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Part II: A Dairy Free Life

Posted Jun 09 2011 8:14am

Well, the dairy discussion continues!

In case you missed it, check out Part I to learn how my dairy sensitivity was discovered.

A lot of people will ask me why I can’t just take Lactaid or supplements, so I can consume dairy and be able to eat ice cream and cheese.

Well, I can do those things.  I just choose not to do them.

 

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You see, I personally believe that our bodies tell us what they need or want.  If my body doesn’t want dairy, why would I continue to eat it?  I trust that my body has a very good reason for not wanting ice cream.  I mean, there HAS to be a good reason.  Otherwise, this is one cruel joke my body is playing on me!

To be perfectly honest, I’m not so sure that I’d really want to eat dairy anymore even if I wasn’t sensitive to it.

Throughout the past year, I’ve been reading a lot of information about cow’s milk and how it was originally designed for their young to consume.  Because humans were not intended to drink it, many of us have adverse reactions when we do (see yesterday’s post for a list of these reactions).

It actually makes a lot of sense.  I am not a cow (though I sometimes act like one at feeding time), so why would I drink their milk?  I wouldn’t eat cat food or dog biscuits (except for one time in the first grade when some mean girl tricked me into thinking it was candy).

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We’re always told to drink milk for strong bones, but milk isn’t our only option when it comes to calcium.

  • Calcium-fortified soy milk
  • Calcium-set tofu
  • Soybeans
  • Chickpeas
  • Almonds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Collard greens
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Kale
  • Mustard greens
  • Parsley
  • Okra

It looks like there’s yet another reason to keep chugging back those green smoothies !

While you should always do what is right for your body, needs, and lifestyle, it is always nice to know that there are other options, right?

Stay tuned for Part III of A Dairy Free Life.  I’m really excited about it because I plan to share tips on replacing cow’s milk products in your diet and how to order in restaurants (without being a total pain in the booty to the servers and kitchen staff).

Have a great day!


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