I am not going to lie here, I loved milk, cheese and yogurt!
I grew up drinking tons of it, my kids drank a lot of milk growing up.
A few years back when I decided to really take charge of my health and not just let my genes do the driving, I started to do research on many of my favorite foods.
Cows milk is just not what we think it is.
Filled with antibiotics, hormones and GMO'd feed it is a very unhealthy food.
Darn....I so love milk.
But what about building strong bones?
My gyno is always asking me if I am eating my dairy so I get enough calcium.
Did you know that there is an inverse relationship between dairy consumption and osteoporosis?
Countries with the highest dairy consumption (U.S and Canada) have the highest incidents of osteoporosis and those countries with nearly no dairy in their diet ( Asian) are virtually osteoporosis free.
Now I won't go into all the things you need to do to have strong bones here but we will address.....
So, what can you put on your cereal? Use as a smoothie base? Use in baking and cooking when the recipe calls for milk?
There are quite a few choices.
Almond, rice, hemp, coconut and soy are a few of the more popular ones!
Each one has a distinct flavor and some are more healthy than others.
I love almond milk.
It's made with almonds for goodness sake. They're a super food!
Almond milk is high in protein, calcium, magnesium, void of saturated fat and cholesterol, high in fiber and has tons of nutrients.
When making the transition, start with vanilla flavored. It is a little higher in calories but it is rich and thick.
I have moved many clients and their kids to almond milk.
They love it after a short transition period which include a few banana-almond milk shakes.
The changes in their health have been dramatic: shorter, lighter periods, less gas and bloating, less constipation or diarrhea, fewer headaches and sinus issues, better skin, fewer colds, weight-loss, clearer thinking and a better memory.
Wow all from a change in the kind of milk you drink!
Now, not everyone experiences improvements in all of these areas but I'll bet you see a difference.
The others types of milk I am less enthusiastic about, some because the taste is not so great - rice and hemp.
and soy milk because it is just not good for you. Soybeans are one of the most GMO'd crops and therefore you are getting exposed to herbicides and pesticides that can create all kinds of health problems down the road.
Soy can have a negative affect on reproduction, female cancers, and other estrogen related issues.
So mooooooove on away from cow's milk and choose one of the alternatives - you'll be very happy you did!
You Deserve to be Healthy!
Leave your comment below and let me know what you like to drink instead of cow's milk!
I am a digestive health coach. I help my clients have more energy and a eliminate digestive problems by eating food they love!