Has anyone stopped having dairy and felt depressed in the first days or weeks?

I only had water for 2 days because I was really sick from a food reaction - I think the dairy had messed up my stomach. I stopped having milk too and butter or anything but water those 2 days and knew I HAD to stop dairy again. I still had 1 cup last night and 1 cup today - only to ease off a little - but I don't want to have any from now. It's just that I have felt really depressed today and yesterday and feel like I want to sleep and bad thinking. I know I'm a bit weak from the 2 days of being sick and drinking only water (and a few apples) but this feels like maybe withdrawl? Is that possible? I do get sick and stuff but normally I feel pretty okay in my thinking and my mood is normally okay mostly. This feels almost like a flu only without the fever and all that. I feel terrible tbh. Could it be withdrawl from dairy?
I'm going to try and have some white rice later and maybe just a few vegetables and maybe to make rice milk too. Then start having vegetable broth and maybe some pears - tomorrow or the next few days till my stomach calms down. I'm going to keep drinking water throughout the day and maybe - I'm not sure yet, put some ginger in some of it to both calm my stomach and give me a slight boost. I think I should try to take some walks too even though I really don't feel like it. Sorry, I'm feeling really sad and I don't know where to post. :(


  • I'm wishing I hadn't had that cup of milk today because I feel much much worse since I had it. I guess my body really does not want this stuff. I getting a slight headache which was gone this morning and I really think I'm reacting to the dairy. This is awful. I'm changing my avatar from pizza too, even though that could be vegan. Just looking at it is making me sick.

  • @butterfly

    I'm sorry to hear that you are not feeling great (virtual hug!). While we definitely encourage sharing in these forums, I think it's important for you to get the help you need so that you are in a better emotional and mental place. A good starting point is your family doctor, who can refer you to a professional that can help you work through your feelings.

    While diet can definitely have an impact on mood, it's unlikely that it is just one food impacting your mood. I encourage anyone dealing with illness (whether it be physical, emotional, or mental) to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lentils, nuts, and seeds, aiming to get 100% of the requirements for each nutrient met. Also, remember the importance of getting 7-9 hours of sleep and aiming for some daily activity that you enjoy.

    Feel better soon!

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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  • You could be lactose intolerant. I agree with Susan as well. I hope you feel better soon. hug

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