I have been lactose intolerant since birth (33 years now). Went to a naturopath who suggested I eliminate all dairy from my diet. She said humans are the only species to continue to consume milk after being weaned. I've been dairy free for 6 months, and I feel FANTASTIC! No more bloated, gassy, uncomfortable feeling. No more chronic post-nasal drip. No more headaches. No more getting up in the middle of a meeting because I *really* need to use the bathroom. Even before I started Sparkpeople, I had lost 15 pounds not eating dairy (no exercise involved). The only drawback is eating out, but most restaurants are at least aware of the ingredients they use (or post them on their websites) and the degree of cross-contamination. I've found the transition to dairy-free fairly easy, since there are tons of options for people allergic to dairy and for vegans (soy milk, soy yougart, soy cheese). I'm a label-reader, and most companies make it easy to identify the allergen information on the labels (look at the end of the ingredients listing). Honestly, going dairy free is one of the best things I ever did for myself.
- 7/26/2009 1:25:34 PM