Seems the best way to learn (for me, anyway) is always the hard way. I learned some very valuable things in the last week. I learned that eating gluten & dairy for 3 out of 4 days will cause over 7 days of misery and agony. SEVEN days! I really didn't eat THAT much gluten and dairy, but apparently it was too much. Here's what it looked like:
some cheese in my soup and on my salad
half of a cakepop
crispy fried chicken (2 pcs)
small pumpkin muffin
5-6 "pinwheels" (crossaint with cream cheese and sausage, rolled up and sliced into bite-sized pcs)
coffee punch (ice cream & milk with coffee)
huge plate of nachos!
That is all it took to make me absolutely miserable from Tuesday through the following Tuesday. I literally stayed in bed or on the couch most of the weekend. My symptoms included aching hips and lower back, minor abdominal pain, major constipation and IBS symptoms and fatigue.
That was all the reminder that I needed to know why I began this crazy path to paleo to begin with. So, from now on I will avoid gluten all together. I will also avoid dairy, but if my salad comes with a little shredded cheese on it, I will eat it. I don't think it will cause as much damage in small quantities, as long as I don't eat a small quantity every day.