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Going Milk-free

Quite sick last week with the "flu".  It started after breakfast that Monday, which made for a doozy of a Memorial Day, and continued all week.  I even stayed away from work for an extra couple of days.  So after limiting myself to English muffins for breakfast all that week, by Saturday morning I was craving a bowl of cereal.  I downed a big bowl of rice chex, and it wasn't long before I was feeling as I had on Monday.  So as I was considering what could be the cause of all this agony, I realized that both episodes started after having a big bowl of cereal and milk.  And since the cereals had been different, it had to be the milk. 

I did some reading on the internet, and it says that adults can develop unexpected intolerance to dairy products, and the symptoms I had that week seemed to bear that out.  But I thought I could be over-reacting, so I waited until today to try eating another bowl of cereal and milk.  Um yeah, that was the wrong thing to do. 

Now, I love dairy products.  They're a huge part of my diet.  If there's anything I love, it's cheese and sour cream and ice cream and butter.  The more creamy and fattening the better.  And a big glass of chocolate milk is definitely refreshing, not to mention yummy, after a workout.  So it's surprising that I'm having this reaction to milk lately, when cheese is going down ok.  But lesson learned, and it's going to be some time before I give milk another chance.  I don't know, you think I'll like soy milk?


Gah! Dis-like!! Did the article say the symptoms would start so violently and last so long? Seems like a weird reaction when I've seen you eat plenty of dairy products. :) Nope, I don't think you'd like soy, but the ice cream at Sizzler might work better for you - it's made out of ice milk. :) Good luck!
Sandi said…
Dairy has 2 parts - casein and whey. Most people do not digest casein very week (some better than others). Milk is 90% casein, 10% whey. Cheese on the other hand is mostly whey and due to the way it's processed. Many who can't do milk can do cheese and yogurt. Unfortunately ice cream and cottage cheese are also high in casein. So no surprise that milk is affecting you, but not cheese... Try almond or coconut milk - so much better for you and tastier than soy. You might also try a probiotic and digestive enzyme to help your system recover.
Tracie said…
Thanks so much for the info Sandi! Very helpful!

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