Something else I've been doing some research on is Dairy. I struggle so much with allergies, and even though I'm not allergic to any foods, I wondered if making some small change to the diet could help with the effects of the allergies. It's well-known that I'm a dairy fanatic, at least when it comes to cheese and ice cream, and even though I love it, I wondered if I'd feel better if I cut back on that a bit. I've also read about various varieties of milk products - Goat milk (supposed to not generate as much mucous), Coconut Milk, Almond Milk and Soy milk. Since goat milk is hard to find, and is majorly expensive when you can find it, I ix-nayed that. The Soy Milk never grew on me when I tried it, so I ix-nayed that, too. But I decided I'd try the coconut and the almond milk. My brother's family drank Almond Milk this summer, and the kids didn't notice a difference.
So this week, I made a few changes. I decided to at least cut back on the cheese. This is particularly hard, because other than my daily Diet Pepsi, cheese is my only other vice. And I didn't have any Greek yogurt, either. And when I made oatmeal, I used coconut milk, and quite liked it. There was even one day I had no milk products at all. And I felt really good - I was breathing better and sleeping better.
But by yesterday, I couldn't help myself any longer, so I broke down and made a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner. I piled on the fresh mozzarella and sat down and ate it, and you know what? I didn't really even like it that much. And I did not feel very good afterwards - I was all stuffed up, and did not sleep as well. So it seems my little experiment worked and I have the empirical evidence to show that I need to cut back.
Will I give up cheese and ice cream altogether? Probably not. But I will for sure cut back and it won't be such a big part of my diet from now on. Now I can't even wait to try the Almond Milk!