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Question about cutting dairy to test for intolerance

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 14, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Okay, so I know the best way for me to find out if dairy has any negative effects on me is to cut it out entirely for 30 or more days and slowly reintroduce and see how I feel. My question is, to properly test this will I also have to cut out all goat dairy as well? Might be a silly question but it's one that I've been quite unsure about so I though it couldn't hurt to ask!

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:35 AM

it definitely could. Try eliminating ALL dairy, including butter (but you can have good-quality ghee) for 30 days and then reintroduce. If you don't feel as good once you reintroduce dairy, you'll know that you are sensitive to them!

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on March 15, 2012
at 10:19 AM

Okay thanks! Now with that being said, what clues should I look for that would indicate an intolerance to dairy (or nuts or eggs or other paleo foods that some people have difficulty digesting?) I don't have any particularly problematic symptoms, but I usually have a slightly plugged nose in the morning and evening, when I'm less active. Also after some meals I can get pretty gassy, but it's never particularly uncomfortable. Could either of these be indicative of intolerance?

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E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on March 14, 2012
at 07:47 AM

Yes, if you want to test your tolerance for dairy, you need to reset your body by eliminating ALL dairy for 30 days, including yogurt, kefir, milk, cream, butter, etc.

Then after 30 days, you can reintroduce dairy products, 1 at a time, every 3-4 days! =)

Good luck!

p.s. if you need more help, head over to my website, I am a Paleo dietitian!

C0152dd71ab77c1228f74b4a1b78a66c

(115)

on March 15, 2012
at 10:19 AM

Okay thanks! Now with that being said, what clues should I look for that would indicate an intolerance to dairy (or nuts or eggs or other paleo foods that some people have difficulty digesting?) I don't have any particularly problematic symptoms, but I usually have a slightly plugged nose in the morning and evening, when I'm less active. Also after some meals I can get pretty gassy, but it's never particularly uncomfortable. Could either of these be indicative of intolerance?

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on March 19, 2012
at 05:35 AM

it definitely could. Try eliminating ALL dairy, including butter (but you can have good-quality ghee) for 30 days and then reintroduce. If you don't feel as good once you reintroduce dairy, you'll know that you are sensitive to them!

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on March 15, 2012
at 12:13 AM

Yes, you would need to get rid of ALL dairy. I eliminated it for about 3 weeks, then re-introduced in order to get to the bottom of my skin issues. I definitely have a problem that I didn't know about when I was eating it. When I re-introduced a small amount of goat's cheese, I had a mild but persistent stomach ache that commenced about 30mins after digesting, then after 2 days some psoriasis on my fingers. As I mentioned the stomach ache wasn't severe, but enough for me to know that the dairy wasn't working for me. Raw milk & yoghurt did the same.

I have been able to add in butter with no negative effects which is probably due to the fact that it's low in casein & lactose. Cream is the next one I'm going to try but I wanted to wait a few weeks to stop the skin damage in case I react.

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on March 14, 2012
at 10:44 PM

I now know--which I didn't before--that "intolerance" can be either a true intolerance or an incompatible gut community. In my case, in the years before this whole-foods lifestyle I was unable to handle cream, ice cream and pretty much all milk products. Couldn't handle even a trace of yogurt.

For other reasons, I started drinking water kefir and, lo and behold, I found myself able to handle cream, ice cream and yogurt (haven't tried milk products.)

I now make lively extra-fat yogurt at home from an heirloom Bulgarian culture and it tastes GOOD to me (used to taste spoiled.)

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on March 14, 2012
at 10:36 PM

Hi, Chris. :)

You don't have to do it in one fell swoop. There may be some kinds of dairy you can keep in your food plan.

Here is the page at the FailSafe diet blog, showing an elimination diet to see which kinds of dairy could be the triggers:

http://failsafediet.wordpress.com/the-rpah-elimination-diet-failsafe/gluten-and-casein-responders/

Hope this helps. :)

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