This has been a very eye opening week where I think I have finally accepted what I have known for some time. For me to make a change that might not be easy there needs to be something huge that ‘hits me in the face’ so that it will be worse for me if i dont accept then if i dont change.
Well, I have been hit in the face. Figuratively, but looks like literally.
That is me – puffy, swollen-to-huge eyes and what you can’t see – eczema all.over.my.body! My eyes were more painful then they looked and the eczema was near torture.
Almost 2.5 years ago when Babe E was just over a week old we realized that she was not able to tolerate any casein. This meant I had to cut it all out of my diet since she was breastfeeding. At first it was a bit of a struggle. I have been off dairy near my entire life (i was diagnosed as lactose intolerant when i was about 8 years old) and when i went back on dairy and tolerated it fine – it was hard to give it up again. But I did for 2 years eliminated all casein (including whey).
Then I ate it again and everything was fine. The more i ate the more i noticed this pesky rash – but i just ignored it. Cause that’s what I do.
Well, no ignoring it anymore. Last Thursday night i decided to ‘overdose’ on dairy. I ate a lot of it. It was delisious and awesome. Until the next day.
Last Friday I woke up to eyes that were pitch red and puffy and painful and itchy. Covered in eczema all over (the eczema was all over my eyelids as well causing conjunctivitis). All from the casein.
It has been almost a week now and my eyes are slowly starting to look more human. I have had to take a lot of benadryl and ibuprofen and have been in a state of mega uncomfortable.
But there is no more denying it. I have at the very least a casein intolerance (& should get tested for a casein allergy).
Bye bye cheese.
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