Ditching Dairy!

I am feeling rubbish!

I am so tired today you would not believe. All I want to do is lay down on the nearest flat surface and go to sleep. I had to drive to my Nan's today and I really did not feel safe. I honestly thought I would fall asleep any minute. Up until today I had been wondering if this tiredness might mean I am pregnant, but I don't think I am. Both times that I was pregnant before I tested positive at 11 dpo (which is what I am today) using a Clear Blue Digital (sensitivity 25mIU/ml)  in the afternoon. Today I tested with FMU using a One Step (which is sensitive to 10mIU/ml), and it was clearly negative. Also as I said yesterday, I don't have sore boobs, just tiredness and a sore belly, which could be caused by what I am eating, so all in all I think pregnancy is unlikely.

I do feel like I have been hit by a truck though. I have no energy at all. It really does feel a bit like a hangover, minus the thirst. I have a slight headache, and feel a bit dizzy, my brain feels foggy and even my vision seems a bit blurry. I am also slightly nauseous, with that feeling that I really want to eat something that will 'fix' me, but not really fancying much at all.

Although the plan for my reintroduction had me eating chick peas yesterday, I really didn't fancy them. What I wanted was cheese. So, I made a big salad, with spinach, rocket, watercress, tomatoes, avocado, spring onion, beetroot, grated carrot and grated cheese. It was delicious. Later in the evening I fancied more cheese. Although in hindsight I can see that this might have been a craving, at the time I though it was a great idea to really test cheese! (I LOVE CHEESE!).

Anyway, as I was driving and trying to keep my eyes open this morning, I was thinking fondly back to the Whole30 and how good and full of energy I felt - it was only 6 days ago! My thoughts were that I should just go back to that  and be done with it, I know it works. Then I started thinking about what is different in my diet now. The foods I have introduced so far are rice, which seemed fine, though I had it only once, and sugar, which I have avoided since Saturday,

and also milk,
and butter,
and cheese,
and cream,
and ice cream!

I just weighed myself too, and I have gained 1.5kg in 6 days.

Once again, Dr Mansfield said he thought I may have a sensitivity to dairy but I really couldn't see it. Perhaps I just didn't want to! I still don't want to! But I am going to stop eating dairy and see what happens. I am not going to introduce anything else until I feel better either! Fingers crossed it works as I feel so awful.

If I do turn out to be pregnant, then I will give dairy another chance of course, but in reality, although I love it, I didn't really miss it that much when I was doing the Whole30, so I know I can live without it.

Hello, and thanks for stopping by. My name is Emma and I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, writer, teacher, coach and mentor. I am passionate about eating real food, learning, travel and health. I get to spend my days with my amazing son who has chosen to learn from the world rather than at school. We write to share the life we love and to help others create a life they love too.


  1. Oh I admire you if you can give up dairy...to me, life just wouldn't be worth living if it didn't include cheese or ice cream or milk!! LOL! I just don't have that kind of will power.

    Sorry for your BFN & you feeling so crummy

    1. I'm not sure I can! But as I felt so good before and then feel so terrible since I reintroduced it, I think I should at least give it a try!

  2. I'm impressed with your focus and determination!

    I have a lot of foods that make me feel crappy like this. What has worked well for me is just to cultivate an awareness, and then make an educated decision about when I'm willing to feel like crap in exchange for eating a beloved food. It works pretty well.

    I'm still trying to figure out my own way. An interesting journey!