it seems, that high fat worsens my GI problems and how much is dairy problematic for you?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I still suffer from swollen abdomen, diarrhea and nausea. My gi issues really piss me off. I eat dairy in form of heavy cream and butter, are they usually problematic? I think i suffer from ibs. My problems gone worse, when i started really high fat.. do ou think about? I am totally gluten and grain free. I have no typical daily menu, but for example yesterday: baked pork belly with sauerkraut, coffee with splash of heavy cream, snack: apricots, blueberries with cream, 2 squares of 90% lindt dark chocolate, almonds, dinner: leftover baked sauerkraut with plenty of pork fat, little bit of cheese. I have usually more veggies and some protein for dinner. I must say, that my body fat is melting away, but digestive issues remain.. Thanks for reading! How much is dairy problematic for you?



on July 25, 2012
at 03:36 AM

Sauerkraut and cream might cause digestive problems. I would use pickles and sour cream instead.



on July 24, 2012
at 10:23 PM

Thank you all for your time and great answers!!



on July 24, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Seems like you're allergic to dairy, pretty simple.



on July 24, 2012
at 02:02 PM

You are eating so much oxalates, maybe looking into that might give some answers? Also, high fat doesn't work for everyone.

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on July 24, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Going high fat too quickly can cause bowel problems if you aren't adapted to digesting the extra fat. Ramp up slowly to give the liver/gall bladder the ability to process the fat (more bile is required). I'm not saying you need to go high fat, but it works for some of us.

Dairy has lactose and casein, which can both be problematic. Either go off dairy (or stick to ghee) for a while to see if that helps or try to identify the problem. If it's lactose, cream, butter and cheese should be okay. But if it's casein, those are out (especially cheese).

Dairy is not a problem for me and I do eat high fat most of the time.


on July 24, 2012
at 01:21 PM

I can't eat any dairy or I am strapped to the toilet the next day :(. Sigh... but I guess if your constipated there's a solution!!! The best way to see if dairy is problematic for you it to eliminate for a few weeks and re-introduce. Unfortunately, it probably will be, so you will have to make the decision on whether to you will continue eating something you enjoy or improve your gut health. You can always as someone else said keep the ghee and strict dairy kefir or maybe occasional grass-fed dairy if you'd like. I personally had to cut it all out. And high fat that isn't dairy (like Coconut oil) has significantly aided me in my digestive problems.


on July 24, 2012
at 12:17 PM

It is a big problem for me because I am lactose intolerant. Causes GI problems.


on July 24, 2012
at 10:28 PM

I have decided to eliminate dairy, even it is very hard for me. I feel like I am addicted to cream (my nick,lol). I thaught butter and cream must be okay, but now I see, that it is definitely not a rule. Thanks a lot for advice!



on July 24, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Eliminate dairy and see what happens. If your GI problems lessen or cease, you'll know dairy was a contributor. After 3 or 4 weeks, you can try adding butter in small amounts back in and, if after a week or two you have no bad reactions, you can try adding cream back in small amounts. Some react to dairy, some don't. You will truly only figure it out by experimenting with your diet.

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