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I really have been having stomach problems for quite some time and I think it is due to dairy products. I don't like eggs so I don't eat them anyway but yesterday I had some milk on my cereal and within about an hour I was feeling really gassy and bloated and rather nauseous but then it went away after I drank a bunch of water when I got to work. Now, it is about an hour since I ate my lunch which ended up being a veggie salad sandwich with a bit of mozzarella because the lunch that I had brought leaked all over and made a mess (another story). There wasn't that much cheese on the sandwich but I just had another bout of nausea and feel like my belly is going to pop and all I had was a little sandwich. Do you think it is the dairy?
 

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It could be the dairy, I know before I went vegan I would have terrible bloating and a lot of cramping especially after eating dairy cheese. The worst was mozarella or ricotta. Do you know if you're lactose intolerant? Maybe you should check with your doctor.
 
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could be dairy- cut it out and see if you feel better. i can't eat dairy cos it makes me sick, my mum can't either, and a whole bunch of our relatives and friends too. i know a few people who found that once they quit dairy they were much less mucousy and bunged up and had less stomach problems.<br><br><br><br>
someone posted a while ago about lactose intollerance... apparently there is a new term for adult people who aren't lactose intollerant, called 'lactase persistance'- cos realistically, lactose intollerance is very common, people aren't supposed to be tollerant to dairy in the first place- only babies should tollerate it, and thats 'cos of their mothers milk.<br><br><br><br>
hmm, anyway.. yep... animal milk + person = bad tummy reciepe (and a whole plethora of other issues) as far as i'm concerned.
 

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The mozzarella thing hit the nail on the head because it was mozzarella at lunch time. I still feel unwell but not as bad thankfully. Heartburn is setting in now. I wonder if cottage cheese is similar to ricotta? Because when I eat cottage cheese the same thing happens. That is why I have not had it in ages. That's it then, I am definitely not eating dairy anymore. I had a fright too because I read about what is in milk on another site (after I ate my sandwich unfortunately) and it grossed me out. You are all so super and I am so happy to have found this board. I am also really excited now because I found an organic delivery box scheme that delivers to where I live in Stevenage and they are cheaper than the grocery store. But I don't know how to fix kohlrabi and that is in next week's box.
 

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I am really glad to hear that you want to go vegan. From what you said, you may have lactose intolerance. I don't have lactose intolerance but I do have a dairy allergy. When I eat dairy, my throat flares up, it almost feels like it is closing up. Once I cut dairy out of my diet, I felt much better. There are many good non-dairy milks out there. Hope things work out for you.
 

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You're probably lactose intolerant.<br><br><br><br>
Most people are intolerant to lactose... but don't realise it.<br><br><br><br>
ANOTHER VEGAN!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! The Mother Cows will be SOOOOOOO grateful to you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Diana</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
Most people are intolerant to lactose... but don't realise it.</div>
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That's true because humans aren't meant to drink milk past infancy so our bodies don't develop the enzymes to digest lactose anymore. Especially the milk of another species.<br><br><br><br>
I just discovered Silk's chocolate milk, it's yummy!
 

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Well, even if you'r not going Vega for hetic reasons it's always nice to know that we are killing less animals !
 

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That's true because humans aren't meant to drink milk past infancy so our bodies don't develop the enzymes to digest lactose anymore.<br></div>
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Some children are breastfed past infancy.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>veggiejanie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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True, but once you have been weaned off your mother's milk, you don't need it anymore. Humans especially don't need to drink the milk of another species. Cows milk was meant for calves, not humans.
 
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i don't know if you are familiar with dairy alternatives, but if so, i envy you with all the new exciting things you'll be able to try in the future! are you in stevenage in england? if so, places like tesco and sainsburys and holland and barrett and independant health food stores will have a wealth of products for you to try, from dairy free margarines, to cakes and biscuits and soups and sauces and pretend cheese slices (sadly fake cheese slices are not so great in my opinion) to a few brands of soya and rice milk (try a few if you hate one cos they're all different!) along with things like swedish glace soya icecream (its soooo nice) to toffutti fake cream cheese (also super nice) to the alpro brand which makes everything from soya milk to yogurts to custard style (sounds worse than it is!) desserts to these gorgeous fruit base and creamy topping desserts. mmmmmm. look for a 'free from' or 'healthly eating' section in the supermarket, and try lots of new things! and if you're looking for recipes try looking online at places like <a href="http://www.vegweb.com" target="_blank">www.vegweb.com</a> for inspiration. :)<br><br><br><br>
also, good luck with your kholrabi! i'm sure you'll find tips on how to use it all over the internet, but apparently:<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Kohlrabi looks a little like a creature from outer space. It is crispy, sweet-tasting and delicate in flavor. It is somewhat like a a cross between cabbage and turnips.<br><br><br><br>
Kohlrabi may be cut into strips and eaten raw. Or, toss it into salads. Stir-frying is another possibility. Here are a few tips to help you choose and use kohlrabi:<br><br><br><br>
A small or medium sized kohlrabi (under 3 inches in diamater) may be most tender.<br><br>
Trim the bulb and pare all traces of the fibrous underlayer beneath the skim before eating.<br><br>
Remove the leaves and store kohlrabi in a performated plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. It may maintain good quality for about one week.</div>
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<div class="quote-block">Kohlrabi can be eaten raw or cooked. Raw Kohlrabi, it is delicious on its own, served with a dip or dressed in a vinaigrette; it also often appears in salads. Cook kohlrabi is served as a vegetable side dish, added to soups and stews, pureed or stuffed. It is also delicious steamed and sprinkled with lemon juice and melted butter (use a dairy free margarine).<br><br><br><br>
Most herbs and spices blend well with the delicate flavor of kohlrabi. When young and tender, it is prepared like turnips, for which it is a good substitute. The flesh is prepared much like turnip, while the leaves can be used like spinach. The leaves require very short cooking time and are delicious sprinkled with lemon juice and dollop of butter (dairy free margarine). Purple kohlrabi changes color during cooking.</div>
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yay for another vegan!<br><br><br><br>
And yeah england has tons of dairyfree products! And most supermarkets have the vegan logo on their products and stuff. I love that hehe. Holland still doesn't use the vegan logo<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I really like some of redwood's cheezes. The ones that melt<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
And if you can't handle soy rice milk or almond milk is really good as well.
 

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And if you can't handle soy rice milk or almond milk is really good as well.</div>
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I acually like rice milk better than soy and it's cheaper here as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"> !
 

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Thank you for the tips about cooking and where to find vegan food and your good wishes. I do feel better now. No more dairy for me! I will definitely try the Redwood cheezly stuff. I was thinking about getting some from the health food store near work. I ended up making potato and leek patties for dinner tonight with some salad and my husband thought they were great. I am sure glad that it is Friday. I am going to do some vegan recipe searches on the internet tonight when I get home from work.
 
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