I’ve spent most of the morning trying to think of a pithy title but nothing comes up. I have been on GAPS for several months. Last month I started sliding again. What gets me most? Chai. While it’s fine sometimes to just have the tea with water, what I really want is a latte. As I’m working on healing my gut flora and even raw milk makes my nose drip, I’ve been trying to avoid all dairy. This only makes me crave chai more.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Starbucks. I figure at least it’s a local company (if you count driving to the original store taking only 25 minutes at 2 AM and 45 minutes to “I turned around after three hours because traffic wasn’t moving” during normal hours local). They are also the only place that serves Tazo chai. I used to love Oregon Chai but after going back to Traditional Foods, Oregon Chai started tasting too sweet. Now it has to be Tazo.
Grande no water chai was my choice. And boy did I pay. My nose didn’t just drip. I had a headache and stomach pain and bloating like I’ve rarely had in my life and never after drinking milk. I thought that this was just because my body knows how good it feels without something that bothers it and so it reacts more.
Did this stop me? No. A couple of weeks later the siren song of chai called again. Same body reaction. I could hardly eat the rest of the day.
One last time. This time as I was suffering through the ill effects I thought eventually such a reaction has to make me hate this stuff and I can stop craving it.
The next time something prompted me to try something different. “Grande, whole milk, no water chai.” No bloating. No crampiness. No heartburn.
Try again (same week but after all this is an experiment right?) Whole milk. No bloating. No heartburn. No problems. Normal appetite. Normal everything post chai.
I know that many people who can’t tolerate milk tolerate Raw milk. However, I’ve never heard of anyone experimenting with whole milk versus low fat milk. Could it be something in the additional processing in the low fat milk that makes it even harder to digest than pasturized whole milk? Alternatively, is it possible that my body is reacting to something in the Tazo liquid chai that the higher fat content of the whole milk coats allowing my body to deal with it?
I’m publishing this as part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday in hopes that one of the knowledgeable food experts will come by and perhaps offer any answers or at the very least any opinions! Thanks!