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I realize going dairy-free is not an easy feat. But for some of us, it’s essential for better health.
Cow’s milk (which is what I’m referring to when I say ‘dairy’), is off my list for the following 5 reasons:
1. Nature intended cow’s milk to be for baby calves. Yup, baby cows. Not baby humans, and not child humans, and not adult humans. We don’t need to grow at the same rate that a calf needs to grow.
2. Cow’s milk is a mucous-forming food. This means it is especially not good for people who are prone to colds, chest infections, ear infections, etc…
3. Cow’s milk contributes to, and worsens, inflammation. Most of us have inflammation in our bodies – caused by injury, stress, auto-immune disease, or diet. If you live in chronic pain, you might want to try eliminating dairy just to see if it changes the way you feel.
4. Most large dairy farms mistreat cows. Their living conditions are overcrowded and unsanitary. As a result, infections are common so cows are treated with antibiotics, which then get transferred to the milk. This contributes negatively to our own health when we eat or drink their milk.
5. Personally, cow’s milk is partially to blame for my history of bad skin (mainly inflamed, but also acne), leg aches (from childhood-adulthood), and a chronic runny nose. If I ingest dairy, I notice inflammation right away, and I usually get a leg ache a couple of days later.
Going dairy-free seems incredibly daunting at first, but once you remove it from your diet, you’ll likely notice relief of some sort right away. And believe me, it’s so worth the inconvenience of learning to live without dairy.
We removed dairy from our two older children’s diet for a number of years (our youngest is still completely dairy-free, with the exception of some goat’s dairy). They are able to eat it occasionally now, which makes them very happy. However, if they come down with any illness, such as colds or flus, we completely eliminate dairy until they’re back to feeling like themselves.
I do believe in moderation, and perhaps a little bit of dairy works fine for you. Everyone has different needs. However, if you have an auto-immune disease or chronic inflammation, eliminating dairy for a number of weeks would likely be of great benefit to your body.
Next week I’ll share my tips for living without dairy – and a recipe for homemade coconut milk. A staple in our house.
Resources for Dairy-Free Living
- All of my recipes are dairy-free
- Go Dairy-Free website and their very thorough and detailed book Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living
- Julie Daniluk’s website and her book Meals That Heal Inflammation: Embrace Healthy Living and Eliminate Pain, One Meal at at Time
- Nutrition Facts.org
- Mercola’s site
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