It’s going to be a dairy free winter

Sometime. The kids aren’t happy about it! Still, I think we might have more of an impact with leaving out dairy than wheat, since the wheat free eating doesn’t seem to be making any difference to anyone. Of course, if it’s gluten they’re intolerant to, then we will have to go a bit further than wheat!

Meanwhile, just exactly what do we need to do for a dairy free trial? How long does casein and lactose take to leave the body?

I’m reading through Google trying to find some solid information here! There doesn’t seem to be much except anecdotal…

Casein is a protein and is processed by the body like other proteins. As previously discussed, plenty of people think it’s like a drug.

Firstly, no one in our family has a dairy allergy – that’s when everything blows up and gets nasty and dangerous. What we might have is a reaction to casein, or lactose intolerance. We have B1 and B2 with eczema so I’m looking around trying to find  link to dairy or lactose.

Oneeczema website doesn’t mention food as a trigger at all, while another does – and includes dairy and eggs. Awkward…

So then, trying to find out how long we should go on this dairy free gig is a little tricky. The one thing I am getting from reading various sites is that lactose intolerance does not necessarily mean that you need to be completely dairy free. The intolerance relates the amount of lactase you have to break down the lactose in food. So you need to find what your particular tolerance might be.

In my case, I’m not sure anymore as I have no gall bladder and so sometimes things get a little messy if I eat out of turn because there’s no bile helping to break everything down.

This Australian site seems to be saying that we’re doing all the things we need to do anyway, the main one being limiting the drinking of cows milk and using full fat milk (plus I drink soy in tea). However, who knew this…

‘Foods that may contain hidden lactose include:

  • biscuits and cakes (if milk or milk solids are added)
  • processed breakfast cereals
  • cheese sauce
  • cream soups
  • custard
  • milk chocolate
  • pancakes and pikelets
  • scrambled eggs
  • quiche
  • muesli bars
  • some breads and margarine (containing milk) (Better Health Vic).’

So the things I think might cause my gut explosions – like the yoghurt on my granola – are not supposed to be doing anything but chocolate is! Funny how it doesn’t line up that way for me but perhaps another food diary period is in order to test during these dairy free weeks.

A friend has mentioned her lactose intolerance happens with milkshakes – boom, acne explosion! However she manages milk on cereal and coffee for the day and uses almond milk if she wants a shake or smoothie.

Meanwhile, how long should this dairy free period go for? Some say two weeks will do it, others say 10 days. It’s important to make sure that you will still be getting the proper nutrients and calcium you require while dairy free though, so that is a consideration that we will need to make for the family.

Things that might happen when we go off dairy –

  • less bloating
  • less diarrhoea
  • less skin breakouts
  • possible eczema relief
  • weight loss.

Well I could certainly use a few of those, although the most pimples I’ve had in a long time have happened in my wheat free period – not sure if that’s from elimination or the extra chocolate I’m eating right now!

Anyway, now that we are armed with some more information, we can make some choices about our dairy free period! Stay tuned!

Wishing you all the happiness the Universe can bring,





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