy. I go for the Target brand because it’s cheaper. It has really helped so much and can eat dairy any time, as long as I pop a pill or two before hand.
Post # 11
@Artificial-Sweetener: I tried all the brands LOL I was desperate…now im just sad. My body just totally rejects dairy, supplement or not 🙁
Post # 12
@Laurenskii: Lots of cheeses are naturally lactose free – chedder, gouda, parmesan… most hard cheeses. So if your body is reacting to these cheeses, likely it’s not the lactose that’s the problem, and thus lactose pills won’t help you. It’s something else – maybe it’s cow’s milk that you’re allergic to. If so, you could try goat or sheep cheese and see if that works for you.
Post # 13
I’m lactose intolerant too. I’m just so damn greedy I usually suffer. and boy do I suffer! FI gives me the look like “now you know you know better” whenever I gorge on ice cream or pizza or cereal haha. It’s horrible.
Post # 14
I suffer through being lactose intolerant because it hasn’t gotten to a horrible point yet (and the pills don’t do anything for me either), but I can’t have gluten and it’s baaaaad so I know how you feel. Everything good is made with gluten 🙂 I don’t have any great suggestions for you, but wanted you to know you aren’t alone missing all the good stuff. Subsitutes rarely taste like the good stuff, but as time goes on I find myself liking the subs more. Maybe it’s because I’m getting used to it, or maybe it’s because I’m starting to remember what it tastes like?
Post # 15
@Laurenskii: I had to give up dairy when I was 14 because I couldn’t digest it and it made me terribly ill. I cut out all dairy for a while (maybe about a year) and then slowly reintroduced it (one product at a time). Now I can eat it in small doses. Here’s what I’ve learned:
– Warm dairy is always worse for me than cold dairy
– The more liquid it is, the worse it is (ie. hard cheeses are easier to eat than brie)
– How sick I get depends on what I’ve eaten already that day (Was it on an empty stomach? Have I already had dairy that day?)
I’ve really adjusted how I eat dairy.. I used to inhale it but now I’m about quality over quantity. Maybe cut it out entirely for a while and try reintroducing it. Once you get used to not having it for a while, it will taste different to you. ie. a glass of milk is super gross to me.. it tastes like cheese. If you let your body get used to a dairy free diet, you won’t miss it so much.
Post # 16
I buy tofu that looks like a brick of cheese and tastes very close to it. It’s not the tofu that is moist and in brine/liquid/whatever that juice is, and it doesn’t have the same texture as that kind of tofu either. I even put it on a bagel and pop it in the oven, and it melts like cheese. Check your local grocery store for it.