I've been doing paleo with dairy for some six months now. Call it Lacto-paleo or pastoral (am I the only one who hates the term 'archevore'?). Apart from that I eat close to zero-carb.
Anyway my weight loss hasn't been as dramatic as some, which is a bit disappointing, but I can't deny the obvious improvements to my health overall.
I have pure cream in my decaff coffee, probably about a tablespon per cup, six times a day. It worries me a bit because I absolutely love it, and I have a very addictive nature.
I'm thinking now of stopping the cream, to see if it makes a difference to how I feel. I might have a slight intolerance and not even know. There's always an adjustment period, so I'm thinking it might be a few days before I notice whether I feel any different or not.
How long do I need to stop taking dairy before I can definitely say it wasn't having any adverse effects?
30 days. That's the magic number :)
Seriously though, whilst a lot of people suggest 30 days for elimination, and I have no idea how they arrived at 30 days as an appropriate period (we're used to month as a time interval, so that may have a lot to do with it), anecdotally it seems to be long enough to notice most dietary changes.
Mind you, due to a gradual improvement, you may not really notice anything significant until you add the dairy back in 30 days later.
When I was first considering giving up dairy, it was suggested to me to give it up for 2 weeks.
Of course, at this point, its been so long I can't tell you if I actually stuck to that or not.
I actually notice the difference after I re-introduce dairy.
I'll stop dairy for just one week, then slip and have it again. 2 Days after re-introducing it, I have full-blown migraines, nausea and bloating, and I realize how good I felt when I was off!
30 - 45 days. though six cups of coffee may be enough to give you some cortisol issues! that could be a factor in you not seeing the more dramatic results as you expected. Just a thought.
Edit: didn't realize the coffee was decaf... still 6 cups a day is soooo excessive esp. with cream in each one.
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