When you were introduced to Paleo, you likely heard or read a giant list of “no” foods. No grains. No sugar. No legumes. No processed food. No dairy. You likely questioned these “no” rules at first, but upon lots of encouragement from the paleo community (or upon your own undertaking), you decided to give it a go and never looked back. And you’re probably much healthier for it today, right?
One of the things I love about my husband, Jake, is that he questions everything. He searches for truth and purpose in everything new he learns and draws his own conclusions. He doesn’t just take things at face value or beacause it’s a “fact” in a book written by someone with a scientific background. He doesn’t rest until he’s comfortable with his own opinion on the matter.
One of the things that didn’t sit well with him was the “no dairy” rule. After all, it comes from animals which are part of the paleo diet. So, why would some parts of the animal be encouraged and others deemed dangerous? With some help from Kurt G. Harris, MD (author of the PaNu Blog), we were able to learn a bit more about the role of dairy, and how it affects our systems. Instead of attempting to relay his message here, I think you should read it for yourself. It’s short and not too scientific :)
Eating a low carb, high fat diet has made my Type 1 Diabetes so much easier to control. I typically eat two meals a day, and one small snack in the afternoon. I eat around 8-12 grams of carbohydrate (of non-starchy veggies) per day. Today, for example, my blood sugar has ranged from 76-96 mg/dl. Pretty freaking awesome numbers. (Picture me doing a happy dance.)
I have been adding 4 tablespoons (2 oz) of heavy whipping cream to my Americano every morning, and the delicous fat keeps me full for hours, which is both extremely convenient and great for controlling my blood sugar. (We like the Pure Eire brand from PCC that comes from grass-fed cows.) There is no lactose nor casein protein in heavy whipping cream.
And as for cheese? It’s not a huge part of our diet, but here and there we snack on some raw cheddar. Rumor has it that the casein protein in cheese is similar to gluten and therefore should be avoided. But, Dr. Harris believes that the issues with casein might only present if you have a leaky gut, damaged from grains. So, for someone who has been on paleo for awhile and is no longer ingesting gluten, they likely will not suffer the autoimmune diseases caused by a modern diet. Mark Sisson has a similar take in his Definitive Guide to Dairy.
I am not saying you should do what we’re doing. I am not saying you have to, or should, incorporate dairy.
I am saying you should look into what YOU are doing and how the food YOU ingest directly, and indirectly, affects YOU.
Because you deserve it.
Because you are worth it.
Happy eating :)