How to Train Your Lactose Intolerant Body to Enjoy Dairy

Here’s a few easy ways to start training your body to enjoy that delicious cheesecake as much as your mind does

Now lactose intolerant people can have their (cheese)cake and eat it, too.

Cheeeeeese!” The innocent cheese-loving cartoon can sometimes bring pangs of longing to the lactose intolerant. No longer. It’s not an easy experiment, but one writer at Foodbeast has gone through five years of trial and error so that you don’t have to.

The first step is to make sure you’re actually lactose-intolerant. If you’re not, and don’t go into anaphylactic shock after a decadent cheesecake, then these tips probably won’t apply to you. For those for whom a life without dairy is not a lifestyle choice, there are ways to fight it.

Like building any tolerance, the key is to have a little bit of dairy each day. If you try to go cold-turkey, eventually the temptation will get the better of you and you’ll end up like the blueberry girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. However, a little bit of dairy a day can go a long way.

One great way of doing so is by consuming chocolate milk. I really shouldn’t have to convince you to drink it — the drink is basically a time machine to days gone by, each sip a delicious reminder of childhood memories. But besides the nostalgic value of it, chocolate milk actually has great nutritional benefits. Thanks to its unique blend of protein, calories, and fat, chocolate milk has been identified as the ideal post-workout drink.

Another great food to help you is, in fact, cheese. Some cheeses — mild and sharp Cheddar, as well as most aged cheeses — actually have pretty low levels of lactose. You can also skip the cow-milk cheese and go for the goat-milk variety. Goat cheese recipes can be delicious, and the unique taste can help you digest the lactose more easily.

With time, you can build a tolerance to lactose. Go ahead and dream of devouring pizza and milkshakes, and make your dreams come true.