Saturday, February 16, 2013

Jane Got Milk????

 I have been dairy free for 12 days. Stopped having whey protein powder, the Greek yogurt and Quest bars for a test I am doing to figure out, yet again, where my awful gas is coming from. I thought it would be very hard not to have dairy for even five days. It was so easy. I am re-introducing dairy it today to see what happens. I will be doing it a little at a time to see if I have a tolerance level or if any dairy at all causing an explosion. I plan to keep dairy in my diet. I just need to find a level of dairy that will keep the air around me within EPA standards.

Once I found relief without the dairy I decided to keep the test going to test various other accomplices: accessory foods to my gas crimes. I found cauliflower to be an offender. Garlic remains a culprit. Onions are guilty. Artificial sweetener is okay but only in small amounts and only certain kinds. I have switched to Stevia (not Truvia) and it seems to be working well.

Now I want to see what happens when I re-introduce dairy, a little at a time. I started with 4 oz of 0% Greek yogurt. We will "see" what happens. See being code for the three senses that are really invovled in gas alert: hear, smell and feel.

No weight loss happened during these past 12 days. Correction: the first three days the scale went down three pounds and then went back to normal. My calories and exercise remain the same. Anyone looking to use a lack of dairy to lose weight - It didn't happen for me. I am glad that was not my motive. It would  have pissed me off to give it up for nothing.

In keeping the pounds off I want to get the gas to a less noxious level.
Anyone out there try charcoal caps or any other gas relievers and found them worth taking?



Karen said...

Oh, Jane. I can completely relate to your post. I had such horrible gas, abdominal pain, and inflammation until I cut out dairy. Even whey protein isolate effects me, from what I can tell.

I think it can take up to 2-3 weeks for the inflammation to go away. Good luck with the re-introduction.

During the whiffy days, I think there was an over the counter gas medication that helped the bloating and the gas. It was pink, maybe a chewable tablet? I got it on the shelf at Target.

Hang in there. Karen P

Unknown said...

I'm lactose intolerant, and have to say I do struggle sometimes but most of time you can get alternatives from soya.

Caron said...

I tried using something called Beano once but it didn't help me. Now that my body is used to me eating tons of veggies each and every day, I rarely have the problem, but in the beginning it was horrific.

Some of the artificial sweeteners have caused me problems. I think xylitol was what was in the little WW fruitie candies. That was not good!

Unknown said...

I was also going to say Beano. However, I found Beano to be expensive on a daily basis, so it is probably better to experiment to figure out the food rather than to hide the problem.

:-) Marion

Vickie said...

When you went through this (quite a while ago) - what was the culprit? or was it a mystery, one time thing that didn't repeat?

Jane Cartelli said...

Soy and Garlic. I do not have any soy at all now. I have not had garlic lately. I know dairy is a culprit now but I think the raw kale I eat every day is also a possibility. I'll test for the kale next. If it is the kale that will make me very sad. :-(

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Vickie said...

I eat my kale cooked. There are a lot of veggies that produce gas raw, but even light steaming will release gas.