Tweaklet #33 – Dairy

Most of us have grown up drinking milk and yet cow’s milk is one of the most common causes of allergies.

About 65 percent of us, isn’t that a staggering number, has a reduced ability to digest lactose and suffer from a variety of issues when they have dairy – stomach bloating…….respiratory problems……digestive issues……skin problems…..and increased inflammation. A lot of that has to do with dairy increasing mucus production……urghhhh we definitely want to avoid mucus!

So, understandably more and more people are seeking out dairy-free options and there are plenty. We’re not talking artificial substitutes either, there are loads of plant-based options to choose from that still provide calcium and other vital nutrients.

So to have a go at being dairy-free you stop eating milk, cheese, butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, custards, ice cream, sorbet, whey and casein (KAY-seen).

What you can try instead are goats milk, this is still dairy but has much lower levels of lactose. Then there’s coconut milk……..almond milk………and kefir. Kefir and similar products are actually dairy but are fermented but the fermenting process changes the chemical make up making it much friendlier to our bodies.

You can have a lot of fun making your own nut kinds of milk. It’s a really simple and rewarding process and I’ll do a Tweaklet on how to make them soon.

I am not lactose intolerant but I do suffer from bloating and with some respiratory issues when I overdo dairy. I certainly feel a lot better when I keep it to a minimum and even better when I cut it out for periods of time. Why not try experimenting with not having dairy and just see if you notice any difference in your body.

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Tweaklet #29 Butter – It’s back!

There has been a lot of debate over the years about whether butter is good for you. Now that science wholeheartedly supports the notion of healthy fats, where does butter fit into the equation?

Butter, particularly that created from grass-fed cows (as opposed to grain-fed cows), is a very healthy addition to your diet. Good news butter is a good fat! It contains about 400 different fatty acids and a nice dose of fat-soluble vitamins too. The type of fatty acids in butter has been proven NOT to be associated with cardiovascular disease and, as we’ve talked about before, fats don’t make you fat!

Butter is a Saturated fat, which makes some people nervous, but again, good news! When it’s obtained from healthy sources and eaten in moderation, butter, like coconut oil, provides the body really good fuel and it helps stabilise blood sugar. Other components in butter have also proven to be immune boosters and disease fighters.

When butter received bad press many people turned to margarine but there is NOTHING natural about margarine. It was created in a lab and predominantly made of unhealthy trans fat, which clogs arteries, lowers GOOD cholesterol and raises BAD cholesterol. Plus anything unnatural isn’t recognised by the body and it simply can’t process it. PLEASE, and I am pleading with you, don’t eat margarine!

Instead, look for good quality, grass-fed butter or if you’re a non-dairy person choose coconut oil or ghee. Both are excellent healthy, natural alternatives.

It’s fun exploring these tiny food tweaks that can make all the difference to your health!

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