*Warning – long, blabby, somewhat TMI post ahead… You have been warned.*
I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t thinking of this song when I wrote the title to this post:
Oh, dairy, our love, holds on…
But I have to break up with you. You see – you make me sick to my stomach.
You make me bloated, and gassy… (TMI?)
It all started … well I don’t know when it really started. I’ve never been able to eat things like fettuccine alfredo, or any food smothered in butter. So I guess it started in 1981…?
More recently it started when I convinced my mother to replace her Coffeemate Nonfat Non-Dairy creamer with the real thing. So, she bought organic half and half.
And I immediately started having stomach troubles. (I like my coffee LIGHT)
I went through a few options before settling on Coffee Mate Bliss as my go-to coffee creamer. It’s all natural. It’s also all dairy. Crap.
Then, when I quit eating red meat and pork, back in January, I started supplementing with more dairy products (yogurt in my smoothie, yogurt as a snack, yogurt with meals…).
Enter the stomach troubles I talked about a few paragraphs up. I thought maybe I had increased my fiber intake (wouldn’t YOU think that?). I eat salad 6 out of 7 days (if not more), I eat PILES of fruit. There’s no way my body isn’t used to the amount of fiber I ingest.
Well what could it be?
Last week I stopped eating so much yogurt, because I was sick of it. I was in yogurt OVERLOAD. Like magic, my stomach felt better, but still not “normal.”
So then I took the yogurt out of my morning smoothie – and replaced that protein source with chia seeds, a piece of whole grain toast, and peanut butter.
(Really this is just an evil plot to eat more peanut butter…)
I didn’t eat dairy products for a couple of days – not even really on purpose – it just sort of happened. I didn’t feel so bloaty or gassy or generally icky at all.
I convinced myself, by process of elimination (ooh, no gross pun intended), that I have a dairy sensitivity.
Then tonight I went out to dinner with my friend Rita, and I ordered clam chowder. By the time I got to my car about an hour later – mega stomach ache. MEGA OOPS (Damn, I LOVE clam chowder).
Okay now I’m fully convinced. Time to strike dairy products from the diet.
The little bro wants me to seek a professional’s opinion on this – I think I’ll just wait until I really have to see my doctor again.
I bought two containers of coconut yogurt as a starting point – I’m going to put them in my smoothie. They still don’t have near as much protein as my beloved Chobani, so I’ll still have to have the whole wheat toast and PB (oh gee, that’s terrible, more peanut butter).
So, that’s that.
I’m, *sniff sniff*, giving up dairy, *sniff sniff* (except goat cheese)(and the occasional ice cream cone in the summer).
So naturally the question of the night is:
If you don’t eat dairy – what DO you eat? Especially for protein. Do you like coconut and/or almond yogurt? Vegan cheese? Enlighten me for I am uneducated in the no-dairy department.