5 Reasons To Go Dairy-Free

5 Reasons To Go Dairy-Free

 

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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.

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9 Replies to "5 Reasons To Go Dairy-Free"

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    Becky September 29, 2016 (5:51 pm)

    i love this post! our family has been striving to go dairy-free, mainly for ethical reasons but also because of allergies and mucous. my father would always preach your first point and now that i’ve “grown up” i have to agree as well! we’ve stopped buying cow’s milk and for the time being are eating local, organic sheep and goats cheese and icecream.

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      admin September 30, 2016 (6:34 am)

      Hahah, funny how we come back to our parents’ ideas and beliefs! I love that story 🙂 I always liked your Mom and Dad! Glad to hear this post resonated with you – thanks for reading it in between diaper changes and coffees! xo

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    Erica September 30, 2016 (8:17 am)

    Maggie!
    We’ve been 100% dairy free (and soy free) for a couple months after we figured out that our newborn was allergic to cow’s milk protein. We simply got rid of everything dairy in the house (even the chocolate chips). It’s been so much easier than I thought and I’m grateful for people like you creating innovative recipes to make dairy-free cooking and baking fun. We’ve decided to make it a lifestyle at home even if she outgrows the allergy.

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    Jan October 1, 2016 (7:02 am)

    I had 22 fibroids removed from my uterus this summer….and I don’t want them to come back! No more dairy for me!

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      admin October 3, 2016 (10:44 am)

      Good call Jan-O! Sorry to hear you went through that, but making changes in your diet is the best way to find health. Sounds like you’re on the right path. Hope you’re feeling well.
      xo

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    Judy October 1, 2016 (11:47 pm)

    I am also gluten intolerant.

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      admin October 3, 2016 (10:44 am)

      Hi Judy – I find it very common for gluten intolerant people to also be dairy intolerant. It’s the inflammatory properties I think.
      All the best,
      Maggie

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    Ashleigh Minty October 6, 2016 (6:06 pm)

    My thoughtful mother-in-law recommended I check out your blog as I am on a dairy free diet while breastfeeding a newborn with GERD. I am lactose intolerant and allergic to heavy cream so already was lowering my dairy intake but now I’m completely without dairy. Thank you for your informative site. I look forward to trying your recipes.

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      admin October 7, 2016 (10:49 am)

      Hi Ashleigh – Thanks so much for the comment! I’m so glad you’re finding my site helpful. I hope your new babe is feeling some relief. I know how hard it can be. Please let me know if you have any questions, or need anything.
      Congratulations 🙂
      Maggie

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