As many of you know, I have been living on a complete gluten and dairy free diet for about a year and a half now. For those of you that didn't know or are unsure what that means I hope that this post and the others that follow will clear some things up for you.
I have had a lactose digestion issue on and off for my whole life, and even as a baby I was unable to drink cows milk as it would upset my stomach. The cool thing about lactose intolerance is that it can go away (and come back) so as a child I was able to eat dairy with no complications. Once I became an adult though dairy became harder and harder to digest until I was 21 and I stopped eating dairy products by themselves because it was not worth the pain I endured when I would eat it. Although it was hard to give up cheese and other heavy creams I was still eating meals that had some dairy in them until I could also no longer do that without getting sick when I was 23 and I cut dairy products all together. While at first this was hard it has been relatively easy to get used to and there are some really great dairy alternatives as well as lactaid pills when I want to have something with dairy in it (although I try and avoid it when I can because there is the potential that I will get sick anyways as my sensitivity to dairy seems to only be getting worse). I have recently started taking calcium supplements to make up for all the nutrients I have been lacking for so long. I would also like to mention that all my dietary issues have been discussed in great detail with my doctor and that she is very aware of the choices I have made and supports them. I would not change my diet so drastically without consulting a professional and this is not something that I just decided to do on a whim one day.
Living without dairy and gluten can be hard at times but I hope to shed some light on the fact that the alternatives are not always disgusting and to clear up the common misconceptions on what it means for me to live the way that I do.
Does anyone else have a bad allergy or intolerance that other people misunderstand?