I am roughly 90% Paleo compliant, and have felt the best I ever have. Dairy is one thing that I haven't fully given up. I have yogurt 2-3 times a week, will add a few tablespoons of milk to my coffee, and still have whey protein after lifting. I don't feel like it affects me. My question is, how bad is dairy relative to grains? And how many people use whey protein that are otherwise Paleo?
It's pasteurized A1 dairy that you need to worry about. Full-fat/whole RAW dairy is a better choice and raw goats dairy is an even better choice still. Raw dairy is also less allergenic than pasteurized dairy.
Dairy is a direct precursor to DHT so it might be worse for males than females.
Dairy seems to give me terrible back-acne (bacne). When I completely eliminate dairy from my diet, my skin clears up in a matter of days. It makes me so sad because I love all kinds of dairy foods. :(
I think I feel better without dairy, and I was vegan for a long time so it isn't difficult for me to be dairy free- but when I am Paleo I seem to never feel full/satisfied unless I include yogurt, so I do, because it makes the elimination of grains/sugar etc possible, and that is what is most important for me.
I would say if you feel fine eating dairy, then continue to do so- yogurt is a good choice. But make sure it is organic since non-organic dairy products contain pesticides and hormones and an entire host of other things (same for whey- organic is best).
Also, as someone else mentioned above, raw milk is superior in every way. Pasteurized milk is actually very damaging. Goat and sheep's milk is usually easier to digest- and full fat dairy products are best.
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