Here is a little t.m.i. for you all (by the way, t.m.i. stands for “too much information” if it’s been awhile since you were around teen-speak): my mother likes to joke that after I was born she understood the meaning of the term, “snot-nosed kid.” I know it will come as a shock to all of you that yours truly was ever disgusting, but we all have some color in our pasts and mine, apparently, was greenish yellow. Eww! Did I forget to tell you to put down your food before reading this? So, um, moving right along I will report that, after the hassle of an elimination diet, we determined that the cause of this minor blip in my otherwise perfect nature was a sensitivity to dairy.
In the days of “milk does a body good” the only alternative to milk in your cereal was juice (can anyone say pineapple juice and corn flakes?) and a chalky calcium pill. These days, though, there are so many products that simulate the dairy experience that my children refer to milk as “cow milk” to distinguish it from the many other types they drink. And that, my friends, sums up the exact reason why the dairy industry petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prohibit anyone from using dairy terms when selling a non-dairy product.
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