… and I go, “Ow!”
I grew up regularly consuming quesadillas, ice cream bars, doughnuts, and even the annual chocolate Easter bunny, but about 5 years ago that all began to change. I’ll spare you the unappetizing details, but let’s just say that whenever I ate something with too much milk in it, a large section of my evening was spent in the bathroom – and in pain. I slowly cut milk-related foods from my diet (and you’d be surprised just how many products that is), though I still held out on pizza. Eventually, though, after one particularly late and horrible evening, I put the axe on eating that, too.
I was never officially diagnosed as being lactose intolerant, but it’s a pretty simple equation to calculate. Whenever I ate something that had milk as a major enough ingredient, I was in pain. Simple, no? I was also able to rule out my being allergic to milk, with a large amount of research over the years, and those lactose pills never did work for me – so milk was pretty much out of my life for good. I have heard that raw milk can sometimes sidestep these symptoms, but that’s something I’ll have to discuss at a later time ;-).
Why am I bothering to tell you all of this? What, you’re not THRILLED to know about the dietary difficulties of Mark Mushakian?? I concur… I wouldn’t be either. The reason for this backstory is because yesterday I embarked on a new endeavor – The Great Milk Experiment.
I purchased a half-gallon of regular milk (I’ve been drinking Lactaid for a while now), with the intent of trying to adapt my body to it again. I am my own guinea pig… but I usually am ;-). Slowly I will reintroduce regular milk into my system, with the hope that one day I will be able to build enough resistance to partake of some of those old favorites again. Even if I do begin to drink raw milk, I doubt restaurants use it in their foods, which is what I am attempting to adjust for with this experiment. And, it IS an experiment. It may work, and it may not, but I think it’s worth a try, and either way I’ll be able to share with you my results.
However, if The Great Milk Experiment is a smashing success, I’m inviting you all over for a pizza party! I just hope Dominoes still makes their deep dish pizza the way they used to… the stuff that dreams were made of, I tell ya ;-).