Over the past year, I’ve begun to notice that I’m having a hard time breathing. I wondered if it was because of stress, something I was eating, or even my level of physical activity. It got so bad that I was waking up in the middle of the night because I couldn’t breathe.
So, I finally went to the doctor and she prescribed me an inhaler, which REALLY helped. But that’s a quick fix, and not a long-term solution. I wanted to find out what was causing this so I could get to the root of the problem and avoid this in the future.
Last month, I made an attempt to cut out dairy, since I’ve been hearing more and more that it could be what’s causing my asthma, or at least, making it worse.
Overall, what I learned is that a month really drags on when you deprive yourself of something delicious LOL.
When I started, I was successful for about half the month. And I honestly didn’t think dairy was the culprit anymore, because I was cutting it out completely and still wheezing.
On June 15, we had a work party, and I made a conscious decision to eat an AMAZING cookie my co-worker brought to a potluck. No regrets. Except for the fact it cost me the success of my challenge 🙁 lol
There was another instance when I was eating a pepperoni stick. I figured, there’s no way it contained dairy, but I decided to check the label anyway. “MODIFIED MILK INGREDIENTS.”
Noooooo! What the hell? Why do we need milk in a meat stick?! This continued to be a theme for the rest of the month. Like, why do we need milk in Miss Vickie’s salt and vinegar chips? Or sour cream in guacamole? Gahdamn, it’s in everything. My heart goes out to those with an actual intolerance to dairy.
From that moment, I started to feel like it was hopeless. In the back of my mind, I became more lax with my food choices. I stopped checking labels, and even adopted the mindset of ignorance is bliss. I started to lose sight of why I was doing this challenge in the first place.
But soon enough, I began to get back on track. Whenever I was having a craving, I’d gravitate towards more healthy foods that I love, like hummus, watermelon, chickpea salads, and avocados. Every time I noticed I had a mad craving, I’d just run away from the situation, and, more often than not, the craving just went away.
It sucks cutting stuff out of your diet. There’s no doubt about that. But I figure I should probably see a nutritionist or actually get an allergy test, which is something I’ve been putting off for a while. Seriously, who wants to willingly get stabbed with 150 tiny needles? But I’m going to suck it up, because I really want to get to the bottom of this and breathe easy again.
This month, I’m going to get a food journal and write down everything I eat, PLUS, every instance where I begin to wheeze, so I can see if there’s a pattern.
Wish me luck!