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CHEDDAR CHEESE! CHEDDAR cheese. Cheddar CHEESE!

Yesterday morning, after a good sleep in a real bed with clean sheets in a room by myself, I rummaged through S’s fridge for breakfast. Much to my great temptation, I discovered a bin of cheese.

I love cheese. That and yoghurt were staples in my 20s. But dairy was among the first foods I cut out when I developed digestive problems just before turning 30. Candida was the first suspect, and I remain convinced that that conclusion was as correct then as it is now when I eat foods I shouldn’t.

I especially love the sharp tang of cheddar cheese. I had cheddar cheese on a rice cake for breakfast, and savored every chew. Some spiritually oriented writer or teacher said once that if you’re going to eat food that is “bad” for you, love it, appreciate it, ask your body to welcome it and digest it well. The Taoist meditation people I know would advise generating clear saliva, infusing it with golden light, swallowing it and rubbing your belly.

I don’t do that. You laugh, perhaps, but I do believe in those Taoist practices, so I feel like I should do it.

Anyway, once in a while I can get away with a “dairy cheat.” That is, if I cheat just once and don’t get on a roll.

Not this time.

By tonight, my feet and calves hurt with that swollen feeling that heralds edema. And the joints in my hands hurt. Those are consistent with dairy reactions in the past.

Apparently, if you have food sensitivities as opposed to outright allergies, it is more common for reactions to be delayed. The fact that this remains an open question, and that it is information many or most mainstream doctors do not know, speaks to the medieval status of current medical understanding of the wild, wooly and heavily populated neighborhoods of the digestive track.

But we’ll leave that topic for another time. Unless you want to get a copy of “Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia.”

Don’t be fooled by the amateurish cover and unwieldy title: This is my new health “bible.” When I have a kitchen again, I will set out to follow the program. And it has excellent information about digestive health and “unhealth,” or “dysbiosis.”

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