Cant have dairy

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   Posted 6/25/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I love dairy, milk, cheese, ice cream but it gives me serious stomach pain.  I was just wondering if anyone has any good ideas for dairy subs.   With summer coming I dont know how I can go without some icecream. 

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   Posted 6/25/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Um soy? You can get soy alternatives for all those things, the taste is a bit different though, and if you have to stick with dairy eat small amounts, and I think there is some off the shelf stuff you can get that helps break down dairy for people who are lactose intolerant, maybe look into that?

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   Posted 6/25/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
You could take lactaid before hand. You could have frozen yogurt. You could have absolute free lactose free treats!
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried soy, it is discusting tasting to say the least.  I drink Rice milk everyday, it is enriched with vitamins, and all those goodies , and takes a bit to get used to it being like 1% but I use it all the time.  I like Frozen yogurt, black cherry's Breyers is best.  There is also rice cheese that tastes like Mozzarella, but if I have old cheddar cheese (has to be old tho) it doesnt bother me.  Like someone mentioned Lacteze or lactaid works too, or digestive enzymes that have lactose removal. Some regular yogurts dont affect me either, alot have no lactose.  Incidentially, did you know that French fries, are the only non dairy that has lactose!  It has to do with the processing.  If you go to health stores they usually have what I mentioned.  Some Safeways (in Canada anyways) have dairy free and gluten free stuff, check it out, good luck!
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   Posted 6/25/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
You can get soy-based ice cream. It's not too bad. I won't recommend brands because I'm in Australia, but I'm pretty sure that Sanitarium operates in the US too - look for So Good ice cream.

Coconut milk can be substituted for condensed milk or cream in some recipes. And dairy free margarine can be substituted for butter a lot of the time, too. It takes a bit of experimenting and adjusting, but it can be done.
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   Posted 6/25/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter, who doesn't have CD, and I both can't do dairy. We buy the Lactaid milk, both the regular and the Chocolate flavor. The regular is OK to drink, but it does have a bit of a sweet taste, not quite the same as regular milk. So we use it mainly for cereal and for cooking. BUT the chocolate, is pretty much the best chocolate milk EVER! We also carry the lactaid pills with us, at all times. You never know when the urge to have a grilled cheese or ice cream will hit. They work really well for us. The trick seems to be to take enough of them. You need to figure out what dosage you need. It isn't always what the package says, and it may vary depending on what you are eating. If it is a high dairy meal, you may need more than if it is just a sandwich with just a few pieces of cheese on it. Also, the generic works just as well as the brand name, for a lot less money.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
PS. There are several non-dairy and lactose-intolerance threads on this forum for people with food intolerances. It's for Australians, but has some good information and might give you some good starting points.
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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
They have rice ice cream, too... And rice cheese...
*Can still do pizza... Bwhaha... Just have to make it myself...* I was doing soy... but... I read that soy can cause some symptoms of gastrointestinal distress (nausea, etc.... nothing serious)... Soy stuff is good for you, but... since I already have gastrointestinal distresses, and if the soy-based stuff I'm eating and drinking could aggravate that, I'd rather switch to the rice stuff...
Even though, it's more expensive (only slightly so... by like some change) ...
Still good for you, though. :)
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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
The Italian ices, all fruit popcycles, and other things like that work as ice cream substitutes for me most of the time though everynow and then only the real thing will do.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I consume goat products. It takes a little getting used too, but I have found that goat milk, yogurt, and cheese is just as good as the normal stuff, if not better!

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   Posted 6/25/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
All you have to do is take a good probiotic (like Primadophilus Reuteri made by natures way) as it aids with lactose intolerance, I was severely lactose intolerant and had to use lactaid but not anymore, the probiotics must be taken daily which is fine because it's key for IBDers to take a good probiotic anyways as it's helpful with IBD symptoms...the primadophilus also aids with high cholesterol and for women, vaginal health and I can vouch for those as well.

You don't have to give up dairy due to lactose issues (unless you're actually allergic to dairy which would mean it's the casein in it not the lactose) you just have to take a good probiotic like the one I mentioned above to aid with the lactose's been 5 yrs now and I'm still able to have my ice-cream cake and eat it too if I wish.

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