August 13th, 2009
Body… Achy, Blurry, Exhausted, Headache, Froggy
Mind… Foggy, chance of meatballs
Mood… Huh, what?
In order to keep my voice as clear as possible, my doctor said NO DAIRY at all.
ME: So that means, cow dairy, right? Since I’m allergic to COW dairy?
DR: No dairy.
ME: But specifically no cow’s dairy?
DR: No dairy at all.
ME: How about sheep? Like sheep’s feta? I’m not allergic to sheep.
DR: No dairy. At all.
So, I LOVE dairy, (cheese especially) and it sucks that I shouldn’t have any. Anyway, since I cut out dairy, there has been a little less junk down on the chords, meaning less work and strain for my voice-overs.
Avoiding dairy, not to mention other types of foodstuffs, makes eating out tedious and boring. Well, a couple of Friday’s ago we went for Italian food. I did okay–I had the bow tie pasta dish with steak tidbits, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes in garlic and olive oil. (It was delicious–Portofino’s in Forest Hills, I highly recommend it.)
See, no dairy. Except…
Ahhh… garlic bread, how much do I love thee?! Let me count the ways. Oh, about two baskets. All that yummy, warm, crusty bread with buttery garlic. And let’s not forget the lovely yeast in the bread. Did I mention that I have an allergy to yeast? I’m sure I did in a previous post.
ME: What about butter? That’s not dairy, right?
So, I woke up the next morning all congested, face puffy, back of throat thick with junk. That’s why I did this on a Friday night, I should be clear for work by Monday. Sort of.
I know I ‘shouldn’t’ have, but I did. I am testing how things work, one food at a time, but two bread baskets filled with butter and yeast, was a little overboard. While staying away from dairy helps minimize that froggy feeling, I have other food allergies that can dramatically effect my voice without any junk ( mucous/phlegm), just inflammation.
So, anyway, garlic bread is done for a while. Chicken (allergic to chicken and turkey) is next. Definitely on a Friday.
FYI – All these various food allergies did not appear until after several years with Chronic Lyme.