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Lactose Intolerance
Over the weekend, I got good news and bad news.

The good news is that I lost weight by changing my diet (not going on a diet; this isn't meant to be temporary). This mostly involved not drinking milk, not eating bread, cutting down on meat and especially eggs, and having less sweet and fatty things around.

And by losing weight, I mean I lost 10 pounds in a month without changing how much I exercise, which is just some walking to classes and back (about a mile each way). I'm still very much overweight, but this is the first time I've ever lost any significant amount of weight. It's nice to think that I'll be able to lose more and to keep it off just by keeping to what I'm doing, though I do plan to add in more exercise.

The bad news is that milk and most other dairy products are most definitely going to have to stay out of my diet, permanently. I have discovered that I am mildly lactose intolerant, after my month of not consuming any dairy but cheese and yogurt, by trial and error: I tried ice cream and soon realized my error. Eesh, stomach cramps and general unpleasantness.

Many people have mild lactose intolerance or mild wheat or wheat gluten intolerance, but consuming such products regularly can mask the symptoms even if one cannot digest it properly.

But, let me say that not being able to eat ice cream sucks. At least there's frozen yogurt... No lactose in cheese and yogurt, due to bacterial cultures and whatnot. Still, I'm going to miss milk, too.

Chibigreen Tejinashi
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