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Lactose intolerance?

I've just found out I'm lactose intolerant (after years of symptoms it's great to finally find out what is wrong). It means though that I have to stop buying dairy products - does anyone else have this problem and does it affect your lifestyle?

Last reply: 12th Jul 2017 / 77 replies / Post by Sparkle

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annie

Posted by: annie
Posted: 24th Nov 2013

annie says: Hi my daughter last year was diagnosed with cealiac diseas a intolerance to wheat and has had to adjust her diet to go on a glutin free diet.when we go shopping now we have to check the labels and make sure things are wheat free.It has been hard at first adjusting to this new way but it has made her feel better in herself so maybe after you start your lactose free diet you will feel better too Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 26th Mar 2014

annie says: Hi my daughter last year was diagnosed with cealiac diseas a intolerance to wheat and has had to adjust her diet to go on a glutin free diet.when we go shopping now we have to check the labels and...

says: Hi, I was diagnosed with coeliac disease in April last year. It is a real challenge and the thing I have found is although something is marked GF it is not necessarily nutritious.
I was also told at the time of my diagnosis that it is not unusual for coeliac to be accompanied by other food allergies, such as lactose intolerant. Reply

jay

Posted by: jay
Posted: 18th Mar 2015

annie says: Hi my daughter last year was diagnosed with cealiac diseas a intolerance to wheat and has had to adjust her diet to go on a glutin free diet.when we go shopping now we have to check the labels and...

jay says: hi my brother was diagnose with cealiac disease a long time ago and although it was a large change my late husband and i decided we were going to start studying food gluten free food because their wasnt much around but i think the first things we found were the gluten free sausage which surprisingly they were quite tastyso we found that the transition was wasier because we did it as a family unitbut luckily their is a lot of food and info and even a support group out Reply

Tropical

Posted by: Tropical
Posted: 29th Jun 2016

annie says: Hi my daughter last year was diagnosed with cealiac diseas a intolerance to wheat and has had to adjust her diet to go on a glutin free diet.when we go shopping now we have to check the labels and...

Tropical says: Hi, 2 months ago by Dr referred me to a Dietician as I suffer from IBS so she put me on the FODMAP diet to find out whether I'm glutton or Lactose intolerant. Now I have to introduce a new food for a week to see how I feel. It's going to take such a long time & I'm getting fed up with it. Reply

margaretjulia

Posted by: margaretjulia
Posted: 22nd Feb 2017

Tropical says: Hi, 2 months ago by Dr referred me to a Dietician as I suffer from IBS so she put me on the FODMAP diet to find out whether I'm glutton or Lactose intolerant. Now I have to introduce a new food...

margaretjulia says: I have recently seen a dietican and decided not to go on the Fodmap diet for the reason you are fnding it difficult. I have been on a gluten free diet for about 10 years and eat fairly basic foods prepared at home. I am trying to eat low frutose and frutan items only one per meal and I think it may be helping. Good luck in achieving a great outcome Reply

T

Posted by: T
Posted: 16th Dec 2013

T says: There are so many lactose free products on the market that it doesn't make a difference to our lifestyle at all. Lactose is something that builds up in your system. You can manage it at home so that you can enjoy eating out and not worrying. Avoiding creamy meals is a good thing anyway for anyones lifestyle. Reply

Shambles

Posted by: Shambles
Posted: 23rd Dec 2013

Shambles says: Hi
My partner is lactose intolerant. He just watches what he eats and drinks, but not to extreme. He also tests his blood sugar levels once a week. Reply

elleymay

Posted by: elleymay
Posted: 28th Jan 2014

Shambles says: Hi
My partner is lactose intolerant. He just watches what he eats and drinks, but not to extreme. He also tests his blood sugar levels once a week.

elleymay says: THAT WOULD BE SO HARD TO LIVE WITH HAVE TO TEST YOUR BLOOD every WEEK
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Shambles

Posted by: Shambles
Posted: 16th Mar 2014

elleymay says: THAT WOULD BE SO HARD TO LIVE WITH HAVE TO TEST YOUR BLOOD every WEEK

Shambles says: Not really. It only takes a minute or so! Reply

Parsimony

Posted by: Parsimony
Posted: 2nd May 2014

elleymay says: THAT WOULD BE SO HARD TO LIVE WITH HAVE TO TEST YOUR BLOOD every WEEK

Parsimony says: If you think blood testing once a week is hard, some people with diabetes have to test their bllod glucose levels several times a day! Reply

jjdrer

Posted by: jjdrer
Posted: 23rd Jun 2014

Parsimony says: If you think blood testing once a week is hard, some people with diabetes have to test their bllod glucose levels several times a day!

