Going Dairy Free for me was important for two reasons – less mucous and less cruelty. As an asthmatic, I have had a lifelong journey with mucous, airway congestion and difficulty breathing. Dairy inflames and agitates the airways and encourages the production of excess mucous. It is a natural I should be dairy free for this reason alone.
But equally powerful is the cruelty aspect of the dairy industry – where milking is done by machines and males calves are slaughtered within days of birth. It is a stinking, cruel business and I can’t see anything positive in supporting it in 2017. The hidden cruelty of the dairy industry is only equalled by that of the chicken industry, which is why we switched to backyard chickens.
Nutritionally, dairy is just plain toxic – as adult humans, we simply aren’t designed to process calf growth formula or milk as we know it. And as for the old marketing myth about milk and calcium – here’s the one sentence reply – just where do you think cows get their calcium? From the grass – if they are lucky enough to be grass fed and not on some processed pellets… You can learn a whole lot more about going dairy free at vegan.com.
Worst of all, dairy is actually addictive and contains long chain compounds similar in structure to opioids – no wonder you crave cheese when you are tired after a long week at the office!
By far the best milk alternative is almond milk. Steer clear of oat milk and rice milk as they contain gluten and that is just another type of system clogging gunk you don’t really need in your life.
Making Almond Milk
♥ 1 cup of almonds
♥ 2-6 parts of water per 1 part almonds (it’s super rich, so I’d say go with more water to start with)
♥ Nut milk bag
Activate the Almonds!
The first thing to do is soak a cup full of almonds overnight (or for 8 hours) in a bowl of water so they activate. Since an almond is a seed, it won’t germinate unless it’s watered. Once watered, the enzymes trigger the life process and it begins to “grow” or becomes activated. The nut is in a dormant state, now we have brought it to life. Hence the nutrients become more bioavailable. Also it softens up the nut and makes it able to be made into milk!
Next, blend the almonds at 1 : 3 ration with water.
Pour the mixture through an almond bag, and massage out most of the moisture. And you’re done! Use the leftover almond meal in recipes or your smoothies.
Some more recipes from Ditch Dairy – a free 21 page ebook.
Eat For Health Australian Dietary Guidelines – FREE 54 pages of the current recommended eating approach.