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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Living with lactose intolerance

For the last year I've been figuring out how to live with lactose-intolerance. It wouldn't be such a big deal if milk and milk products weren't in so much stuff. Like, bread. And crackers. And ready-made meatballs. Do you know how many different kinds of things are in the world that already have those things in them? Pretty much everything I used to eat without a second thought.

So now I buy bread that is actually vegan (no eggs either), and fake butter that doesn't taste too bad (even on toast!). I switched to almond/rice/soy milk for my cereal and even successfully made mashed potatoes from scratch without any dairy.

I've received advice about probiotics from a couple of different people. In both cases, probiotics made it possible for those women to eat dairy foods again without getting sick. One went the prescription route, the other took over-the-counter pills and ate the Activia yogurt as well. I was scared to try this myself because the only way to test it is to use the pills/yogurt, and then try to eat something with dairy in it. See the problem there? You risk getting sick. And for me, my reaction to dairy was violent. There was a lot of puking in addition to... other... problems.

So yeah. That's why it took me a year to finally try some probiotics. I was reading my Yoga Journal magazineand saw an ad for Accuflora. Usually I don't heed those ads because Yoga Journal is full of all sorts of granola-one-with-the-earth stuff. BUT Accuflora's claim to fame is being an affordable probiotic. I went ahead and looked for it at Target the next time I was there and decided to buy it since it really was the least expensive brand.


I got really brave and ate a fun-sized kit kat to test the effectiveness after a week. I mean, go big or go home, right? Not only had I literally felt the probiotics doing their business during the week, but they kept me from getting sick in any way after eating 3 inches of kit kat. HALLELUJAH! I feel like a normal person again. I'm not scared to death to eat bread at someone else's house because a tablespoon of milk may have been used in the dough. I'm not afraid of buttered crackers anymore. It's so freeing.

Also, now that my body has access to the "good bacteria" it needs to digest properly, I'm no longer getting raging headaches that made me dizzy and nauseous (and useless) every couple of days. I'm a new woman! Woo! Soooo, if you've been thinking about probiotics, do it. I don't care what brand you try, but just try one. It's worth it.


  1. Yeah! So happy for you. I can't imagine living on foods without milk in them. Glad you found something that worked.

  2. I think probiotics can really help you because it is good to our digestive system. It has good bacteria that will help our digestive system perform well.


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