First, I am almost completely lactose intolerant at this point. It's been a slow change over the years, and almost all forms of dairy products really upset my stomach. If I go off Paleo, I find that only very hard or aged cheeses do not upset my stomach like all other dairy does.
Second, I love, love, love the texture of yogurt. I definitely missed it when I went paleo. Also, it was such an easy way to get protein that I didn't have to cook first.
Third, I found a coconut milk yogurt that has 6 g of protein and is really tasty and has an awesome texture (So Delicious Greek Style) I was buying them for over a year. However, they are very expensive. Expensive to the point it started to not make sense to buy them, except as perhaps a treat.
Fourth, I got sick and had the endoscopic surgery. I was put on a low residue diet, so I couldn't have almost any vegetables at all, no rough meats, etc. I was eating cream of rice and cottage cheese and eggs and other soft foods. But it was then that I remembered how much I love cottage cheese, and what a great protein source it was for me. But, it was dairy! And I suffered a little bit.
Lastly, I found Lactaid cottage cheese at the grocery store. There is no lactose in it. And since I am lactose intolerant, a lactose free cottage cheese was perhaps a dream come true. It has 12 g of protein per serving (and 80 cal per serving)!! It's a perfect little quick meal or snack for me and doesn't bother my stomach at all, cause any bloating or inflammation, or weight gain.
It's not Paleo, nope. But it works so perfectly for my life that I'm keeping it in the diet for now! That's why I say I'm 90-95% Paleo, because I have a few things in my diet that aren't strict Paleo.
I'm a firm believer in the basics of the Paleo diet. Filling up the majority of your diet and your day with vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats. Leaving grains out of the equation is super important (low nutritional value, inflammatory properties, and they take up the caloric space which you could be filling up with vegetables).
But I'm not a hard ass, either. I understand for myself and for many others there are going to be a few items out there that can supplement our diet that are not strict Paleo but still have an awesome cost-benefit ratio as far as health, expense and even pleasure.
Off to start the weekend!! Namaste <3