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Hack my fickle dairy allergy!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 02, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Dairy has upset my stomach since I was in high school, but now I've been noticing that some things are ok and some arent. For example, ice cream, certain cheese, and all milk give me digestive problems. However, I've noticed I'm ok with butter, other cheeses (I havent figured out the differences in cheeses causing the problem yet), and greek yoghurt are all fine. I'm not sure about sour cream, heavy cream, cream cheese, etc.
I LOVE dairy, but because I'm scared of tummy problems, I avoid it alltogether. I would love to start adding it back in for calories and fat, but I am hesitant.
What would cause this to happen? Quantity? Certain ingredients used? or not used? The process by which it was made? Are there things I should avoid when attempting to re-introduce dairy back in? HELP!

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on November 03, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I tried lactaid when I first started having problems in high school. I havent used it since, I'm not very good at taking medicines other than vitamins. to me, it was better to just stay away from it.

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Agree with all above - also kefir could be tried? Lifeway makes a pastured one. Stay away from blue cheese - frequently made using a bread mold and is NOT gluten-free! Your situation was like mine pre-Paleo when I had to take Lactaid with ice cream and milk. Once I healed my gut in 30 days of Paleo elimination (eliminated dairy too), I was able to reintroduce half cup whole milk, homemade ice cream (80% heavy cream - not commercial which has higher lactose and often gluten) in addition to cheeses and yogurt. Gut bacteria may also have improved on Paleo so I could digest dairy better.

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on November 02, 2011
at 11:37 PM

any grass-fed butter should be okay. Kerrygold, anchor, and smjor are all good brands you should be able to find at whole foods.

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on November 02, 2011
at 09:45 PM

Exactly, McMeghann, you described my reactions precisely. I'm down to ghee or grass fed butter and whipping cream. Period. Anything else causes instant queasiness, and in my case Greek full-fat yogurt is one of the worst triggers.

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on November 02, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Thanks!!! I think you are spot-on about the lactose. Its not as bad as it used to be, but I still get bloated and I hate that feeling now that I dont ever have to deal with it on Paleo. I'll start with some ghee or Kerrygold :)

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on November 02, 2011
at 09:22 PM

Thanks Jeff! So I should stick to hard cheeses and what kind of butter?

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on November 02, 2011
at 09:30 PM

I find that the closer the product is to milk, and thus higher levels of lactose, the harder it is on my digestion.

Milk, ice cream, and soft cheeses (like cottage) all have high levels of lactose and all upset my stomach. Ghee (clarified butter), butter, and hard cheese (like parmesan or cheddar) I can tolerate -- they have either no lactose (as in the case of ghee), or very little.

Yogurt varies in lactose content. The longer it's fermented, the less sugar is left in it. 24 hour home fermented will give you yogurt that's pretty much lactose-free; store bought yogurt tends to have quite a bit of lactose.

I would do a 30 day no-dairy period, and then introduce butter, then hard cheeses, then heavy cream, then soft cheeses, then milk. Don't stack the additions too close together; give each one a week to see how it works out. If something causes problems, back off that item, but before adding something else, give your body a couple of weeks to get over whatever reaction you had.

How long have you been Paleo? I find that since eating this way, dairy still upsets my stomach, but doesn't lay me out for days like it used to. I read that long-term gluten exposure in sensitive people may cause higher sensitivity to dairy, but that once the gut starts to heal from that chronic gluten reaction, milk is better tolerated. It seems so for me; maybe over time you will find a similar effect!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 02, 2011
at 09:45 PM

Exactly, McMeghann, you described my reactions precisely. I'm down to ghee or grass fed butter and whipping cream. Period. Anything else causes instant queasiness, and in my case Greek full-fat yogurt is one of the worst triggers.

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

(536)

on November 02, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Thanks!!! I think you are spot-on about the lactose. Its not as bad as it used to be, but I still get bloated and I hate that feeling now that I dont ever have to deal with it on Paleo. I'll start with some ghee or Kerrygold :)

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Agree with all above - also kefir could be tried? Lifeway makes a pastured one. Stay away from blue cheese - frequently made using a bread mold and is NOT gluten-free! Your situation was like mine pre-Paleo when I had to take Lactaid with ice cream and milk. Once I healed my gut in 30 days of Paleo elimination (eliminated dairy too), I was able to reintroduce half cup whole milk, homemade ice cream (80% heavy cream - not commercial which has higher lactose and often gluten) in addition to cheeses and yogurt. Gut bacteria may also have improved on Paleo so I could digest dairy better.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 02, 2011
at 09:14 PM

I would guess hard cheeses are easier on your body. Butter is mainly fat, and the offending things are usually the proteins that are much more present in milk.

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

(536)

on November 02, 2011
at 09:22 PM

Thanks Jeff! So I should stick to hard cheeses and what kind of butter?

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 02, 2011
at 11:37 PM

any grass-fed butter should be okay. Kerrygold, anchor, and smjor are all good brands you should be able to find at whole foods.

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on November 02, 2011
at 10:35 PM

Have you tried Lactaid with those dairy items? While I think it's pretty nailed down that you're lactose intolerant, that would confirm and give you a possible solution.

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

(536)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I tried lactaid when I first started having problems in high school. I havent used it since, I'm not very good at taking medicines other than vitamins. to me, it was better to just stay away from it.

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