lactose free diet?

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    Jun 10, 2008 10:55 PM GMT
    is there such a thing? im trying to gain mussel and lose fat but every shopping list, food chart, or guid has 3 or 4 items a day that i cant eat cuz my body hates me lol. i can use goat or soy milk in place of regular milk but what about the cheeses and yogurt anyone know of anything or have any advice that can help me?
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    Jun 11, 2008 3:24 AM GMT
    If it's the lactose you're not able to digest, yoghurt should do the trick. If your body has issues with commercial yoghurt, you should try making your own and letting it ferment for at LEAST 24 hours. It'll be much more sour than commercial yoghurt but all the lactose should be gone. If you can't have cheese (even normal chedder what has next to no lactose) I'd def advise making your own yoghurt. I have a VERY touchy stomach and that's worked well for me. Also, whey powder seems to work well even though it's a bit of a goofy protein. I find I call tolerate the small amount of creatine in my powder if I'm eating really well.

    You might try this book http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Vicious-Cycle-Intestinal-Through/dp/0969276818/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_i

    It's a restrictive diet, but it sure helps. The diet I currently follow is a mixture of that one and one to prevent cadida. Needless to say, I don't eat many interesting foods, but my point is that you can have major food allergies and still eat foods with the nuritive value to build muscle.

    Hope this helps
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    Jun 11, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    lol i read this and thought it said 'lacoste free diet,' which didn't make any sense :p glad i had merely misread it



    cause i think if i dieted from lacoste, i'd only end up bingeing in the end lol
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    Jun 11, 2008 4:09 AM GMT
    Tried using lactase pills? No dietary restrictions necessary!
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    Jun 15, 2008 2:43 PM GMT
    duckyflotsam saidTried using lactase pills? No dietary restrictions necessary!


    Tried that too, but its effectiveness seems to wane after a while. It's really a hit-and-miss solution for me.

    Yoghurt works for me, but those with "friendly bacteria" don't. Not sure why, but I suppose your mileage may vary. I'd just be careful of what I eat and avoid anything with a hint a milk (which means most desserts are off-limits icon_sad.gif )

    Cheeses are fine, as apparently, the process of making cheese destroys the lactose sugars.

    A tip about soya milk: if you want to use it in tea/coffee, let the tea/coffee cool for a few minutes, as putting soya milk in hot liquid will cause it to coalesce. That said, I tend to avoid soya milk as it apparently encourages the production of estrogen in men. Wouldn't want that, would you? icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 15, 2008 3:28 PM GMT
    People who are lactose-intolerant are not all the same. Some people produce some lactase (the enzyme which breaks down lactose) and some produce none at all. You really have to experiment (not much fun I know) to find out where you are.

    If your body produces a little lactase, then you might be able to tolerate some low-lactose foods (yogurt, hard cheeses, some protein powders). Usually harder cheeses (lappi, jarlsberg) have less lactose than softer, creamier ones (brie, camembert). Some protein whey powders advertise themselves as lactose-free or 98% lactose free or something like that as their particular manufacturing process removes some or much of the lactose. You just have to experiment.

    I'm lactose-intolerant and I generally avoid lactose containing foods. But I take lactase pills when I want to have lactose containing foods, and they work fine, as long as I take enough. Remember, they are not a "drug". They are simply the enzyme your body doesnt produce enough of, so if you have a lot of lactose-containing foods,(like a lot of soft cheese) you might have to take more than one pill. Its a bit of a guessing game, but after a while, you can get pretty good at estimating how much to take to match your lactose-food intake.

    Breaking the Vicious Cycle that red_series mentions is a good book. It didn't cure me of my lactose-intolerance, but it did cure some other digestive problems. But its a tough diet to follow, because it eliminates all disaccharides (sugar, lactose and maltose) and polysaccharides (starchy carbohydrates like cereal, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc) from your diet.
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    Jun 20, 2008 2:11 AM GMT
    thanks for the help and advice but i cant have any what so ever and i have to take so many of the pills to even work and they are expensive so i try not to go that route
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    Jun 20, 2008 2:50 AM GMT
    I've done alot better using rice-milk vs. soy-based milk, etc....just a thought...icon_idea.gif