jjdrer says: That is right. I know of a professional sports person who has to check his blood levels and inject himself with insulin a mininum of 5 times per day. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 8th Mar 2014

Shambles says: Hi
My partner is lactose intolerant. He just watches what he eats and drinks, but not to extreme. He also tests his blood sugar levels once a week.

says: he has to avoid eating foods with lactose like milk, cheese,... Reply

w-alice

Posted by: w-alice
Posted: 11th Jan 2017

Shambles says: Hi
My partner is lactose intolerant. He just watches what he eats and drinks, but not to extreme. He also tests his blood sugar levels once a week.

w-alice says: He takes his bloodsugar level because of his lactose intolerance? never heard of that before, can you explain why? Reply

Raksha

Posted by: Raksha
Posted: 23rd Dec 2013

Raksha says: I'm Lactose intolerant, and have been for over 20 years. I have Soy Milk in my tea and coffee and have got used to all the soy products, ie: yoghurt etc. It's no great problem, just takes a bit of adjusting. With all the lactose free products on the supermarket shelves at present you have a lot more choices.
I must confess I occasionally have a skim milk iced coffee, but not very often, and I really notice the difference to my stomach for a few hours after. Reply

Proven Guilty

Posted by: Proven Guilty
Posted: 25th Dec 2013

Raksha says: I'm Lactose intolerant, and have been for over 20 years. I have Soy Milk in my tea and coffee and have got used to all the soy products, ie: yoghurt etc. It's no great problem, just takes a bit...

Proven Guilty says: Hi Raksha. I think I might have lactose intolerence. Can you tell me what symtoms are for it, e.g. what was yours? Reply

Raksha

Posted by: Raksha
Posted: 26th Dec 2013

Proven Guilty says: Hi Raksha. I think I might have lactose intolerence. Can you tell me what symtoms are for it, e.g. what was yours?

Raksha says: Hi Proven Guilty,
I had suffered symptoms of Lactose Intolerance for years and didn't recognize them. I loved a cold glass of milk, Milk Shakes and Iced Coffee and would have one as often as I could, but afterwards I would feel bloated, have stomach pains, and wind. It took a while for my GP to work out just what was causing it, but once I was properly diagnosed it was a relief. Reply

mismoo

Posted by: mismoo
Posted: 23rd Dec 2013

mismoo says: Hi Sparkle, What timing! I am so glad for you though, to have finally found a reason for being unwell. I don't have a Lactose intolerance but I am a Type 2 diabetic that means I had to overhaul my whole way of living and eating. Once you adjust to all the changes you have to make and let everyone close to you know, you'll find that you adjust rather quickly. I think the loads of information that is thrust at you on diagnosis is so very overwhelming. I hope that you find a happy medium and feel well sooner rather than later. All the best and Merry Christmas. :) Reply

Sawf

Posted by: Sawf
Posted: 20th Jan 2014

Sawf says: Yeah have the same problem, although I have discovered chocolate sorbet, and apparently almond milk is quite good. If you want lactose free milk Zymil by Paul's is good. The worst part about being lactose intolerant is finding out that some foods you never thought about having dairy products do, and finding out the hard way. For example lasagne. Having to be more mindful of diet is sometimes painful, but at least these days there is a lot more products which are lactose intolerant friendly. Reply

Niecee

Posted by: Niecee
Posted: 13th Apr 2014

Sawf says: Yeah have the same problem, although I have discovered chocolate sorbet, and apparently almond milk is quite good. If you want lactose free milk Zymil by Paul's is good. The worst part about...

Niecee says: Hi Sawf,

I also am Lactose Intolerant, have been for many years and didn't know it. There are so many new products to eat and drink now, that are not soy or almond etc, which I can't seem to handle. Liddells now have, Lactose free milk, cheese, butter, cream, cream cheese and yoghurt. I also use goats cheese sometimes and it isn't hard to make your own ice cream, butter, ricotta cheese etc. I also have the added problems with being Gluten and Fructose intolerant. Such a pain but life goes on and you just adjust. Reply

wendel

Posted by: wendel
Posted: 21st Jan 2014

wendel says: Must be difficult with other family and friends who aren't I can imagine. I hate the taste of soy products (in place of ordinary cows milk). Can you still take goat products instead or is it same with lactose, I guess it would be. I know there are products out there these days for people like yourself. Good luck in keeping well. Reply

wildone

Posted by: wildone
Posted: 31st Jan 2014

wildone says: Im not lactose intolerant, but I was born with GALACTOSEMIA. Which is I was born without the enzemes in my body that tolerate lactose in milk.When I was born and all through my life I have not been able to drink milk or eat chocolate,yogurt ect Reply

