Sounds like you are lactose intolerant. I am. The best way I have found to explain it is that I’m missing the enzyme to digest milk suga
r (lactose) and it now ferments in my gut instead of digesting. Goat milk is not an answer for me. Lactaid milk works for me. I can also have good yogurt, the yogurt enzymes eat the milk sugar. There is also yogurt cheese.I use olive oil for butter. It makes it easier to pass up baked goods since most have butter or other dairy in them.Good luck with your journey.
Thanks for sharing, Carol! Interestingly enough I decided to do another “dairy challenge day” because I wasn’t convinced after my Thanksgiving experience that it was the dairy in those foods I ate that caused the problem. My suspicion was that, because they were all also high in fat (cheese, cream, butter) that the high fat content was to blame for my GI distress. My re-test consisted of a day where I drank 3 large glasses of nonfat milk (over the course of the day). Guess what? No reaction! So it’s back to trial and error. I think the high fat content of foods bothers me because I’m not used to it anymore. But I’ll keep plugging away at it. In the meantime, I still plan on limiting dairy because most of it is – no surprise – high in fat!
PS- Love the olive oil for butter swap!
Have you had blood work done? Having gone through much of what you have described here, I was told I had low iron which can make you feel many of those symptoms. I also did a detox with Isagenix and it was very expensive and I didn’t find it made any difference to how I was feeling. I finally ended up with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. I was told my cortisol was very high and my inflammation markers were off the chart. Just curious have you had your markers checked for inflammation? I too am a worrier, and stress about the smallest things. Long story short I was diagnosed with a chronic illness and it’s now 5 years into my diagnosis. It’s a long story but I am happy to share if you want me to. Wishing you the best for a good result.
I’m so sorry to hear about your medical issues. In addition to causing pain and worry, they can wreak havoc on our healthy living goals.
In answer to your question, yes, I had a whole battery of tests done before starting the detox and I too was shocked at some of the results: my cortisol levels were very high, serotonin was very low, vitamin D deficient and on and on. We’re attempting to get all of that in balance, but it will take time. The post-detox food program I’m on now is essentially a whole foods, anti-inflammation diet. I was so surprised to learn that inflammation can be in your gut and intestines, not just the kind of inflammation we typically think of.
Anyway, lots to learn about all of this. All the while we keep plugging away at it, trying to heal ourselves, right? I hope you find relief from your symptoms, and please keep me posted on how you’re doing :0)