Thank you all so much for all the kind thoughts! I got my mom off to the airport alright and, much later, Ryan and I went out for a late casual dinner of pizza. I did get pizza with cheese tonight. Honestly, I feel 100x better when I don’t eat any dairy, but I think the main point is for people to limit their use to their best potential. It’s much easier going 100% dairyless when I’m living on my own than when I’m here in the real world. Surprisingly enough (well not really) my tummy hurt after eating the pizza…I only had about a slice and a half. 🙁 I’ll remember that feeling next time and go cheese free! I’m home now and sipping some herbal tea trying to get rid of the bloated feeling.


This afternoon I snacked on a banana with almond butter and then later, while watching the derby, had a glass of red wine and some hummus and crackers. I’m going to try to make it to a yoga class tomorrow. I need it!



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  • Romina
    May 4, 2008 at 2:29 am

    I think as soon as people stop eating dairy, their body stops producing the enzyme to break down lactose. The last time I had dairy, I was sick all night. It wasn’t intentional, and I learned later that there was dairy in my meal, so it wasn’t psychological. But who knows.

  • nicole r
    May 4, 2008 at 2:39 am

    ^^^ that is true. you’re not actually even born having the enzyme lactase (breaks down lactose)—this is why you cant give babies straight cow’s milk for a little while—they’ll get really ill because they cannot process that type of milk yet. when you stop consuming dairy on a regular basis, your body just stops wasting its time using amino acids to make an enzyme you no longer require. oddly, this happens with animal products in general. if you tried eating even chicken now, which is pretty easy for your body to handle, you’d probably get really sick.

    yes, go to yoga!!!! sweat and feel better 🙂

  • Alyssa
    May 4, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Tomorrow is a new day! Hopefully the sun will be shining and the birds will be chirping and you can start with a clean slate 😛 And if it is cloudy and yucky, just know we are all here for you to provide you with all the sunshine and cheeriness you need and deserve! 🙂

  • falafel
    May 4, 2008 at 3:37 am

    What the hell are you talking about? All milk, including breast milk, contain lactose. Cow’s milk should not be consumed by infants younger than 12 months because the high protein content of unmodified cow’s milk makes it hard for a baby’s system to digest and process. Potassium and sodium levels also are higher than recommended for babies. (source – American Dietetic Assocation)

  • Jill
    May 4, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Uuuuuuugh, I know that post-cheese ‘yuck’ feeling all too well! Whenever I stay with my mother she ignores my dairy thing – she thinks it’s silly I guess. Anyway, it always ends in that “oh man, I hate lactose!” thought! Feel better!

  • nicole r
    May 4, 2008 at 11:56 am

    ouch, how mortifying. pay no attention, i’m studying and delirious. anyhow, it is an enzyme we aren’t born having, and is instead an adaptive addition post-parturition upon introduction of milk into the gi tract. also is an enzyme your body will stop producing when you stop ingesting dairy. though you’ll produce more upon reintroduction.

  • Cassie
    May 4, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Hey Jenna- I didn’t get to post earlier. I am sorry to hear about everything going on – but you know that time heals everything and that what you are doing is so responsible and sweet and your family is very lucky to have such a wonderful unselfish person in their lives who is willing to stop everything to help out. It is very respectable.

    Sorry the cheese hurt your stomach – I get the same feeling anytime I eat full fat dairy for some reason – weird.

  • Alison
    May 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Here;s an interesting article that explains the enzymes and digestion of milk

  • Alison
    May 4, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    oops it would help if i posted the link http://www.thetech.org/genetics/ask.php?id=135 It’s a kind of complicated article with alot of things contributing to what could make a vegan become lactose inolerant but basically the ability to digest lactase is a gene that can turn off. The lining of the intesetine and bacteria also contribute to making someone lactose intolerant.