Dairy Free Diet: Conventional, pasteurized, homogenized dairy does not do ANY body good. It can cause chronic digestive and respiratory discomfort along with chronic inflammation throughout your body.
Some people should avoid dairy all together, while others do okay with a small amount of high quality dairy. Try eliminating dairy for 6 weeks and then slowly add some of the dairy options below to test your tolerance.
Lactose, a sugar in cow’s milk, and casein, a protein in cow’s milk can be especially problematic. Full fat fermented dairy like yogurt and kefir seem to be more easily digested because the lactose has been broken down during the fermentation process. Other good dairy choices are ghee, butter, and cream because they are mostly free of lactose and casein. If you do include dairy in your diet always choose high quality dairy from grass fed cows. To learn more about the dangers of conventional dairy click on the links below.
When looking into special diets as a means of weight loss, to find relief from a health issue or simply to improve your overall health, always remember the concept of bio-individuality. Genetics play an important role in determining what foods are appropriate for each of us. Some people can efficiently break down starchy vegetables and grains, while others fair better omitting these foods entirely from their diet. Some humans have evolved to be able to digest cow’s milk while others lack the enzymes to do so. And some people are able to extract the nutrients they need from a plant based diet while others need a healthy dose of protein, fat and other nutrients found only in animal based foods. The point is that we’re all different and no one diet is best for everyone.
While I do make some individual recommendations to my personal clients, I try to avoid blanket statements about diet and health when talking to the masses. BUT, regardless of what foods you decide to eat or not eat, be sure to include plenty green vegetables and don’t forget to exercise every day.