Those who’ve ditched dairy have found their skin has cleared up, especially with regards to eczema as well as improving hayfever.
According to Research studies done over half of the adult population actually struggle to digest the sugars (lactose) in dairy correctly. This can cause many symptoms like bloating, digestive pain and stomach problems.
Yes dairy is a source of calcium which helps strengthen our bones but did you know you can find high levels of calcium in leafy greens such as kale, spinach and collard greens, nuts and some fruits?
When buying dairy substitutes like: unsweetened rice, oat, hemp, almond, sunflower, cashew, hazelnut, and coconut milk; unsweetened coconut yogurt or kefir; read labels to ensure the substitute is lactose/casein-free and that the boxed variety of almond, hemp, oat, or rice milk don’t contain sweeteners such as brown rice syrup and evaporated cane juice. Look for brands that have clean ingredients such as filtered water, sea salt and whichever nut variety you're buying.
Cashew nut milk is the most similar in taste to cows milk and great in baking, hot drinks or added to a smoothie for a creamy texture.
Pure olive oil or coconut oil butters are best and are soya free but do contain palm oil so always check if it’s sustainable or not and for any other additives and ingredients.
Cheese is a big one with regards to giving up dairy and there are many dairy free cheeses
on the market. Depending on the brands used some vegan cheeses can be highly processed, However some brands are made using a few ingredients like nut milks, enzymes, and salt. Better still is to make your own alternatives as then you have exact control over what’s inside.
The most common go to when replacing diary is soy, here are some reasons why soy may
not always be the best replacement:
So the final question is to moo or not to moo?
You’ve probably heard that 70-80% of your immunity comes from your gut which means if there’s an imbalance in your gut microflora chances are your overall immunity will suffer.
I recently attended a training day with Biocare on Gut adaptation with Alessandro Ferretti.
What did I learn?
How to put these learnings into practise!
Think about how you eat next time you sit down, are you fully present and focussed on the flavours and textures of your food? Are you distracted by the TV, your phone or are you paying attention to chewing slowly? This is especially important with children who love to eat as quickly as they can as their minds are already planning their next adventure. You are what you eat is true but should also read you are HOW you eat which will give you many clues as to what could be going on inside your gut.
STOP, CHEW and ENJOY
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