What is happening

Posted by soconfused @soconfused, Jan 15 8:28pm

I cannot eat dairy or soy. I have been to the dr and have had blood test done. The test came back that i am not allergic to or intolerant to dairy or soy. I have no idea what is going on with me. I have had to cut soy and dairy out of my diet.
It has been tough to find foods without any type of soy. But the worst is making soy free and dairy free meals for the family. Their tastebuds are not made for the free diet and say everything tastes nasty but it taste perfect to me. Can that be a symptom or a sign also?

Hi, @soconfused Welcome to Connect.
I’m not 100% sure, but I think you can have an intolerance for something like dairy but not be allergic to it. I have developed an intolerance for lactose in dairy. I can still eat aged cheese. The lactose drops out during the aging process, it’s actually in the whey. I avoid soy when possible but I don’t think it presents a problem for me.
I use mostly fresh foods so they do not contain soy, and I substitute aged cheese sometimes for non-aged cheese. I haven’t found a substitute for ricotta though. I put provolone on pizza and my husband and I both actually like it more than with mozzarella, it has more flavor. I have found lactose free, real dairy sour cream, yogurt (not Greek) and half and half at Whole Foods. So far meal prep hasn’t been too much of a problem.
I have no idea if your intolerances can be a sign of anything else, but many people do have these intolerances and that’s all they have – nothing more concerning.
Lactose intolerance is a real nuisance, particularly when eating out. I have not gotten any help from lactaid but Digestive Advantage, Dairy Defense does help if I just have a small amount of dairy. I generally keep some with me and take 2 before eating out just in case there’s any dairy in anything I eat. I haven’t found any restaurant that has non-dairy coffee creamer so if I remember I will bring some powered creamer with me.
JK

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I thought I had food allergies like that for years, until I got to the point where even rice crackers went straight through me. A colonoscopy showed nothing and it was labeled "irritable bowel syndrome". I think that's what they say when they really have NO idea what the diagnosis is. I suffered for 8 unnecessary years until another colonoscopy found lymphocytic colitis. You can't see with without looking at a slide under a microscope. The first doctor had not done that. Even though it's a lousy diagnosis, I was just relieved to know what I had. Don't give up! It wasn't food allergies for me.

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Hi, @soconfused Welcome to Connect.
I’m not 100% sure, but I think you can have an intolerance for something like dairy but not be allergic to it. I have developed an intolerance for lactose in dairy. I can still eat aged cheese. The lactose drops out during the aging process, it’s actually in the whey. I avoid soy when possible but I don’t think it presents a problem for me.
I use mostly fresh foods so they do not contain soy, and I substitute aged cheese sometimes for non-aged cheese. I haven’t found a substitute for ricotta though. I put provolone on pizza and my husband and I both actually like it more than with mozzarella, it has more flavor. I have found lactose free, real dairy sour cream, yogurt (not Greek) and half and half at Whole Foods. So far meal prep hasn’t been too much of a problem.
I have no idea if your intolerances can be a sign of anything else, but many people do have these intolerances and that’s all they have – nothing more concerning.
Lactose intolerance is a real nuisance, particularly when eating out. I have not gotten any help from lactaid but Digestive Advantage, Dairy Defense does help if I just have a small amount of dairy. I generally keep some with me and take 2 before eating out just in case there’s any dairy in anything I eat. I haven’t found any restaurant that has non-dairy coffee creamer so if I remember I will bring some powered creamer with me.
JK

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I cant have anything dairy, no cheese, no yogurt, no milk, no butter. I take my almond milk or almond butter with me to restaurants.

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@soconfused

I cant have anything dairy, no cheese, no yogurt, no milk, no butter. I take my almond milk or almond butter with me to restaurants.

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@soconfused that’s unusual to not even able to eat very aged cheese, but I know some people’s lactose intolerance is that severe that even a very minute amount can be a problem. I use almond milk a lot too, and almond milk creamer at home. I’ve tried almond milk yogurt recently too, and a coconut milk yogurt. I need to remember to start bringing creamer to restaurants, I enjoy coffee after a meal and black is just not as enjoyable for me, although I will drink it.
JK

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