Everyone loves a party, celebrating a special occasion among family, friends or work mates. An opportunity for a wonderful fun- filled time dressing-up, dancing, socializing. Enjoying drinks and deliciously rich party food.
Stop, Lactose Intolerance and rich party food don’t mix.
Party food always looks rich tasty and full of dairy produce. From cheese savories to creamy dressings even potato chips and crackers have some milk or milk product in them. Delicious desserts, a chocolate lovers’ delight, cream filled gateaux or scrumptious cheesecake tempting the pallet. Lactose intolerant; looks like you are going hungry.
Lactose Intolerance – Controlling the Condition
Surviving the party season needs a little forward planning, so you control the symptoms of lactose intolerance, instead of the condition controlling you. Lactose intolerance means your digestive system cannot process lactose, a sugar found in milk. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe cramps, bloating, diarrhea and nausea. To avoid any embarrassment here are a few tips to help your body cope with party food.
Cooked meat in sandwiches should be fine. Avoid savories of meat and cheese combinations and meat cooked in creamy sauce. Chicken wings and drumsticks, delicious finger foods, dip in tomato, mustard or spicy dressing.
Avoid blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing and mayonnaise.
Prawns and shrimps make tasty nibbles, be careful of dipping sauces.
Eat vegetables or salads enjoying the fresh crunch, dipping carrots or celery in salsa to fill you up.
Bruschetta a tasty finger food, pick bread slices topped with chopped tomatoes and herbs.Do not eat pizza melted cheese still has the same lactose content.
Eggs should not cause any problems. Think twice about eating quiche, which contains milk and cheese in the ingredients.
Snacks and chips contain milk products be careful how many you eat. Nuts, dried fruits and pop corn are excellent nibble foods.
Desserts with chocolate, cream or ice cream will cause problems. Choose fresh fruit or a sorbet for a sweet fix.
There are products on the market to help people with lactose intolerance enjoy dairy products. A lactase enzyme supplement made by Lactaid, taken with the first bite of dairy, helps the digestion process. Try them before the party to see if they help you.
Try taking probiotics, like those found in yogurt. The probiotics can be brought in tablet form, Align is a good one but expensive. A generic works just as well, use for two weeks to gain maximum benefit as the probiotic needs time to develop in your gut. It will not cure lactose intolerance, but will aid your general health. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your system healthy.
Eating a small meal before you go to the party will stop hunger pangs.
Help the Host
Parties hosted by family and friends, when this is the case, ask the host about bringing your own food. Offer to make a sample plate to share with other guests. An extra dessert is always welcome. Meringue nest with fruit and marshmallow, a champagne glass of jelly and fruit garnished with mint leaves, just a couple of ideas. Offering help means food you can eat.
Join in the fun, dance with your friends, laugh, drink, smile. Entertain everyone with your karaoke special.
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