Post by swedishcook on Oct 10, 2019 13:55:24 GMT -5
I don't want to hijack Emma's thread about Orthorexia Nervosa. I read the article - and then read it again. It's very thought provoking. Thank you Emma for posting it! Then I started thinking about a comment from a recent restaurant visit. By process of elimination I figured out that I have a problem with digesting lactose. After spending evenings when I was so bloated I couldn't wear normal clothes I searched the Internet and decided I had nothing to lose by cutting dairy from my diet. No, I didn't get tested - but the experiment worked like a charm. Now comes the problem - restaurant menus - cheese is everywhere. So I order fish or salad without the topping of cheese. When ordering a salad last month the friendly waitress said, "We should all cut down on dairy". WHAT? I would love to enjoy that blue cheese all over my salad. Now I have searched for answers and found that it's trendy to avoid dairy. Well, I'm an old-fashioned lady and I don't do trendy or fads. Avoiding shrimp, avocado, cherries, fresh apples etc. etc. is quite enough for me. Here is an article that I agree with completely.
Post by traildoggie on Oct 10, 2019 17:37:49 GMT -5
I'm not an expert but I thought cheese, yogurt don't have much lactose because in production it ferments down to a tiny amount, and can be enjoyed by people even lactose intolerant. have a BIL who is totally lactose intolerant but eats cheese freely without issues.
dairy milk/dairy products in general are healthy for most people, and have much more protein than most of the nut and grain milks, even if not "trendy". Consumer reports just did a story on the nutritional comparisons. as much as I LIKE almond milk, it doesn't hold a candle to dairy milk nutritionally and neither do the other milks. I'm not lactose intolerant. if it makes you bloated/sick, of course, find something else. check further on the cheese issue though so you aren't giving up something you enjoy for no reason.
its the same issue with gluten. I know a few people who absolutely cant tolerate gluten, tested positive for celiac. probably others who are not celiac but still have problems. I know many more people who have a vague idea things with gluten are not healthy foods and avoid it for no reason.
My feeling is that if I am dining out, I am (over)paying for it and I should get what I want. Sadly, the majority of mid-range to fast-type food restaurants are not always paying attention when serving. Sometimes, sadly, it takes a health-warning of sorts to make them stand up to attention. I have allergies and my friends know I have them; if they choose not to dine with me, so be it.
Swedishcook, most of us will develop lactose intolerance at some point...I'll spare you the "except when..." DH also has the problem and pops a lactase enzyme pill (costco!) before ice cream (which he insists is quality to his life, LOL). Hard cheese has little lactose, so you may be able to get away with eating some harder cheeses. Thought I would put it out there in case you are craving cheese and want to give in!
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
Post by swedishcook on Oct 11, 2019 12:58:35 GMT -5
Big thanks for all your suggestions traildoggie and wallycat I will give blue cheese a try. So many salads and dressings in my folders have that ingredient. I'm fortunate to live in a big city where options are available if I'm willing to do some driving. Dutch Beemster produces lactose free cheese. Vlaskaas is my favorite - their other cheeses are a bit too sharp even for my taste. I do use Parmesan cheese, especially La Traversetolese that was recommended to me. Green Valley products include yogurt (low-fat and full fat, plain and flavored), sour cream, cream cheese and kefir. (If luck is with me I can find cottage cheese. ) Lactose free vanilla ice cream from Breyers is OK with berries or pie. Lactaid has come out with flavors - cookies & cream, chocolate chip cookie dough and (so far elusive) chocolate. For milk I buy calcium enriched Lactaid. I don't even want to think about my possible allergic reaction to almond milk. I have tried taking various meds but that didn't help me. I'm happy for your DH, wallycat. My own DH shares his sentiments regarding ice cream. I jokingly call him Mr. Mint Chocolate Chip.