September 7, 2013 at 1:02 am #12389justlolaParticipant
Okay, so I’m three weeks in and my dairy intolerance is still horrendous; acne on my jawline/neck/chest/back, oily-oily-oily skin, clogged pores, sinus congestion, body odor (both of the sweat-induced variety and just a constant, lingering… scent) – bleeeeh. It really seems to mess with my hormones.
This is really hard, firstly because the skin problems give my self-esteem a pounding, and secondly because I love ice cream. And cheese. And butter. And Greek yoghurt. And big mugs of milo. And did I mention ice cream? I live two blocks from Gelato Messina – it’s going to be so sad not to drop by for dessert…
I’m really tempted to cut it back out of my diet, but that path leads down a slippery slope towards orthorexia, and I’m not really sure what to have in its place to keep my temps up.
Press on with a full-spectrum diet, or drop the dairy? Any advice from (comparative) veterans?September 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm #12454DutchieParticipant
Im no expert,but do you also eat (lots) gluten’there are articles that state that gluten can cause a crossreaction towards dairy intolerance.
Have you tried several brands/suppliers?bc sometimes there are hidden ingredients in products or it migth be the animals diet.
One last suggestion i can think of:substitute cowdairy for a while with goatdairy and see how you do. Goatdairy is usually better tolerated by peopleSeptember 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm #12490The Real AmyModerator
If it were me, all those side effects would not be worth it. I like chocolate but it causes horrible pimples for me so I choose not to eat it. My life is much more pleasant that way, even though it means missing out on a few yummy things like chocolate chip cookies.
You can find pretty good substitutes with coconut milk. That’s probably the way I would go for yogurt, ice cream, milk, etc. Gelato places also make really good sorbet. A lot of people with dairy issues can tolerate ghee because the milk solids are removed. Might be worth trying. Avocado spread on bread is actually a very good substitute for butter. I tried giving up dairy for awhile once and I actually did fairly well, although I missed cheese. Keeping calories high enough is probably the main challenge.September 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm #12491The Real AmyModerator
I forgot to mention, if it is messing with your hormones and things, you may well be better off leaving it out until you are healed. Healing your metabolism is all about balancing hormones.September 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm #12564justlolaParticipant
Dutchie, The Real Amy, thank you both for your responses :)
@Dutchie: hadn’t heard about cross-reactions before – thanks for enlightening me. Have done a little reading, and am now possibly even more confused…! A lot of people seem to suggest that this means excluding both the trigger food AND the cross-reacting ones. Is that the only way out of this?
@The Real Amy: I’ve had a bit of trouble finding out whether coconut products are sufficiently ‘warming’. I used to go through a LOT of coconut products (milk, cream, oil/butter) pre-ETF/EFH/RRARF, but I’m not sure whether they were contributing to low temps… It’ll definitely be hard keeping calories up without dairy, you’re right. I can see myself getting very sick of potatoes.September 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm #12565
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