Do you have allergies, eczema, asthma, arthritis, inflammation or acne? Do you feel like you eat healthy and exercise regularly, but still don’t look and feel your best?
Are you ready for a little truth about dairy?
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you’re not alone…and there’s a good chance that dairy is the culprit!
If your meals consistently revolve around dairy you’ll age quicker, experience poor digestion, have more cellulite, and above all, make yourself more susceptible to diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
With a culture that has dairy so engrained in it’s diet, it’s easy to believe all the hype and think that dairy is good for us. It makes sense. After all, when you grow up learning that you need 2-3 servings of dairy from the food pyramid, you’re just trying to follow guidelines for a healthy and balanced diet.
But I can tell you from loads of research and experience that dairy can wreck major havoc on your health. Plus, most mass production dairy farms have a negative impact on animals and the environment.
The good news is that there’s no need to feel like you’re missing out on anything if you decide to give dairy the boot. There are loads of healthy and tasty alternatives on the market – most of which you can easily make at home. Even just a few dairy replacements will have you noticing incredible, positive changes in your body.
Here’s a list of alternatives to common dairy products (and a special free gift for Yoga Today members):
Milk (I recommend making your own milks. It’s easy, cheap and you can be sure that no sweeteners or anything else is added to the milk.)
Almond milk (unsweetened)
Brazil nut milk
Brazil nut cheese
Macadamia nut cheese
Daiya (a tapioca-based cheese)
Coconut yogurt (So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt is a great brand)
Sour Cream / Creamy Dressing
Cashew sour cream
Oil-free, herb-based dressing
Coconut ice cream (Coconut Bliss and So Delicious are two great brands)
Rice milk ice cream (Rice Dream)
Frozen fruit ice cream
Just for Yoga Today Readers
* Answers to the question, “where will I get my calcium?”
* List of plant-based foods high in calcium
* Answers to the question, “where will I get my protein?”
* List of plant-based foods high in protein
* 2 make-your-own nut milk recipes & 1 coconut milk recipe
* Cashew Cream recipe that you can use on just about anything
* 3 of my favorite easy-to-make salad dressing recipes
* 4 delicious dairy-free dessert recipes
Thanks for being curious about your health and have fun trying out new dairy-free ways of eating that won’t leave you missing the real (not so life-enhancing) thing!
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