SimDiesel

Posted by: SimDiesel
Posted: 13th Feb 2014

SimDiesel says: Are you sure you are in fact 'lactose intolerant'??
I myself, can have ANY dairy product, sour cream, cheese, yoghurt etc but the only one I CANNOT have is cows milk.
It took me 19 years to figure out that cows mil is what makes my stomach upset and sick.
Like I said, I can have everything BUT cows milk..
(Cows milk is designed for baby cows not humans in my opinion) lol
Try a few different options over the course of a week and see exactly what it is that's making you feel sick.
You may not be intolerant afterall, jst on certain items.. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 20th Feb 2014

says: yer,i was getting flemmy in my throat and upset stomach for years from lattes,flavoured milk drinks and cereal with full cream milk so I changed to soy milk for all these and coconut milk for cooking(white sauce or thai curries etc,) and it I had almost immediate benifits
I find that now I can occasionally splurge a bit on dairy and its not so bad.
its all about moderation for me know. Reply

delai

Posted by: delai
Posted: 23rd Feb 2014

delai says: I do have this problem. for the first few weeks of the new change to your diet, you start to crave dairy products and it is quite tough but after time you create a rountine with various dairy free products and it becomes easier and easier by time Reply

george

Posted by: george
Posted: 26th Feb 2014

george says: i am now 60 and have had this problem for 8 years now,A first i gave up all dairy and found goats milk (fetta) was so expensive to have all the time.I have slowly added some dairy into my diet,like tasty cheese,blue cheese,ice cream but in small amounts.If i have a cheese and salad sandwich for lunch, i do not have cheese for the rest of the day(other wise i sit on the loo for hours).Only buy lactose free milk and yogurt and you will be ok.If you like cappaccino's you can have 1 (one) skinny cup, not a mug ,per day and you should be ok all the best, George Reply

Julia_m66

Posted by: Julia_m66
Posted: 1st Mar 2014

Julia_m66 says: I am lactose intolerant and dont drink soy either
few things you need to consider
1. HOW intolerant are you? theres a spectrum not just 'you are' or 'you arent' - cheese has little lactose and full fat yoghurt might be fine for you in moderation - its worth trying full fat Jalna or Five:am yoghurt (full fat)
2. there are other substitutes you can use like almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, coconut milk for cooking and recipe making
3. something to remember - when you are intolerant to something, your body reacts the same way it would (for the intolerance) to something addictive (sugar, alcohol, caffeine) to you will feel alot better once you cut it out entirely Reply

jjdrer

Posted by: jjdrer
Posted: 23rd Jun 2014

Julia_m66 says: I am lactose intolerant and dont drink soy either
few things you need to consider
1. HOW intolerant are you? theres a spectrum not just 'you are' or 'you arent' - cheese has little lactose...

jjdrer says: If you have gluten intolerance at all I would be cautious with Oat milk. Some oats come from an area which have no contact with other cereal crops. There is one brand that states that. However some people are allergic to a protein that all oats contain. Reply

julieta

Posted by: julieta
Posted: 3rd Mar 2014

julieta says: Sparkle you don't have to stop buying dairy products I only found out that I am lactose intolerant just late last year. I now buy Liddell lactose free low fat milk. This same brand has the sliced cheese and yoghurt. Reply

Blue-eyed Panda

Posted by: Blue-eyed Panda
Posted: 21st Mar 2014

Blue-eyed Panda says: My sister has recently became one and it has changed her lifestyle now as she is only just recently turned 15 she now knows why she gets sick from ice cream and milk and all things dairy and she is a bit sad but at the same time she is so happy she found out now :) Reply

krystalswag

Posted by: krystalswag
Posted: 27th Mar 2014

krystalswag says: I'm intolerant of lactose too, so i usually have soy milk in my coffees and such.

