Don'ts of Whole30®: Dairy

Alright, all of my cheese lovers raise your hands! Now throw out all of that delicious, ooey, gooey, cheesy, goodness.

Dairy. I have such a love/hate relationship with it. I love to have it. Hate the heaviness and nastiness I feel in my gut afterwards. Have you ever noticed the more cheese you eat the more you crave? And once you start it’s hard to stop eating it? Cue the cheeseboards at every dinner party. Cheese actually has the same effects on the brain as opiates do, literally creating an addiction to cheese. The more you eat the more you need to have it! Dairy is one of those things I don’t miss when it isn’t present. Out of sight, out of mind, if you will. But throw me in the middle of a cheese party and I’m done. I simply don’t keep it in my home and steer clear of recipes that are primarily creamy and cheesy. I will omit in a recipe if it’s a small part of the dish. I have restaurants hold the cheese on my salads. I order guacamole instead of queso at a Mexican joint. 

For the purpose of Whole30® dairy is off limits. All products made from cow, sheep, and goat’s milk are off, including:
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Kefir
  • Yogurt
  • Cream
  • Sour Cream

The ONLY exception to the no dairy rule is clarified butter or ghee. Regular butter is not allowed, but clarified butter or ghee is okay. Milk proteins that are found in regular butter can have a negative impact on your results in your 30-day program. Clarified butter or ghee is free of those milk proteins, so you can be certain you will have great results from your program utilizing clarified butter or ghee. You can find these products at any grocery store. You may find them with regular butter or you may find it in the baking aisle. If you are having problems locating them ask someone in the store. They will point you in the right direction. 

You may also make clarified butter on your own. If you interested in doing that or if you want more details about the differences in regular butter and clarified or ghee, head over to the Whole30® Butter Manifesto

My next post will cover the remaining don’ts of the program, including MSG, carrageenan, and sulfites. I will also hit on making your own goodies with compliant ingredients and one final don’t.

Happy New Year! I am spending my first week of the 2017 in beautiful central Oregon with some family I only see once a year. It’s my home away from home. My heart is already so excited!