Many years ago an allergist told me that allergies and sensitivities can build up over time. He made the analogy to a boat. Imagine your body is a boat. Maybe like me, you have a dust and dust mite allergy, a soy allergy, and a dog allergy (these are what I tested positive for). Well, that boat may float along okay but be a little low in the water. As you tend to these allergies (in my case, take shots weekly) their weight becomes less and less and the boat rises in the water. But add more stuff to your boat, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, etc. and the boat begins to ride much lower in the water. Eventually, if you add too much stuff, too much of a load for your body, your boat will sink. When that happens, all sorts of chaos breaks loose. It made a lot of sense to me then and it makes sense to me now.
I've been treated for my dust and dust mite allergies for a long time and they no longer cause me problems. Soy and grains have been out of my life for a long time now as they both make me very, very sick. But I've still been having bouts of sickness which I'm convinced is diet related. I think I've finally narrowed it down to dairy. I hate milk and have NEVER been a milk drinking. I have however, always enjoyed cheese and yogurt. Over the past few years yogurt has become a food which my stomach does NOT like. Now it seems cheese is causing the same problems. So I'm cutting out dairy. I do miss my cheese I gotta say. But as with everything I've eliminated from my diet, I'll adjust just fine.
Not having horrid gastro-intestinal problems, headaches, insomnia and inflammation in various places in the body is SO worth it.
I think everyone has something that probably shouldn't be in their boat. When was the last time you evaluated what is riding in your boat that you could throw overboard? What if you tried sailing without it for a week? How do you think you might feel? What if you have symptoms you are so used to dealing with that they seem just part of life? What if you could actually feel good everyday, without aches and pains and tummy rumblings and headaches?
I'm hoping my no dairy experiment makes some real changes for me. Because I'm tired of having bad days.