What are your thoughts on high-fat dairy products? I'm currently eating a lot of Greek yogurt (almost daily) as well as occasional milk and cheese; should I eliminate these things from my diet temporarily, then reincorporate them to test my tolerance?
I personally like high-fat dairy in my diet. Because of my celiac disease, I was supplementing probiotics to try to heal, when in fact I could get the same cultures from Greek yogurt. So I think it's worth considering including something if it has things in it that you need for optimum health.
Dairy is not strictly paleo (more "primal"), but as I see it, if our ancestors would have eaten beef of some kind of bovine creature, or eaten goat, they may have had dairy. The full fat Greek yogurt is a good source of fat, a moderate source of proteins, and in general makes some people feel good. i find I get a lot of energy, and it is good for a lighter meal earlier in the day.
All of that said, I found that cutting out other dairy products was also helpful. Milk practically gone, and cheeses I eat only on occasion. I've also found some brands of yogurt give me really bad abdominal pain, so I avoid it. You need to do what works for you. If eliminating all dairy works, then great. Do what you need to for a healthy gut, whether or not that includes dairy-based probiotics.
If, and only if, you are having unexplained digestive or chronic sinus/joint, etc., issues would you need to test the dairy foods you're eating. And if you are feeling terrific, with lots of energy, it still wouldn't hurt anything to check it out but you'd think of it as a fun experiment.
I used to have a lot of trouble with dairy. It would cause trouble by not tasting good and then causing an upset stomach, etc. But recently I started making/drinking water kefir and--lo and behold--now I happily chow down on a cup of yogurt every morning.
It's clear to me that I didn't have the right gut flora to handle dairy and now I do, presumably thanks to the kefir.
So, in addition to testing your tolerance, you might consider eating/drinking probiotics if you aren't already.
I think many of us here eat dairy. If you have no digestive issues with dairy then it should be ok to eat. Dairy is very nutritious.
Fellow member Dr Cate wrote this piece on dairy:
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