New to paleo and want to still have some dairy.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Hi guys.

I was doing the HGC diet for 40 days (lost 9 kilos) and last week I moved to the second part which is really similar to paleo; 6 weeks of no sugar and nothing with more than 10g of carbs in 100g (so no grains and no starch for now).

I was thinking of going paleo (after 6 weeks I'll have some starch back). The only thing I'm concerned about is dairy. I don't want to be a strict paleo from the start. I have no gut problems and no allergies. I like dairy but want to choose the kinds that won't be horrible for my body. My main question is about yogurts and hard cheeses (like parmejan)which I really like. The rest is not really hard for me to avoid.

Also, if you have qny tips on how to stick to paleo eating or any good recipe websites, that would be a huge help.

Thanks! Natalie

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on September 10, 2012
at 12:07 PM

Don't see why not. Of course raw & organic would be ideal, but if not possible in your situation and conventional is not causing any issues for you; by all means have some dairy. Don't deprive yourself if it's only going to make you miserable.



on September 10, 2012
at 11:24 AM

My family and I follow the Primal protocol - Paleo plus dairy, usually raw, mostly in the form of cheese. Since ditching SAD, we consume far less dairy, but all of us tolerate it well and I see no reason to cut it out.


on September 10, 2012
at 02:27 PM

I found this website to be very helpful when I started Paleo... Good luck! http://paleodietlifestyle.com/


on September 10, 2012
at 01:13 PM

I don't understand why dairy excluded. There seems to be two competing axioms in the paleo eating community. #1 Eat what people more than 10k years ago ate. #2 Eat what humans are evolved to eat.

Humans have been eating dairy since the birth of the species, its one of the defining characteristics of a mammal. So dairy dates back more than 10k years and fits #1.

There is clear evolutionary evidence that adult lactose tolerance has evolved in the last 10k years. Unfortunately not all populations (and thus individuals) have this mutation. Thus satisfying #2.

I'm in the minority with my view. Most would say 10k year old man wasn't evolved to eat it so you shouldn't eat it. What is so magic about evolution that happened more that 10k years ago? i have no idea. So according to me, if your confident that you have this mutation eat as much dairy as you want.

On a side note, the mutation is for lactose digestion, which is the milk carbs. Milk fat and protein, most people are ok with, so i say enjoy!



on September 10, 2012
at 12:07 PM

Perfect Health Diet might be a good option for you, since it's Paleo with dairy and starch.

The Domestic Man has some nice PHD recipes.

The casein protein and lactose sugar are usually the issue. Fermented and grass-fed are often considered better options. Fermentation helps with the lactose and yogurt and cheese don't have as much casein as milk.

For more, Mark Sisson has some good summaries on dairy and cheese.


on September 10, 2012
at 10:03 AM

Go ahead and have dairy.

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