Goodbye cottage cheese
Monday, July 01, 2013
I am going to miss you. You have been a steady companion, we have met at least weekly (and often several times a day). I am sure I will miss your more indulgent pals vanilla ice-cream and sour cream as well. Still you, my dear cottage cheese, will be the one my heart will long for the most.
So there you have it. My allergy tests did not go as anticipated. I really did not even consider remotely the chance of reacting to milk at all, and it was the most violent reaction to boot. From now there will be no more rolling in the grass and no more eating dairy.
What will I do for protein now? What am I going to eat along my muesli? Rhubarb soup is just not the same without the small dollop of ice-cream. Ugh, even my go-to protein bar contains milk.. But then, I really would like to have less inflammation and eczema, not to mention trips to the ER, so I guess I just need to find new ways to meet my protein needs. At least I can still have soy and fish!
I am already slightly anxious about the next round of tests Friday. I hope not to react to tomatoes, carrots, celery or garlic, nuts, ..or anything else really. (Well, I would not mind if I reacted to bananas, yuck.)
Keeping my fingers crossed!
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I'm so sorry to hear of your "divorce" from cottage cheese! ...but (and I know you're not hoping to reduce your ingredients lists any *more*)... please don't go too wild on the soy. It's really a very unhealthy thing, unless it's fermented.
I hope your next round of testing leaves you with more of your favorite things. But nevertheless - how much better you're going to feel when you eliminate the "culprits" from your diet! focus on that. So far as protein, eggs are great, if you don't react to them. Don't be warned off whole eggs on a health basis - they're good for you. Really.
And you know... just because you react today, while your body is struggling with the overload of difficult things, doesn't mean you might not be able to reintroduce things singly later on. Gently. I was allergic to so many things that I've been able to go back to, in moderation. Milk (and all dairy) was trying to kill me when I was young, and I never learned to like the taste of milk as a result. But I'm able to eat cheese now, and small amounts of milk and milk products in recipes. I use either almond or coconut milk if I want more than a bit for a recipe, though. There's even a blend of the two now, and it's really good, too. Try it!
Hang in there. It's going to be better. You'll find a new path, and maybe even some new foods that you'll like just as well!
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Thank you all for commenting! I appreciate the support and concern. I am still wrapping my head around this. I KNOW I will be fine, eventually.. There are other options for adding healthy proteins to my diet out there. I can deal with this, and I will.
I will ask them if it is possible to test if it is just the lactose, or if it is also the milk protein and/or milk fat my body reacts to. The lactose I can skip in a heartbeat..
I will truly miss cheese if I have to forgo it.. I can't help it, I guess I am emotionally attached to a food group, silly as that may sound. I was not aware that my LOVE for cheeses was this strong. Oh well..
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Comment edited on: 7/1/2013 3:22:42 PM
I have a lot of allergies - so many that is easier for me to tell people what I am not allergic to than recount all that I am allergic to. I have had allergies since I was two years old, have had numerous testing over the years, and always test "allergic" to the same things. The one thing that is interesting is that "how allergic" I am varies. What that factor is that makes it vary is still unknown to me (and apparently the allergists).
Do not despair... not yet... sometimes it is one or a couple of things that you are allergic to, that also seem to make all the other allergies "worse".
For example, I am allergic to wheat and some other grains - and it finally got the best of me a couple years ago and my whole household transitioned to gluten-free to make it easier for me.
I am also allergic to milk, have been since I was small, yet after I became gluten free I found I was able to enjoy small amounts of dairy products without an adverse effect, things like an ounce of hard cheese, a serving of Greek or plain yogurt, cottage cheese, even full fat ice cream.... no problem...!?!
Ask the doctor to identify "what" it is in the dairy that you react to... because there are so many more alternatives to dairy now than there were when I was small!
There are other allergens that may also be related to inflammation and eczema and it is always trial and error to figure out what works for you - there is not a "one method works for all" cure-all
Keep your chin up!
I wish you much success on your journey to become the healthiest you can be!
1186 days ago
Oh dear, that's hard. Hope things get sorted quickly for you
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That's hard - but at least you know what is causing your skin problem and that's good! Best wishes to you!
1186 days ago
Oh no!! I'm so sorry to hear that!! I pray that you will find something that you can eat that will fit your protein needs!!
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