My Dairy & Gluten Detox — A Life-Style Change
On January 22, 2017 I started going gluten and dairy free. Shortly after I did so, I began to feel worst, with increased anxiety, increased tiredness, headaches, and severe dizziness. Then, adding to all of that, I started to get sick with a flu, cold, and cough.
But what was really going on? Did all of this have something to do with my detoxing? So I researched what a dairy detox was like and sure enough, there is a storm before the calm, with increased symptoms as stated above and flu-like symptoms being quite typical. –Update: Typical with a gluten detox as well.
Some only experience mild symptoms–like itchy skin or breakouts–and they last only a few of days. For others, the symptoms can be severe like mine and they can go on for weeks! And yet for some, there are no symptoms at all. My research also revealed that–for some individuals–a gallon of mucus could actually exit the body before it’s all over. (Update 03/2017: After I recovered from this so-called flu I learned that the flu virus was actually going around and many were getting sick. So, we’ll never fully know what actually happened with that, as I very well could have been ill with the actual flu).
Then–trying not to get too gross–after my sickness somewhat subsided, I vomited up black junk. My husband did not get ill and he ate the exact same things that day as I. I’m not really sure what that was truly all about either, but I can say, it was quite strange, not to mention horrible.
I lived for dairy. We practically had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I constantly cooked with it. It just about went in or on everything.
Back around 2004 my doctor in Colorado, where we last lived, tested me for food allergies via a blood test. The test proved that I was severely allergic to dairy—off the charts in fact. Okay, but what did that mean exactly? Nothing was really explained to me. I did get a little itchy when I drank too much milk, but that was not a big deal to me. Other than that, I didn’t notice any other adverse reactions, especially after eating cheese. So that was that, I thought, I simply loved cheese too much to eliminate it from my diet.
I was told years before, that I had hypothyroidism and yes, I was put on meds. Then that same doctor in Colorado Springs took me off of those meds and switched me to Armour Thyroid. He also informed me that I had antibodies and was put on supplements particularly for that. However, I was never informed that I had Hashimoto’s. And, I was never informed that dairy and gluten were the biggest triggers for thyroid antibodies. The simple advice I received was, if I no longer consumed milk or cheese, my allergy to it would eventually go away and that I would probably lose weight.
I thought to myself: True, cheese is fattening, therefore yes, I may lose weight. As for an allergy? Again, as stated above, I never noticed any allergic reaction.
As for gluten? I thought that only those with celiacs or Crohn’s disease had to suffer the loss of gluten. I had neither. Here in Ecuador, my husband even made us lots of breads & bagels with a high gluten flour! Yum!
Then came something life-changing. I decided to watch the documentary called, The Thyroid Secret by Dr. Izabella Wentz, which was aired over a period of nine days. —The Thyroid Secret
Finally! My allergy to dairy was fully explained. I now know that diary and gluten are the worst poisons, the biggest culprit to antibody production, and one of the biggest reasons my thyroid health was worsening. I miss my eyebrows!
In fact, what I walked away with is this: Everyone on this planet should probably skip consuming dairy and gluten altogether. I’m also left wondering, after watching the documentary, if the obesity issue facing the US and other countries, including Ecuador, does in fact lie with those two toxins — dairy and gluten.
When I was on Weight Watches, & other diets, if I lost 3 pounds the first month, I thought I was doing good. When I went on the “Every-Other-Day Diet” (intermittent fasting—one day of fasting, one day of eating), with no cheating I only lost 16 pounds after 3 months. Inches came off faster than the actual pounds ever did and I can’t say that that’s a bad thing. However, I am exactly 4 weeks into this life-style change of eating no dairy or gluten and I have lost 15 pounds. Others are noticing my loss, as well. So obviously, something is a little different this time around.
I’ve decided to limit corn & rice for the most part, as I’ve come to learn that there are actually different types of glutens and every grain contains a form of it in varying degrees. I’ve also decided to throw some Paleo protocols into the mix, such as no peanuts. Plus, I’m down to 1 cup of coffee per day — well, I’m trying.
Most of the oils that we consume at home now are coconut oil, avocado, and organic palm oil—no olive oil, as that could be tainted with other oils, such as soy. However, I’m eating pretty much anything else, sometimes including a yucca bread that I invented. I react well to potatoes, and now & then, I’ll have french fries. As far as sugar is concerned, I’m trying to leave it alone–especially white. Honey is acceptable, though. And exercise? Well, some day.
We’ll see how far this life style change takes us — my husband has joined me. I still have some of the symptoms above, while my husband only broke out with a single pimple. Anyway, so far so good, and perhaps there will need to be additional changes along the way. One thing’s for sure, thus far we’re truly not missing the cheese or the bread.
Side note: I love the banana ice cream that I make when I get a craving for a frozen dairy treat here in Ecuador. Throw some frozen bananas into a food-processor, add nothing else, and walla, creamy, smooth banana ice cream! Google it! –And see comment below!
Google Paleo chocolate brownies made with plantains — NO flours. Another yum!
—February 18, 2017