Clean eating and dairy. Yes or no?

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    Sep 03, 2014 1:28 AM GMT
    I've read many arguments both pro and con about using dairy as a source of protein in a clean diet. Some say it's bad and that it causes bloating, others swear by it as a source of easy, cheap fast protein. Thoughts?
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:36 PM GMT
    if you suffer from hayfever or sinus issues, i would say that you should drop it.

    read online that dairy aggravates hayfever, i so i quit dairy totally. within 2 weeks, all of the hayfever symptoms disappeared.
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    Sep 04, 2014 1:23 AM GMT
    jocks_and_socks saidif you suffer from hayfever or sinus issues, i would say that you should drop it.

    read online that dairy aggravates hayfever, i so i quit dairy totally. within 2 weeks, all of the hayfever symptoms disappeared.


    Everyone is unique, so i try to listen to my body and find patterns over time. Dairy-wise, i drink organic 1% milk (Organic Valley) to reduce likelihood of accumulating anything other than nutritious goodness in my body...given the above average quantities of milk i drink. So far, since childhood, i experience only positive effects and benefits.
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    Sep 04, 2014 1:31 AM GMT
    I wouldn't use dairy as a MAIN protein source but "eating clean" given how broad a term "eating clean" is why couldn't dairy be included?

    In my case I put Greek yogurt into my green smoothies. Also, if it's to be believed, "they" say that a heaping tablespoon of plain yogurt, a "good fat," before each meal not only aids digestion as a probiotic and fills you up but lines your intestines to block bad fat/calorie absorption. Or some such.
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    Sep 04, 2014 6:16 AM GMT
    I eat a pretty clean diet but for good or bad I could never completely cut out dairy lol
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    Sep 04, 2014 12:59 PM GMT
    Same here with Greek yogurt... I eat some in the a.m. and also use it with my protein shakes after the gym. I also almost never get colds since I started doing so, but can't scientifically prove that made the difference. Goes without saying that it was "plain" ... not vanilla or any flavor which is going to be loaded with sugar.

    When I was training more intensely (e.g. strongman) I also ate half a container of cottage cheese every day and that was the leanest I ever was. I would not want to eat enough meat to get the amount of protein calories my trainer recommended.

    One thing with cottage cheese, watch your salt; alot of it is very high in sodium for some reason. Breakstone's recently came out with one that has reduced sodium but still tastes fine.
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    Sep 04, 2014 4:23 PM GMT
    Pasteurized dairy products make me feel bloated and uncomfortable. Some say the reason for this is that the pasteurization process kills off the bacteria and damages/destroys enzymes (particularly lactase) that would otherwise help to digest it. I think it's different for everyone. I felt a billion times better in general when I cut out dairy (aside from whey protein). If you digest dairy products well, go for it, but I'd also recommend cutting them out for a while and seeing how you feel.
  • davfit

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    Sep 04, 2014 5:30 PM GMT
    Never.. most people are allergic to either lactose or milk protein not to mention chemicals in it..Can you avoid it all together no.. milk is in almost everything processed,but there are other many great protein options..skip it
  • Hunkymonkey

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    Nov 10, 2014 7:40 PM GMT
    Milk is an excellent source of protein and carbs. But I have a mild allergy to milk, so I use it sparingly in my protein shakes and not before bed, because then I can't breathe and fall asleep.
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    Nov 10, 2014 11:13 PM GMT
    SF79 saidIf you digest dairy products well, go for it, but I'd also recommend cutting them out for a while and seeing how you feel.

    This.

    I used to drink a lot of milk and also had a lot of lower intestinal gas (as in farting). Now I just have hot chocolate in the morning; I recently got a recipe to make my own hot chocolate powder mix. Sometimes in the evenings I'll make hot atole, a Mexican drink that's just milk, cornstarch, sugar, and vanilla; sounds weird but it's pretty good. Chocolate has caffeine so I can't have that in the evenings.

    And I do love cheese. In all forms and possible ways. Life without cheese is sad.
  • Bowyn_Aerrow

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    Nov 11, 2014 12:02 AM GMT
    I say find out if it works for you by keeping a log and experimenting and seeing what the results are.

    Lactose intolerance is not too uncommon, nor are other health issues which are affected by milk intake. Then there is the minor fact that your genetic blue print is unique, thus what works or does work for you is a matter of trial and error.