Friday, September 09, 2011
August 18th I decided no more cheese for me. My goal is to one day be vegan or very close. Several days ago I decided to give up dairy altogether. I decided to do an internet search about people giving up dairy and found something surprising, you can actual experience withdrawal symptoms from dairy products. Dairy products have casomorphins in them which have the same structure as morphine. Cheese has the most. This explained a mysterious illness I experienced the first two weeks of giving up cheese. I had to call in sick to work because I needed to sleep all day for a couple days. Then all I did was drag my butt about of bed to work and then would return right to bed when I got home. I was exhausted and was experiencing flu like systems, without the runny nose. I also had a good deal of gastrointestinal issues.
My mood is still erratic because I have now just given up dairy altogether but my energy levels are better this week than last week. It was temporary but I was really scared because I had no idea what was happening. I thought there was something seriously wrong with me and I couldn't figure out what it was. I am highly sensitive to foods, such as chocolate and other things containing caffeine, and cannot eat anything with that substance in it. I am not surprised that there is a chemical basis for my cheese addiction too. All I wanted when I was really stressed out were cheese and chocolate, no other foods, I was obsessed. I am also not surprised that I am experiencing cheese/dairy withdrawal.
In reference to my last post, I am eating much healthier now that the withdrawal symptoms have mostly subsided. My body is not trying to replace the casomorphins and is craving really fatty foods a lot less, my craving for chocolate and my craving for dairy products and meats have decreased too. To tell you the truth, right now I don't have much of an appetite at all, which is how I felt when I first stopped eating cheese. I knew I was hungry but didn't really care about eating. That eventually goes away too. In the meantime, I am just eating what is good for me.
Below are some articles about casomorphins and posts about others' experiences of dairy withdrawal.