Dairy Bloat Begone!

I performed a mini-experiment this past week. I cut out cottage cheese entirely from my daily meals and limited dairy to just the remaining yogurt I had in my fridge, which amounts to a paltry 4 T. in my daily shake. I also ran out of the homemade cran raisin bars which contain dry milk at the beginning of the week, so that source of dairy was cut, too.

You see, I’ve noticed that every time I have a cottage cheese and fruit meal, my abs seem to lose any hint of definition they might have, so this past week was a deliberate experiment to see if my feelings were correct.

I think that the pics from 5/21 and the ones from 5/27 are pretty good evidence that dairy does indeed have an effect on how defined I look. 🙄

The upshot of this experiment is that I am ditching the cottage cheese for the rest of the P&P challenge and cutting back slightly on the yogurt, too–4 T. in a shake is okay, but no full cups as a carb portion. Also, no more bars that contain dry milk. I’ll be taking two calcium + D supps a day now instead of just one as well. I still reserve the right to have ice cream in either of my two free meals each week, but no more daily 2+ servings of bloat-inducing dairy products like CC and milk.

Now don’t take the dairy out of your diet just because I’m doing it. Recall that I am lactose intolerant, too, so my body may react in a stronger manner to dairy products than that of a person who is not LI. If you come from a long line of efficient dairy-processors and don’t notice any wacky side-effects from having cottage cheese three times a day, by all means keep on doing what you are doing. I’m just doing what is best for my own body and current goals.

Speaking of individual biological diversity and tastes, has anyone ever noticed that some brands of plain old-fashioned rolled oats taste better than others? I’ve heard this said about brands of cottage cheese and am willing to believe it since I’ve tried at least six different brands of fat free cottage cheese in the past year (It’s a toss up between Wal-Mart and Target as to who produces the nastiest store-brand–they both have a scent reminescent of feet. Albertson’s CC with its milk-like flavor is the tastiest to me, while Publix and Winn-Dixie make acceptable but not notable cottage cheese.), but you’d think that rolled oats would just be rolled oats. Not so! I just polished off a tube of Target’s rolled oats and am now on my first tube of Albertson’s, and I must say that Albertson’s oatmeal is MUCH better than the Target or Publix brands that I normally buy.

Maybe being able to taste the difference between brands of PLAIN oatmeal is the ultimate rite of passage into confirmed health nutdom.


5/27/05 P&P Challenge Report

Consecutive Perfect Days = 4
Total Perfect Days = 26/62

– 1492 calories eaten / -551 deficit
– 49.3% carb, 27.5% protein, 22.6% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed

Weekly Weigh-In:
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs

Nutrition: 2000-2100 calorie high zig zag day

1: 1 scoop whey, 1/2 bag lite popcorn
2: 3×1 spinach omelette, 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal
3: 3 oz. skinless roasted chicken thigh, 1/2 c. rice, 1/4 c. black beans, 1 c. Romaine lettuce
4: 3×1 spinach omelette, WW bagel, 1/2 c. broccoli, 3 baby carrots
5: Strawberry lime yogurt protein shake, 1/2 c. broccoli, 3 baby carrots, 1 T. flaxseed oil
6: Cappucino banana yogurt protein shake, 1/2 c. broccoli, 3 baby carrots

Total: 2004 calories, 48.7% carb, 32.0% protein, 21.7% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil
Water: 16 cups minimum

8:00 PM P90X Kenpo X
9:00 PM Cardio – Treadmill (4 mph/10% incline/30 minutes)

The Awful Truth:
1. Nothing. Back in the saddle again!

Brownie Points:
1. Gave Karaoke database a test run last night.
2. Down to 134.4 lbs this week.

Short-term Goals:
1. Create P90X HanDbase module.
2. Plan out non-dairy diet.
3. Cook more rice and roast chicken.
4. Pick up 20lb bag of Nutro Max cat food for the boys. ($21.99 for 20 lbs at Petco.)
5. Get more groceries–go to Costco first.
6. Create SGX module.

6 thoughts on “Dairy Bloat Begone!

  1. http://www.vtmorning.com

    I absolutely love this–it’s oatmeal, but not. Much hardier, alot more fiber… you’ll never ever eeeeeever go back to oatmeal! Well, then again, some people prefer a little more chewiness, hehe. We’ve had tons of free samples of this product at my office and I plan on taking alot more than the one pack I got. You could probably write a letter to them and have them send you a sample; those packets come in single 1/2 cup (dry) servings!


  2. Hey Maggie
    I am with you on the whole no dairy thing! I notice the same stuff! I haven’t had cottage cheese in like forever and I can’t say that I miss it! 😆 Although, like you, I am allover the icecream on free meals!! :biggrin:

  3. Plain oats and eggwhites are the holy grail of health nutdom, and I likes it!

    Actually, I’ve had the exact same reaction to dairy and have pretty much cut out all dairy except egg whites and whey protein. Milk is nature’s way of turning a calf into a cow, not a ripped cow either. I had to eliminate it to keep definition, but I eat it from time to time for convenience and nutrition.

    The improvement in your photos is really good, especially the shulk’d arms. Nice work. Your frog legs are making me jealous.

  4. Sounds interesting Shawn, though it’s a bit pricey compared to reliable old oatmeal, which I do love. 🙂

    Stacey–no way I’d give up ice cream completely, lol. CC I won’t miss much at all, and I guess I can live with soy milk with my cereal.

    JAK–The ripped cow comment is so true, LOL. Aren’t humans the only animals who continue to consume milk-based products after weaning? I figure the reason I became lactose intolerant when I gave up dairy for 2 months in basic training was because my body decided after 21 years of daily milk consumption that I had finally moved onto solid foods at last! As for the legs–I think I that’s a case of good genetics. I just wish my upper body bulked as easily.

  5. Have you tried protein powder in your homemade bars rather than dried milk?

    Great improvement in your lastest pics! As you said earlier, it’s amazing what clean eating will do. :claplow:

  6. CCheeese affects me too. I am not lactose intolerant but i disovered that if i eat it more than two days in a row, i breakout with ache and blackheads 🙁 I LOVE the friendship brand no sod. Cottage cheese and now do limit to a few times a week, spaced out. 🙁

    I too have noticed that different brands of oats taste bad/better. I want on that wont get soggy! I do like steel cut oats, but the serving size doesnt seem to do it for me AND i eat them mostly in protein pancakes and they dont cook up that way.

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