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    I've been primal for maybe a month and a half and have pretty good results. But I would like to try a month without milk(I don't think I can realistically give up cheese right now.) I've been going through a few gallons a week of whole milk. I am planning on IF from about right now until tomorrow morning when I will be dairy (mostly)free. I'm worried about what I will replace all the energy I've gotten from the milk. I'm OK with drinking water during meals, but I won't I have to eat a little more each meal?
    Does anyone have any experience in getting rid of so much dairy from their diet?
    thanks all

  • #2
    what's your weight now? and training status?

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    • #3
      Wow, that's a lot of milk! I'll be very interested in your experience with eliminating it.

      Assuming you're maintaining rather than working on fat loss (maybe even if you're working on fat loss, depending on a variety of factors), you'll probably want to replace the milk with additional protein and fat from other sources. I doubt you'll need to get all scientific about it, however -- just eat primal foods when you're hungry and stop when you're satisfied. (And be reasonable, obviously. Don't replace the milk with just cheese and nuts.)
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      • #4
        As of now I am about 160 pounds at 5 foot 9 inches. I lift 5-6 times a week and run once or twice. I haven't lost any real fat after the first week or two so I am hoping that the elimination of milk helps with the a pound or two.
        I'll update in a weekish hopefully with some results. Sorry for the low quality pictures, the only camera I have is on my computer.
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        • #5
          thats an awful lot of milk you drink. i have a slice of melted pepperjack cheese on some meat or veg, and a dash of heavy cream in my cup of coffee in the morning suits me pretty good. some days i think i should quit dairy but i enjoy my cheese and creamed coffee way too much. eh cant be all bad 90% chalk it up to?? so good luck to you on your endeavour!!
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          • #6
            I would take it out in a progressive manner, not at once, the drop in sugar might take you in hypoglycemia. Try to compensate in the proteins and fat with bacon... do the math and another thing, this is important: have a shot of sugar something with you just in case symptoms of hypoglycemia occurs. candy bar or whatever...

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            • #7
              I can relate to that. I used to be milk fiend too. I've remarked about it elsewhere, but I still feel bad
              about the dairy industry having to lay off my personal cow. Poor Bossy.
              I would guess that your body will replace the energy that you were getting from the mile by having
              to use some fat reserves. My advice would be not to try to replace the energy unless you end up being
              really lethargic or something.
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              • #8
                Milk is at the end of the day, 97% water (depending on which you buy) I doubt you were gettin tons of energy from it. Still replace with coconut milk! cheper too, and even more digestible energy Good call for removing dairy, that much won't be doing any good!
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                • #9
                  Dairy is quite growth-stimulating and insulin-spiking, so I'm guessing that by dropping the milk, you'll see a significant shift in body composition over a couple months, even if all else (nutrition and activity, stress and sleep) remains the same. Do keep us posted!
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                  • #10
                    I will join you! This is day three of milk free living. I too was a whole milk junkie, drinking it will my meals and inbetween. I feel great so far! My plateau has been broken with this simple elimination.

                    I will still be consuming heavy cream and cheese in moderation.
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                    • #11
                      After reading the blog post a few days ago I decided that I might as well try a month or two without milk/dairy. I've been primal for about 2 months now and figure I might as well. I finished my milk a few days ago and just got done eating the last of my cottage cheese. I've been slowly acquiring the taste of coconut milk, and might just start drinking more of that to replace the fat I was getting from the milk. I'm also going to start buying meat with a lot more bones in it and I'm going to make some stock and start drinking that in place of my usual milk (to get the calcium still). I've been drinking milk like crazy forever and am interested to see if I notice any differences after stopping.

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                      • #12
                        Personally, Ive felt much better after cutting milk out of my diet. I tried going back to it and it just made my stomach upset. I really dont know what to believe either way on the science of milk consumption. There are good points to be made on each side. I think if you are trying to lower your impact on insulin levels and shed some body fat, you should try ditch the dairy for awhile. I agree with MichaelA, have some sugar with you. You have been drinking tons of milk man. Good luck
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                        • #13
                          I cut milk out a few weeks ago and it's really not to shabby of a transition! I am also a consumer of cheese and Heavy cream, although i'm considering dropping the heavy cream also and going to hard fats like cheese and butter only. I think with your body type you'll see that fat thin out some,milk is great for body building but not for fat loss, ever heard of the GOMAD?

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                          • #14
                            For those of you interested in adding milk back in b/c you think you lactose intolerant or it doesn’t work for you…

                            The guy at cooling inflammation said that if you cut it all out, then add back fermented raw yogurts with lots of bacteria in them your GI will acquire lactose needed to digest milke, thus removing your lactose intolerance. I have some goat milk straining right now to remove hopefully some lactose from it and was gonna try it out. I have also got ahold of some good fermented sauerkraut and am having a spoonful with dinner every night

                            but all in all i do beleve the nature of dairy products is to stimulate growth so i do think i would be benficial to those tying to gain muscle mass or weight(like myself)
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                            • #15
                              Wow, that's good to know! Thanks MalPaz!
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