Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tummy Trouble in the Dairy State
When I was pregnant with our son, I craved dairy daily. (Note: this photo above was during pregnancy. I'm no longer looking like Jupiter.)
Often it was string cheese or a yogurt. Sometimes it was a big bowl of ice cream (oh Ben and Jerry, how I love you!). Other times it was just a tall, cold glass of skim milk.
I never had a rumbly tummy afterward. My body craved the calcium and the vitamins, so I indulged. After all, I was carrying a baby who was taking up a lot of my nutrients!
Now that I have my son in my arms, I've spent the past three months trying to figure out what has been bothering my stomach. I have given up various things for a week or so at a time with no relief in what my husband and I refer to as "my hurty tummy." (Yes, we have a baby now, so sometimes we talk like this).
A month ago, I gave up dairy. Bingo. That was it.
I had a mini-meltdown in the kitchen when I figured it out.
"I will NOT be gluten intolerant AND lactose intolerant," I said, stomping my foot. "I will NOT have problems with casein. I WILL eat dairy whenever I want."
Then I made pizza for dinner. Then I felt deathly ill all night.
Apparently I'm one of "those" now. Those can't-have-gluten, can't-have-dairy folks. No more big bowls of ice cream. No more tall glasses of skim milk.
I've found that I can sneak in a bite or two without feeling ill effects. A quarter-tablespoon of butter on my mashed potatoes or a bite of frozen yogurt doesn't send me reeling like a crumb of gluten would. But, for the most part, I'm a dairy free girl now.
Ironic, since I live in the dairy state!
Luckily there's still plenty of great food to be had. My husband leaves the yogurt out of my morning smoothie; I've transitioned to using almond and coconut milk for cereal and baking. I've even found some coconut ice cream that approximates the creaminess of the real thing (more on that later).
So expect more dairy-free recipes here on ol' GFJF. And lots of sympathy for those of you with allergies or intolerances in addition to gluten.
Are any of you lactose or casein intolerant? How did you cope with the transition?