For years almost half of my diet consisted of dairy products. I just loved milk and everything that was made out of it. I still do, but I can’t go crazy like I used to anymore since I recently discovered that my body doesn’t react very well to it. In today’s post I’m going to explain how I discovered it, how I felt about discovering it and how I ended up changing my diet because of this restriction. If you’re interested in reading more about that, make sure you continue reading!
How did I find out?
Let’s start off by discussing how I found out my body doesn’t react very well to lactose. I have been struggling with severe stomach aches for years. I kept getting extremely bloated in a way I was feeling so uncomfortable in my own body and I was in so much pain that all I could do was lie down. I had to miss quite a lot of things thanks to it: I missed school, I missed fun outings and tons of other things.
Aside from being it a ton of pain and feeling uncomfortable, I was always scared to get bloated whenever I went somewhere. Because of that I tried to avoid fitted tops since that would accentuate the bloated belly.
After living that life for years I finally realised something. I took in so much milk in a day. About 40 to 50% of the food I ate in a day were dairy based and let’s not talk about the drinks I used to drink. When I thought about that I figured: maybe I just don’t react very well to milk
You might think that after I discovered that I immediately started to cut down on my dairy intake, but that’s pretty much the opposite of what I did. I tried to deny it, I said it probably wasn’t that and if I got aches because of milk I just didn’t want to know because I couldn’t live without milk. I really, really, really loved milk.
After a while my boyfriend said to me that I should just try not to eat or drink dairy for a week and just see what happens. Of course I didn’t immediately do that, but one day when I was over the aches and the bloating I finally cut the cord and did it. I decided to try and live the dairy free life.
How did it go?
The first few days were pretty terrible. I think I might have been literally addicted to milk. It was so hard for me not to drink a glass of milk 3 times a day. It was hard to stay away from the chocolate bars I had laying around my room and all I could dream of was eating and drinking every milk related thing in the world.
Because of that the first few days didn’t go very well and I didn’t really stick to the plan perfectly. However, after a week I did manage to really cut down the dairy products to a minimum. I only ate a couple of chocolates a day and since the day I started this little trial I’ve only had 3 glasses of milk. For me that’s extremely little, but of course it’s not perfect.
How is the dairy-free diet going now?
I have to admit that I still think it’s pretty hard. Now that I’m writing this all I want to do is drink a glass of ice cold milk. However I do think I’m doing a lot better now than a couple of weeks ago, but it’s a process for me. I’m not aiming to completely cut dairy out of my life, but I do want to eat dairy free most of the days since I do notice a huge difference.
Has the bloating stopped?
After starting the diet I’ve never had a bloated stomach again. I usually had it about 2 to 5 days a week and now it’s just gone. It’s such a big difference for me and I’m really enjoying it. I even felt a little happier the first few days because I didn’t have to deal with all of the pain all day. It was great.
Aside from not feeling bloated there are some other differences I have noticed so far. Some are pretty TMI so I’m not going to discuss those (unless you really want me to), but some other thing I did noticed is that I do feel healthier. I feel healthier in a way that I’m feeling slightly more fit. Of course it’s not like I went from couch potato to fit girl, but I do notice a difference.
Luckily the market of lactose-free or dairy-free foods has grown tremendously the last couple of years. There are lots of products available. I have to say that I don’t enjoy lactose-free milk as much as I enjoyed normal milk, but there are versions that do come pretty close and that aren’t that bad.
And that pretty much concludes today’s post. I don’t know if you guys find things like this interesting to read (so let me know if you do), but I did like writing about my experience so far. Thank you so much for reading today’s post and be sure to let me know if you like these more personal posts!