Thursday, August 7, 2014

My 'Avoiding Lactose' Journey

My taste buds LOVE nearly all lactose foods!  My stomach, unfortunately, does not!
 I didn't notice this digestive disagreement until after college.  Even then it wasn't too big a deal; it is a common phenomenon that lactose intolerance gets worse with age.  I dealt with my early symptoms by trying not to have more than 2-3 servings of lactose laden foods per day.  Then it became that I would need a Lactaid pill (a pill you take with your first dairy bite - more on this to come later) with my second serving of dairy per day, then Lactaid pill with andy dairy consumption, then ONLY one dairy consumption per day with Lactaid, and sadly, lately, I'm trying to avoid lactose altogether.  In this blog I will post my journey into trying a lactose free lifestyle.
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First and foremost, I feel like I should reiterate to you what I know.  Please don't lambast me if I get a tiny thing wrong - you are reading a personal blog about my interpretation of all the research.  If you want a doctor's expertise - GO TALK TO A DOCTOR!

I have found tons of info from reputable online sources, including, but not limited to:

The Basics

  • Lactose Intolerance is an inability (or reduced ability) to digest "milk sugar (lactose)" in foodstuffs.
  • Consequences of consuming lactose when lactose intolerance can vary greatly (from mild bad breath to nausea, diarrhea, and excruciating cramps).
  • Intolerance to lactose often worsens with age.
  • I'm told your doctor can test to see if you are lactose intolerant, but you can generally identify this yourself in a few simple steps.
  • More foods than I realized contain lactose!  Its those hidden lactose items that often leave me cursing in pain at the end of the day.

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