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  • #16
    I've never liked milk, so didn't drink much dairy. I have always loved heavy cream in my coffee and to cook with so still have that, but not a lot. I also eat a little kerrygold or raw milk cheddar but in pretty small quantities. Lots of dairy always made me nauseous so I'm happy with just cream. I thought I'd be using a ton of butter to cook with but prefer coconut oil and homemade tallow - only have butter for the kids. Cheese never stopped weight loss though, that is totally the fault of my love for red wine.

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    • #17
      I have a "problem" with certain types of dairy. I buy my daughter string cheese for her lunches (preferably organic, but I can't always get it) sometimes and it's like crack to me. Unfortunately, I get stuffy, gassy, and just don't need those calories, so I have to resist. To be honest, I probably shouldn't buy it for her either.

      I don't seem to have as many problems with lower lactose/casein dairy products (butter, heavy cream, hard cheeses) and surprisingly despite my lactose intolerance, I can have moderate amounts (i.e. an iced latte's worth) of whole, non-homogenized milk from A2 beta casein cows. (Guernsey, Brown Swiss, and Jersey to a degree) We used to live near a dairy with brown swiss cows and their milk gave me no problems at all so they must have been mostly A2. The non-homogenized Jersey milk here is okay, but I do still have mild problems if I over-indulge.

      I really need to just keep our dairy purchases to the good stuff, and stop cheating with conventional stuff because of availability/price. If I can't get to the city to buy the good stuff, I just won't buy it. Wish me luck.

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      • #18
        Don't go cold turkey, often withdrawals are as bad for you as the effect, isn't that a bit like binge/purge behaviour.
        Better to enact a staged withdrawal, pull back on the milk, then cream, then cheese, then yoghurt, then butter, you may not need to go all the way and maybe keeping the last three in reduced quantity may be what's best for your body and mind.
        If you can ensure any remaining consumption is the A2 variant, even better.

        I just do a bit of yoghurt occassionally, sometimes in a binge.
        "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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        • #19
          I was adding cheese and heavy cream to almost everything, and eating greek yogurt daily. I cut dairy for 30 days on Whole30. I didn't notice much difference, but felt I didn't have as much energy during workout, since I also cut the whey protein. It didn't take long at all before I didn't even miss it. My problem was that I replaced the yogurt with too many nuts.
          I actually got so used to it and I thought I wouldn't add it back, however, I forgot to order without cheese at a restaurant. As soon as a finished I felt I had a huge wad of something sitting in my stomach. Kinda had the same feeling tonight after adding cream cheese to dinner.
          The best thing I got out of it, since I don't seem to have much of a reaction, was the realization that I can be satisfied without it.
          I have significantly cut back, and use mostly coconut milk, a little heavy cream, and greek yogurt. I probably have no more than 1oz of cheese per week, if that, and it's not because I'm trying to limit it, but because I no longer have the strong feeling that I really want it.

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          • #20
            I go through phases where I eat cheese and yogurt and then where I don't and I don't notice much difference. Except maybe if I eat a large portion of yogurt I have stinky farts.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #21
              I started and stopped dairy numerous times, with absolutely zero not the tiniest differences whatsoever. That's said, my dairy is basically greek yogurt and quark, very rarely a bit of hard cheese or brie. I started whey again a week or so ago after like a year hiatus.... no change in weight, nasal drip or anything. Maybe a bit of boat from whey, but since it comes with 50% OFF FROZEN UNWASHED cranberries, could be crans.
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              • #22
                I gave up milk 20+ years ago; was dairy product free off and on throughout the 2000s. It's a strange food, sure. Use less of it and look for low fat hormone free products. I've read the added vitamins in milk have something to do with it.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by meloroaster View Post
                  try coconut milk! or whip up coconut oil (my fav). it's soooo good and cuts the bitterness really well. i don't bother with cream anymore!
                  Meh. I've tried it with coconut milk, and it's good. Just not as good as cream T_T
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                  • #24
                    I've been pretty much dairy free since I had to give it up while breastfeeding my first baby. My seasonal allergies went away AND my acne completely disappeared. I can eat some hard cheeses in moderation, but anything beyond that makes me break out again. I think it's worth an experiment. You never know how your body might react to certain foods.

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                    • #25
                      Dairy causes me nothing but joy.
                      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                      • #26
                        all dairy save butter, and we're thinking of transitioning to clarified just to remove more lactose and go strait for the fat.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                          all dairy save butter, and we're thinking of transitioning to clarified just to remove more lactose and go strait for the fat.
                          Same here. I love butter more than I think is natural for a human to love a food, but ghee is just as good and less likely to cause problems. Milk and cheese have given me trouble (to put it politely) since I was little, but I always powered through because I loved it (nachos with queso blanco? So worth 3 days of punishment) but then I got to a point where it just didn't seem worth it anymore. Now the only time I have dairy other than butter is, if I get coffee at a cafe and it's bitter, I'll add a splash of heavy cream. It gives me a bit of the rumblies, but it's better than having wasted 3 bucks on coffee that tastes like burned peanuts.

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                          • #28
                            Personally I am fine with ghee and grass fed butter. I will ocassionally have some raw cheese with a salad. But overall my dairy consumption is pretty low. I never drink milk but if I have some heavy cream with a coffee I start to build up a little mucous. When I started doing this diet over 5 years ago I quit dairy completely for the first year and it felt amazing. I slowly tinkered around with it and had mixed results. Overall for me, I need to use dairy sparingly with good grass fed/raw sources or I start to run into trouble.
                            "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

                            People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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                            • #29
                              I love dairy but had to give it up.

                              It reacts with me pretty badly. It flares up my ashtma, gives me a tight chest and a tickly throat.

                              Been dairy free for about 3 months now and its no real problem.

                              i sometimes have a few hard cheeses on my meatza like parmesan and also buffalo mozarella doesn't seem to react as badly.
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                              • #30
                                I don't usually eat dairy, I recently started eating yogurt after years of no dairy (not a conscious choice, it's just not what I reach for) and have had no problems. No weight gain, no poor health, my digestive health is actually better.
                                F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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