I Don't Do Dairy

I've come to realize, by self-diagnosis, that I am lactose intolerant. Thankfully, I can still process cheese but ice cream and milk have fallen by the wayside. I can only dabble in the stuff if I've taken my lactose enzyme pills because without those magic pills I will have to suffer through stomachaches, chest pains, and general discomfort.

Ugh, what's up with this stupid body of mine? Do you realize that I used to come home every day after high school and eat a bowl of ice cream? And every so often I would enjoy my fair share of milk with no problem. Nowadays, I can't even look at dairy without getting a queezy stomach.

So here I am, 27 years young and unable to enjoy banana splits, milkshakes, lattes with 2% milk, and other such pleasures of life. And to add insult to injury, soy ice cream don't come cheap and, let's be honest, sometimes the texture can be a bit off. I've definitely adjusted to this new lifestyle: carrying my magic pills with me everywhere, taking on the role of the annoying person who always asks for soy instead of regular milk, and paying a premium for my dairy alternatives. But sometimes I just want to rebel, I want to be that girl who could take down a pint of ice cream like it was her job, the girl who wasn't afraid of a glass of milk.

And though I'll probably never be that girl again, I may have found a temporary substitute. I've always been afraid of lactose-free milk, mostly because I just don't get it. I don't understand how I am supposed to drink the stuff and not have a full-blown meltdown in a matter of minutes. But I pushed my fear aside and decided that I would finally give the stuff a try.

After a weeklong experiment, I'm happy to report back that it's not so bad. This particular brand has the thickness of 2% without the uncomfortable side effects. Unfortunately, the lactase enzyme which is added to the milk also adds an extra bit of sweetness which I'm not a huge fan of. Also I think I've gotten used to, and fond of, the watery consistency of soy, almond, and rice milk...call me crazy. For now, I'm going to stick with my overpriced milk substitutes but I'm glad that I got past my fear of lactose-free milk.