Years later, as an adult, I was told that I suffered from lactose intolerance. I tried to avoid dairy to the best of my ability. Yet, I loved cheese, ice cream, and yogurt! How ironic that recently I learned how addictive dairy is. That we crave it. We want more of it. Even when we are allergic to it (Casein) or have lactose intolerance.
In January 2016, I started on a new journey to improve my body and mind. I watched documentary after documentary to gain more insight into animal protein, dairy products, the farming industry, animal brutality, and how it directly dictates the state of our health.
The truth is we don't know what we don't know. Prior to my diligence to gain more wisdom, credible facts, and knowledge about dairy and animal protein, I was not aware of how unhealthy it was for our bodies. This new information changed me. It gave me the opportunity to clean up my own diet. To eliminate dairy 100% from my life. To have more compassion for cows and all creatures who were created by God.
Do you want to know what's inside a glass of milk?
~ 135 Pus Cells
~ Bovine Growth Hormones
~ 51 milligrams of Cholesterol
~ 300 Calories
~ 16 grams of Fat
~ Acidic Protein which Leaches Minerals & Calcium from Bones
~ Up to 20 Pain Killers
~ Bacteria & Pathogens
~ Toxic Milk Protein Casein, which contributes to Breast Cancer, Kidney Disease, Arthritis, Crohn's Disease, MS, Asthma, & IBS
...just to name a few.
Healthier alternatives to milk include cashew milk, almond milk, rice milk, and So Delicious Non-Dairy coconut milk.
The good news is that for every single dairy product there is a natural non-dairy alternative. As a huge fan of ice cream, I'm loving the brand So Delicious Dairy-Free Cashew Milk! My absolute favorite flavor is Salted Caramel Cluster. OH. MY. GOSH. It's heavenly! As a bonus, it's also gluten-free.
For cheese lovers, my top pick is Chao, a vegan cheese by Field Roast. It's also gluten-free, which is important for me since I'm highly sensitive to gluten. The only local store that retails Chao cheese in my area is Whole Foods Market. It's worth the trip! In comparison with other non-dairy cheeses, this particular one is by far the tastiest. My first time making a grilled cheese sandwich with Chao cheese and gluten-free bread was delightful!
Of course, soy is another alternative to dairy ingredients. There are plenty of non-dairy cheeses, ice cream, yogurts, butter, and products available that contain soy. In my own opinion, there are pros and cons to soy, which I can save for a later post. Due to my own soy sensitivity, I don't use this ingredient, but it may be an option for you if you truly want to stop consuming dairy.
According to the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, "Women who drink 3 or more glasses of milk per day have a 60% increased risk for developing a hip fracture." In addition, they add, "Consumption of dairy products has also been linked to higher risk for various cancers, especially to cancers of the reproductive system. Most significantly, dairy product consumption has been linked to increased risk for prostate and breast cancers."
Based on the fact that cancer is on the rise, I strongly believe that we need to take a closer look at the foods and beverages we are consuming. The first step is to determine if we're willing to eliminate dairy. Why risk potential long-term consequences?
Only you can make that decision. It doesn't have to be an overnight change. Sometimes we can simply implement small changes daily. Eventually, they do add up. For example, instead of drinking cow's milk, switch to a non-dairy brand. Once you conquer that you can move forward to the next step, such as discovering dairy-free cheeses, dressings, and ice cream.
We are all a work in progress. We learn. We gain insight. Knowledge is power. It's a journey to wellness. Ultimately, if we can add years and improvements to our health, I believe that we are worth it. If you have favorite dairy-free recipes, products, or ideas, feel free to comment and share.
To Your Health & Wellness,