Truthfully eating dairy has never been a feel good thing for me. It harkens back to earaches as a kid. Those earaches turned out to be my one and only surgery - tubes in my ear. Later as an adult on my journey of being a health care practitioner, I learned about milk allergies causing inflammation. This inflammation showed up in kids as earaches! Holy cow, no literally wholly cow allergy (and really not only cow - any dairy, even goat).
What happens in the body is the inflammation of mast cells. These mast cells can be found lining the ear, nose and throat (ENT). If the ENT is inflamed a series of bodily upsets can be found. Things like asthma, chronic ear infections, nasal drip, higher sensitivity to well - pretty much anything.
As for grain... If you look closely you can find grain in everything. Unless you cook your own whole foods. Prepackaged/precooked/prepared foods are the worst culprits! And if you like to go out to eat, try and look for a meal that isn't accompanied by some form of grain. It's on every menu - a taco, sushi, nan and curry, injera, hell - a regular old burger.
Just the other day I went out with my dearest friend Kasey, a nutrition chef and recipe author (check out her blog), to the eat real festival in oakland and everything had grain. So, we ate around it - even the Mexican/Indian burrito, with chopsticks no less (hey, we were at a festival).
In fact she gave me the terminology paleolithic diet. She explained it as eating as our ancestors did. At first I was like - hold on! I'm super multi-racial, how am I gonna pin down which culture in my myriad of ancestors to eat after? Then she explained further - really it's about eating as a hunter and gatherer. Oh, hunt and gather...well, if you stop and think about it - if I was to hunt I probably would only be eating meat occasionally (and more often it would be fish). And hell, how many ears of corn or grains of rice can I realistically gather? not much, right?
As for allergies and leaky gut syndrome or whatever else people are getting diagnosed with could it be a bombardment of to much of the same grain in our bodies? Could it be corn cups, corn oil (+biofuel), corn syrup, popcorn, corn tortillas, corn in everything be too much? Not to mention soy, wheat and rice too. We drink, eat, drive, utilize the hell out these grains. We've all heard the saying, "too much of anything is a bad thing."
Hence, my paleolithic diet experiment. And as I was saying it feels great. My overall inflammation has reduced by leaps and bounds. Not only in my ENT but in my gut too! Plus i can feel my body more. Who knew inflammation would deaden body sensation? Oh yeah, damn near every health practitioner. There are books out there ranting and raving about how inflammation is a major cause of disease across the board. Why not look to the cause of this inflammation and transform our diets.
Eating simply, never felt so good.