What to Eat when you are Lactose Intolerant
Being lactose intolerant is not fun. And trying to fiqure out what to eat when you are first diagnosed as lactose intolerant can be very frusterating. People who have lactose intolerance have trouble digesting lactose, a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy foods. Being Lactose intolerant does not mean you are allergic to milk, but you probably feel sick after having anything with dairy in it. This is exactley how I feel after eating anything with dairy so I try to avoid it as much as I can.
Symptoms of lactose intolerance include diarrhea, gas, abdominal cramps and bloating 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking dairy products.
Lactose is found in many dairy products such as milk, ice cream cheese as well as breads, baked goods, salad dressings, candies and snacks. So having lactose intolerance could mean that you might be missing out on much needed calcium. It is important to learn what non-diary foods to eat to maintain a healthy diet.
Here is a list that can help you get started with your healthy lactose free diet. I do suggest that you talk to your Doctor or Naturopath about taking supplements as well to keep you on the right track. Especially to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D.
What to eat when you are lactose intolerant:
- Calcium-fortified products, such as breads and juices
- Canned salmon
- Almond milk, Rice milk, Soy milk, Coconut milk
- Pinto beans
My personal favorite is Almond Milk. I love a great latte, (it was a major ah ha moment when I realized why I felt sick everytime I had one of those delishous coffee house masterpieces! Most coffee shops actually have the option to choose Lactose Free, Almond or Coconut milk. Even Starbucks! I find the almond milk gives my lattes an extra awesome flavor.
Check out some of my dairy free recipes here.
Some people can tolerate smaller servings of dairy and buy the lactose-reduced or you can find even find lactose-free products at the grocery store usually in the dairy sections and organic foods sections. There are many options, sometimes finding them can be hard but once you know what you like, shopping does get easier! Trust me!
For myself, if I am really craving that pizza or OMG a giant icecream cone! I take a lactase enzyme such as Dairy Ease or Lactaid, so that I can get my dairy fix! But for the most part I tend to stay away from it all together. I just makes me feel way better in the long run!
If you are looking for more information, the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation is a great site to visit.
I hope this helps some of you out, if you have any questions, please let me know.
Stay Healthy friends,