All I could think about was grilled cheese while I wrote this.
I mentioned in August that I was giving up dairy. Sophomore year of high school (four years ago..whoa) I found out I was lactose intolerant. It took a long time for the doctors to figure out what was wrong with me. I was experiencing really bad stomach pains almost daily, and we didn't know why. I had so many different tests done. I had x-rays and ultrasounds, and then my favorite...the Barium test.
Picture this: they had me drink a huge cup of this Barium solution. The nurse told me, "just so you know, it's basically like you're drinking paint." Awesome. The point of this test is for the Barium to coat my stomach so they can take x-rays and see if there's anything wrong. So I choke the stuff down, and how do they get it to coat my entire stomach? They strap me to a table that spins around. I was literally laying on this table that was doing all kinds of flips and turns to get the solution all around my stomach. It was almost as much fun as six flags....
Anyway, after a few more tests, really invasive tests, they found out I do not produce the enzyme that breaks down lactose. I'm not trying to be dramatic here but the day I found out was the worst day ever a pretty bad day, considering everything I used to eat had some sort of dairy in it. Not to mention my favorite foods are macaroni & cheese and grilled cheese. So that sucked.
I couldn't give it up. Sorry not sorry but how can I go forever without ice cream?! I got used to living with a stomach ache. A bad one. So that's when, in August, I decided I was tired of feeling like shit, and I gave it up. It's for good this time guys. It's been three months and I've only cheated once!
Oops, maybe twice. But I was on vacation. So it's okay, right?
No more pizza, grilled cheese, alfredo, ice cream, yogurt, or macaroni! Life's rough. But I feel a little better. Just a little though.
See, my doctor told me I was probably gluten intolerant, too. I didn't listen, though. I never even thought about giving up gluten and dairy. What am I supposed to eat?! I didn't really think the gluten was even a problem. Until I actually gave up dairy and still have stomach aches. So here I am, on my second day of no dairy and no gluten. So far so good. Except eating out is really hard. Most places hardly have any options that are both gluten and dairy free. But I guess that's a good thing- more eating in for me!
I'm not really into the whole gluten free substitute stuff; I'd rather eat no bread than gluten free bread. But, if you have any gluten free and dairy free recipes that you think are worth a try, let me know! I'm always open to trying new things.
ALSO I was thinking about doing some sort of Q and A post, where you can send me some questions (via twitter, comment, email, whatever) and then I'll answer them! Would that be fun? If you have anything you'd like to know, ask away!!