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How can I tell if I'm OK with dairy?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I have gone 30+ days without dairy (except for GF butter and ghee). Yesterday and today I had a slice of cheese to see how it would go. I don't know if it's related, but I felt wonderful about an hour after eating it. I had energy to move for the first time in weeks.

I can discern no negative effects from doing this. Is there a reason why I shouldn't eat it again?

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on July 29, 2012
at 12:01 AM

Then, at least for now, for sure, dairy is not for you. Unless you want to try kefir.

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on July 28, 2012
at 05:19 AM

I went 30 days without dairy. Starting with cheese I actually feel better!

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on July 28, 2012
at 03:47 AM

Well, I *am* trying to lose weight, but I'm counting calories. Thanks - I'll keep an eye on it!

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at 03:45 AM

yuzuquat, I have had chronic fatigue for many years. One of the reasons I started paleo was to find out if I could get more energy. I can't go low carb due to the effect it has on my heart condition (arrhythmia), and I haven't gotten the energy rush I keep hearing about. I keep waiting for it to kick in!

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at 01:37 AM

what do you mean by "energy to move for the first time in weeks"? im about to go Paleo (at least initially test it for a month) and I thought it was supposed to help maintain/boost energy if anything

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If you've got C/T-13910, G/C-14010, T/G-13915 or C/G-13907 and don't have 1 or more of the 14 HLA class II haplotypes, then you should be ok - if you don't overeat it! Cheese is so easy to overeat. As long as you watch your intake, sure, it'll be ok if your genetics are solid.

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on July 28, 2012
at 12:12 AM

Based on your story, your response certainly doesn't make the case that you shouldn't eat it.

Thankfully, the issue of dairy and paleo has received a needed injection of complexity. People like Chris Kresser and Mat LaLonde have begun to complicate the discussion about dairy in a way I find illuminating. Check out this podcast to hear their discussion on the topic:

RHR: What Science Really Says About the Paleo Diet ??? With Mat Lalonde

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on July 28, 2012
at 04:33 AM

Stop dairy completely for few days and see if you get better. Then do it for a few days and see if you get worse.

Better yet, do kefir and you won't have to worry about it.

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on July 29, 2012
at 12:01 AM

Then, at least for now, for sure, dairy is not for you. Unless you want to try kefir.

3c86170af93926dc8b7a03a98ad12bc9

(110)

on July 28, 2012
at 05:19 AM

I went 30 days without dairy. Starting with cheese I actually feel better!

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on July 28, 2012
at 01:19 AM

By all means, eat it. I sure do. As long as you aren't trying to lose weight and you find yourself overconsuming cheese, then eat it. Sounds like you tolerate it well.

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on July 28, 2012
at 03:47 AM

Well, I *am* trying to lose weight, but I'm counting calories. Thanks - I'll keep an eye on it!

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on July 28, 2012
at 12:21 AM

From gapsdiet.com:

SENSITIVITY TEST

Take a drop of the food in question (if the food is solid, mash and mix with a bit of water) and place it on the inside of the wrist of the patient. Do it at bedtime. Let the drop dry on the skin, then let your patient go to sleep. In the morning check the spot: if there is an angry red reaction, then avoid that food for a few weeks, and then try again. If there is no reaction, then go ahead and introduce it gradually starting from a small amount.

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