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Number 4: Consume Full Fat Dairy Only

Full fat dairy is the only acceptable form of dairy in this challenge because first and most importantly fat is good for you. I’m not talking about the health magazines’ recommendation to nibble a few almonds or use olive oil.  I’m talking about real, homegrown, dairy fat.

The fat in milk helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, whole fat dairy products have little or no lactose, and fat is important for total fueling as you start to remove crap sources of fueling from your diet (you’re going to need to replace the calories somewhere).

What do we consider full fat dairy? Cream, heavy cream, butter, cheese, and yogurt.  For this challenge we will allow whole milk as a full fat dairy option to ease some of you back to the good side.  Anyone who says they “honestly don’t like the taste of whole fat dairy products” is fat phobic and lying to themselves.  Embrace the fat people.

Let’s first look at the origination of the watery liquid called skim milk.  Back in the 1970s the United States made its first food recommendation based on a bogus study that linked fat to heart disease.  Sadly, the major food manufacturers jumped on board. Fat was removed from everything from cookies, to crackers, to dairy products!  Fat satiates the body and brain, is hormonally neutral, and decreases and slows the impact of sugar on blood glucose levels.  Skim milk feeds your sugar addiction and consistent spikes and elevations of your blood sugar cause your body to store fat.

Milk is a mixture of protein, carbohydrate (sugar), and fat.  When the fat is removed, the impact of the sugars in milk on blood sugar levels is dramatic.  Whole fat milk products such as cream, butter, and cheese have little or no lactose.

For this challenge, for Level 4, if you consume dairy IT MUST BE FULL FAT.  This includes whole milk, cream, heavy cream, cheese, butter, and yogurt.  Be careful with yogurt, it’s usually sweetened with something and is mostly low fat (2% or less).

GO FORTH AND ORDER A BREVE!

Resources:

Full Fat Dairy for Cardiovascular Health

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes (available in book stores)