The past few days I've had horrendous body aches and sharp, piercing pains in lower back by my hip (could that be my liver or kidneys?) which I attributed about 5 days ago to the Organic Oat milk I stupidly consumed, completely forgetting that oat anything for Celiacs is bad.
Whenever I have the severe pain I also get tired and depressed and my allergies definitely add to that. I've been on Allegra during the day and (Target brand since its soy-free and gluten-free) Zyrtec at night. I've been taking Tylenol for the pain (still have to check if it has soy) and it has occurred to me that if there is gluten in Tylenol, it could also be causing my severe body aches. *sigh* UPDATE: I cannot take Tylenol because I do get a soy reaction after a few doses.
Its all so exhausting. And expensive.
My mind automatically goes to list all the foods I consumed during the day. I'm lactose intolerant and I continue to consume dairy because it is really one of my favorite food groups...but could my gluten symptoms be the USDA Organic milk or USDA Organic chocolate milk I'm drinking? Could it be from the feed the cow is consuming? I wrote to customer service to find out and will add their response to this post as soon as I receive it.
UPDATE--HERE IS THE RESPONSE:
Thank you for contacting Organic Valley.
All cows get a mixture of organic forages and organic grains (except for the cows that produce Grassmilk products) in their diet. Forages are grass, hay, silage, baylage and other “green feeds”. Hay is simply dried plant material like grass and alfalfa. Silage and baylage are fermented or “wet” plant material. Grains include corn, barley, soybeans, oats, wheat, field peas and flax. Because we encourage our farmers to grow their own feedstuffs whenever possible, there may be other grains that are fed in a particular region, at a particular time of year. The amounts may vary depending on the individual farmers management techniques but overall, grains will typically not exceed more than 30% of the cow's diet.
If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
So there's my answer. I definitely do appreciate their honesty.
No more Starbucks milk for me....because if a USDA Organic Milk company uses soy and peas, things I'm severely allergic to as the feed, as well as barley, which probably added to my celiac reaction, what more of non-organic milk???
For now, I'm going to avoid milk unless it is grass-fed and going out to Whole Foods now to see what my options are.
UPDATE: I found several grass-fed products over the past two weeks!
Maple Hill Creamery Yogurt - "Made from 100% grass-fed cows" Bought at Whole Foods. The layer of cream on the top was weird the first time but then I got used to it and I love this yogurt for the fact that that cream at the top probably contains tons of omega3s and the flavors are mild with very little sugar in comparison to big-named store brands. I tried Lemon and Vanilla....Lemon was my favorite.
Kerrygold Irish Butter - "Made from grass-fed cows" Have yet to try. Bought from Whole Foods
Kerrygold Dubliner 100% Natural Cheese "Made from grass-fed cows" Delicious, tasty cheese with a slight bite.
USDA Organic Grass-Fed Ghee by Organic India, which is now one of my favorite sites to check unusual USDA Organic items.
Hopefully this helps some of you food allergy parents or people who are suffering and don't know where its coming from.
UPDATE: Many International Delight creamers sold in the refrigerated section of the grocery are gluten-free AND dairy-free!! I'm not sure if they all are, but its definitely worth looking into. They do have natural and artificial flavors UPDATE: these DO likely contain soy in the natural flavors. It took me a couple of days to react but I definitely did.