As a gluten-free eater I've had to rearrange my diet and pay more attention to nutrition labels. As the mom of a daughter who was born with a dairy and soy allergy I got used to delving deeper into the nutritional content of everything in the house. I had to remove all dairy and soy from my already scant diet while nursing my daughter, which aided in my milk supply drying up and me losing all of my baby weight rather quickly. I noticed after I stopped nursing my daughter I still had trouble digesting dairy (or soy, who knows).
Now that my daughter is four and has grown out of her birth-related allergies/intolerance, I have been focusing on just the gluten, wheat, rye, oats, barley, etc. for my diet restrictions. Lately I've noticed that perhaps there may be another intolerance lurking within the walls of my intestines...It's not a fun thing to think about and most people don't like talking about their digestion habits. Most of us either spend hours on Web MD or we sheepishly ask our doctors about why we're always so bloated, dancing around the real issue. I have been refusing to admit an intolerance to dairy for a while. Sure I cut back on it a year ago but MAN, I love cheese!
I've heard that technically we aren't supposed to be able to tolerate milk after we're one or two years old, anyway. Those people who can tolerate lactose are more like genetic freaks than those who cannot digest lactose. Though, at this point I can't remember where I heard that (but I will find out!).
So, today begins a week of being dairy-free. This will be tough. I know it will be tough because my diet often includes GF bagels and neufchatel, pepperoni and cheese, grilled cheese, or rice crackers and cheese. Notice the cheese trend? It will be hard. I will do my best to check in and blog about my progress. Perhaps it will help.