I actually found a product called Lacteeze that allows me to have dairy again !
they're little chewable tablets and safe as far as i've heard. you just chew one 15 minutes before you want to have some coffee (when you're in the line at the cafe) and all is well :) Reply

Aksh

Posted by: Aksh
Posted: 31st Mar 2014

Aksh says: It changes your life certainly! but it's not as bad as it first seems. You get used to it real quick and there are so many alternatives out there, you will soon find out. I've been off dairy for 12 months now and i feel great! there are days when you may crave chocolate or pastries but generally you'll find alternatives which are as yummy as your dairy favourites! Reply

cazza911

Posted by: cazza911
Posted: 31st Mar 2014

cazza911 says: My cousin is lactose intolerant and her lifestyle is only slightly affected, she just has to watch what types of food she eats and that is all. You will be fine! Reply

nickos

Posted by: nickos
Posted: 1st Apr 2014

nickos says: my mother suffers from being lactose. you can get tablets from the chemist for when you want to go out and indulge - also coles,woolworths have a huge range of lactose free products milk, cheese etc.
it wont affect the way you live unless you let it. Reply

Yulafin

Posted by: Yulafin
Posted: 5th Apr 2014

Yulafin says: my friend is lactose intolerant! its doesnt seem to affect his life and in most cases you barely notice that he is! as he never makes a big deal about it! i know he buys lactose free cheese which to me taste the same as normal cheese. lactose free milk which in coffee you wouldnt notice. lactose free ice cream the so good brand is a good one......the thing i wiould struggle with would be pizza. i know he gets pizza with no cheese Reply

bokka

Posted by: bokka
Posted: 9th Apr 2014

bokka says: hi Sparkle, sorry to hear that you too have what more and more people become subject to. you really dont need to change your lifestyle, just change the milk you use. instead of using cow's milk try to get hold of raw goats milk, it is exultant! with that you can make your own cheeses yoghart etc. plus it taste lovely. i use goats milk for every thing in my house hold, we love it!! Reply

jjdrer

Posted by: jjdrer
Posted: 23rd Jun 2014

bokka says: hi Sparkle, sorry to hear that you too have what more and more people become subject to. you really dont need to change your lifestyle, just change the milk you use. instead of using cow's milk try...

jjdrer says: There is a large range of Lactose Free UHT milk in supermarkets. Some brands taste a lot better than others - the same as ordinary UHT milk It is a case of try them and don't buy the ones you don't like again - the same as you do with other brands of foods. Even the location in which some fruits are grown cause a variation in flavour - possibly the soil type. I don't know. Reply

kristycore

Posted by: kristycore
Posted: 13th Apr 2014

kristycore says: I've been lactose intolerant since i was born.
there are lacteeze tablets that you can get from the chemist that reduce the symptoms of it.
however they just weren't working for me..
after investigation it ends up im also slightly intolerant to the protein in dairy as well. so i cut it out completely. i didnt want to look like i was pregnant and feel uncomfortable all the time.
i dont really miss things like chocolate anymore and never drunk milk so just stuff like cheese is hardest. but in all honestly, it hasn't been that hard.. you end up just not missing it after a while Reply

Frankie93

Posted by: Frankie93
Posted: 15th Apr 2014

Frankie93 says: Yes i realized i was lactose intolerant when i had my daughter they have lactose free options they are a little more expensive but very worth it it causes a lot of problems when trying to eat out but now days they have so many more options :) Reply

Kaitie

Posted by: Kaitie
Posted: 18th Apr 2014

Kaitie says: I'm partially lactose intolerant, so I can handle some dairy products in small quantities. It just means I have to swap some products - you can get lactose free cheeses, milks and even ice cream and creams these days, so you just have to use these instead of full cream products and then your fine to continue eating "normal". Zymil is a great brand. :) Btw a lot of lactose intolerant people, including myself, find they can still handle yogurt fine: apparently something to do with good bacteria / way it's processed. Prob only effect lactose intolerance has on me is when eat out / holidaying! Personally I don't like soy milk and not all caf├ęs have any other "lactose free" milk. A little annoying but ok. Good luck! Reply

crisp

Posted by: crisp
Posted: 28th Apr 2014

crisp says: Hello, personally I am not lactose intolerant but Ive delt with friends and family who are and from what Ive seen after a while it just becomes routine to avoid things with milk product in them, its was a little easier if the whole household made the effort to help avoid the dairy products but other than that it wasnt that bad. Some of the alternatives actually taste better! Reply

Krystelle

Posted by: Krystelle
Posted: 30th Apr 2014

Krystelle says: Hi Sparkle,
I recently found out I was lactose intolerant too and it is incredible how many foods contain milk products. I'm not sure where you live (I am in Perth, Western Australia) but Coles Supermarkets stocks a brand called Liddell's who manufacture lactose free cheese, milk, ice-cream, yoghurt and cream. While they cost slightly more than the regular variety, I have found I don't have the same reactions and I feel much better and healthier. I also use dairy free margarine (olive oil is also good) and soy products. Because of these changes I haven't had to make many drastic diet changes. Check at your local supermarket what products they have and what they may be able to source for you.
Another good product is Lacteeze which can be taken before and after meals to break down the enzymes and help take away the discomfort associated with tolerance. I use these every now and again when I eat something naughty. Hope this helps :) Reply

