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Day 54 - No Whey

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Yesterday was awful. I ate some stuff that didn't agree with me, and I felt like crap the entire afternoon/evening.

I used to think I was just lactose-intolerant, after several experiments in which I'd eliminated dairy from my diet. I was completely fine eating cheese (like, real, aged cheese), fine eating greek yogurt, fine eating kefir....but as soon as I added milk, artificial cheese, or whey protein supplements to the mix, I felt awful and bloated. So, I thought it was just lactose intolerance..... so, I bought some supplements, like lactaid and dairy digest. But they didn't help. At all.

Yesterday I realized that my symptoms were more extreme than just digestive upset. First off, I was doing my measurements for the month, so I happened to have measured my belly before eating the whey -- 51 inches. Then I had some cheesy quinoa made with cheddar powder (containing milk and whey powder). Immediately, I bloated up to 56 inches!!! I had a terrible headache and fatigue, with sinus congestion. Also, my anxiety was sky high.

Taken as a whole I thought these symptoms added up to more than just lactose intolerance. It really ruined my evening and I felt irritable and grumpy, and was unable to run because of my dietary choice. After some google sleuthing, I've discovered that people can be allergic/sensitive to one milk protein and not another. Since I can eat cheese and yogurt, I know am not sensitive to casein. The difference between greek yogurt and regular? it has 99% of the whey strained out. Aged cheese has almost 0% whey.

SO yeah, I think I am sensitive to whey in one form or another. I'm happy I've figured it out, because I think it has been making me feel like crap for a long time without my really realizing it. I do feel tons better today... so I will just avoid it. I'm already avoiding gluten and cooking 95% of my meals at home, so this shouldn't be too big of a deal. I can even make cheese sauce, with soy milk and grated (aged) cheese.

Frankly, I'm just grateful that I can still eat aged cheese. I freaking love cheese, but I can live without milk / artificial cheese / cheese powder. :) Also, I prefer dark chocolate and soy milk over their dairy alternatives, so this isn't so bad.

The next time I sit on my tuffet (what the f* is a tuffet, anyway?), I will be eating my curds -- sans whey.

Oh yeah, and it's time to do that run that I missed yesterday. I'm glad to report that my belly is back down to the pre-bloat measurement -- I am going to keep it that way!
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    I cut way back on my dairy products 2 weeks ago, and it jump-started my weight loss again! I started drinking my coffee black, and I eliminated milk and yogurt.
    I used to love eating Arctic Zero "ice cream," but the whey in it caused painful and visible bloating. After eating it, I looked like I was 3 months pregnant! I never measured... but that was a good idea.
    1865 days ago
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    Good job sleuthing out the problem! Food allergies can be challenging. So glad you can get back to running.
    1871 days ago
    Indeed a process of elimination!

    yes, I agree what the f* is a tuffet? i have alwasy ponderd this too! LOL
    1873 days ago
    Ha! I had to laugh at this:
    "The next time I sit on my tuffet (what the f* is a tuffet, anyway?), I will be eating my curds -- sans whey."

    Way to go on figuring it out.
    1873 days ago
    Good job figuring out where there are issues.
    1873 days ago
    Glad you found out what was giving you trouble!
    1873 days ago
    It is great to recognize a food sensitivity and be able to eliminate it. Happy running!
    1873 days ago
    Defining the problem is over half of the solution. Good work.

    Make Today a Great Day!
    1873 days ago
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