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Thursday, November 03, 2011

It's a hard-knock life.

Switching to non-lactose living is HARD. I hate my life! Will someone please let me go back to the days when I could have milk on my cereal? Now I'm just crunching dry Marshmallow Mateys from a spoon and it's oh, so sad.


I miss dairy. And it's only been a week. I feel like poisonous foods are staring at me from all corners of my kitchen, but I'm adapting. Mostly because I would much rather adapt than feel as badly as I have after ingesting foods that used to give me no cause for alarm. I kid you not, I went to bed at 9pm on Sunday and literally massaged the bloat out of my body for 2 hours before drifting into fitful sleep. A sleep so fitful I was up every hour to use the bathroom, and eventually slept on the couch so I wouldn't keep bothering Kev. You want to know what I ate? I used 4 measly tablespoons of butter to brown 4 chicken breasts on the stove before they went into the oven.

I have a new respect for people with dietary restrictions. It is amazing how difficult it is to make such a huge change in the food I eat every day. Yes, I have digestive supplements, but I don't want to have to take 14 of those per day just so I can eat anything I want. Also? I'm still scared to eat anything with lactose because I really really really don't want to feel sick anymore.

And can we have a moment of silence to honor the end of my love affair with ice cream? All I can say is that I'm really grateful for sorbet, and that Farr's Fresh has lactose-free options that actually taste delicious.


  1. So it was lactose causing all those stomach problems huh? Im sorry. I think any dietary restriction would be hard. At least you will be feeling better though. Im loosing my mind but did I tell you we were done borring your verizon phone? Let me know when we can meet up to give it to you. And thanks again for letting us borrow it!!!

  2. I am so sorry to hear of your tummy issues....silence....I too am happy you can have sorbet and that places have options for people with dietary issues. Jesse is allergic to eggs and possibly peanut butter so I understand sort of. I hope that you start feeling much better with this new found knowledge of what was causing you so much grief.

  3. I love soy ice cream.....and soy milk, although I can't drink it anymore for other reasons. I have switched to almond milk. I am going to try coconut milk soon!

  4. Are you sure it was dairy? I'm not trying to doubt you, but since dairy is such a huge part of your life, it's worth it to make ABSOLUTELY SURE that's what's causing it before going cold turkey. From what I've seen, lactose intolerance usually skips the barfing and affects the "other end" of a person... if you know what I'm saying.

    I developed a mild lactose intolerance a few years ago. I didn't cut out cheese (I mean, come on), but I did get rid of straight milk, which I'd been having every single morning in my latte. That, plus about three months' worth of those special bacteria pills, seemed to get me in working order. I can even drink milk again every once in a while! Hooray!

    I guess my point is--don't give up! This might be a temporary setback, but there is hope, I promise.

  5. Oh you better believe I was suffering from both ends. It was a nightmare.

    I did keep a food journal, and the only thing that was consistently in my diet was dairy. My mom was severely intolerant for a few years, but it has lessened in intensity for her. I'm hopeful that by cutting back, and cutting out unnecessary intake of lactose that my body can figure out what the heck is going on. I really think butter and milk are my main culprits, since I ate 2 Little Caesar's pizzas in two days and didn't feel sick again (is that even real cheese?!).

    So we'll see. But for now I'm being cautious just so I don't ever have to be that incapacitated again!


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