My partner-in-health Amelia wrote me a sympathetic email about my brief and failed foray into the world of dairy. She recommends I wait at least 6 months before introducing anything risky. I guess I was over-zealous. Seriously, why the hell would I risk feeling the best I’ve every felt….for some cottage cheese?
Things got a little worse yesterday, as the effects of eating dairy hit me. Apparently it takes a full 24 hours or so for your body to register the insult you’ve just tossed at it. Yesterday the hot flashes continued but faded away toward the end of the day. I also developed a headache in mid-afternoon (rare for me) and last night I had a full-on depression going. Crying for no reason, being argumentative with my husband. Ah yes, just like old times.
Bye bye to that. Cottage cheese, I’m just not that into you.
Slept well last night though, nasal congestion is almost gone. Gnawing hunger is now gone again. Appetite has dropped, as have some of the other stress markers (breast pain, weight gain). Blood sugar still up a bit. I’m down 3 pounds today and finally under 200 for the first time in 2 years.
New plan: continue doing what I’ve been doing for the last month. Not going to try to force the low-fat thing right now. I think that’s what made me want dairy – low fat and low carb is just too hard for me right now. Meals were starting to taste terrible with that combination – things like a dry bun-less hamburger and a pile of spinach with nothing on it but salt. Instead I’m just going to accept that this is going to be a long process but it’s going to be rewarding along the way.