Should You Eat Dairy?
I tend to get a lot of questions about eating dairy and what kind of dairy is ok. You may or may not have noticed after you eat cheese or something with milk in it, you may feel bloated, sluggish, have breakouts on your skin, notice dry skin, or even a stuffy nose.
You’ll find some doctors believe dairy is good for you and necessary, but another theory is just the opposite. In my years of training and health coaching, and personal experimentation, I've come to notice that most people are suffering from multiple side effects of consuming dairy and when they remove dairy from their diet and lifestyle, they notice a vast improvement (including in their own children).
Here’s the deal on dairy:
Cow’s milk is really made specifically for baby cow’s. Cow’s have a 4-chamber stomach and much more complex digestive system.
Dairy is an inflammatory food. It’s known to create mucous in the body, resulting in sinus issues, ear infections (usually in small children), stomach pains, bloating, gassiness, dry skin, and acne. The result of consuming dairy could manifest in your own body in 1 or many of these ways.
If you are going to consume dairy products, here’s what we recommend and what we’ve noticed lessens the negative impact dairy can have on your health.
1) Try replacing dairy with goat’s milk products. Goat’s have 1 stomach, more similar to humans, making it more easily digested.
2) Always buy organic dairy products. Conventional dairy cows are injected with lots of hormones that you ingest when you consume those products.
3) Try replacing dairy with vegan options like cashew cheese, nut butters, and nut milk, etc. You may find that you won’t miss it at all.
As always, the journey to optimal health + wellness is just that… a journey. It’s ongoing and we do need to pay close attention to how our bodies react to different foods we eat. Everyone is different and what works best for some, may not work best for you. One of the best ways to track this is to keep a food journal, just like I have most of my clients do right from the start of our coaching sessions together.
Cashew Cheese [ sooo good ]
2 cups raw unsalted cashews, soaked in water for a few hours or overnight to soften
½ cup water
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs nutritional yeast
1 tbs onion powder
1 ½ tbs finely minced shallots or red onion
½ tsp celtic sea salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
blend the soaked cashews with water and lemon juice in a high-speed blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and mix in all ingredients.
Optional: add chives or raw chopped spinach for added nutrients and different flavors
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