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Whey making me sick?

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Created September 14, 2011 at 6:59 PM

I looked through the forum and can't find anything so here is my question. I have been eating paleo for 4 months. I also do crossfit. A couple of days ago I bought whey protein and drank it after my wod. I felt fine, had lunch a couple hours later and felt really sick and almost puked a few times. I thought at first my left overs went bad. Didnt work out the next day and didn't drink protein. Today I did my wod, had protein powder mixed with about 6-8 ounces water like last time and felt fine. About 1pm I had Steak fajitas and I couldn't finish eating because I again felt really sick and had to lay in my car for a while. Has anyone experienced this? I don't drink milk except for a occasional sbux coffe and I'm always fine.Occasionally I can handle some sprinkled cheese on something. I have ate coldstone once... You are getting the picture.

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0 · October 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Whey protein = dairy. Paleo = no dairy. We use this company Natures' Whey as their protein shakes are fully hypo-allergenic.

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295 · September 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Thanks going to try that!

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8255 · September 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

It's weird that it hits when you eat solid food. Optimum Nutrition uses a mix of isolate and concentrate. The isolate usually isn't a problem. The concentrate causes problems for some people who have problems with lactose (but it hits quick and you get sick stomach and lots of gas). 1) Try more water mixed in (say double). That helps dilute some things. 2) Try a protein that's only whey isolate (I get mine from protein factory). 3) Try a non whey protein (say egg protein).

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295 · September 16, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Optimum nutrition. I have never had a problem before paleo. I stopped drinking them, started paleo and it's not working out. The protein doesn't upset my stomach until I eat.

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295 · September 16, 2011 at 11:21 AM

I bought optimum Nutrition. its not until I eat a meal that I feel sick. I know it has to be the protein but I feel fine until I eat.

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78422 · September 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

You get hives because level of lactase diminish in a month. You made yourself lactose intolerant. No dairy = no lactase soon.

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155 · September 15, 2011 at 2:43 AM

is it the cheap stuff? maybe u should try beef protein isolate

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3521 · September 15, 2011 at 1:01 AM

What brand of whey are you using? I would suggest the blubonnet brand, without any additives or sweeteners.

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19479 · September 15, 2011 at 12:03 AM

I also use the Jarrow 100% whey and have experimented with using it regularly (~25-30gms protein per day) and not using at all. I have not found any difference in weight, energy levels, or performance between using whey and just eating meat. I have definitely NEVER felt sick, queasy, or had any reaction. P.S. Sonic BOOM!

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8933 · September 14, 2011 at 7:13 PM

I'd use gelatin to get protein instead. Whey give me bad acne : that's not a good sign.

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358 · September 15, 2011 at 2:18 AM

Whey gives me the same symptoms described by Laura + itchy eyes, no matter which brand or ingredients I tried. Casein (milk proteins in "milk solids") intolerance is a problem for many; I have no problem with lactose. I tried egg protein, but decided why not eat real food instead - it is much cheaper and more paleo than over-processed powders.

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20 · September 14, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Lisa, I just gave up dairy (including and especially whey) two months ago, and now when I do have it, I immediately break out in hives and get an upset stomach. I switched to egg protein instead with no issues, but now whenever I do have dairy, my body immediately lets me know it doesn't want me to go back to eating it!

Also, whey used to break me out and leave me really congested whenever I'd eat it. I had a much harder time losing weight, and I was tired ALL THE TIME.

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78422 · September 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

You get hives because level of lactase diminish in a month. You made yourself lactose intolerant. No dairy = no lactase soon.

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0 · October 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Whey protein = dairy. Paleo = no dairy. We use this company Natures' Whey as their protein shakes are fully hypo-allergenic.

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0 · January 31, 2014 at 10:36 PM

@Lisa 6 I am an independent consultant for a health and wellness company that has protein powders that are made with pea, cranberry and rice proteins (plant-based) and there is no whey, gluten, or animal-by products. If you want more info. send me an email puresafewellness@yahoo.com

I'd be happy to give you an ingredient listing and send you a sample.

