Caseus vale: latin for Good-bye cheese. I’ve been meaning to sit down and write this. As soon as I finish up the last little bit of cheddar in the fridge…
And then today at the store I grabbed some organic aged pre-shredded Parmagiano to sprinkle on my baked cauliflower. (It’s really, really good: a big head of cauliflower chopped into florets, tossed with olive oil, sea salt and black pepper, generously sprinkled with shredded parm, in the oven at 375 for about 25 min. Yum.)
It was mindless, it was habit. And it’s not helping me get off dairy. I resisted the raw milk aged cheddar and the pre-wrapped 1 oz sticks of mozzerella that are oh-so-easy to throw in my bag to stave off a blood sugar crash. I bought my husband milk for his cereal but didn’t get any half-and-half for my coffee. (I have to admit that I still have a jar of Coffeemate and some soy creamer, but it’s just to get me over the transition).
I do my best to keep us eating clean and healthy and as allergen free as possible. Organic, free range, prayed over by Bhuddist monks and blessed by nuns–I do care about what we put in our mouths. My kids have been of dairy for most of their lives. I have gotten off gluten almost completely. Any gluten consumed is either from cross-contamination or wild-eyed desperation to fend off the above-mentioned blood sugar crash. When my hypoglycemia reared its ugly head and bared its teeth this spring I started eating almost continuously in an effort to avoid another episode. Cheese sticks were my constant companion. If I happened to be up in the middle of the night (I have small children, it happens) and I was hungry, I’d pad into the kitchen and help myself to some cream cheese. Oh yes, I did.
About a week ago I went to a new naturopath, threw over my huge file and my two-page supplement list and said “Help me.” She flipped through everything, took some notes and asked ” So is any of this helping?”
Um, no, not really. That’s why I’m here.
So her top recommendation was to remove dairy since its pro-inflammatory. Insert knife. Twist.
I know that, but I’ve been choosing to ignore the fact. I know cow’s milk is for baby cows. I know it can contribute to diabetes, asthma, allergies, digestive problems galore, and zits. I don’t eat wheat, not much sugar, no artificial colors, flavors, etc. I try to eat all my vegetables, go organic as much as I can afford, buy free range eggs and meat. It looks good on paper, but it’s just not as much fun without butter, yogurt, half-and-half and cheese. I really don’t care about a glass of milk, but the milk products…oh joy.
To remind myself of why I need to do this, I have compiled a list of websites and resources of why milk isn’t the answer. Enjoy.
NotMilk.com, GoDairyFree.com, NoMilk.com, and Don’t Drink Your Milk.
- “Dairy products may play a major role in the development of ALLERGIES, asthma, sleep difficulties, and migraine headaches.”
- Israel Journal of Medical Sciences 1983;19(9):806-809 Pediatrics 1989;84(4):595-603