Lactose Intolerance

on May 27, 2009 @ 08:26 am

I have been having problems lately, mostly with stomach cramps, bloating and the worst gas imaginable, and when I googled my symptoms (I know I know, bad idea) it was suggested that I am lactose intolerant. The bulk of my dairy intake is in the morning, and my symptoms are usually in the late afternoon/early evening. But lactose intolerance actually makes sense to me, as my sister is, and my mother was allergic to dairy as a child, but eventually outgrew it. I decided to do a test to see if this was it, so cut all dairy out. This was harder than I thought! Since last summer I have been having shakes for breakfast, since I am always in a hurry and usually skip this meal, so I thought this was a great way to ensure I ate (and it is, I never miss breakfast now!). I suppose my milk intake rose dramatically because of this, especially with the cheese I eat as a snack etc. So cutting all dairy out requires some substitution.

I like the lactaid, a bit too sweet for me, but mixed in the blender with some fruit and protein powder it's great. However I am having difficulty with various random products out there that hide milk in their foods. Cutting out the obvious stuff is easy, but this is still new to me so I don't always stop to think "wait, is there milk in this muffin?" etc. I sometimes buy sugar free chocolate at bulkbarn, and I have no clue if it has milk in it, although I am sure it does. I thought gelato was safe, it's not supposed to have dairy in it, but the brand I bought yesterday does, and it seems everything has, in fine print, modified milk ingredients!

I suppose this will require some trial and error to see just how much dairy I can have in a day, and I will go see a doctor etc. My question to you ladies is do you have any dairy or even food intolerances, and how do you deal with it? How did you figure out how much is too much?

6 Replies

Cure for lactose intolerance on May 28, 2009 @ 03:50 pm

Hey Nessie,

I've been lactose intolerant since I was 13, and so was my mom. I totally know what you're going through in the difficulties of finding products without any diary. Like you, I started taking Lactaid, which worked for many years. Recently I got really fed up with taking a pill every time I wanted to have any dairy. My mom came upon this new product called Lactagen, and it is amazing. Its a 38 day program of drinking a tasteless solution twice a day and then once you finish, you can have all the dairy you want again and be completely fine without ever having to take another pill. It's a miracle cure! I couldnt believe it either, but lactose intolerance is pretty miserable as you know, so I was willing to try anything. After using Lactagen my mom has been completely symptom free for over 3 years. I've completed the program a little over a month ago and i love eating ice cream and drinking milk whenever I want to. I ordered it from their website

try it out it will change your life..good luck!

Breanne from NY

dietitian? on Jun 03, 2009 @ 04:46 pm

Hey Ness, perhaps go see a dietitian? I can get a referral for you if you want. In the meantime... would cut back on the lactose containing foods and then slowly phase them back in to see how you react to it....

thank you! on Jun 03, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

Thanks Breanne! I will for sure look into that. But yes, perhaps a dietitian would be best. I would love a referal robin, please please! I called the clinic I go to, but they only handle woman related issues - i would have to go to a walk in clinic, and I have been so many times this year already that I don't want to build a reputation as a hypochondriac! I have cut out obvious foods, and have discovered chocolate is a no-no, which makes me sad :( Shall have to get some dark chocolate and see...

I am happy starbucks carries lactaid, my chai latte addiction need not suffer!

chocolate, lactose, and other problems on Jun 04, 2009 @ 06:55 am

Nessie - I have sporadic issues with lactose and caffeine intolerances (I have no idea if they're related, it could easily be coincidence); my cousin has gluten issues; etc.

The simple answer is, trial and error, then mind over matter. Just like a hypochondriac is terrified that everything will kill them, a less stressy attitude may allow you to enjoy treats in moderation. I know several people who have sensitivities and are perfectly fine when they eat a muffin or whatever, not realizing what's in the recipe, but the moment they find out they freak and suddenly feel deathly ill.

The complicated answer is, it will take time to find out what you can tolerate. I found that if I backed off dairy for a time (few months) and then slowly started having (but in lesser amounts than before), I didn't have any issues. But then my problems were not very severe to begin with.

I was reacting to chocolate and tried switching to dark but still found it irritating. It was right around then that I realized I had a sensitivity to caffeine. After a while of caffeine free living (which was not fun, I'm a javaholic), I eased back into it and it's never been an issue since unless I overindulge. A certain chocolate wedding cake comes to mind...

A cure?! on Jun 09, 2009 @ 11:11 am

breannejordan: I've never heard of a cure or anything of that sort. Where did you get it? I'm so curious. I'm going to look into it. Thanks!

cure on Jun 10, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

I ordered it online from their website I think you can also order over the phone but I don't know the number (I'm sure its probably on the site). It really does work and I can't tell you how amazing it is to have my life back. Good luck hun! Let me know how it goes.

Breanne from NY

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