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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Do you ever look at a 3.6oz cup of Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream and go "how bad can it be?".

They have a freezer full at work, and I walked past today and couldn't resist. I decided I was going home in 3 1/2 - 4 hours anyway, and it normally takes a few hours to start making me feel yuck, so by that time I'd be home, and can take something to settle my tummy.

It was so good.
post #2 of 11
Oh yes! And I regret it every time!

Ben and Jerry's is worth it though.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
I decided I was going home in 3 1/2 - 4 hours anyway, and it normally takes a few hours to start making me feel yuck, so by that time I'd be home, and can take something to settle my tummy.
You're luckily, at best I have 30 minutes before ..side effects kick in. If pills work for you, maybe keeping some in a purse or in your car would be a good idea.

I gave up on ice cream, I do occasionally eat frozen yogurt. We have a local ice cream/fast food chain called Braums, they have wonderful ice cream and frozen yogurt. I love their chocolate and pecan frozen yogurt.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
I do have pills at home, and an emergency stash in my bag which had run out. I can generally very successfully just stay away from dairy usually. They have a good supply of lactose free and soy milk at work, and I just avoid anything else dairy.
post #5 of 11
We don't have Ben and Jerry's here, but I can relate to the temptation of caving in. I do it occasionally and man, do I regret it.

I don't know what you take to settle your stomach after having dairy products, but nothing helps me other than time and a whole lot of bloating, cramping and time in the bathroom. Even taking Lactaid Pills after the fact doesn't work because those have to be taken at the time you have the dairy for it to work.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
I find Eno helps - it's an antacid powder that fizzes in water and you drink it while it's still fizzing and bubbling. I was going through the stuff regularly in Australia before I discovered I was lactose intolerant, and we still have a pretty big bottle left.

I assume there's something similar in the US?
post #7 of 11
I'm lactose interolant and I take Lactaid. Although lately I haven't been taking them unless I'm out at a restaurant and I haven't gotten sick. It seems to come and go every few years, so I think I'm at a point where it's not affecting me now.

Of course I consider myself lucky that I get the yucky stomach with dairy and can take pills for it. A friend of ours turns red like a tomato and the pills don't do squat
post #8 of 11
I am on a bit of a lower level of lactose intolerance. I can't drink milk straight or have a bowl of cereal with lots of milk, but I can have a little bit of yogurt and a little ice cream, and cheese. Though sometimes I go ahead and have more ice cream than I should as well. And sometimes I don't even regret it.
post #9 of 11
That's when I bust out the Lactaid and hope for the best!
post #10 of 11
No..ben and jerrys doesn't do it for me.....but take me to a Sheridan's or Baskin Robbins and well....let's just say i take it home- ENJOY it and then pay for it later I get sick within a few minutes of the first bite, and the lactaid pills don't help at all.....but heck, sometimes a girl just needs some REAL ice cream- not the soy garbage (haha which is in my freezer). So i will take two lactaid pills (even though they don't help me from getting sick, sometimes they delay it a little longer for me). But i rarely ever indulge because i get soo sick from it.
post #11 of 11
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Oh yes! And I regret it every time!
Doesn't stop me from doing it again though
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