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    I'm eliminating dairy beginning today to see if that's what's been causing recent bloating and other stomach issues. If dairy is indeed the culprit, how long would it take, on average, to notice a difference? Same day? Two days? A week? I realize that everyone is different, and that what works for some in a certain amount of time may not be the same for others. I'm just trying to manage my expectations.

    Many thanks in advance...
    F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

    **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

    **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

  • #2
    For a direct effect like bloating I think you are looking at something much quicker - a week max seems reasonable - than if you were looking for some downstream effect, like a nutritional deficiency arising from gut damage.
    “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
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    • #3
      Originally posted by loafingcactus View Post
      For a direct effect like bloating I think you are looking at something much quicker - a week max seems reasonable - than if you were looking for some downstream effect, like a nutritional deficiency arising from gut damage.
      Very helpful - thanks! (Not looking for a downstream effect; definitely direct effect.)
      F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

      **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

      **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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      • #4
        Go for the 21 days....eliminate it for 21 days minimum and that reintroduce. If you feel good during those 21 days and start bloating again after that you know it's the dairy.
        but your body needs the 21 days to get it all settled
        My story, My thought....

        It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MarielleGO View Post
          Go for the 21 days....eliminate it for 21 days minimum and that reintroduce. If you feel good during those 21 days and start bloating again after that you know it's the dairy.
          but your body needs the 21 days to get it all settled
          Sounds good -- many thanks! I'll go for the three weeks.
          F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

          **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

          **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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          • #6
            Keep an eye on getting the micros you're not eating when cutting out dairy!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gergirl View Post
              Keep an eye on getting the micros you're not eating when cutting out dairy!
              Explain...what do you mean?

              Also...it's interesting this question got posed, because I just cut out milk entirely 3 days ago, after months of sinus problems and inflammation of the skin. I also have an "active" digestive system, and I can say that it IMMEDIATELY quieted down and became normal after eliminating milk. The skin on my nose, which had been irritated for MONTHS (reddish spots and small acne from time to time), cleared up almost completely in two days.

              And for another welcome effect...I am sleeping better than I have in YEARS.

              Is this all due to eliminating milk? I've committed to a minimum of two weeks of no milk. We'll see, but I'm feeling pretty confident I'm on to something.

              The research I've read on milk makes me wonder why the hell I didn't give it up long ago.

              I also eliminated whey protein, which I'd been taking in shake form (Primal Fuel) with milk, after workouts. May also be a contributing factor to the improvement noted...not sure.
              Last edited by Bear; 12-02-2013, 12:07 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gergirl View Post
                Keep an eye on getting the micros you're not eating when cutting out dairy!
                I appreciate the advice! While I don't count my macros (history with an eating disorder; for me, logging calories/macros tends to spiral into obsessive behavior, so I simply don't log), I'll make sure that I'm eating protein with every meal -- and if I'm hungry, I'll bump up the protein.
                F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bear View Post
                  Also...it's interesting this question got posed, because I just cut out milk entirely 3 days ago, after months of sinus problems and inflammation of the skin. I also have an "active" digestive system, and I can say that it IMMEDIATELY quieted down and became normal after eliminating milk. The skin on my nose, which had been irritated for MONTHS (reddish spots and small acne from time to time), cleared up almost completely in two days.

                  And for another welcome effect...I am sleeping better than I have in YEARS.

                  Is this all due to eliminating milk? I've committed to a minimum of two weeks of no milk. We'll see, but I'm feeling pretty confident I'm on to something.

                  The research I've read on milk makes me wonder why the hell I didn't give it up long ago.
                  Wow - this is all very encouraging! I'd love to finally sleep better.
                  F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                  **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                  **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JackieKessler View Post
                    Wow - this is all very encouraging! I'd love to finally sleep better.
                    I'm in your corner, cheering you on. We may both be entering a period of feeling much better!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JackieKessler View Post
                      I appreciate the advice! While I don't count my macros (history with an eating disorder; for me, logging calories/macros tends to spiral into obsessive behavior, so I simply don't log), I'll make sure that I'm eating protein with every meal -- and if I'm hungry, I'll bump up the protein.
                      Suffered from a kind of eating disorder as well...try to stop counting...
                      @bear: besides some essential amino acids there are the following things: calcium, phosphor, potassium, vitamines b&e
                      and of course the protein, which can be used well by the body. If you do not eat dairy for whatever reasons, make sure to get the named contents.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by gergirl View Post
                        Suffered from a kind of eating disorder as well...try to stop counting...
                        @bear: besides some essential amino acids there are the following things: calcium, phosphor, potassium, vitamines b&e
                        and of course the protein, which can be used well by the body. If you do not eat dairy for whatever reasons, make sure to get the named contents.
                        Sure..I do get those other things in my diet, so no worries there. One interesting thing about calcium in milk are theories that debunk the idea that you MUST drink milk to get enough calcium. Kale and broccoli are good sources, and any calcium benefit from milk is, in many theories, more than offset by milk's detrimental effects. Thanks for the info!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bear View Post
                          Sure..I do get those other things in my diet, so no worries there. One interesting thing about calcium in milk are theories that debunk the idea that you MUST drink milk to get enough calcium. Kale and broccoli are good sources, and any calcium benefit from milk is, in many theories, more than offset by milk's detrimental effects. Thanks for the info!
                          there's no real need to drink milk for calcium - I'm vegetarian and have to look for several sources for several micros The traditiona chinese medecine doesn't see any need in milk, too...but I like it

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bear View Post
                            I'm in your corner, cheering you on. We may both be entering a period of feeling much better!
                            Oh, that would be lovely!
                            F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                            **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                            **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gergirl View Post
                              Suffered from a kind of eating disorder as well...try to stop counting...
                              @bear: besides some essential amino acids there are the following things: calcium, phosphor, potassium, vitamines b&e
                              and of course the protein, which can be used well by the body. If you do not eat dairy for whatever reasons, make sure to get the named contents.
                              Thanks. I may go back to supplements; was trying to get everything from my food. Hmm.
                              F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                              **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                              **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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