Saturday, July 28, 2012

Specialty Diets - am I up to the new challenge?

For the last 8 years I have been following an almost dairy free diet (I love cheese and can't seem to give it up entirely). Lactose intolerance is definitely hereditary in my family. In fact if my older brother hadn't told me of his ailments I probably wouldn't have figured out why I had such terrible abdominal issues after consuming milk and milk products. I've managed to control my lactose intolerance. I avoid all regular dairy milk, in fact ice cream is a real killer for me. Ice cream makes me so ill that I don't even miss it anymore. Cheese on the other hand, cheese is my mistress. (can women have mistresses?) oh well you get my drift. I love the saltiness, the tanginess, the smokiness of beautiful cheeses. Although I eat dramatically less cheese than I used to I still can't seem to shake the tempting hold it has on me.

I have also been following a gluten free diet for the last 4 years. My Naturopath Chiropractor told me that for many lactose intolerant people, gluten intolerance was the next issue. This was frustrating news for me. You cant imagine how much pasta my husband and I have consumed. But, that day finally came and I had to face the music. My abdominal issues were out of control. The frequent bathroom visits were embarrassing and I simply felt pooped (pun intended).  My Dr. Finally told me that I needed to try the gluten free diet. Well I bit the bullet and I tried it. It was hard, very hard. But after about 2 weeks I noticed a difference. My diahreaha was getting better and so was my energy. It was a very good decision for me and my body. In fact, my psoriasis that I have had for the past 38 years has almost vanished.

Now my Dr wants my to try the Paleo Diet. This is also a tough one. I love sweet corn and 3 bean salad. I love corn chips and corn tortillas. I LOVE Mexican food. So for the last couple of months I have been researching how all grains can contain gluten. This just sucks. Rice had become the go to side dish in our house to take the place of pasta.  Hindsight now tells me that wasn't a great decision. 

So I have been searching the Internet and all the blogs. Pinterest has also been a great help in inspiring me to cook more Paleo meals. Is it easy? Not exactly.  But it really is only just changing the way I think.

I can do this!

I am in it for the long haul. I can do this.

Keep inspiring me my favorite bloggers and Pinterest and help me keep my creative juices flowing.

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