Dairy woes....the blame game
I've been curious about the whole whey/lactose/casein subject since I realized (or just finally faced the fact) not too long ago that I have an issue with dairy. In an attempt to nail down which is the real culprit for me as far as intolerance and autoimmune response issues go, I got rid of all dairy and was going to try to see what, if anything, I could consume without having GI issues or any signs or symptoms of inflammation. I should have started with heavy cream or butter, but had a small bite of ricotta cheese recently and within hours was sure I had a severe case of the flu - not "the stomach flu", but a body ache like I haven't had in a long, long time and everything burned - eyes, throat, sinuses, and lungs. I never noticed that butter or heavy cream did that to me before. (I do know that butter and cream are mostly fat and are lacking elements of the other dairy products)
Can anyone tell me which components of dairy products seem to be the most common cause of physiological reactions? I'm leaning toward whey being to blame for mine, but am really curious about what others have found they can and can't tolerate. (Not talking about weight related issues here)
I'm willing to give up whatever I need to for good, but I can't say I'll be doing it happily!
Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
- Robert Louis Stevenson