The Saga Continues

We’re just rounding out Week Three of no dairy or gluten for my youngest, and unfortunately it isn’t going so great. I allowed her to have some dairy last weekend, and within hours she was complaining of belly aches. She came home from school the next day with more stomach pain. I was not expecting her to react that directly, and I’m still not completely sure it wasn’t a coincidence . . . maybe she was just due for one of her belly aches? But for the time being, we’re taking it back out.

Of course I’ve been doing a lot of reading, and with a lot of reading comes a lot of conflicting information.

All dairy is bad for you, humans weren’t meant to eat it.

Processed dairy is bad, but raw grass-fed dairy is good.

Almost 60% of our population is lactose intolerant.

There is no such thing as lactose intolerant.

There is no cure for lactose intolerance.

You can cure lactose intolerance.

There is a correlation between gluten and dairy sensitivities; going off gluten can sometimes heal dairy intolerance.

Gluten is bad for everyone.

Gluten is only bad for you if you have a sensitivity to it.

And on it goes. I’m not sure what to think. I suppose if you pushed me to the wall, I’d have to say that I’m in the camp with those who think that dairy is a nourishing source of energy, but ideally it would come directly from my backyard in its most raw and natural state. However, this is 2013 that we’re living in, and I’ve got a feeling my HOA would object to me having a cow tethered up out back so we do our best to find local sources, and the rest of the time we buy what’s available.

Of course, for my little one, it’s a moot point. At least, it is unless I am willing to go back to the raw milk that we used to drink. (I’m actually very curious to know if her tummy would tolerate that. I have a sneaking suspicion it would.) Unfortunately that little campylobacter scare last winter left a bad taste in our mouths . . . haha, I’m so punny.

my sweet becca

Truthfully, we miss the raw milk. We all do. It tasted so good and made our bellies so happy, but for now we continue to go without. I basically came to the conclusion that if I had my own source, I’d gladly drink it, but there are too many opportunities for something to go wrong when it has to go from farmer to store to my home. At least, that’s how I’ve reconciled the issue for us personally. Then again, it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, and I reserve the right to revisit the issue at any time. I certainly support the legislation to keep it legal.

At any rate, for now, my little one is 100% gluten and dairy free. We will try to introduce it again in about a month and see how it goes at that time.

Meanwhile, the honeymoon period has most definitely worn off and it’s getting harder and harder to keep her content on her restricted diet. My main concern is making sure she gets proper nutrition while we figure it all out. It’s nice to know that there are tons of foods besides milk that contain calcium. The one good thing about going off gluten and dairy is that you are forced to focus on fruits and vegetables. I’ve also discovered that coconut milk and ice cream made with coconut milk is actually quite tasty and fairly nutritious.

We still enjoy some packaged products for convenience sake, and to compensate for all the yummy things she’s missing out on, but overall I like that we’re eating more whole foods and I’m cooking at home more often. That has to be good for all of us.

So that’s the latest! I’ll keep you posted!