Remember when I shared my three goals for 2013 and I said in passing I didn’t care about healthy eating? Ha! Every time I re-read that I felt a bit of a check in my spirit like maybe that wasn’t the right thing to say. Obviously God has other plans (like emphasize goal #1 and perhaps laugh at the third one based on some less-than-fantastic news we got today related to goal number 3).
Late last year I started to decrease the amount of dairy and whole grains I was consuming. I didn’t cut it out completely, but noticed I did feel better even with the reduction I made. Well, forward a few months and I was becoming increasingly convinced that diary, eggs and probably wheat and/or gluten was really making me feel less than spectacular. The clincher came when I was reading a menopause board and the women were discussing dairy being a major contributor to asthma and muscle aches. Muscle aches? Yes. Sound familiar? Other women said that going off dairy eliminated almost all their hot flashes (a problem I haven’t had so far) and night-waking. So I made the decision to start experimenting.
So the past week and a half I’ve been doing some serious experimenting with my diet. Went off the dairy and within twenty-four hours I could tell a difference. For the past ten days I’ve gone dairy-free and then tried a few different times to eat some dairy. Every single time I felt yuck afterwards. Splitting headache after cheddar on my burger. Needed my asthma inhaler each time. Otherwise my asthma and allergies have been significantly improved.
So I’ve done a ton of reading and experimenting with cooking. I’ve found a new chili recipe that I’ve already made twice. I found a blueberry muffin recipe that I made twice and it was EPIC FAIL the first time and FAIL the second time. I’ve tried a soy-based butter substitute and felt yuck afterwards so I’ve tacked on soy-free to my experiment. I also couldn’t stand the way it smelled when I cooked with it. Blech. I had to open all the windows just to get rid of the smell in the house. (Contrast this with David who didn’t even realize I had switched it out for the butter. How I WISH I didn’t notice every. single. little. difference. in foods.) I’ve navigated a trip out to eat for a late birthday celebration by pouring over allergen info online. (Applebees and Chili’s both do a great job of providing detailed info.)
One good thing is that there is so much info available. There are many people who have to eat this way (or choose to do so) that the information is abundant. I can’t imagine doing this without the internet. And, thankfully, our Meijer has a lot of good foods available to make this easier. I’ve been able to find most of what I went looking for there (except for a good egg replacer). I’ve been able to find new snacks and replacements for things we liked. Thankfully more and more companies are providing food without all the crud so there are many options that would not have been available even five to ten years ago.
Well, that’s it for now. I have more stories, websites, and cookbooks to share, but that will have to be for another day. In the meantime I’m going to pretty much go free on all this stuff until I can get into the allergist and confirm things one way or the other. Hopefully it is not allergies but only time will tell!
Anyone else out there eat this way?