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[M,MH&I] Milk…not so good

(For those of you who don’t follow Sam or FK’s journals, “M,MH&I” stands for “Me, My Health & I.”)

I’ve been having a fair amount of stomach problems over the past 2-3 years, and I’m still messing with my diet to try to figure out what exactly is causing the issues. I know that red meat causes a lot of problems, for instance. However, I’ve finally narrowed one thing down that causes significant issues, and that’s milk.

That sucks. You see, I always thought I had escaped that falling knife because my ancestors lived in Europe. (Hey, don’t say I never learned anything in college… that theory was one of the few things that stuck with me from college, from a really adamant-about-evolution biology professor.) Since I’m adopted, I don’t know my real ancestry; I suppose my ability to tan well should have made me realize that I probably wasn’t descended from the northern European population that can actually digest lactose.

Last week I started noticing that I was having severe cramps, bloating, diarrhea, etc. a few hours after drinking milk. Since I had recently started drinking a different kind of milk, I decided to pick up my regular kind and see if that did the same thing. Unfortunately, last night, it did (and showed itself this morning, which is why I’m writing this blog at 8AM PST.) Well… shoot. I had a bunch of cheese last night, too, but it was Manchego (a variety that is made of sheep’s milk), so I’m not sure if the cheese affected me the wrong way or not. I have some more cheese in the fridge, so I’ll try that experiment tonight and see where it gets me.

Regardless, it’s clear that I will need to cut down on my milk intake significantly, if not cut it out completely. This is disappointing, because I really like cereal with milk, and cereal is a cheap meal that can be made quickly. ๐Ÿ™

My next mission is to figure out exactly what types of red meat are causing the issue. I’ve already been avoiding red meat for quite a while now — I rarely eat it. Steaks seem to trigger the symptoms the most; hamburgers the least. Symptoms include a lot of gas and bloating and sometimes, if the meat isn’t perfect, diarrhea. If anyone has any ideas on that, feel free to post a comment.

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