|For me, cheese is a trigger food that takes me way off course|
Why? In part because, in terms of the dairy products that are actually healthy (like plain Greek yogurt and grassfed butter), I just don't like them enough. And I don't see the point in consuming something I don't really like, just for the sake of ingesting calories.
Mostly, though, this has to do with cheese. Or, more specifically, my co-dependent relationship with cheese. Once I gave myself permission to consume dairy, I started eating cheese freely. I saw myself slipping back into my pre-paleo habits, i.e. choosing cheese over more appropriate sources of protein or having nothing but cheese for lunch. Pregnant or not, this is unwise (not for everyone, necessarily -- just me) and it can't continue. I want cheese, but I don't need cheese. I'm better off without it, save for a special occasion every now and then. I do realize, of course, that Greek yogurt is not cheese. Can't I just eat the yogurt and skip the cheese? No, I really can't because for me yogurt = cheese = ugh, I am completely off track. And being off track -- all because I can't say no to a chunk of cheddar -- is soooo not worth it to me.