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The Truth

Monday, December 02, 2013



In cleaning up the diet, cheese has been the hardest habit to break. I don't know why I am so tempted. . .







Last night I found out after having been cheese-free for a couple of weeks that it just doesn't like me. I ate a piece before bedtime. I had the worst time sleeping. Not only did I have nightmares, but I kept waking up with horrible stomach pains. My stomach is all bloated, swollen, painful with gas that won't pass. I tried some baking soda and water, tums, peppermint tea, lemongrass tea, a hot shower. Nothing has helped. I sit with a miserable swollen belly that hurts like the dickens. Ok, no more cheese for me. I vow now that I definitely know that cheese is on the cutting block to eliminate it. I believe the symptoms confirm that I am lactose intolerant. It took eliminating cheese completely and dairy out of the diet and then trying it a few weeks later to confirm my suspicions. I had been in denial, not wanting to have to cut cheese out.



The photo is of a raw nut cheese. It's super simple to make.
It's back to nut cheeses, a healthy alternative I can tolerate.

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BLITZEN44 12/4/2013 11:30PM

    Dairy really isn't good for you so that's great you've substituted nut cheese for the dairy variety! emoticon

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 12/4/2013 4:16PM

    Sorry to hear that cheese and dairy cause such problems for you. Thank you for sharing the funnies.

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STELLASMYBEBE 12/3/2013 10:41AM

    Bummer :( Sorry to hear that. But that nut cheese looks yummy!

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EILEEN828 12/3/2013 2:53AM

    Cheese really is a challenge for more people than even realize it. The majority of people lack the proper enzymes to process it. You are smart to avoid it. If I had to recommend a cheese it would probably be goat cheese or low fat mozzarella, as they digest better. When you have an upset stomach I would try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (like Braggs) in some warm water and a little honey, it really works wonders and is tasty too. I haven't heard of nut cheese, but I would imagine it would be good. Another alternative for milk that I use is coconut milk. I hope you feel better soon.

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EMMACORY 12/2/2013 10:22PM

    Good detective work! emoticon

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ERLYWA 12/2/2013 8:36PM

    Pretty cool though that you've identified something that isn't agreeing with you at all, so you can take proactive steps to eliminate it and feel better!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2013 8:01PM

    emoticon You have listened to your body, found out that dairy type cheese doesn't work and that's good that you now know. Good luck. I have to be careful of any dairy.

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TOKIEMOON 12/2/2013 6:00PM

    I've never heard of nut cheese, but it sounds like something I would surely enjoy. Nuts are so much healthier anyways. Too bad they are also so high calorie.

Good luck with eliminating all dairy. It's unfortunate that the alternatives (like almond or soy milk, etc.) are so much more expensive.

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MELLY3183 12/2/2013 1:49PM

    ooo cheese is my fave, but I try to limit it. At least you were able to find an alternative! much love.

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LISA-120 12/2/2013 1:28PM

    Cheese is my downfall - love it so much, but it does not agree with me. I have found I can get away with a bit of feta or parmesan, but everything else not so much. I have never heard of nut cheese. I will have to check that out! Thanks for sharing.

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JTREMBATH 12/2/2013 12:53PM

    I love cheese to so just have a little nibble now and again.

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MARGARITTM 12/2/2013 11:40AM

    Another AHA moment!

Everything is not for everybody!

Now you have a legit reason to pass on the high calorie cheese!

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MOTHEPRO 12/2/2013 11:16AM

    I love the stop sign picture!

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/2/2013 10:26AM

    I love that!

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SPARKLISE 12/2/2013 10:22AM

    Cheese is the hardest thing to give up! emoticon

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DALID414 12/2/2013 10:17AM

    I do ok with white cheeses, but the yellow ones try to kill me!

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/2/2013 10:07AM

    Ouchie! I love dairy products, and, so far they still seem to like me.

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KKKAREN 12/2/2013 10:01AM

    I love cheese and eat a little bit everyday, thankfully it doesn't effect me like it does you!

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ASTRA58 12/2/2013 9:46AM

    I'm so glad that you found out what works for you. I used to eat a lot of cheese. I don't anymore. I still like it, but I've switched completely to the low fat cheeses and I find that works for me better,

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/2/2013 9:44AM

    Ooh cheese would be hard for me to cut out. BUt I guess if your body dislikes it that much it'll be worth it : )

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SHAKINGTHETREE 12/2/2013 9:43AM

    I'm so sorry that you had to experience all that discomfort... but good on you for being so self-aware! A lot of folks focus on how something tastes as opposed to how something makes them feel; someone who is truly in-tune with their body is able to really focus on both and make good choices based on that. (And every body is different!)

As mammals, we were never meant to drink milk past infancy. We are the only creatures on earth that drink milk into adolescence and adulthood... and it isn't even human milk.

I gave up cheese and ice cream for Lent in 2012... and I couldn't believe the difference it made in my digestion. As it is now, I only have cheese on very limited occasions, and it's usually the hard cheeses (asiago, parmesan, etc.). I haven't had milk since 2010, and when I try to drink it now, it gives me all kinds of bad issues. I think I've developed lactose intolerance... which really isn't such a bad thing, if you think about it!

Anyway - congratulations on your new, cheese-free choice. I hope you feel better soon!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/2/2013 9:34AM

    Oh, how I love cheese! I've limited it recently, but love it.

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