rydah

Posted by: rydah
Posted: 3rd May 2014

rydah says: Im lactose intolerant as well its hard you need to check what you eat an drink i keep a diary stay away from things that make me Ill it helps that I work in a hospital kitchen so I have access to lots of advice once you get your diet right It becomes easier Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 7th May 2014

says: There are many other alternatives such as nut, lactose free, goats, sheep or A2 milks available at the local grocery store that you can try. I have lived in a household with numerous in-tolerances and i also have this problem. i have found that there is normally an alternative to these products that you are trying to eradicate from your diet. Reply

yup

Posted by: yup
Posted: 13th May 2014

yup says: yes i am lactose intolerant however it doesnt effect me that much as it is a very common desease so there are lots of allternatives and it is easy to adjust your lifestyle Reply

scoulj

Posted by: scoulj
Posted: 20th May 2014

scoulj says: I am not lactose intolerant fortunately, as that would mean no milk chocolate (actually I would keep eating it and just be sick all the time). I have a gluten sensitivity (fortunately not intolerance, I can have small amounts). It is now surprisingly easy to eat gluten free. Most of the supermarkets have a wide range of products that were just no available 20 years ago (thought they are counted as health food and so marked up in price). My sister had a friend who was gluten, lactose and fructose intolerant. She was also vegetarian. She could eat vegies but very little else. That is a hard diet. Reply

jjdrer

Posted by: jjdrer
Posted: 23rd Jun 2014

scoulj says: I am not lactose intolerant fortunately, as that would mean no milk chocolate (actually I would keep eating it and just be sick all the time). I have a gluten sensitivity (fortunately not...

jjdrer says: I was shocked to find out that some vegetables also have sugar in them ---but I don't know which type. You may be able to find a list of fructose in foods.
There are a couple of brands of Chocolate that don't have gluten in them. One of them is Heritage. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the other one.. I have a nephew who is highly gluten intolerant to the extent he has to make sure there is no cross contamination at all. At easter time I found little rabbit shaped biscuits with chocolate coating that was definitely gluten free. My niece managed to find gluten free Easter Eggs. Unfortunately the biscuits disappeared off the shelves within a week of Easter. I was planning to buy some more for him. Some products list some things as a different name with a number. There is ALSO another issue with Milk Chocolate that some people may need to check. A few weeks ago I met a lady at the Gluten Free Section looking for some treats for her teenage daughter who is also highly allergic to orange. She had bought her daughter some gluten free chocolate as an Easter treat. It made her daughter quite ill. She rang the manufacturer to query its contents. They admitted it had orange in it. When she asked why it wasn't listed on the packaging she was told there was such a small amount (if that is correct) that they aren't legally obliged to label the packaging. The lady no longer buys any goods made by that company. Who knows what else is in it that isn't on the label.......There is a huge list on google of various "items" showing codes and what their content comes from. I haven't looked at for awhile. I think it lists known side-effects as well. Some stores carry a huge range of gluten free products. In SA Drakes (Foodland IGA) Supermarkets have adopted special labelling on their shelves in front of all gluten free products.(I believe it is blue) They also have one store in Qld. I also found out that Munno Para Foodland IGA (owned by the Chapleys Family who have several other Supermarkets) have a huge range - more that opposition supermarket chains do. Reply

scoulj

Posted by: scoulj
Posted: 20th May 2014

scoulj says: I am not lactose intolerant fortunately, as that would mean no milk chocolate (actually I would keep eating it and just be sick all the time). I have a gluten sensitivity (fortunately not intolerance, I can have small amounts). It is now surprisingly easy to eat gluten free. Most of the supermarkets have a wide range of products that were just no available 20 years ago (thought they are counted as health food and so marked up in price). My sister had a friend who was gluten, lactose and fructose intolerant. She was also vegetarian. She could eat vegies but very little else. That is a hard diet. Reply

NooNa

Posted by: NooNa
Posted: 22nd May 2014

NooNa says: Yes you still can get lactose free dairies Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 15th Jun 2014

says: Hi. I am also lactose intolerant. You do not have to stop buying dairy products. I buy lactose free milk, cheese, shredded cheese and margarine. So far I have only seen two brands that do lactose free products. They are Zymil and Lyddells. Zymil is now owned by Pauls. Reply

jjdrer

Posted by: jjdrer
Posted: 23rd Jun 2014

jjdrer says: Some medications also have lactose in them so ask your pharmacy to check prescriptions before they are processed. Some of them just have in the coating.
I had to check one of mine that has coating on it for sugar. Some do and some don't. The Pharmacist also checked lactose at the same time. as I have a slight allergy to it. The Pharmacist looked it up in a reference book. Reply

