Hey kids, it’s your girl Charish, making a food decree. Evelyn and I do this from time to time. The last food decree made was by Ev and her cutting out the sweets. She succeeded and she has inspired me to cut some stuff out of my diet too! I’m a full blown lactose intolerant and I think it’s finally time for me to say goodbye to DAIRY.
I don’t drink milk anymore, I haven’t had a glass of that in about a decade, but I do nosh on cheese occasionally. I’m also known not to turn down cheesecake, because I just don’t believe something that delicious is killing me. Not literally killing me, but I feel it’s effects almost immediately. I’m knocked out, bloated, in stomach pain and swearing all food off until the next cheese attack.
I know you’re out there saying, “But Charish, aren’t there Lactaid pills you could be taking?” There are and I have, and still, I’ve wondered if they even work. I still feel a little crummy, not to same degree, but a little “not myself.”
I read on this Wheat and Dairy Intolerance website that people are allergic to the lactose or milk sugars in dairy products and that’s what the lactose enzyme pills are for. But there are others who are allergic to the milk proteins and there’s nothing you can do about that. Except to cut it out of your diet all together.
Whether it’s intolerance or a full-blown allergy, it’s still bad news bears. The dairy is considered a foreign body entering your body and making it turn on itself. The symptoms are:
- Bloated belly
- Abdominal cramps
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Weight Gain
All of the symptoms I have experienced, but I’m shocked to find weight gain on that list. But it’s true, the things we’re allergic to, we keep eating, because we’re addicted. The inflammation of the allergen, is literally blowing me up. I am getting inflamed and I don’t like it.
I know I’ve been gaining weight. In the last two and a half years since I’ve been back from Bangkok, Thailand, I have gained at least 20 pounds. I wondered why that was and I could pinpoint a serious dietary change. Dairy was almost non-existent in Bangkok. I never had milk or course, but I also never had cheese, my Achilles Heel. I also never had beef. Again, it was just a matter of cow resources.
When I got back to the states, my normal diet resumed. I had a cheese here, cream there, until I ballooned up. I got tired, puffy, had more acne, and definitely lost a flat belly.
I guess the long and short of it is, I’m off the dairy. Even though “40% of non-vegetarian Caucasians are allergic to some element of cow’s milk,” according to Dr. Manik G. Hiranandani, My husband Noah is a milk drinker and he’s totally fine with it. He’s the reason we still have gallons of it in the house. Dr Hiranandani also reports that 70-90% of African and Mongolian (Chinese) ethnic groups have an allergy or intolerance.
So there will be a 5 day challenge for me as well. No Dairy. Check out this listing of ingredients I found on
Hiranandani’s webite. I’ll let you know how much of a challenge this is tomorrow.