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My experience of introducing dairy.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

After following a paleo eating style for the past 3 months, I've lost 35 pounds, regained vitality, skin cleared up, and an overall depression lift.

Surely some of you can relate to the 'emotional' side of this strict of diet. I own it a little more, and feel truly sad when I deviate unconsciously.

That being said, I started a new 'primal' program and failed to notice the dairy aspect of it. On one side, it seems like a good time to reintroduce this in small quantities (it's looking like around once a week.) and on the other, it might just stress me out. Reintroduction looks like 2oz. of Hard Cheeses and .5 cups of heavy cream in some recipes.. Not loads of pasteurized milk, or nesquick.

The stress coming from fear of losing my progress this far. I, like so many of you, have been up and down the scale for 15 years. Highest being 315lb, and lowest being where I'm at now 170lb. I would feel really discouraged to see that number grow significantly higher.

To form this in a question: has anyone fallen off the wagon when it comes to an experiment like this? I'm sure the answer is yes, but I would love to hear from someone's personal experience.

So far, I don't feel awful. Nothing has improved and nothing has degraded.

Just sticking my feelers out there. Hack my lack of confidence!

J.P.

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on March 27, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Yo! I just wanted to post real quick thanking you all again. Also, after reintroducing dairy for the past couple weeks, my stomach has not responded well, and food cravings have skyrocketed. Going back to the squeaky cleanness of paleo goodness. Thanks, again! J.P.

3a26501a38749a3697f7477c718ab8fc

on March 15, 2013
at 11:59 PM

Thank you all for your comments/answers. So far, a couple days in, I feel a BIT bloated. Not crazy, could be my imagination. But I don't look quite as cut as before. Which, isn't really a huge issue. There ARE signs coming though. Thanks again for all of your support! J.P.

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68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on March 14, 2013
at 01:29 PM

I was VERY strict on paleo for about 2 years. No dairy, low carb, no cheats. I just didn't get the results I wanted (still had dry skin, still 5lbs heavier than I wanted to be) and eventually being that strict didn't seem worth it, I had a distinct feeling of "why am I depriving myself so much if it's not getting me anywhere?!"

First I added carbs, and got rid of the hypothyroidism and amenorrhea that I'd developed.

Then I added some dairy. Goat butter, goat yoghurt, organic double cream, not daily but a few times a week. No difference in skin, no difference in weight, but I'm SO much happier on the diet now that I can have cream in my coffee or on berries. It I want to be really bad I make creme brulee with a little fake sugar (sucralose) as a not-to-terrible "cheat".

Dairy is highly subjective. Some people find that it totally stalls their weight loss (combination of insulinogenic proteins and bovine oestrogens), some people are fine with it. See how you go - you can always drop it again if it's not agreeing with you. Just stick to organic, grassfed dairy and mix it up - try sheep, goat or camel!

3a26501a38749a3697f7477c718ab8fc

on March 15, 2013
at 11:59 PM

Thank you all for your comments/answers. So far, a couple days in, I feel a BIT bloated. Not crazy, could be my imagination. But I don't look quite as cut as before. Which, isn't really a huge issue. There ARE signs coming though. Thanks again for all of your support! J.P.

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on March 14, 2013
at 05:24 AM

I am a different case because I am recovering from SIBO, so my n=1 would be completely different than yours (and even most Paleohackers).

But I also struggle with my weight so in a way I can relate.

I find that I crave cheese and, while eating it and shortly after, I feel good.

However, in the next couple of days, my skin breaks out and I get less energy.

Again, my experience may be quite different from yours. You need to experiment. But I would give it a good week of careful monitoring and observation to see whether or not dairy is for you.

3a26501a38749a3697f7477c718ab8fc

on March 27, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Yo! I just wanted to post real quick thanking you all again. Also, after reintroducing dairy for the past couple weeks, my stomach has not responded well, and food cravings have skyrocketed. Going back to the squeaky cleanness of paleo goodness. Thanks, again! J.P.

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on March 14, 2013
at 12:20 AM

i also introduced dairy again (after about 5 or 6 years of abstaining) and i feel fine on it. i did notice some oily skin at first but not so much anymore. i've had no weight gain (unfortunately) but no loss either. i started with having it once a week to about 4-5x a week.

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