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A week ago, I cut both dairy and gluten out of my diet again. Within 7 days I had lost 7 pounds – not too shabby. I was also experiencing some feelings of detoxification (more signs that I had made the right decision to remove dairy and gluten), but feeling better at the same time.
I decided to break my diet on day 8 to see what would happen. I shared some chicken nachos with Zoë (offending items: flour tortillas, cheese and sour cream) for lunch, and then I ate a churro (more gluten) that Brian brought home later that evening.
By 9 pm I was feeling run down and almost nauseous. I was retaining a ton of water – I’m sure a couple pounds worth at least. While I just felt awful, I was happy to have confirmation that I shouldn’t be eating gluten or dairy!
Eliminating gluten from my diet isn’t too difficult for me. I’m not a huge bread lover and there are tons of gluten-free alternatives for most foods now (although you do have to watch out for GMO corn, soy and canola in a lot of those items).
My weakness is dairy. I love cheese, creamy sauces, etc. I discovered that Blue Diamond makes an Almond Milk Coconut Milk Blend that is delicious. I have started using that in my coffee. I’m replacing butter with coconut oil. And I know I can cook with coconut milk to make creamier sauces.
But cheese… That’s what I’m having the hardest time giving up. I found a company called Punk Rawk Labs that makes nut cheeses. I’m curious how nut cheese compares to regular old cow milk cheese. That’s on my research agenda, so I’ll be reaching out to them soon.
I know I’m going to feel much better after I permanently remove dairy and gluten from my diet, but no change like that is easy. I’m going to try to go cold turkey, but I’m sure I’ll have a few slip-ups along the way. As long as I continue moving in the right direction I’ll be happy.