Monday, March 18, 2013

...and so you find out.

Now that my stomach is behaving like a more normal stomach, and allowing me to eat a greater variety of foods in larger amounts without bothering me, I do get to find out which foods I absolutely do not tolerate. The reaction to those foods happens within a half a minute, or as fast as I can take one or two bites. My stomach starts to protest immediately and I have to stop eating and toss the offending food out, or, if I have more of it, save that for the Exfactor to take home with him. 

The good part is that there have been more foods that I can eat, than I can not. When I started to try different things, I had no idea how my stomach would react, but on the whole, it has been a good experience. 

One thing there is no doubt about, and that is that I do not tolerate cow milk or yogurt and cheese made from it. Now that my stomach is behaving so normally so often, it is very clear when it is confronted with something it can not handle. As a rule, the damage from eating these kinds of foods is limited because I stop eating them on time and my stomach settles down again rather quickly, although I do have some after effects. 

For some reason, I can handle vanilla pudding, but I think it has gone through such a preparation process, and has so many other ingredients added to it, that the milk in it seems to no longer play an important role. 

The solution is eating goat cheese and goat yogurt, although those are still relatively expensive because there is not enough competition on the shelves in the supermarket for them. There is a "Nature Store" that sells organic foods and products made from goat milk not too far away from here and I will have to go visit it and see what their selection and prices are like. 

I still have some cuts of meat in the freezer and I am going to be preparing those this week to see how my stomach reacts to a whole piece of well braised meat. I am on the fence about being a vegetarian and have very conflicting feelings about it. I need the protein and the iron, but I have a hard time with the whole bio-industry. 

I need to go back to bed and finish sleeping. This was merely an interlude. 


Connie Rose said...

I love goats but I do NOT like goat cheese or milk -- and this place is a mecca for goat cheese!

Wisewebwoman said...

I make my own yoghurt, Irene, you could get the goat's milk and the starter. I found my yoghurt maker in a thrift shop for about $2.00. It would be cheaper for you. I get 5 large jars of yogurt for around $2.00.
I am so glad you found what makes you uncomfortable.
Coconut milk isn't bad either.
I remember you would drink large glasses of milk (something I could never do) maybe that made you intolerant. too much of a good thing and all that. I am allergic to any form of corn as I ingested so much of it at one point, hidden in so many products. Now I read labels all the time.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Glad you found the problem. Good luck making the adjustments now!