I'm confused. There is so much conflicting information on this one. Recently gone Paleo and missing cheese more than anything. A good percentage of sites say you can actually include it on your diet yet there are more that say it's a no go zone. If someone can clear this one up for me once and for all I'd be eternally grateful. More so if the answer is Yes!
The awesome thing about Paleo eating is that you can set many of the guidelines yourself based on what works best for your body.
Dairy is entirely up to you. Butter and heavy cream are pretty routinely accepted as Paleo. In regards to cheese, harder cheese and raw milk cheese are your best options, but it's all subject to how your body reacts to them.
Your best bet is to elimiate dairy for 30 days, then reintroduce and see if you notice any changes.
there is such a wide spectrum of cheese, that in my opinion you cant make a black or white decision. Grass fed raw milk cheese and the processed crap on your mcdonalds cheeseburger are so completely unrelated. If you do well with dairy, I don't see why a good quality raw milk cheese isn't acceptable.
For me, I find that cheese provides a texture and taste that is unlike any other substitute. So its better for me to eat cheese and stay strict paleo with everything else, than to deprive myself of cheese and end up binging. Particularly when its grass fed and raw, I love cheese.. especially in my omellettes. Not to mention, cheese can be a good source of vitamin k2
I'm mixed on it. I'm not intolerant but for me it's a binge food (though still better than the old foods). I'm drawn to the 'fresh' cheeses but probably because those have the most sugar (lactose) still - if I buy a pound it's usually gone in a day or less!
My advice is, if it's an addictive 'trigger' food, find another option (eggs?) but if it's something you're just concerned about health-wise and don't have problems with limits, then I'd say go ahead assuming no other adverse reactions.
By the way, an excellent alternative is kefir - almost all the lactose is consumed in the fermentation, and if it's fresh it can be very healthy. I've been making my own (VERY easy - ask if you want to try) - it's noticeably 'alive' and I have no problems with limits or reactions.
There is no "once and for all" yet, and there may never be. People who have issues with lactose (like me) often do just fine with harder cheeses. Remember, despite what some might preach, this isn't about a dogma which preaches some magic formula for everyone (which isn't realistic, and you only need to take a look at evolution and where us h. sapiens have been - nearly all over the globe, with different seasons - to see that we can thrive under many conditions and seasonalities) but about what works for each individual and how well they feel. I include cheeses in my meals, as well as fermented/cultured dairy products like strained yogurt. I tend to avoid whey, which, while is high protein, is also high in lactose in many forms. Whey aggravates my fibromyalgia more than almost anything I have so far identified, but others love it for muscle building, so again, I go back to my belief that every person needs to figure out what is right for their own self.
No magic bullets.
Mmmmmm. Cheese! I eat it all the time.
Coastal Aged Cheddar
Trader Joes Grass Fed Extra Sharp Cheddar
Parmigiano-Reggiano (my absolute favorite)
Barber Aged Cheddar
Jalapeno or "Pepperjack"
Cheese is one of the most delicious foods ever, and I consider it a whole, nutritious food.
I recently went dairy free for about 6 weeks. It was painful. I do love cheese. I didn't realize how much until I didn't have it any more. Anyway, I saw no difference and felt no difference being off of it so as of today I am back on the cheese wagon. I'm gnawing on a big hunk of it right now. My belly is very happy. I am going to stay off cream and soft cheese but hard/aged cheese and I are back together again.
I agree with all the others that its your call to make. If you aren't achieving your goals then it's something to look at and maybe experiment with getting rid of in order to get to where you want to go. For now have it and enjoy.
in addition, i would question the cheese craving and be specific: do you crave cheese at certain times of the month? during stressful episodes of work? do you crave the saltiness or the creaminess? are you lacking fat and cheese fills that void? are you lacking protein and does cheese fill that void?
i find cheese to be a strange substance that i don't need but i WANT, and that want limits my free will and that's bad imo. cravings are signals about something.
A diet that forces me to give up cheese and red wine would be very, vary hard for me to keep. Call it a cheat if you want, but these are two of my dearest culinary pleasures, and I can't really be convinced that they're that bad for me.
From a nutrition perspective, cheese is usually about 60-80% fat and most of the rest is protein, and doesn't have much of the things in it that causes people problems with dairy such as lactose. I guess the biggest issue is casein, which I think some people are sensitive to, but many aren't.
Some people trying to lose weight report better results when giving up all cheese. Cheese is my go-to snack when I'm hungry and want to have just a little something, a couple of bites of cheese is very satisfying to me and can keep my hunger away for hours.
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