On Friday night, I was craving pizza. I am normally not one to crave things so strongly, so I decided to give in to temptation. My local grocery store has a pretty decent gluten and dairy free selection, but there is only one option for frozen gluten free pizza. With cheese.
I've spent years thinking about when would be a good time to do a dairy challenge. Friday nights are the best since I can have the whole weekend to recover. I have been working most weekends and have non-stop things to do, so normally I don't have a weekend "off". With an uncharacteristic free weekend ahead, I decided now or never with a simple dairy challenge.
I ate an entire cheese pizza (I was hungry) and had no major side effects. Just really minor things that don't cause any concern.
My goal has been to be able to tolerate some dairy again. Mainly, so I can go out to eat and only be "gluten free". I am not rushing to the dairy case to buy a gallon of milk or a carton of ice cream anytime soon. I love the dairy free alternatives. I now know that if I go out and I hear that the delicious chicken I just ate was marinated in yogurt (as was the case in an Indian restaurant on Saturday), I can enjoy the meal wondering where the nearest bathroom is, getting nauseous, or having a panic attack. It frees me to enjoy more foods again, but everything in moderation! I can now sneak chocolate kisses from the candy bowl at my mom's house come Christmas time, but should probably stop at two instead of two handfuls.
I have been dairy free since Spring 2009, gluten free since June 2010 and low fructose since February 2012. Has anyone else experienced a food intolerance disappearing as time goes on and the gut heals?