I have been avoiding most dairy products for almost two years. And for this farm girl, it's been a real challenge especially since it seems that lactose isn't the problem for me; products such as Lactaid don't help at all. I'm OK with butter, and little bits that go in to cooking things, but to eat ice cream? Or drink a glass of milk straight up?
Wouldn't be prudent.
But I keep thinking about what I had read on a few forums -- that for some people, giving their gut a rest from foods that they don't tolerate (not to be confused with food that cause an allergic reaction -- I'm just intolerant) after a period of time they can successfully reintroduce that food gradually back into their diet. So last week I was tempted to try some cream cheese, which I did. Spread with jam on a warm toasted bagel....mmmm. And buoyed by my successful tolerance, Thursday night I decided to aggressively step over the dairy line in the sand by gobbling up cheesy bread and marinara sauce. It wasn't something that I just happened to encounter, but rather was ordered specifically from a pizza joint. And it was delicious.
Y'all know what's coming next, don't you? Of course you do.
Yes. a 12 hour dairy disaster.
So I'm guessing that: A) Eating half of a good sized pan of cheesy bread did not qualify as a gradual dairy dietary reintroduction.
Or: B) That eating dairy in large quantities is just not going to be a good thing for my innards.
Bummer. I was thinking of moving on to REAL ice cream next.........guess not.