Cheese. Why do you hate me?
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
When I started this journey, I was taking an acid-reducing pill almost everyday, and an anti-gas pill almost as often. I was SO uncomfortable. It seemed like everything I ate was a recipe for internal disaster (of course that did not stop me from eating). I was not trying to examine what I ate to see what triggered the acid issues, I just suffered and then took meds.
As I began to track my food on SparkPeople, I really clued in to the abundance of bread and cheese that I ate...in many forms...but all bread and cheese (cheese sandwiches, pizza, pasta with parmesan, mac & cheese, bagels and cream cheese, tortillas with cheese...ok, sometimes they had beans in there too...but let's be honest...bread and cheese). This is how to be a bad vegetarian.
Once I was properly hydrated everyday, ensuring a healthy and abundantly varied intake of fruits and vegetables, carefully monitoring my protein intake, and exercising daily...this bread and cheese thing went away. And so did the acid and gas issue...no more meds.
I enjoy bread (immensely, always have), but now I was eating very little of it, say...once or twice a week. Eating a quarter of a bagel was a real treat - not because I was being overly restrictive or practicing outrageous denial...but because that was all I needed to satisfy the craving.
Fast forward to today - I have been struggling for about 6 weeks now. I have had big changes in my life that I have not dealt with particularly well. I have paid the price through weight gain and the accompanying emotional downturn. I have not, mercifully, had an acid attack. But, my goodness (here is the TMI portion), the gas attacks are highly unpleasant.
The culprit is not my beloved bread. It is the cheese. Curse you, cheese. I love you and hate you! I am not intolerant to dairy. I can have milk, yogurt, even the occasional ice cream without unpleasant after effects. But cheese is another story. Of course gas is normal...but there is gas...and there is GAS.
I know I can do without the cheese. I did it for the better part of the year. But, I fell back into some old patterns and the cost has been dear. I share this today, not to gross anyone out, but to closely examine what my body is doing with food. And to help myself return to some habits that made me feel truly GOOD, healthy, and balanced.
I am sure there are many of you who can relate to this issue. Maybe it is not cheese...but everyone has a trouble food. I am not going to let all that I have learned this year go to waste. I know I won't be perfect...none of us are. But, I am going to make the best choices I can each day.
Adios cheese, I can do better!