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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 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 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!
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    I have the same issue. And Tactfully put I must add lol.
    I was told at some time in my life that milk protein and egg proteins are broken down differently in the body of some people. I know I am one of those people who have this issue, you seem to deal with some of it too. I can not recall all the details I was told since it was so very long ago. And When I eat eggs that are the main dish, I regret it. Same with milk products. I love them both, but they don't love me so much.

    In an effort to get to know you better, I wonder if you are vegetarian or vegan or anything like that. I have been thinking of going that direction, been bouncing things off my hubby to see if I could get him to do it too. I already prefer plant base meals to other things naturally, not because I am against meat for any reason or another. I struggle to make all the guys in my life not feel like they are being punished for my eating lifestyle. What type of eating lifestyle do you do?
    2139 days ago
    Hi Erin, Donna here. Just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed your blog post. I am starting my 2nd week and still going slow but to see what you have accomplished is beyond great, lost weight, found the culprit and having personal things. I must cheer for you. emoticon emoticon
    2146 days ago
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    Isn't it interesting how our bodies let us know what they DON'T want?
    I do know that the better I eat for longer periods of time, when I actually do eat something with too much fat or sugar, I pay dearly! Sure does help to say 'no' to it when you know you'll pay for it later!
    2148 days ago

    I keep a bottle of Tums on my bedside table, not because I need them anymore but to remind me what I've accomplished and how much I never want to have those acid attacks at night again.

    Personally I think you should give your kids a fart machine and every time you eat cheese they get to push it to remind you of the effects. Course your kids would probably pass you plates of it so they can make fart noises so maybe that wouldn't work.


    2149 days ago
    bless your really is a day by day. Keep Sparkin'!!
    2149 days ago
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