Dairy…What is the deal? Is it good or bad?

Dairy…what the heck?  We get SO many questions about dairy.  Is it good?  Is it bad?  If you are “paleo” can you have dairy?  Let’s get one thing straight….dairy is different for everyone.  Dairy falls into an extremely gray area, and the research is pretty much all over the place.  Personally, we do consume high quality, full fat dairy such as grass fed butter, cheese, and yogurt.  No one in our family is sensitive to it, so we eat it.  What???  But, you’re “paleo.”  No, we aren’t.  We eat a “paleo-ish” diet full of real, whole, nutrient dense foods.  This means, sometimes we eat some dairy, and occasionally some {gasp} grains such as wild rice and quinoa.  Here’s a very basic breakdown of dairy and some resources if you want to dig in further.

Staying Primal at the Beach and on the Boat

Sweet SUMMERTIME!  For us, summer is all about the beach.  We live in Florida, so we spend as much time as possible at the beach.  Whether we are boating, fishing, swimming, or just hanging out on the sand, we are around the beach a lot.  In the past, beach and boat days meant unhealthy food choices.  We would grab something at a restaurant for lunch, take cold chicken wings with us out fishing, load the boat down with chips, and we would often resort to sandwiches if we packed our lunch.  Over the last few years, we have finally found some favorite food ideas that don’t get old or leave us feeling deprived of “beach food”.  

What happened when we went Keto for six weeks?

So, if you are at all involved in the health and wellness scene, you have heard the keto buzz lately.  It’s been all the rage, especially for people looking for “quick” weight loss.  I even overhead a family beside us at lunch today that didn’t seem to have much knowledge about keto discuss going “key-toe.”  Despite the hype currently surrounding it, keto has been around since the hunter gatherer age.  It’s not new or really even very complicated.  In fact, if you would have been walking around hundreds and hundreds of years ago, you would have likely been living in a ketogenic state.

As with any other style or method of eating, keto must be approached with the right mindset.  At Fixed on Fitness, we don’t believe in “quick fixes” or “fad diets.”  We don’t promote specific, strict meal plans.  For the last 10+ years, Josh and I have used ourselves as an experiment.  We want to look at the latest research, try it on ourselves, and then share our experience.  We have been living a Primal lifestyle, eating real, nutrient dense foods, and living without grains and processed foods for the last eight years.  Six weeks ago, we decided to give the ketogenic style of eating a try.  Check out our experience, what we learned, benefits we noticed, some tips we discovered along the way, and what are plans are going forward.

**Please note that all benefits, tips, and opinions listed below are strictly based on our own experience.  Any thoughts listed are not meant to be used as professional advice or recommendations.**