The Dairy Dilemma


After embarking on a VERY long 6 week detox from dairy, gluten and sugar I thought I would share my thoughts on some of the changes that I have made; especially with dairy.

For as long as I can remember I have been a bit of a dairy queen! I always have milk in my coffee and smoothies, pouring it on cereal, eating cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products with no problems. I have never had any real resistance to lactose or any side effects.

I thought it would be a massive struggle to go off dairy for the duration of my detox, which was a 6 week period, however after only a few minor alterations to my diet I couldn’t believe how easy it really was. Swap milk for almond milk (yum) swap cows feta for goat’s feta (more yum) goats or sheep’s milk yoghurt for regular yoghurt (not the best but with a bit of honey you can hardly tell) and there you have it. Lactose friendly!

The only hard part was the coffee, but luckily the cafe I go to (Uffizi) use the A2 initiative program milk (lower in lactose, easy to digest) or I could have soy.

But why am I telling you this??

Within 1 week I felt lighter, clearer, and my skin was glowing. Lactose is an enzyme that is hard for your body to digest, which is why many people have intolerance to it. Even if your are not intolerant, too much lactose can ‘clog’ up your system, make you feel sluggish, and give you pimples, or uneven skin tone. The reason for this is it 'congests’ your body; partly why you’re not supposed to eat dairy if you have a cold. It can affect your skin and your energy levels because digesting lactose is difficult; and it can put your liver under stress, which causes toxicity in your body.

I hope this can help you make more informed choices when looking at cow and non-dairy milks and products. I have included a knockout recipe for a banana smoothie that is delicious, filling, and won’t leave you feeling heavy.

Happy eating!

Banana Smoothie

1 cup almond milk

½ cup ice

½ banana (preferably brown, frozen is great)

2 scoops protein powder (I use vital source vanilla flavor from the health food store)

½ tsp vanilla extract

pinch cinnamon

1 tsp honey

** Blend and drink. YUMMM

Written by Lexi Lamm - Bachelor of Exercise Science : Major in Nutrition

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