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May 20th, 2003
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Milk Allergy Self-Test
Get resting heart rate. Drink milk. Wait 20 minutes. If heart rate has risen by more than 10 beats per minute, then there's an allergy.

Mine went down. Of course, I wasn't resting that long. I think I might wait until this weekend to do it, when I can take my heart rate just after getting out of bed, drink some milk, then lie back down for 20 minutes. We'll see.

Of course, if after 20 minutes of rest, my heart rate is only 62 beats per minute, I'm probably not having an allergic reaction to the skim milk I drank. I'm not physically fit enough to have a heart rate much lower than that. So, hey, maybe I can safely drink skim milk (well, allergy-wise, anyway. There's still the whole lactose intolerance thing). So maybe I'll also try yogurt and cheese, separately, to see what I can more safely eat. Hmm, I wonder if this means I can go ahead and have baked things with milk in them on occasion. That would be good.

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From:teddywolf
Date:May 21st, 2003 07:25 am (UTC)
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Hey, question for ya - have you ever tried any of the lactose free milk in they have in the supermarkets, like Lactaid?
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From:queue
Date:May 21st, 2003 07:38 am (UTC)
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No, I haven't. For some reason, I just have a block against those. I have absolutely no interest in trying them, and I don't know why.

However, as I discovered last night, I don't really enjoy drinking milk any more. I really prefer soy milk, so I don't feel any need to try Lactaid and the like. The only time I want a milk-like product is when I want whipping cream, and I doubt Lactaid makes something like that (although I really have no idea). I've heard tell of vegan whipping creams, but I have yet to see any (well, I have yet to seriously look for any, either. Anyone know where to find this locally?)
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From:teddywolf
Date:May 21st, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
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I have my own blocks about drinking non-chocolate milk. magid knows why, I think - and I think she has a similar block for about the same reason.

For the vegan whipped stuff I'd ask surrealestate.
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From:magid
Date:May 21st, 2003 08:16 am (UTC)
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I just never cared for the stuff; I didn't know you had a specific reason.
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From:teddywolf
Date:May 21st, 2003 08:51 am (UTC)
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Well, I'm pretty sure the main reason I don't look to drink milk is owing to the folks trying to feed us reconstituted nonfat dry milk as "milk" when we were little.

I've found I don't mind the flavor at all now - just that my search-patterns for beverages have canalized.
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