Since my last post on this subject, I haven't been totally on top of things, especially yoga. My motivation is slipping a bit... I don't really know why. I definitely miss how I feel when I do yoga regularly, but it's like pulling teeth to get myself to pull out my mat. I wish motivation was something I could buy at the store or order online.
I have made one really huge discovery/improvement! So you know how I've been complaining about feeling sick almost all the time for about a year and a half now? Sick and bloated and lethargic and lousy? Yeah, turns out I'm lactose intolerant (it's either that or a dairy allergy, and I'm praying it's not an allergy). Over the last couple weeks, I have completely cut dairy from my diet. I'm going to start slowly introducing it again (starting this weekend) with lactase supplements.
Hopefully, my body will allow me some dairy. I really don't know what I would do if I just couldn't have it at all anymore. It's been really difficult to find things to eat for the last couple weeks. I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat a lot of meat. So if I feel like a sandwich and I'm not in a meat mood, I would usually just have a cheese sandwich. For some reason, it's become a major substitute for me. I think it's the saltiness. And you already know how much I love a good cheese plate. (Side note: aged cheeses supposedly contain virtually no lactose, and it's also said that many other cheeses contain very little lactose too. I'm just eliminating it all for now, just to be safe and to allow my body some time to recover.) Ahhh, it's been trying. And, of course, the second you say you can't have something, it's all you ever want. I keep dreaming about pot de crème, lovely cream sauces, mashed potatoes, ice cream, and cake. And iced mochas... oh, don't even get me started on the iced mochas!
I know there are all kinds of dairy substitutes out there, but, I'm sorry, it's not the same. And soy milk and tofu give me the heebie-jeebies. Also, soy milk isn't recommended for women with a history of breast cancer in their family. It contains a plant-based estrogen and can potentially increase your risk. Coupled with the fact that I can't stand the stuff, I think it's safe to say that I've ruled it out. Annnnd I don't really care for almond milk either. It's far too sweet for me. Fortunately, I like coconut milk, so that's been good for cereal and to put in my coffee from time to time.
Despite what a pain in the butt this has been, it's INCREDIBLE to have some answers!!! I wish I had figured it out sooner. Just so you know, having to run to the bathroom every time you consume dairy is NOT the only symptom of lactose intolerance. That's what I thought... and that's why I didn't realize I was lactose intolerant. My main symptom is bloating, like 6-months-pregnant-at-the end-of-every-night bloating. So for all you women out there with mysterious, constant bloating, consider the possibility of lactose intolerance. It's very common!
Okay! That's enough talk about dairy and my body! I hope everyone has a gorgeous weekend!!