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Friday, November 18, 2011

(non) Dairy Queen

Since deciding that I'm probably lactose intolerant, I've made a few changes to my diet. Unfortunately, the main change is that I just don't snack as much. However, since I'm no longer breastfeeding, that's probably good for my health. That's a post for another day. Today we're talking about dairy, and how stupid it is!

Switching to almond milk has been awesome. It has more calcium than regular milk, and it doesn't make me sick. Win-win. Now, I doubt I'll be drinking a tall glass of it by itself anytime soon, but with my cereal it gets the job done. When it comes to my sweet tooth and my unhealthy obsession with ice cream, I've just switched to fruity sorbets and rice/soy ice cream. All good options. But if someone wants to tell Ben & Jerry's to make lactose-free flavors I can totally support that.

My biggest downfall right now is breads. I love bread. I love bagels. I love waffles and pancakes. But even just snatching a bite of Aspen's breakfast foods gives me grief. It's not anywhere near as bad as when I had to ship my kid off to a friend's house for an afternoon, but it's not awesome.

But that is where Lactaid comes in. If only it didn't cost $10 for 32 tablets. I could use that up in two days! There is relief is Lactaid though, despite the cost. And the disgusting taste of the chewables I accidentally bought instead of the capsules. I have yet to try Lactaid with real ice cream/milk, but it got me through a delicious dinner of pulled-pork with cheese and sour cream on Sunday and for that I am grateful.

My mom told me she came down with lactose intolerance when she was about 30, so I probably have genetics to thank for this unfortunate development. She suffered for a few years with really bad symptoms, but they eventually lessened. She too has a great love for ice cream, so there is hope for me. For now, I will embrace this change and continue to improve my meal planning. If anything, this is helping me be more mindful of what I eat, and there's nothing wrong with that.

1 comment:

  1. My mom buys this gigantic box of lactose pills at Costco. I'm not sure how much it costs, but I would guess it is better unit-price wise. She eats anything she wants as long as she takes a pill...even ice cream. :)

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