Bazz

Posted by: Bazz
Posted: 25th Jul 2014

Bazz says: Congratulations! I can remember what that's like. The many & diverse symptoms simply vanish overnight after avoiding dairy products. I was diagnosed with it in my childhood, long before it was even possible for pretty much any doctor to diagnose. Nowadays, the alternatives to dairy products taste great & cover a huge range, taking up loads of supermarket shelf space. Thirty years ago, I can remember only the most gross-tasting varieties of powdered soy milk being available from far, far away. These days, I don't need any of these products to feel "normal". Sometimes, in some cases, such alternatives can cause more health issues due to poor regulation & poor food preparation techniques. Reply

joko_pops

Posted by: joko_pops
Posted: 15th Aug 2014

joko_pops says: Yes! Im lactose intolerant and at first it was wired but I just started buying lactose free product like for milk I drink almond milk and for butter I get a brand called nutelex its really good and now I feel more happy and healthy for my change hope I helped Xx Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 18th Aug 2014

says: Haha yeah it's not fun but if you give it up you will feel better for it. I was lactose intolerant as a child and slowly got used to drinking milk to the point that I would drink 2L a day. Then about 3 years ago I went Vegan and stopped all dairy, thinking nothing of it, then recently I have accidentally ingested dairy and the result was severe pain in the stomach. Turns out my body has gotten used to no dairy and now I have a strong intolerance, probably for the best though I really don't see too many benefits from dairy except calcium and a few select chemicals that are good, I don't feel I'm missing too much. I suggest avoiding soy (for it's hormones) or oat milk (for it's gluten) and going with rice (pure harvest is the most simple and tasty).
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candy

Posted by: candy
Posted: 21st Oct 2014

candy says: Hi! I have an allergy to Lactose and Casien (Milk protein) so I have to be super careful. To be perfectly honest it really doesn't affect my life at all and I often think it worries others more than me, for example when eating out everyone wants me to decide where we will go as I have "issues" and can't eat what I want. I have rarely found a restaurant where there wasn't at least a chicken salad with no dressing ;) I have many people in my life who don't know about my allergy and when I tell them the are quite shocked as I am always eating haha. Coffee was hard initially as there is always the risk of cross contamination between soy and whole milk but I now drink black as it is just easier, other than that just be careful you check products and their ingredient lists. Stick to whole foods and you really can't go wrong. Reply

Milaya

Posted by: Milaya
Posted: 24th Oct 2014

candy says: Hi! I have an allergy to Lactose and Casien (Milk protein) so I have to be super careful. To be perfectly honest it really doesn't affect my life at all and I often think it worries others more...

Milaya says: buy some Lacteeze tablets available from chemists. Taken before food it helps to digest lactose. Reply

Milaya

Posted by: Milaya
Posted: 24th Oct 2014

Milaya says: you can buy Lacteeze tablets from local chemists. Taken before food they help to digest lactose. Great for when you go out. Reply

rin888

Posted by: rin888
Posted: 12th Nov 2014

rin888 says: i think i am also lactose intolerant. i dont have advice but wish you luck as dairy seems to be in everything and i am finding it hard to avoid them and would love to hear how you progress later on :) Reply

candy

Posted by: candy
Posted: 16th Jan 2015

candy says: Hi! I am allergic to lactose AND casien so cannot even drink lactose free milk or cheese (Liddels farm / zymil) and I really dislike soy haha. Despite this I really find no changes to lifestyle other than i have to be careful to check things aren't cooked in butter and ask for no dairy etc on food. I have found people and restaurants are very accommodating and often find solutions if you just speak up and let them know you have an allergy. I eat out a fair bit due to travel for work but have rarely come across a situation that I couldn't navigate :) Reply

diann

Posted by: diann
Posted: 16th Jan 2015

diann says: I read this article saying that 1/3 of the people in the world are lactose tolerate, it is something that Europeans adjusted to and a lot of Asian countries are lactose intolerant. Supposably over in Japan they have long life milk and you can digest this milk. Did not go into it much, but it is something to start with. Reply

diann

Posted by: diann
Posted: 16th Jan 2015

diann says: I read this article saying that 1/3 of the people in the world are lactose tolerate, it is something that Europeans adjusted to and a lot of Asian countries are lactose intolerant. Supposably over...

diann says: Found the article - http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/09/17/3850729.htm Reply

