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I haven't been able to update you on my health adventure in a while. Aside from training to run a 5K (I have a blog post alllllll about that! ha!), I have recently had to stop eating dairy.
I know. I was sad at first. I mean. I REALLY LOVE CHEESE.
Then, I started reading articles about how humans aren't even supposed to drink milk! Our bodies aren't designed to drink cow's milk, only human milk. So that means everything that's made with cow's milk isn't supposed to be in our system, either! (http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/dairy-industry.aspx, http://www.notmilk.com/kradjian.html, http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/environmental-health-reasons-dairy.htm).
Now, what began this realization that I couldn't have dairy anymore? Well, it started after I finished a perfectly nice glass of MILK. My tummy hurt so bad. :( I just sort of felt drained and sick after. I thought that it was just me and not the milk, so I tried it again the next night. Nope. Tummy hurt again. I started to think I might not need to drink milk anymore. What about other dairy products, then? Well, after these tummy aches began after drinking milk, I started to pay attention to what my body would do after I ate dairy. I noticed my tummy hurt after I ate ice cream, and if I ate a cheesy dish. I used to become confused when I would feel so awful after eating just a small bit of my dinner, but suddenly everything made sense!
Now, has it been hard to cut dairy out of my health equation? Yes.
Cheese was actually the easiest thing. Ice cream not so much. The funny part was, I didn't really crave ice cream until AFTER I couldn't have it anymore. Go figure.
The thing is, it's easier to cut this stuff out of my diet than to feel the way it makes me feel. I really don't like feeling sick and sluggish. Those two thing affect how I write. If I'm not feeling my best, I cannot write my best.
So, anyone else had to cut something out of their diet in order to make themselves feel better?