Post # 1
Okay, so I have come to an extremely sad realization. After many years of slowly overhauling my dietary choices, I have come to the conclusion that I shouldn’t eat dairy anymore.
Insert extremely sad face.
I started by cutting out the mega junk food years back, and a while ago started eating only whole homemade foods (it gives from the heart of the kitchen a whole new meaning) And then when I was still sick sometimes, I cut out gluten, and then corn.
I am so much better than I used to be but something still bugs me sometimes and the only thing I can pin point is dairy. I don’t drink milk but I love cheese. I love it a lot, and its making me sick 🙁
So I decided today that cheese and sour cream our goners too. I’m really really torn about yogurt. I think I love it as much as cheese, and its actually good for me. I think I’ll cut it out at first and then try putting it back slowly and seeing how it goes.
This is seriously going to be torture for me and I need some support from you friends! I know I CAN do it, and I know it will be really good for me but I feel like with all the things I can’t eat (gluten mostly, if you can’t eat gluten I’m sure you know what I man) depriving myself of cheese is going to be brutal.
Oh the first world problems we have eh? I can’t eat rich expensive cheese, my life is over!
I kid abouy that (obviously!) it is going to be an adjustment though!
Any bees super intolerant/allergic to everything under the son have any coping skills? I can’t eat so much food, have so many skin sensitivities, I’m allergic to polin and grass and its endless!
All I can do is remind myself it could be worse.. at least I’m not allergic to the sun!
Post # 3
I cant help you, i love dairy.
BUMP calling all vegans!!!!
Post # 4
One of my best friends is a gluten-free vegan for the same reasons, and I know she swears by Daiya soy-cheese. I know they make soy yogurt, too, but I have no idea if it’s any good (or if you even want to add that much soy to your diet). Good luck, though!
Post # 5
@BotticelliLove: I sit on the soy fence. There’s a lot of things that are debatable but at the same time its such a good vegetarian dairy free protein source! Definitely worth checking out though, thanks!
Post # 6
My only food allergy is fish oil, but I’ve got a friend who is allergic to milk, pork, beef, and eggs, another friend who eats paleo and can’t have dairy or eggs, a friend with celiacs, and several friends who are vegan. Cooking for all of us at a party is a challenge, but I have managed it on occasion.
Since you love yogurt, did you know that there is yogurt made from coconut milk that is dairy free? It’s one of the few things everyone on my list can eat. There is also such a thing as vegan cheese. I personally have never had it, and I’m not sure if it’s good to eat by itself, but I hear it’s a good substitute on pizza.
My insane allergies are more environmental than food for which I am somewhat grateful. I’m deathly allergic to many fragrances (which aren’t required to be on the lable of products grr), seriously I almost died once. Yay for epi pens. It makes finding safe beauty products a real challenge. I’m also allergic to aniline based dyes which means I can’t wear certain colors of clothing, dye my hair, get henna, or get a tattoo. I seem to be allergic to any kind of carnivorous pet, but herbivores seem ok. I’m hypersensitive to nickle which resulted in me being allergic to my shower for a year. It was right after the epi pen incident and my immune system was jacked up. The ER docs even gave me immune suppressants to try to shut it down and it didn’t work. I lived downstream from some nickle mines and got a fresh batch of hives every time I showered. I’m so glad that has stopped. I basically deal with my allergies by avoid, avoid, avoid. It sounds super restrictive, but I’m so used to living my life so that I don’t contact most of these that it doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.
As a Wisconsinite I’m truly sorry that you have to give up dairy. Hopefully you can find some acceptable sustitutes.
Post # 7
As someone who has given up gluten and who looooooves cheese and dairy (and who has lived in Wisconsin), I’m so sorry!! look on the bright side: you still have lots of ethnic food options! Curry, Pad Thai, falafel, lots of varieties of sushi…
Post # 8
Have you tried raw dairy? There are plenty of raw cheeses at places like whole foods to choose from. My staple is raw mild cheddar by organic valley. Also, you could explore goat and sheep milk cheeses. Some are good, some aren’t.
If you’re determined to eliminate dairy and don’t want to try raw or goat/sheep, you can try coconut milk for some substitutions. I would not recommend soy at all because there is way too much evidence that it’s not good for me to feel good about it (of course fermented soy is different).
