I know the answer is for ME to remove dairy to see if I NOTICE any difference, but before I consider further restricting my universe of food choices, I'm just curious:
Is it common to NOTICE feeling better after removing dairy from an otherwise compliant paleo diet?
(If by chance you removed dairy from your paleo routine, HOW DID YOU FEEL DIFFERENT? Were there any problems or symptoms you had which resolved? )
I also lost a few pounds during a Whole30, and removing dairy was one of the bigger elements of that. Leanest I've ever been.
So when I started having a tinge of seasonal allergies, I went back off dairy (except for butter for cooking), even though it's really limited already. Lots less phlegm, which is nice. But man, coconut milk in place of cream in coffee or tea? Just ain't cuttin' it.
I am a true celiac , have the gene for it. and I have dermatitus hepaformatis - a nasty rash on my scalp related to celiac. So I gave up wheat and soy 6 years ago - really resisted giving up dairy. So much self nurturing came from it, the dairy. Gave it up finally accompanied by tears and WOW has my scalp been better. Better internally. One of the best decisions I've made. I broke down twice and ate goat cheese and has the terrible rash back for a while. Lesson learned
Of course this is very individualized. I had been eating paleo style for many years without taking dairy out of the equation. I still had some digestive symptoms, and when I finally took the plunge to ditch dairy I was blown away by how powerful my body's response was. I didn't notice so much for the month prior to reintroduction, but just hours after eating dairy for the first time, I had the most horrendous intestinal cramping I have ever experienced...worse than food poisoning, worse than when I misidentified mushrooms and ate a whole lot of deliciousness that turned on me with intestinal cramps lasting three full days...I literally wondered if I might die. And afterwards, my...ehem...digestive issues are mostly resolved.
I had the same experience as RogueNutritionist. I took it out completely, felt great (less gas-y) and when I reintroduced it....it was obvious that it should not be in my diet! For me this is milk cheese. Heavy cream (in my coffee) sometimes gets me so I have it infrequently and butter causes me absolutely no problems in my diet (thank goodness). Good luck.
Eating dairy made me look skinny fat. Now about 2 weeks off of it, I'm looking leaner. I still really enjoy some cheese and milk every now and then but not enough to keep stubborn midsection fat.
I've done several stints without dairy and I noticed no benefit at all. None. I did notice how unhappy I was without it though. I have to seriously watch it because whole dairy foods are very high in calories. I am just so grateful I seem to have no reason to deny myself these foods because they really do make me very happy.
I removed it recently because I'm doing the GAPS intro and will soon be introducing it again. I have other issues to heal so its not my main issue but probably doesnt help either. I believe its a good idea to remove and try introducing in stages (on gaps you first do a skin sensitivity test with the whey dripped from plain yogurt, if that passes you move onto home made plain yogurt made from full fat milk....then to sour cream....etc...), all introduced slowly in time checking for isues....
Probably removing it and introducing it again after 30 days will confirm if its an issue, if so consider what can be done to heal it and work to reintroduce it in stages until you can tolerate it.
There are lots of alternative options for dairy (ie: coconut milk, cream, coconut milk yogurt, cashew nut cheese....) you'll find the options once you start looking for them and you'll be amazed how easy it is to come up with alternatives that satisfy that dairy craving. I'm actually not missing dairy at all after 30 days but am looking forward to the possibility!
best of luck!!!
Thanks for this question!
I am super sensitive to everything (and gluten intolerant). Every time I consume dairy (yogurt, kefir or cottage cheese) I itch like crazy afterwards. Why? No clue. But the itch is so severe, I cannot have dairy anymore.