I first noticed something weird a few weeks ago, shortly after my parents left for Europe. I would get an annoying stomach pain, sort of on the left side, which is where I usually get such pains. It was sort of a combination of so hungry your stomach feels like it's going to eat itself and bloatedness. I've found that those two symptoms often occur together, particularly when I feel that hungry and can't or am not able to eat right away. I couldn't figure out why, after eating as much or perhaps even MORE than usual by 2 or 3 in the afternoon, I was feeling so...hungry? Bloated? Both?
One theory was that during the school year I was really really stressed and therefore my body was "holding on" to food more. This theory was based on the common yet depressing knowledge that while stressed, your body retains fat. Now that it's summer, perhaps my metabolism was going back to what it used to be and burning more calories and therefore I was more hungry.
But the bloated thing just didn't compute. Then I thought, wait a second, having too much dairy can cause these symptoms. Even people who aren't technically lactose intolerant can have icky symptoms from too much dairy.
So, on Sunday, I had no dairy at all. No milk, no cottage cheese with yogurt and berries and granola and honey (tear), no nothing. Well, unless you count the tiny bit of milk that was in the salad dressing and the tiny bit of milk in the filling of the sliver of cake I had.
And lo and behold: no symptoms!
Yesterday, a repeat of Sunday. No dairy except for a little bit of cheese in the enchiladas we had for dinner, and that was accidental because I totally forgot that enchiladas have cheese (don't ask). No real symptoms.
So, we shall see. At least one more day after today of no dairy and then I'll try it again, probably on Thursday. I read that it is not uncommon for lactose intolerance to suddenly happen to adults. Fortunately, if I do find that dairy is what's making me feel icky, it's not a bad case. That's good, because if I ever had to give up pizza and ice cream and other such delicious items, I would cry.
Oh yeah, and I ran 3 miles for the first time EVER today. :-D