Can I stop dairy, then go back?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

As far as I can tell, I have no lactose intolerance. I have been drinking at least a glass of milk every day, usually more, ever since I was born. (My mother is a big milk supporter.)

That said, I would like to try going dairy free on the Whole30, but I'm a little worried. I read somewhere, (can't find it anymore), that if people don't regularly drink/eat dairy, they lose their ability to process it. So, my question is, assuming I can handle dairy without issue, if I go without dairy for a month, will I lose my ability to process it?

I checked the related questions and couldn't find any quite like it, sorry if I missed something. Oh, and I'm 16 years old, if that makes a difference.

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on July 21, 2012
at 12:54 AM

I don't think you should have any problem. I didn't drink milk for over ten years (nothing will turn a kid off of it like making them drink four glasses of lukewarm milk that's been sitting out all day) didn't use butter, yogurt maybe only a couple of times a year after I was 18. Went back to it about a year ago, because I was having starvation problems and I couldn't eat much solid, and have had no problems. I'm of mostly mid-European descent (German and Basque) so I am probably genetically inclined to lactose tolerance.

I now drink 1-2 gallons of whole milk (usually raw) per week in addition to my small cheese, homemade greek yogurt, and butter intake.


on July 20, 2012
at 10:18 PM

While I am a huge fan of whole foods, dairy is an excellent source of protein and other nutrients. If you are concerned about dairy then give this article a read. http://dairydelivers.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/understanding-lactose-intolerance/


on July 20, 2012
at 11:32 PM

I didn't have any dairy - not even ghee, for a year and a half and I've recently starting eating it again. I have goat cheese and yogurt everyday with zero problems. I never drank milk to begin with, so I don't know about that.


on July 20, 2012
at 11:23 PM

I've done two whole30 challenges and both times was able to go back to having butter and heavy whipping cream with no real problems. That's really the only dairy I have except for occasional Greek yogurt and a little cheese now and then. I think you should be fine if you tolerate it fine already.



on July 20, 2012
at 09:40 PM

One month will not likely interfere with you ability to process dairy. You may find you feel and perform much better without the milk, though. Many, many people who have completed one or more Whole30 programs consume dairy products occasionally afterward. I wouldn't advise it, but that's me.

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