Post # 9
Ahhh I feel your pain! I LOVE CHEESE!!! But I have recently been informed that I most likely have a combo gluten, casein (higher quantities in cheese than milk or yogurt), opioid intolerance. I’m supposed to stop exposing myself to them but I’m having a really hard time with the dairy too. Stay strong!!!
Post # 10
@Ozian: Falafels. Oh man do I love those little guys! Yum 😀 Going gfree definitely was a callenge for me but because we had given up packaged processed foods already, it was a slightly less drastic change. The worst part is eating not at home. I don’t even like restaurants anymore. Pretty much everything on the menu has or has come in contact with gluten. Torture!
@Eckle: Cocounut milk yogurt sounds friggin AWESOME. I am going to find some tomorrow. Tank you times a million! I feel ya on the avoid avoid avoid theory. It’s all about minimizing the risk of exposure! No exposure is better than damage control though!
Post # 11
@lalalyanne: I don’t know how close you are to a major city, but there are many restaurants in the twin cities that specialize in vegan food. My friend with the milk, pork, beef, and eggs allergy actually dated my friend with celiacs and they managed to find a couple of restaurants where they could both eat everything on the menu. Our whole friend group was impressed that there are restaurants that offer things like that. I think with gluten intolerance awareness on the rise and veganism on the rise there should be more and more of those kind of places.
Post # 12
@lalalyanne: have you tried taking lactaid pills before consuming dairy products? Apparently it can work wonders.
I have no other advice but you have my sympathies. I tried gluten free and then dairy free when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I was down to try anything that might make me feel better. Turns out, I’m not gluten or dairy sensitive. But I was one cranky bitch while on those diets. I love my carbs and dairy so I missed them big time.
Post # 13
@BlondeMissMolly: I have to agree with MissMolly…Our grandparents/great grandparents never had a problem with dairy because milk came fom cows without hormones- period! When the daiy industry started injecting cows with growth hormones, which changed the lactose in the milk, it started a chain reaction, because it is genetically modified from its original state. Now, they want to make ppl believe that its something wrong with our bodies and not the chemicals/hormones injected into the cows and their feed. I know a farmer, personally who has the best milk I’ve ever tasted! I’ve never had a problem digesting it, and it comes from hormone free, pure vegetarian, organic cows. I went back and drank some store bought milk and immediately tasted this unexplainable chemcial taste, along with gas, etc. I knew then that it was the commercial milk. Its the same with nuts/wheat and other staples…esp. in the US. Doctors have complained about children having severe food allergies that they have never seen before…my theory is we should go back to the source. If we could digest wheat 100 years ago with no allergies, then why can’t we now? Some stats say most commercial wheat is also genetically modified…its sad, but it makes sense. I tend to think that if crops are doused with deadly chemicals and the seeds planted are genetically modified to begin with, then it may not be some digestion disorder…call me crazy, but it may just be something wrong with the food. But it seems like no one is checking out the food, until an outbreak of food poisoning happens.
Sorry for the long post, I would def check out a local farmer or farmer’s market, so you may be able to see the difference…the difference was 100% to me. 🙂
Post # 14
@chocolatejazz: have you read wheat belly? It explains in detail how different our modern day wheat is from what wheat should be, and it’s really interesting. You might like it!
Post # 15
@BlondeMissMolly: Thanks, I’ll check it out! 🙂
Post # 16
@lalalyanne: I feel you. I just came back from yet another round of allergy testing. Unfortunately it means my already limited diet is now so sparse it is crazy. I cannot have soy, tartrazine, yellow number five, peas, beans, oranges, sesame, almonds, banana, kiwi, shrimp, all types of melons, mustard, peanuts or avacado. I was also told to monitor my intake of rye.
Every time I go in my diet gets harder and harder. With so many allergies I tend to really cherish the stuff I can have and eat a lot of it. Whenever the list grows and I can no longer have somethijg I love, I honestly mourn for a few weeks. It makes being involved in social activities with friends etc awkward. sometimes it feels like I have a giant freak label on my forehead. In all honesty I would love to just be normal again. thank god my family and future in laws are so incredibly supportive.