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Whenever anyone is faced with an allergy or food intolerance, regardless of whether they’ve had it their whole life or if it’s new, it’s hard.  I didn’t grow up with lactose intolerance.  I didn’t really have many allergies when I was younger either.  That’s changed, and my allergies grow every day.  Lactose intolerance and anaphylactic allergies to celery and most fruits are what I like to refer to as my food challenges.

While there’s little I can do about my anaphylactic allergies, I tried the lactase pills and lactase milk to combat my lactose intolerance.  Unfortunately, I only discovered that my body would not accept the substitute enzyme (a rarity) and even treats the substitute enzyme as an allergen. So, I went completely lactose-free (and, in many ways, dairy-free).

Eating out is a challenge, and there are many misconceptions about dairy despite it being one of the FDA’s eight (8) most common allergens.  Even eating at a relative’s house can be tricky.  People often don’t even understand how allergen-free foods can taste good.  Beyond even the actual food, many medications (from over the counter to prescription) use lactose as a filler.  But I don’t want my food challenges to keep me from travelling or enjoying life, and I don’t believe it should.

After a lot of searching and experimenting, I hope to share some little tricks of where to eat and recipes I have learned along the way.  I hope this blog helps someone else who is in a similar situation.

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