About four months ago, after trying to make sense of various mysterious health symptoms, my physician suggested that I go on an elimination diet for awhile, specifically to eliminate dairy at first, but she also suggested that eliminating eggs or gluten might be in order if my symptoms weren’t alleviated. At the time my primary symptom was nausea, but I also often felt a sort of unspecified abdominal ache in the evenings, too.
Within a few weeks of the no-dairy, the symptoms became minimal. Because I noticed them when I ate eggs, I also eliminated those. And since then I’ve felt remarkably nausea and gut-pain free. A few times since I started the elimination I’ve tried a bit of cheese and I still cook with butter and I seem to be fine with that, as long as dairy is not a major category in my diet.
And somehow I made it through the holidays while sticking to a mostly dairy-free and egg-free diet, with very few temptations or frustrations (it helps, I suppose, that I love veggies and that I bought a Vitamix blender). It seems that as long as I don’t think too much about lasagna and souffles and rigatoni gorgonzola, well, I am pretty okay with my various eating options.
But then there are those days (today is one of them), when I am longing for a bit of comfort and it seems that that comfort has very creamy contours…