Happy Thursday, Team!
Well, we have now come full circle in all of the wonderful seasons of spring! Warm, cold. Wet, dry. Rain, ice. Snow? Yup! The white stuff is again coating our grass and sending our plants into temperature shock. Fortunately, we all are starting our gardens indoors this year right? If you haven’t planted yet – stay tuned for the third in Bonnie’s guest posts titled appropriately enough “Planting Seeds.”
This morning however, the white stuff brings to mind another topic that we have spoken about briefly from time to time. It is now the right time to tackle it fully. Dairy. This week I received the following question from a member: “Question, I consume a fair amount of cheese in my now normal diet. I understand that the fat content is high however it has never negatively affected my weight loss. There is almost no carbs found in cheese yet I know in the diet you recommend cheese is not something in it. Can you explain this to me?”
My answer was lost somewhere in cyberspace…so I have turned to the oracle of all, Mark Sisson, for his Definitive Guide to Dairy. His research is exhaustive and there is more than enough information here to satiate even the biggest of dairy appetites. As for my own thoughts – I’m with him on this one. It’s a gray area. If you don’t have any effects then enjoy! (Though be careful of the excessive carb load – that’s a real problem people tend to forget about) Restricting your consumption to heavy cream (non-pasteurized), yogurt, and hard cheeses is best for everyone. And using raw, full fat products are the best. To determine if you are affected by dairy you will need to cut it our completely for 30 days then do a reintroduction test.
Our reader’s comment was mainly centered around the fat content of cheese. As such, understand that we have always touted the consumption of fats (cheeses included – though more for the protein) as part of our healthy eating strategy. Without the excessive insulin in our system by restriction of sugars – the fats can do what they are intended for (provide a high energy source in a small package) and are not stored as visceral body fat. So eat cheese if you enjoy it and have no ill effects. Do so in moderation – any excessive consumption of any one food item can be detrimental. People who are overweight, obese, have various health issues, and are known to have metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance are best advised to avoid dairy until their weight and health are under control.
Read below (I’ve copied it here in its entirety) for all of the ins and outs of dairy. And choose for yourself. Share with me what your experience is with it!
Important: We will have a meeting tomorrow at noon in Building 43. With the start-up of our spring harvest season and the ebbing attendance in the meetings I am announcing that this will be the last official meeting to be held for the time being. I will continue to send out the daily emails until the end of the BL contest in which we will drop back to two or three posts per week (many members have requested fewer emails in an effort to keep up with the information). I do encourage you to continue meeting on your own with each other and enjoy sharing the community and resources we have amassed as a group. Upon my return from the field in a few weeks I would like to host a pot luck style Paleo/Primal friendly get-together with everyone who has been a part of our group over the last few months. I will send out more information on this when more details are put together. If you would like to head-up the Pot Luck, I would be grateful for the help.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about any of this please email me. I will do my best to address them all. And I humbly give my thanks for your continued support and efforts.
Workout of the Day:
Warm-up – 2 rounds of 15 - Jumping Jacks, Shoulder Mobility, Push-ups (5 reps), Walking Lunge, Samson Stretch, Squat
Work-out – AMRAP 20 mins – 20 squats, 10 push-ups, 20 leg lifts
“In each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale. Diversity of character is due to their unequal activity.” Ambrose Pierce
To being diverse and virtuosity.
I knew going in this was going to be a tricky one, because dairy, especially raw and/or fermented full-fat dairy, resides in a Primal gray area. The literature, the evolutionary reasoning, and the anecdotal reports all unanimously point to , cereal and , , and industrial as being net negatives on the human metabolic spectrum, but dairy is somewhat different. The other Neolithic foodstuffs we can rule out because the science condemning them is fairly concrete they weren’t on the menu 20,000 years ago. Heck, they weren’t just off the menu; they were basically unrecognizable as food in the raw state. Dairy, on the other hand, is a relatively recent food chronologically, but it is most assuredly and obviously a viable nutritive source in its raw form. It’s full of highly bioavailable , , and – in equal portions. You could conceivably survive on milk alone (I wouldn’t recommend it, but you could technically do it; try doing the same with honey or raw millet). Milk is baby fuel. It’s literally meant to spur growth and enable a growing body. Our bodies definitely recognize dairy as food, even foreign bovine dairy. But is it good nutrition?
once in a while. It works for me. I don’t get cramps or gas, and I don’t get leaky gut symptoms from casein alone (gluten is another thing altogether). I’d say, on average, I consume at least one dairy item each day (usually butter), but that’s not a hard and fast rule.