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.