Although I messed up a few times, which forced me to restart the test, I have now completed a 30 Day No Dairy test. One of the methods to test to see if dairy is a problem is to completely eliminate it for 30 days. Then reintroduce it for a few days and monitor for symptoms. Symptoms might include skin inflammation, digestion problems or headaches. I was about 90% certain that dairy was not a problem for me, but I wanted to eliminate that 10% of doubt.
For me, I had four things I wanted to test regarding dairy removal.
- Would it result in a reduction in headache frequency or intensity?
- Would other symptoms surface upon reintroducing dairy after a 30 day removal?
- Would there be any body composition changes (increased fat loss)?
- Could I really be disciplined enough to go 30 Days without dairy?
Headache Frequency and Intensity
Eliminating dairy had no impact on my sinus headaches. Intensity and frequency have been consistent throughout this year, with a greater spike during the summer. The chart below shows headache intensity (0-5) since mid-March. The area under the red is the period where I was dairy free. Dairy is innocent.
None. Skin and digestion are the exactly the same after dairy reintroduction.
One of the things you hear repeated over and over in the elite fitness community is how removing dairy can help you remove stubborn fat. Stubborn fat for a man would mean lower abs and love handles. It may help others, but I had zero body composition changes during the test.
I was shocked how easy it was to eliminate dairy from a cravings standpoint. I did mess up twice and had to restart the test. Both were cases where I was outside the home and I just momentarily forgot about the test. I used coconut cream in place of yogurt. Instead of putting butter on my veggies, I added coconut oil.
I was going to post a summary on why self experimentation is great, but I already did a post on the topic: My Case For Self Experimentation.