Would someone be able to explain to me the proper way to interpret Dr. D's guidelines where it says, Frequency: 4x per week; then listing milk, cheese, and finally ghee at 1/2 t. per serving?
Should I assume the 4x per week is meant for the milk and cheese (not 4x per each category but combined) and then do I interpret the 1/2 t. of ghee separately.... as in... I can have it whenever but should always limit each serving to 1/2 t.?
Thanks for anyone who knows for sure the correct way!
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The 1/2 t. is just the serving size. My interpretation is 4x/wk total for the catagory. Believe it or not, some people would like to interpret the portion size for ghee as the same for milk or cheese... Nice try, but...Really...
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4X per week means that you get four servings of dairy per week, period. One serving of dairy means X ounces of milk, X ounces of cheese, OR 1/2 teaspoon of ghee. So if you have 2 teaspoons of ghee, that's your whole dairy allotment for the week. If you have all the cheese, then no ghee, milk, or yogurt. It is OK to have 7 smaller portions of dairy daily, or 1 larger portion once a week, as long as the weekly totals fall into the range.
That said, not everybody follows the portion sizes exactly. A great many people have found that the fat servings are way too low, and choose to increase fats from all areas (including ghee) while carefully following all other serving size reccomendations. Others simply ignore the serving sizes for ghee while following everything else in SWAMI. Some people think of the ghee portion as being in addition to the portions of cheese/milk/yogurt, while following all the other portion sizes carefully. None of these approaches are "100% correct" in terms of following what Dr D intended. But some people have found that SWAMI isn't 100% perfect and they need to tweak the portion sizes to feel their best.
Others think of the serving sizes as general guidelines, and look to them to see the general ratio (how many veggies? Should I eat more beans or animal protien?) Even if you choose not to follow SWAMI portions carefully, at least keep in mind that for you, dairy products should be a condiment, not a protein source.
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Enobattar, My swami dairy choices are very few.."designed to correct digestive imbalance by restricting the carbohydrates available to intestinal bacteria and yeast. Only the carbs that are well absorbed are included, so that intestinal bacteria have nothing to feed on. This helps to correct the bacterial overgrowth and related mucus and toxin production." It specifically tells me MILK: 6 0z.(Almond, Rice and Soy milks are neutrals) CHEESE: 2-4 oz. GHEE and BUTTER- 1 teaspoon These are my portions and I may have 5 servings weekly. The superfoods are: GHEE, Manchego Cheese, yogurt The neutrals are: Feta, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Parmesan, Provolone, Romano All other cheeses are avoid or black dot!!!!
I have severe sinus issues so I choose to follow this part of my swami about 95%! The 5% cheat would be sometimes sour cream, Monterey Jack, or Gruyere. I have found, by trial and error, that I am able to eat sheep cheese just fine. Its the cow and goat dairy that wreak havoc with my sinuses!
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