At what point do you cut dairy completely?

by 18427 · August 31, 2011 at 04:01 PM

I know the hierarchy of dairy. The question becomes if you have sensitivity to the lower levels of this hierarchy, but not at the higher ones should you still consider avoiding it completely?

For instance I had a fajita omelet today at a Diner that came with sour creme and cheese...not good (skipping the details, but it involved a lot of trips to the mens room lactose intolerance issues). However I eat organic heavy cream, kerrygold butter, grass fed sharp chedder, and goats cheese at home with no noticeable effect.

The question becomes is this in any way like what we see with wheat, sugar, or some other things that have been called agents of disease? Even if you have no immediate effect is it still detrimental in the longer term? Is an acute event related to albeit poorer dairy choices open the possibility that even the better choices could be creating some damage on a lower more chronic scale that would remain undetectable until some autoimmune dysfunction finally manifests?

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733 · August 31, 2011 at 01:53 PM

I think some people are interested in the whole "personal challenge" aspect of cutting out dairy completely. I'd say if you're into it, then definitely give it a go for 30 days, without any other changes, and see how things go. Then pop it back in and see how you feel. Writing a journal helps - "especially productive today"..."very sleepy today"..."new personal record for xyz"...etc. can help to pinpoint whether or not you have issues when you start seeing these things cluster. Sounds like you are using the least problematic of dairy products. Try it out and reintroduce. If it doesn't give you any trouble then who cares?

950 · August 31, 2011 at 04:01 PM

I just cut it out when I began, and haven't reintroduced it except for occasionally.

1322 · August 31, 2011 at 02:21 PM

i'm cutting almost completely (still on butter) as of yesterday to try to get my acne down. Then I'll re-add things from highest-fat to lowest to see if it flares up again.

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