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Lactose binge recovery period?

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Created February 08, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I'm fairly paleo (80%) and am also fairly lactose intolerant. I pop a digestive enzyme with lactase when I do eat softer cheese or other dairy. Yogurt, butter, kefir, fermented dairy, hard/aged cheese in general doesn't bother me. Cow's milk is like death.

So, naturally, for an indulgence, I chose some Jeni's ice cream (a gourmet shop in Ohio) and realized I had run out of lactase. "Oh well," thought I..."it can't be that bad."

It was like GI agony - like someone pumped up my colon with air and then was stomping on my guts. Awesome!

That was Sunday. For the last few days, it seems like everything I put in my mouth is causing mild GI cramping. Steak and broccoli was awful. So I scaled it back to homemade chicken bone broth with veg and chicken. Not so hot. This morning I had two eggs with a little pat of pasture butter. I feel ok, but my guts are still a bit rumbly.

Anyone had this happen after a non-paleo indulgence that caused GI distress? I've never had something linger like this.

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:09 PM

I only do store bought as well, the GT's brand because it has all the phlemy goop in it, and that's not appetizing so it has to be good for you, right?

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:41 PM

Ah, I didn't even think of residuals. Good beer is an indulgence of mine, also, but I do not have a very violent reaction to it. I think your point about fasting for a day is salient...I made the mistake of thinking I was fine, so when that broccoli hit my gut...ack. Good call on the vlc. I added a bit of wilted spinach to another meal of eggs today and it seems to be sitting ok, but the rest of the greens will have to wait until tomorrow. Kombucha - only store-bought at the moment. Husband is a home-brewer and wants to tackle it, but hasn't gotten around to it yet.

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Very good point. It was definitely the worst reaction I've had, possibly because I've either avoided lactose or made sure to supplement generously with lactase when I indulged.

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Oh God, I know. It was sheer glory, and then sheer agony.

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on February 08, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Jeni's Ice Cream is incredible. Worth it.

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on February 08, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Yeah, the [insert bad food] works its way through your system in 1-3 days but it can take 1-3 weeks for your gut to heal. Or even more.

If you had a nasty rash break out on your skin, it's unlikely you'd see it clear completely in a day or two and if you imagine your gut as highly specialized skin, even after the ice cream went past the tissues probably looked pretty sore and angry.

I've definitely found that if my reaction is mild I'm fine in about a week. If I have a bad reaction, such as from wheat, it's more like a month or two.

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Very good point. It was definitely the worst reaction I've had, possibly because I've either avoided lactose or made sure to supplement generously with lactase when I indulged.

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on February 08, 2012
at 07:30 PM

Not only what Nance said, but there still could be trace "fermentables" in your gut, I've had dairy issues (usually from a one-two punch combination of good beer and copious amounts of cheese) that have lasted for over a week... bloating, gas, very poor/slow "evacuation" (i.e. mudbutt), etc...

The best resolution I've found is to simply not eat for a day or so, then have a meat-only / vlc day, followed by resuming your standard way of eating (except adding some Kombucha if you can get it).

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:09 PM

I only do store bought as well, the GT's brand because it has all the phlemy goop in it, and that's not appetizing so it has to be good for you, right?

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:41 PM

Ah, I didn't even think of residuals. Good beer is an indulgence of mine, also, but I do not have a very violent reaction to it. I think your point about fasting for a day is salient...I made the mistake of thinking I was fine, so when that broccoli hit my gut...ack. Good call on the vlc. I added a bit of wilted spinach to another meal of eggs today and it seems to be sitting ok, but the rest of the greens will have to wait until tomorrow. Kombucha - only store-bought at the moment. Husband is a home-brewer and wants to tackle it, but hasn't gotten around to it yet.

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