W30 Round 2, Reintro Day 7: Dairy
Today is the day I’ve been most curious about during my entire Whole30 journey this time around. Dairy Reintroduction Day. I’ve missed Parmesan somethin’ awful y’all! Grated, chunked, shaved, shredded. It can do no wrong. I also wanted to try yogurt, heavy cream and mozzarella. I did not get that far. Read on and I’ll tell you why.
WHAT I ATE
I started the day testing a goat gouda from Whole Foods. I grated that over my scrambled eggs and it was unbelievably delicious. Even better? Totally fine on my stomach. YAY! The mango and kiwi were ripe so those went on the plate and I sautéed a few fistfuls of baby spinach that cooked down to what appears to be a tablespoon of greens. Ha! 😜 I had a little less of a breakfast than I would normally eat because I was heading to a spin class and wanted to have a snack afterward.
FlyWheel FTW! I forgot how much I love riding for 45 minutes in a dark room with that kind of clubby music with a beat you can just rock out to. Great class. I didn’t want to try yogurt before a spin class – that could end badly, I just didn’t know yet. So when I got home I made a yogurt bowl of Fage Total (about 2/3 of the small container) and added a mashed up half of a banana, some Maple Pancake Paleonola and a drizzle of honey. You guys. This was SO GOOD. More like dessert than a snack. Aaaaaand it did not sit well. AT ALL. I thought that was that and went along with my day.
I had a super late lunch by my standards – 2pm. I had the yogurt at 11am and that totally effed up my stomach. I got some stuff done around the apartment and then had to lay down for 30 minutes for a quick nap. Hey! I was up late watching that INSANE Super Bowl last night and needed to catch up! I ended up having leftover Chicken Tikka Masala from the freezer and put it on a bowl of sautéed cauliflower and broccoli rice. Topped it with leftover guacamole and a splash of coconut milk for some good fat. I was a bit traumatized from the yogurt snack situation so I avoided dairy at my late lunch. It didn’t matter. The damage was done and I was about to pay for it AGAIN.
I was fine when I left to pick up the kids. And then the rumbles. Got the kids and we started to walk home. We were about half way home when I felt like we basically had to RUN. I will not go into detail but I’m not going to have yogurt ever ever EVER again. You guys, I haven’t felt like that in a really really long time. And never ONCE on the Whole30. Goodbye yogurt.
Not a damn thing! Even though I was a little hungry I was too traumatized from the snack-into-lunch exorcism to put anything but water in my system.
I love being constantly reminded of how delicious simple food can be. Take tonight: lamb rib chops simply seasoned with s&p, pan fried in ghee and thrown under the broiler w a pat of melting lemon-basil compound ghee. A pan of 8 small chops done in less than 15 minutes. This is the stuff dinner parties are made of. Or a Monday night with my sweet littles! Thankfully my digestive issues were under control and once again, I just avoided dairy entirely for this meal.
However, I really wanted to know about Parm and mozz. I cleaned up the kitchen and let myself rest for a bit. Then I had a chunk of Parmesan and two small slices of mozzarella. And I’ve felt fine this evening. So EXHALE.
WHERE I’M AT
Outside of pizza and the occasional chicken parm, cheese hasn’t really been part of my diet so I don’t really mind saying adios to most of it. Clearly yogurt and I are parting ways. But as for hard and soft cheeses, I feel like it’s going to be an ongoing experiment. I’m *guessing* that I can have hard and semi-soft cheeses in small doses but we’ll see. Goat’s milk vs. cow’s milk vs. sheep’s milk? I dunno yet. It does put some things in perspective though, right? I can go back to seasoning/flavoring with Parm on occasion? Great! I need to limit mozz? Fine! The only time mozz comes up for me is on pizza (which I’m limiting anyway). OH, and when we have Caprese salad in the summer…
So this is the beauty of the Whole30 you guys! Having eliminated dairy for 30+ days I know exactly what went down today. It’s very black and white. I can also see the gray areas where there’s more to learn, and that’s ok. As with many things we want instant gratification from, this is a marathon – not a sprint.
So back to the Whole30 until Thursday when I’ll see what pasta and cereal and bread do for me. But again, I don’t miss much. A baguette from Maison Kayser? Yes. Yes I will be trying that. And maybe a cereal for when I get tired of eggs? IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?! There are so many gluten-free options out there that I may opt to cut out gluten entirely, minus special occasions, regardless of how it makes me feel. TBD.