May 20, 2012

it's not the end of the world - how I survive being lactose intolerant


Hi Ocean Dreamers, did you know that I'm lactose intolerant? I've been lactose intolerant since I was a little girl and even a baby, even though we didn't know it at the time. What seemed like a curse at the time has actually turned into a blessing. I now eat healthier and have learned what I can and cannot eat. 

I actually prepared this article to post on another site, but I thought I might as well share these tips with you since many people have food allergies (dairy included) and don't even know it! If you've had a lot of indigestion and you're not sure what it is, I would encourage you to get it checked out. You never know if you may be lactose intolerant. It's better to find out now instead of putting your body through the misery! Read on to find out how to help yourself through dairy food allergies... 

Being lactose intolerant is never fun. If friends are eating ice cream or pizza in front of you it may seen torturous, but hurrying to make it to the bathroom isn’t fun either. Applying tips to your diet so that you don’t have to concentrate on being lactose intolerant will certainly help, but it won’t take it away. Here are some ways to cope with being lactose intolerant so that you can learn how to deal with it and be happy simultaneously.

Lactaid Pills

Many drugstores offer lactose pills that will help provide the enzyme that's needed for your body to successfully digest lactose (other known as milk sugar) that comes in a lot of foods. Before you take the first bite of food with dairy, take the pill. A lactose deficiency may make you sick, but with pills many people who are lactose intolerant can successfully eat food made with dairy. However, if you’re extremely lactose intolerant pills may not work. If this is the case, take a few lactose pills at a time or limit your dairy intake to prevent major stomach problems (i.e. diarrhea and cramping), and chronic bloating. Which believe me is not fun. It also is painful and not to mention not good for your body to go through this discomfort.

Avoiding Dairy All Together

This was just mentioned, but if Lactaid pills don’t work and if you’d like to go the natural route, a better alternative is to avoid daily all together or at least find food that are lactose free (make sure they are diary free too, which is NOT the same thing as lactose free). If this confuses you, read more about the difference. I am allergic to BOTH lactose and dairy. Lactose is a part of dairy and dairy has many more ingredients that you need to concern yourself with. Fun, huh?

Anyway, If you decide to stay clear of dairy, it's time to read labels. If you're lactose intolerant eating certain foods with dairy ingredients will not help you with your food allergy. When looking at a label, look for these words as a part of ingredients because all of these ingredients have dairy in them: l butter, cream, cheese, curds, milk, and whey are just a few words to be vary of. As well as looking for these words, be extra cautious with these food items: chips, soup, real butter, and even medicine will sometimes have lactose in it. If you’re not sure what the ingredients are, look it up on the internet or ask a professional in the health field. Remember – it’s not important to risk your health if you’re not sure of the ingredients.

Ways to Incorporate Small Amounts of Dairy

If your body can handle small amounts of dairy, mix it up and eat other foods while you’re eating dairy. Reducing the rate of which lactose enters your small intestine will help your body break down the lactose a lot easier. I do this and it helps out a lot, but I have to be very careful because if I risk it many times I have to suffer the consequences, which is not good for my body.
If friends end up eating dairy in front of you or you go to an Italian restaurant, try ordering pizza without cheese or take some of the cheese off. Bread, marinara sauce, and pepperoni are still good on a pizza without cheese! Ordering a basked potato without cheese or sour cream is another alternative. Figure out ways to still enjoy your food while having a great time with friends and enjoying a dairy free lifestyle or eating it sparingly will help you in more ways than one. Plus - over time it won't even both you if friends are eating dairy around you if you never eat it. It doesn't bother me at all now because I'm just used to it.

Being lactose intolerant is not anything to be ashamed of. It’s a food allergy that needs to be taken care of. Unfortunately there is no cure, but taking lactose pills, finding different foods to eat, and taking a vitamin such as a calcium vitamin will help supplement your lack of dairy intake. Being lactose intolerant doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Take care of your body and it will be kind to you.
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If you have any questions about being lactose intolerant or being allergic to dairy - please don't be afraid to ask! I've been suffering from food allergies for my entire life so I've learned quite a bit about my body even though I'm constantly learning more.


5 comments :

  1. I think I needed to read this! I've been having problems digesting milk for a few months now, and was never 100% sure whether I was lactose intolerant or not, especially since I'm ok with ice creams. I don't eat cheese/yogurts anyway so have never been able to determine if it is an intolerance. I think it's time to get it checked out.

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  2. I feel like I am seeing a lot more products for people who are Gluten or lactose intolerant . I for one love soymilk, I typically default to a soy chai latte!

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  3. So informative. Sometimes I wonder if I'm a little intolerant because I feel ill after consuming it... but maybe that's because I just eat too much of everything!

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  4. Oh wow I had no idea you were lactose intolerant! These are great tips. :)

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