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Craving Dairy Products While Mildly Allergic

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 28, 2012 at 7:20 PM

For years I was plagued my constant stomach cramps. I would feel miserable and be wishing for a new set of internal organs. Then I cut dairy from my diet, and I felt like a new person. Cramps rare, athletic ability improved exponentially, you name it, I felt better. But lately, I've been having these uncontrollable cravings for dairy products, namely nonfat Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. I understand I could be deficient in calcium or vitamin D (which I know for a fact because I did a diet analysis for my Nutrition class) but is there some way I can make the cravings go away? Calcium suppliments maybe? I don't want the pain of the cramps or the shame of cheating. Thanks! :D

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on March 09, 2013
at 06:34 AM

maybe up your protein...cravings are often a sign you're missing something.

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on December 13, 2012
at 11:12 AM

Liver, sardines and bone broth.

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on December 13, 2012
at 10:48 AM

Liver and sardines.

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on December 02, 2012
at 03:35 AM

I don't (can't?) know why you're having the cravings, but if eating the dairy is giving you those effects then that is problaby reason enough to again abstain totally, and in that time try find and address teh underlying factor(s). Cravings might be emotional or nutrtionally based, or both - why not assess your overall approach to life and diet and see where you're at. Given you're having issues, probably best to shelve the dairy again.

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on November 30, 2012
at 09:16 AM

yeah, with those side-effects, best to give it a miss.

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on November 30, 2012
at 06:55 AM

I agree that there's proably something in yogurt or cottage cheese my body is craving.(now if only i could find out what it is *sweatdrop*) I did yield to the craving and had some yogurt, some cottage cheese, and even tried some kefir cheese(not all at the same time though)...tasted great..., but today and last night I've had cramps and diarrhea, so I'm back on the no-milk wagon

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on November 30, 2012
at 06:51 AM

I did go "cold turkey" a little over a year ago and now I"m craving dairy again, even though it hasn't been in my diet for ages. and all fat content of dairy-fat free, low fat, reduced fat, full fat...all give me the violent tummy aches and chronic diarrhea

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Thanks for the article that was really interesting! Normally I don't touch anything made iwth dairy with a ten foot pole, but lately I would climb a mountain, run 100 miles, and swim an ocean just for a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt

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on March 21, 2013
at 05:21 PM

I went dairy-free 5 years ago (a sad day) when raw veganism became the end all be all! Talk about living hell! Anyways after 2 1/2 years of paleo I have just recently introduced dairy products back into my diet. Instead of Cow I did sheep. No issues at all.Thought I would be down for the count if I dis. Oddly though I have a problem with it when I have fruit with it (Maybe its the fructose/lactose combo that is deadly). I didn't gradually reintroduce it either. I took a couple digestive enzymes for 4 days beforehand. Than I just had a full cup of yogurt. Wow, was it good! I just put some raw honey or maple syrup in it). I also just bought some raw goats milk to make my own for ($3.00/gallon). Talk about bang for your buck. There are some great nutrients in sheep and goat yogurt/cheese dogmatic paleo advocates are missing.I used Digest Gold.

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on March 21, 2013
at 04:08 PM

Perhaps it is not dairy your body is craving, but fat? How much fat currently makes up your diet?

Or, maybe it's the sugars in some of the dairy products you are craving for.

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on November 29, 2012
at 09:54 AM

To make the cravings go away, why not get familiar with 'cold turkey'...? You may be in part of in full addicted.Linked to this is a question - ss dairy something you have any emotional attachment to? Anys stressors in your life that may lead you to want those foods that you may have once had and found 'helpful'?

If you think you're deficient in calcium or D then perhaps you should eat and or supplement accordingly while abstaining from dairy for a few weeks. Consider getting tested to see if you're 'really' deficient in D, and in the meantime eat as well as you can.

As well, unless for some reason you have problems with the fat content/etc, why not try the full fat dairy as well to see if that has the same effect on cravings?

Caveat - I haven't got to the bottom of my own tolerance for dairy. I stopped it entirely about a year ago after cravings became pretty much ridicuoulous (and I'd had presisently on again off again sinusitis that was seemingly piqued by dairy consumption). Can't remember where I read it but someone has said that being senstivie to something can be correlated with craving it (maybe it was Natasha Cambell McBride...?). Nevertheless, i'm (yet) to sort out my dairy issues...

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on November 30, 2012
at 06:51 AM

I did go "cold turkey" a little over a year ago and now I"m craving dairy again, even though it hasn't been in my diet for ages. and all fat content of dairy-fat free, low fat, reduced fat, full fat...all give me the violent tummy aches and chronic diarrhea

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on December 02, 2012
at 03:35 AM

I don't (can't?) know why you're having the cravings, but if eating the dairy is giving you those effects then that is problaby reason enough to again abstain totally, and in that time try find and address teh underlying factor(s). Cravings might be emotional or nutrtionally based, or both - why not assess your overall approach to life and diet and see where you're at. Given you're having issues, probably best to shelve the dairy again.

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(1074)

on March 09, 2013
at 06:34 AM

maybe up your protein...cravings are often a sign you're missing something.

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on November 29, 2012
at 07:41 AM

I think it's interesting that you are craving non-fat yoghurt & cottage cheese, both low in fat.

Unless you know that you are very badly lactose intolerant, why don't you try them? Specifically try one or the other on its own and then don't eat anything else for a couple of hours. If you feel all right but want more, eat more the next day & build up till you've had enough.

I had been mildly lactose intolerant (it exacerbated an asthma condition). Since turning paleo I have started eating double (heavy) cream. It makes me feel great. In the beginning I could eat tubs of the stuff. Now it has settled down into a couple of tablespoon a day.

Maybe there's something in the yoghurt/cheese that you need. It could be that you should be listening to your body. Worth a shot.

Good luck

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on November 30, 2012
at 09:16 AM

yeah, with those side-effects, best to give it a miss.

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on November 30, 2012
at 06:55 AM

I agree that there's proably something in yogurt or cottage cheese my body is craving.(now if only i could find out what it is *sweatdrop*) I did yield to the craving and had some yogurt, some cottage cheese, and even tried some kefir cheese(not all at the same time though)...tasted great..., but today and last night I've had cramps and diarrhea, so I'm back on the no-milk wagon

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:08 AM

If you have lactose intolerance, stay away from dairy.

But you may want to check out Kresser's recent post: http://chriskresser.com/how-to-cure-lactose-intolerance

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Thanks for the article that was really interesting! Normally I don't touch anything made iwth dairy with a ten foot pole, but lately I would climb a mountain, run 100 miles, and swim an ocean just for a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt

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on November 28, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Try a little cheese, but I say get 3.68$ together and get a high-quality cheese wedge from the 'not cheap' of your grocery store. Eat an ounce and see what you feel like. Heavy cream, cheese, and yogurt never set off my IBS. Cottage cheese and straight milk, however, always does.

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