Do you have seasonal allergies?
If you do then you might benefit from limiting your dairy consumption.
It’s no secret that the majority of the population is allergic to dairy. In fact, only 40% of us continue to produce lactase after childhood (Statistic Brain). Lactase is the enzyme that allows us to digest the main sugar in milk, lactose. But what a lot of people forget is that eating dairy produces inflammation and mucus in the body. So all of that mucus in your head and lungs around allergy season (or throughout the rest of the year)? It could all be decreased with limiting your intake of dairy.
A common misconception is that you can only get Vitamin D and Calcium from dairy, which is simply not true. Just 15 minutes in the sun will give you your daily recommendation of Vitamin D and if you are really concerned, supplements are easy to get at your local drug store. Calcium can also be found in other sources such as:
-Broccoli (contains the same amount of calcium as a glass of whole milk + absorbs better)
-Cabbage (outer green leaves)
-Dandelion greens (contains twice the amount of broccoli!)
Just to name a few.
The only way for you to know whether you are lactose intolerant is to go on an elimination diet. Remove it from your diet for two weeks and then slowly begin to incorporate it again. But this time, pay close attention to how it makes you feel soon after you consume it. Do you have stomach aches? Gas? Nausea? Do you get phlegmy? Start to get to know your body.
People are also reluctant to give up dairy because we have such a love for it in our society. It is on almost all of our favorite junk foods. But what people don’t know is that there are so many amazing alternatives to help satisfy these cravings!
–Make soft serve out of frozen bananas. Simple peel and free 1-2 bananas for 5+ hours, place them in a blender with a dash of almond milk and blend until smooth! You can even add peanut butter or dark chocolate chips to sass it up a little bit. Whip up some whipped coconut cream from whole condensed coconut milk and you have yourself a sundae!
–Use avocado for cream sauces in pasta, I swear you will never go back. A killer recipe to try is Here
-The sound of Cashew Cheese might turn you off but even my meat, potatoes, and pasta boyfriend LOVES it! Plus it’s easy and can last a while in the fridge. A great recipe to try can be found Here. It calls for a food processor, but a blender will work just fine 😉
So, test it out and see how you feel. Chances are, you will feel 10ox better!
Happy Spring and Love