My dad died of colon cancer less than two months after his 38th birthday. I had just turned 15.

So, just recently, when I began to have serious gastrointestinal distress (we will just leave it at that without the details), my mind began to wander back to the time he was sick, and fear slowly crept into me–fear that I would suffer the same fate. I have been disciplined about getting a colonoscopy every 5 years beginning at the age of 29, so this knowledge helped keep my fear in check.

I went to the doctor and to my surprise, she advised me to go off all dairy for a week. You can probably tell from my weekly menu plans and my freezer meals, that I am a dairy girl. I love cheese, butter, ice cream, milk. . .Going off all of that was hard, but I had no idea that dairy is lurking in so many items–frozen meals and cereal being two biggies.

It has only been 4 days now since I have been off ALL dairy, but I can’t tell you how much better I feel! I have no physical problems. It has been a bit difficult to adjust to the dietary changes, but not as difficult as I thought it would be, mainly because I am feeling so much better. And, I am so grateful that it is just a dairy intolerance and not something more serious or life threatening.

For the past two years, since my second child was born, I have not felt like myself. I had to have Gas-X several times a week, and an upset stomach was typical more days than not. I wondered if it was somehow psychological; I wondered if I would ever feel normal again. Now I realize all of those problems were related to dairy consumption.

All of that discomfort is gone, and I finally feel like myself. I feel so much better!

What does that mean for this blog? I still plan to continue like normal recipe-wise because my family is still eating dairy and I think my children love their macaroni and cheese too much to say good-bye for ever. But I will start to explore and share some dairy free recipes and products.

If any of you have discovered you have a dairy intolerance, I would love to hear about your experience!

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