The Cow Goes Moo

… 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 ;-).


About Mark Mushakian

Just a man who loves God, women, kids, dogs, movies, and every other lovely thing in life :)
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