I gave you a break on posts for a few days to catch up on all the rapid-fire posting a few days ago. :)
I've thought before about going dairy-free, but how fun does that sound? I love cheese more than life itself. I usually eat 3-4 servings a day. But pain trumps cheese. It was time to give it a shot. I'd recently started drinking a lot of milk each day because I was making my own chai lattes at home. It was the only variable that had changed in my diet, so I figured it was a worth experiment.
Within a few days, I felt like my body was less on edge, my skin was a *lot* calmer, and I knew I'd made the right decision. This picture was taken today:
Like being gluten-free, ditching dairy is a different way of life. You become that much more complicated for your loved ones (with the exception of my family, who completely understands!) and eating in varied circumstances becomes a little more of a challenge. My hope is that I can maintain a largely dairy-free diet at home and that will allow for the occasional bit of dairy here and there. Even with this, I've been able to have one Greek yogurt a day and be fine. It seems that it's milk and cheese that really get me.
The other thing that surprised me was learning how many people have cut dairy out of their diets. There's a whole culture (no pun intended :)) out there. I've embraced goat cheese, something that I've always loved anyway, and I'm learning about a lot of great dairy-free recipes.
As with gluten, we have decided to have Dean follow a (largely) dairy-free lifestyle. This is not entirely because of PWS, although we did cut out cow's milk for him years ago because dairy tends to produce bloating in people with PWS. But we also did it because of his predisposition for sinus infections. Dairy produces mucus --> sinus issues. When we went to the chiropractor, he tested Dean to be intolerant to dairy, so this is no surprise. Fortunately, he is happy to eat goat cheese, drink almond milk (which he's been doing for a long time anyway), and he'll even eat Daiya, the cheese substitute (which I just really can't stomach). I'm glad to have a buddy in our immediate family who is following a diet similar to mine. Even though this dietary change is not entirely because of PWS, I'm glad that having Dean has made us all consider what we eat a little more carefully. We think about getting a bang for our nutritional buck with everything we eat (although, don't get me wrong, I still like my gluten-free cupcakes :)), and it's just harder to eat junk when you really know what you're eating.
So, for now, that's where we are with dairy. The difference was undeniable. Are you dairy-free or do you know anyone who has ditched dairy and reaped the benefits?