Gessie

Posted by: Gessie
Posted: 10th Mar 2015

Gessie says: I myself suffer from the same condition. I have to watch what I eat, especially in public. Otherwise I suffer severe diaorreah. So I only eat what I shouldn't when at home in that case. Reply

greggo

Posted by: greggo
Posted: 18th Mar 2015

greggo says: Mostly, your problem comes from dairy. Lose the dairy and lose the problem. Seriously, I think to some extent we all suffer some intolerance to lactose. For me, I had two colds a year-one went from January to June and the other from July to December. Even if you can't give it all away, seriously restrict the amount you ingest and you'll be a lot happier Reply

jay

Posted by: jay
Posted: 18th Mar 2015

jay says: hi i have been lactose intolerence for a long time at first the change can be strangebut it gets easier i started with changing my milk and i got into a habit of buying multiple cartons so i always had a spare carton i also buy at least one carton of soy now ive found things like lactose free margarine and tubs of frozen yogurt i still like the occasional icecream but i try and make it vary rare
and it beats getting the symptoms due to dairy Reply

Madmazza

Posted by: Madmazza
Posted: 31st Mar 2015

Madmazza says: I have been lactose intolerant for 50 years and it has not been a big issue especially in recent times.
Today there are plenty of lactose free dairy products available in both the fresh and longlife counters. Some cafe's also offer the lactose free milk option too.
The great advantage is that anyone can drink the lactose free milk.
If you are going to a hotel let them know and they will either supply it for you or allow you to take your own.
If going to a friends just let them know and offer to take an alternative to their menu if required Reply

Sandy

Posted by: Sandy
Posted: 27th Apr 2015

Sandy says: I found the UHT Lactose free milk is cheaper at Aldi. I buy low fat as also have high cholestral. I am allowed plain cheese, but have trouble with yoghurt and cream. My problem is not so much allergic but after 2 years on antibiotics, so hopefully will be able to take small helpings of dairy in time. Reply

Shennae

Posted by: Shennae
Posted: 18th Aug 2015

Shennae says: there are lactose-free dairy options such as A2 milk, yoghurt and ice cream in some supermarkets but it's easier to find soy or almond milk alternatives. Reply

Karrots

Posted by: Karrots
Posted: 1st May 2016

Karrots says: I know what you mean all my life I have had problems with food and it has taken 46yrs for a doctor to finally diagnose this was last year, doctors before would just say just stop eating that which makes you sick I'm like what everything, I didn't know anything about Coeliac disease before a friends daughter was diagnosed and she told me about all the symptoms LOL I had almost every one especially intolerance to dairy. My intolerance was from a baby my Mum used to give me goats milk because I couldn't take dairy and now the slightest dairy and well is not nice. I could not believe when a positive came back it all started to fit into place now the difficulties are trying to stretch the budget to buy gluten-free food especially when no dairy and curtain other fruit and veges I cannot take either I feel for anyone who has food intollerances or diseases is a tough road. Reply

shazza55

Posted by: shazza55
Posted: 1st Jun 2016

shazza55 says: How did you finally get a diagnosis and what were your symptoms? Reply

Jovid

Posted by: Jovid
Posted: 7th Jul 2016

Jovid says: There are many other products available in the dairy line that are Lactose Free or Lactose Friendly. I have just written one cookbook and I am now working on another. These cookbooks are adapted recipes for people who are Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant, Diabetic, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian or for people who have my medical complicated condition. I have Fructose Malabsorption which means I am intolerant to Fructose, Fructans, Polyols (sugar alcohols) and Galactans (GOS). This condition has been known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and most of the medical profession only treat a part of it with diet; however, the parts that they don't know about would kill me slowly in a few months due to the affects caused by the food that they want me to eat. This has been carefully watched and recorded by my doctor who I have been seeing for the past 15 years. I was lucky to have been told of this complicated medical condition by a surgeon who performed an Endoscopy on me three years ago. The research I did and the change in my diet has helped me and my cookbook was written to help other people with other Intolerances. I know a little about some of the issues because my family and friends suffer from them. One of my grandsons is Lactose intolerant. I am 64 years old and was diagnosed with IBS back in the early 1970s, so I have lived all my life with this condition and the symptoms and now I finally have it under control. A test they did five years ago came back stating that I was a Type 2 Diabetic (diet controlled) and this is also now under control. If you would like to know more about these issues, I would be glad to answer questions but I AM NOT QUALIFED in anything; all I know is what my research has taught me and the information on the net can be conflicting. I have cooked many of the recipes in the cookbook and have enjoyed them and so have many other people who came back for more and ended up becoming my taste testers. Reply