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0 · October 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Finally I noticed some one said something about hives, yes I had that too and was hospitalized for angieoemena, severe hives. I know I sound crazy---but I really think that my extreme diet as much as stress casued all this...

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0 · October 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Actually to be more helpful, it is a long and sickening story. I went on a low , no sugar, high protein diet and thougt I could eat as many quest bars (17 grams fiber) and sucrolosese and some times sugar alcohols. In addition I would drink high protein, whey , low fat drink, you see them everywhere in health food stores.,

I guess I have an eating disorder, but I ate to much of this stuff and for two weeks have not been able to leave my house (cramps and runs) except to go to my MD, who has no idea of what I was talking about. I have no infections, parasites or any blood in my stool. I did not connect it to whey as I thought it was just the high fiber. So I had a drink last night, and vomited, have runs and broken out skin for the first time in years.

I believe I have poisoned myself with fiber and whey in the extreme and will never take a supplement again. I hope to get better soon and also hope I did not give myself serious problem... eat real food, I will never forget that. I hope this has helped some people here.

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0 · October 20, 2013 at 7:09 PM

whey and fiber mix almost killed me

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78422 · September 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM

First you need to try real whey, non industrialized one. Its best to make it yourself from raw milk easily in 3-6 hours. You can also try to find one but you again risk some form of industrial toxins from hi heat treatment. You can try both goat milk or cow milk. If that doesn't make you bad, then processing is in question or type of milk (goat and cows have different type of cassein among other things). Then you will switch brands, but protein shakes shouldn't be part of regular food anyway [ only as temporal solution ] .

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8255 · September 15, 2011 at 2:20 AM

Whey works fine for me. However, not all Whey's are equal. Which one did you get?

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295 · September 16, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Optimum nutrition. I have never had a problem before paleo. I stopped drinking them, started paleo and it's not working out. The protein doesn't upset my stomach until I eat.

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295 · September 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Thanks going to try that!

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8255 · September 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

It's weird that it hits when you eat solid food. Optimum Nutrition uses a mix of isolate and concentrate. The isolate usually isn't a problem. The concentrate causes problems for some people who have problems with lactose (but it hits quick and you get sick stomach and lots of gas). 1) Try more water mixed in (say double). That helps dilute some things. 2) Try a protein that's only whey isolate (I get mine from protein factory). 3) Try a non whey protein (say egg protein).

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3499 · September 14, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Whey protein isn't completely lactose-free. If you have a bad lactose reaction (i.e. if unfermented whole milk gives you problems), I would cease attempting to drink whey shakes immediately.

Also, almost all whey powders are full of additives, like lecithin, MgOx, sugar, flavors/colors, other vitamins/minerals, etc. I use the Jarrow 100% pure whey on occasion, but it's a rarity in the store aisles for having nothing but whey (with 3% lactose) and a bit of lecithin.

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19479 · September 15, 2011 at 12:03 AM

I also use the Jarrow 100% whey and have experimented with using it regularly (~25-30gms protein per day) and not using at all. I have not found any difference in weight, energy levels, or performance between using whey and just eating meat. I have definitely NEVER felt sick, queasy, or had any reaction. P.S. Sonic BOOM!

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12847 · September 14, 2011 at 8:45 PM

How are you sure its the whey??

They often add gums like carragean to whey which may cause gastrointestinal problems.

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24538 · September 14, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Where I used to work they had a selection of various juices we could drink, one was a "protein shake" with whey powder in it. I chugged it, and about an hour later I had to run out back and fight some serious dry heaves (would have definitely hurled if I wasn't so stubborn). Makes sense to me. It actually turned against the whole "shake" idea. I now try for real food all the time. If I need a quick meal, I go for a bite of coconut oil, and some beef jerky or salami, a few plantain chips, and a nori sheet or two.

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