Plant based milk choices can be confusing and a lot of trial and error when it comes to taste. Going dairy free might be a personal choice, your doctor’s recommendation or maybe it’s just something you want to try to see if it clears up that stuffy nose, phlegmy cough or irritating skin rash. When I gave up dairy, it was as a trial and it worked out well for me. I ditched it for a few months then tried re-introducing it with little success so I went without for a little longer. Nowadays I can tolerate hard cheeses and a dash of organic cream in my coffee every now and then without any issues. Any more than that and I get constipated and my skin ain’t happy (too much information, I know!)
WHAT’S WITH DAIRY FREE?
See everyone is different and you never know what benefit it may have for you. There are tests you can get your health practitioner to do, but there’s no harm in trialling it’s removal over a couple of weeks to see how you feel. The thing with removing a group of foods like dairy is questioned by many as the dietary powers that be, have always said we need it for calcium. Truth is, you can get calcium from many other vegetable sources plus you get the benefits of all the fibre and nutrients that come along with it.
How many creatures that are fed by their mothers continue on to need that milk forever? You don’t see cows, kangaroos or sheep dying of “Mother’s Milk” deficiency now do you? Anyhoo, that makes sense to me!
SO WHAT IF I WANT TO TRY IT?
Navigating the dairy free options when it comes to plant based milks from the shop can lead you to making some less than desirable (aka crappy) choices.
Shop bought plant based milks are often chock with vegetable oils, sweeteners and emulsifiers. Always read the ingredients before making your choice or make your own!
Check my flippin’ easy recipe for almond milk and give it a try. Switch up the nuts if you like and keep the pulp for baking or bliss balls.
WARNING: if you have gone dairy and gluten free, be careful of the amount of nuts you end up eating. change the nut, switch it up regularly. Too much of any one thing can lead to disaster! The phytates in nuts, as well as rice and legumes, can stop you from absorbing your nutrients. Soaking them for 12 hours in salted water breaks down the phytic acid and increases the nutrient value in those foods. BONUS!
Always chat to your health care practitioner and take your health into your own hands. The information I provide is from my own professional knowledge as a registered nurse, nutrition consultant and my personal experience. It should be treated as information only not a personal recommendation…..which you can take or leave!