A few months ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and got really sick. I couldn’t keep anything down. The night before I had made a ravioli bake which was heavy in dairy with ricotta and Parmesan cheese. I returned to a normal the next day but the following day I had a bowl of cereal with milk and the same incident occurred. I’ve always had a weak stomach but recently it has gotten progressively worse especially after eating dairy products. (I tend to eat a lot of cheese in my diet.) I would feel fuller faster and uncomfortable after eating it. After two weeks of feeling completely miserable I decided to take action.
I changed my eating habits and omitted lactose completely. The first week was rather difficult-I was constantly craving Mac and Cheese-but after a month of no lactose, I have noticed a difference not only in the way that I felt but my skin as well. My stomach aches are very rare if any at all. This process of elimination seemed to work and work quickly!
This change in diet took some adjusting and for someone who used to have dairy in all of her meals it took awhile to get accustomed to. I find myself eating a lot more vegetables, meat and fish. I had to give up pizza and most Mexican foods which was tough. Even though there are a lot of substitutes are out there, I still find the lactose free cheese texture weird especially when it’s melted. But I have found some products that make my lactose intolerance manageable:
- Publix brand organic soy milk, vanilla flavor. I was never one for milk but I absolutely love this stuff!
- Oreos. Did you know they were lactose free?! I recently tried their birthday cake Oreos which is by far my favorite.
- Bryer’s Lactose Free Chocolate Ice Cream. It tastes just like regular ice cream without the terrible feeling afterwards!
- Lara Bars. They are lactose and gluten-free. These are nice to snack on throughout my work day.
- Tropical Smoothie has dairy free smoothies that are packed with protein. They have a wide array of options!
I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go lactose-free. It has made me feel overall very healthy!