Gluten/Lactose/Soy/Hydrogenated oil/Spice/Condiment/Bloating Food Free Diet

Updated on December 01, 2010
K.B. asks from Aurora, CO
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Ok ladies, I have been on a VERY bland diet (Gluten/Lactose/Soy/Hydrogenated oil/Spice/Condiment/Bloating food/caffeine/artificial sugar free) for 7 1/2 weeks now and have lost 7lbs and 2" off my waist line. YAY!! It was approved by my PCP and my wonderful neighbor is a registered dietitian so I was given special treatment. It was really hard to find foods I could eat. I had to eliminate many things like fruits and vegetables because they made my belly hurt. I have to work on re-introducing foods but I have a much bigger problem...
I found out my biggest source of stomach pain (besides my everyday female problems) and bloating were from lactose. Now that I have removed it from my diet if I even have a little bit of regular butter (it was by accident) I am in excruciating pain for an entire day. I have been to the natural food stores and have seen the enzymes for lactose intolerant people but there are just too many options. I also need to take a pro-biotic daily and would like to see if I can combine them both into one pill. We are on a very tight budget and as you can probably already tell my diet is not cheap by any means so I need one part of it to be reasonable (I hope). So what I am looking for is some help.. I know a lot of women have digestive health issues and there has to be someone out there that knows someone or are themselves in my shoes. It is not a fun way to live but I am thankful that I have found some reasoning to some of my pain and discomfort.
Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated, as always.

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answers from Sacramento on

Well, I don't have any food allergies or sensitivities myself, but both of my girls were lactose intolerant when they were little. Or so I thought. We tried raw milk, which is not cheap, and not easy to find (luckily we have a major, reputable producer right near us, but you could also go to Whole Foods or a health food store, I think). Anyway, raw milk was no problem at all for my girls to digest! I was so surprised. Apparently when milk is pasteurized, it creates histamines that are a big problem for a lot of people and create digestive issues. I don't know if this is the problem you're experiencing, but it might be worth it to try a little bit of the raw milk (or raw butter, etc.) and see if that has the same effect on you as pasteurized milk?

Good luck. It doesn't sound fun to have to curtail your diet, but congrats on your weight loss!

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answers from Denver on

I'm a bit of an expert on this stuff because between myself and my two children we are allergic or sensitive to everything on your list.

First, are you sure it's lactose and not milk protein causing the problem? They can have similar symptoms. The follow website has information on safe foods for lactose intolerant people (ghee in place of butter, for example). If you can eat the foods listed here then it's just lactose intolerance. If eating these still causes problems then it's an allergy to the milk protein--which is much more complicated to avoid. If that turns out to be the case, I can assist you if you wish.

Next, you won't find food enzymes mixed with pro-biotics. You'll also have to make sure you get a "dairy free" and "soy free" probiotic--almost all probiotics have dairy or soy in them. When you go to the store be sure to explain this when you ask for help and read the labels. If you know someone who can get you Nature's Sunshine products their probiotics are dairy and soy free, and reasonably priced. As for food enzymes, my guess is you probably need a full spectrum vs just lactase. It sounds as if your digestion is out of balance, and a full spectrum food enzyme will probably help all the way around initially. I prefer the brand Source Naturals--it may seem more expensive initially, but you don't need to take as many capsules (always check serving size). For all products I would go to Vitamin cottage--they are far more reasonable than sprouts or Whole Foods and they are more knowledgeable when it comes to assisting you. Also, with your special needs diet it will be less expensive for you to shop there. They have lots of foods you can eat so you don't feel so deprived. Although other grocery stores carry the specialty items, I find I spend much less when shopping at Vitamin Cottage.

The woman below suggested melalueca--I would disagree with her assertion. Melalueca products are not real food products--they still use quite a bit of synthetics and chemicals (how do you think they make them so cheap?). You are better off with whole food supplements that include everything on their labels. (My doctors and my bio-chemist best friend are where I got this information on melalueca).

Finally, I would say that a lot of things on your list are foods that no one should eat ever--artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, etc are always bad--no amount of supplements will change that. But once you find some balance you may be able to add some of the other stuff back into your diet. I have worked with a chiropractor/naturopath for years on this stuff because both my boys are sensitive to everything. If you have questions as you go along I'm happy to help if you feel I can.

Good luck and congratulations on better health!

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answers from Austin on

Ok, if I understand correctly, you want to know if anyone makes a pill of both lactose digestive enzymes and probiotics... And if not, then how you can make such a pill... Right?

There are healthfood stores and pharmacies that will make capsules for you... However, my first thought was whether the probiotic bacteria can coexist with the enzymes-? Because, the enzymes might possibly increase the pH inside the capsule (the enzymes might be acidic) or otherwise make an inhospitable environment for the probiotics to live in... Just a thought.

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answers from Denver on

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