Health knowledge made personal
Join this community!
› Share page:
Search posts:

Part I: A Dairy Free Life

Posted Jun 08 2011 11:14am

The other night when Michael and I were out to dinner , one of our friends asked me why I don’t eat dairy.  Is it an ethical decision?  Do I have an allergy?  Do I have a nutritional/dietary reason?

While I’m not vegan and won’t need to be hospitalized after drinking cow’s milk, I do have a sensitivity to dairy.

( Source )

I won’t get too graphic, but… oh never mind! We’re all friends here, right?

Basically, friends, if I have dairy, I get horribly constipated and bloated.  Sometimes, I even have abdominal pain.  It is not pretty.  In fact before my sensitivity was discovered,  I was suffering from the worst episode I ever had…when I went to see a Lionel Richie concert!  How is the world’s biggest fan supposed to dance on the ceiling while in complete discomfort?

Believe it or not, the Lionel episode inspired me to finally see a gastroenterologist.  Of course, I was immediately put on medication to “Band-Aid” the issue.

Well, the stupid medicine made me feel horrible.  The effects were practically instant.  I’d pop a pill and feel miserable two minutes later.  In fact, there were several times when I nearly passed out.  Sure, I didn’t have digestive problems anymore, but I had a whole new set of problems instead!

When I went back to the doctor for alternative suggestions, she told me to eliminate all dairy for two weeks to see if my symptoms improved.  Within a matter of days, I was completely regulated.  It was a miracle!

Since then, dairy has not been a part of my life.  While I love ice cream and cheese, I’d much rather be comfortable and fully able to dance at a Lionel Richie concert at all times.  That’s right- Lionel is better than ice cream (to me, anyway!).

In case you’re wondering, some common symptoms of dairy sensitivity include:

  • Gas
  • Abdominal bloating and pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Anemia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Acid Reflux
  • Chronic headaches/ Migraines
  • Join pain/ Arthritis
  • Rhinitis
  • Ear infections
  • Hay fever
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Depression and mood swings
  • ADHD
  • Bed wetting in children

( Source )

That’s quite a list, isn’t it?  It sounds like I was pretty fortunate to only suffer from constipation and bloating!  (I actually used to also have chronic ear infections which have stopped since I kissed dairy goodbye.)

This is the first in a 3 Part Series about dairy.  Stay tuned for the next two installments:

  • Part II: My thoughts on dairy from a health/nutritional perspective
  • Part III: How I manage to live a dairy free life (including cooking tips and how to order at restaurants)

Do you consume dairy products?  Is anyone sensitive to dairy?  I’d love to read about your experiences!

Have a great day!

Post a comment
Write a comment:

Related Searches