Ziah

Posted by: Ziah
Posted: 24th Aug 2016

Ziah says: I'm celiac, but my husband is totally dairy intolerant - not just lactose intolerant, so we have to remove all dairy, including lactose-free dairy from the house. We have had to change what we eat - he has had to learn to like black coffee and tea, and I have to very carefully research anything he wants to eat. Going out is difficult, as even simple things at restaurants can be cooked with dairy in them - even butter makes him sick. We learned early on, when I was diagnosed celiac in 2005 (after 20 years of symptoms) how to read labels, what to avoid, and how to ask the right questions at restaurants and talking directly to the chef on duty. Once you figure out what your personal triggers are (some people can tolerate hard cheeses like parmesan, others can tolerate yoghurt, some can handle lactose free dairy, some can handle butter, and some cannot handle any dairy whatsoever, even in minute quantities), you learn what to look for on labels.

My suggestion is to do an elimination challenge. Remove every tiny bit of dairy, lactose, milk solids, milk products and products even labelled "processed in factory where dairy products are processed" and "may contain milk/milk products" for at least a month. Then pick a single product - say, lactose-free cheese or yoghurt - and see if you react. If not, then it's safe for you. Then add one more and check for reactions. Then add another and so on until you figure out each product that is safe for you.

I also suggest a really good pro-biotic like Life Source (60 billion) or Faulding (75 billion, broad spectrum) every day. Both are shelf-stable, and both are dairy-free/gluten free. They might not prevent the intolerance, but a healthy gut can help you recover from an accidental "lactosing". I also suggest carrying Lact-Eeze drops/tablets (my chemist sells them, so your local one probably does, too) for any time you either have no choice but to consume dairy or you have no way of knowing whether there is dairy in what you're about to eat/drink. They can help ward off the worst reaction, but not ideal to be having all the time.

Have you had a discussion with a good dietitian? They can be immensely helpful in helping you decipher labels, figure out what is always safe to eat (like all fruits, vegetables and lean meats, for example, are always dairy-free if not cooked with dairy) and what to do if you get "lactosed". Also, joining online communities and groups, either on Facebook or not, dedicated to lactose intolerant eating/cooking can be rewarding, as they are a wealth of information and very supportive :) Reply

GodzGirl04

Posted by: GodzGirl04
Posted: 17th Nov 2016

GodzGirl04 says: Hi there,
Sorry to hear you're having this trouble as any dietry change is a pain in the butt! My eldest daughter(17) has lactose intolerance too, but there are yummy lactose-free milk varieties on the shelf, and most are delicious! Check the long-life milk isles, and even the cold sections of Woolworths, Coles, and IGA. We find our local SUPER IGA is cheaper! Also there's a really yummy cream cheese alternative called Tofutti and it's available in most supermarkets and is delicous on crackers. It's even great as a dip, mixed with corn relish! Yum for parties and bbqs. Have fun and try focus on what you CAN have, instead of what you can't, and you'll find there's HEAPS of alternatives out there that are devine! Cheers! Reply

shelly47

Posted by: shelly47
Posted: 23rd Jan 2017

shelly47 says: That's a shame! I hope you are feeling better now you can treat the problem. I know there are a lot of lactose fee products on the market now which will make it easier for you to shop, hopefully. What were your main symptoms and how did the Doctor come to the diagnosis of Lactose Intolerance? I had a friend who had it come for dinner so I just bought all the lactose free ingredients to substitute the dairy in my recipes. It worked fine, although I did find a lot of products were much dearer than regular just because they are dairy free. Reply

margaretjulia

Posted by: margaretjulia
Posted: 22nd Feb 2017

margaretjulia says: It is good that you now know about what is causing your problems. I suffer from a number of food intolerances and find that once you get into a routine it becomes a natural habit. However I do not socialise a great deal and my friends are understanding and helpful. Most people will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Good luck and good health Reply

mymonkey

Posted by: mymonkey
Posted: 7th Mar 2017

mymonkey says: I have removed almost all animal products from my diet and I am more healthier now...I look better and feel better. You will benefit from a non dairy diet...
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Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 10th Mar 2017

says: No not at all there are tablets called lactez you can get from the chemist there is also heaps of lactose free products out there I drink almond milk in my smoothies and cant taste any difference Reply

Gessie

Posted by: Gessie
Posted: 23rd Mar 2017

Gessie says: I am lactose intolerant myself. I am limited as to what I can eat and drink. All dairy products are out unless it is lactose free made. Reply

lisadv

Posted by: lisadv
Posted: 12th Jul 2017

lisadv says: years ago I would have said definitely but now the choices are great you just have to do a bit of research & ask when you go out Reply

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