Life Lately & Links 2

Happy Friday!

This was our first full week back home since our big West coast trip, and it has been a tremendously exciting week. Primarily because…I believe I have reversed my dairy intolerance!!! I’ve been eating lots of cheese, butter, and cream in the past week without the horrible effects that I’ve previously suffered from in the past year.

A few months ago I came across an article titled, I accidentally made myself lactose intolerant with Whole30. It talked about how dairy tolerance has a “use or it lose it” nature, and when you stop eating dairy, your need for processing it goes away. A lightbulb went off when I read this. You may remember I’ve talked about how I had to give up dairy and soy while nursing James in his infant year, and when I weaned him and began eating dairy again for the first time in nearly a year, the response from my body was rough.

Then I did a Whole30 and when I reintroduced dairy afterward, the symptoms were awful, and the pain was so bad I couldn’t fall asleep.

I could not understand how this could be, as I grew up drinking three glasses of milk a day, and ate cheese galore. I concluded that I must’ve been somewhat intolerant of dairy for my whole life, but that my body was used to it. But then I came across this article and thought, NOPE! I was tolerant of dairy. I just lost it by cutting it out for those two extended phases.

I did some research about whether or not you can get dairy tolerance back, and have been following Chris Kesser’s advice to cure intolerance. I’m half in disbelief saying this, but it has been WORKING! I will write more about my findings and experience once I’ve gone through this a bit longer, but I’m excited so far by the results. I’m curious in the comments below, do you eat dairy? Have you become intolerant at any point?

[Grazing cows in my hometown in the San Francisco bay]

This week has also been full of spring cleaning, re-stocking the fridge and cooking, and settling back in from our trip. It’s amazing how good that stuff feels when you’ve been away for a few weeks.

Spring has definitely arrived here in Philly, and we’ve been doing a lot of family hikes. Here’s a photo of Pete and James, doing scary things like walking across suspended logs and giving mommy a heart attack (half kidding):

The geography here is quite different from what I’m used to, as it’s very wooded, but I appreciate how many trails and parks there are here. The older I get, the more I find myself connecting to nature. Do you feel this way too?

This Week’s Links:

Every year during spring cleaning, I re-season my cast iron skillets. This year I’m following this method.

I’m in full support of this Grandma Pie trend that’s happening. I tried some last year and love this style of pizza.

I’ve always said that I want to grow my own veggies and herbs, but made the excuse that I didn’t have an outdoor space. Well, now I have a house and I still haven’t done anything yet. This post might help me get in gear.

The downside of squeaky-clean skin – this  makes so much sense to me. On a related note, I’ve been experimenting with a bacteria spray for my face after reading about it on Mark Sisson’s blog, and I really think it has helped me even in the week I’ve been using it. It’s too early to make a full conclusion though.

I can’t get over how insane these biscuits look. I bookmarked them for Thanksgiving.

If you have a garden and are re-mulching this spring, have you heard of this stuff before? A friend told me about it and I feel like I’m adulting so hard when I say this, but I’m REALLY excited about this mulch. I’ve been laying it down in the past week and it seems so much better than wood.

You can have it all. Just not at once. This SO resonates with me. It’s taken me so long to learn and accept this, and it’s still a process I’m coming to peace with. There are seasons to life.

Seared Scallops are one of my summertime staples, and I plan to eat a lot of them in the coming months.

I visited my grandma two weeks ago, and she wrote a favorite recipe of hers, Gnocchi a la Romana, on an index card for me to take. I’ve never had it before, but my friend Laura just made some, and it looks quite interesting.

This is a motivating reminder that I need to get a Cookbook Club together. Wow!

I have no greenery in my house and I’m thinking of getting this plant. I like the look of it more than the usual fiddle-leaf figs that I see around.

Have a great weekend,

Joanne