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No cheese for me. Boo.

A lactose intolerant laments


For the fifth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2011."

A lactose intolerant Wisconsinite should be an oxymoron. And yet, it's a reality for me. All summer long, I took my kids to Leon's and Kopp's and watched them eat (and wear) decadent custards chock full of salty nuts or cookie dough nuggets while I unenthusiastically slurped on my slushie. It totally blew.

And pizza is an indulgence of the past, too. I either scrape off the cheese, which leaves a rather unappealing pile of oily queso on my plate, or I try to order part of the family pizza without cheese. But here's a news flash: pizza without cheese sucks. So most of the time, I order spaghetti or salads in pizza joints which is like sitting in the front row at Miller Park to follow the game on your iPhone. (Or something like that.)

I'm really not one to complain and do nothing about it, and misery really does love company, so I write this blog to open the floor to other lactose intolerant Wisconsinites who wanna join in the complaining and / or share with me if they find their various elixirs and medications working for them.

I would like to return to my gluttonous cheese-and-custard Wisconsin existence as soon as possible.

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katie_beth | May 19, 2012 at 11:58 a.m. (report)

Also to victor golf's comment, you have to be careful with the enzymes and subliments because your body gets used to them and becomes immune to them. Also they are only 70% affective, I know from personal experience :/

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katie_beth | May 19, 2012 at 11:55 a.m. (report)

I hate having LI and living in the dairy state. It is an oxymoron! It took me 3 extremely long, sick and painful years to find out that is what's wrong with me so now I try and avoid dairy all together! it stinks not being able to get pizza or ice cream. going out to eat is always very limited options and not many places are dairy free friendly. I am greatful I now know what is wrong with my body and I'm feeling so much better but It's difficult to live without going to mullens or kopps ice cream shop!

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bacmad19 | Oct. 18, 2011 at 8:05 a.m. (report)

Purchase 'Veggie Shreads' at the Metro Market or any Pick N' Save. Unlike most other "fake" cheeses, it tastes pretty good, melts on burgers or pizzas you make at home, and comes it lots of flavors - shredder mozzarella for pizza, american, pepper jack, or provolone slices for burgers.

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heinslor | Oct. 12, 2011 at 10:02 p.m. (report)

If a cheese is aged 6 months or more, it contains essentially no lactose. You should be able to eat cheese aged for one year or more with no problems, if you are truly lactose intolerant. Unfortunately, Pizza cheese usually not aged (it has a fairly short shelf life).

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HarleyRider | Oct. 12, 2011 at 5:37 p.m. (report)

I have changed my opinions about food so much after I quit fighting the fact I was intolerant. I searched other cultures and enjoy eating so much more now. Cheese adds calories more than flavor, I do have to admit that I still suffer through pizza a couple times of year, but for the most part I don't miss it.

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