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Reintroduced Butter into My Life, What a Mess

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Updated May 17, 2014 at 2:04 AM
Created April 24, 2014 at 11:13 PM

I stopped eating dairy when I went primal a couple of years ago. Last month, on a whim, I bought butter because I thought it would be a harmless addition to my oatmeal. In just three weeks, my face has become inflamed with acne, my bowels are irritated, and I'm waking up with brain fog.

I wasn't dairy intolerant two years ago. What's happened?

I've stopped eating the butter and I'm hoping my face clears up fast. Is there anything I can do to help heal the damaged gut?

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0 · April 27, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Also, if you really really want butter, maybe try goat butter, if that's a thing? I stopped eating butter and now just use coconut oil really.

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0 · April 27, 2014 at 12:57 AM

Obviously the oat-eater knows themselves and their choices better than someone from the internet...

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 2:43 PM

then try ghee. It could be the casein. There is nothing in ghee that you don't get from other foods. You can make ghee from the butter you have.

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

You think you eat them without issue. Millions of people think they eat wheat without an issue too. Only some develop symptoms.

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0 · April 25, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I'm aware tht oats are a grain. I eat oats without issue. I've adapted the paleo structure to fit my needs, health issues, and tolerance levels.

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0 · May 17, 2014 at 2:04 AM

Depending on what you are eating, your paleo diet may have weakened your gut (e.g. if you consume nuts and oats), lectins are a possible cause of leaky gut. (Note: dairy intolerance would more likely cause flatulence, so I get the impression it's not intolerance but more of an immune response, watch out for your gut integrity)

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2297 · May 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

This exact same thing happened with me...I moved towards more butter for cooking and have been breaking out. I am going to switch to ghee and see if that helps.

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0 · May 16, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Are you eating grass-fed real butter? If not then that might be it. Try Ghee.

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0 · April 27, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Maybe your body just didn't feel allergic or bad when you were eating dairy previously because it was constantly there and you didn't have another standard to compare. Now that you've experienced the standard without dairy for an extended time, maybe now you can just tell the difference. Like if you used to eat processed junk, cleaned up and began eating real food, then one day had a piece of cake or a pizza and felt like 100x worse from one meal that back in the day was your "normal."

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0 · April 27, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Also, if you really really want butter, maybe try goat butter, if that's a thing? I stopped eating butter and now just use coconut oil really.

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0 · April 25, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I've been eating the oats for ages without a problem. The butter is the only recent addition to my diet.

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 2:43 PM

then try ghee. It could be the casein. There is nothing in ghee that you don't get from other foods. You can make ghee from the butter you have.

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0 · April 25, 2014 at 10:51 PM

I think I would blame the oats more than the butter. I absolutely love butter but have switched to ghee since becoming paleo. It gives that awesome buttery taste, plus CLA, without all the nasties (dairy and lactose).

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16995 · April 25, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Um, oats are a grain, not paleo!, and as such it has gluten analogues, and worse, may be contaminated by being processed on the same equipment as wheat.

Butter is fine for some folks, but you're better off with butter from grassfed cows. Some folks are fine with it, others react to it. You could try to clarify it into ghee and see if you still react, if you don't, it was the very small amount of protein in it.

Otherwise, it could be something in the fat, such as the hormones they give the cows to keep producing milk and grow big (this is why you want grassfed butter).

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0 · April 25, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I'm aware tht oats are a grain. I eat oats without issue. I've adapted the paleo structure to fit my needs, health issues, and tolerance levels.

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