I gave up dairy products on Friday. Since I’m still suffering from some lingering health problems, I decided it was time to test dairy again and see if it is affecting me.
I’ve done this several times over the last few years with no results. Dairy has always been fine. But I know that things change (ahem) rice and corn (ahem) so it was time for another elimination challenge.
Basically what I was planning on doing is go off of dairy for two weeks and see how I feel. Then I would reintroduce it into my diet, and note any changes.
However, today is day 4 of being off dairy, and I’m crabby. Not just a little crabby. A lot crabby. Provoking a fight crabby. Just ask my husband, he’d be happy to point out how crabby I am. Seriously… I had been snacking on a lot of cheese, yogurt and kefir, and I miss the flavor. Plus with multiple intolerances I don’t have a lot of food options to begin with, which is getting me down. Hence the enhanced crabbiness.
And I’m also not feeling any different. I’m still puffy, stuffed up, suffering from insomnia, and covered in skin breakouts. To sum up, I feel cruddy, look cruddy, and I’m hungry. Great.
So I’m toying with the idea of going back on dairy after testing it for just a week. We’ll see. It’s definitely negotiable… If I start feeling a little better, I’ll stick it out for two weeks.
But in the meantime, ice cream always makes a person feel better. Am I right?
Here’s a recipe for a dairy-free tropical fruit sorbet that I threw together the other night. It was awesome! It’s really easy, and it made almost a quart of frozen goodness.
Coconut Mango Banana Sorbet, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
Combine one cup of coconut milk (full-fat, no thickening gums added) with two cups of mango puree and one mashed banana. Add honey to taste – I used about 2 Tablespoons. Mix well, and freeze in an ice cream freezer.
I served this with toasted shredded coconut sprinkled on top. Divine!
I’ve had mango on the brain lately, but mango season is finally tapering off here in southern Florida. When it’s over, I’m going try some other fruit in this recipe. I especially want to try crushed pineapple, because piña colada flavored anything is always a good idea. Always!