Gluten Free and Now Dairy Free

Sigh.

That’s a significant part of my reaction to the subject of this post.

As I’ve maintained a gluten free diet and healed from the fairly extensive damage to my body, there have been certain symptoms that have not improved and which have even gotten worse. I mostly put them out of my mind and tried not to think about them — mostly because I had a pretty good idea what they likely meant.

Finally my wife put her foot down and told me I had to figure out what was wrong so I could continue getting well. She suggested that as a result of the damage from celiac disease I might not be able to tolerate dairy any longer. Of course, I’m reasonably well-read and already knew that a fair number of those with celiac also can’t tolerate dairy. I just didn’t want to be one of them. I really didn’t want to have to give up yet another major food group.

But I couldn’t just keep running away from it, especially with my wife insisting I deal with it, so I decided to try a few weeks on a strict dairy-free diet. And I quickly began improving which, since I didn’t change anything else in my diet, pretty much confirms that I can’t tolerate dairy anymore.

I know it’s good to identify what’s wrong with you so you can get well. But I would be lying if I said that it didn’t piss me off. I like dairy. Oh well, I know I can deal with it, but an increasingly restricted diet is still a pain.

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2 Comments

  1. Dana Ames
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Sorry for this latest monkey wrench.

    My doctor just put me on medication for hypertension. Bleh.

    Dana

  2. Posted November 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Sorry about that. At least I’m getting better. I keep telling myself that, but I’m still a bit angry about it. Heck, I learned how to make cheese (for Indian dishes) and yogurt growing up.

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